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07/12/2011

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 December 2011

Our Mystery Guest today, Adrian Poole, gave us the lowdown on all things Dickens and told us just how much it would cost to get your hands on a first edition!

We talked gold cars and brown roofs, The Chuckle Brothers were the subject of our Top Tenuous, plus we played the Christmas Cracker Gobsmackers, Moira's Christmas Golden Oldie, The Big Screen Belter and another cracking 70's Smasher.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for The Motors

    The Motors Airport

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Katy Perry

    Katy Perry The One That Got Away

    (CD Single), Capitol Records, 1

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Mess Around

  • Image for America

    America Ventura Highway

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Never Be Lonely

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television, 16

  • Image for Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison You Got It

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Military Wives

    Military Wives and Gareth Malone Wherever You Are

    (CD Single), Decca

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Everywhere

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 13

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Run Rudolph Run

    Chuck Berry - The Chess Years (Cd 2), Chess

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Cold December Night

    Michael Buble Christmas, 143, 12

  • Image for Kim Wilde

    Kim Wilde Kids In America

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Steely Dan

    Steely Dan Do It Again

    Air America O.S.T. (Various Artists), MCA, 6

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Skinny Genes

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin'

    The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers, Warner Bros

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Better Than That

    Quid Pro Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Stone Cold Sober

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay The Hardest Part

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for McFadden & Whitehead

    McFadden & Whitehead Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

    Million Sellers Vol.19 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Blue October

    Blue October The Feel Again (Stay)

    (CD Single), Edel Records, 1

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders 2000 Miles

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Chris de Burgh

    Chris de Burgh A Spaceman Came Travelling

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin, 1

  • Image for The Beat

    The Beat Can't Get Used To Losing You

    The Best Of, Go-Feet

  • Image for Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

    And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Turn To Stone

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Up All Night

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Military Wives

    Military Wives and Gareth Malone Wherever You Are

    (CD Single), Decca

  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople Roll Away The Stone

    Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits, CBS

  • Pause for Thought

    With the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols

    I was lucky as a child. I sang in a choir and I learned to play both the piano and the French horn. I had some great music teachers and we had a lot of fun.

    Since then I have also learned that music itself is a great teacher. When people get together in a choir or a group, an orchestra or a band, they learn a great deal about themselves and one another. Making music means listening to each other, depending on each other, responding to each other, if the harmony is to come out right. And making music can give great satisfaction.

    But then there’s another true music in life, too. The graced harmony of friendship, of companionship is the true music of our existence. This music is born of love and patience. It brings forth harmony, strength and beauty. This music is also born of compassion, when we respond to the needs of those around us.

    There is no shortage of the beginnings of this music in our society today. People are as generous as ever, as the record sums raised by ‘Children in Need show. And all of this in a time of financial and economic hardship.

    But if this music of compassion is to flourish, then we need to open our hearts to one another, as well as our wallets. Social needs and poverty always have a human face and need more than our cash. The gift of care for a lonely neighbour or an isolated youngster is a crucial step for us, away from the delusion that we are self-sufficient – that we can make good music all on our own. This step of self-giving in companionship is the first small step in the journey to life in its fullness. A simple surge of the heart, an act of compassion and love, is enough to open us up to the greatest gift of all, the gift which is the love of God in our lives.

    This season of Advent, our approach to Christmas, reminds us that God can give himself only where there is room in our hearts. And that room in made when we open them to those is need around us. A small act of kindness can open to door to the divine.

    Then the music of heaven itself finds its way into our hearts.

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