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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 January 2012

When school was cool - Vanessa wanted to know what your best ever day from school was. Plus today's 'I Want To Wake Up With You' song was 'Looking High, High, High' by Bryan Johnson, as chosen by Rose Bird from the Isles Of Scilly.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Wet Wet Wet

    Wet Wet Wet Sweet Little Mystery

    Wet Wet Wet - Greatest Hits & More, Precious Organisation

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Dance With Me Tonight

    In Case You Didn't Know, Epic, 24

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for Alannah Myles

    Alannah Myles Black Velvet

    Red Hot Metal (Various Artists), Dover Records

  • Image for Alesha Dixon

    Alesha Dixon Do It Our Way (Play)

    (CD Single), Saatchi & Saatchi, 1

  • Image for Lynn Anderson

    Lynn Anderson Rose Garden


    Million Sellers Vol.15 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Ashes To Ashes

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Charlie Gracie

    Charlie Gracie Baby Doll

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Mull Historical Society

    Mull Historical Society The Lights

    City Awakenings, Xtra Mile Recordings, 1

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand Stoney End

    Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life

    Fresh Hits 96 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV, 16

  • Image for Goldfrapp

    Goldfrapp Melancholy Sky

    Mute Records Ltd

  • Image for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

    Johnny Kidd & The Pirates Shakin' All Over

  • 'I Want To Wake Up With You' choice of Rose Bird in Isles Of Scilly

    • Image for Bryan Johnson

      Bryan Johnson Looking High, High, High

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better

    The Very Best Of Carly Simon, Global Television

  • Pause For Thought: Professor David Albert Jones

    One of my favourite films is called Wings of Desire. It stars Peter Faulk, the one from Columbo. He plays an actor making a film in Berlin. But watching him and watching over all the people of Berlin are thousands of angels. They’re listening to people’s concerns, they’re noting little things that happen, giving consolation, an invisible hand on the shoulder. The plot of the film is that one of these angels wants to give up being an angel and become human. He is fed up with being a spectator “above the world”. He wants to be ‘in the world.’ He wants to experience human life, even with its pain and its loss. He wants to enter into the river of time and experience “the now and the now” even with the shortness of our life.

    The film is about angels but really it is about being human; what we are, our identity. There is a picture in the national gallery called ‘Tobias and the Angel.’ It features a boy and next to him is an angel and running along beside them you can just make out a little dog. They are walking together but the human being is not the angel and not the dog but something between, both spiritual and animal.

    I remember a priest once said to me, its not a compliment to say “you’re an angel” because we are not angels and it is a mistake to try to be. If we deny our animal side, our emotions and physical relationships, our needs and our pleasures, then we would hardly be human at all. For brief moments in our life we can live with the illusion that we are aloof from the world and dependent on no one, but we only get to this stage because others have looked after us, have fed us and taught us. And behind every independent person is an army of unseen assistants, a whole economy of service and production. In the end we will find our identity not by pretending to be independent but by valuing one another and our relationships of mutual dependence, our fragile bodies and each moment, “the now and the now and the now”.


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