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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 31 January 2012

Day Two of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show's 500 WORDS launch week.

After the inaugural book-busting spectacular last year, our short story competition for anyone aged 13 or under is BACK!

Today we are speaking to the second of our expert judges CHARLIE HIGSON, writer of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series, which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into over 24 different languages.

A video of Charlie's top tips for clever and creative writing is available on the Radio 2 website.

The writers of the Top 50 stories will be invited to watch the Chris Evans Breakfast Show broadcasting LIVE from the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts on Friday 1st June 2012.

So if you have lots of ideas and just love writing stories then why not enter now?

And if you're a teacher, don't fear - 'Your Breakfast Show (Also) Needs You!' We want you to help us judge the initial stages of these amazing tales. Last year nearly 4000 of you volunteered to help us out, we couldn't have done it without you!

So get cracking kids, we can't wait to read what you write!

Music Played

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    Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Premier, 4

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off

    Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1

  • Image for Hazel O'Connor

    Hazel O'Connor Will You?

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Foreigner

    Foreigner Cold As Ice

    It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various), Fragile, 3

  • Image for Lou Bega

    Lou Bega Mambo No.5

    Now 44 (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Rebel Rebel

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Maverick Sabre

    Maverick Sabre No One

    Lonely Are The Brave, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Bill Haley & His Comets

    Bill Haley & His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Split Enz

    Split Enz I Got You

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Big Bad Handsome Man

    (CD Single), Universal Music Classics & Jazz, 1

  • Image for Eddie Cochran

    Eddie Cochran C'mon Everybody

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI, 3

  • Image for Alesha Dixon

    Alesha Dixon Do It Our Way (Play)

    (CD Single), Saatchi & Saatchi, 1

  • Image for Culture Club

    Culture Club Church Of The Poison Mind

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra All Over The World

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Get Off Of My Cloud

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Chris Isaak

    Chris Isaak Live It Up

    Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1

  • Image for Ryan Paris

    Ryan Paris Dolce Vita

    The Holiday CD - Various Artists, CBS

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green It's OK

    The Lady Killer, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Albert Hammond

    Albert Hammond It Never Rains In Southern California

    The Singer & The Song (Various Artists), Stardust, 2

  • Image for T.I.

    T.I., Martina McBride and Kid Rock Care

    Born Free, Atlantic, 5

  • Image for The Psychedelic Furs

    The Psychedelic Furs Pretty In Pink

    The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Billy Idol

    Billy Idol White Wedding

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Coral

    The Coral In The Morning

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

    Wave Party (Various Artists), Columbia, 4

  • Image for Simple Minds

    Simple Minds Alive & Kicking

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Will You Love Me Tomorrow

    Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Island, 5

  • Image for The Beat

    The Beat Can't Get Used To Losing You

    The Best Of, Go-Feet

  • Pause For Thought

    With Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    It was my brother Anthony’s 50th birthday on Sunday. People kept asking him if he was alright with turning 50. His response was that it was better than the alternative of dying early.
    I made him a stained glass panel, with a piece of glass for every year. As I cut and prepared the 50 pieces, I had plenty of time to reflect on our sibling relationship. I kept returning to an event when I was about eight and he was around 17.
    Our mum had been rushed into hospital with a suspected heart attack.
    I was pretty terrified. I can also remember a distinct lack of adults around!
    My brother took charge and looked after me.
    In the morning he made me porridge. It has to have been just about the worst porridge ever. It was a lump and you could literally stand your spoon up in it! I ate it all, without a murmur of discontent, grateful that there was someone there to make my breakfast. He then took me to school, coming right into class to explain to my teacher what had happened. I can still remember feeling proud as he spoke to her.
    Well over thirty years have passed since that day, but it has stayed with me all this time. He showed care and responsibility when it was needed most.
    We tend to always think of our rights – indeed in many ways we live in a rights driven society. But rights have corresponding duties.
    It is so easy to evade our responsibilities, to think someone else will, or even should, be the one to do the work that needs to be done.
    Unless individuals develop a sense of responsibility; the family, indeed, our communities, cannot move forward. "I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."
    Most of us can see what needs to be done, often though we just prefer to wait for someone else to do it. I’m grateful that my brother didn’t wait and took it upon himself to care for that rather scared little eight year old, when he could so easily have said, “I’m just a kid myself.”


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