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03/02/2012

Duration:
1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 03 February 2012

A toilet seat, a pair of marigolds, a car mat - Vanessa wanted to know what the worst present you've ever received is? Plus today's 'I Want To Wake Up With You' track was Donny Osmond's 'Young Love', as chosen by Maria Herlihy in Rottingdean.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout The King Of Rock 'n' Roll

    Hits Album 8, Part 2 (Various Artist, Hits Album

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off

    Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council You're The Best Thing

    Classic, Universal, 6

  • Image for The Shirelles

    The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow

    Memories ... Are Made Of This, Dino

  • Image for Alesha Dixon

    Alesha Dixon Do It Our Way (Play)

    (CD Single), Saatchi & Saatchi, 1

  • Image for Billy Idol

    Billy Idol White Wedding

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Gretchen Peters

    Gretchen Peters Hello Cruel World

    Hello Cruel World, Scarlet Letter Records, 1

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You

    Dusty- The Silver Collection, Philips

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Michael Jackson

      Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Mix)

      (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for Chris Isaak

    Chris Isaak Live It Up

    Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. Losing My Religion

    R.E.M. - Out Of Time, Warner Bros

  • Image for Maverick Sabre

    Maverick Sabre No One

    Lonely Are The Brave, Mercury, 1

  • Image for T’Pau

    T’Pau China In Your Hand

    The 80's Love Album (Various Artists, Virgin

  • 'I Want To Wake Up With You' choice of Maria Merlihy in Rottingdean

    • Image for Donny Osmond

      Donny Osmond Young Love

      The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Haven't Met You Yet

    Crazy Love, Reprise, 1

  • Pause For Thought: Rev’d Alan Sorensen, Church of Scotland Minister

    Like so many men before me I was asked the deadly question, “does this dress make my bahooky look big?” Being the master of wit and repartee that I am, I replied with the well known witty retort, “No, I think it’s the pies and cakes that do that…” Ah ha ha…….it only took two, maybe three weeks till she spoke to me again!

    But at least she did speak to me. I can think of many other times in life when there just wasn’t the opportunity to apologise or make up.

    Second chances. We all need them. The guy who invented the eraser had the human condition pretty well sized up. Undelete. It’s a God send!

    And I suppose I mean that literally. That’s the Big Idea at the heart of the Christian Faith. God forgives, and gives us another chance – to get it right. And when we mess up again, well whaddaya know…he forgives, and gives us another chance.

    I like that! I need that! And I expect you do too. Good, now we’re all happy.

    Except…it’s a scandal. The Christian God is simply not fair. If I fail, if I do wrong – and do it again and again, surely the God of justice should simply dish out the correct punishment? It’s much cleaner, simpler.

    But love is a scandal. If we love our children, when they get things wrong we don’t hold it against them forever. We love them, we want the best for them, and leaving them in a mess or only punishing them is not love.

    Love is God’s stock and trade. That’s why he gives us second chances. Do you remember the old movie where Spencer Tracey plays Edison, the inventor. He’s about to show the world’s press the first electric light bulb and calls the wee office boy to bring it …and the boy drops it. I know how that boy felt! At the next unveiling – Spencer Tracey looks at the boy, and asks him to bring in the new bulb.

    What effect did that second chance have on the wee boy? All I can say is, when God, or anyone, forgives me and lets me start again it doesn’t make me feel I’ve got one over on them, it heals, it uplifts – it makes me want to get it right. This “love” business is a two-way thing.

    So there you have it, the get out of jail free card, the undelete button in life – God offers it. But here’s the rub, if I want God to treat me that way, what am I going to do the next time somebody lets me down, or hurts me?

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