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Richard Madeley sits in

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 April 2012

Richard Madeley sits in for Chris.

Music Played

34 items
  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown

    Heartbeats - 18 Great Love Songs, Solitaire Collection

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Masterpiece

    W.E. O.S.T., Polydor, 12

  • Image for Archie Bell & The Drells

    Archie Bell & The Drells Soul City Walk

    Midnight Soul (Various Artists), Music Club

  • Image for Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Alejandro

    (CD Single), Streamline Records, 1

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Southern Nights

    That's Country (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Rick Astley

    Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up

    Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Someb, RCA

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Silenced By The Night

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Cher

    Cher Believe

    Love Songs - 39 All Time Love Classic, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Brandon Flowers

    Brandon Flowers Crossfire

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Lisa Hannigan

    Lisa Hannigan What'll I Do

    Passenger, P&C Hoop Recordings, 1

  • Image for Pilot

    Pilot January

    25 Years Of No.1 Hits Vol.3 (1974/19, Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for The Lovin' Spoonful

    The Lovin' Spoonful Summer In The City

    The Lovin' Spoonful Collection, Castle Communications

  • Image for Train

    Train Drive By

    (CD Single), Columbia, 12

  • Image for Elbow

    Elbow Open Arms

    (CD Single), Fiction, 1

  • Image for Maverick Sabre

    Maverick Sabre I Used To Have It All

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Spiller

    Spiller and Sophie Ellis-Bextor Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

    (CD Single), Positiva

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding I Can't Turn You Loose

    The Definitive Otis Redding Vol.2, Rhino

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Island Of Lost Souls

    Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette It's Possible

    (CD Single), Roxette Recordings, 1

  • Image for Stealers Wheel

    Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You

    (Single), A&M

  • Image for Jack Savoretti

    Jack Savoretti Knock Knock

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 8

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Price Tag

    (CD Single), Lava Records, 1

  • Image for The Allman Brothers Band

    The Allman Brothers Band Jessica

    F1 Rock (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Irene Cara

    Irene Cara Flashdance (What A Feeling)

    Flashdance, Casablanca

  • Image for James

    James Sit Down

    True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Jason Mraz

    Jason Mraz I Won't Give Up

    Love Is A Four Letter Word, Atlantic, 4

  • Image for Boz Scaggs

    Boz Scaggs What Can I Say

    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees, CBS

  • Image for The Weather Girls

    The Weather Girls It's Raining Men

    Success, Cherry Pop, 13

  • Image for Juan Zelada

    Juan Zelada Barman

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Tasmin Archer

    Tasmin Archer Sleeping Satellite

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Your Smiling Face

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS

  • Image for Duffy

    Duffy Mercy

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard Tutti Frutti

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

  • Pause For Thought

    With Riazat Butt, Journalist and Broadcaster.

    The Italian poet Dante saw limbo as the first circle of Hell. In his best known work the Divine Comedy, limbo has a meadow of fresh turf, clean air and a castle. The people who live there are good and sinless, but can’t get to Paradise.

    Nowadays, that’s not what most people think of when they hear the word limbo. It’s either a delay or holiday-makers literally bending over backwards while trying to shimmy under a bar after they’ve had a few too many pina coladas.

    Limbo is about transition, restraint and confinement. It can irritate and unsettle because you’re waiting on someone or something. It doesn’t have a halo of loveliness around it. Last week I talked about pressing pause and letting life unfold around you. But you make a choice in those instances and there’s usually an uplifting activity or experience going on. Limbo isn’t like that.

    I’m in life limbo at the moment. I’m moving house in three weeks. I’ve started packing, but haven’t finished. I’m not moving into a new place because all my stuff is going into storage. I’m going abroad for a few months, but I’m waiting on visas. I don’t know where I’m living when I come back. I’m going everywhere, but nowhere. And I don’t like it. So how to get through it?

    A friend of mine said I should look back on what I’d done and achieved in the past - and look forward to whatever I had coming up as a way to carry me through this period. I know it’s easier said than done. But I also know it’s not forever. Life limbo can be frustrating. But it’s also a halfway point between here and somewhere else. Somewhere better. Hopefully.


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