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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 April 2012

Bank holidays - bit over-rated? Vanessa needs a rest after hers...With a first look at the day's papers, and 90 minutes of music to ease you into the day...

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for Soul II Soul

    Soul II Soul and Caron Wheeler Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

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

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Oh No Not My Baby

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

  • Image for Paul Shane & The Yellowcoats

    Paul Shane & The Yellowcoats Hi-De-Hi (Holiday Rock)

    (Single), EMI

  • Image for Train

    Train Drive By

    (CD Single), Columbia, 12

  • Image for Sly & The Family Stone

    Sly & The Family Stone Everyday People

    The Woodstock Generation (Various), Nectar

  • Image for Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright Out Of The Game

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters Automatic

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for Colin Blunstone

    Colin Blunstone Say You Don't Mind

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette It's Possible

    (CD Single), Roxette Recordings, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Eric Clapton

      Eric Clapton Change The World

      Pause For Thought

      (CD Single), Reprise

  • Image for Lisa Hannigan

    Lisa Hannigan What'll I Do

    Passenger, P&C Hoop Recordings, 1

  • Image for Booker T. & The MG’s

    Booker T. & The MG’s Soul Limbo

    Cafe Latino (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Chic

    Chic Everybody Dance

    The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra, Columbia

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • I Want To Wake Up With You, chosen by Derek Hancock in Leicester

  • Image for Jack Savoretti

    Jack Savoretti Knock Knock

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 8

  • Image for Limmie & The Family Cookin'

    Limmie & The Family Cookin' A Walkin' Miracle

    25 Years Of Rock `n' Roll - 1974, Connoisseur

  • Pause For Thought: Adrian Plass, a writer

    My limited experience suggests there are two things we’ll need if we want to triumph over adversity, but I’m afraid you’re going to think my advice sounds very silly. We need to be inflexible and flexible.

    The inflexibility is definitely not about sticking to a set of cherished principles come hell or high water.

    I have to confess that I don’t really like principles at all. Just writing the word brings back hellish memories of My Great Aunt Mab divesting herself of her corsets in front of me when I was four years old. People think that four-year-olds don’t notice such things. They do. Auntie Mab’s flowered dress hit the floor and a vast and terrifying salmon-pink apparatus was revealed, hung with buckles and straps and elasticated thingamabobs. Moments later the corset was released with a sound like a giant catapult, and the essential Great Aunt Mab seemed to swell in front of my eyes until she was half as big again.

    Enough. All I’m trying to say is that stuffing our real feelings away inside a corset of principles is useless. It will burst in the end. I just need to be strong in areas that are unconfined and truly essential. Kindness. Respect for individuals. Listening as well as talking. Sticking with the principles that don’t need a corset. Holding my nerve when things get tough.

    Saint Francis of Assisi was woken in the middle of the night once by the sound of crying. It was a brother who was faint with hunger. The rule of poverty was strict, and food was scarce. Francis collected together all the food that they had and they ate the lot, in the middle of the night. In the morning the rule of poverty continued as before. Brilliant. Jesus-like. Francis of Assisi didn’t need a corset. He was inflexible and flexible. And that’s what it takes.

  • Vanessa's Word Of the Day

    Today's word is "homunculus", which is Latin for "little man" and is today used to refer to any representation of a human being.

    Throughout history, it has been referred specifically to the concept of a miniature though fully formed human body.

    In current context, in scientific fields, a homunculus may refer to any scale model of the human body that, in some way, illustrates physiological, psychological, or other abstract human characteristics or functions.


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