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Nicki Chapman sits in

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 April 2012

Sitting in for Vanessa for a final time, Nicki welcomes early risers with a mix of news, views and the best music. E-mail the show: nicki.chapman@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

17 items
  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard Lucille

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

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny London

    (CD Single), Mighty Village, 1

  • Image for All Saints

    All Saints Never Ever

    Love (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Byrds

    The Byrds All I Really Want To Do

    Ready Steady Go! (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Stand Up

    Who You Are, Island

  • Image for George McCrae

    George McCrae Rock Your Baby

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Sorrow

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Swing Out Sister

    Swing Out Sister Breakout

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

    King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Third Swan

    (CD Single), Domino, 1

  • Image for The Cardigans

    The Cardigans Lovefool

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters Jump (For My Love)

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Walk Away Renee

    The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Silenced By The Night

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Captain Sensible

    Captain Sensible Wot!

    One Shot '80 Vol.4 (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson Love Train

    Holly Johnson - Blast, MCA, 6

  • Image for Morten Harket

    Morten Harket Scared Of Heights

    (CD Single), Wrasse Records, 3


    This week on Pause for Thought we will be pondering Courage in honour of St George’s Day.

    Just over a week ago the Jewish community celebrated the end of Passover, and it is on the last days of the festival that tradition tells us the rabble of Hebrew slaves crossed over the Red Sea to begin their 40 years of wandering in the desert.

    But according to one story, this wasn’t such a simple thing to do. The slaves arrived at the banks of the sea, with the might of the Egyptian army chasing behind them, and couldn’t see where on earth they could go. Confusion and fear began to spread through the tribes and no one knew how on earth they would get across the waters in front of them. Just when it seemed they might need to turn back and surrender, and the crowds had started to panic and wail, one man stepped forward. His name was Nachshon, and he was from the tribe of Judah. He stepped into the water, and began to wade in. At first the water crept up to his calves, but he didn’t stop, although nothing seemed to be happening. Then he found himself up to his waste in the Sea, but an increasingly soaked Nachshon kept walking forward. The water crept higher and higher, up to his chest, then his neck, covering his mouth and finally reaching his nose. It was only when the water covered his nose that the miracle we were all expecting is said to have begun. The sea split and the gathered tribes could cross in safety.

    There were many times during their wanderings in the desert that the Hebrews seemed to want to return to the comfort of slavery – because at least they knew what to expect there and they didn’t need to take command of their own destinies. Nachshon took a leap of faith. He didn’t know what would happen, but had the courage to hope it would be ok.

    While few of us expect miracles today, navigating the difficulties of life requires courage from us, sometimes on a daily basis. This is a courage that many have shown before us so that life might take a different path for them and for others. We also need to have the courage to break out of our own comfort zones from time to time if we want to change our lives, or the lives of those around us. While the alternative might keep us on the shore of safety, it might just be holding us back from something marvellous.


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