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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 May 2012

Join Vanessa for an ideal start to the day - a first look at the papers & great music to ease you into the world! Plus Word of the Day & more. Contact via email: vfeltz@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

17 items
  • Image for Sheila & B. Devotion

    Sheila & B. Devotion Spacer

    Best Disco Album In The World...Ever!, Virgin

  • Image for Perry Como

    Perry Como Magic Moments

    50's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold

  • Image for Paul Young and The Q-Tips

    Paul Young and The Q-Tips SYSLJFM (The Letter Song)

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Hit Or Miss

    (CD Single), Gut Records, 5

  • Image for Petula Clark

    Petula Clark Downtown

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Katie Melua

    Katie Melua Moonshine

    (CD Single), Dramatico

  • Image for Charles & Eddie

    Charles & Eddie Would I Lie To You?

    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar

  • Image for Rose Royce

    Rose Royce Car Wash

    Now 12 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Rumer

    Rumer P.F. Sloan

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for U2

      U2 Beautiful Day

      Now 47 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny London

    (CD Single), Mighty Village, 1

  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

    Billy Ocean - Love Is For Ever (L.I.F, Jive

  • Image for Crowded House

    Crowded House Distant Sun

    Crowded House - Recurring Dream, Capitol

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Stand Up

    Who You Are, Island

  • Katie Manning's I Want To Wake Up With You

    • Image for The Doobie Brothers

      The Doobie Brothers Listen To The Music

      The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers, Warner Bros

  • Image for Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson Dark Side

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams and Melanie C When You're Gone

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury


    I grew up in the 1950s. The war was over, rationing was fading into the past. A new young Queen was on the throne. The NHS was delivering free health care. Crime was low. The economy was beginning to boom. Fridges and washing machines were making home life easier. Families could afford their first cars. Rock’n’roll was sweeping away the dreary dance hall music of the 40s. But you could still buy bread from the baker, meat from the butcher and greens from the grocer. Those were the days…

    Was this a golden age? The Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, certainly thought so. ‘You’ve never had it so good,’ he said in 1957. Ah, glory days. Certainly, through the tinted specs of nostalgia, those days look pretty glorious. We had proper summers then, jumpers for goalposts, yeah yeah….

    But of course, there’s no such thing as a golden age. There was another side to the fifties. Poverty, smog, hypocrisy – a society so riddled by class divisions, it was hard to escape your background. If you failed the eleven plus; if you arrived, shivering from the Caribbean on the Windrush; if you had a child out of wedlock, if you were gay, life may not have looked quite so glorious then.

    It’s easy to think the past was better, or that tomorrow will be a better day. But here’s a thought. Maybe today is our glory day. I know times may be tough, but there’s always a moment to cherish. A flash of sun caught in a window, a blackbird singing a sacred song, a smile from a stranger, a child’s earthy chuckle. Jesus of Nazareth urges us not to live in the past, or the future, but to grab the moment. ‘Don’t worry about tomorrow,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow will worry about itself’. Look outside, whatever the weather, it’s a glorious day.

  • Vanessa's Word Of The Day

    Today's word is "synonym", a word that has an almost identical meaning to another word, like "car" & "automobile"


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