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Richard Wilson and Daniel Roche on the phone

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 May 2012

Richard Wilson and Daniel Roche are on the phone before they head off to the Hay Festival to read some of our 500 Words stories live on the radio...

We speak to a very happy Cornish pasty maker in Penzance after the news of the pasty tax being dropped...

Today's On This Day comes to you courtesy of one of Team GB's best Handball talents who is gunning for gold at London 2012, Holly Lam-Moores.

And could we have a contender for 2nd place in the Baby Race?!

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Music Played

25 items
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    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • Image for Emin

    Emin Baby Get Higher

    (CD Single), Saffron, 1

  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News and Huey Lewis The Power Of Love

    Huey Lewis & The News - Fore!, Chrysalis

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash I Fought The Law

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Supertramp

    Supertramp Breakfast In America

    The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Ray Of Light

    Madonna - Greatest Hits Volume 2, Maverick, 10

  • Image for The Cure

    The Cure Boys Don't Cry

    Staring At The Sea: The Singles, Fiction

  • Image for Gary Barlow

    Gary Barlow, The Commonwealth Band and Military Wives Sing

    (CD Single), Decca

  • Image for Chubby Checker

    Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again

    (Single), Columbia

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Dangerous

    (CD Single), Rocket, 1

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Lay Lady Lay

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Slow It Down

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Taxman

    The Beatles - Revolver, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Domino

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl They Don't Know

    Galore - The Best Of Kirsty MacColl, Virgin

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Hit Or Miss

    (CD Single), Gut Records, 5

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. Near Wild Heaven

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

  • Image for The Foundations

    The Foundations Baby Now That I've Found You

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Caroline

    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Morten Harket

    Morten Harket Scared Of Heights

    (CD Single), Wrasse Records, 3

  • Image for The Zutons

    The Zutons Valerie

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for Midge Ure

    Midge Ure If I Was

    Electric Dreams (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Nikita

    Friends & Lovers (Various Artists), K-Tel

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Buildings And Treetops

    (CD Single), 157 Records

  • Image for Duffy

    Duffy Mercy

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Pause For Thought

    With Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue.

    I talked about cheesecake last week, which we eat to celebrate the festival of Shavuot, Pentecost. But we also stayed up studying all night on Saturday, so that we should not miss one bit of the festival where God gave us the Torah, the five books of Moses. It’s a custom that’s grown in popularity, so that literally hundreds of people joined us. There’s a growing desire to immerse ourselves in religious experience, and it’s happening in other faiths too. In the morning, our service started with scattering rose petals on the ground, to savour the sweet smell of the Torah, the law, and then the Ten Commandments read with the whole congregation standing, whilst four people held a prayer shawl over the reader’s head, to symbolise a marriage canopy, the marriage between God and the people of Israel in accepting the law. It smells wonderful, and there are flowers everywhere. But what struck me most of all was how popular it is. It’s as if we don’t provide enough opportunities for people to explore their spirituality in different- and quite intense- ways. It’s as if there’s need out there for more events that allow long periods of study and thought- and, of course, cheesecake eating. It’s as if celebrating the flowers and the dairy harvest and the giving of the Torah has somehow combined into something people really mind about. We asked them to bring dried fruit too, to be given to destitute asylum seekers and others, for traditionally we bring fruit and flowers on Pentecost. But it’s made me realise that we have far more to do to meet people’s spiritual needs. Ordinary services don’t work for some people. But this all night study, socialising, eating, smelling, celebrating- maybe it gets to people through almost all their senses. Maybe we need to be less intellectual, and recognise people’s need to explore their spirituality in every way possible, not just with their heads and hearts.


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