Music Played16 items
The Clash I Fought The Law
Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood
(Single), Island, 5
Rumer Travelin' Boy
Boys Don't Cry, Atlantic, 4
Eric Church Springsteen
Chief, Wrasse Records, 1
Kid Creole and the Coconuts Annie I'm Not Your Daddy
Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia
10cc The Dean & I
The Very Best Of 10cc, Mercury
Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair
Fall To Grace, RCA, 2
The Style Council You're The Best Thing
Classic, Universal, 6
Train 50 Ways To Say Goodbye
Cailfornia 37, Sony, 5
Billy Joel Tell Her About It
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS
David Bowie Golden Years
David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI
Keane Sovereign Light Cafe
Strangeland, Island, 1
The Beat Can't Get Used To Losing You
The Best Of, Go-Feet
Madonna Turn Up The Radio
(CD Single), Interscope Records
The Kinks Tired Of Waiting For You
The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv, 6
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: WRITER, SHELINA JANMOHAMED
It’s the beginning of Ramadan this week, the Islamic month of fasting, where Muslims refrain from bodily intake from dawn to dusk. I’ve hung my timetable on the wall which indicates for each day of the month, the exact minute when morning breaks and when night falls, the minutes which mark the boundaries of the fast.
In these longer days of the British summer when the day starts as early as 230, and night does not set till well after 9pm, fasting is no mean feat.
The rigid discipline feels unmanageable – it’s just not normal to refuse all food and water for nearly twenty hours. It’s the morning coffee I miss most, that, and the pleasure of tasting flavours and food.
But you get used to it surprisingly quickly, usually within a few days, and the discipline yields some surprising results. Your body stops dominating how you structure your day because huge swathes of time are freed up from preparing and consuming breakfast and lunch. Instead of thinking about your body all the time, you can think about you.
The discipline extends to cutting out gossip and what you come to realise is pointless chatter – admittedly guilty pleasures. Again it’s surprising how much time this frees up for self-reflection and resolutions, and actually getting round to do the things you always meant to do. It’s like new year, but you have a whole month ahead of you with a vast community of nearly two billion people all pulling in the same direction during which to embed your resolutions.
Almost exactly as Muslims are participating in Ramadan, and all the physical, mental and spiritual focus that requires, the Olympics will be taking place in London. For these athletes, discipline is a way of life, a means towards achieving their dreams. The structure, rigour and absolute commitment towards their goals will reach a culmination during these three weeks.
Discipline, rules and structure are unfashionable these days, seen as being repressive. But our celebration of events like the Olympics should make us stop and think about the fact that discipline is quite the opposite of constraint: instead discipline releases our potential. Of course upholding discipline in our lives is tough, but if we want to see the potential it can liberate, all we need to do is to watch the incredible achievements of the Olympians over the coming weeks.
Vanessa's Word Of The Day
Today's word is "rill", which can be a narrow incision into topsoil layers - that's a stream in most cases! - a small canal of brick or concrete used to transport water, or a lined channel for water in the design of a fountain.
Vanessa's Special Extra Word Of The Day
As you know, we spent the morning asking you for the words you thought should be in a dictionary but aren't, and our favourite came from Pepe in Brackley.
It's "daddle", as in "that job's a daddle".
What does it mean?
It means Dad'll do it!