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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 July 2012

What's in a word? Or rather, what word would you like to see in the dictionary? 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

16 items
  • Image for Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

    (CD Single), BMG

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash I Fought The Law

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Tom Tom Club

    Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood

    (Single), Island, 5

  • Image for Rumer

    Rumer Travelin' Boy

    Boys Don't Cry, Atlantic, 4

  • Image for Eric Church

    Eric Church Springsteen

    Chief, Wrasse Records, 1

  • Image for Kid Creole and the Coconuts

    Kid Creole and the Coconuts Annie I'm Not Your Daddy

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for 10cc

    10cc The Dean & I

    The Very Best Of 10cc, Mercury

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair

    Fall To Grace, RCA, 2

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council You're The Best Thing

    Classic, Universal, 6

  • Image for Train

    Train 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

    Cailfornia 37, Sony, 5

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Tell Her About It

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Golden Years

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Sovereign Light Cafe

    Strangeland, Island, 1

  • Image for The Beat

    The Beat Can't Get Used To Losing You

    The Best Of, Go-Feet

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Turn Up The Radio

    (CD Single), Interscope Records

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Tired Of Waiting For You

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv, 6


    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!


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