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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 25 July 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 UB40 with Chrissie Hynde

    UB40 with Chrissie Hynde Breakfast In Bed

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Ring Ring

    Abba, Polydor

  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man

    Eliminator, Warner Bros

  • Gossip Move In The Right Direction

    A Joyful Noise, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Train

    Train 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

    Cailfornia 37, Sony, 5

  • Image for Osibisa

    Osibisa Sunshine Day

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll 1976, Connoisseur

  • Image for Ry Cooder

    Ry Cooder Little Sister

    Ry Cooder - Bop Till You Drop, Warner Bros

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo The Winner

    (CD Single), Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Linda Ronstadt

    Linda Ronstadt Different Drum

    Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits, Asylum

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 Payphone

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys All Summer Long

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI

  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer Bad Girls

    Donna Summer - Summer Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Everything Changes

    Take That - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for JD McPherson

    JD McPherson Your Love

    Signs & Signifiers, Rounder, 011

  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

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

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles All My Loving

    The Beatles: 1962-1966, Apple, 3


    As the Olympics begins in London this week, I’m finally feeling excited. What I’m most looking forward to is watching both visitors and athletes from around the world interacting with each other, whether that be just milling in the open air, or engaging in sporting challenge.

    The Olympics is one of those exceptional occasions where the differences between nationalities and ethnicities manage a rare balance between being overlooked in favour of common human endeavour, while at the same time as being noted and even openly discussed. Usual ethnic and national stereotypes are generally put to one side, and there’s an attempt to judge people on their merits.

    We are able to do this because the baseline for participation is shared humanity, and the aspiration to push the limits is also shared. The differences are a positive: highlighting the many ways that human beings can approach the same challenges to achieve results.

    The ritual of the hajj has similar underlying themes. For Muslims the pilgrimage is the opportunity to gather in Mecca to complete one of the obligations of Islam. The pilgrims who number more than 2 million people come together from different cultures, ethnicities and geographies with the common goal of performing specific religious rites at the Kaba and surrounding areas. The shared purpose is even more emphasised as indicators of class, wealth and provenance are eradicated by all pilgrims wearing the same white clothes.

    In both situations, people are put into close proximity with each other, forced to look past difference towards their common goals. This combination of closeness and shared purpose eliminates our fear of difference and the prejudice that all too often results from it.

    The Qur’an talks very pointedly about differences between people and the purpose of this difference. “We created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes” it explains, and then says why: “so that you may know each other”

    Difference is a good thing, a helpful thing. There’s a purpose and a pleasure to difference.

  • Vanessa's Word Of The Day

    We don't like to rabbit on, but -well we're a bit "leporine" you see.

    Because we resemble a rabbit or a hare. In a certain light anyway...


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