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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 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 Paul Simon

    Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 4

  • Image for Richard Hawley

    Richard Hawley Tonight The Streets Are Ours

    (CD Single), Mute

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo The Winner

    (CD Single), Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Bill Withers

    Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Daniel Powter

    Daniel Powter Cupid

    Turn On The Lights, EMI, 1

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Rock With You

    Michael Jackson - History, Epic

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Summer Son

    Texas - The Greatest Hits, Mercury

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Cracklin' Rosie

    Neil Diamond - The Ultimate Collectio, Columbia/Mca

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters Baby Come Home

    Magic Hour, Polydor, 1

  • Image for JD McPherson

    JD McPherson Your Love

    Signs & Signifiers, Rounder, 011

  • Image for Etta James

    Etta James I Just Want To Make Love To You

    Etta James- The Genuine Article, Mca/Chess

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters I'm So Excited

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for 10cc

    10cc Good Morning Judge

    The Very Best Of 10cc, Mercury

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Sovereign Light Cafe

    Strangeland, Island, 1

  • Image for Blues Brothers

    Blues Brothers Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

    Simply The Best Movie Album (Various), Warner Strategic Market

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute

  • Image for Sly & The Family Stone

    Sly & The Family Stone Dance To The Music

    Dancing In The Street (Various), Elite


    I confess that I can be a bit of a cynic. When I’m tired and life is tough the cynical bit of me chews away at my belief that the world is good and that people can do great things. So when I heard all those years ago that the Olympics were coming to London, there was a bit of me that said ‘so what?’ Well I’ve been working on the Olympic Park for two weeks now and I am pretty much cured of my cynicism.

    I love the fact that as you walk through the Park there are yellow, orange and blue meadow flowers all around you, and they’ve all come into bloom at the right moment.

    I love the fact that all the volunteers like me were issued with umbrellas as part of our uniforms, and we’re all now using them as parasols.

    I love the fact that 60 000 people are taking part in the Opening Ceremony tonight, and they’ve all kept it a great big secret.

    I love the fact that in the Faith Room where I’m working you can find Jews and Muslims and Christians meeting and talking and praying side by side.

    The thing that I love most is that someone had a dream that the Olympics could be in the UK. But they didn’t only dream it, they also made it happen.

    And while all that has been going on, all round the world thousands of athletes have been training and straining to jump that extra five centimetres or shave another tenth of a second off their personal best - and not only believing it, but finding a way of making it happen.

    And now the Games are here, and even though I’m only the tiniest cog in this great big machine, it’s having a genuine impact on me. It’s doing something for my faith. You see the opposite of faith isn’t doubt. Not at all. In my experience faith and doubt can live very well together. No, the opposite of faith is cynicism. That’s what’s really destructive. Faith is all about being able to imagine great things, to believe that things could go well – and of course working to make those things happen. That kind of faith is hard for any of us to sustain when life is tough - and that’s true for believers as much as for anyone else. But it’s right at the heart of the Olympic Games. Every athlete I’ve met this week has it; every volunteer I’ve worked with seems to have it; Seb Coe has it in spades…and I’m delighted to say its rubbing off on me. I hope when we watch the opening ceremony tonight we won’t just come away thinking “that was fantastic” – which I’m sure it will be. I hope we’ll all come away feeling just a bit less cynical and just a bit more hopeful.


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