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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 August 2012

Buttons, a box or a basin - what's your favourite low-tech toy? Plus today's Happy Birthday song is San Francisco from the late Scott McKenzie, for Jenny Kemp in Essex.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Bananarama

    Bananarama Robert De Niro's Waiting

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Pride

    Life In A Beautiful Light, Mercury, 2

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Chocolate Girl

    Deacon Blue - Raintown, CBS

  • Image for Ben E. King

    Ben E. King Stand By Me

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Runaways

    Battle Born, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Fat Larry's Band

    Fat Larry's Band Zoom

    The Love Album (CD 1) (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael White Light

    (CD Single), Aegean, 1

  • Image for Roberta Flack

    Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway Where Is The Love

    The Best Of Roberta Flack, Atlantic, 4

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Under The Westway

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Sweet Little Sixteen

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Maria

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute

  • Image for Hot Chocolate

    Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing

    Hot Chocolate, EMI, 16

  • Happy Birthday song of Jenny Kemp

    • Image for Scott McKenzie

      Scott McKenzie San Francisco

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

  • Image for Lemar

    Lemar Invincible

    (CD Single), Sony, 1


    Arts festivals, beer festivals, folk festivals, literary festivals, comedy festivals, film festivals, music festivals, food festivals. Bank holiday weekend is festival time!

    The word ‘festival’ comes from the same root as the word ‘feast’ – in fact historically the two words meant exactly the same thing.

    Chatting with the owner of my local Greek restaurant, I asked what the difference was between a meal and a feast. ‘People’ he replied. ‘The essential ingredient of a good meal is meat!’ He was, of course, assuming that I wasn’t a vegetarian. ‘On the other hand’, he said, ‘the essential ingredient of a good feast is community.” It was a great answer. And just like a feast, a festival is a celebration of a community’s life together.

    The principle of community or interdependency is even built into the very nature of the universe.

    The tree needs the soil.
    The soil needs the rain.
    The rain needs the cloud.
    The cloud needs the air.
    The air needs the tree.

    And this same interdependency is just as vital to humanity. The way I see it, it’s impossible to be fully human without being with, and committed to, others. We need both to know and to be known.

    The mystery of the universe is such that even our very formation requires the active participation of others. No life comes into being in isolation. Each one of us is the product of community and from the very beginning our lives are inseparably bound up with others.

    Jesus once distilled all his teaching down to this basic principle: ‘Love God. Love others. Love them the way you love yourself. That’s all.’ This, he said was what true religion is really all about. In fact, it’s at the heart of what our lives should be all about.

    So, this weekend, if you can, enjoy a good feast or festival and remember the words of my Greek friend – ‘the essential ingredient of a good meal is meat! The essential ingredient of a good feast is community.’


    The second word this week was 'juxtaposition' - an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.


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