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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 August 2012

Vanessa asks this morning - what have you tried to fix but actually ended up making worse?

Plus in today's Happy Birthday slot Biddy Walker wishes her daughter Anna a joyful 21st as Vanessa plays the number 1 from when she was born - Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Charles & Eddie

    Charles & Eddie Would I Lie To You?

    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Help Yourself

    Tom Jones - Greatest Hits, Universal

  • Image for Syreeta

    Syreeta Your Kiss Is Sweet

    Motown Hits Of Gold Vol.7 (Various), Motown

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Pride

    Life In A Beautiful Light, Mercury, 2

  • Image for Aswad

    Aswad Don't Turn Around

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Ronan Keating

    Ronan Keating Fires

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Crowded House

    Crowded House Don't Dream It's Over

    Crowded House - Recurring Dream, Capitol

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Glen Campbell

      Glen Campbell Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

      Meet Glen Campbell, EMI, 1

  • Image for Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)

    A Kiss Before You Go, Propeller Recordings

  • Image for Gene Kelly

    Gene Kelly Singin' In The Rain

    Musical Wonderland (Various Artists), Warner Strategic Marketi

  • Image for Earth, Wind & Fire

    Earth, Wind & Fire September

    Greatest Hits Of 1978 (Various Artis, Premier, 3

  • Image for The Script

    The Script and will.i.am Hall Of Fame

    #3 (Deluxe Edition), Sony

  • Image for The Ronettes

    The Ronettes Be My Baby

    The Best Of The Ronettes, Phil Spector Int

  • Happy Birthday song for Anna Chadsey

    • Image for Bryan Adams

      Bryan Adams Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

      (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie China Girl

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI


    I love parties, I enjoy festivals, community knees-ups. Feasts and fun are such good news. At the Festival of Britain in 1951, we were encouraged to really let our hair down and enjoy ourselves after the horrors of war. Living in London I remember the opening of the Royal Festival Hall and the futuristic metal sculpture the Skylon on the South bank of the Thames. Much more fun were the Festival Pleasure Gardens in Battersea Park where Roland Emett built his Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway, a sheer delight. For those who couldn’t get to London there were arts festivals in major towns and cities all over the United Kingdom.

    The next village to us has a medieval church dedicated to St George and once a year we celebrate Saint George’s Day there. One year we decided to go just a bit further than a simple church service. We organised a St George’s Festival on the recreation ground with stalls, games, something for everyone to enjoy. I’ve always liked the idea of dragons, so I borrowed a dragon suit from the medieval mummers in a neighbouring village. I put on the suit, became a dragon and engaged in a fight to the death with St George, played with enormous bravery by one of our churchwardens. We both got thoroughly into our roles, and were completely exhausted by the end of the fight. For the life of me, I can’t remember who won. It might even have been the dragon. The next day I kept the dragon suit and wore it while preaching about Saint George. Some visitors from Scotland were very surprised!

    All the major faiths have festivals, times to celebrate, throw open the doors, welcome strangers and share good news, joy and laughter. So, whatever the reason for a festival, go out and have the time of your life. No question, festivals are good for you.


    Today's word comes from the latin for “place of life” - a vivarium is an area, usually encliosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation and research.


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