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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 August 2012

A fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Common People

    (CD Single), Island, 5

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair

    Fall To Grace, RCA, 2

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Streets Of Philadelphia

    Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits, Columbia

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini 10/10

    Sunny Side Up, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Fergus Sings The Blues

    Deacon Blue- Our Town (Greatest Hits), Columbia

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights

    Some Nights, Atlantic

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off

    Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1

  • Image for Mark Wynter

    Mark Wynter Venus In Blue Jeans

    The Greatest Hits Of 1962, Premier

  • Image for Kristina Train

    Kristina Train Dream Of Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Uptown Girl

    An Innocent Man, CBS

  • Image for Lily Allen

    Lily Allen Smile

    (CD Single), Regal

  • Image for INXS

    INXS Need You Tonight

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Shine

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Matt Monro

    Matt Monro On Days Like These

    Matt Monro Sings Don Black, EMI

  • Image for Matchbox Twenty

    Matchbox Twenty She's So Mean

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Fill My Little World

    (CD Single), Universal Island

  • Image for Wings

    Wings Silly Love Songs

    Wings - At The Speed Of Sound, Parlophone

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Summertime In The City

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Tiffany

    Tiffany I Think We're Alone Now

    Now 12 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Taylor Dayne

    Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart

    Hits Album 8, Part 1 (Various), Hits Album

  • Image for The Pioneers

    The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Heart Of Glass

    Billboard Top Hits: 1979 (Various), Rhino, 13

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American Girl

    Greatest Hits, MCA

  • Image for Thomas Newman

    Thomas Newman Theme from American Beauty

    American Beauty, SKG Music L.L.C

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence

    The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel, Columbia

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Under The Westway

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    With Sarah Joseph.

    My son will be getting his GCSE results in a short while.

    They are his first big exam results and he is sitting, waiting on tender hooks.

    I can remember getting my O’level results, it was a terrifying moment to rip open the envelope and receive the judgement of examiners, but 25 years ago it did not feel like your whole life ahead of you depended on those results. Which is in stark contrast to today, where children are told that unless they get a clutch of top grades they can’t hope to have a future. Which is ridiculous in my opinion. Plenty of things go wrong in life, but the future still unfolds. Plenty of children are late bloomers – and may not be ready by the moment when the system says they must be.

    It’s all too easy to become obsessed with grades, and league tables, and key performance indicators. And to forget that children are human beings—all with their own unique blessings! And surely there are better things to measure a person by. What is the point to it all – unless we are decent, caring, loving and engaged human beings, for surely that it the proper judgement of a life.

    I’m not diminishing that striving for excellence in any endeavour is important, including exams, however, the truth is – whatever is in those envelopes this morning: good, bad, or inbetween—it is not the end of the world.

    For all of us, every new day is the beginning of something. Our past, and all that went before, shapes us, but it does not have to define us.

    It is never too late to make a change, it is never too late to think the path you’ve gone down is the wrong one, it is never too late to commit more fully and more wholesomely to the path you’re on. The important thing is to grasp life with both hands, embrace it, and to be the very best human being that we can be.

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