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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 August 2012

If there was a musical of your life, what would it be called and what songs would feature?

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson Love Train

    Holly Johnson - Blast, MCA, 6

  • Image for Kristina Train

    Kristina Train Dream Of Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Queen

    Queen The Show Must Go On

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for The Osmonds

    The Osmonds One Bad Apple

    The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor

  • Image for Emilia Mitiku

    Emilia Mitiku So Wonderful

    I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for The Four Tops

    The Four Tops Standing In The Shadows Of Love

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Elton John & Pnau

    Elton John & Pnau Foreign Fields

    Good Morning To The Night, Mercury, 6

  • Image for The Brand New Heavies

    The Brand New Heavies Dream On Dreamer

    Now 28 (Various Artists), Now


    • Image for Chicago

      Chicago You're The Inspiration

      The Heart Of Chicago, Reprise

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair

    Fall To Grace, RCA, 2

  • Image for Harry Chapin

    Harry Chapin W.O.L.D.

    (Single), Elektra

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Jive Talkin'

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Joe McElderry

    Joe McElderry Here's What I Believe

    Here's What I Believe, UMC

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise

    Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise, Columbia

  • Happy Birthday song for John Morrison in Aberdeenshire

    • Image for Helen Shapiro

      Helen Shapiro You Don't Know

      The Hits Of 1961 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute


    “The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it” said Helen Keller, deaf, blind American author and activist. Tomorrow sees the opening of London’s Paralympic Games – a celebration of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

    For me, one of the greatest master-classes in overcoming suffering is the story of Nelson Mandela and the others who were imprisoned with him for so long on Robben Island. It was there that together, in spite of their situation, that they planned a different – non-racist, non-violent, inclusive – future for their country and people.

    One of their great inspirations was Mahatma Gandhi, who Mandela described as a “moral genius.” Aged just 23 Gandhi went to South Africa. Within a week he’d already collided head-on with racism, and was thrown out of a ‘whites-only’ train compartment. Though his immediate response was to flee the country, he stayed to pioneer the strategy of non-violent resistance against the injustice around him before heading back to India.

    Gandhi was Inspired by Jesus’ life, and claimed that His radical words “Love your enemies” amounted to the most admired and least practised piece of teaching in history. Gandhi called the strategy he built around this soul force. “In this cause I too am prepared to die” he said, “But…there’s no cause for which I am prepared to kill…It will hurt, as all fighting hurts. But we cannot lose.”

    “The world is full of suffering, and it’s also full of overcoming it” said Helen Keller. She’s right. And, over the next couple of weeks, I’m ready to be inspired, all over again, by the unconquerable strength of the human spirit to overcome the odds and to re-write the record books.


    Two similar sounding words to kick off the week which mean very similar things.

    Foment - to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent.

    Ferment – to work up into a state of agitation



    Bridge Engineer John Morrison was Vanessa's Happy Birthday caller this morning and thrilled her with his description of his favourite bridge.

    John kindly sent us a photo of the Invercauld Bridge to share with all the Radio 2 listeners - it's a beauty isn't it?


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