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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 30 August 2012

Damien Hirst was inspired by Blue Peter - what programme had the biggest influence on you? And in today's Happy Birthday slot Vanessa played Dexy's Midnight Runners' Come On Eileen for Ali Gale, who's 30 today.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for The Corrs

    The Corrs Breathless

    (CD Single), 141records/Lava/Atlantic

  • Image for Gloria Gaynor

    Gloria Gaynor I Am What I Am

    Gloria Gaynor, Gold Box

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex I Love To Boogie

    T. Rex - The Singles As & Bs, Repertoire

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights

    Some Nights, Atlantic

  • Image for Natalie Cole

    Natalie Cole Pink Cadillac

    Now 12 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes That Girl

    Contact, Absolute

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Billy Swan

      Billy Swan I Can Help

      Country Legends (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for The Script

    The Script and will.i. am Hall Of Fame

    #3 (Deluxe Edition), Sony

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge Mama Never Told Me

    The Very Best Of Sister Sledge, Atlantic

  • Image for Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper School's Out

    Sounds Of The 70's (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Read All About It (Part III)

    (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel My Life

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Happy Birthday song for Ali Gale

  • Image for Elton John & Pnau

    Elton John & Pnau Foreign Fields

    Good Morning To The Night, Mercury, 6


    I miss Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Their sketch “One leg too few” in which one legged Mr Spigot turns up to audition for the role of Tarzan still makes me laugh helplessly. Yet I don’t laugh when I see footage of a former champion horse rider bravely taking a fortnight to complete this year’s London marathon with the aid of robotic legs.

    Doctors had told horsewoman Claire Lomas she would never walk again after breaking her back in two places but Claire was determined to prove them wrong and raise money for spinal research. She completed the course but under a new rule designed to exclude frivolous entrants, she didn’t get a medal. Other competitors queued up to give her theirs.

    When I walked through the Channel Tunnel in 1994, just before it opened, there were all kinds of people giving up a day and a bit to raise loads of money for their favourite charity, and one of them was over 80 years old and in a wheelchair. I think 117 of us walked, or wheeled, the 31 miles from France to England and something over £2 million pounds were raised. Mind you, I wasn’t half lame the next morning. I tried to get out of bed and fell flat on my face.

    People tell me that the media is all about bad news. Not true. Look at all the stories of heroes who jump into the sea to rescue children, or climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for poor people they will never meet, or who suddenly contribute over a million pounds to a cause for which a marathon runner died during the event. The human spirit is alive and well, sometimes making the headlines, but mostly quietly getting on with life, with courage and with love.


    Our final word this week is 'luthier' – someone who makes or repairs lutes or other string instruments.


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