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Hot Fuzz - Brilliant Beards and Super Sideburns!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 November 2012

Far from a close shave - Vanessa's talking about all things facial hair today so if you've ever had John McCririck mutton chops or a Craig David pencil beard let us know! Dyspeptic is the week's first Word Of The Day and Tracey Pollock in Sittingbourne is our latest Jolly Good Fellow, with The Seekers 'The Carnival Is Over' her birthday number 1.

Music Played

17 items
  • Image for Free

    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack From Now On

    Good Feeling, Carrack-UK

  • Image for T.V. Carpio
  • Image for Larry Adler

    Larry Adler Genevieve

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Searchers

    The Searchers Needles & Pins

    (Single), Pye

  • Image for Labrinth

    Labrinth and Emeli Sandé Beneath Your Beautiful

    Electronic Earth, Sony

  • Image for Candi Staton

    Candi Staton Nights On Broadway

    Bee Gees Songbook (Various Artists), Connoisseur

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Andrew Gold

      Andrew Gold Thank You For Being A Friend

      Jukebox 70's Hits -I Got The Music In, Old Gold

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne Mercy Mercy

    Long Wave, Frontiers Records, 4

  • Image for Gloria Gaynor

    Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell (C'est La Vie)

    The Best Of Chuck Berry, MCA

  • Image for Steps

    Steps Light Up The World

    (CD Single), Steps Recordings, 1

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Tracey Pollock in Sittingourne' Birthday number 1

    • Image for The Seekers

      The Seekers The Carnival Is Over

      The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for The Overtones

    The Overtones Higher

    Higher, Warner Bros, 3

  • Image for Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Runaway

    60's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold, 1


    It’s Guru Nanak’s birthday this week. Yes, Jesus doesn’t have the monopoly on birthdays at this time of year! Sikhs will be celebrating with what Harwinder Singh calls an “attitude of gratitude” – you can hear his thoughts about ‘thankfulness’ on Wednesday.

    One of the first things we teach kids is the importance of saying, ‘thank you’. Yet it’s amazing how many grown-ups seem to forget those two important little words. But this is nothing new. In the Bible there’s a story about how Jesus was passing through a village when he saw ten people suffering from leprosy, or Hansen’s Disease, as it’s also known. Basically, it’s a horrible and slow illness that destroys the nerve endings, causing parts of the body like fingers and toes to get eaten away and mutilated. (Sorry if you’re eating your breakfast!)

    Because of all this, people in Jesus’ day believed lepers were ‘unclean’ and should keep their distance. So, the 10 men had to yell out to Jesus to get his attention and to beg him for mercy. They’d probably heard rumours that he was a great teacher and healer. To cut the full story short, Jesus had compassion and healed the lot – all 10 of them.

    Now, if I’d been healed of man flu, let alone leprosy, I’d be over the moon and would certainly want to shake the hand of my helper. But, that’s not what happens. 9 of them clear off and only one returns to express his thanks – and he was the one least likely to talk to Jesus because of their religious differences. Yet, this one guy was so grateful, he threw himself down at Jesus’ feet.

    As for the other 9, we’re not told whether they felt bad about not saying ‘thank you’. Perhaps they simply forgot in all the excitement. I don’t know. But I do agree with the American journalist and feminist, Gloria Steinem, who pointed out that silent gratitude isn’t much good to anyone!

    It’s an occupational hazard, but I conduct lots of funeral services. Some of the eulogies, or ‘words of thanksgiving’, are beautiful and moving. It just makes me sad that some people never get around to saying ‘thank you’ before their loved-ones die. What’s more, they’re quick to blame God for all the bad stuff, but can reach the end of their lives without saying thanks for any of the good things.

    So, I’m going to make sure I tell my nearest and dearest that I really appreciate them today and speak out my thankfulness!

    Oh, and THANK YOU, for listening to this!



    Vanessa's first word this week is dyspeptic, meaning to suffer from dyspepsia, which is deranged or impaired digestion.

    It can also mean gloomy, pessimistic and irritable, which you understandably would be if you were dyspeptic!


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