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You wear it well!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 November 2012

Vanessa asks about your one absolutely, positively guaranteed-to-turn-heads outfit. Merengue and meringue are the final Words Of The Day and Kaitlyn Pake is our Jolly Good Fellow, with Mandy by Westlife her birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell The Onion Song

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for The Wailers

    The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers Buffalo Soldier

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • Image for Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi

    Joni Mitchell, Reprise

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Hurts Like Heaven

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Bananarama

    Bananarama Robert De Niro's Waiting

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Image for Danny Wilson

    Danny Wilson Mary's Prayer

    Meet Danny Wilson, Virgin

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Dido

      Dido Thank You

      Now 49 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Ride A White Swan

    Million Sellers Vol.18 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran Give Me Love

    + (Plus), Atlantic

  • Image for The Cardigans

    The Cardigans Lovefool

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Kaitlyn Pake's Birthday number 1

    • Image for Westlife

      Westlife Westlife - Mandy

      (CD Single), BMG

  • Image for The Overtones

    The Overtones Higher

    Higher, Warner Bros, 3


    Last week, as I sat down to my annual Thanksgiving feast, I was reminded why Thanksgiving is America's most universally celebrated holiday. It is, quite simply, the perfect ecumenical holiday: inclusive, flexible, unifying everyone around the theme of gratitude, plus it has a great menu. It is hard not to love it - except, of course, if you’re a turkey.

    Three years ago, I became a proud British citizen. While I have embraced every aspect of this new identity, I must admit that I do miss Thanksgiving terribly. I so love the idea of a national day of thanks when virtually everyone is united in expressing gratitude for the country that we are blessed to live in.

    I feel similarly grateful to be part of this country. Britain is a place which has given the world cricket, the internet, Shakespeare, penicillin, the Beatles, and most importantly Scotch. It is a country that believes that education and health care are fundamental human rights. And it is a nation which has welcomed me as an immigrant, along with countless others like me.

    This final element - welcoming immigrants - has never been taken for granted by Jews. As a people who have a history of being expelled from various countries over the course of our history, we are deeply grateful to live in modern democracies where minorities are valued and protected. It is therefore, no wonder that each Saturday morning, all over the world, Jews recite a special prayer for the government of the country in which they live, asking that God bless all who exercise just and rightful authority there. We as Jews give thanks for being citizens and do not take that for granted.

    I suppose it’s unreasonable of me to wish that all of my adopted country of Great Britain would start celebrating the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Yet I cannot help but fantasise how we here in the UK might find a way to combine the notion of saying a regular prayer for our country with a national day of thanksgiving. That way, every proud Brit, not just new immigrants – could stop and collectively give thanks for this remarkable nation where we are blessed to live.



    Merenge is a type of music and dance originating in the Dominican Republic, which has become popular throughout Latin America. The etymology of its name is much disputed, with some believing that it’s similar to some West African words related to dance and music.

    However there is also a school of thought that it may derived from the French meringue, which is our second word today. Meringue is as we all know, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar which is often associated with French and Swiss cuisine.


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