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Joyeux Noel Shopping!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 03 December 2012

Vanessa starts a new with with a show featruing pigeon French, Christmas shopping and last-minute replacements. Plus the Mistress Of The Words Lynn Bowles introduced rubicon into our lexicon and Richard Martin from Chelmsford was our Jolly Good Fellow with Harry Belafonte's version of Mary's Boy Child his birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for John Parr

    John Parr St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Hometown

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Smokey Robinson

    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Shop Around

    Tamla Motown Gold (Various), Motown

  • Image for Crowded House

    Crowded House Four Seasons In One Day

    Crowded House - Recurring Dream, Capitol

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Little Lies

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 6

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Paul McCartney

      Paul McCartney Hope Of Deliverance

      Now 24 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Here With Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Chic

    Chic Everybody Dance

    The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra, Columbia

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

    Whitney Houston - Whitney, Arista

  • Richard Martin's Birthday number 1

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1


    This week on Pause for thought we will be contemplating Hope, as our Christian friends begin marking advent and their preparations for Christmas.

    Listening to the news and reflecting on the state of the economy, ongoing wars and conflicts, child abuse scandals and so forth it can seem like everything is in a downward spiral, and frankly rather hopeless. I suspect we have all experienced periods in our own lives when things have felt equally hopeless, no matter how optimistic our outlook normally is. Perhaps illness or bad news, a difficult colleague or real tragedy in our lives can leave us feeling that there is just no let up, and hope seems a very distant glimmer.

    For two thousand years, the Jewish people lived in a state of hope. With the majority of Jews exiled from the land of Israel, Judaism grew, developed and changed, but continued to pray for a return to their home. For many, that hope became a reality in the twentieth century, after what was the most hopeless period; the Holocaust.
    But that wasn’t the end of hope; the Israeli National Anthem ‘Hatikvah’ means ‘The Hope’. It is in part a song of hopes fulfilled, but it is also a song of continued hoping. We continue to hope that Israel will live in a time of peace, justice and safety for all her inhabitants, and many around the world continue to work for these hopes both within and outside the Jewish community. They all help to give me hope for a better future in the region, but ultimately it is the children who live on both sides of the conflict that will decide our hopes one way or the other.

    Hope often seems to lie in the next generation. We need to teach our children to be comfortable with difference, so that they hope for more and live better than previous generations. As the Indian Poet Tagore says: “Each child’s birth comes with the message that God has not yet given up on humanity”. But perhaps it is also unfair to always leave it to those coming after us to clear up, and we ourselves need to make sure we are working towards our hopes and dreams too.

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    The Rubicon is a shallow river in northeastern Italy running from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea.

    Its place in history derives from Julius Caesar effectively giving birth to the Roman Empire by crossing it in 49BC.

    Having led his troops from Gaul, Caesar had paused on the northern end of the river knowing that after crossing there would be no turning back. It would be a crime against Rome for him to bring his troops in from the province, but if he didn't, he would be stripped of command and prosecuted.

    Although he hesitated, Caesar did cross the Rubicon after famously declaring “the die has been cast” (alea iacta est) - thereby starting a civil war.


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