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Dad's Army, Royal Babies and Tank Tops!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 04 December 2012

We meet the lady who owns one the most iconic pieces of Dad's Army memorabilia...

We ask the Editor of the Independent about how many column inches the Royal Baby deserves.

Chris has been sent a tank top by a lovely listener.

Molly from Portishead (who's 10 years old) tells us about going to a swimming gala for the first time.

Gareth Gates tells us what happened On This Day in history.

We speak to the man who is the voice of our favourite Radio 2 trail at the moment...

And Sarah Joseph, Editor of emel magazine shares her wisdom.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople Roll Away The Stone

    Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits, CBS

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for The Dandy Warhols

    The Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You

    (CD Single), Capitol, 7

  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News Do You Believe In Love

    It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various), EMI

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

    Green River, Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Terence Trent D'Arby

    Terence Trent D'Arby If You Let Me Stay

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Image for U2

    U2 Pride (In The Name Of Love)

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 1

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Bright Lights Bigger City

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Fats Domino

    Fats Domino I'm Walkin'

    The Best Of Fats Domino, Liberty

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue On A Night Like This (The Abbey Road Sessions)

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 2

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye Too Busy Thinking 'bout My Baby

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Boyzone

    Boyzone Baby Can I Hold You

    Boyzone - By Request, Polydor

  • Image for Dean Martin

    Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    Cool Couples (Various Artists), Sanctuary

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Hometown

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

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Brilliant Disguise

    Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits, Columbia

  • Image for Peter Frampton

    Peter Frampton Baby I Love Your Way

    Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way, A&M

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé and Labrinth Beneath Your Beautiful

    Electronic Earth, Sony

  • Image for Barry White

    Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everything

    Barry White - The Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Whigfield

    Whigfield Saturday Night

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Joe Dolce Music Theatre

    Joe Dolce Music Theatre Shaddap You Face

    Novelty No.1's (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Renée and Renato

    Renée and Renato Save Your Love

    For My Valentine, Disky, 1

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and The Attractions Oliver's Army

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders I'll Stand By You

    The Love Album (CD 2) (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band Rock 'n Me

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Cher

    Cher It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Pause for Thought

    From Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    Today is the 20th anniversary of my dad's death.

    Even though two decades have elapsed I still struggle with many aspects of his passing.

    Firstly there was the suddenness of it. A fit, healthy 57 year old - he had been a swimmer and pole vaulter in his youth- got up from the lunch table, said he didn't feel too well, sat down on the sofa and died. He'd suffered a massive heart attack.

    Then there was the timing. He died the week before my wedding. Next week I celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. There is always a bitter sweetness around this time of year.

    But most of all, it is the regret I carry of my unresolved relationship with him which is the hardest thing to bear. My memories of him are few and far between.

    And thus 20 years on, that suddenness, that bitter-sweetness, that regret, shape who I am.

    I try not to take anyone or anything for granted. We just never know when is going to be that last moment. I try not to let the sun set on an argument; to leave the house, or to see my husband or one of my children leave, without saying goodbye, and to say 'I love you.'

    I try to remember that happiness and sadness are twins. The saying, "and this too must pass" applies to both. One should never be so exuberant about all that is happy, for one should be prepared for the more difficult moments that will inevitably come in everyone's life. One should never be too down about things which will go wrong, for happiness will follow. As the Qur'an puts it, "With hardship comes ease."

    And finally, I try and live with no regrets, putting everything I have into whatever is in front of me at that moment. We should try to give 100% everyday.

    When someone we love is gone, or we ourselves have passed on, that's it for this world. The living years are all we have to invest in. Let's make the most of them.

    I know song choice is not my remit, but this does rather nicely lead into Mike & The Mechanics - The Living Years... It's a song which has been on my mind these days.


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