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Pondering Poinsettias and Highlighting Highlights!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

Asking for your 2012 highlights, finding out the meaning of the word jocund and pondering poinsettias. Plus Tim Cox in Banbury was today's Jolly Good Fellow, with ABBA's Super Trouper his birthday number 1.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Spice Girls

    Spice Girls 2 Become 1

    Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Troublemaker

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Dina Carroll

    Dina Carroll The Perfect Year

    The Very Best Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Polydor

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions Accidents Will Happen

    Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records, 4

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Just Be

    Fall To Grace, Sony

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews Baby It's Cold Outside

    (CD Single), Gut Records

  • Image for Bobby Womack

    Bobby Womack Across 110th Street

    Screen Cuts (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Jenn Bostic

    Jenn Bostic Jealous Of The Angels

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town

    (Single), Vertigo, 10

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Hometown

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

  • Image for Brenda Lee

    Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

    Brenda Lee - The EP Collection, See For Miles

  • Tim Cocks' Birthday #1

    • Image for ABBA

      ABBA Super Trouper

      Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 006

  • Image for The Overtones

    The Overtones Higher

    Higher, Warner Bros, 3

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Little Saint Nick

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Just like yesterday’s word, jocund can also be used when describing a certain Mr S Claus – it means marked by, or suggestive of, high spirits, merriment (like Mr R Hood) and lively mirthfulness.

  • Pause For Thought from Rev Dr Terry Biddington, co-ordinating chaplain at the Manchester Unis

    Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Yule, and Christmas. They’re all festivals of light and times of celebration, fun, hope, and inspiration. ‘Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven,’ says Matthew’s gospel.

    Now, if you’re like me, you may need a reminder of the back story. Jesus had just finished telling the crowd that they were salt of the earth and the light of the world. It was a powerful message and a dangerous one. For in telling ordinary workers, labourers, farmers, and the unemployed that they were special, that they gave life its authenticity and flavour, and were to be set up as examples for the world, was (and always has been) political dynamite. It certainly won Jesus no friends amongst the powerful elites of his day: those most keen to keep their vested interests well out of the light of public scrutiny. And perhaps it’s not difficult to find resonance here with our own times.

    But the real problem that many of us have today is not necessarily that we’re unwilling to listen to the Jesus story: but that we can’t for one minute imagine that any of it might be relevant to us or speak to our own lives. It can be hard to get our heads around the idea that –ordinary people that we are– we might be encouraged to think of ourselves as able to make a difference. That we might be the light of the world!

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.'

    So this year, as I decorate the tree, walk around the bright lights of the shops, watch the dazzling fireworks, or stare wistfully at the stars above, I will try to find a moment to imagine that we’re all born to shine, all meant to show the glory of God that is within us, or else the glorious possibilities for human life, and that all of us called to let this light shine out in the world.

    Who knows – it may just give permission to others to do the same. And wouldn’t that be a sight to be seen!


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