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Happy Birthday Bowie and Presley!

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 January 2013

We play the brand new single from Birthday Boy David Bowie; his first release in a decade!

Professor Brian Cox gives us an astronomy lesson in preparation for Stargazing Live.

8-year-old Elena Kenny from Wyndham tells us about her day out to see the Seals.

Prop professional Nick Robatto and Sonic Screwdriver maker is our Mystery Guest.

Sarah Joseph graces us with her pearls of wisdom for Pause for Thought.

And funny-man Eric Idle gives us a quick history lesson for On This Day.

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople Roll Away The Stone

    Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits, CBS

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Lemar

    Lemar If There's Any Justice

    (CD Single), Sony Music UK

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Yellow

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Read My Mind

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Hometown

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

  • Image for The New Seekers

    The New Seekers I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)

    70's Number Ones Vol 2, Old Gold

  • Image for Middle of the Road

    Middle of the Road Soley Soley

    Million Sellers Vol.13 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Bucks Fizz

    Bucks Fizz Making Your Mind Up

    Chegger's Choice (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Fire & Rain

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Where Are We Now?

    (CD Single), ISO Records

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie The Jean Genie

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Hound Dog

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • 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 Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for Don McLean

    Don McLean Vincent

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Elvis Ain't Dead

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Golden Years

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Way Down

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • Image for The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    The BBC Radiophonic Workshop SW DR WHO Theme (1963)

    The Best Of Cult Fiction (Various), Virgin

  • Image for The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Dr Who (Theme From) (1970 Arrangement)

    A-Z Of British TV Themes Vol 12, Play It Again

  • Image for Peter Howell

    Peter Howell and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Dr Who (Theme From) (1980 Arrangement)

    The Best Of BBC-TV's Themes, BBC Records

  • Image for The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    The BBC Radiophonic Workshop SW DR WHO Theme (1963)

    The Best Of Cult Fiction (Various), Virgin

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Spinning Around

    Now 46 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams and Tina Turner It's Only Love

    Bryan Adams: Waking Up The Neighbours, A&M

  • Image for George Michael & Queen

    George Michael & Queen Somebody To Love

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Where Are We Now?

    (CD Single), ISO Records

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Anyone Else

    (CD Single), Silva Screen

  • Pause for Thought

    From Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    With the New Year a week old today, many of us will already have let slip some of our resolutions. It’s hard to make changes in our habits, but all too often we try to make giant changes, without having in place some of the basics.

    I've had a few health problems of late, which have really affected me, and been difficult to cope with. I went to the doctor, and was referred to a consultant. Blood tests and MRI scans followed, and a whole manner of diseases, and incurable, degenerative illnesses, were discussed.
    At the end of it all however, everything came back fine, except one thing-I had low Vitamin B12.

    It wasn't terribly low according to the scale, but low nevertheless. I started taking B12, orally and by injections. And now all the strange symptoms have all but gone.

    So why do I tell you all this.

    Well, firstly, I'll confess I've become rather evangelical about B12, but my main point is this.

    Sometimes in life-things get rough. We may feel like the walls of our existence are crashing down all around us. We feel we have to make giant, fundamental changes. We look, and others look, for all manner of exotic causes for why things are not going right. But the answer is small, tiny even. The answer is not exciting in the least, or particular revelatory, but it is enough to rebalance us.

    Tolstoy said, “Everyone wants to change the world. No one wants to change themselves.”

    And the Qur’an reminds, “God will not change the situation of a people unless they change what is within themselves.”

    Around this time of year, we get excited about making changes that are going to give us better, happier, more fulfilled lives, and often we succeed. However, often the changes are so huge, that our best resolutions fall by the wayside, and nothing changes.

    Sometimes it’s the small things in life that need fixing, and amazingly, they can have a truly miraculous impact on our existence. Just like my vitamin B12!

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