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Just Another Mnemonic Monday!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 14 January 2013

Tricks, tips, aide memoires and mnemonics - Vanessa wants to know your memory methods! Word Of The Day is dimity and Beck Brazener from Nottingham becomes the week's first Jolly Good Fellow, with The Human League's Don't You Want Me her birthday number 1.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons December '63 (Oh What A Night)

    The Very Best Of, Polygram Tv, 11

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson Reet Petite

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

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Coming Around Again

    The Very Best Of Carly Simon, Global Television

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Respect

    The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1, Atlantic

  • Image for Nanci Griffith

    Nanci Griffith and Jimmy Buffett I Love This Town

    Nanci Griffith - Hearts In Mind, Universal Music TV

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • Image for Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

    The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, Polygram Tv

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Message In A Bottle

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police, A&M

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Texas

    Texas I Don't Want A Lover

    Texas - The Greatest Hits, Mercury

  • Beck Brazener's birthday number 1

    • Image for The Human League

      The Human League Don't You Want Me

      Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for HAIM

    HAIM Don't Save Me

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Our first Word Of The Day for this week is 'dimity' - a sheer, crisp cotton fabric with raised woven stripes or checks, used chiefly for curtains and dresses.

  • Pause For Thought with journalist Abdul Rehman-Malik

    Pause For Thought with journalist Abdul Rehman-Malik

    Learning from each other’s faiths.
    I think every boy remembers the first time a girl called them on the phone. Their home phone that is. The landline. I often have to remind myself that I’ve spent most of my life without a mobile phone and the internet, without text messaging and 24-hour connectivity.

    Now, when you’re in seventh grade, face-to-face boy-girl interactions are fraught enough, especially with all the blooming hormones, cracking voices and changing body shapes, but to talk on the phone implies a certain intimacy. When my mother called me from downstairs to tell me that “your friend Lisa is on the phone”, I couldn’t help but get a lump in my throat. I wish I could say it was romantic, but I can’t. Between Lisa and me, it was all political.

    Lisa was red haired, effervescent and intelligent. She was as interested in foreign affairs as much as I was, except that we were almost always on the opposite side of any issue. Her Jewish background and frequent trips to Israel gave her a distinctively different take on the war ravaged Middle East of the mid-1980s than did my attendance at Palestinian solidarity events and protests at the US Consulate.

    I remember one particularly heated row about President Reagan’s attack on Libya during our class’s weekly news round-up. Our exasperated teacher eventually sent us to different corners of the room for a “time out” and our classmates couldn’t understand why we got so worked up about something that seemed to them obscure and distant.

    When time came to organise the annual Remembrance Day assembly, we both volunteered to be in charge. US-Soviet nuclear talks had put the possibility of “mutually assured destruction” back on the news agenda and I wanted to use the assembly to talk about nuclear disarmament. Lisa was keen to make sure that the Holocaust was not ignored as it had been in previous assemblies. We made our case to our peers – and a tied vote meant we were going to have it run together.

    During that phone call and the many planning meetings and late night heart to hearts that followed, Lisa and I found common ground and common cause. At the assembly, we remembered the victims of Auschwitz and Hiroshima together. Muslim and Jew, we read together from the Torah and the Qur’an, but also from the New Testament and the Gita too – verses of peace and reconciliation.

    The Qur'an reminds us, "Verily those who believe and do good works, God - the Infinitely Good – will appoint for them love."

    I’d like to think that my friendship with Lisa nudged her away from her certainties. I know she helped me challenge mine. We continued to disagree, but I could now see where she was coming from. It’s a lesson only some awkward telephone conversations could have taught me.


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