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Happy Birthday to Us!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 January 2013

As she celebrated 2 years and 408 shows on Early Breakfast, Vanessa also asked about your discarded cookbooks and recipes. Plus flannelette is the week's final Word Of The Day, and Kate Ross in Bath is Vanessa's Jolly Good Fellow, with The Green, Green Grass Of Home her birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Altered Images

    Altered Images Happy Birthday

    Altered Images - Reflected Images, Sony

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin Think

    Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul, Atlantic

  • Image for Gloria Gaynor

    Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Roll The Woodpile Down

    Broadside, Navigator Records, 003

  • Image for Take That

    Take That and Lulu Relight My Fire (feat. Lulu)

    Simply The Best Radio Hits (Various), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Donald Fagen

    Donald Fagen Miss Marlene

    Sunken Condos, Reprise, 007

  • Image for Sam Cooke

    Sam Cooke Wonderful World

    Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music, RCA

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

    (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for Jane Wiedlin

    Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross and The Supremes Love Child

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Mavericks

    The Mavericks Back In Your Arms Again

    In Time, Decca

  • Kate Ross' birthday nuber 1

    • Image for Tom Jones

      Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home

      Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Shania Twain & Mark McGrath

    Shania Twain & Mark McGrath Party For Two

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    'Flannelette' typically refers to a napped cotton the texture of flannel. The weft is generally coarser than the warp and the flannel-like appearance is created by creating a nap from the weft; scratching it and raising it up. Flannelette can either have long or short nap, and can be napped on one or two sides.

  • Pause For Thought with Rev Dr Jane Leach, principal of Wesley House Methodist theological college

    Pause For Thought with Rev Dr Jane Leach, principal of Wesley House Methodist theological college

    When I was at school I was taught history by a Jewish woman called Mrs Schlamm. She was, to us, (white, middle class culturally Christian kids), quite exotic. This was mostly because she had been part of the flower-power movement, had spent her honeymoon trekking through Afghanistan on a donkey, and had radical political opinions. Her Jewish faith was known to us, but it being a school, her religion was (like her politics) rather a closed book.

    As we grew up and graduated into the sixth form though, I got to know her better. I developed a huge respect for her as someone of great humanity; as someone who would talk about difficult things with us – even if we strayed from the curriculum; but also as someone who could see through us, when we were just intent on wasting her time.

    As time went on, and conversations on taboo subjects became more possible, I learnt from her a little about Judaism. I learnt what it takes to convert to a tradition that does not actively recruit; I learnt about the importance of the Jewish home and its rituals of eating and prayer; I learnt about the scar of the Holocaust running through every Jewish family – about the decisions that have to be made about when to tell a growing child about what happened to their family tree.

    Beyond these things though, what I learned from Mrs Schlamm was that people of other faith can be people of integrity and humanity in whose lives God is clearly at work, and that the Jewish people are a continuing community of complexity and richness and faith, rather than a people confined to the pages of the Bible.

    So thirty years on, when I read about the Jews in the pages of the Old and New Testaments, I am careful to remember, that rather than being an historical community, located in the Holy Land, whose Scriptures have been subsumed into the Christian Bible along with all God’s promises, the Jews are a people with their own voice and outlook and faith from which I can learn.

    So, Mrs Schlamm, if you’re listening, thank you.


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