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Dame Jacqueline Wilson is back for 500 Words

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 January 2013

As our 500 WORDS launch week continues, the first lady of literature Dame Jacqueline Wilson phones the show to confirm she will be a judge for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! We are honoured. She is a legend. So kids get writing; teachers and librarians get volunteering. Everyone else sit back and enjoy the show. 500 WORDS is back!

Music Played

26 items
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    Coldplay Viva La Vida

    Viva La Vida Or Death & All His Friends, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Whoopi Goldberg and The Cast

    Whoopi Goldberg and The Cast Aint No Mountain High Enough

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Cry Baby

    The Lady Killer, WEA, 1

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

    Green River, Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Into The Groove

    (CD Single), Sire, 8

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Rock With You

    Michael Jackson - History, Epic

  • Image for Muse

    Muse Madness

    The 2nd Law, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Seekers

    The Seekers The Carnival Is Over

    The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for HAIM

    HAIM Don't Save Me

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Dexys Midnight Runners

    Dexys Midnight Runners and The Emerald Express Come On Eileen

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Yazoo

    Yazoo Don't Go

    Only Yazoo: The Best Of, Mute Records

  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood Valerie

    Pure Rock Ballads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • 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 Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Shake The Tree

    Pause For Thought

    (CD Single), 157 Records

  • Image for a-ha

    a-ha Take On Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale 5 Years Time

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Paperback Writer

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 3

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea I Can Hear Your Heartbeat

    The Best Of Chris Rea, East West Records

  • Image for The Colourfield

    The Colourfield Thinking Of You

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Go‐Go’s

    The Go‐Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed

    Go-Go's - Greatest, Irs

  • Image for Love and Theft

    Love and Theft Runnin' Out Of Air

    Love And Theft, RCA Nashville

  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton Together You And I

    Better Day, Sony, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rabbi Pete Tobias, of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree.

    Trying to say something in as few words as possible is not something that Jews are particularly good at. I’m certainly known as someone who’ll never use a single word when I can say the same thing with a lengthy phrase. So I envy those of your listeners who are able to tell a story in as few as five hundred words – it would probably take me that long to do the title…

    Jews have always been good storytellers, which is fine, if you have a lot of time to listen to them. But sometimes it’s better to try and sum up what you’re trying to say in as few words as possible. That’s especially true in these days of texts and twitter.

    Hundreds of years ago, the Talmud held its own competition to see who could sum up Judaism’s essential teachings in as few words as possible. Rabbi Simlai taught that there are 613 commandments in the Jews’ holy book, the Torah that, according to legend, was given to Moses. That’s already 113 too many for this week’s competition…

    Then King David wrote a Psalm listing just eleven attributes to which every person should aspire. It begins by telling us that a righteous person should: ‘Follow integrity, do what is right and speak the truth in their heart.’

    The prophet Micah made an even shorter summary, with just three requirements: ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’ Isaiah said it in two: ‘Keep justice and act with integrity.’ Then came the prophet Amos and reduced them to one: ‘Seek God and live.’

    The Torah actually has 79,847 words which probably means it would be disqualified from this week’s competition. But Rabbi Akiva taught that the greatest principle in Torah is the commandment ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself. I am the Eternal One.’

    Not a very exciting storyline, and I’m sure all you young writers will do much better with their efforts. But it certainly has a happy ending – or rather, it would, if everyone chose to follow it.


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