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Charlie Higson joins us to conclude 500 Words Launch Week

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 25 January 2013

And that's it for our launch week. We hope you enjoyed our morning with Charlie Higson! But 500 WORDS 2013 has barely got going - there's so much more to come it';; make you dizzy! If you're 13 or under - you've got until Friday 22nd February to send us your story. If you're a teacher or librarian - retired or active - you also have until Friday 22nd to volunteer to be one of our first round judges. And please do volunteer - it should be lots of fun and we cannot do this without you!

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    (CD Single), NPG Records

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    Young at Heart (Various Artists), Reader's Digest

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    Big Country In A Big Country

    Without The Aid Of A Safety Net, EMI

  • Image for Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs Ruby

    (CD Single), B-Unique

  • Image for Status Quo

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    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for HAIM

    HAIM Don't Save Me

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for White Town

    White Town Your Woman

    Now 36 (Various Artists), EMI

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    Elton John I'm Still Standing

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

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    Inez & Charlie Foxx Mockingbird

    Q Rhythm & Blues (Various Artists), Hit Label

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    Bon Jovi Because We Can (Live In Concert 24/01/13)

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    James Arthur Impossible

    (CD Single), Syco, 1

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Heart Of Glass

    Billboard Top Hits: 1979 (Various), Rhino, 13

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Parklife

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

    And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Moondance

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley and The Wailers Stir It Up

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Sound And Vision

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco, 1

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice

    The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversa, EMI

  • Image for Lou Reed

    Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side

    Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Turn It Around

    (CD Single), Underdogs Management, 1

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

    The Element Of Freedom, Sony Music, 14

  • Pause for Thought

    From Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue.

    It’s the week your launching the 500 Words competition for children and young people to write short stories, a brilliant thing to do. But if anyone, young or old, wants to find real inspiration FOR a story, and FROM a story, for how they think about their life and what it’s worth, they should watch BBC1 (at 10 25) on Sunday evening, Holocaust Memorial Day, when Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer is shown. It’s a story that’s almost impossible to believe. Henia Bryer comes across as a very elegant, collected, articulate older lady. She tells her story with dispassionate calm. Born into a middle class family in Radom, in Poland, they were herded into the town’s ghetto when the Nazis arrived. Her brother- physically disabled but mentally brilliant- was rounded up and left his one thick coat with his mother, saying “I won’t be needing this any more.” He knew he was going to be shot. And he was. Meanwhile, she, her parents and other siblings were deported to the concentration camps of Majdanek, Plaszow and Auschwitz, through starvation and forced labour and worse, and she finally survived- but only just- the infamous death march to Belsen, which she describes-and it’s almost the only time she displays obvious emotion- as complete hell. Her mantra, which she repeats time and again, was: ”I’m too young to die, I cannot die….” And she survived, and made a life, and had a family. Like so many other Holocaust survivors, she didn’t tell the details of her story till relatively recently. It’s shocking, and compelling, and it’s brilliantly, and calmly, told. If you were only ever to see one Holocaust film, this would be it. Because- and it’s a week of stories- this is a true story, of horror and fear and loss, but also of the indomitable human spirit that enabled Henia Bryer to survive the impossible, and to tell us her tale. It’s unforgettable.

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