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29/01/2013

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 January 2013

Are we more like a camel or a sponge?

We learn about the wonders of water with Dr Emma Derbyshire from the National Hydration Council.

Plus 8 year old Maddison French tells us all about her diving lesson.

Rabbi Pete Tobias Pete makes us Pause For Thought.

And Melanie C tells us what happened On This Day in history.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love

    The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band The Joker

    Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-, Mercury

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Is The Life

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Waterloo

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 019

  • Image for Andy Grammer

    Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up

    Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1

  • Image for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower

    The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Universal

  • Image for Will Young

    Will Young Your Game

    (CD Single), BMG/19

  • Image for Zager & Evans

    Zager & Evans In The Year 2525

    Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for Fine Young Cannibals

    Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing

    The Raw & The Cooked, London

  • Image for The Miracles

    The Miracles and Smokey Robinson The Tears Of A Clown

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Hockey

    Hockey Song Away

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • 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 Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker Fire It Up

    Fire It Up, Sony Music

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Somebody To Love

    A Day At The Races, Island, 6

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart You Wear It Well

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for Survivor

    Survivor Eye Of The Tiger

    The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist, Polygram Tv

  • Image for TLC

    TLC Waterfalls

    (CD Single), Laface

  • Image for Kristina Train

    Kristina Train Lose You Tonight

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for JoBoxers

    JoBoxers Boxer Beat

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

  • Image for Nina Simone

    Nina Simone Sinnerman

    Pastel Blues, Philips, 9

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Musclebound

    Spandau Ballet - Singles Collection, Chrysalis

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Strong

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Where Are We Now?

    (CD Single), ISO Records

  • Pause for Thought

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

    The full moon of last Saturday meant that it was the Jewish New Year for Trees. That’s an occasion to recognise the importance of trees and our dependence on nature, and tradition is to plant trees.

    By a curious coincidence, the following day was another significant one. Sunday 27th January was, as many will have seen from various special broadcasts, National Holocaust Memorial Day, the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops in 1945. And last Friday I was in Weymouth, taking part in a ceremony that combined both aspects of the weekend just past.

    There isn’t a formal Jewish community in Weymouth – yet. There are a number of Jews, including one gentleman who lost all his family in the Holocaust, who is determined to keep alive the heritage for which his loved ones and countless others perished.

    When National Holocaust Memorial Day was introduced in this country in 2001, a tree was planted in a local park in Weymouth to commemorate the occasion and what it represented. A few months ago, that tree was vandalised. So a new tree was planted last Friday, acknowledging both the Jewish New Year for Trees and the memory of the Holocaust.

    The purpose of National Holocaust Memorial day is, I think, about more than just remembering victims of human cruelty, whether it be in Nazi-occupied Europe or any other place where genocide has occurred. It reminds us that we are all capable of believing in stereotypes and demonstrating prejudice, which are the first steps towards the victimisation and oppression of others. The fact that other genocides have taken place in our world since the liberation of Auschwitz reminds is that the lessons have not been learned.

    Our failure to learn was symbolised by the destruction of the tree that had been planted in that park in Weymouth 12 years ago. But the fact that a new tree was planted represents another feature of the weekend’s observances: as well as having the capacity to destroy, human beings can also choose to plant for the future and encourage growth and hope.

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