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She Was Born To Do It!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 February 2013

Craig David called in to thank Vanessa for choosing Born To Do It as her #R2LP, all part of our Golden Age Of The Album season. Plus confragose was the latest Word Of The Day and Tom Rossiter was our latest Jolly Good Fellow, with Billy Ocean's When The Going Gets Tough his birthday number 1.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Mike + The Mechanics

    Mike + The Mechanics Over My Shoulder

    Mike & The Mechanics Hits, Virgin

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Turn It Around

    (CD Single), Underdogs Management, 1

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Marry You

    Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Elektra, 6

  • Image for Tami Lynn

    Tami Lynn I'm Gonna Run Away From You

    At The Club (Various Artists), Kent, 5

  • Image for The Dave Clark Five

    The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over

    Glad All Over Again, EMI

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross My Old Piano

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Joss Stone

    Joss Stone A Taste Of Honey (Live)

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for The Beatles

      The Beatles When I'm Sixty-Four

      Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Apple, 9

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Jimmy Ruffin

    Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

    Motown Forever (Various Artists), Motown

  • Image for Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow A Change Would Do You Good

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Vanessa's #R2LP

  • Tom Rossiter's birthday number 1

    • Image for Billy Ocean

      Billy Ocean When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

      Billy Ocean - Love Is For Ever (L.I.F, Jive

  • Image for Love and Theft

    Love and Theft Runnin' Out Of Air

    Love And Theft, RCA Nashville

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    CONFRAGOSE - something that is has become rough with breaks, and is jagged and uneven

  • Pause For Thought with the writer Adrian Plass

    Pause For Thought with the writer Adrian Plass

    Last year I reached a significant age. If I’d had more courage on that momentous day I’d have presented my wife with a questionnaire. Instead, I asked myself the questions and answered with all the honest optimism I could muster. Here’s a selection. You’ll soon guess why that birthday was special, and also the title of my favourite Beatles song.

    The first one is about my hair. Now that more of my forehead is visible, will you still send me valentines, celebrate my birthday and give me bottles of wine? Things look good here. I occasionally catch my wife studying me over an Americano in our local café, clearly wondering who this grey-haired old codger could be. I still get valentines, though, there’s a gratifying fuss over my birthdays, and we’ll go on drinking wine until it’s taken from our cold, dead hands.

    So far, so good. Next question…If I stayed out to quarter to three would you lock the door?

    This a bit sad. I might stay out until quarter to three, but nowadays it would probably be quarter to three in the afternoon. Taking five more minutes to buy vegetables at the village shop might invite mild enquiry when I got home, but I can’t imagine any slamming of doors and crashing of bolts. Mentally, we’re quite young, but we lack the physical energy to survive until the early hours. The nearest we come to a night on the tiles is a game of Scrabble. We enjoy Scrabble.

    Right! The crucial questions….Do you still need me?

    I think she’d say yes. That grey haired old codger who’s shared her life for forty-two years is one of two complex pieces that have dove-tailed together to make ‘Us’. We need Us. We always will.

    Final question. ..Will you still feed me?

    She does, very well. We love food. We celebrate being broke by going out to dinner, and take turns justifying such amiable lunacy. I wouldn’t give up that mutually beneficial talent for collusion for anything.

    So, there we are. At sixty-four, who could ask for more? Not me.


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