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Valentine's Day Eve

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 February 2013

We give a rose review for your pre-Valentine's preparations! How beautiful is your bunch?

What happens when Women's Hour's Power List meets Pick of the Pops? We find out!

Richard Anthony Hewson is our Mystery Guest as founder and sole member of the RAH Band.

Lady Lisa provides a history lesson for today's Top Team special of On This Day.

And Sarah Joseph shares some wise words for Pause for Thought.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello Veronica

    Elvis Costello - Extreme Honey, Warner Bros

  • Image for HAIM

    HAIM Don't Save Me

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Alicia Bridges

    Alicia Bridges I Love The Nightlife

    The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra, Columbia

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield What Have I Done To Deserve This?

    Goin' Back - Best Of Dusty Springfiel, Philips

  • Image for Lou Bega

    Lou Bega Mambo No.5

    Now 44 (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin Rock 'n' Roll

    Led Zeppelin - Early Days, Atlantic

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Careless Whisper

    George Michael - Ladies & Gentlemen, Epic

  • Image for Plain White T's

    Plain White T's Rhythm Of Love

    (CD Single), Hollywood Records, 1

  • Image for Desmond Dekker

    Desmond Dekker You Can Get It If You Really Want

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for Emilia Mitiku

    Emilia Mitiku You're Not Right For Me

    I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Robert Palmer

    Robert Palmer Johnny & Mary

    The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, EMI

  • Image for Dave Edmunds

    Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Premier, 4

  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl Days

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker Fire It Up

    Fire It Up, Sony Music

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Woman

    John Lennon - Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees More Than A Woman

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Destiny’s Child

    Destiny’s Child Independent Women Part 1

    Destiny's Child #1's, Columbia

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Uptown Girl

    An Innocent Man, CBS

  • Image for Stephen Stills

    Stephen Stills Love The One You're With

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Rah Band

    Rah Band Clouds Across The Moon

    One Hit Wonder (Various Artists), Ganser & Hanke Media

  • Image for Rah Band

    Rah Band The Crunch

    Supersonic 70's (Various Artists), Music Club

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for Ian Broudie

    Ian Broudie Do You Want To Know A Secret (Live)

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for Yazz & The Plastic Population

    Yazz & The Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up

    This week's listener choice for 'Sounds of the Maties'

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Big Audio Dynamite

    Big Audio Dynamite E=MC2

    Alternative Eighties (Various Artist, Sony Music TV

  • Image for Lene Lovich

    Lene Lovich Lucky Number

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Pause for Thought

    From Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    When I got married over twenty years ago there was one thing I told my husband he could not do. “Don’t ever buy me a card or flowers on Valentine’s day!” I told him.

    And in twenty years, he never has...

    Now some men out there may think this is great! A wife that doesn’t want flowers or cards... Result!

    I am suddenly imaging arguments brought on by this Pause, “Well, love I heard this woman on the radio yesterday saying don’t get anything, so I didn’t...”

    So just in case I cause chaos tomorrow, I am not saying do not buy your loved one something. I definitely don't want to come across as the Ebenezer Scrooge of Valentines! “Roses! Bah humbug!”

    I am not saying I don’t want care and consideration, but basically, a dozen red roses, and a cute card one day a year are not enough!

    I don’t want to be told when and how, love and romance, have to be dished out to me. I don’t want overpriced trinkets from him to show me he loves me.

    Instead I requested from my husband an everyday commitment. And as he will testify, my request was not that easy. Instead of a Valentine, I asked for a commitment that says, “I am here, and I am connected. I am in this for better or worse.” That’s a lot harder. Love and commitment go well beyond Valentine’s Day. They require a 365 day attentiveness.

    A gesture – not on a birthday, on an anniversary, or Valentines, but rather a card just out of the blue, a simple bloom on a random day, a meal cooked because the other looked tired, making sure the other has an opportunity to go out with friends, indeed being a true friend to the one you love.

    I have to say, to my husband’s credit, he’s delivered for twenty years; and I have also tried to be more than just a Valentine.


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