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I Just Called to Say... Make Me a Cuppa

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 February 2013

Vanessa returns to Early Breakfast and asks about your phone-related laziness - do you ever call or text from the same house? Plus Helen Clark from Denton is the latest Jolly Good Fellow, connubial is the Word Of The Day and there's all the news from 'the wedding'..

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Godley & Creme

    Godley & Creme Wedding Bells

    The Very Best Of 10cc, Mercury

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Image for David Byrne

    David Byrne and X-Press Lazy

    (CD Single), Skint

  • Image for Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett The Good Life

    Tony Bennett - 16 Most Requested Song, Columbia

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Gloria Estefan

    Gloria Estefan 1-2-3

    Gloria Estefan - Greatest Hits, Epic

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Be A Boy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Soft Cell

    Soft Cell Tainted Love

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl On Fire, RCA

  • Image for Arthur Conley

    Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Joan Armatrading

    Joan Armatrading Drop The Pilot

    The Very Best Of Joan Armatrading, A&M

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 Daylight

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Ronan Keating

    Ronan Keating When You Say Nothing At All

    Boyzone - By Request, Polydor

  • Helen Clark fom Denton's birthday number 1

    • Image for Amen Corner

      Amen Corner If Paradise Is Half As Nice

      Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Army Of Two

    Right Place Right Time, Sony, 1

  • Pause For Thought from the author Shelina Janmohammed

    Pause For Thought from the author Shelina Janmohammed

    A question that I often get asked is ‘what does your hair look like?’ It’s a strange question until you know that I’m a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf. In my days of earnest youth, I would answer that the headscarf I had chosen to wear was designed to protect my modesty and to preclude such interrogation. My questioners would nod with equal piety and the matter was closed.

    As the saying goes, if I’d been given a pound for every time I’ve been asked. well, let’s just say that I got bored with the pious answer and decided to tease my questioners, not out of malice, but because when it comes to learning about each other, particularly over serious subjects like religion, humour is often the best language to use.

    Picture me, a small brown-skinned woman in a serious business meeting being asked about her locks. “I’ve a blonde Mohican” I would answer.

    In an unscientific poll of friends, I asked what the funniest things were that they had been asked as Muslims. While wearing a pink headscarf one woman was asked: “Why do Muslim women wear black all the time?”

    A question that is often put to Muslims – who are no less sociable than any other community – is: “If you don’t drink, how do you meet people?”

    Perhaps my favourite of all time, is: “Now that you’re engaged, will you have a forced marriage?”

    Humour is an inclusive language: it unites us in our humanity, and reveals the fact that all of us live together in a grey area between the lofty utopias we aspire to and the reality of life. While cultural contexts vary, our concerns are often very much the same.

    So here’s a multi-faith joke to sign off with. A priest, a rabbi and a mullah walk into a bar. The barman says: “What is this, a joke?”

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Connubial - of or relating to the married state eg a happy couple celebrating half a century of connubial bliss

  • The Wedding Belles!

    The Wedding Belles!

    The glamorous mother-of-the-bride and Producer Phil at 'Daughter-The- Elder's' wedding on Sunday.


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