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500 Words - Four More Days!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 February 2013

Four days until 500 WORDS closes! Chris speaks to four of our fabulous volunteer judges - teachers and librarians across the country - who help us read EVERY single story sent in. Last year, that was 74,075 stories and over 30 million words! We couldn't run this competition without them and it's not too late to get involved. Visit bbc.co.uk/500words to find out more.

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Spitting Games

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Arlissa

    Arlissa Sticks & Stones

    (CD Single), London Records, 1

  • Image for Harold Faltermeyer

    Harold Faltermeyer Axel F

    Premier Coll'tn Of Instrumental Hits, Kenwest

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Love It When You Call

    (CD Single), Universal

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Big Love

    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits, Warner Bros

  • Image for Take That

    Take That and Lulu Relight My Fire (feat. Lulu)

    Simply The Best Radio Hits (Various), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker Fire It Up

    Fire It Up, Sony Music

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

    The Greatest Hits Of Nancy Sinatra, Boulevard

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli Sherry

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Ve, Polygram Tv, 1

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Queen

    Queen I Want To Break Free

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for The B-52s

    The B-52s Love Shack

    Now 1990 - The Millennium Series, Now, 3

  • 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 Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Because We Can

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Fix You

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Todd Rundgren

    Todd Rundgren I Saw The Light

    My Girl (Original 1992 Film S/Track), Epic

  • Image for KC and The Sunshine Band

    KC and The Sunshine Band That's The Way (I Like It)

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Andy Grammer

    Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up

    Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Whiskey In The Jar

    The Best Of Phil Lynott & Thin Lizzy, Telstar, 10

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Stronger Than Me

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Desmond Dekker

    Desmond Dekker You Can Get It If You Really Want

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for Barry Manilow

    Barry Manilow Copacabana

    (Single), Arista

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart The Motown Song

    Rod Stewart - Vagabond Heart, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Boots Randolph Combo

    The Boots Randolph Combo The Boots Randolph Combo - Yakety Sax (Theme From 'The Benny Hill Show')

    Instrumental Memories Are Made Of Thi, Virgin

  • Image for Bastille

    Bastille Pompeii

    (CD Single), Virgin Records

  • Image for The Dandy Warhols

    The Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You

    (CD Single), Capitol, 7

  • Pause for Thought

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

    This morning Chris I’d like to take another look at the wise words of one of my ancient rabbinic ancestors who came up with pithy sayings two thousand years ago.

    It’s my old mate Hillel again, a wise rabbi who lived more than two thousand years ago. He lived at a time when life was difficult for the Jews: they were being oppressed by the Romans, food was in short supply and everyone had an opinion about how best to deal with the situation. There was much disagreement and many arguments, often violent.

    In that difficult environment, Hillel saw many people behaving selfishly, aggressively putting forward their points of view and attacking those who held different opinions. He was moved to say ‘Where no one behaves like a human being, you must strive to behave like a human being.’

    Had he been alive today, Hillel might have had the chance to share his wise words by taking part in TV debates like The Big Questions. Surrounded by people with opposing views forthrightly declaring their opinions and vociferously criticising others, he might have despaired of the absence of tolerance on show.

    Two ingredients, both of which are topical in the Jewish calendar, would have helped create an atmosphere where compromise and understanding could emerge from such a conflict of points of view. The first is food. I’ve brought these Hamentaschen today, along with the herring I promised last week. Hamentaschen are traditionally baked and eaten at the festival of Purim, which falls this weekend.

    And the other element of Purim that would be a useful addition to any heated exchange of views, religious or otherwise, is a sense of humour. The Liberal Jewish prayerbook tells us that Purim is a light-hearted festival, telling a story that encourages us to laugh at our misfortunes, at each other and at ourselves. Food and humour: two essential elements of our lives that will surely encourage us to behave like human beings towards others.


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