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Let's Dance!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 February 2013

Vanessa announces her plans to bust some moves for Let's Dance For Comic Relief 2013, plus she asks - what's the one subject your other half always bangs on about? Rubicon is the latest Word Of The Day, Jon Culshaw offers some Wednesday Words Of Warmth and Ollie Street in Surbiton is today's Jolly Good Fellow, with Leo Sayer's When I Need You his birthday number 1.

Music Played

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  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News Hip To Be Square

    Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Josephine

    Josephine Portrait

    (CD Single), Ruby Works

  • Image for Talk Talk

    Talk Talk Talk Talk

    The Very Best Of Talk Talk, Parlophone

  • Image for Robert Palmer

    Robert Palmer and UB40 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

    The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, EMI

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker Fire It Up

    Fire It Up, Sony Music

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette Joyride

    Roxette Hits!, Capitol

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross and The Supremes Reflections

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Spandau Ballet

      Spandau Ballet Communication

      Spandau Ballet - Singles Collection, Chrysalis

  • Image for Arlissa

    Arlissa Sticks & Stones

    (CD Single), London Records, 1

  • Image for Joan Jett

    Joan Jett and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll

    Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Blackheart

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Dave Edmunds

    Dave Edmunds Here Comes The Weekend

    The Best Of, Swansong, 1

  • Ollie Street's birthday number 1

    • Image for Leo Sayer

      Leo Sayer When I Need You

      Leo Sayer -The Definitive Hits Collec, Polygram Tv, 7

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Because We Can

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Rubric - an authoritative rule or direction on how to do something or behave

  • Pause For Thought with the writer Adrian Plass

    Pause For Thought with the writer Adrian Plass

    International Mother Language Day has celebrated linguistic diversity and multilingualism since 2000. Wonderful, but there’s not much multilingualism to celebrate in our house. Attempts to communicate in French, for instance, have been fairly disastrous.

    We wanted to buy a piece of the field behind a small cottage we co-owned in Normandy. Bridget, the least awful at French, was elected to negotiate with the elderly French farmer who owned the field. I went with her.

    Unfortunately, Bridget got a bit confused about the words for ‘field’ and ‘bedroom’. The result must have sounded like this:

    ‘Good morning. Might we purchase a small strip of your bedroom? We would erect a low fence between our section of the bedroom and yours. What is your feeling in this matter, sir?’

    Few men can have been more confused and troubled than that French farmer. What did he fear we were suggesting? I don’t want to guess.

    That fiasco amused us, but multilingualism, or the lack of it, can be serious. A few years ago we visited a bleak area sandwiched between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here, truck drivers from all over Africa are stranded for weeks by bureaucratic red tape. Lots of them are unlikely to encounter anyone who speaks their language or dialect. The excruciating loneliness often leads to depression and despair.

    Here in Britain merchant seafarers who help to supply ninety-five percent of our essential imports, often arrive at our ports in a similar state, some away from home for eleven months out of twelve. They have no way of communicating with home and are often unable to speak English. I’ve been able to visit one or two of the centres provided by voluntary organisations for these needy individuals. Recreational facilities, help with contacting home and assistance from an interpreter if necessary – these all make a huge difference. Well worth supporting if you can.

    Most important of all, people like these need to know someone cares. If you want to be multilingual, practice the language of love. It gets easier the more you use it, and it really is universal.

  • Wednesday Words Of Warmth

    Wednesday Words Of Warmth

    Jon Culshaw leaves a message to help get us through the middle day of the working week.


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