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James Corden and 500 Words - Three Days and Counting

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 February 2013

Three days until 500 WORDS closes! Chris looks back at 2012's stories and shares three fun facts about all the words used by our young authors.

Last year, Oxford University Press analysed every single one of the 74,075 stories entered and their research revealed a wealth of surprising insights into the imaginative way children use English today. As the countdown to Friday's 7pm deadline continues, Chris picks three highlights from this research.

We'll be word crunching again this year and, to do this, we want more of your stories! For more information about how to enter this year's competition, visit bbc.co.uk/500words.

And ahead of his huge hosting honour, James Corden joins us for some pre-BRITs breakfast banter! It is one of the biggest UK music events of the year and we get the inside scoop of what's in store for the big show!

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Children Of The Revolution

    Tanx + Zinc Alloy, Edsel, 006

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Army Of Two

    Right Place Right Time, Sony, 1

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 4

  • Image for Stealers Wheel

    Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You

    (Single), A&M

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Burning Love

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Chicory Tip

    Chicory Tip Son Of My Father

    Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's, Old Gold

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Dancing In The Moonlight

    Onka's Big Moka - Toploader, Sony Soho Square

  • Image for B. Bumble & The Stingers

    B. Bumble & The Stingers Nut Rocker

    60's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis Whatever

    Smash Hits '95 (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for The Boomtown Rats

    The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap

    Greatest Hits Of 1978 (Various Artis, Premier

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Earth Song

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Common People

    (CD Single), Island, 5

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Skyfall

    (CD Single), XL

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Born To Run

    Born To Run, CBS

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Next To Me

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • Image for Muse

    Muse Madness

    The 2nd Law, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Doom & Gloom

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons The Cave

    CD SINGLE, Gentlemen of the Road / Island, 1

  • Image for Kimbra

    Kimbra and Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    This week we heard the news of Richard Briers death.

    The actor was a backdrop for so much of childhood.

    He was the narrator of Roobarb And Custard, one of my favourite cartoons! He voiced the rabbit, Fiver, in the tear-jerker of a film, Watership Down. But I will always remember him as Tom in The Good Life.

    The Good Life was such an inspiration to me as a small child living in a London flat with no garden. How I wanted to be Barbara!

    I wanted the simple, happy existence that was offered on screen, and I can trace my desire to keep chickens from those episodes.

    In fact, the show inspired me to write a series called The Good Life Express. In it I narrated my antics in the garden, with my chickens – including retired battery hens; worms, composting, a fish pond in a bucket, vegetable patches, and all manner of attempts at leading The Good Life. Although, it has to be said, my life is very far away from the uncomplicated ideal I saw Tom and Barbara try to achieve.

    I think many of us yearn for a simpler life. A life unfettered by materialism. A life lived far away from the daily grind of working to pay for a whole load of stuff that doesn’t really make us happy. In fact, a recent US academic study showed that more doesn’t make us happier; rather spending on others, and spending time with those we love, is what makes us content.

    The Qur’an reminds us that the desire for worldly gain will distract us until we die. I don’t think we have to give up work, and farm our back gardens to be joyful, but there is a lot to be said by striving to gain more by having less. Richard Briers’ character Tom, along with his wife Barbara, epitomised people who had the courage to make bold decisions; to live another type of life. They faced ridicule from their friends and neighbours, but they strove hard to lead a good life, indeed to lead The Good Life. And many of us were inspired!


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