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A Quiet (ish) Birthday!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 21 February 2013

Vanessa asked for your top time-saving tips and celebrated a (fairly) low-key birthday. Plus patronymic was Word Of The Day and Rona Roberts in Kilmarnock was our birthday caller, with Shirley Bassey's As I Love You her birthday number 1.

Music Played

17 items
  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Open Your Heart

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 13

  • Image for Tunde Baiyewu

    Tunde Baiyewu Move

    (CD Single), Waking Dreams, 1

  • Image for Moloko

    Moloko The Time Is Now

    (CD Single), Echo

  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli Sherry

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

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl On Fire, RCA

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Last Train To London

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz Fly Away

    21st Century Rock (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for The Stylistics

      The Stylistics Stop Look Listen To Your Heart

      The Greatest Hits Of The Stylistics, Mercury

  • Image for Herman's Hermits

    Herman's Hermits I'm Henry The Eighth I Am

    The Best Of Herman's Hermits, EMI, 10

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Black & Blue

    Fall To Grace, Epic, 1

  • Image for Terence Trent D’Arby

    Terence Trent D’Arby If You Let Me Stay

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Image for The Kooks

    The Kooks She Moves In Her Own Way

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for The Kooks

    The Kooks She Moves In Her Own Way

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Rona Roberts birthday number 1

    • Image for Shirley Bassey

      Shirley Bassey As I Love You

      And The Beat Goes On: 50's & 60's Vo, Debutante

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Patronymic – a component of a surname derived from that of father or male ancestor eg Peter becomes Peterson.

  • Pause For Thought with Martin Saunders, author, screenwriter and magazine editor

    Pause For Thought with Martin Saunders, author, screenwriter and magazine editor

    The world has never been smaller. Advances in technology mean you can do business in Tokyo while sitting by a pool in… well, Doncaster.

    Yet while in some ways we’re all much closer together, the beautiful thing is that we’re all still different. Each nation has its own ways of doing things; each culture has its own quirks and distinctives. Which means that sometimes, just as Bill Murray discovered in the Oscar-winning movie of the same name… things can often get Lost in Translation.

    Chinese cinemas are a great example of this. Sometimes, when they import Western films, their efforts at translating the titles go hilariously awry. Take for example the Tom Cruise classic Risky Business, which when released in China was renamed ‘Just Send Him To University Unqualified!’ Or the touching family film Free Willy, which became ‘A Very Powerful Whale Runs To Heaven’. Or my personal favourite, classic Brit-flick The Full Monty, which in China was given the intriguing new title… ‘Six Naked Pigs.’

    Of course, mistranslations of film titles are more to do with differences in language than cultural ignorance. Yet a lot of misunderstandings happen because people simply don’t listen properly to each other.

    I presume that’s why the baristas in my coffee shop can never get my name right; they’re so rushed dealing with the queue, they’ve no time to really care what my name is. So Martin walks off with a coffee labeled Marlon, Marvin or more worryingly, Mandy, and their effort to make me feel welcomed backfires.

    When some people approach religion, it’s easy for them to feel a little like that coffee shop barista. They can catch a snatched message, struggle to understand it properly, then rush on with whatever is impending. So they come away with a misunderstanding or an incomplete picture; that God is full of wrath; that the Bible is anti-women. Part of the idea gets through, but the true meaning becomes lost in the rush.

    As I seek to understand God and other people better, I’ve found the secret to be in two principles which blend into one: slowing down, and really listening. The pace of modern life means we’re bound to mistranslate one another; through slowing down to listen we gain a better chance of hearing correctly.

    And in the coffee shop, it’s also helpful to enunciate.


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