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Suggs joins us for 500 Words Deadline Day

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 22 February 2013

It's Deadline Day for 500 WORDS! We hear from Head Judge Richard Hammond who gives a final plea to any 500 WORDS stragglers out there. There's still time...just!

If you want to take part in this year's competition, make sure you enter your story online before 7pm. Visit bbc.co.uk/500words to do this, and for more information.

And the talented singer Suggs joins us in the Fun House we call the Breakfast Show studio! He tells us about his new one man comedy tour, his latest music and reminisces about those Madness moments.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for The Who

    The Who My Generation

    The Who - Who's Better, Who's Next, Polydor

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard Long Tall Sally

    Little Richard - British Hit Singles, Ace

  • Image for George Harrison

    George Harrison What Is Life

    George Harrison: All Things Must Pass, Parlophone, 11

  • Image for The Waterboys

    The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon

    Now 1991 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Disco 2000

    (CD Single), Island, 6

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Image for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

    Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Steve Harley Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)

    20 Number 1's Of The 70's (Various), MFP

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Bright Lights Bigger City

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Bobby Vee

    Bobby Vee Rubber Ball

    The Best Of Bobby Vee, Liberty

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl On Fire, RCA

  • Image for Keane

    Keane This Is The Last Time

    (CD Single), Universal Island

  • Image for David Gray

    David Gray Babylon

    (CD Single), Iht Records

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay In My Place

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Culture Club

    Culture Club Church Of The Poison Mind

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

  • Image for Madness

    Madness How Can I Tell You

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Gangsters

    Terry Hall - The Collection, Chrysalis

  • Image for Madness

    Madness The Prince

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), EMI

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Michael Caine

    Madness - Utter Madness, Zarjazz

  • Image for Madness

    Madness One Step Beyond

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), EMI, 5

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Wings Of A Dove

    Madness - Divine Madness, Virgin

  • Image for Madness

    Madness My Girl

    Madness - Complete Madness, Virgin, 2

  • Image for Madness

    Madness House Of Fun

    Madness - Divine Madness, Virgin

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Our House

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Driving In My Car

    Madness - Divine Madness, Virgin

  • Pause for Thought

    From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford.

    It's a bit of a strange experience living in Bradford at the moment. Believe me, it was a grey day when I left yesterday, but whatever the weather this weekend, nothing will dampen the spirits as Bradford City go to Wembley for their first ever cup final. If Liverpool could bang in five against Swansea last week, anything is possible. What an embarrassment!

    Isn't it great when the underdog threatens the top dog? No shadow of fear - just the sheer madness of enjoying what most people thought was one step beyond possibility. You can take it or leave it, but in the middle of the night, when Bradfordians wake up in a cold sweat thinking of the glory ahead, nothing will take away the joy of celebration.

    Now, there's lots of serious stuff going on in the world - I know that. Oscar Pistarius. Syria tearing itself apart. In this country we are still finding it hard to wake up to the appalling statistics of child poverty - forgetting that poverty doesn't just make life a little bit miserable for a child now; it affects the whole of their life, their physical growth, their education, aspiration and life opportunities. It is bad for children, families, schools and society.

    But this runs alongside the excitement of good stuff that goes on. Life is always a mixture of the grim and the great. Our house might be a place of weeping, while next door is a house of fun. As the Old Testament Ecclesiastes put it, "there is a time for everything." Honest, if not always comfortable.

    I will miss the final at Wembley cos I'll be driving in my car to Cambridge. But my heart will lift on Saturday night, Sunday morning in anticipation of the joy to come. Wonderful? Absolutely! Or, as the song puts it: "Oui oui si si ja ja da da."

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