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Those Were the Days

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 25 February 2013

Vanessa asks about the things that whisk you back to childhood and redacted is the week's first Word Of The Day. Plus Paul O'Grady's Sunday show features in 2 Good 2 Be Forgotten and Ann Petto from Ashford is our Jolly Good Fellow, with The Sweet's Blockbuster her birthday number 1.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Bob & Earl

    Bob & Earl The Harlem Shuffle

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Skyfall

    (CD Single), XL

  • Image for Inez & Charlie Foxx

    Inez & Charlie Foxx Mockingbird

    Q Rhythm & Blues (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Some People

    Cliff Richard - Private Collection, EMI

  • Image for Richard Hawley

    Richard Hawley Don't Stare At The Sun

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Hammer To Fall

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for P!nk

    P!nk Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)

    The Truth About Love, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Heart Of Glass

    Billboard Top Hits: 1979 (Various), Rhino, 13

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Image for The Marvelettes

    The Marvelettes When You're Young And In Love

    Motown Hits Of Gold Vol.2 (Various), Hitsville

  • Image for Shania Twain

    Shania Twain Man! I Feel Like A Woman

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Be A Boy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Ann Petto's birthday number 1

    • Image for Sweet

      Sweet Blockbuster

      Blockbuster! Sensational 70's (Va), Castle

  • Image for Arlissa

    Arlissa Sticks & Stones

    (CD Single), London Records, 1

  • Pause For Thought from Rev Alan Sorensen with Church of Scotland Minister and Broadcaster

    Pause For Thought from Rev Alan Sorensen with Church of Scotland Minister and Broadcaster

    I remember receiving a Valentine card once which said, “I’m really crazy about 2% of you” and inside it read, “…water I can get anywhere!”

    It’s an old question, what is it that makes me, “me”? There was a snippit that did the rounds many years ago calculating the value of the various chemicals that make up our bodies, and it wasn’t much. But our consciousness and our variety as humans tells us surely that we’re not just a bunch of carbon atoms with a few other chemicals chucked into a mould.

    60 years ago, Watson and Crick managed to describe exactly how the molecules of deoxyribose nucleic acid work, our DNA, and so the science of genetics could really take off properly. Another way of defining ourselves. But the same question is still there about what makes us human and what makes us, “us”.

    Before I come to the suggestion, that you’re no doubt already foreseeing, that God has got something to do with how I define myself… Let me add one other fascinating fact into the mix. There are 10 times more bacteria on us and in us, than human cells in our body. …I’ll let that sink in for a second. 10 times more. And in fact they have 3.3 million genes between them while all our cells have only 23,000 genes in total. So in terms of genetic material, I’m only 0.7% human! What?!

    So it seems to me that when we talk about ourselves as humans we are immediately forced to widen what we’re defining. I am me, with my body…and my vast array of biological hitchhikers. Now, if it’s true even at the chemical, biological, genetic level that to be a human is a lot - a LOT more - than just the 98% water plus some carbon etc., then it’s certainly not unreasonable to suggest that there are yet other levels; my mind, my experiences, my aspirations, my relationships – yes, especially my relationships – which all have an important part in defining who I am.

    And so to the crux of it for me as a Christian. My faith isn’t just an intellectual choice to believe certain things, or follow a certain lifestyle or enjoy certain styles of worship. My faith is the DNA of everything that isn’t dictated by my DNA: my thoughts, words, actions, my every choice – and especially my relationships, how I treat other people. My Christian spiritual DNA is what I hope makes me – all of me - really who I am.

    So goodbye from me, and from my hundred trillion little friends all over my body!

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

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