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Bready, Steady, Go!

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

Inspired by Paul Hollywood, Vanessa is talking all things bread this morning, plus the final two Words Of The Day are meander and meerschaum. Ciaran Daw in Sittingbourne is Vanessa's Jolly Good Fellow, with Sugababes v Girls Aloud's cover of Walk This Way his birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Faith Hill

    Faith Hill This Kiss

    New Hits 99 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

    The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Bread

    Bread Make It With You

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for The Spinners

    The Spinners The Rubberband Man

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll 1976 Vol.2, Connoisseur Collection, 16

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. Losing My Religion

    R.E.M. - Out Of Time, Warner Bros

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Sarah

    Thin Lizzy - Black Rose, Vertigo

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Turn

    (CD Single), Demon, 1

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Tangled Up

    (CD Single), Grandmono, 1

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Cool For Cats

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Little Eva

    Little Eva The Loco-Motion

    The Greatest Hits Of 1962, Premier

  • Image for Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats

    Blown Away, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Army Of Two

    Right Place Right Time, Sony, 1

  • Ciaran Daw's birthday number 1

    • Image for Sugababes v Girls Aloud

      Sugababes v Girls Aloud Walk This Way

  • Pause For Thought with writer and comedian Paul Kerensa

    Pause For Thought with writer and comedian Paul Kerensa

    Well, well, well... three holes in the ground. The well, a source of water, is also a source of traditional tales. They’re meeting points for all society, with whole towns built around wells, like, well, Wells. We all need water. We’re all half-made of water. Even Jesus would have been half-made of, well, holy water, I guess.

    The modern version of the well could be the water-cooler, uniting all from lords to louts. I was at a GP’s water-cooler recently, grabbing aquatic refreshment at the same time as a woman in her nineties, who was clutching a women’s magazine and her hip. She struck up conversation, talking about the weather, the price of beans, and the excellent behaviour of students from The University of Surrey.

    An elderly man stooped to the cooler saying, “Sorry?” The first woman said, “Surrey.” And he said, “Sorry?” And she said, “Surrey.” And this went on for about three minutes and was quite amusing.

    When they stopped saying sorry and surrey, which both seem to be the hardest word, it transpired that both nonagenarians had been lecturers at the university in the 1970s. You could see the spark, a new zest that wasn’t there a few minutes - maybe even months - before. She reminisced about teaching Physics, and suddenly spoke of Newton’s laws of motion, lighting up her eyes. He was a lecturer in Ancient History, prompting his joke, “Now we are ancient history”.

    These ninety-somethings suddenly looked more like fifty- or sixty-somethings in ageing make-up, like Brad Pitt’s Benjamin Button. I had defined them by their wrinkles, but there was so much more to them – an entire life in fact. It was amazing to see that they had realised that too. The man walked away, his stoop gone. The woman drank her water, and swapped her magazine for a science journal.

    One of those traditional tales of a water-well was Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman. Being a Samaritan, many would have made their minds up about her: Samaritans and Jews didn’t mix. Jesus looked beyond that, drank with her, made it clear that grace is a gift for all, and that under the surface, we’re defined by more than being a Samaritan, or being wrinkled with a stoop, or mundane chat about the price of beans. Deep down, like the well, we’re all half-full of water, and half-aching for the light.

  • Word Of The Day (1)

    Word Of The Day (1)

    Meander – to wind about, wander at random i.e a river winding sinuously

  • Word Of The Day (2)

    Word Of The Day (2)

    Meerschaum – white claylike substance; tobacco pipes are often made with meerschaum


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