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Quality Street!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 April 2013

Vanessa's asking about your favourite street, eminence grise is the Word Of The Day and David Craddock in Burntwood is our latest Jolly Good Fellow, with Flat Beat by Mr Oizo his birthday number 1.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for They Might Be Giants

    They Might Be Giants Birdhouse In Your Soul

    Snap It Up! (Various Artists), CBS

  • Image for The Spinners

    The Spinners I'll Be Around

    Atlantic Soul (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P., 3

  • Image for Vic Damone

    Vic Damone On The Street Where You Live

    Housewives Choice (Various Artists), Music & Memories

  • Image for Bo Bruce

    Bo Bruce Save Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly Heartbeat

    B.Holly & The Crickets -20 Golden Gre, MCA

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music The Same Old Scene

    Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life, Eg

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift 22

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Enola Gay

    Into The Eighties - Various Artists, Global Television, 3

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Ray Charles

      Ray Charles What'd I Say

      The Very Best Of Jazz Moods (Various), Telstar

  • Image for Blue

    Blue Hurt Lovers

    (CD Single), Blueworld, 1

  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli Sherry

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

  • Image for The B52's

    The B52's Love Shack

    Now 1990 - The Millennium Series, Now, 3

  • Image for Jenn Bostic

    Jenn Bostic Not Yet

    (CD Single), Jenn Bostic Music, 1

  • Image for Men Without Hats

    Men Without Hats Safety Dance

  • David Craddock's birthday number 1

    • Image for Mr. Oizo

      Mr. Oizo Flat Beat

      100 Hits: Club Classics, Demon

  • Image for Eric Clapton & Chaka Khan

    Eric Clapton & Chaka Khan Gotta Get Over

    (CD Single), Bushbranch, 1

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Eminence grise – someone who exercises power without holding office

  • Pause For Thought with Rabbi Jeremy Gordon of the New London Masorti Synagogue

    Pause For Thought with Rabbi Jeremy Gordon of the New London Masorti Synagogue

    One of my most dear teachers, Rabbi David Hartman, died earlier this year. He had no truck with classic quietist meditation practices. He wasn’t the sort of person to sit quietly in a room with a gently aromatic candle. “Enough staring at your pupik,” he would demand, using the Yiddish word for a bellybutton while thumping the desk, “do something already!”

    He was making a very Jewish point. There is a quietist tradition in Judaism, but it’s not a particularly well-trodden Jewish path. Jews prefer action to silent reflection, doing things are the precondition of understanding.

    So when Jews meditate we tend not to seek silent withdrawal, rather we practice an all embracing life of mindfulness. Let me take what is, perhaps, the most important, and dangerous –part of being a human – our power of speech.

    Judaism has mantras – things to say – on waking, on eating, on sleeping. A Jew is supposed to articulate our gratitude for being alive a hundred times a day. The idea is that this encouraged gratefulness makes us grateful people.

    And we have a whole array of things not to say. We should avoid what the Rabbis call Lashon Hara, speaking poorly of others and cursing.

    The contemporary American Jewish teacher, Harold Kushner, has a response he always gives when someone asks how they might become more religious. Take more care of the language you use, he advises.

    We are so little aware of the language we use.

    I believe that every time we allow our language to carry anger, we are becoming more brutish. But I think that each time we control our use of language away from this verbal violence we become more sensitive.
    Likewise it seems to me that every time we gossip we spread an infection further into our society, but that each time we control our use of language towards an acceptance of modesty and privacy we make the world a gentler place for us all to live in.

    Certainly, it takes discipline, focus. Control of the language we use is as much a spiritual practice as daily prayer or quietist meditation.

    I’m going to make a special effort today to become more aware of the language I use.
    To stop cursing and speak well of others. And I’ll try it the next day, and the next and the next.

    Our meditative practices, indeed, need to be more than merely the contemplation of our pupik.


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