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Chris has lost his voice!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 April 2013

Chris has lost his voice, so Vassos takes over the show and calls back a lucky texter who receives two tickets for the best seats in the house at Radio 2's Caro Emerald gig live In Concert!

We also meet the voiceover man from Blankety Blank in the 70's...

9-year-old Sam tells us about starring in Oliver in a big production...

Caro Emerald tells us what happened On This Day in history...

In honour of Vassos standing in for Chris on presenting duties, our Top Tenuous is dedicated to understudies...

And Ajmal Masroor makes us Pause For Thought...

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for The Boomtown Rats

    The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap

    Greatest Hits Of 1978 (Various Artis, Premier

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift 22

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Gloria Estefan

    Gloria Estefan Turn The Beat Around

    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd, 7

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins Two Hearts

    Phil Collins ...Hits, Virgin

  • Image for Supertramp

    Supertramp Breakfast In America

    The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv

  • Image for U2

    U2 Pride (In The Name Of Love)

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 1

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows If I Had A Heart

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Gerry & The Pacemakers

    Gerry & The Pacemakers How Do You Do It

    The Hits Of 1963 (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden What Does It Take?

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Chris Montez

    Chris Montez Let's Dance

    And The Beat Goes On Vol 3 (Various), Debutante

  • Image for Jenn Bostic

    Jenn Bostic Not Yet

    (CD Single), Jenn Bostic Music, 1

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 4

  • Image for Queen

    Queen A Kind Of Magic

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 2

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Turn

    (CD Single), Demon, 1

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Gold

    The Gold Album (Various Artists), The Hit Label Ltd

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald That Man

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Stuck

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA The Name Of The Game

    Abba Gold, Polydor

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Tangled Up

    (CD Single), Grandmono, 1

  • Image for Eric Clapton & Chaka Khan

    Eric Clapton & Chaka Khan Gotta Get Over

    (CD Single), Bushbranch, 1

  • Image for Traveling Wilburys

    Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care

    (CD Single), Wilbury

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for M

    M Pop Muzik

    Million Sellers Vol.16 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Wings

    Wings Mull Of Kintyre

    Paul McCartney - All The Best!, Parlophone

  • Image for Blue

    Blue Hurt Lovers

    (CD Single), Blueworld, 1

  • Image for Crowded House

    Crowded House Weather With You

    Crowded House - Recurring Dream, Capitol

  • Pause for Thought

    Ajmal Masroor, an Imam who serves four London mosques.

    As an Imam I am feeling the pressure on my diary to officiate Islamic marriage with the starting of the wedding season. I was married at the age 24 and divorced by the age of 26. I was not forced into this marriage. It was a cross cultural marriage, I’m from Bangladeshi ethnic background and my wife was of Pakistani decent. We met through mutual friends and considered each other for about six months until deciding to marry. But within the first few months things started going wrong. We were arguing over the smallest things. We’d sulk for days and eventually make up but never deal with issues adequately.

    Our unhappiness had nothing to do with our cultural differences. It was simple – we didn’t know how to be married and nobody ever taught us the skills either.

    After the divorce I took up a course to become a marriage counsellor and this was my way of understanding what went wrong in my marriage and look for therapy. I strongly believe that if I knew then what I know now about marriage, I’d still be married to my first wife.

    I believe most of us get married without adequately learning about marriage or relationship. The common misconception is you’ll learn as you go along; there is nothing you can learn before. If I had attended a marriage preparation course or even read a practical book on marriage before I signed on the dotted line I’d not have suffered so much heart ache.

    I’ve been married again for now 11 years. I believe I’ve learn a great deal from my experience and have realised that marriage is a journey of two imperfect human beings in an equal partnership both desperately looking for happiness and love. Sometimes I’m happy and sometime I’m not.

    My secret to coping in a marriage is to create three safe spaces – my space where I can be myself, my wife’s space where she can be herself and a common space where we both can be safe together. I’m happier being married than when I was single. I do not think I could cope with life without someone to love and be loved. And now with two children I cannot imagine my life with them.


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