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Chris is back!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 17 April 2013

Chris is back, and it's Voice Week on Radio 2 and we hear from the voice of BBC Radio 5Live, Lou Pepper, who tells us what happened On This Day in history...

We also get a virtual tour of Victorian Britain with history hero Alan Thorpe...

We speak to 10-year-old Molly from Suffolk, who described the delectable delights of the spaghetti carbonara she made for her parents...

Moira has some interesting theories on curing a sore throat...

And Canon Ann Easter makes us Pause For Thought.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town

    (Single), Vertigo, 10

  • Image for P!nk

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

    Featured Artist: Nate Ruess.

    The Truth About Love, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for The Muppets

    The Muppets Man or Muppet?

    Fuzzy Muppet Songs

  • Image for Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow Everyday Is A Winding Road

    Top Gear Anthems (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for The Colourfield

    The Colourfield Thinking Of You

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for U2

    U2 and B.B. King When Love Comes To Town

    Q The Blues (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Tangled Up

    (CD Single), Grandmono, 1

  • Image for Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas and Santana Smooth

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Herman's Hermits

    Herman's Hermits I'm Into Something Good

    The Hits Of 1964 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Alison Moyet

    Alison Moyet When I Was Your Girl

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council My Ever Changing Moods

    The Style Council - Greatest Hits, Polydor, 1

  • Image for Supertramp

    Supertramp Dreamer

    The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Just The Way You Are (Amazing)

    Now That's What I Call Music 77 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Hurts

    Hurts Blind

    Exile, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Girls In Their Summer Clothes

    Magic, Columbia

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You

    Dusty- The Silver Collection, Philips

  • Image for George McCrae

    George McCrae Rock Your Baby

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin

    Gabrielle Aplin Panic Cord

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for OMC

    OMC How Bizarre

    Now 34 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Lisa Stansfield

    Lisa Stansfield All Around The World

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)

    Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul, Atlantic

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding I've Been Loving You Too Long

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

  • Image for Spin Doctors

    Spin Doctors Two Princes

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Streetband

    Streetband Toast

    (CD Single), Logo

  • Image for Jenn Bostic

    Jenn Bostic Not Yet

    (CD Single), Jenn Bostic Music, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Canon Ann Easter, Chief Executive of a Charity and Chaplain to the Queen.

    Today, millions of people all over the world will watch all or some of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral. Yesterday, her body was taken to Westminster and a short service was held there; then my friend and fellow Chaplain to the Queen, the Reverend Rose Hudson Wilkin stayed in St Mary Undercroft Church, keeping vigil overnight. Rose will have said some prayers this morning before the next part of Lady Thatcher’s final journey.

    There will be lots of other funerals today, mostly, but not all of the people as old or older than Lady Thatcher who have lived long and eventful lives. Many of those other funerals will be attended by family, friends and neighbours, though over the years I have officiated at one or two where there were no mourners at all. At St Paul’s Cathedral, I’m sure that there will be banks of gorgeous flowers and the choir and congregation will fill the dome with magnificent music, while at other services when perhaps the congregation is a bit small, or feels unable to sing, a recording of a familiar love song or a pop song will do the same job of bringing back happy memories and a bunch of flowers from the garden will remind them of the beauty of Creation which somehow manages to be both transitory and eternal.

    Lady Thatcher’s grand daughter and the Prime Minister will read from the Bible and the Lord Bishop of London will deliver, a sermon; while at a graveside today somewhere a priest who many have never met the family before will do her or his best to say something that means something worthwhile and that points to God’s love.

    Because whether in St Paul’s Cathedral or a tiny chapel in Oldham, God gives us the rites of a funeral to enable us to turn the corner from death to eternal life.


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