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U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island
Stereophonics Graffiti On The Train
(CD Single), Stylus Records, 1
KT Tunstall Suddenly I See
(CD Single), Relentless Records
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Learning To Fly
(CD Single), MCA
Keane Sovereign Light Cafe
Strangeland, Island, 1
Elton John I'm Still Standing
Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury
Thea Gilmore Love Came Looking For Me
(CD Single), Fullfill Records, 1
Marvin Gaye Can I Get A Witness
The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye, Motown
(CD Single), A&M
The Dave Clark Five Bits & Pieces
Glad All Over Again, EMI
Alison Moyet When I Was Your Girl
(CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1
Coldplay Speed Of Sound
(CD Single), Parlophone
Lily Allen The Fear
(CD Single), Regal, 1
James Sit Down
True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Daft Punk Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Featured Artist: Pharrell Williams.
(CD Single), Columbia, 1
Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing
Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic
Cher It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv
Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World
Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv
(CD Single), Warner Bros, 1
Roy Orbison California Blue
(CD Single), Virgin
Jack Johnson Better Together
(CD Single), Brushfire Records
Sheila E. The Belle Of St Mark
(Single), Warner Bros
Katrina and the Waves Walking On Sunshine
The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin
Olivia Newton-John Physical
Back To Basics (The Essential Collection 1971-1992), Geffen
Agnetha Fältskog When You Really Loved Someone
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Pause for Thought
From Diane Louise Jordan, presenter of The Sunday Hour.
The sentiment 'you can't judge a book by its cover" couldn't be more true of the candidates on BBC3's Snog, Marry, Avoid who go to extensive lengths to disguise what they really look like, even if their fake style repels, or at the very least persuades others to avoid them.
The premise of the programme is to transform, into natural beauties, those who've overdone faking their looks, by giving them a "make-under."
A prime example was Melissa, a young woman who deliberately fashioned an aggressive punk style to keep people at arms length. Apparently she enjoyed looking intimidating, professing not to care what anyone said about her.
Initially her bravado was convincing but it soon became apparent that her cover-up was a protective defence against years of being bullied.
Her make-under was a radical transformation resulting in unprecedented praise and admiration, which she gratefully received - that boosted her confidence.
Now Melissa may be an extreme an example of faking it, but every day we're flooded with stories of celebs and others who contort and distort their looks in order to find favour.
And a bit closer to home I confess, even though most would describe me as natural, I too am susceptible to a degree of fakery. On my wedding day I wore modest, but fake, eyelashes, and today I'm sporting extension braids!
However the Bible says Jesus had "not beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him", and yet he was a people magnet.
So perhaps we should follow his example and relish in who we really are - who knows we might discover (like the candidates on Snog, Mary and Avoid) that we too are even more attractive!
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