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Workplace Workouts!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 01 May 2013

We hear about your 'deskercise' techniques for staying trim in the office...

Have you ever wondered who comes up with those elaborate names for colours when you're picking paint? We meet the lady who does just that...

We hear from 10-year-old Tom, who has a better brain for biology than any other we know...

Eurovision hopeful Bonnie Tyler takes us back in time with On This Day...

And Diane Louise Jordan makes us Pause For Thought.

Music Played

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  • Image for U2

    U2 Desire

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Graffiti On The Train

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Learning To Fly

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Sovereign Light Cafe

    Strangeland, Island, 1

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John I'm Still Standing

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore Love Came Looking For Me

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 1

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye Can I Get A Witness

    The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye, Motown

  • Image for Duffy

    Duffy Mercy

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for The Dave Clark Five

    The Dave Clark Five Bits & Pieces

    Glad All Over Again, EMI

  • Image for Alison Moyet

    Alison Moyet When I Was Your Girl

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Speed Of Sound

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Lily Allen

    Lily Allen The Fear

    (CD Single), Regal, 1

  • Image for James

    James Sit Down

    True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Daft Punk

    Daft Punk Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

    Featured Artist: Pharrell Williams.

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Cher

    Cher It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World

    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Stooshe

    Stooshe Slip

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison California Blue

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson Better Together

    (CD Single), Brushfire Records

  • Image for Sheila E.

    Sheila E. The Belle Of St Mark

    (Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for Katrina and the Waves

    Katrina and the Waves Walking On Sunshine

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Olivia Newton-John

    Olivia Newton-John Physical

    Back To Basics (The Essential Collection 1971-1992), Geffen

  • Image for Agnetha Fältskog

    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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