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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 03 May 2013

Chris Evans celebrates the arrival of Friday with some magnificent tunes, plus Richard Hammond has news of an important 500 WORDS meeting.

Richard Hammond is at Radio 2 HQ because he and the other 500 WORDS judges - Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce - are gathering to choose this year's winners!

Over 90,000 stories have been read and marked, since the competition closed on the 22nd February, and they've been whittled down to our Final 50. Now it's decision time, as our celebrity judges pick the Gold, Silver and Bronze winner in each age category.

This very exciting information remains TOP secret until Friday 31st May, when all 50 finalists join us LIVE from the Hay Festival, for a very special Breakfast Show.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin'

    Top Gear 2 - Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Daft Punk

    Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams Get Lucky

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Wilson Phillips

    Wilson Phillips Hold On

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band The Joker

    Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-, Mercury

  • Image for The Who

    The Who I Can't Explain

    The Godfathers Of Britpop, Polygram Tv

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Children Of The Revolution

    Tanx + Zinc Alloy, Edsel, 006

  • Image for Primal Scream

    Primal Scream It's Alright, It's OK

    (CD Single), Ignition, 1

  • Image for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Chile

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Polydor

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt 1973

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Suzi Quatro

    Suzi Quatro Devil Gate Drive

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Graffiti On The Train

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon Use Somebody

    (CD Single), RCA, 2

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore Love Came Looking For Me

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 1

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Never Be Lonely

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Barry Manilow

    Barry Manilow Copacabana

    (Single), Arista

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Bicycle Race

    Jazz, Island, 4

  • Image for Agnetha Fältskog

    Agnetha Fältskog When You Really Loved Someone

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Is The Life

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Mary Poppins cast

    Mary Poppins cast Let's Go Fly A Kite

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Shine

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for The Waterboys

    The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon

    Now 1991 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Wah!

    Wah! The Story Of The Blues (Part 1)

    (CD Single), When!

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks All Day & All Of The Night

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv, 23

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Sharon Grenham Toze, an Anglican priest and prison chaplain.

    The weather looks promising this weekend, so I’m hoping to get out on the boat tomorrow. We’ve been hearing about the fabulous stories that have been entered for the 500 words competition, and of course there are some great stories already published that tell tales of boats and rivers and the sea – Moby Dick, for example, or Swallows and Amazons. Well the friend who’s very patiently teaching me to sail reckons there are 4 different types of novice sailor. You’ve got the ones who want to sun themselves on the deck all day, and get a bit fed up when they’re expected to muck in and work. Then there are the ones who panic at the slightest thing, and end up getting in the way. You’ve got the over-confident ones, who think they know it all because they’ve read a book. And then there are those who give it a go, but know their limitations, and will ask for help or advice when they don’t know what to do. As you might imagine, it’s this last type who tends to learn quickly, and then get the best out of the experience.

    I bet we can all recognise the character types I’ve just described! This week I’ve been spending time talking to one of the prisoners in the jail where I work. He’s not a young man, but he’s got to the stage where he can see he’s got to take responsibility for his life and make some changes. Many years spent in prison mean it’s very hard for him to get a job, or a stable home, and he has a lot of personal and emotional issues to sort out. But at last he’s asked for help and we’ll do our best to give it.
    It’s not easy, asking for help. Most of us have the mindset that says we don’t want to bother people, or we don’t want to look weak. There’s a hymn I love that goes ‘Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.’ Well praying may or may not be your thing, but struggling on may not be the right thing to do either – instead, whatever you’re having trouble with, don’t be afraid to ask for help - most people are always willing to lend a hand.


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