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Game, Set and Ready for Wimbledon!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 June 2013

We serve up a tasty treat for tennis fans on the first day of Wimbledon, with Vassos Alexander reporting live from Centre Court.

He talks to former champion Pat Cash, while up-and-coming umpire, Kelly Thomson, confesses to pre-match nerves.

Digory-John Smith fills us in on his summer solstice celebrations. Today's Mystery Guest - Richard Ingles - praises dry stone wonder walls.

And, in today's Pause for Thought, Father Brian D'Arcy celebrates being perfectly imperfect.

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  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Born To Run

    Born To Run, CBS

  • Image for The Wanted

    The Wanted Walks Like Rihanna

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Lenka

    Lenka The Show

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Kid Creole and the Coconuts

    Kid Creole and the Coconuts Annie I'm Not Your Daddy

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Pack Up

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles All You Need Is Love

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Money (That's What I Want)

    With The Beatles, Parlophone, 14

  • Image for Daft Punk

    Daft Punk Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

    Featured Artist: Pharrell Williams.

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Soul II Soul

    Soul II Soul and Caron Wheeler Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Peter Sarstedt

    Peter Sarstedt Where Do You Go To My Lovely

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Treasure

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Halo

    Texas - The Greatest Hits, Mercury

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic, 4

  • Image for Dario G

    Dario G Sunchyme

    Huge Hits 1997 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Betsy Baker

    (CD Single), Navigator Records, 1

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Spitting Games

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Simply Red

    Simply Red Something Got Me Started

    Simply Red Greatest Hits, East West Records

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac You Make Loving Fun

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 3

  • Image for Tom Odell

    Tom Odell Another Love

    (CD Single), Sony Music, 1

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council Walls Come Tumbling Down

    Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor, 13

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Walls

    Meet Glen Campbell, Capitol, 2

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Let's Dance

    Auberge EP, East West Records

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Messages

    The Best Of OMD, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Goldfrapp

    Goldfrapp Number 1

    CD SINGLE, Mute Records

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 This Love

    (CD Single), J

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Close Your Eyes

    To Be Loved, Reprise, 1


    With Father Brian D’Arcy, a Catholic Passionist priest.

    As part of the preparations for the G8, we organised workshops on self-development for young people here. I learned a lot about myself too.
    Good relationships thrive when those I love are free to be themselves. I shouldn’t force loved ones to be clones of myself. Furthermore I need to accept I’m not perfect; nobody has to be perfect.

    I listened to President Obama tell young people in Northern Ireland to be bold and be different. The future will be brighter when children of all religions are educated together, he preached. They should not allow bigotry of the past, wherever it shows itself, to go unchallenged.
    The young people, in turn, insisted on the right to determine their own futures. They will not be prisoners of history; they have no intention of accepting our past as their future.

    Woody Allen has an innate ability to express his inner pain. “My one regret in life is that I am not someone else,” he admitted. There were times when I felt just like that, but not anymore.

    I grew up in a culture which said I should be self-effacing. I should dream only when asleep. I should know my place.

    Eventually I realised I was crippled by fears. Fear of what other people thought of me; fear of being normal. I pretended to be the person other people wanted me to be. A common but fatal mistake. Luckily I caught myself on.

    I stopped trying to fix myself because I knew I wasn’t broken. I accepted myself warts and all, content to be perfectly imperfect.
    That’s what helped me to break out of my comfort zone; I got the courage to be the person I was meant to be.

    Most days I’m fine as long as I don’t allow my fear of others to become greater than my faith in who I am.


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