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Jeremy Bates and Pigeons!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 June 2013

We speak to BBC tennis commentator, Jeremy Bates, to clear up yesterday's Wimbledon title tiff!

Mrs Evans calls the show with butcher news, and we hear your Top Tenuous claims to the fame of pigeon fancying.

7-year old Harry Eddleston fills us in on our Botany Bay adventures.

And the Reverend Ruth Scott delivers today's Pause for Thought.

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Summer Of 69

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Sad Angel

    Extended Play, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Twist & Shout

    The Beatles - Please Please Me, Parlophone, 14

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel The River Of Dreams

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume III, Columbia

  • Image for Aztec Camera

    Aztec Camera Oblivious

    The Best Of Aztec Camera, Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Everything Has Changed

    Red, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Aerosmith

    Aerosmith Dude Looks Like A Lady

    Aerosmith - Big Ones, Geffen

  • Image for The Housemartins

    The Housemartins Happy Hour

    Now That's What I Call Quite Good, Go! Discs

  • Image for Elkie Brooks

    Elkie Brooks Pearl's A Singer

    Elkie Brooks - Priceless, Pickwick

  • Image for Crystal Gayle

    Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

    Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for The Wanted

    The Wanted Walks Like Rihanna

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Love Is A Stranger

    Eurythmics - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks You Really Got Me

    The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 7

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks All Day & All Of The Night

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv, 23

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Lola

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Dear Darlin'

    (CD Single), Sony BMG, 1

  • Image for The Mavericks

    The Mavericks Dance The Night Away

    Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Candi Staton

    Candi Staton Young Hearts Run Free

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Waterloo Sunset

    Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 13

  • Image for Big Mountain

    Big Mountain Baby I Love Your Way

    No Greater Love (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for The Zombies

    The Zombies She's Not There

    The Godfathers Of Britpop, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Desperado

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • Image for Dobie Gray

    Dobie Gray Drift Away

    Soul Inspiration (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for Agnetha Fältskog

    Agnetha Fältskog Dance Your Pain Away

    (CD Single), Universal, 7

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Domino

    (CD Single), Universal, 1


    With Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond.

    Earlier this year plans were passed to build a peace centre on the site of the former Maze prison near Belfast. Since that time a number of victims’ groups have asked for the centre to be built elsewhere. Their viewpoint carries great weight in the community. I can understand why, so I was surprised when a friend challenged that understanding. “I’m a victim,” he said, “but when my brother was murdered, I didn’t suddenly lose my prejudices and blind spots. I want people to be sensitive to my experience but being a victim doesn’t necessarily make me wiser than anyone else. You shouldn’t just accept my opinion simply because I’ve suffered more than you may have done.”

    His words got me thinking, Chris. They raised the question of how we make up our minds about difficult issues: Who do you listen to, and why do you give weight to their opinions? Over the years I’ve learnt that just because lots of people agree with a particular point of view that doesn’t automatically make it right. I’ve discovered through hard experience that opinions matching my own may simply mean we’re as ignorance or blind as one another. I know, too, that not everyone who speaks from a position of authority is wise.

    Sometimes the most profound insights are spoken by people who think themselves, or are thought to be of little consequence. All this means we shouldn’t abdicate to others we assume know better, our own responsibility for thinking things through. It’s important to test out our perceptions and those of other people in ever wider contexts to see if they still hold true. The more we understand the range of views expressed, the more informed our decision is likely to be. What matters in the end, Chris, is the wisdom and compassion of the arguments, whatever the experience of those sharing them.


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