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Best beach bars and C-3PO!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 July 2013

Chris speaks to the owner of the third Best Beach Bar on the planet, The Ty Coch Inn in Welsh Wales.

We catch up with 8-year-old Jasmine Saunders - aka Ord - and hear all about her Viking Day at school and raiding other countries!

Today's Mystery Guest is star of all six Star Wars films, Anthony Daniels - aka C-3PO.

And the Rabbi Pete Tobias delivers today's Pause for Thought.

Music Played

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    Muse Starlight

    (CD Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Treasure

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker You Are So Beautiful

    The Gold Album (Various Artists), The Hit Label Ltd

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross I'm Coming Out

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Johnny Hates Jazz

    Johnny Hates Jazz Shattered Dreams

    Now 1987 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Del Amitri

    Del Amitri Roll To Me

    Twisted, A&M, 007

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Walk Of Life

    Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition, Vertigo

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Everything Has Changed

    Red, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Simply Red

    Simply Red A New Flame

    Simply Red Greatest Hits, East West Records

  • Image for Stacy Lattisaw

    Stacy Lattisaw Jump To The Beat

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll: 1980 (Va), Connoisseur Collection, 6

  • Image for Seals & Crofts

    Seals & Crofts Summer Breeze

    Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze, Warner Bros

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Looking Out For Caroline

    Bula Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Caroline

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

  • Image for Train

    Train 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

    Cailfornia 37, Sony, 5

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Hammer To Fall

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for The Who

    The Who My Generation

    The Who - Who's Better, Who's Next, Polydor

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum Edge Of Something

    Momentum, Island, 1

  • Image for Simple Minds

    Simple Minds Broken Glass Park

    Celebrate - The Greatest Hits+, Virgin, 1

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys California Girls

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 6

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 3

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Summer Night City

    Abba - More Abba Gold, Polydor

  • Image for Mungo Jerry

    Mungo Jerry In The Summertime

    In The Summertime-Sound Of 70's, Part, Old Gold

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Big When I Was Little

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Side

    (CD Single), Independiente

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty I Won't Back Down

    Tom Petty - Anthology, MCA

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Summer Of 69

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury

  • Image for Don Henley

    Don Henley The Boys Of Summer

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Josh Groban

    Josh Groban False Alarms

    All That Echoes, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

    (CD Single), Relentless Records


    With Rabbi Pete Tobias, of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree.

    Next week Jews will be observing the fast day of Tish’a b’Av, a day that recalls sad events in Jewish history, starting with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians more than 2,500 years ago.

    On the Saturday preceding that date, there’s a special reading in synagogues from the prophet Isaiah. He was renowned for what today we might call publicity stunts. Just over a hundred years before the Babylonians came, he went to the Temple to shout at the people worshipping there.

    In Isaiah’s day, songs and prayers of worship were accompanied by the sacrifice of goats and lambs. To Isaiah it was all meaningless unless those making the offerings then addressed the injustice and poverty in their society. He was sure they didn’t – and he told them so.
    He screamed and ranted, telling them that God despised their songs and wasn’t listening to their prayers. The goats and lambs they were offering wouldn’t be accepted unless they also changed their behaviour. If they didn’t, the Temple would be destroyed, he said. The people probably thought he was nuts.

    Many years ago I was at a Jewish summer camp in America. On this particular Sabbath, instead of just reading his words, I pretended to be Isaiah. I donned a ridiculous costume, and marched into the location where the service was taking place, shouting at a bunch of bewildered Californians that what they were doing was pointless unless they actually listened to the words of their prayers and acted on them to change their world.

    I’m sure all those who were there thought that I was nuts. But for me Isaiah’s message is the essence of Liberal Judaism: if worship doesn’t inspire us to bring justice into our world, then it’s worthless. I’m not sure if that message is fully appreciated, so maybe I need to dress up and do my Isaiah schtick again… Whatever it takes to emphasise that religion isn’t just about praying, it’s about taking action to mend our world.


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