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Houseworkers's Playtime!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 August 2013

It's Houseworkers' Playtime this morning, as Chris soundtracks the morning chores that bore!

We enjoy the latest "best EVER" Kids for a Fanfare, as we hear about James Ellingford's fab family outing to Buckingham Palace, and Finlay Kilbride buddying up with nervous newbies at school.

Cosmologist Andrew Pontzen previews the British Science Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and verifies Chris' recollection of the law of reflection.

And Chris loves the aura of today's Pause for Thoughter, the Rev Ruth Scott.

Music Played

35 items
  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Hold On Tight

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Kodaline

    Kodaline Brand New Day

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Christopher Cross

    Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Debbie Harry

    Debbie Harry French Kissing In The USA

    Now 8 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for David Gray

    David Gray Babylon

    (CD Single), Iht Records

  • Image for The Charlatans

    The Charlatans The Only One I Know

    Weekender - Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Kula Shaker

    Kula Shaker Hush

    Kula Shaker - Kollected: The Best Of, Columbia

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors Touch Me

    The Best Of The Doors, Elektra

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Keep On Moving On

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam, 1

  • Image for The Fortunes

    The Fortunes Caroline

    The Fortunes - You've Got Your Troubl, Deram, 1

  • Image for Lissie

    Lissie Further Away (Romance Police)

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Here Is The News

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Demis Roussos

    Demis Roussos Forever & Ever

    Demis Roussos Greatest Hits, Philips

  • Image for Elbow

    Elbow One Day Like This

    (CD Single), Fiction, 1

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy

    Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream

    The Greatest Love (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Legs

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Musclebound

    Spandau Ballet - Singles Collection, Chrysalis

  • Image for Percy Faith

    Percy Faith Theme From A Summer Place

    Rediscover The 50's - Here Comes Summ, Old Gold

  • Image for Ramones

    Ramones Baby I Love You

    The Ramones - End Of The Century, Sire

  • Image for The Knack

    The Knack My Sharona

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra

    Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra The Typewriter

    Hello Children Everywhere, Virgin, 22

  • Image for The Boots Randolph Combo

    The Boots Randolph Combo The Boots Randolph Combo - Yakety Sax (Theme From 'The Benny Hill Show')

    Instrumental Memories Are Made Of Thi, Virgin

  • Image for Ron Grainer

    Ron Grainer Steptoe & Son (Old Ned)

    A-Z Of British TV Themes From 60's &, Play It Again, Sam

  • Image for The Staple Singers

    The Staple Singers If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics We Share The Same Sun

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Moving

    (CD Single), Red Telephone Box, 1

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Feel

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for Primal Scream

    Primal Scream Country Girl

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Blackstreet & Dr. Dre

    Blackstreet & Dr. Dre No Diggity


  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

    Electric, x2, 1

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea On The Beach

    The Best Of Chris Rea, East West Records

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire

    Johnny Cash - Man In Black, Columbia

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond.

    Did you know that Arabic doesn’t have the verb ‘to be’? That being the case, when Shakespeare is translated into Arabic I wonder how they deal with Hamlet’s great question of existence, “To be, or not to be…”! The school summer break always puts me in a similar philosophical mode to Hamlet. I don’t know about you, Chris, but holidays unsettle me. If I’m doing work I love, I feel no need for time off. Although I sometimes look forward to resting instead of rushing about, sitting around doing nothing can be un-nerving. That’s partly the result of personal insecurities that sneak up on me at such times and undermine my self-esteem, and partly a hazard of doing freelance work which can unpredictable. Sometimes I know I keep active in order to avoid addressing difficult issues and emotions that really need attention. Sometimes I drive myself because I think it’s all down to me to make things happen. In reality much of the work I’ve loved doing over the years has come unexpectedly. I try to be attentive to possibilities in the present moment, pushing any interesting door of opportunity that’s ajar, and talking to all kinds of people, but I’ve also learnt the critical importance of making space for something new to emerge. In the silence of Quaker meetings, or in other situations of stillness, ideas have come to me that have made a huge difference to my life. In those moments I feel that what’s unfolding is driven by something more than what I can or can’t do. Some people call this dynamic energy, God. Past experience has taught me that whatever it is, I need to trust it. It may be counter-intuitive, but creating space can often be a more effective catalyst for change than charging around. An American priest friend recently described this as drawing ‘finite action out of infinite spaciousness’. I like the sound of that. Sometimes, Chris, we need to do less in order to achieve more!


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