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A Tip Top, Top Tip Thursday!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 August 2013

It's a tip top Top Tip Thursday, with Chris asking listeners to share their worldly wisdom. His particular favourite is a colour-coded household, and he wants to be azure!

After reports of a porpoise rescue mission at sea, marine biologist Daphna Feingold calls in from Cardigan Bay to talk cetaceans - aka marine mammals!

We call up Jackie, who's now dropping everything to enjoy the best seats in the house at tonight's Stereophonics gig in the BBC Radio Theatre

Christopher Jamison delivers today's Pause for Thought and then we return to tips of the rubbish variety, in the Top Tenuous.

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Earth, Wind & Fire

    Earth, Wind & Fire My Promise

    (CD Single), Legacy, 1

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Bankrobber

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Clocks

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for The Pretenders

    The Pretenders Don't Get Me Wrong

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury

  • Image for Kodaline

    Kodaline Brand New Day

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Baby Jane

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for Golden Earring

    Golden Earring Radar Love

    Hot Love - Sounds Of The 70's, Part 1, Old Gold

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Keep On Moving On

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam, 1

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Downtown Train

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for Fountains of Wayne

    Fountains of Wayne Stacy's Mom

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for The Coral

    The Coral Pass It On

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Valentine's Day

    The Next Day, RCA, 1

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Never Be Lonely

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Have A Nice Day

    Now 49 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Island Girl

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music Angel Eyes

    Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life, Eg

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Show Me The Wonder

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel Baby Driver

    Top Of The Morning With Terry Wogan, Sony Music TV

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Could It Be Magic

    Take That - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Imagination

    Imagination Just An Illusion

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • Image for Belouis Some

    Belouis Some Imagination

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Invisible Empire

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • Image for Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson Americanos

    Holly Johnson - Blast, MCA, 3

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours

    You've Got Mail (Film S/Track), Warner Sunset/Atlantic

  • Pause for Thought

    From Father Christopher Jamison - Benedictine Monk.

    It was my pleasure to be in Edinburgh last week to enjoy some of the festival events there. Two struck me in particular: one was a show featuring a man with tape covering his mouth and the other a concert of folk songs in Finnish, a language that I don’t understand. The silent taped up man kept us enthralled with 60 minutes of pure comedy while the foreign language singers moved the uncomprehending audience to tears. Neither performance involved speech or understandable words; it was the movement and the music that provoked the laughter and the tears. These enthralling performances reminded me that words are secondary to body language and music. For example, telling crying babies to calm down is pointless; they need to be hugged and to hear soothing sounds, a fact seen in every cradling mother singing a lullaby to calm her child.

    Nowadays, a bad understanding of science has allowed words to dominate many people’s way of thinking. Knowledge is often understood as the need to grasp everything, firstly to grasp it with the hand and then to analyse it with words so that we can grasp it with the mind. This approach to knowledge is very useful but it’s dangerous if we think this is the only way to know anything. We can contemplate the beauty of a painting before we analyse it, we just know it’s beautiful. We can experience religious awe in the mountains before we ever discuss whether God exists; we just know there’s something there. Contemplation and awe, these too are ways of knowing. This spiritual knowing is our primary source of knowledge; children have this knowledge and adults spend a lifetime trying to recapture it. To see the movement and to hear the music before we say a word, that’s true wisdom.


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