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Zoe Ball sits in

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 28 August 2013

Zoe Ball sits in for Chris and, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, she talks to veteran journalist John Sergeant who witnessed the famous event first-hand.

With news that Brits are now hitting middle age at 53 - 12 years later than we used to - listeners share their signs of hitting this milestone, from a penchant for naps, to a love of hanging baskets!

We also have yak facts from Zoe's friend Wendy Wow, goldfish tips, and (rather food focused) suggestions for a team sporting challenge!

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Home Again

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Heaven 17

    Heaven 17 Temptation

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for The Real Thing

    The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything

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

  • Image for The Bluetones

    The Bluetones Slight Return

    Now 34 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Nina Simone

    Nina Simone and Groovefinder Ain't Got No, I Got Life

    (CD Single), Sony BMG

  • Image for Booker T. & Jay James

    Booker T. & Jay James Broken Heart

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Whitesnake

    Whitesnake Here I Go Again (Remix)

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne Mercy Mercy

    Long Wave, Frontiers Records, 4

  • Image for Los Lobos

    Los Lobos La Bamba

    Hits Of '87 & '88 Vol.12 (Various), Polydor

  • Image for Lonnie Donegan

    Lonnie Donegan Rock Island Line

    Rediscover The 50's-Rock With The Cav, Old Gold

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Moving

    (CD Single), Red Telephone Box, 1

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Blowin' In The Wind

    The Best Of Bob Dylan, Columbia

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Twist & Shout

    The Beatles - Please Please Me, Parlophone, 14

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Forget You

    (CD Single), Warner Music UK, 1

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads And She Was

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

  • Image for X-Press

    X-Press and David Byrne Lazy

    (CD Single), Skint

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

    Electric, x2, 1

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters Baby Come Home

    Magic Hour, Polydor, 1

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross My Old Piano

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Tom Odell

    Tom Odell Grow Old With Me

    Long Way Down, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Newton Faulkner

    Newton Faulkner Dream Catch Me

    (CD Single), Ugly Truth

  • Image for Jane Wiedlin

    Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Disco 2000

    (CD Single), Island, 6

  • Image for The Coasters

    The Coasters Yakety Yak

    Atlantic Soul (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Take It Easy

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • Image for Katie Melua

    Katie Melua I Will Be There

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 2

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Dancing In The Moonlight

    Onka's Big Moka - Toploader, Sony Soho Square

  • Pause for Thought

    From Father Christopher Jamison - Benedictine Monk.

    Over the weekend I took part in two festivals, one at Cheltenham racecourse and the other in Norfolk. At Cheltenham, it wasn’t a horse racing festival, it was Greenbelt, the largest Christian festival in Britain, where over 15,000 people gather for several days of events ranging from a church service in the style of Les Miserables to inspirational talks, music and meditation sessions. And at Walsingham in Norfolk, the Youth 2000 Festival brought together a thousand young people for a time of prayer and teaching in the Catholic tradition. What is striking at both festivals is the number of young people, all celebrating Christian faith with enthusiasm and joy. As one newcomer said, I didn’t know that the Church is still so alive. It’s one of the qualities of the Church to be youthful. That doesn’t simply mean having lots of young members; it means that the church constantly reinvents itself so the gospel message finds fresh expression in every generation. This reinvention reflects a feature of God that is described well by St Augustine whose feast is celebrated today. He described God as a beauty so ancient and so new. At both these festivals, there is a great deal of beautiful music reminding us that God is beautiful. Then there is much that is ancient such as the words of the bible and traditional worship. But there is also much that is new. As people grow up, they find they have to let go of a childish view of God and discover God anew. And that new energy of the young fills these two festivals. As I grow older in body, I hope that I might become younger in spirit, open to new ways of living the Gospel. God is indeed so ancient and so new.

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