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Zoe Ball sits in

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 August 2013

Zoe Ball limbers up for a jam-packed show starring Sir Paul McCartney and the first contestant to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2013 - Radio 2's very own Vanessa Feltz!

She takes on our 6 foot 6 inch tall sport sub, Dan Walker, in a number of not-very-sporty challenges, and we hear about listeners' record breaking challenges, and past achievements.

Les Pearce gives Zoe top tips for Norm's new goldfish Billy, while fact fan Wendy Wow delivers some jellyfish facts!

And today's Pause for Thoughter, Simon Cohen, reflects on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for The B52's

    The B52's Love Shack

    Now 1990 - The Millennium Series, Now, 3

  • Image for Kodaline

    Kodaline Brand New Day

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for New Order

    New Order Blue Monday

    (CD Single), Factory Records

  • Image for Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for The Pretenders

    The Pretenders Brass In Pocket

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Free

    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Show Me The Wonder

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Rock-A-Hula Baby

    Elvis - The Legend (Vol 2), RCA

  • Image for Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum Just A Kiss

    (CD Single), Capitol, 1

  • Image for Del Amitri

    Del Amitri Roll To Me

    Twisted, A&M, 007

  • Image for Doctor and the Medics

    Doctor and the Medics Spirit In The Sky

    Laughing At The Pieces, Irs

  • Image for Florida Georgia Line

    Florida Georgia Line and Nelly Cruise

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Cracklin' Rosie

    Neil Diamond - The Ultimate Collectio, Columbia/Mca

  • Image for Junior Walker

    Junior Walker and The All-Stars How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Haircut One Hundred

    Haircut One Hundred Fantastic Day

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love

    The Game, Island, 5

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle and Melanie C Loving You

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney New

    New, Virgin/EMI

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Love Story

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer On The Radio

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Right Place, Right Time

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Gold

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

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out Of My Head

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for The La's

    The La's There She Goes

    Love - 38 All Time Love Classics, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! The Edge Of Heaven

    Wham - The Best Of Wham!, Epic

  • Image for Simple Minds

    Simple Minds Blood Diamonds

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band The Joker

    Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-, Mercury

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Higher Ground

    Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collec, Universal

  • Image for The Crystals

    The Crystals Da Doo Ron Ron

    The Best Of The Crystals, Phil Spector Int

  • Pause for Thought

    From Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.

    For me, yesterday’s anniversary of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King’s most famous speech has given an insight into why spirituality is such an important part of life today.

    Fifty years ago this very morning, millions of people woke up after a night filled with strange and wonderful dreams. Dreams of flying, dreams of soaring through the mountains of their minds, with cries of freedom ringing in the valleys below. Dreams of hope. Dreams of happiness.

    The 250,000 people who showed up at Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago, were not there for Dr King. They were there to hear what he believed. To see if anyone else felt what they felt, believed what they believed. To hear something that tapped into the reservoirs of their own dreams, to feel at once legitimised, part of something bigger.

    But while most parents today would share Dr King’s dream for his four little children, in 1963 it was a radical notion. To dare to dream big dreams, and to share those dreams, is to be vulnerable. So who are the dreamers today? Who has the moral courage to share their visions for a brighter future?

    There are of course many of us. But in my experience religious and spiritual people are among the most open with their dreams, and for me this is why spirituality matters today. Whether it’s painting a picture of heaven or nirvana, whether it’s Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Jew, they all start from the powerful words ‘I believe.’

    Often, when we meet someone, we start with ‘so what do you do?’. But friendships, communities, movements start with ‘why’, not ‘what.’ Why do you do what you do? Tonight, dare to dream big dreams. And as the author Henry David Thoreau said ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’


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