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Give Wide Faces a Wide Berth?

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 September 2013

Chris gets top tips on signing off texts and e-mails from a man of modern manners, William Hanson.

As we enter the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, we ask why leaves fall from trees each and every autumn.

We ask whether it's necessary to give a wide berth to those with wide faces. And ask for listeners' tenuous links to celebrity correspondence!

Plus, young Edward Swainston tells us about his Viking adventures. And Sarah Joseph delivers today's Pause for Thought.

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    David Bowie Modern Love

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    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark If You Leave

    The Best Of OMD, Virgin, 14

  • Image for Razorlight

    Razorlight America

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Queen

    Queen You're My Best Friend

    Queen - Greatest Hits, Parlophone, 4

  • Image for George Harrison

    George Harrison What Is Life

    George Harrison: All Things Must Pass, Parlophone, 11

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    Passenger Holes

    (CD Single), Nettwerk Music Group, 1

  • Image for The Archies

    The Archies Sugar Sugar

    Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's, Old Gold

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Anyway

    Ladykiller: Platinum Edition, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Susan Maughan

    Susan Maughan Bobby's Girl

    Rediscover The 60's - Sealed With A K, Old Gold

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    The Feeling Rescue

    Boy Cried Wolf, BMG, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Texas

    Texas When We Are Together

    Texas - The Hush, Mercury

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads Road To Nowhere

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for U2

    U2 and B.B. King When Love Comes To Town

    Q The Blues (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • Image for Katy Perry

    Katy Perry Roar

    (CD Single), Capitol, 1

  • Image for Fine Young Cannibals

    Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing

    The Raw & The Cooked, London

  • Image for Shania Twain

    Shania Twain Man! I Feel Like A Woman

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes You Can't Hurry Love

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Andrew Gold

    Andrew Gold Lonely Boy

    Drive Time (Various Artists), Dino, 1

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Capital Cities

    Capital Cities Safe And Sound

    (CD Single), Capitol

  • Image for The Lovin' Spoonful

    The Lovin' Spoonful Daydream

    The Lovin' Spoonful Collection, Castle Communications

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA I Have A Dream

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 007

  • Image for The Monkees

    The Monkees Daydream Believer

    Hey Hey It's The Monkees Greatest Hit, K-Tel, 5

  • Image for The Cult

    The Cult She Sells Sanctuary

    The Cult - Pure Cult: The Singles, Beggars Banquet

  • Image for KISS

    KISS I Was Made For Lovin' You

    Greatest Hits, Mercury, 4

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Fix You

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for They Might Be Giants

    They Might Be Giants Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    User's Guide To They Might Be Giants, Elektra/Rhino

  • Pause for Thought

    From "Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.

    I am soon to be walking the Shine night time marathon for a cancer charity. 26 miles and 385 yards... I’m dreading it. My friend Ayman and I both signed up some months back. She’s been more diligent in her training than I have been in mine; and whilst we both have very personal connections to cancer that spurred us to sign up, we are both terrified of the big day.
    My emotions are rather like just before Ramadan, the month of fasting. “Will I be able to finish?” “How will I cope with the difficulties?” “Will I have the physical and emotional resilience?”
    Yet, every year, Ramadan comes, and whilst it is not easy, I manage. In fact, I do more than manage – I embrace the challenge. I am praying that it is going to be the same for the marathon.
    In some ways, both things are very similar. They require a certain tenacity of spirit to achieve the goal, and I can imagine that the 26 miles of the marathon are similar to the 30 days of fasting; with some being easier than others, a real block of self doubt in the middle, and joy at the finish.
    When I face new challenges I often draw on the lessons the disciplines within my faith--such as fasting and the five daily prayers--teach me. They are sometimes perceived as archaic religious rituals, yet they allow one to discover the depths of your strengths, and to explore your weaknesses. They are a training for moments of difficulty, and a way to nurture the habits of self-discipline and resilience that are so needed in life.
    The great faiths all have within them restraints, and seemingly self-imposed hardships, yet these acts help you know what you are capable of if you fully commit your mind, your body, and your spirit to them. These struggles stand you in good stead for the tests of life. I am hoping that I will soon look back on the marathon, draw on its lessons, and know truly that I can achieve more than I ever thought possible.


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