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THE Gary Barlow Anno!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 September 2013

Listen up, it's finally announcement time! We've had the thumbs up from Pudsey, and we're good to go, so Chris chats to pop prince, and troubadour of the tepee of love, Gazza Bazza Barlow!

Gary has details of Children in Need Rocks 2013, two November concerts, featuring Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks, Bastille and Passenger!

Chris celebrates comebacks with the news that top tactician Ben Ainslie steered USA to victory in the Americas Cup!

We hammer out the world of welding with today's Mystery Guest, Melissa Cole of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

6 year old Elliot Morris toots out Caterpillar Bye Bye on his recorder. We enjoy a double-dose of Seasick Steve's new single. And today's Pause for Thoughter is Sharon Grenham-Toze.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Prince

    Prince 1999

    Prince - The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum You're Not The Only One

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield Spooky

    All Time Greatest Movie Songs Vol. II, Columbia

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Chasing Cars

    (CD Single), Fiction

  • Image for Blues Brothers

    Blues Brothers Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

    Simply The Best Movie Album (Various), Warner Strategic Market

  • Image for Cornershop

    Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Remix)

    The 1999 Brit Awards (Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney New

    New, Virgin/EMI

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Fashion

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Mika

    Mika We Are Golden

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Seekers

    The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You

    The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 4

  • Image for Van Halen

    Van Halen Why Can't This Be Love

    Life In The Fast Lane (Various), Telstar

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley All Shook Up

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Hound Dog

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley The Wonder Of You

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Passenger

    Passenger Holes

    (CD Single), Nettwerk Music Group, 1

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers China Grove

    The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Temptations

    The Temptations Just My Imagination

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan I Want You

    Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits, Columbia

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Juliet

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Mayhem

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Boston

    Boston More Than A Feeling

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Blue Öyster Cult

    Blue Öyster Cult Don't Fear The Reaper

    Chart Show Ultimate Rock - Various, Hit

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Brighton Beach

    Time, Capitol, 1

  • Image for Beverley Knight

    Beverley Knight Shoulda Woulda Coulda

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Dress You Up

    (Single), Sire, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Sharon Grenham Toze, an Anglican priest and prison chaplain.

    There’s an increasing body of research which suggests that adolescence stretches far beyond the teens, and that expecting our 18 year olds to start behaving like adults the minute we’ve popped the champagne cork is unreasonable. Apparently there’s still a huge amount of brain development going on, which means youngsters are mentally and emotionally all over the place, and this could last into our late 20s and even in some cases our 30s! At last I’ve found the excuse for all those mistakes I made when I was supposed to behave like a grown up…..

    I’m sure there are plenty of listeners with kids in their late teens who’ll groan at this – you know, thinking ‘how many more years of angst and tantrums?’ and I’ve got every sympathy! But there’s also so much that’s wonderful and positive about the buzz and creativity and even the ‘in yer face’ confrontation that comes from children and young adults.

    So I’d like to turn this one on its head and ask – when do we stop being lively and curious and playful, like the kids? Get any group of youngsters together and before long they’re like the proverbial litter of puppies. Put a group of older adults together and we’re more likely to be eyeing each other up competitively or wondering when we can get out of there.

    There’s a poem by William Wordsworth that suggests when we’re born we come ‘trailing clouds of glory’ – but we lose it as we age. I think I prefer the poem by Jenny Joseph that declares ‘when I am old I shall wear purple, and a red hat that doesn’t go’ – rebellious to the last! Our brains might finally get themselves sorted out by the time we’re 28 or so, but I hope we can carry on exploring life with child-like exuberance until we’re at least 100!


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