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Cold Snap Snapshot!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 November 2013

As winter arrives around the country, Chris takes a snapshot of the cold snap with your listener Breaking News.

We look back to the future, with today's Mystery Guest: magnificent Maggie Philbin from Tomorrow's World.

We have a flying fanfare kid, Emily, who's going to be a terrific Tinkerbell on stage in York.

A brilliant Top Tenuous features tales of badly kept secrets. And today's Pause for Thoughter is the Rev Rob Gillion.

Music Played

30 items
  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Modern Love

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Imagine Dragons

    Imagine Dragons On Top Of The World

    (CD Single), Interscope, 001

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra All Over The World

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Pack Up

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for Train

    Train Drive By

    (CD Single), Columbia, 12

  • Image for The Banana Splits

    The Banana Splits The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)

    Television's Greatest Hits Vol. 5: In Living Color (Various Artists), TVT Records

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna True Blue

    Madonna - True Blue, Sire

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Go Gentle

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Wilson Pickett

    Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally

    Atlantic Rhythm & Blues - Vol 6: 1966, Atlantic

  • Image for Mika

    Mika Grace Kelly

    (CD Single), Casablanca

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows and Cliff Richard Bachelor Boy

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI, 8

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Story Of My Life

    (CD Single), Syco Music

  • Image for All Saints

    All Saints Pure Shores

    (CD Single), London, 8

  • Image for Semisonic

    Semisonic Chemistry

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Dean Martin

    Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    Cool Couples (Various Artists), Sanctuary

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney Queenie Eye

    (CD Single), Virgin, 001

  • Image for Suzanne Vega

    Suzanne Vega Marlene On The Wall

    The Best Of Suzanne Vega, A&M

  • Image for Tracy Chapman

    Tracy Chapman Talkin' Bout A Revolution

    Tracy Chapman, Elektra

  • Image for Melissa Etheridge

    Melissa Etheridge BRING ME SOME WATER

  • Image for Tavares

    Tavares Don't Take Away The Music

    Rhythm Divine 2 (Various Artists), Dino, 8

  • Image for XTC

    XTC Making Plans For Nigel

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), EMI

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Boy Cried Wolf

    (CD Single), BMG, 001

  • Image for Martika

    Martika Love Thy Will Be Done

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles All You Need Is Love

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6

  • Image for Joy Division

    Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for INXS

    INXS Beautiful Girl

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for Shed Seven

    Shed Seven Going For Gold

    (CD Single), Polydor, 7

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Betsy Baker

    (CD Single), Navigator Records, 1

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé It's A Beautiful Day

    (CD Single), Reprise, 1

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Anthem For A Lost Cause

    Rewind The Film, Columbia, 7

  • Pause for Thought

    With Rev.Rob Gillion, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviours


    Today 150 years ago was a defining moment in the history of the United States of America when Abraham Lincoln spoke eloquently as a voice for those who died for freedom and equality in America’s Civil War. The Gettysburg Address.

    His historic address at the cemetery marked  the place where thousands of soldiers in the Civil War lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg – and with impressive oratory and a charismatic presence  he spoke of the battle as the last stand for human equality and that the soldiers should not have died in vain, and those who were left should honour them and find peace once more for the nation. It was I understand a defining moment in the Civil War, and surely resonates with our recent Remembrance Day.

    What interested me is that Abraham Lincoln would be the most perfect member of the Pause for Thought team. His address was delivered in just over two minutes. The main speaker a Mr Everett at the Memorial service spoke for two hours and no one remembered it. It was Lincoln’s concise and brief message that inspired the crowd on that day and throughout history.

    So often it is when the mind needs to be focussed succinctly that the best thoughts are expressed.   Jesus’s first sermon for instance was only 60 words long completely defined his life and ministry 

    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

        because he has anointed me

        to proclaim good news to the poor.

    He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

        and recovery of sight for the blind,

    to set the oppressed free,

    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

    ‘Today’ he said ‘these words have been fulfilled in your hearing’.

    Many people are critical of sound bites and twitter but perhaps less is more in the art of oratory. It was certainly the case for Abraham Lincoln. My thought – just under two minutes or thereabouts, but I fear not so significant!


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