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National Cow News Day!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 21 November 2013

Chris declares Thursday 21st November, "National Cow News Day!" and milks it, for all it's worth, with your tales of moooos on the loose, and cattle chaos.

It's Pick of the Pregnancies, as we count down the Top Ten Gestation Periods.

We get to grips with the rules of Pooh Sticks, hearing from the BBC's official correspondent, Mark Pougatch-sticks.

Today's Top Tenuous is parliamentary, with listeners' claims to the Commons, and the House of Lords.

Chris unveils his 'uncanny' Michael Grade impression. We find out how Olivia Byrne fared in her ballet exam. And today's Pause for Thoughter is the Rev Ruth Scott.

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Freedom

    Wham - The Best Of Wham!, Epic

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Dry Your Eyes

    The Conversation, Pias Recordings, 001

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Forever In Blue Jeans

    Neil Diamond - The Ultimate Collectio, Columbia/Mca

  • Image for Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout The King Of Rock 'n' Roll

    Hits Album 8, Part 2 (Various Artist, Hits Album

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Read My Mind

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Go Gentle

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Bill Haley & His Comets

    Bill Haley & His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson Better Together

    (CD Single), Brushfire Records

  • Image for David Essex

    David Essex Rock On

    David Essex - His Greatest Hits, Mercury

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Tusk

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 13

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Story Of My Life

    (CD Single), Syco Music

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 1), Warner Bros, 3

  • Image for Madness

    Madness My Girl

    Madness - Complete Madness, Virgin, 2

  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood Valerie

    Pure Rock Ballads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney Queenie Eye

    (CD Single), Virgin, 001

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Dignity

    Our Town- Deacon Blue (Greatest Hits), Columbia

  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Hallelujah

    Acoustic Love (Various Artists), Warner Strategic Marketing

  • Image for Ray LaMontagne

    Ray LaMontagne Trouble

    (CD Single), Echo

  • Image for James Morrison

    James Morrison Wonderful World

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Enrique Iglesias

    Enrique Iglesias Hero

    (CD Single), Interscope

  • Image for Tom Waits

    Tom Waits Downtown Train

    Smoke O.S.T. (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers China Grove

    The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers, Warner Bros

  • Image for Lynn Anderson

    Lynn Anderson Rose Garden


    Million Sellers Vol.15 - The Seventie, Disky

  • 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 The Beatles

    The Beatles I Am The Walrus

    Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone, 6

  • Image for Rudimental

    Rudimental and Emeli Sandé Free

    Home, Warner Bros, 12

  • Image for Space

    Space Female Of The Species

    Crush (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Dodgy

    Dodgy Good Enough

    Now 34 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Wet Wet Wet

    Wet Wet Wet Step By Step

    Record of the Week

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Walk Of Life

    Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition, Vertigo

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Is The Life

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Pause for Thought

    Ruth Scott

    From Rev’d Ruth Scott Anglican vicar in Richmond:


    Garbage city is home to the people who clear all the rubbish from the streets of Cairo. In the early days the garbage-collectors lived on top of the rubbish but over time they’ve been able to build homes in what was once the dump. Today piles of filthy waste or vast packs of sorted plastic, card and metal line fill every available space. They spill out of houses, cover the flat roofs or are stacked precariously high on the vans that rattle their way along the narrow, pot-holed roads. Families earn money by sifting out anything that can be sent for recycling. Animals eat the waste food. Every week 10,000 people from Garbage City and beyond gather in the vast ‘Cave Church’, a Coptic Orthodox Church literally carved out of the cliff that towers over them. While looking around we were adopted by a young man who told us his parents were garbage-collectors who’d once lived on the mountain of rubbish, and still sort through it today. He’d grown up thinking their work was his destiny as well, but instead he was able to become a guide at the church. Whenever I travel to places where people endure great hardship, friends assume I’m going out to help. In reality I receive far more than I can ever give in return. The people of Garbage city reveal a resilience that puts in the shade my own attempts to deal with far less chronically difficult circumstances. They emerge stronger in situations I’d struggle to see my way through. They show what can happen, albeit gradually, when communities come together in the face of adversity. As the story of my young guide illustrates, there’s only thing in life of which we can be sure: Nothing remains the same. Change always comes. Resilience is the quality that helps us to ensure that such change is for the better.


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