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Celebrating awesome albums!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 25 November 2013

Chris launches a new week with your Smug News and, boy, you've all been busy! We hear about listeners scaling tall buildings, and kicking the competition into touch - quite literally - in sporting events (and games of rock, scissors, paper) across the land!

As the album chart celebrates its first millennium (with Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways), we celebrate the Long Player with some cracking chart-toppers (and a seven minute pause for Pink Floyd!)

Our marvellous Mystery Guest is Boyd, William Boyd! The latest best-selling author to pick up the pen from Ian Fleming.

Our Fanfare kid, Alex, fills us on in Blue Peter's live Doctor Who special, while listener Lesley Bolton helpfully demystifies the 50th anniversary programme, with a 60 second summary!

And today's Pause for Thought is delivered by Father Christopher Jamison.

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for Queen

    Queen Radio Gaga

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for Gary Barlow

    Gary Barlow Let Me Go

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Jimmy Soul

    Jimmy Soul If You Wanna Be Happy

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for The Proclaimers

    The Proclaimers Letter From America

    Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini 10/10

    Sunny Side Up, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

    The White Album, Parlophone, 4

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Anthem For A Lost Cause

    Rewind The Film, Columbia, 7

  • Image for The Everly Brothers

    The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Crazy In Love (feat. JAY Z)

    Featured Artist: JAY Z.

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Dion

    Dion Runaround Sue

    The Wanderers (Original S/Track), Sequel Records

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Story Of My Life

    (CD Single), Syco Music

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Angels

    The Best 90's Album In The World...Ev, Virgin

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Metal Guru

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Chris Isaak

    Chris Isaak Live It Up

    Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1

  • Image for Dario G

    Dario G Sunchyme

    Huge Hits 1997 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Hand On Heart

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Sun King

    Abbey Road, Apple, 10

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley All Shook Up

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Don't Stop Me Now

    Jazz, Island, 12

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Like A Virgin

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 7

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra You Make Me Feel So Young

    The Frank Sinatra Collection, EMI

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Go Gentle

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Vera Lynn

    Vera Lynn (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover

    We'll Meet Again (Various Artists), Telstar, 8

  • Image for Vera Lynn

    Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again

    The Very Best Of Vera Lynn, Decca, 8

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Stayin' Alive

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Mayer Hawthorne

    Mayer Hawthorne The Stars Are Ours

    (CD Single), Island, 001

  • Image for The Passions

    The Passions I'm In Love With A German Film Star

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

  • Image for Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk The Model

    Into The Eighties (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney Queenie Eye

    (CD Single), Virgin, 001

  • Image for Thompson Twins

    Thompson Twins Doctor Doctor

    Young at Heart (Various Artists), Reader's Digest

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley and The Wailers Stir It Up

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • Pause for Thought

    Christopher Jamison

    From Benedictine Monk, Father Christopher Jamison:


    Yesterday was Stir Up Sunday, the traditional day for making the Christmas pudding, when each member of the family in turn is invited to help stir the rich ingredients of the pudding. In the face of so many adverts to buy readymade puddings perhaps not many people keep this tradition. But this kitchen tradition echoes the prayer appointed to be read at church services at this time. Each day this week we Christian ministers will say a prayer that begins ‘Stir up the will of your faithful people, O Lord.’ So stirring up the pudding matches stirring up the will of the people. But stirring people up to do what? The prayer goes on to encourage people to bestir themselves to do good works so that they might enjoy ‘the healing remedies of God’s kindness.’ Stir Up Sunday is a wonderful example of so much that’s good about this time of year. There are traditional foods, there are family traditions and there is the constant invitation to bestir ourselves to greater kindness so we can reflect God’s kindness. It’s exactly one month to Christmas and some people will be complaining that it’s all too commercial. Well the constant stream of seasonal marketing can be a reminder not only to buy things but also to live out all that’s best about preparing for Christmas. I can bestir myself to remember those in distress or those I’ve neglected or those who are lonely. To enter into the coming month with this spirit can lead to the fulfilment of the promise expressed in the Stir Up prayer, the promise that the ones who heal are themselves healed: to act with compassion towards a fellow human being is to experience what Christians believe the birth of Christ represents, namely, the healing remedies of God’s kindness.


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