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Wiser on the web

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 11 February 2014

We get some knowledge about the net with the marvellous Martha Lane-Fox, who teaches us how to be wiser on the web and make it a safer place to surf as part of National Safer Internet Day. You can find out more, here http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/

Our mystery guest is a parents dream as she clears up whether a banana before bedtime can help little ones nod off at night; she is the founder of the Children's Sleep Charity, Vicki Dawson.

And we say congrats to Queen for their success in becoming the first UK act to sell six million copies of an individual album, by dedicating our top tenuous to your desperate claims to the fame of six million.

Today's show is dedicated to anyone who has been to a pound store and only bought one thing...
And today's show is entitled: Pleasure in the job puts passion in the work!

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for Van Halen

    Van Halen Jump

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Boyzone

    Boyzone Light Up The Night

    BZ20, Rhino, 001

  • Image for Frank Wilson

    Frank Wilson Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

    The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (V, Virgin

  • Image for Culture Club

    Culture Club Karma Chameleon

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for The Lightning Seeds

    The Lightning Seeds The Life Of Riley

    Sense - The Lightning Seeds, Virgin

  • 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 Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode

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

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Just Like Fire Would

    High Hopes, Columbia, 001

  • Image for Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall

    Pink Floyd, Harvest

  • Image for Kim Wilde

    Kim Wilde Kids In America

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

    The Greatest Hits Of Nancy Sinatra, Boulevard

  • Image for American Authors

    American Authors Best Day Of My Life

    (CD Single), Def Jam, 001

  • Image for Ramones

    Ramones Baby I Love You

    The Ramones - End Of The Century, Sire

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City Fireflies

    (CD Single), Island Records, 1

  • Image for Kate Bush

    Kate Bush Running Up That Hill

    Kate Bush - The Whole Story, EMI

  • 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 Queen

    Queen We Are The Champions

    News Of The World, Island, 2

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Flash

    Queen - Greatest Hits, Parlophone

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Another One Bites The Dust

    The Game, Island, 3

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Don't Stop Me Now

    Jazz, Island, 12

  • Image for Duffy

    Duffy Mercy

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Golden Years

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Maria Muldaur

    Maria Muldaur Midnight At The Oasis

    Maria Muldaur, Reprise

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Really Saying Something

    Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving, London

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Heart To Heart

    Moon Landing, Atlantic, 004

  • Image for Carole King

    Carole King I Feel The Earth Move

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

    Midnight Soul (Various Artists), Music Club

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Paradise

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for Mary J. Blige

    Mary J. Blige Mary Jane (All Night Long)

    The New Soul Album (Various Artists), Sony Music TV

  • Image for John Gregory & His Orchestra

    John Gregory & His Orchestra Six Million Dollar Man Theme

    This Is The Return Of Cult Fiction, Virgin

  • Pause for Thought: Abdul-Rehman Malik

    Abdul-Rehman Malik

    From writer Abdul-Rehman Malik:

    Life changing moments rarely announce themselves. Sometimes we are given a heads up, but what can really prepare us for that glance that turns into a romance, the unexpected line of poetry that shakes our certainties or the sudden passing of a loved one?

    I was just about to turn 18 when my kid brother – Abdullah – was born. The news, nine months earlier, had taken my sisters and me by surprise. My parents, well into their 40s by then and working harder than ever to weather the crippling recession of the early 90s, saw it as nothing but a blessing.

    I was in the fever pitch of selfish adolescence, spending most of my time out of the house, thinking I was going to change the world.

    I didn’t appreciate till much later that Abdullah grew up surrounded by adults, developing a literacy and intelligence well beyond his years. Once, after watching a documentary on the Titanic when he was 5, he turned our living room into a museum complete with models of the great ship, drawings of icebergs and hand-drawn maps.  He enthusiastically offered us guided tours. I wish I had been more obliging, less impatient.

    My brother was born between generations. I think he and my parents would agree, it has at times been a rocky road.

    “Oh Lord,” the Qur’an teaches us to pray, “Grant that our spouses and our children be a joy to our eyes.”

    Three years ago this month, my son was born – four weeks early and by C-section. As my wife and I waited for the doctors to coax him out into the world, we knew that there were only moments left before our lives changed forever.  As I’m sure you know Chris, nothing could prepare us for the flood of love, joy, blessing and occasional frustration that has followed.  

    I know my failures as an older brother have taught me to be a better father.

    My kid brother is now a budding filmmaker – impatient to find his place in the world. I do hope, when the time comes, that he’s able to pass some of his passion on to my son. I know the experience will enrich them both.


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