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Meteorological Mysteries

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 February 2014

We find out more about the recent meteorological mysteries with top BBC weatherman Alex Deakin...

Little Grace tells us about her very first time dressing up as a jellyfish and singing songs about the sea...

With half-term holiday's approaching, Lynn's said she's going to let loose and build a bench, so our mystery guest is the perfect carpenter coach and master craftsman, Nigel Dorrington...

And as teachers are told to watch what they wear , our top tenuous takes us to your desperate claims to the fame of Ofsted...

Today's show is dedicated to anyone who has given up the evil weed as recent figures show, Britain is now down to less than 20% of smokers for the first time in decades...

And today's show is entitled: if we were meant to puff, we would have been born with chimney's.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Toni Braxton

    Toni Braxton and Babyface Hurt You

    (CD Single), Virgin, 001

  • Image for John Travolta

    John Travolta Sandy

    Grease (Original Movie S/Track), Polydor

  • Image for Plan B

    Plan B She Said

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 7

  • Image for The Sundays

    The Sundays Here's Where The Story Ends

    The Sundays - Reading Writing & Arith, Parlophone

  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin'

    Top Gear 2 - Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Gregory Porter

    Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit

    Liquid Spirit, Decca, 001

  • Image for Smokey Robinson

    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Shop Around

    Tamla Motown Gold (Various), Motown

  • Image for Bad Company

    Bad Company Can't Get Enough

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes, 1

  • Image for Amen Corner

    Amen Corner If Paradise Is Half As Nice

    Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann Pretty Flamingo

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Waterboys

    The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon

    Now 1991 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for The Stranglers

    The Stranglers Golden Brown

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Lorde

    Lorde Team

    Pure Heroine, Universal, 6

  • Image for The Cars

    The Cars Drive

    The Greatest Love (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for The Corrs

    The Corrs Breathless

    (CD Single), 141records/Lava/Atlantic

  • Image for The Emotions

    The Emotions Best Of My Love

    Mellow Madness (Various Artists), Epic

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes Stoned Love

    Hitsville USA (CD 4), Hitsville

  • Image for James

    James Sit Down

    True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack Life's Too Short

    (CD Single), Carrack-UK, 001

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Strong

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Sweet

    Sweet Blockbuster

    Blockbuster! Sensational 70's (Va), Castle

  • Image for A Great Big World

    A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera Say Something

    (CD Single), Epic, 001

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Money For Nothing

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • 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

  • Pause for Thought: Leslie Griffiths

    Leslie Griffiths

    From Leslie Griffiths, Methodist Minister:

     

    Twenty years ago a new album hit the stores. It was called “The Holy Bible.” Its cover was splattered with churchy stuff, - there was one of those three-panelled picture-frames you see on altars. But the panels didn’t carry biblical images, just three grossly obese women in ugly self-display. And the group responsible for all this, Welsh boys every one, dared to call itself the Manic Street Preachers. Holy Bible, churchy pictures, preachers – this was my territory – I decided to investigate. I learned about Richey Edwards who’d written most of the lyrics for the songs, and who sadly disappeared, feared dead, the following year. His lyrics were clever and passionate. He dared to look at heavy political and social subjects – racism, anorexia, war, self-mutilation and so much else. Edwards hated, I mean really hated, religion – he saw it as manipulative, obliging believers “to pretend respect for people and institutions [they] think absurd.” I heard a number of religious people at the time return the compliment, dismissing the Manics as irresponsible and anti-everything; in a word, losers.

     

    I’m a follower of Jesus and I ask myself where he would stand on matters like this. He could be critical of organised religion himself but, far more impressive, he had a rare knack for empathising with people who didn’t feel included in society. When Jesus came across people in need – hungry, suffering, unwanted people – he’d feel their plight like a kick in the gut, the pain of his compassion would tear him apart.

     

    It’s surely time for us, especially us religious people, to stop tut-tutting and finger-wagging -  whether it’s a rock group,  playwright or filmmaker. We need to listen harder to what they’re saying, feel what they’re going through, in the hope that, somehow, one day, we’ll find a way to bridge this terrible gap between us who think of ourselves as “respectable society” and those we dismiss as serving little or no useful social purpose. That’s what Jesus did. I want to do it too.

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