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Zoe Ball sits in and chats to Mark Radcliffe and Mr Onion!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 February 2014

Zoe Ball continues her week sitting in for Mr Evans and catches up with another favourite from children's TV.

This morning's retro guest is Mr Onion, one of the leprechaun duo Sage & Onion (and Zoe's old friend from Alive & Kicking!)

We wake up Mark Radcliffe to hear how the folkies party hardest, following last night's Radio 2 awards bash, and we enjoy your six word reviews of the BRITS.

Plus, there's milk and cake to accompany Zoe, Dan and Jools' 500 WORDS stories!

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Prince

    Prince 1999

    Prince - The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

  • Image for Mike Oldfield

    Mike Oldfield Sailing

    (CD Single), Mercury, 001

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie Hello

    Lionel Richie: Truly - The Love Song, Motown

  • Image for Sweet

    Sweet Ballroom Blitz

    The Sweet - Originals, RCA

  • Image for Joan Jett

    Joan Jett and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll

    Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Blackheart

  • Image for INXS

    INXS New Sensation

    INXS - Kick, Mercury

  • Image for Brad Paisley

    Brad Paisley The Mona Lisa

    Wheelhouse, Arista, 001

  • Image for Tin Tin Out

    Tin Tin Out and Shelley Nelson Here's Where The Story Ends

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Sugar Ray

    Sugar Ray Every Morning

    (CD Single), Lava/Atlantic

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex By The Light Of A Magical Moon

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Just Like Fire Would

    High Hopes, Columbia, 001

  • Image for Go West

    Go West We Close Our Eyes

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Aztec Camera

    Aztec Camera Oblivious

    The Best Of Aztec Camera, Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Daryl Hall

    Daryl Hall and John Oates Out Of Touch

    Collections, Sony

  • Image for Lisa Stansfield

    Lisa Stansfield Carry On

    (CD Single), Monkeynatra, 001

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Roll The Woodpile Down - Live at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

  • Image for George Harrison

    George Harrison What Is Life

    George Harrison: All Things Must Pass, Parlophone, 11

  • Image for Ashford & Simpson

    Ashford & Simpson Solid

    The 80's Love Album (Various Artists), Virgin, 2

  • Image for Booker T. & The MG’s

    Booker T. & The MG’s Green Onions

    Atlantic Soul (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg A Song About Love

    (CD Single), EMI, 001

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes You Keep Me Hanging On

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Aswad

    Aswad Shine

    Now 1994 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

    Ones On 1 (Radio 1 21st Birthday Albu, BBC

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Your Song

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for U2

    U2 Invisible

    (CD Single), Island, 001

  • Image for Electronic

    Electronic Getting Away With It...

    (CD Single), Factory Records

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Pause for Thought

    Pete Tobias

    From Rabbi Pete Tobias of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree:


    If you’re here, Zoe, it must be half-term. I kind of know that because I’ve not had any invitations to talk to year 5 children about Judaism this week, which happens when R.E. turns up in the National Curriculum.


    When I was in year 5 (or third year Juniors as we called it in my day) I asked many questions. It was the ones to my rabbi that got me into the most trouble. He would tell us bible stories and I would infuriate him by saying that I didn’t really believe a story like the six day creation or the plagues of the Exodus. Eventually he said to me ‘If you don’t believe those stories are true, then you’re not really Jewish!’


    I won’t bore you with the story of how I got from there to being a Liberal rabbi. But when I talk to children I make sure to explain my attitude to the bible. On a recent visit one child asked how I could be a rabbi if I didn’t believe everything in the bible was true.


    My reply went something like this. ‘For me, true religion isn’t about believing that ancient stories and rules are absolutely true. It’s about recognising that those stories were the result of people thousands of years ago trying to make sense of their world as they saw it, and the rules they made reflected that. Of course I explain that the bible operates on several levels: there’s poetry, stories to inspire us and some wonderful moral teachings that are not limited to the biblical world, but can still apply to ours. Nevertheless, we understand more about our world, so we know some of their ideas just weren’t right. But that’s not the important bit. The important bit is to work out what were the questions they asked about their world that gave them those answers – and ask those same questions about ours.’


    Or, as the Liberal Jewish prayerbook puts it: Religion is ‘…the questions we ask and the answers we receive when we try to understand what God requires of us.’ Not an easy lesson to teach. But I think it’s one that children – and maybe even grown-ups - can understand.


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