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Sir Roger Bannister

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 May 2014

On the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's sub-four minute mile, Chris marks the amazing man's achievements...

Little Owen keeps the perfect performances coming as he tells us all about playing his cornet in the Frome Town Band for the very first time...

Our Mystery Guest leaves us buzzing about how Manuka honey can help keep your vocal chords velvety and sounding super as she is the keeper of the only beneficial bees in Britain to manufacture Manuka nectar - Alice Margett...

And the Top Tenuous takes us back to Sir Roger Bannister with your desperate claims to his fame...

Today's show is dedicated to all Liverpool fans...

And today's show is entitled: 3-0 with 11 minutes to go at Selhurst Park evidently is not enough to avoid a draw!

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for Glenn Frey

    Glenn Frey The Heat Is On

    Beverly Hills Cop (S/Track), MCA

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Magic

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Idina Menzel

    Idina Menzel Let It Go

    Frozen O.S.T., Walt Disney Records, 005

  • Image for The Verve

    The Verve Bittersweet Symphony

    Now 37 (Various Artists), Now

  • 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 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 Prince

    Prince 1999

    Prince - The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Going To A Town

    (CD Single), Virgin, 001

  • Image for Tavares

    Tavares More Than A Woman

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Life On Mars

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Andy Williams

    Andy Williams Moon River

    The Best Of Andy Williams, Dino

  • Image for Embrace

    Embrace Follow You Home

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 001

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Beautiful Stranger

    Madonna - Greatest Hits Volume 2, Maverick, 13

  • Image for Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

    The Very Best Of Meatloaf, Virgin

  • Image for Hockey

    Hockey Song Away

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • 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 Michael Bolton

    Michael Bolton and Leona Lewis Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    (CD Single), Sony Music, 001

  • Image for Lindisfarne

    Lindisfarne Run For Home

    Lindisfarne - On Tap, Essential

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 4

  • Image for KISS

    KISS ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT

    MEDICINE

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Knowing Me Knowing You

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 002

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Wild Honey

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 2), EMI

  • Image for Lisa Stansfield

    Lisa Stansfield So Be It

    (CD Single), Edel, 001

  • Image for Gallagher & Lyle

    Gallagher & Lyle I Wanna Stay With You

    Gallagher & Lyle - Breakaway, River Records

  • Image for JoBoxers

    JoBoxers Boxer Beat

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

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Keep Feeling Fascination

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Wilko Johnson

    Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey Going Back Home

    Going Back Home, Universal Music, 001

  • Image for The Spencer Davis Group

    The Spencer Davis Group Keep On Running

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television, 1

  • Image for Lorde

    Lorde Royals

    Pure Heroine, Republic

  • Pause for Thought

    From writer Abdul-Rehman Malik:

     

     

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandmother this week – and I know why. Growing up we were lucky enough to see her every few years during our visits to Pakistan, but she was only able to visit us once.  When I was little, and trying to get to sleep she’d often lie down next to me. Before we’d both drift off, we’d say a prayer together. 

     

     

    I recall my grandmother telling my parents years later that that I would add an extra supplication. “Dear God,” I’d implore, “give me life until I’m at least 65.”

     

     

    When you’re 5 years old, 65 seems like a long way off. Today I turn 39 and 65 seems uncomfortably close.

     

     

    I'm anxious about turning 40 next year. Many of my friends who've already crossed that threshold give a little laugh when I tell them this. Everybody gets a bit anxious, but it’s better than you think, they say. I'm not entirely convinced.

     

     

    Ever since I was young, I aspired to live a life less ordinary. "Most men", Henry David Thoreau mused, "live lives of quiet desperation." The image frightened me. 

     

     

    As I look back over these 39 years, I am not sure if I have achieved the extraordinary, but my most intense memories do remind me of something else.

     

     

    Kissing my wife for the first time. The smile my newborn son flashed me moments after he was born. The joy my parents feel when all their children and grandchildren gather together in their home. These are the blessed moments that have made my life nothing short of exceptional.

     

     

    "By the flight of time," the Qur’an advises, "humanity is indeed at a loss, except those who have faith and do good works, and enjoin upon one another truth and justice; and enjoin upon one another patience."

     

     

    I sat next to my grandmother when she passed away. After her funeral, I met dozens of people of people who spoke of her kindness, remembered her generosity and missed her wise counsel.

     

     

    I hope God gives me more than 65 years, but whatever time I have left, I hope I can make it count. It is after all the way we spend our lives, rather than the length of them, that determines whether or not our lives have been truly meaningful.

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