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Zoe Ball sits in

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 May 2014

Zoe sits in for Chris with a fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for Morrissey

    Morrissey Every Day Is Like Sunday

    Now 12 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Postcards

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 001

  • Image for Art Garfunkel

    Art Garfunkel I Only Have Eyes For You

    Art Garfunkel - Breakaway, Columbia

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Stayin' Alive

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Set Fire To The Rain

    21, XL, 5

  • Image for Andy Williams

    Andy Williams Can't Take My Eyes Off You

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys Snap Out Of It

    (CD Single), Domino, 001

  • Image for The Chordettes

    The Chordettes Mister Sandman

    Christmas Memories Are Made Of This, Virgin

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie All Night Long (All Night)

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Great Western Chorus Of Bristol

    Great Western Chorus Of Bristol Rhythm Of Life

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council Shout To The Top

    Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor

  • Image for Stealers Wheel

    Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You

    (Single), A&M

  • Image for Chrissie Hynde

    Chrissie Hynde You Or No One

    (CD Single), Caroline, 001

  • Image for Pharrell Williams

    Pharrell Williams Happy

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for Haircut One Hundred

    Haircut One Hundred Fantastic Day

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder If You Really Love Me

    Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits Vol.2, Motown

  • Image for Happy Mondays

    Happy Mondays Step On

    Now 17, Part 1 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton Home

    Blue Smoke - The Best Of, Sony Music

  • Image for Kid Creole and the Coconuts

    Kid Creole and the Coconuts Annie I'm Not Your Daddy

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Bob Seger

    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights

    (CD Single), Capitol

  • Image for The Monkees

    The Monkees Daydream Believer

    Hey Hey It's The Monkees Greatest Hit, K-Tel, 5

  • Image for Reel 2 Real

    Reel 2 Real I Like To Move It

    Now 27, Virgin/EMI, 6

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Love Never Felt So Good

    Xscape, Sony Music

  • Image for Yazz

    Yazz The Only Way Is Up

    This week's listener choice for 'Sounds of the Maties'

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

  • Image for Tony Hadley

    Tony Hadley Take Back Everything

    Not Available, 001

  • Image for The Sugarhill Gang

    The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight

    The Seventies: A Very Special Collect, Pickwick

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town

    (Single), Vertigo, 10

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Dancing Queen

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 001

  • Image for Ella Henderson

    Ella Henderson Ghost

    (CD Single), Sony Music, 001

  • Image for Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin Ramble On

    Led Zeppelin - Remasters, Atlantic

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra You Make Me Feel So Young

    The Frank Sinatra Collection, EMI

  • Pause for Thought

    Pete Tobias.jpg

    From Rabbi Pete Tobias of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree


    Well Zoe, it’s a bank holiday Monday. Technically it shouldn’t be; the original reason for this bank holiday was that it  followed Whit Sunday, the Sunday following Pentecost  – still 2 weeks away.  But more of that later…

    Holidays – for banks or otherwise – are a crucial part of civilisation. My ancient ancestors recognised the importance of setting aside a period of time for rest and refreshment – physical and spiritual. Their earliest experience was of living as slaves in biblical times, when each day was the same as the last. They instituted the Sabbath, an obligatory day of rest every seventh day. One of the prayers we use to welcome the Sabbath specifically states that it is in memory of the Exodus from Egypt, the escape from slavery.

    So determined were they to ensure that this day of rest was observed by all, the biblical lawmakers introduced a series of draconian laws to protect the Sabbath.  The grumpy God of the Old Testament demanded that anyone who worked on this day should be put to death – and there’s an extraordinary story in the book of Numbers where a man actually is stoned to death for collecting wood on the Sabbath.

    Thankfully the same rules don’t apply to the observance of the Sabbath in our modern age, no matter what the Torah demands. Otherwise there wouldn’t be many Jews left. They don’t apply to this bank holiday either. It used to be a religious holiday – but in 1971 The Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, moved it to the last Monday in May. And so today we can shop and get stuck in traffic jams just like we could on any other day. Just like my enslaved biblical ancestors, all our days seem to have become the same, and perhaps we too have become slaves without realising. The fact that this holiday was moved for financial reasons should perhaps make us think…

    I think we owe it to ourselves to try to imbue our days of rest – whether they be religious or bank holidays – with a sense of spiritual quality that encourages us to rest and be refreshed as the biblical lawmakers would have wished.  So – bank holiday slaves – break free!



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