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Chris asks for listeners' desperate claims to the fame of Jeremy Irons with today's Top Tenuous.

It's plain sailing with our Kid For A Fanfare as little Lydia tells us how she went out on a boat at the Porchester Sailing Club for the very first time...

Our Mystery Guest is bird box boffin Eric Simmonds, who is crafting and creating these for our feathered friends ahead of CarFest North at the weekend...

Today's Top Tenuous is your desperate claims to the fame of the actor - Jeremy Irons...

Vassos is sporting live from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Father Brian D'arcy Pauses For Thought live from Enniskillen.

Today's show is dedicated to anyone who has finally accepted they have too much junk in their trunk...
And today's show is entitled: it's not death you should fear but not living whilst you're still here.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Last on

Tue 29 Jul 2014 06:30

Music Played

  • Katrina and the Waves

    Walking On Sunshine

    • The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Ward Thomas

    Push for the Stride

    • (CD Single).
    • WTW.
    • 1.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    American Girl

    • Greatest Hits.
    • MCA.
  • Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    • Best Of.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Steve Winwood

    Valerie

    • Pure Rock Ballads (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • 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.
  • DNA

    Tom's Diner (feat. Suzanne Vega)

    • Best Of Suzanne Vega - Tried & True.
    • A&M.
  • Nico & Vinz

    Am I Wrong

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Bros.
    • 1.
  • Cream

    Strange Brew 

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1967 (Various).
    • EMI.
  • David Bowie

    Ashes to Ashes

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • Perry Como

    Magic Moments

    • 50's Number Ones Vol 1.
    • Old Gold.
  • MAGIC!

    Rude

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
    • 001.
  • Coldplay

    Clocks

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

    Lost Weekend

    • Lloyd Cole - The Collection.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Dean Martin & Helen O’Connell

    How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    • Cool Couples (Various Artists).
    • Sanctuary.
  • The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, Dawn Penn & Sharon Shannon

    Bangarang

    • (CD Single).
    • Axe Attack Recordings.
    • 001.
  • Candi Staton

    In The Ghetto

  • John Williams

    Theme from Jaws

    • Greatest Hits 1969-1999.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Bananarama

    Cruel Summer

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • Pharrell Williams

    Happy

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Sylvester

    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

    • Sylvester - The Original Hits.
    • Fantasy.
  • Patrick Hernandez

    Born To Be Alive

    • Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1979 (Var).
    • Rhino.
  • They Might Be Giants

    Birdhouse In Your Soul

    • Snap It Up! (Various Artists).
    • CBS.
  • Foxes

    Glorious

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
    • 001.
  • A Flock of Seagulls

    Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

    • Electric Dreams (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
    • 6.
  • Furniture

    Brilliant Mind

    • (Single).
    • Stiff.
    • 5.
  • The Waterboys

    The Whole of the Moon

    • Now 1991 - The Millennium Series.
    • Now.
  • Elbow

    Real Life (Angel)

    • The Take Off & Landing Of Everything.
    • Fiction.
    • 001.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Iron Lion Zion

    • (CD Single).
    • Tuff Gong.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Father Brian D’Arcy a Catholic Passionist priest:

 

This summer will linger long in children’s memories. “We don’t get summers like we used to” my generation often says. In years to come today’s children will reminisce to their middle aged friends: “Remember the long, lovely sunny days of 2014?” 

 

Where I live, these summer evenings are pure ecstasy. Late at night I walk country lanes, enjoying scents, sights and silence. Other nights I drive a few miles to the Atlantic coast and watch in awe as hundreds of late night surfers ride the waves. There are as many thanksgiving rituals for summer bliss as there are happy people.

 

Last week when I was in London for PFT, I cooled down by ambling around Hyde Park at sunset. The delight on peoples’ faces was like a hymn of praise. Near the tube station dozens of young visitors mounted unfamiliar bicycles with wobbles and joyful screeches as they remembered how to ride.

 

At the flower beds, young couples sat on benches cuddling in praise of love on a balmy summer’s night. Scantily dressed dog walkers pounded the paths around the lake as their pets barked with the freedom of it all. 

 

Masses of people lay on the grass soaking up the atmosphere.  You see, in summer rest is not idleness. The greatest halleluiah of all is to listen to the choirs of bird-song; joyfully exult in the laughter of children; watch in perfect prayerfulness as clouds float across the blue sky. Summer is when laziness becomes not only tolerable but necessary.

 

On the other side of the lake, skaters zig-zagged about in rhythmic, complicated dance routines. A group of schoolchildren splashed barefoot in the water, their hearts as free as their toes.

 

Walking back through Oxford Street other revellers spilled onto the footpaths praising the summer with different rituals entirely. They jollied about under the influence of their more expensive spirits. Yet, as with the creator, I looked at everything “and saw that it was good”. That night I rested well. “Summertime and the livin’ is easy”.

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Farewell Chris Evans: The best bits from his last shows at Radio 2

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After eight years of hosting the Breakfast Show, Chris Evans leaves Radio 2.

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BBC Radio 2's story-writing competition for kids.