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Chris Evans presents a fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

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  • Elvis Presley vs Junkie XL

    A Little Less Conversation

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG/RCA.
  • Ellie Goulding

    Love Me Like You Do

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Survivor

    Eye Of The Tiger

    • The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Andy Williams

    Music To Watch Girls By

    • Take A Break (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Super Furry Animals

    Juxtaposed With U

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony.
  • The Pretenders

    Don't Get Me Wrong

    • Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Tv/Columbia.
  • Bon Jovi

    Keep The Faith

    • (CD Single).
    • Jambco.
    • 11.
  • George Ezra

    Cassy O'

    • Wanted On Voyage.
    • Columbia.
  • The Police

    Message In A Bottle

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • The Crickets

    Maybe Baby

    • Rediscover The 50's-Rock With The Cav.
    • Old Gold.
  • JD McPherson

    Let The Good Times Roll

    • (CD Single).
    • Rounder Records.
    • 001.
  • The J. Geils Band

    Centrefold

    • And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1.
    • Debutante.
  • The Animals

    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

    • The Hits Of 1965 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • 4 Non Blondes

    What's Up

    • The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Beatles

    Revolution

    • The Beatles : 1967-1970.
    • Apple.
    • 8.
  • The Shires

    Friday Night

    • (CD Single).
    • Decca.
    • 001.
  • Space

    Female Of The Species

    • Crush (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • America

    A Horse With No Name

    • America's Greatest Hits - History.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Madonna

    Into The Groove

    • Celebration.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 8.
  • Soft Cell

    Tainted Love

    • Hits & Pieces - The Best of Marc Almond & Soft Cell.
    • UMC.
  • The Searchers

    Sweets For My Sweet

    • The Searchers.
    • MFP.
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Ballad Of The Mighty I

    • (CD Single).
    • Sour Mash Records.
  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars

    How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

    • Dancing In The Street (Various Artis.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • The Feeling

    Never Be Lonely

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • New Order

    Blue Monday

    • (CD Single).
    • Factory Records.
  • The Stone Roses

    Fools Gold

    • Precious - Various Artists.
    • Dino.
  • First Aid Kit

    Master Pretender

    • Stay Gold.
    • Sony BMG.
    • 001.
  • Bad Manners

    Lip Up Fatty

    • The Best Reggae Album In The World....
    • Virgin.
  • The Coral

    Dreaming Of You

    • (CD Single).
    • Deltasonic.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Leslie Griffiths, Methodist Minister:

When my brother and I were small children, we lived with our mother in one room, a lean-to carved out of a warehouse. It was lit by a lamp which we had to light every evening. Eventually, we got a second room which became our bedroom. My brother and I were each given a candle holder, his was red and mine blue, which lit the way to our bed where we’d blow out the candles before being engulfed by the darkness. I remember the day (and the excitement) when our humble abode was lit by electricity for the very first time.

These childhood memories flooded into my mind when I realised that I’d be presenting this Pause for Thought on the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Edison in 1847. Edison is often supposed to have discovered or even invented electricity. That can’t be true. I run a museum and one of our prize exhibits is an electrical machine owned by John Wesley, the Founding Father of Methodism, a contraption he used to cure ailments such as cramp or neuralgia or shingles. He even used it on himself. This was fully a century before the American inventor’s birth. Edison made a huge contribution to the modern world but is possibly best remembered for inventing a light bulb that could be mass produced and thus used anywhere, including in people’s homes. He brought the wonders of his invention into the lives of ordinary people.

When Jesus described himself as the Light of the World he wasn’t, of course, talking about electricity. He was referring to the light that shines in people’s hearts and which allows them to see and recognize the difference between good and evil. And the light he offered was also intended as a benefit for all and sundry, rich and poor.

We must thank God for Thomas Edison and the fruits of his science. But also thank him for all who bring us the light of understanding and self-knowledge.

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