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Sara Cox is joined by David Gilmour, Amy Poehler and Leon Bridges.

2 hours, 59 minutes

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Music Played

  • Stevie Wonder

    Part-Time Lover

    • Stevie Wonder - Song Review.
    • Motown.
  • Sia

    Fire Meet Gasoline

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Dave Edmunds

    I Hear you Knocking

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various).
    • Premier.
    • 4.
  • The Feeling

    Fill My Little World

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal Island.
  • Mr. Big

    To Be With You

    • The No.1 Acoustic Rock Album (Variou.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Got to Get You Into My Life

    • The Very Best Of Earth Wind & Fire.
    • Telstar.
  • Hurts

    Some Kind Of Heaven

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames

    Yeh Yeh

    • 20 Beat Classics.
    • Polydor.
  • Leona Lewis

    I Am

    • Universal.
  • Wild Cherry

    Play That Funky Music

    • Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade.
    • Columbia.
  • Adam and the Ants

    Antmusic

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

    I Can Change

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
    • 001.
  • The Police

    Message In A Bottle

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

    More Than Words

    • The No.1 Acoustic Rock Album (Variou.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Queen

    Don't Stop Me Now

    • Jazz.
    • Island.
    • 12.
  • The Pointer Sisters

    I'm So Excited

    • Greatest Hits.
    • BBR.
    • 020.
  • OutKast

    Hey Ya!

    • Outkast - Speakerboxxx.
    • Arista.
  • Wilson Pickett

    In The Midnight Hour

    • Soul (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Duran Duran

    Girls On Film

    • Duran Duran - Decade.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Maverick Sabre

    Walk Into The Sun

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Crosstown Traffic

    • The Jimi Hendrix Collection.
    • Universal.
  • Beyoncé

    Love On Top

    • 4.
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • David Gilmour

    Rattle That Lock

    • Rattle That Lock.
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • David Gilmour

    Rattle That Lock

    • Rattle That Lock.
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Locomotion

    • Now 1984 - The Millennium Series.
    • Now.
    • 9.
  • Years & Years

    Shine

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

I was talking to someone the other day who works for one of the transport authorities in London and she told me about a colleague whose wife went into labour, so quickly and so dramatically, that he realised the birth was imminent. Instead of waiting for an ambulance he flagged down a black cab and called a mate at the control centre and got them to switch all the traffic lights to green between their house and the hospital. They got there just in time for their daughter’s safe arrival. 
 
Apparently this is called a ‘green wave’ and it’s normally reserved for 
dignitaries who pass without resistance through the jammed roads the rest of us get stuck in. What a peculiar experience it must be to have the M25 open up for you like the Red Sea for Moses; and once you have got used to it, what a distorted view of the world it must give. 
 
I remember once being swamped by a green wave myself, Chancellor Merkel’s, when she arrived at her hotel next to the church where I used to work in Knightsbridge. I was standing on the steps when her motorcade arrived and was politely but firmly pushed aside by men in suits and earpieces. Later I saw her at a window looking over the road at me as I took some food to a homeless woman, one of several who bedded down in our churchyard. And I wondered how often that happens, that the powerful encounter the consequences of policies, not as statistics, or background figures in news reports, but as real people actually in front of them when the green wave subsides. 
 
Jesus irritated the powerful by standing not with them but with the poor, a message Frau Merkel must have absorbed as the daughter of a Pastor. I don’t know how those who decide the fates of economies and nations might do the same, to better understand how tough just getting through the day can be when the world doesn’t yield to you? How blessed it might be to unclench the heart, and unclench the hand? That there are worse things that can befall us than getting stuck in traffic?

 

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