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Chris invites upcoming musicians to play live for an Open Mic Morning in the studio. Plus Simon Mayo on the phone live from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Chris invites upcoming musicians to play live for our Open Mic Morning in the studio. Plus Simon Mayo chats to Chris on the phone live from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Today's download is dedicated to everyone who has a regular waking thought that reboots them back to where they want to start the day, not where the world left them dangling the night before...
And today's show is entitled: my mate has a good one, he wakes up every morning and says to himself "remember, it's not your fault".

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Madonna

    Material Girl

    • Celebration.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 2.
  • Ward Thomas

    Guest List

    • (CD Single).
    • WTW Music.
    • 001.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

    • Alternative 60s - From Woodstock To Vietnam (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Michael Bublé

    Haven't Met You Yet

    • Crazy Love.
    • Reprise.
    • 1.
  • The Lightning Seeds

    The Life Of Riley

    • Sense - The Lightning Seeds.
    • Virgin.
  • The Jackson 5

    Blame It On The Boogie

    • Disco Fever (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Shires

    All Over Again

    • Brave.
    • Decca.
    • 006.
  • John Lennon


    • GIMME SOME TRUTH. (Deluxe).
    • Calderstone.
  • Jamiroquai

    Space Cowboy

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Soho Square.
  • Leroy Van Dyke

    Walk On By

  • Glen Campbell

    Southern Nights

    • That's Country (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Natalie Imbruglia

    Instant Crush

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony.
    • 001.
  • Aswad


    • Now 1994 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • Ramones

    Baby, I Love You

    • The Ramones - End Of The Century.
    • Sire.
  • Kula Shaker


    • Kula Shaker - Kollected: The Best Of.
    • Columbia.
  • The Mock Turtles

    Can You Dig It?

    • Drivetime 3 (Various Artists).
    • Dino.
  • AC/DC

    Whole Lotta Rosie

    • AC/DC - Let There Be Rock.
    • Atco.
  • Stereophonics

    I Wanna Get Lost With You

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • The Beach Boys

    Wouldn't It Be Nice

    • The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1).
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • No Doubt

    Don't Speak

    • Huge Hits 1997 (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Divine Comedy

    National Express

    • New Hits 99 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
  • Soft Cell

    Tainted Love

    • Hits & Pieces - The Best of Marc Almond & Soft Cell.
    • UMC.
  • Hue and Cry

    Labour Of Love

    • Now 24 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Roachford

    Cuddly Toy

    • Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade.
    • Columbia.
  • Lemar

    The Letter

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG.
    • 001.
  • The Zombies

    She's Not There

    • The Godfathers Of Britpop.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • James Taylor

    How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)

    • James Taylor - Classic Songs.
    • CBS.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
Father Christopher Jamison, Benedictine Monk
Today is the feast of St Bernard, so I wanted to begin by wishing a happy day to all Great St Bernard dogs. This magnificent dog is named after the Great St Bernard Pass which connects France and Italy in the Alps. The monks who ran the hospice there bred this dog because it was so strong that it could wade through the snow to rescue people. But this connection of the dog with today’s feast turns out to be a false start; when I mentioned the idea to my brothers in the monastery, one of them said quietly: you’ve got the wrong St Bernard. Oh no! There are it turns out several Sts Bernard and the one whose feast it is today is not the one who gave his name to the dog. So what about today’s St Bernard?
Well he was a monk who lived in the 11th century and as another of my brethren said, he spent a lot of his time buzzing round Europe like an angry bluebottle. He scolded the Pope for being unjust, he attacked bishops for being corrupt and he disagreed with the leading theologians. He accused philosophers and theologians of mere curiosity about God; he said that real knowledge of God comes from living in a school of charity, in a community. Arguing about God has its place, he said, but if you really want to know God, live with love. To love somebody, he said, you must accept the person with all their faults: and then he quoted the ancient proverb: love me, love my dog. Oh, we’ve ended up where we began, with dogs. So today let’s enjoy dogs, both our canine pets and the imperfections of our loved ones. Love me, love my dog. Happy Feast Day to dog lovers everywhere.


  • Thu 20 Aug 2015 06:30

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

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

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

500 Words

500 Words

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