Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Elizabeth Gilbert

Chris gets spiritual with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, and speaks to award-winning milliner Rachel Warrillow.

Chris gets spiritual with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestselling novel 'Eat, Pray, Love', she's back with her brand new book 'Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear'. Chris speaks to award-winning milliner Rachel Warrillow about the ideal headgear whatever your face shape.

Today's show is dedicated to anyone with a little wonder of genius in their lives that they appreciate each and every single day...
Today's show is entitled: "You can't have a rainbow without a little rain!".

2 hours, 59 minutes

Last on

Tue 24 Nov 2015 06:30

Music Played

  • Chris Rea

    Let's Dance

    • Auberge EP.
    • East West Records.
  • Adele

    Hello

    • (CD Single).
    • XL Recordings.
  • Randy Newman

    You've Got A Friend In Me

    • Toy Story O.S.T..
    • Walt Disney Records.
  • The Kinks

    All Day And All Of The Night

    • The Kinks - The Definitive Collection.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 23.
  • OutKast

    Hey Ya!

    • Outkast - Speakerboxxx.
    • Arista.
  • The Cure

    Boys Don't Cry

    • Staring At The Sea: The Singles.
    • Fiction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

    Hollywood Nights

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol.
  • Leon Bridges

    Coming Home

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Cyndi Lauper

    Time After Time

    • No Greater Love (Various Artists).
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Del Amitri

    Roll To Me

    • Twisted.
    • A&M.
    • 007.
  • Vanity Fare

    Hitchin' A Ride

    • I Live For The Sun: Complete Recordings 1966-76.
    • Cherry Red Records.
  • Canned Heat

    Going Up The Country

    • The Hits Of 1969 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • The Troggs

    With A Girl Like You

    • Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou.
    • Global Television.
  • Duane Eddy

    Peter Gunn

    • Duane Eddy: That Classic Twang.
    • Bear Family.
  • Stereophonics

    Song For The Summer

    • Keep The Village Alive.
    • Ignition Records.
    • 005.
  • Noah and the Whale

    Tonight's The Kind Of Night

    • (CD Single).
    • Mercury.
    • 1.
  • Dean Martin & Helen O’Connell

    How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    • Cool Couples (Various Artists).
    • Sanctuary.
  • Fleur East

    Sax

    • Love, Sax & Flashbacks.
    • Syco.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Got To Give It Up

    • Marvin Gaye - The Love Songs.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • Manic Street Preachers

    (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 16.
  • Barry White

    You're the First, the Last, My Everything

    • Barry White - The Collection.
    • Mercury.
  • T. Rex

    Ride a White Swan

    • Million Sellers Vol.18 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.
  • Fleur East

    Sax

    • Love, Sax & Flashbacks.
    • Syco.
  • Wham!

    Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)

    • Wham - The Best Of Wham!.
    • Epic.
  • James Bay

    If You Ever Want To Be In Love

    • Chaos & The Calm.
    • Republic Records.
    • 001.
  • Kim Wilde

    You Came

    • Kim Wilde - Singles Collection 81-93.
    • MCA.
  • Alison Moyet

    Weak In The Presence Of Beauty

    • Alison Moyet Singles.
    • Columbia.
  • Jess Glynne

    Take Me Home

    • I Cry When I Laugh.
    • Atlantic.
  • Tom Jones

    You Can Leave Your Hat On

    • The Full Monty Ost - Various Artists.
    • Rca Victor.
  • The Undertones

    Teenage Kicks

    • Beautiful Game (Various Artists).
    • Universal.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

Art Historian, Dr Jim Harris

I’ve been thinking about my Godchildren.  Loads of us have godchildren. We get them almost by accident.  We agree to be godparents because we love our friends and our families, because it makes us feel a little bit included and a little bit grown up and because we love a good christening party.

I have eight godchildren (that’s a lot of accidents – and a lot of parties) and they’re great. So, on the off-chance they’re listening, here’s a quick shout out to all of them.

Now, in case you’re wondering why they’re not all at school in double maths, or doing creative play with sand at nursery, I should explain that three quarters of my godchildren are now God-adults.  Two of them are older than I was when I became their godfather so, clearly, the relationship has moved on a little.

Even so, they’re still my godchildren and two things remain.  I send them postcards whenever I travel, and I pray for them.

See, that’s what you’re supposed to do with Godchildren - even if, as I am, you’re hopeless with birthdays, useless at Christmas, and don’t see them often - the deal is, you pray for them.

Seen like that, the whole godparental responsibility seems remarkably light. Or it does until you consider how serious a business praying might actually be: I believe you’re talking to God.  It’s a proper job.  Furthermore, even if the principle is clear, sometimes the practicalities aren’t.  How do you pray? Where do you even start?  We’re not the first ones to wonder.

One day, Jesus’ friends came to him because they’d seen him praying and wanted to know the secret. ‘Teach us to pray’, they said.  So he did.

Talk to God as if he was the best dad you could have, he said.  Show him respect.  Ask for what you need and say sorry for sometimes being an idiot.  Model yourself on him and ask him to help you keep out of trouble.

Even if you’re not a Christian you might recognise Jesus’ prayer, although you’re not likely to hear it in a cinema: it starts, ‘Our Father’.  There’s comfort in its simplicity and familiarity and, whether or not prayer is your thing, I reckon it’s a good starting point for thinking about our needs and the needs of others: our families, our friends, our world – or, indeed, our godchildren.

Broadcast

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.