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Ricky Wilson and The Knitting Hotel

Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson tells Chris about their new album Stay Together and we learn about Paula Chew's knitting hotel where they have the wool out before breakfast.

Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson tells Chris about their new album Stay Together and we learn about Paula Chew's knitting hotel where they have the wool out before breakfast! Tennis player Marcus Willis is in the Sport Locker and Vassos has a specialist hotel Top Tenuous. Reverend Kate Bottley provides a daily Pause for Thought, inspired by beauty.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • The Farm

    Groovy Train

    • True Brit (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Smoove & Turrell

    You Could've Been A Lady

    • (CD Single).
    • Jalapeno Records.
    • 1.
  • Sonny & Cher

    I Got You Babe

    • Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev.
    • Telstar.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates


    • Looking Back - The Best Of Hall & Oat.
    • BMG.
  • Little Mix

    Love Me Like You

    • (CD Single).
    • Syco.
    • 001.
  • 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.
  • Jackie Wilson

    (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

    • Midnight Soul (Various Artists).
    • Music Club.
  • Melanie C


    • (CD Single).
    • Red Girl Records.
  • Madonna

    True Blue

    • 32 Ones On One Radio 1's 25th Birthday (Various Artists).
    • Connoisseur Collection.
  • One Direction


    • (CD Single).
    • Syco Music.
    • 13.
  • The Tremeloes

    Silence Is Golden

    • Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou.
    • Global Television.
  • Jesse & Joy

    More Than Amigos

    • (CD Single).
    • EastWest.
    • 001.
  • Bob the Builder

    Can We Fix It?

    • (CD Single).
    • BBC Music.
  • Rod Stewart

    Baby Jane

    • The Best Of Rod Stewart.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Arctic Monkeys

    I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

    • Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.
    • Domino.
  • Dean Martin & Helen O’Connell

    How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    • Cool Couples (Various Artists).
    • Sanctuary.
  • The Shires

    My Universe

    • My Universe.
    • Decca.
    • 001.
  • Kaiser Chiefs

    Hole In My Soul

    • (CD Single).
    • Fiction.
    • 001.
  • Mike + the Mechanics

    Over My Shoulder

    • Mike & The Mechanics Hits.
    • Virgin.
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Born To Run

    • Born To Run.
    • CBS.
  • XTC

    Making Plans for Nigel

    • Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various).
    • EMI.
  • Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

    Wooly Bully

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1965.
    • Premier.
  • Bon Jovi

    This House Is Not For Sale

    • (CD Single).
    • Mercury.
  • The Waterboys

    The Whole of the Moon

    • Now 1991 - The Millennium Series.
    • Now.
  • Gloria Gaynor

    I Will Survive

    • Disco Fever (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Jack Savoretti

    When We Were Lovers

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG.
  • The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 006.
  • Moby


    • (CD Single).
    • Mute Records.

Pause for Thought

Pause for Thought

From Revered Kate Bottley, Vicar of the churches of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill:

Travelling down into London a few weeks ago I managed to book myself into completely the wrong carriage. Yes, that’s right Chris I found myself in the quiet coach. Now I have more rattle than tin can full of marbles so the quiet coach is not my natural habitat. However being the resourceful soul I am I decided to make the best of it. It'd been a rush to get ready that morning and so I'd managed the lippy and the mascara but glancing across the carriage I suddenly felt totally underdressed. Opposite me was the best turned out woman I have ever seen, perfect hair, beautifully made up, and someone who obviously knew how to use an iron. What struck me most though were her beautifully manicured nails painted a glorious red, as she reached into her bag and got out her nail file I quickly confessed my sin of envy.


I looked down my own nails, bitten and chewed and shifted uncomfortably in my seat, the woman looked up, we locked eyes and we smiled, I shrugged apologetically and whispered quietly, ‘your nails are beautiful’. She replied ‘Would you like me to do yours?’ ‘Ooo yes please’ We sat for the rest of the journey in the silence of the carriage as she carefully filed and then painted my nails for me, an impromptu nail bar on the 11.06.


While I'm not sure of the etiquette of painting your nails in the quiet carriage of the train it struck me that what she had done was a beautiful act of generosity and kindness. Jesus said ‘What you do for others, you do for me’ and while I'm sure he wasn't talking about manicures on the train, this simple act of service from a stranger left me feeling cared for and loved, valued and special. To think of others needs, to see that need and to serve without expectations of reward is a godly act. My nails looked beautiful when she had finished but the beautiful act of care and the way she made me feel will continue to last even when the red nail polish has long since chipped away.


  • Tue 11 Oct 2016 06:30

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