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Vassos,snakes and The Dragon Back Race!

Chris meets Eliza the royal python before Vassos faces his fear. We also learn about the upcoming Dragon's Back Race.

Ed Howard brings in Eliza the Royal Python from Chessington Zoo and Vassos faces his fear of snakes with the help of hypnotherapist Stuart Brown! It's Pippa Middleton's wedding this weekend so you tell us about your big day plans. Vassos fills us in on his upcoming challenge, the mammoth Dragon's Back Race. Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is in the sports locker and there's a serpent-centric Top Tenuous! Rev'd Kate Bottley provides the daily Pause for Thought.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Stardust

    Music Sounds Better With You

    • Now 41 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Paramore

    Hard Times

    • After Laughter.
    • Fueled By Ramen.
  • Kenny Loggins

    Danger Zone

    • Top Gun O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • CBS.
  • The Supremes

    You Keep Me Hangin' On

    • Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Olly Murs

    You Don’t Know Love

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Billy Idol

    White Wedding

    • Rip It Up (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Elkie Brooks

    Love Ain't Something You Can Get For Free

    • (CD Single).
    • A&M.
  • Fleetwood Mac


    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 008.
  • The Beatles

    When I'm Sixty-Four

    • Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
    • Apple.
    • 9.
  • Charlie Puth


    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Hifi Sean

    Testify (feat. Crystal Waters)

  • Phil Collins

    You Can't Hurry Love

    • Singles.
    • Rhino.
  • Thin Lizzy

    Don't Believe A Word

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Vertigo.
  • Queen

    Radio Ga Ga

    • Queen - Greatest Hits II.
    • Parlophone.
  • Hurts

    Beautiful Ones

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Duran Duran

    Union Of The Snake

    • Duran Duran - Decade.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Todd Terry, Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown

    Keep On Jumpin'

    • (CD Single).
    • Manifesto.
  • The Farm

    All Together Now

    • Smash Hits Massive! (Various Artists).
    • Dover Records.
  • Candi Staton

    Young Hearts Run Free

    • Disco Fever (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • TLC

    Way Back (feat. Snoop Dogg)

    • (CD Single).
    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Florence + the Machine

    You've Got The Love

    • Now That's What I Call Music 74 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
    • 5.
  • Barenaked Ladies

    One Week

    • New Hits 99 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
  • The Kooks

    Be Who You Are

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin Records.
  • Sterling Holloway

    Trust In Me

    • Classic Disney Volume 3.
    • 20.
  • fun. & Janelle Monáe

    We Are Young

    • Some Nights.
    • Atlantic.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

The Reverend Kate Bottley, a Church of England priest in North Nottinghamshire:

The Bottley household is having a stressful time this week, GCSE season is upon us and everything has a slight air of panic and fear about it. The timetable is pinned to the fridge, the healthy, brain power inducing breakfasts are planned and we’ve bought a new pencil case. But none of this seems to be really helping. The Teenager is completely fine and totally chilled you understand, it's me, her mother who's having the sleepless nights and the cold sweats. You see I'm sad to say that I am a great worrier, they call it whiting where I come from and I could whittle for Britain. Nibbled nails and comfort eating. With every exam I'm already worrying about the next one before this one has finished.

We all do it from time to time, some worse than others, panicking and fretting about what could happen and the unknown situation and circumstance that lies just over the horizon. The what ifs and maybes, the unknown perils of a road not yet travelled or an exam paper not yet turned over. And for those who say ‘don't worry, be happy’ I say that's far easier said than done. And I'm not sure there’s anyone, anywhere who never worries at all about anything.

There's never any promise in the bible of a life without stress and worry but Jesus did say this  ‘do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have enough worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.’ Not ‘don't worry be happy’ but more take every day as it comes, because you can't add a single hour to your life by worrying about it.

The Teenager is doing better at this than me, taking it all in her stride, facing each exam as it comes along with cool composure and any worry that she has channelling it into positive energy and determination to do her best.  I only hope that some of it rubs off on me and that I'm more able to live by the words of Jesus who, although when tested by the Devil came out on top, never passed an exam in his life.

I'm going to try not to worry about results day either (24th August, 97 days away) because that's far too many tomorrow's to worry for!



  • Thu 18 May 2017 06:30

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

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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.