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Tornado: The 100 mph Steam Engine and Visualisation

Chris Evans presents a fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Maroon 5

    Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)

    • (CD Single).
    • A&M.
    • 1.
  • TLC

    It's Sunny

    • (CD Single).
    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • The Clash

    Bankrobber

    • (Single).
    • CBS.
  • Rick Astley

    Keep Singing

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG.
    • 001.
  • Paloma Faith

    Upside Down

    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
    • 1.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Rag’n’Bone Man

    As You Are

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 002.
  • The Mavericks

    Dance the Night Away

    • Ultimate Country (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Paramore

    Hard Times

    • After Laughter.
    • Fueled By Ramen.
  • The Mamas & the Papas

    California Dreamin'

    • The Best Of.
    • MCA.
    • 2.
  • Amen Corner

    (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice

    • Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V.
    • Old Gold.
  • The Script

    Rain

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music Entertainment.
  • MC Hammer

    U Can't Touch This

    • Fast Forward (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Bow Wow Wow

    I Want Candy

    • Young at Heart (Various Artists).
    • Reader's Digest.
  • Tiggs da Author

    Run (feat. Lady Leshurr)

    • Bridget Jones's Baby O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Polydor.
    • 001.
  • Harry Belafonte

    Jump In The Line

    • The Best Of.
    • Camden.
    • 16.
  • Calvin Harris

    Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Peter Gabriel

    Steam

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

    Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

    • I Am.. Sasha Fierce.
    • Music World Music.
    • 1.
  • The Beach Boys

    Don't Worry Baby

    • The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1).
    • EMI.
  • The Who

    Pinball Wizard

    • The Who Hits 50! (Deluxe Edition).
    • Polydor.
    • 016.
  • Queen

    One Vision

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

    S.O.S.

    • Abba Gold.
    • Polydor.
    • 010.
  • 10cc

    Dreadlock Holiday

    • The Very Best Of 10cc.
    • Mercury.
    • 15.
  • Golden Earring

    Radar Love

    • Hot Love - Sounds Of The 70's, Part 1.
    • Old Gold.
  • Arcade Fire

    Everything Now

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Spandau Ballet

    Gold

    • The Gold Album (Various Artists).
    • The Hit Label Ltd.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

Methodist Minister Leslie Griffiths:

A month without the internet, two months without television. That’s the dark hole I’m just emerging from. It’s an unforeseen consequence of moving house. Can you imagine it? No Poldark, no ten o’clock news, no bake-offs or cook-ups, no cricket or Formula One. This blackout lasted from the day the Lions drew with the All Blacks at rugby till the day the Lionesses lost to the Netherlands at football. And there’s been no box-set binging to while away the evenings either. It’s been tough.

The worst aspect of all this, however, has been the realisation about just how dependent I’ve become on these gismos and gadgets. I mean – I remember typewriters and tippex and the time when tellies hadn’t yet arrived, times when we had to amuse ourselves. Someone like me should have been more resourceful, able to find better things to do. But like everybody else, I’m hooked to the box, stuck to my screen, always tuned in to something or someone.

For all that, I’ve come to see that this period of enforced abstinence might have been good for me. For one thing, it’s helped me understand one detail of the life of faith which I’d never fully grasped. Most religions commend three basic activities. Two – saying prayers and giving money or time to the poor – I’ve never had difficulty with. But the third, fasting, has always mystified me. I’ve tended to associate it with giving up food and drink but I now see that it can be anything, including television and the internet. Going without your staples can be a good discipline. It weans you off being dependent on what have become mere habits, cleans you up, gives you a little more control over your life. And, of course, when you eventually return to your old loves, it allows you to enjoy them all the more.

I’ll tell you something though. I’ve thanked the Lord more than once that we got our television back in time to see that magical 10,000 metre race. Mo Farah on the victor’s podium, wrapped in our national flag, is the perfect symbol of the kind of Britain I want to live in.

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