George Michael World Exclusive
Chris has a world exclusive first play of a new single from George Michael, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers recorded before the singer's passing last year.
Chris has a world exclusive first play of a new single from George Michael, Fantasy, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers recorded before the singer's passing last year. Kirstie Allsopp stops by the studio to share recipes from her first cookery book Kirstie's Real Kitchen and reveals how to rescue the bakes that have gone wrong. Chris also talks to the Guinness Book of Records editor Craig Glenday about what records could be broken at Carfest 2018. Plus they discuss the amazing achievements that have made it into the latest edition of the book, including the woman with the longest eyelashes and the cat with the longest tail!
Vassos speaks to NFL pundit and former player Osi Umenyiora ahead of the upcoming season, Chris goes crazy for Big Carl the Tuba and today's show is dedicated to anyone who's dog just sneezed.
Pause for Thought
From Leslie Griffiths, Methodist Minister:
It’s impossible to turn the television on these days without seeing crowds of people on the move. Last week the migrations were cause by floods in India and America. This week, it’s the tens of thousands of people fleeing from Burma into Bangladesh. It seems to get harder and harder to keep the human dimension of these tragedies alive – everything gets turned into politics or statistics. Men, women and children get lost under the sheer weight of numbers or events. And yet, I believe it’s important for us all to dig deep and to keep the human cost of these tragedies uppermost in our minds.
This came home to me a few years ago when I was visiting my beloved Haiti just after a truly dreadful earthquake had struck in which a quarter of a million people perished, I was part of a group visiting one of the tented communities housing those who’d been displaced by the disaster and I remember trying to engage in conversation with the victims as they sat gloomily in their tents. But what do you say to such people? I remember one woman particularly – hunched on a simple stool, a child across her lap, her face drained of life, her body language resistant to interference by the likes of people like me. I asked her name. That seemed safe enough. She muttered something but I failed to understand. I repeated my question and, this time, I got it right. “Dieula,” I said and, at that, a miracle occurred. Just hearing someone utter her name, the life came rushing back into her face, her eyes sparkled, she told me off for being so deaf the first time, we shared the joke. Someone who, to all intents and purposes, was dead had come alive again.
I think of Dieula every time I see displaced people on the move. And I remember a word of Jesus too: each time you respond to the needs of anyone in distress, - the homeless, the hungry, people in prison, - you’re right on the button and in tune with what I’m all about; it’s as if you were doing it for me.