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QI's John Lloyd and Wallpaper

John Lloyd shares fascinating knowledge from his new book 1432 QI Facts to Bowl You Over and we celebrate international wallpaper week with textile expert Dominique Heyse-Moore.

John Lloyd bamboozles us with fascinating knowledge from his new book 1432 QI Facts to Bowl You Over; burglars always knock, Salvador Dali took his ocelot to restaurants and 7 per cent of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows! We celebrate international wallpaper week with expert Dominique Heyse-Moore from The Whitworth Art Gallery which houses over 5000 samples. Chris pays tribute to the late Tom Petty and share stories of seeing the Travelling Wilburys musician from hand gliding to Hyde Park. We have your best for the guests breaking news which include display towels and pretty logs! Vassos has a wallpaper Top Tenuous and Remona Aly provides the Daily Pause For Thought inspired by the idea of paradise.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    American Girl

    • Greatest Hits.
    • MCA.
  • Shania Twain

    Swingin' With My Eyes Closed

    • (CD Single).
    • MCA.
  • Maria McKee

    Show Me Heaven

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • Shalamar

    A Night To Remember

    • Friends - Deluxe Edition.
    • Big Break Records.
    • 5.
  • The Clash

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go

    • Now 19 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • 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.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Learning To Fly

    • (CD Single).
    • MCA.
  • Blondie

    Doom Or Destiny

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG.
    • 1.
  • Madonna


    • (Single).
    • Sire.
    • 34.
  • Simon & Garfunkel


    • The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel.
    • Columbia.
  • Maroon 5

    What Lovers Do (feat. SZA)

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.
  • Tom Petty

    Free Fallin'

    • Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever.
    • MCA.
  • The O’Jays

    I Love Music

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1976 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Paolo Nutini

    Pencil Full Of Lead

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Traveling Wilburys

    Handle With Care

    • (CD Single).
    • Wilbury.
  • Shed Seven

    It's Not Easy

  • Enrique Iglesias


    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods

    Do Anything You Wanna Do

    • Beautiful Game (Various Artists).
    • Universal.
  • Sherbet


    • The No.1 70's Rock Album (Various).
    • Polygram TV.
  • The Style Council

    Walls Come Tumbling Down

    • Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists.
    • Polydor.
    • 13.
  • Kelly Clarkson

    Love So Soft

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Joe Fagin

    That's Livin' Alright

    • The A to Z of British TV Themes - Volume 2.
    • Play It Again.
  • Dennis Waterman

    I Could Be So Good For You

    • Drivetime 3 (Various Artists).
    • Dino.
  • Jools Holland & José Feliciano

    Let's Find Each Other Tonight

    • (CD Single).
    • East West Records.
  • The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

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


    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
    • 1.

Pause for Thought

Pause for Thought
From Remona Aly, freelance journalist and editor:

 I was expounding the complexities of Islamic theology to a tough crowd last week - my three year old twin nieces, who kept flinging themselves off the sofa and onto me. 

 When I showed them an old family photograph, they saw their granddad smiling out at them from the frame. They never got to meet their grandad, but I told them:

 “You can meet your daada in Paradise.” “What’s Paradise?’ they asked. “Paradise is a beautiful place filled with all the things you love - it’s got rainbows and dinosaurs...” - “And shreddies?” one twin interjected. “Yes, and shreddies,” I assured them of their favourite heavenly cereal, although I’m sure other breakfast varieties will also be available.

 “And Elvis?” The other piped. My nieces are so cultured. Yes of course Elvis the King! They were in fact talking about Elvis the cat - their cousin’s pet. But I imagine both Elvises swinging about in Heaven. And how Elvis the King would have been utterly devastated by yesterday's tragic events in his special town of Las Vegas.

 I join my prayers with people around the world for all the innocent souls who have lost their lives, and trust they find their peace in Paradise. It’s always been a mind boggler to me when different groups of people claim they’re the only ones with VIP access to Paradise. I remember some crusty old uncle telling me ‘only Muslims can go to heaven’. I didn’t buy it. Heaven plied up with only Muslims is not my idea of eternal fun.

 When my nieces are older, I’ll tell them the wiser words of the Muslim poet and scholar, Rumi, who said: “The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.”

 No one has monopoly over truth, that’s the beauty of it, there are shards of truth everywhere. I love to learn about them, piece them together, find the reflections in it all.

The Quran tells me that God could have made us all the same - same culture, same belief, same language, same music taste - but we were created with wondrous diversity so that we can know, understand and live with each other.

 Belief is a funny thing, it’s gone through twists and turns in my life, yesterday's tragedy was another challenge to it. But I love my faith, and I love how others love theirs. The truth is with me, and it’s with others too. If we could all accept that, then maybe we can find a piece of Paradise right here on earth.


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