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Stewart Copeland and Great Job Wednesday

Stewart Copeland calls us from California with news of how The Police's are celebrating their 40th anniversary. We learn about movie motorbikes from collector Dick Sheppard.

Drummer Stewart Copeland calls us from California to celebrate forty years since The Police's debut album. He tells us about bringing together all of their albums for a remastered box set and reveals if there could be a reunion on the cards. In honour of our top guest, we hear your Top Tenuous claims to the fame of Stewart Copeland. On Great Job Wednesday Chris is chats to motorbike collector Dick Sheppard who has over 400 bikes in his collection including ones from Jurassic World, Mission Impossible and The Great Escape. Olympian Sam Murray joins Vassos in the sports locker and we pause for thought with Sarah Joseph.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Stevie Wonder

    Sir Duke

    • Stevie Wonder - Song Review.
    • Motown.
  • Clean Bandit

    Baby (feat. MARINA & Luis Fonsi)

    • What Is Love?.
    • Atlantic.
  • Juice Newton

    Angel Of The Morning

    • Country Moods (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Michael Bublé

    I Only Have Eyes For You

    • Love.
    • 002.
  • The Clash

    I Fought The Law

    • (Single).
    • CBS.
  • Train

    Drive By

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 12.
  • Supergrass


    • The Best Pub Jukebox In The World (V).
    • Virgin.
  • Zara Larsson

    Ruin My Life

    • (CD Single).
    • Black Butter.
  • Elton John

    Are You Ready for Love

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Petula Clark

    I Will Follow Him

    • Downtown.
  • Take That

    Out Of Our Heads

    • Odyssey.
    • Polydor.
  • Coldplay

    The Hardest Part

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Taylor Swift

    Shake It Off

    • (CD Single).
    • Big Machine.
    • 1.
  • The Rembrandts

    I'll Be There For You

    • The Love Songs Album (Various).
    • Universal.
  • Toto

    Hold The Line

    • Driving Rock (Various Artists).
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Paloma Faith


    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • The Police


    • Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings.
  • The Cardigans

    My Favourite Game

    • Q The Album (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Cher

    Love & Understanding

    • (CD Single).
    • Geffen.
  • Elmer Bernstein

    The Great Escape

    • The Ultimate World War Movie Theme Collection.
    • EMI.
  • Steppenwolf

    Born To Be Wild

    • Rock Anthems Volume 2 (Various).
    • Dino.
  • Ellie Goulding & Diplo

    Close To Me (feat. Swae Lee)

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Oliver's Army

    • Fantastic 70's (Various Artists).
    • Sony Tv/Columbia.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3

    • The Best Of Ian Dury.
    • Repertoire.
  • The Police

    Don't Stand So Close To Me

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • The Police

    Spirits In The Material World

    • The Police - Message In A Box (Cd 3).
    • A&M.
  • The Police

    Message In A Bottle

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • The Police

    So Lonely

    • The Police - Message In A Box (Cd 1).
    • A&M.
  • The Police

    Every Breath You Take

    • The Ivor Novello Winners.
    • EMI.
  • Kylie Minogue

    Music's Too Sad Without You (feat. Jack Savoretti)

    • Golden.
    • BMG Rights Management (UK).

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine:


   Listening to the show yesterday Chris, I was shocked, yes SHOCKED, that Vassos hasn't watched The Greatest Showman yet! I saw the film with my daughter back in January, and let's just say I've watched the film a few times since then... I love it!


   It's a story of grit - of someone who refuses to accept their lot in life, and prepared to work their way out.  It's a story of dreams - and on never giving up on them.  It's a story of ambition, but also the realisation of what is truly important.   And it's a story of misfits!   Beyond the film, the soundtrack has been my mood lifting album of choice.    My daughter and I often pump out "This is Me" at full volume in the car!


   Sung by the awesome Keala Settle, it's an anthem for anyone who's ever felt different and isolated, and I reckon most of us have felt like that at some point in our lives.    For me, I don't feel like I've ever really fitted in. I'm lucky in that I've never really cared.  But somehow a message of social conformity seems stronger to me now than ever before. I feel like society puts forward a certain "Gold Standard" of being: good grades, good job, good looks, lots of wealth. Social media often amplifies that standard with picture perfect posts of perfect holidays, perfects meals out, perfect children. Even people's pets seem perfect!


   A University of Pittsburgh study looked at the feelings of inadequacy that social media can produce. The curated and often staged photographs of other people's lives can lead us to simply feel not good enough, according to the study's author, Professor Brian Primack  But "good enough" for whom? And why?


   Personally, I draw enormous peace from the creation story in the Qur'an. God tells the perfect angels to bow down to the imperfect human - signalling that actually, imperfection surpasses perfection; striving and battling to grow as a human is more important than having it all.   The older I get, the more I embrace the perfect imperfections of myself and of other people. There's so little time, and these days I have so little energy - I refuse to spend it trying to edit and filter myself to fit in to a standard defined by someone else, somewhere else. I'm happy that This is Me.


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