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Sheridan Smith tells Zoe about starring in Joseph with Jason Donovan. Zoe invites 500 Words illustrator Jarvis to play Hit, Miss Or Maybe with the hottest music right now.

Wake up and embrace the day with Zoe Ball! Actress Sheridan Smith chats to Zoe about starring alongside Jason Donovan in the West End production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Zoe invites 500 Words illustrator Jarvis to play Hit, Miss Or Maybe with the hottest music right now. He reviews new music from Miley Cyrus, Ten Tonnes and The Shapeshifters.

Along with Tina Daheley on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Mike Williams on sport, she and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at!

Mike chats to former England football player Alex Scott after the Women's team beat Scotland at the weekend in their opening Women's World Cup. There's also weather with Sarah Keith-Lucas and a daily Pause For Thought from Tanya Muneera Williams, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson

    The Best Things In Life Are Free

    • (CD Single).
    • DEF JAM.
  • Kylie Minogue

    New York City

    • Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection.
    • BMG.
  • Black Box

    Ride On Time

    • Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Tv/Columbia.
  • Taylor Swift

    ME! (feat. Brendon Urie)

    • (CD Single).
    • Republic Records.
  • Andy Williams

    Music To Watch Girls By

    • Take A Break (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Gabrielle

    When A Woman

    • (CD Single).
    • Go Beat.
  • Sigala vs Becky Hill

    Wish You Well

    • (CD Single).
    • Ministry Of Sound.
  • Elton John

    Bennie and the Jets

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Anne‐Marie


    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates


    • Looking Back - The Best Of Hall & Oat.
    • BMG.
  • Bastille


    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin Records.
  • Dire Straits

    Twisting By The Pool

    • Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits.
    • Vertigo.
  • P!nk

    Can We Pretend (feat. Cash Cash)

    • Hurts 2B Human.
    • RCA Records.
  • Sam Cooke

    Wonderful World

    • Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music.
    • RCA.
  • Edwyn Collins

    A Girl Like You

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

    If I Can't Have You

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • Rita Ora

    Your Song

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • The Shapeshifters

    Life Is A Dancefloor (feat. Kimberly Davis)

    • Glitterbox.
  • 10cc

    Dreadlock Holiday

    • The Very Best Of 10cc.
    • Mercury.
    • 15.
  • Jason Donovan

    Any Dream Will Do

    • The Very Best Of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
    • Polydor.
  • The Black Keys


    • Let's Rock.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 9.
  • Lewis Capaldi

    Someone You Loved (Remix)

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal Music.
    • 3.
  • D:Ream

    Things Can Only Get Better

    • Now 27 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Liquid Gold

    Dance Yourself Dizzy

    • (CD Single).
    • Champion.
    • 40.
  • Heavy D. & The Boyz

    Now That We’ve Found Love

    • Radio Rap (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Emma Bunton

    You're All I Need To Get By (feat. Jade Jones)

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG Rights Management (UK).
    • 1.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen

    Call Me Maybe

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
From Tanya Muneera Williams, cultural producer: 
I’m an all or nothing type girl, and the middle ground is often hard for me to find. I’m either on a no sugar no carbs diet, or I can be found in a corner eating cake, and that's in every aspect of my life. Take for example Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, as it approached I had several goals in mind, 1) Learn more verses of Quran, 2) do more prayers, 3) volunteer for a local charity, 4) complete 30 days of yoga yet again. The first few days were fine, but by day 7 I started slipping, and halfway through it became clear that I was not going to be able to make up all of the tasks on my tightly packed timetable. 
The feeling of failure stealthily crept in, for the one month in the year that I had actually carved out time, and I could not keep up with my own schedule. Comparing myself to those around me and on social media, it looked as if everyone but me was having this “spiritual experience”. I started judging myself and thought everyone was judging me too, “where’s your sense of discipline, if you’re gonna flop this month, how are you going to be successful at life” ouch!! Towards the last few days of Ramadan whilst in a procrastinating slump, I got on the internet and started clicking on hashtags to find some form of poetic inspiration, I came across a quote that I had heard before, but it had never really bloomed inside of me until then. 
The 14th century Persian Sufi poet Hafez said: “Run my dear from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred tender vision of your beautiful heart”. Within some Islamic teachings, the heart is the most important house of God. Could it be that I was responsible for desecrating my own temple? The reality hit that I was the only person doing the judging, this Ramadan achievement for me was not about timetabled activities but learning to run away from negative self-talk, and towards self-affirming words of love.


500 Words 2019

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