Bishop Guli talked about the varied nature of her role as Bishop of Chelmsford. From taking school assemblies to speaking in the House of Lords on housing and being involved in King Charles’s Coronation service. Her own story of her family having to flee Iran following the revolution in 1979 when she was just a teenager was very moving and inspirational. Her father was the Anglican Bishop in Iran and was out of the country at the time. Her 24 year old brother taught at the University. He was murdered. The family came to the UK as refugees. She has positive memories of Iran from her childhood. She still feels a strong association to the country and hopes that one day she might be able to go back and see the country, though acknowledges that now it is a very different place. We spoke about the importance of Remembrance and not forgetting the sacrifice that means we can live as we do today. In the lead up to Christmas, she spoke about Advent and the importance of waiting.
Wet, Wet, Wet – Love is all around – no 1 for 15 weeks in the UK in 1994, selling 1.9 million copies. From the soundtrack of the film – Four weddings and a funeral.
Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart – title track from 2018 album. One of the tracks chosen by last week’s guests Paul Carr.
Beatles – Let it be – 1970 USA no 1 and in nine other countries. UK no 2, Top 10 in seven more. Bishop Guli related the song to the words of Mary to the angel when she was told she would be pregnant with the baby Jesus.
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – They can’t take that away from me. Song by George & Ira Gershwin. Bishop Guli loves Jazz and often visits Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho. She called Ella the Queen and Louis the King of jazz.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Waiting for you – from the album – Ghosteen. 2019 UK no 1, Top 10 in fifteen more countries. Having read Nick Cave’s book – Faith, Hope and Carnage – she has begun to discover his music.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested Michael Crawford – Memory. From his 1987 album – Songs from stage and screen – UK no 12, New Zealand no 3.
Pearl Thompson, guitarist with The Cure from 1983 – 1994 and 2006 – 2010 is sixty six years old. We heard the band’s track – Friday I’m in love – 1992 UK no 6, selling 1.2 million copies.. Top 10 in four more countries. USA no18. Top 20 in five more countries.
Above, Lulu single cover 1967.
Below, on tour in 2023.
Lulu recently celebrated her 75th birthday. We heard the 1967 film theme – To Sir with love – UK no 11. USA and Canada no 1.Best selling single in USA in 1967 with just under 4 million copies.
SZA ( Solana Imani Rowe) is 34 years old. We heard her 2019 duet with Justin Timberlake – The other side – from the soundtrack of the film – Trolls World Tour.
Thanks to Chris and Bob in Harlow, Chris in Guildford and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part. Our winner with 4 points was Patrick.
Hannah White – Chains of ours – from the album – Sweet revolution – released last Friday.
Chart this week in
No 1 Westlife – My love – UK Record of the year selling 400,000 copies. Also no 1 in Sweden. Top 10 in seven more countries.
No 18 Coldplay – Trouble – UK no 10, Iceland no 1, Norway no 3. From the band’s debut album – Paradise – which has sold over 13 million copies world-wide.
No 25 U2 – Beautiful day – Grammy awards Song of the year, Record of the year and Best rock performance. UK no 1 and also in eleven more countries. USA no 21, but still selling over 600,000 copies.
Chicago – Make me Smile – 1970 USA n 9. From the album – Chicago – UK no 4, USA no 6, nominated for Grammy Awards Record of the year.
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