Saturday 19th April 2014 My Old Piano


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham


We had another wonderful day with clear blue skies and very hot temperatures. Yesterday was a day of rest with our son John spending some quality time with us. I just had time for a little light training and then it was time to go and play my guitar at our Bollywood night with Irene Luna at the Mayra Indian Restaurante in La Nucia.   Here are some photos from a very pleasant evening in La Nucia.

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Saturday is my podcast day with Don Woods and here will be our topics under discussion. Don sent the following ….

” Britain’s Got Talent is back… I KNOW it is very popular (which shows the mentality of the masses)…but WHY subject us to idiots who are happy to ridicule themselves on national TV?…and WHY Ant and Dec?….heaven knows we’ve seen enough of them over the last six months…can’t see the point of them on this show….and WHY the same old format with talentless “judges” playing God and the same old sob stories from the contestants which have NOTHING to do with their act…….bring back Opportunity Knocks I say…at least we were looking at genuine contestants.

Great to see Nigel Evans fighting back…the guy was dragged through court … was TOTALLY cleared of any offences…and ended up 130 grand out of pocket….he is starting to kick up a fuss and good on him….he says the CPS should reimburse the cases they lose….and so say all of us !!!!

.Now we have had a few weeks of nice weather…you’d think we’d all be happy…what with no storms and no floods etc…NOT A CHANCE….the media are straight on to their usual scare tactics….”there’s a hole in the ozone layer which means the sun will be much stronger and we are all going to get burnt…even when the sun isn’t out”….and “scientists” have discovered new creatures from overseas which are a threat to humanity…they EAT our plants…not forgetting the KILLER CRABS who have arrived in the Thames on the hulls of boats…these monsters burrow into the river bank…HELP!!! our country is being eaten away…and all because we have had a bit of sunshine….there will be a hosepipe ban any day now….somebody call Bruce Willis !!!!

  To add to the tripe on Television which consists mainly of rubbish soaps we are now being subjected to a programme which films sewer workers at their daily tasks….very nice when you are having your supper…this together with “Embarrasing Bodies” where we can see the obese having bits sliced off them makes a good case for listening to the radio… Radio Luxemburg still going?

 And finally….to lighten the mood…I had to laugh at the front page news of Cameron being stung by a jellyfish on his holidays….I would think they will be searching for the said jellyfish to give it a rabies jab….and a little two year old was playing about with his dad’s phone and accidentally phoned the police…..when he cut the call short the police went round to the house and found a load of cannabis plants…OOPS !!..classic stuff…and lastly they have been talking about the fact that kids do not know the true meaning of Easter….they asked a little 4 year old and she said “You have to believe in the Easter Bunny…the more you believe the more eggs you get”…..she’ll go far.  Podcast


The Guardia Civil traffic department has launched a mini campaign to check number plates on vehicles, paying particular attention to ensuring that the details of the registration are clearly visible in the event of being snapped by a traffic law enforcement device.

The move is thought to be in preparation for the new traffic laws which come into force in May, whereas not only will radar detectors be banned, but officers will no longer have to stop a vehicle in order to issue a fine.

By ensuring that the number plate details are correct, this will ensure that anybody breaking the law can be brought to justice quicker.

Although some of the techniques are nothing but urban myths, the officers will also be checking for any signs that a driver may have tried to camouflage a number plate, by suing such things as spray or stickers. One such range of stickers, which are coming from Russia, are hardly visible to the naked eye as the number plate looks normal, but renders the letters and numbers invisible to traffic cameras. Other stickers on the market are designed to increase the reflective flash of a camera, thus theoretically whitewashing the photograph and making the number plate unreadable.

When the new legislation comes into force on the 9th of May, there will be a 200 euro fine for using a radar detector, as well as the loss of points, with the exception of those devices that warn of fixed cameras, the information which is already published by the Dgt.

The Guardia Civil have also said that they will continue to monitor social network sites for warnings of their presence, moving to a new location should drivers become aware that they are there.  SpanishVida


World Events  19th April

1587 – English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbour and sank the Spanish fleet.Bit of a cheek

1764 – The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money. How could they stop them?

1770 – Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.Why?

1782 – The Netherlands recognized the new United States. Isn’t that the USA?

1802 – The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants. You see, the Spanish are friendly like that

1839 – The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe when the Treaty of London was signed. Which is why we would be eventually drawn into a war with Germany

1897 – The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S. Has it really been going that long? A second cousin of mine has won the Boston marathon

1938 – General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War. This led to the Franco years in Spain

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days. I’ve seen the DVD and it is rivoting

1951 – General Douglas MacArthur gave his “Old Soldiers” speech before the U.S. Congress. In the address General MacArthur said that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Without old soldiers we would not be here

1951 – Shigeki Tanaka won the Boston Marathon. Tanaka had survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. A wonderful story

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The civil ceremony took place on April 18. The world was starstruck taking Grace to their hearts

1967 – Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.Great achievement but what next?

1971 – Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station. Great achievement, great expense, what for?

1975 – India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR. With masses living in poverty

1982 – NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut. Any link to Mustang Sally?

1982 – The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America. Anyone smoking Cuban cigars would be punished….

1987 – In Phoenix, AZ, skydiver Gregory Robertson went into a 200-mph free-fall to save an unconscious colleague 3,500 feet from the ground. Great bravery

1989 – A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.Horrible

1989 – A giant asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of Earth.Phew!

1993 – The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire. Bizarre

1994 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.How is this compensation reached?

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997. Words fail me

2000 – In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while preparing to land. 131 people were killed. Tragic


Music Events April 19th

1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. Was it a musical?

1965, The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie “Eight Arms to Hold You” (the original name for the movie “Help!”)’.‘Help’ was easier to remember

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham, England. I would have ebjoyed this
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.He couldn’t completely fool the scousers!

1970, Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Kinds Of Everything’. the Irish singers only UK No.1 hit.She was a very pretty face

1975, The Stylistics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘The Best Of’ album. I bought this album and played it to death

1980, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK. Great single

1980, 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who died after a drinks binge.

1980, For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.There are some fabulous female singers

1986, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. He is a talent

1986, Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’...with a bag over his head

1988, Former singer and one half of Sonny and Cher; Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.Here’s a picture of me, Berks and Sonny Bono

1990, On this weeks BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.That had to be seen to be believed

2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.This does really not make complete sense

2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.This man was fantastic…phenomenal!

2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.I wonder how Elvis would have reacted to this

2006, BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple’s anti-fur trade protests. I think it’s good for leading musicians to throw their weight behind worthwhile causes.
2008, US country singer George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Troubadour.’

 Born on this day

1928, Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. Major force behind the UK R&B scene, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). Writer and radio presenter. Korner died on January 1st 1984.
1942, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). And solo, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear’).
1943, Eve Graham, (Evelyn May Beatson), singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’).

1947, Mark Volman, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

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Friday 18th April 2014 Making Your Mind Up.’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1981, This years Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up.’ 

Yesterday was another gorgeous day. I decided to take a long walk and this was down to Alfaz del Pi. It took me about one hour and it wan’t too hot. I did have my bottle of water but I really enjoyed the walk. Most of it is downhill and the traffic whizzes past a little bit too close for comfort. I stopped to say hello to a horse and a donkey. I also practised my horse whispering skills by blowing up their noses. They seemed to like that.

Next, it was time to pop into the bank and get my new card. I have my photo put on my debit card and the Bank manager was happily telling me it makes no difference to the security of my account. As I said to her you have to laugh. What could be more simple than putting your picture on the card alongside your thumb print?

I went home and made the dinner and then I had a good hour on my guitar. I was just getting into my practise when the phone rang. Our friend Thelma had been robbed of her bag. We went to help her down at the scene of the crime in Albir. We checked all the bins near Lidl where the robbery occurred. After drawing a bland we went down to the Guardia Civil in Altea. A very nice young man helped us record the crime. If I hadn’t been up to the job it would have been very different as there were no English speakers available. I was pleased my lessons had come in handy!

Did I forget to mention we also popped into Mendoza’s for a wine tasting visit?



This day a year ago I watched the funeral service for Margaret Thatcher and, yes, I did feel a little sad. Whether you liked or disliked this lady she was a strong leader and a family was suffering a loss. Many people in the UK didn’t really understand the politics yet will have a vociferous opinion based on whoever they have known and on their opinions of Mrs Thatcher. All I know is that had she not been the leader in the early part of her period in office the UK might have suffered a very different future. Britain had to change and the workforce needed to adapt to the then current challenges. I think there were things that could have been done differently and maybe, in hindsight, the cuts should have been involved in a programme of more gradual change. However, my studies of the period suggest that she was part of a philosophical battle being waged in the UK at that time.  I think the funeral was conducted in a very decent British tradition. However, it is a fair comment that in times of such heavy recession the cost of staging the funeral were inappropriate. It would be interesting to have had an final figure and an insight into who met the cost.

CIMG6868Two crew members were slightly when the tail of an Aeromexico plane, the 14:40 departure to Mexico City carrying 250 passengers, struck the runway whilst taking off at 14:58 on Tuesday from Madrid Barajas airport.

The impact of the Boeing 767 on the ground caused fragments to be left on the runway, which an Air Europa Airbus, the 15:19 to Caracas with 196 people on board, ran over, puncturing a tyre.

Both aircraft circled to burn fuel for around 90 minutes each, before returning to Barajas airport, both performing safe landings.

Emergency services accompanied both planes upon landing, as part of the established protocol for such incidents, and passengers were removed from the aircraft to be found alternative travel arrangements.

The two injured crew members suffered bruising as a result of the impact.

This is the latest in a series of incidents of aircraft striking the runway on takeoff, with two separate incidents in recent weeks involving Ryanair planes, one on a Malta to London flight, another on a Krakow to Dublin flight, and a serious tail strike on landing for a US Airways flight at Las Vegas.  SpanishVida




Events 18th April

1521 – Martin Luther confronted the emperor Charles V in the Diet of Worms and refused to retract his views that led to his excommunication. It’s always going to be bad eating worms

1676 – Sudbury, Massachusetts, was attacked by Indians. Well they had been living there before the settlers arrived

1775 – American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that “the Regulars are coming out.” Later, the phrase “the British are coming” was attributed to Revere.They were a good group

1818 – A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War. I thought people only had holidays in Florida

1834 – William Lamb became prime minister of England. I thought it was Larry the Lamb

1838 – The Wilkes’ expedition to the South Pole set sail. Wasn’t he in Emmerdale?1861 – Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies during the U.S. Civil War. Why?

1877 – Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph. In the U.S., Thomas Edison gets the credit. I’d never heard of him which would have made Charles cross

1895 – New York State passed an act that established free public baths. The city smelt nicer 1906 – San Francisco, CA, was hit with an earthquake. The orginal death toll was cited at about 700. Later information indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the original estimate. These tragic events happen all the time

1910 – Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night. The plane was using candles

1937 – Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.Troublemaker

1942 – The Vichy government capitulated to Adolf Hitler and invited Pierre Laval to form a new government in France. Bad times

1943 – Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters. He should have stayed with the boats 1949 – The Republic of Ireland was established. Quite rightly!

1950 – The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed. Whew! 1955 – Albert Einstein died.  It happens to us all

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco were married. The religious ceremony took place April 19. It was a big thing marrying a commoner in those days

1980 – Rhodesia became in independent nation of Zimbabwe. We’d only just got used to spelling Rhodesia

1983 – The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans. Horrible

1984 – Daredevils Mike MacCarthy and Amanda Tucker made a sky dive from the Eiffel Tower. The jump ended safely. Sacre bleu

1984 – In London, demonstrators outside the Libyan Embassy were fired upon from someone inside. Eleven people were injured and an English Police woman was killed. I remember seeing this on telly

2002 – The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power. Das vas gut


Music Events April 18th

1953, Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Believe.’ The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.Great `production 1964, The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were buzzing!

1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. Living in harmony?

1972, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Amazing Grace.’ The single enjoyed a five-week run at No.1 Can anyone name any member of the band?

1975, four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park. Their long scarves got in the way

1981, This years Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up.’ I can’t make my mind up about this

1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.He had a very sad life

1985, Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. They had a ping pong sing song-

1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June

1967. I still think her best number was ?I never loved a man the way I loved you? 1992, Right Said Fred had their first and only UK No.1 single with ‘Deeply Dippy’ (‘I’m Too Sexy’ and ‘Don’t Talk Just Kiss’ both made the Top 3).Not for me

1995, Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).

1996, Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.Good bass player

1999, Catatonia scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Equally Cursed And Blessed’ the group also had their two other albums in the top 40.

2000, Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60′s pop legends in a TV movie about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto.

2003, It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue’s ‘Love At First Sight’ which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations..Says it all

2004, R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fuck It, (I Don’t Want You Back)’ his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for “the most expletives in a No.1 song”, with 33.This song should have been banned

2006, A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre. It raised a good amount for a good cause

2006, A line from U2′s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top. Thank God the Smiths weren’t first

2009, Keith Urban went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Defying Gravity’, the Australian singers fifth studio album.Good on yer sport

 Born on this day

1939 Glen D.Hardin, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That ‘ll Be The Day’,

1959 UK No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’. Plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1942, Mike Vickers, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’)

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Thursday 17th April 2014 Mama Mia!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group Abba, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group.

With another beautiful day behind us I can tell you about the Spanish MOT for the car. I was full of trepidation as I realised my car’s MOT should have been renewed on the 1st January. Ignorance is certainly bliss as I had been completely unaware of this situation. Until Anne spotted this oversight I was driving blissfully unaware of the transgression. I went to our garage and paid for a pre MOT inspection which gave me some peace of mind. The  garage then made an appointment  for the ITV or MOT in old money.

We had to be at the garage for 7.15pm and there was a big accident causing a hold up at 7 pm.  I just about got to the tsting station by the skin of my teeth. Fortunately, there was a queue and so I paid for the test which was around 54 euros and waited in the queue for over one hour.

I have to say that I was impressed by the efficiency of the staff and the depth of the testing. The technician explained everything he wanted us to do and got on with the job in a very businesslike fashion. I was quite chuffed to get the sticker and put it on the window assuring the validity and roadworthy state of the car until this time in 2016. This is how our lives go. Two years for this test and the renewal of our passports is just around the corner!

Last night was the final of the Copa del Rey. It’s th equivalent to the FA Cup Final. Very much in the Scotland mode the final was between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The venue was Valencia and the atmosphere was electric. Despite the recession and people being thrown out of their homes there’s always money for football. Real Madrid won 2-1.


 Rockin Rupert – Friday 18th April at Mayra Indian Restaurant in La Nucia. …..appearing with Bollywood Legendary Dancer, Irene Luna.

Rock n Roll meets Bollywood..……. supported by Vince Tracy!

Special Menu includes unlimited drinks (house wine, drought beer, water)-

Poppadoms, 4 Chicken Dishes, 1 Vegetable, Pilau Rice and Plain Nan

The food is wonderful described by Tony Hiller (17 no. 1 hits including Save Your Kisses for me) as the best Indian food he’s ever eaten-including London!

Fantastic Price -17 euros per person

Start 7.30 finish 10.30 pm . Booking is definitely advisable. Easy parking nearby.


During the week-long clamp down on speeding on Spain´s roads, the traffic police checked nearly a million vehicles, half of which were on conventional roads, and reported a staggering 30,000 drivers for breaking the speed limit.

The campaign ran between the 31st of March and the 6th of April, during which time officers from the Guardia Civil checked the speed of a total of 921,375 vehicles, of which 30,486, or 3.4%, were reported for not complying with speed limits.

The campaign formed the monthly clampdown by the traffic department focussing on a particular element of safety, with speeding causing nearly 500 deaths a year, and 70% of all injuries occurring on conventional roads.

During the campaign, five drivers were reported for committing a crime against road safety when driving at a higher speed of eighty kilometres per hour above the permitted limit on this road. One driver was clocked at 237 kilometres per hour and under the influence of alcohol. These drivers could face prison for up to 6 months, or community service, as well as a hefty fine and a ban.

The next campaign by the traffic department and the Guardia Civil will run from the 19th to the 25th of May, and will focus on motorbikes and scooters, followed by a clampdown on alcohol and drugs in June, which will also coincide with a campaign by the European wide traffic police.  SpanishVida


Proof reader required…

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.

I just couldn’t help but send this along. Too funny. 

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 

Now that’s taking things a bit far!


Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 

What a guy! 

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s! They must be UNION !

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 

See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace 

I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile  Ya think?!


Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures 

Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide  

They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 

You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 

Weren’t they fat enough?!


 Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
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 Kids Make Nutritious Snacks 

Do they taste like chicken?


 Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half 

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

 Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors 

Boy, are they tall!


 And the winner is…. 

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead                      
Did I read that right?


Events 17th April

1492 – Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a passage to Asia and the Indies. I wonder whether the contract was kept?

1521 – Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.Troublemaker

1524 – New York Harbor was discovered by Giovanni Verrazano. I’d have thought it was already there

1535 – Antonio Mendoza was appointed first viceroy of New Spain. We have local supermarkets here called Mendoza

1629 – Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Indians already had ponies

1808 – Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.Decree? They were going to do it anyway

1810 – Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton. Eh?

1860 – New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.It was necessary

1875 – The game “snooker” was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain. I  thought the British soldiers played the game in India

1895 – China and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki. It was the end of the first Sino-Japanese War. In the treaty China ceded Taiwan to Japan. Oh yeah?

1917 – A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later. It’s a bit of a pest changing the time…..

1961 – About 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack. Castro is certainly resilient

1964 – Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.Wonderful achievement

1964 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model. My mate, Pete Sweeney, used to pose in one of these

1967 – The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali’s request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.No  Comment

1969 – In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Good

1969 – Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed.I remember this day well

1970 – Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.

1984 – In London, gunmen from the Libyan Embassy fired into an anti-Libya protest. One policewoman was killed and 10 others were wounded.I remember this day as well

1987 – In Sri Lanka, Tamil guerrillas killed 122 people in a road ambush.Horrible

1989 – In Poland, courts gave Solidarity legal status.

1993 – A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.The world saw the pictures…..

2002 – At the National Maritime Museum in London, the exhibit “Skin Deep – A History of Tattooing” opened.


Music Events April 17th

1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran’s current hit at the time was ‘Three Steps to Heaven’. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.A policeman at the scene, it is written, was the rookie cop Dave Dee from the band Dave Dee, Dozie, Beaky, Mck and Tich

1965, Bob Dylan’s debut album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. I saw a programme on Dylan on Spanish TV last night
1970, Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon, who requested that he played ‘A Boy Named Sue.’ I love that song and was a Johnny Cash fan

1971, All four Beatles had solo singles in the UK charts, Paul McCartney with ‘Another Day’, John Lennon, ‘Power To The People’, George Harrison, ‘My Sweet Lord’ and Ringo Starr, ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’ I liked all these songs
1971, Three Dog Night started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Joy To The World’. The group’s second US No.1; a No.24 hit in the UK. Good song

1973, Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ went gold in the US. The LP went on to stay in the US chart for more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.Wow….think of the money boys

1973, Tito and John Jackson from The Jackson Five were arrested for buying stolen TV and stereo equipment.Why boys? Didn’t you have enough money?

1974, Vinnie Taylor guitarist with US rock ‘n roll revival band Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose. Sha Na Na played at the Woodstock Festival, their 90-second appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention. The group appeared in the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers. A  little know fact

1975, Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.If you’ve got it flaunt it!

1982, Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Camera Never Lies’, the group’s third and last No.1.This was quite a good song

1982, Vangelis was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chariots Of Fire’, he also won an Oscar for best original score.My mum and my sister were extras in the movie. It was filmed at Port Sunlight Oval

1987, Reggae drummer and percussion player Carlton Barrett of The Wailers was shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in 1970, wrote the Marley song ‘War.’ Barrett was the originator of the one-drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style. Another sad story from the world of pop

1993, David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Tie White Noise’ his eighth UK No.1 LP.

1994, Pink Floyd started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Division Bell’, their fourth No.1 album.

1998, Linda McCartney died after a long battle against cancer. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food. This lady took a lot of stick in the early days with Wings but she earned our respect

2002, Music weekly The NME published a list of the 50 most influential icons. At No.10, Public Enemy, 9, U2, 8, The Jam, 7, Radiohead, 6, Oasis, 5, The Sex Pistols, 4, David Bowie, 3, The Stone Roses, 2, The Beatles and No.1 The Smiths. What an absolutely idiotic list in places and obviously asked of students

2003, Earl King the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll), covered by Jimi Hendrix.

2007, Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves…I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing – really beautiful.” British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was “deeply upset” by the publicity surrounding the interview. This was a really bad indiscretion on the part of Brian Ferry. He should have known how sensitive this area would be.

2008, Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen. Another sad story

2009, Morrissey walked off stage during his set at the Coachella festival in California after declaring he could “smell burning flesh”. The committed vegetarian took offence to the smell coming from nearby barbecues. Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure also appeared at the event.It doesn’t take a genius to know burgers would be sold at this kind of event.


Born on this day

1934, Don Kirshner, who launched the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Harry Nilsson, The Monkees and The Archies.
1940 Billy Fury, (1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles). Played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. Fury died of a heart attack on 28th January
1948, Jan Hammer,keyboard player, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, solo, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Miami Vice Theme’, 1987 UK No.2 single ‘Crockett’s Theme’).

1954, Michael Sembello, guitarist, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No. 43 single ‘Maniac’, featured in the film ‘Flashdance’. a No.43 hit in the UK).
1974, Victoria Adams, Posh Spice, The Spice Girls, (1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, plus eight other UK No.1 singles). Solo 2000 UK No. 2 single ‘Out Of Your Mind’). Married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland in June 1999.

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Wednesday 16th April 2014 ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1977, Paper Lace were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero,’ the group’s only No.1. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods scored a US No.1 with their version of the song


We had a strange day yesterday and it was a question of trying to sort out the car as my number one priority. I hope it will be properly sorted tomorrow. Then, it was a day for instant decisions and I decided to go down to Paul and Angie’s with Anne.

All was progressing quite well and Angie had gone out. The phone went and it was Angie in distress. The car would not start. What did I have in the back of my car? The answer, of course, is jump leads. We jumped into my car and rushed off to rescue Angie who was stranded on the N322.  It was a difficult situation as we had to get the cars nose to nose and the traffic was horrendous. Luckily, Angie had left the car in a very appropriate position and we managed to get the car into the right situation. W the jump leads fit the bill? Paul has worked with electrics in his former life and within two minutes we had Angie’s car springing into life. Job done!

I had to miss my Spanish lesson but it was the last class of the term and I have another lesson today.


I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus.  Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.  It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1955 …


1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. (Done that!)

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! (That too!)

3. Causes you to send an e-mail to the wrong person. (yep!)

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. (Ah-ha!)

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. (Done that!)

6. Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished. (Oh,no not again!)

7. Causes you to hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND”. (Hate that!)

8. Causes you to hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.” (Oh No!)



Events 16th March

1190 – The Crusaders began the massacre of Jews in York, England. Good christian values

1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines. He was killed the next month by natives. Bad

1621 – Samoset walked into the settlement of Plymouth Colony, later Plymouth, MA. Samoset was a native from the Monhegan tribe in Maine who spoke English. He greeted the Pilgrims by saying, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” He seemed a nice chap

1882 – The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross. Gived me a break!

1883 – Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She was the first woman pharmacy graduate.

1907 – The world’s largest cruiser, the British Invincible was completed at Glasgow.Great work

1908 – China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru.

1917 – Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated his throne. He had to….

1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty. He didn’t care about anyone

1939 – Germany occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress. Good man

1968 – U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre. Sorry-this was out of order

1982 – Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe. Good

1989 – The Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee approved large-scale agricultural reforms and elected the party’s 100 members to the Congress of People’s Deputies. Good

1993 – In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.Their eggs take 4 hours to boil!

1994 – Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium. Good news

1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.Good

Music Events 16th March


1959, Doo-wop group The Platters scored their only UK No.1 hit with ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.‘ It was immortalised as a petroleum advert

1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ Bank it!

1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’, the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.They are pretty good writers

1968, the posthumously released Otis Redding single ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song. I was so lucky to get a Stax promo copy

1969, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at ‘Pop World 69′ at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England.

1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation. This showed an intensely emotional turbulance

1971, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.These were great  artistes

1972, John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.Silly John. It came back to haunt you
1973, David Cassidy played the first of six sold out shows at the Empire Pool, Wembley. He was a popular guy

1974, during a US tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.

1977, Paper Lace were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero,’ the group’s only No.1. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods scored a US No.1 with their version of the song.It wasn’t a favourite of mine

1991, Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.These events scare me to death when we’re flying

1996, Charles Pope singer with US soul group The Tams died of heart failure. (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).Great track

2003, Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spirit In The Sky.’ The original was better for me

2010, Abba were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis and The Hollies. Abba’s Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad accepted their trophies, in New York.Great stuff


Born on this day

1942 Jerry Jeff Walker, US singer, songwriter, wrote ‘Mr Bojangles’ a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
1954,, Jimmy Nail, UK actor and singer, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ain’t No Doubt’). I liked his Crocodile Shoes

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Tuesday 15th April 2014 Tubular Bells


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.

Our friend Eddie was due to catch the plane back to Wales today so we went for to Benidorm Levante for a few hours. The weather was very nice and the place was crowded.  We had a nice walk and met a few friends and chewed the fat. We had a nice coffee and then it was time to get Eddie to the bus station.   We went back to prepare our salads for the lunchtime meal and thehad a lot of Spanish homework to look at.

At 4.30 pm we went off to La Nucia for our last class before the Easter break. We had a very interesting two hours discussing various aspects of life in Britain since the 1980s.


My inconclusive travel plans 2015

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be
driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family
and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too
much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit
there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin
flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can

I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in.
It’s an age thing.



An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife’s hand in his and said, “Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there’s something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”

Martha replied, “Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.”

Henry was obviously hurt by his wife’s confession, but said, “I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by ‘good reasons’?”

Martha said, “The very first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn’t pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?”

Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, “I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?”

Martha asked, “And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn’t have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge.”

“I recall that,” said Henry. “And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that. Now tell me about the third time.”

“All right,” Martha said. “So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 73 more votes?”


 Events 15th May

1602 – Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold. He almost got battered finding the plaice!1768 – Under the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa. How did the Corsicans feel about this?

1856 – Lyman Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born. Wasn’t the road where he lived yellow and brick?

1926 – Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge. I’d have wanted to land also1930 – Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess. Thank the Lord1940 – Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. Men were driven wild…1941 – Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. He had someone nice to go home to…

1948 – Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence. You’d wonder how Israel has survived

1957 – Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Ugh!

1958 – Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.Wow

1970 – U.S. President Nixon appointed America’s first two female generals. They were obviously good at what they did

1970 – Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.Very sad

1972 – Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MDwhile campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.It certainly is a dangerous occupation

1988 – The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years. Good -they could not afford to keep their troops in the country

1990 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.Pardon?

1997 – The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia’s orbiting Mir station.Just another day at the office


Music Events May 15th

1959, Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’ His first ballad to hit No.1. Not my favourites

1961, Floyd Cramer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘On The Rebound.’ The US singers only UK No.1. The Nashville pianist played on many Elvis Presley hits.One of my favourite numbers

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows in Berlin, West Germany.It was a good place to get experience
1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.Linda was a nice lady

1968, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of ‘Wonderwall’ at the Cannes Film Festival. An oasis link?

1969, John Lennon’s ‘Life With The Lions’ was released on Apple’s avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London’s Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono’s pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage. What a guy!
1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second US No.1 album with ’4 Way Street.‘Good music

1973, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold-out nights at the Speakeasy in London, England as part of their Catch A Fire Tour.I love their music

1976, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black And Blue’, the group’s sixth US No.1 album.
1977, Procol Harum played their last ever concert when they appeared at New York’s academy of music.Did they turn cartwheels in the air?

1981, Former Sex Pistol John Lydon’s band Public Image Ltd performed a show at New York’s Ritz Club posing behind a video screen while the music was played from tapes. They were showered with missiles and eventually booed off stage.I’m sorry but I hated their music and everything they stood for

1982, This years Eurovision Song Contest winner for Germany ‘A Little Peace’ by Nicole was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Her only UK Top 40 hit.Nice song

1982, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. The song gave McCartney his 24th US No.1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.It just shows the difference between those buying music and those criticising

1991, Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richey Edwards carved ’4 real’ into his arm with a razor blade while being interviewed by music paper The NME.Idiot

1992, Barbara Lee of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine.’ I loved that song

1993, Janet Jackson started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, her sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. I don’t remember the song

1993, New Order went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Republic’, featuring the singles ‘Regret’ and ‘World (The Price Of Love).I prefer Blue Monday

1994, Blur scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Parklife’, which went on to spend over two years on the chart. The album featured four UK hit singles: ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘End of a Century’, ‘Parklife’ and ‘To the End’. Parklife is my favourite

1995, Supergrass released their debut studio album ‘I Should Coco’. The album which peaked at No.1 on the UK chart featured their No.2 hit single ‘Alright’. The album title is Cockney rhyming slang for “I should think so”. Does it rhyme?

1997, Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band. It’s quite funny to see rebels becoming establishment in their actions
1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity. He went on to score over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 ‘Strangers In The Night’. His 1969 single ‘My Way’, re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart. The man was a legend and I was a big fan of his music

1999, Rob Gretton manager of Joy Division and New Order died aged 46. He was also a partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the Rob’s Records label and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England. A very influential man

2000, Songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote ‘Johnny Remember Me’, and played keyboards on The Tornadoes.1962 No.1 hit ‘Telstar’. Wrote songs for Heinz, Mike Berry, The Outlaws, Freddie Starr and Screaming Lord Sutch.  This song was a great favourite of mine and John Leyton has been on my show
2000, It was reported that Britney Spears had been crowned the queen of America’s fastest growing youth movement, the teenage celibates. Spears told a German magazine that she intended to abstain from sex until her wedding night. OK. That’s her decision
2001, Brian Pendleton of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). The bands 1974 album Silk Torpedo was the first album release on Led Zeppelin’s own label Swan Song.Not my music but….

2003, Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. Member of the Carter Family, had hits with Johnny Cash, including Grammy Award winning song, ‘Jackson’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and ‘If I Were A Carpenter.’  Good singer

2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.I do like his music


Born on this day

1918,  Eddy Arnold, US country singer, (1965 US No.6 single, ‘Make The World Go Away’).

1937,  Trini Lopez, singer, songwriter, (1963 US No.3 & UK No.4 single ‘If I Had A Hammer’).

1944, Ian Amey, (Tich), Dave Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’).

1948, Brian Eno, synthesisers, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virginia Plain’). Member of The Winkies, produced U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, John Cale and released solo albums., 1975.

1951,  Dennis Fredericksen, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’).

1953,  Mike Oldfield, UK composer, multi-instrumentalist, ‘Tubular Bells’ was the first album released on the Virgin record label in 1973 and went on to sell over 10 million copies world-wide. 1976 UK No. 3 single ‘Portsmouth’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 albums.

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Monday 14th April 2014 Why


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1999, UK singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962 including the No.1 single ‘Why.’ Won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971.

It was a beautiful morning but I had lots to do. I was making our podcast with Neil Colbourne and it had been a late night.  We made another interesting podcast and here was the content…..

Here in Spain……Well-organized Romanian gangs make up to €100 a day for each person they force out on to Spain s streets…….a hard-hitting study claims poverty is trapping thousands of pensioners on the Costa del Sol…….Spanish police are hunting the killer of wealthy jeweller Andrew Bush from Bristol who it is believed was ambushed by an ex-girlfriend…….Spanish olive oil giant Deoleo lands in British hands

In the Uk papers we read that sex harassment is rife in the House of Common Dozens of young political aides have claimed to be on the receiving end of unwanted advances from older men. Elsewhere we read of shocking gay sex texts of top Tory who bragged of ‘cute boys’ in the penthouse…. claimed on expenses. ….and the first gay clergyman to wed plunges Church into crisis. Canon Jeremy Pemberton married Laurence Cunnington under new laws. New laws allowing same-sex marriages pushed through by PM last month……..

There is a story highlighting how Liberal party, police and MI5 hid MP Cyril Smith’s child abuse. For four decades, the depraved 29st MP for Rochdale was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight. As this story is written Police are set to hand paedophile photos of a young girl he abused……the girl’s family are fighting claims by Drset Police that they have to give her abuser his computer back – along with photos of her – because it illegal to delete them.   Podcast

Later in the day we went to see Liverpool play Man City. Liverpool were well in charge with a 2-0 lead by the break. City came out for the second half and were very well worth the two goals bringing it to 2-2. However, Liverpool bagged the points with a third goal and a very resolute defence to see them out.  We then went to visit the lighthouse in Albir. It’s a lovely walk…..
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I get all kinds of articles sent to me and I have to choose which ones are correct and which ones are worth sharing with my readers. Here’s one that did make me think about the old saying that Charity begins at home. Here’s the circular……

Someone please tell me what the Hell is wrong with all the people that run this country!!!
We’re “broke” and can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans,  Orphans, Homeless, etc.,???

In the last years we  (UK) have provided direct cash aid to
Haiti – 1.4 B,
Hamas – 351 M,
Pakistan – 2 B,
Libya – 1.45 B,
Egypt – 397 M,
Mexico – 622 M,
Russia – 380 M,
Haiti – 1.4 B,
Jordan – 463 M,
Kenya – 816 M,
Sudan – 870 M,
Nigeria – 456 M,
Uganda – 451 M,
Congo – 359 M,
Ethiopia – 981 M,
South Africa – 566 M,
Senegal – 698 M,
Mozambique – 404 M,
Zambia – 331 M,
Kazakhstan – 304 M,
Iraq – 1.08 B,
Tanzania – 554 M,
with literally Billions
and they still
hate us!!!

Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’…do they get any breaks while our government 
and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!We have hundreds of adoptable children whoare shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.AUSTRALIA, UK & US…countries where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication and mentally ill without treatment… etc.
YET. . . We still allow illegal “Deprived People” & other free loaders on our shores
While we are lining up with food, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.Imagine if  the “GOVERNMENT”gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries.  Sad isn’t  it……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

CIMG7248I’ve just been reading about inflammation and here are Foods that fight Inflammation

  • Dry roasted almonds – grab a handful of these tasty pain fighters for a snack
  • Carrots – they aren’t just for Bugs Bunny… enjoy them raw as a snack or on your salad
  • Broccoli – cooked or raw, broccoli quickly goes to work on inflammation too
  • Olive oil – just a single tablespoon drizzled on your salad has as much pain fighting power as an entire half cup of broccoli
  • Raw spinach – hope you love salads because adding some raw spinach to it will pump up your body’s ability to fight off systemic inflammation

CIMG7267Events 14th April

1543 – Bartoleme Ferrelo returned to Spain after discovering San Francisco Bay in the New World. Muy bien

1828 – The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under the name “American Dictionary of the English Language.” Differences emerging

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.

1912 – The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived. I can’t believe they show this film on channel ferries

1931 – King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed. Muy bien

1939 – The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published. I don’t think I’ve read this

1946 – The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in China.

1953 – Viet Minh invaded Laos with 40,00 troops. Trouble everywhere

1956 – Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.Fantastic

1981 – America’s first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission. Muy bien

1984 – The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact”. Muy bien

1985 – The Russian paper “Pravda” called U.S. President Reagan‘s planned visit to Bitburg to visit the Nazi cemetery an “act of blasphemy”. They weren’t sitting on the fence with this statement

1986 – U.S. President Reagan announced the U.S. air raid on military and terrorist related targets in Libya.Back to square one in 2011

1988 – Representatives from the U.S.S.R., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. signed an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan starting on May 15. The last Soviet troop left Afghanistan on February 15, 1989. Nobody wins in that country

1994 – Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans. How on earth did that happen?

1998 – The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman. Won’t do that again

1999 – Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.Bad news

2000 – After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty that calls for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if Washington continued with an anti-missile system. This was almost a contradiction in aims


Music Events April 14th

1953, Lita Roza was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(How Much) Is That Doggie In Window.’ The 27 year old singer was the NME readers’ Top Female artist of 1953 and with this single became the first British female singer to top the UK singles Chart, (and the first Liverpudlian to do so).She was the Cilla Black of the 50s

1963, The Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. They would have loved the gig

1966, The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somebody Help Me’, the group’s second UK No.1.I think Stevie Winwood was the force behind the music

1966, Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers and Lulu all appeared at The Colston Hall, Bristol, England.Great bill

1967, David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK.I hated this song

1967, Polydor Records released the Bee Gees ‘New York mining Disaster 1941′ It was released with a promotional slogan announcing ‘The most significant talent since The Beatles’. The record became a Top 20 hit in the UK and US. I think the slogan was appropriate
1968, Phil Spector married Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett. The couple divorced n 1973 with Bennett citing several instances of alleged cruelty. The signs of what was to come

1969, The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards to avoid the ban. I think there was no need to offend and an unnecessary complication
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.A favourite group

1971, The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of ‘drug-oriented records’ including ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ by Procol Harum and The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’Why

1973, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Houses Of The Holy’, also a No.1 in the US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot. I wonder what became of her?
1975, After rumour’s that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.I saw the band in Benidorm and they were fantastic
1975, Art Garfunkel started a six week run at No.1 in the UK with the theme from the film ‘Watership Down’, ‘Bright Eyes’ which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. Written by Wombles voice Mike Batt.There’s nothing wrong with being a Womble

1976, Motown Records and Stevie Wonder announced the largest contract renewal to date, worth $13 million. He is a bit special

1983, The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died. Very sad

. 1990, Madonna scored her seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Vogue’, also a US No.1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy.)Not my favourite Madonna track

1995, American actor, writer and folk singer Burl Ives died of cancer aged 85. Had hits with ‘Funny Way Of Laughing’, ‘The Blue Tail Fly’ and ‘Little Bitty Tear’, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1958 film The Big Country.He was a big favourite in my early days

1998, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires died of lung cancer aged 83, in Llwynypia Hospital, Rhondda, Wales. (1953 UK No.12 single ‘I’m Walking Behind You’). Once married to English actor Roger Moore. I don’t remember this song

1999, UK singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962 including the No.1 single ‘Why.’ Won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971.He made some great music
2003, A man was arrested accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets. Alex Conate allegedly sold tickets worth $14,000 at $40 each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there. He was accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested. You could not have written a fictional story better than this

2009, A planned auction of nearly 1,400 items from the former home of Michael Jackson was cancelled. A public preview of the collection had already begun in Los Angeles and the exhibition of Jackson’s possessions would stay open until the end of next week. A last-minute settlement meant Jackson’s belongings would now be returned to him. In response, he had dropped a lawsuit against Juliens Auctions. I felt very sorry for how Michael’s Jackson’s life became so bizarre

2009, Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.It was nice to see George Harrison honoured in this way


Born on this day

April 14th 1935, Loreta Lynn,country singer, the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year.

1942, Tony Burrows, singer, Edison Lighthouse, (1970 UK No.1 single ‘Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes’). Holds the record for having four records in the British Top Ten at once, all under different names. Edison Lighthouse ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes), White Plains, ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’, The Pipkins ‘Gimme Dat Ding,’ and the Brotherhood of Man’s ‘United We Stand,’ all of which were hits in both the US and UK.What a great achievement

1945, Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’, 1973 US No.4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’), Rainbow, (1981 UK No.3 single ‘I Surrender’).

1946, Patrick Fairley, Marmalade, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La- Da’, 1970 US No.10 single ‘Reflections Of My Life.’

1948,  Larry Ferguson, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits). 1949,Dennis Bryon, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’, plus five other UK Top 40 hits). Worked with The Bee Gees during the 1970′s & 1980′s.
1965,, Carl Hunter, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’).


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Sunday 13th April 2014 ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2009, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was at number two followed by ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit, ‘Love Is All Around’, was at number four followed by Bryan Adams’s 1991 hit ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You

It ws a studio day yesterday. We had brilliant sunshine but I had to make the podcast with Don first and then I made another podcast with my friend Eddie Newnes. We had worked for many years as judo instructors and judo pals and we looked over what judo has to offer young people.

It took most of the day to get everything ready for the Internet and then it was necessary to have a bit of a rest before going to La Cala with Rockin Rupert. There were a lot of people on the terrace and we had a very enjoyable evening.




‘Cash, check or charge?’ I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse. ‘So, do you always carry your TV remote?’ I asked.  ‘No,’ she replied, ‘but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.’

I know I’m not going to understand women.  I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.  An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position..
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, ‘Relatives of yours?’
‘Yep,’ the wife replied, ‘in-laws.’

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day.
30,000 to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, ‘The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men…  The husband then turned to his wife and asked, ‘What?’

A man said to his wife one day, ‘I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.  ‘The wife responded, ‘Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

The Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper,‘Please wake me at 5:00 AM .’ He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight

Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, ‘It is 5:00 AM . Wake up..’
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a  rough draft !


Events 13th April

1598 – King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes which granted political rights to French Protestant Huguenots. Fair enough

1775 – Lord North extended the New England Restraining Act to South, Carolina,VirginiaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey and Maryland. The act prohibited trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland. Nothing like a bit of free trade, eh?

1782 – Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington. I wonder who chose the name?

1796 – The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India.Nellie?

1808 – William “Juda” Henry Lane perfected the tap dance. He kept falling in the sink!

1829 – The English Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics. At last!

1849 – The Hungarian Republic was proclaimed. They had a fantastic football team in the early 60s-The Magical Magyars

1919 – British forces killed hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.Not the best part of our history

1933 – The first flight over Mount Everest was completed by Lord Clydesdale. Was he sure it was Everest?…no signposts etc

1949 – Philip S. Hench and associates announced that cortizone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Good

1959 – A Vatican edict prohibited Roman Catholics from voting for Communists. I don’t really understand this as Catholicism is often very near to Communism

1960 – The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit. Did it come down safely or did it lose its way?

1961 – The U.N. General Assembly condemned South Africa due to apartheid. Good

1962 – In the U.S., major steel companies rescinded announced price increases. The John F. Kennedy administration had been applying pressure against the price increases.

1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie “Lilies of the Field.” I did like this guy’s acting

1970 – An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing.

1979 – The world’s longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours. I bet the spectators felt dizzy at the end of this one

1990 – The Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest. The Soviets had previously blamed the massacre on the Nazis. Why is man so cruel to fellow man? When will we ever learn?

1997 – Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par. He did pretty well in 2011….signs of a comeback?

1998 – NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a $62.5 billion merger, creating the country’s first coast-to-coast bank. Did this have any bearing on our current situation?

1998 – Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb. She could have called the lamb Parton!

2000 – It was announced that 69 people had died when the Arlahada, a Philippine ferry, capsized. 70 people were rescued. I hope this wasn’t overcrowding

Why is man so cruel to fellow man? When will we ever learn?

2002 – Venezuela’s interim president, Pedro Carmona, resigned a day after taking office. Thousands of protesters had supported over the ousting of president Hugo Chavez. He certainly has some charisma does Hugo!


Music Events April 13th

1956, The UK Top 20 became The Top 30 for the first time. Winifred Atwell was at No.1 with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ an instrumental version of a French song.Not one that springs to mind

1962, The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg.Das is gut

1965, The Beatles record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London. Good song….I often sing it when things are not going well!

1966, During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia

1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at UK No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, making them the only father and daughter to have a No.1 single as a team.I can’t think of any other father and daughter teaming…no. Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter

1968, Bobby Goldsboro started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honey’, it made No.2 on the UK chart and also No.2 when re- issued in 1975. This is a good song but not a great for me

1970, Genesis appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band received £10 for the gig.This seems surreal when compared with today’s fees

1971, The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.Super logo

1974, Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bennie And The Jets’, his second US No.1, it made No.37 in the UK.Not a favourite but maybe one for the Gagarin fans

1974, Paul McCartney’s ‘Band On The Run’, went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney’s third US No.1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide.This is certainly one of those pivotal songs

1980, The musical Grease closed after 3883 performances in New York City, having grossed over $8 million.Good money and great concept

1982, David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.I should imagine you could find something at many pop groups dressing rooms

1985, USA for Africa started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Are The World.’Great to see all the groups working together……remember the first was by George Harrison for Bangladesh..

1991, Londonbeat went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’, a No.2 hit in the UK.Tragedy was to hit the group later which is so sad as I love this song

1993, the first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday.  What an honour. I wonder do they play on that day or do they take a day off in lieu?

2002, thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill, Sussex and stole a hi-fi system and several CD’s. They left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis but took the owners entire Showaddywaddy collection. Obviously had great taste in music
2003, The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain’s fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%.Wow

2003, Madonna struck back at web sites who were offering illegal downloads of her new album, ‘American Life’ by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” What else would you expect?

2007, Julian Lennon sold a “significant” stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company who were about to market Julian Lennon’s new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth. A few bob I’d say!
2008, Madonna feat Justin Timberlake started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’4 Minutes’, her 13th UK No.1.I do like this track

2009, 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder of 40-year-old Ms Clarkson, who was shot in the mouth at Spector’s home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09.I find this whole affair really sad. When you have grown up and loved his songs you don’t want to believe in such bad actions

2009, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was at number two followed by ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit, ‘Love Is All Around’, was at number four followed by Bryan Adams’s 1991 hit ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.’These are truly great songs.

Born on this day

1934, Horace Kay, The Tams, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).

1936, Tim Field, The Springfields, (1962 US No. 20 single ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’, 1963 UK No.5 single ‘Island Of Dreams’).

1944,  Brian Pendleton, Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). He died of cancer on 15th May 2001 aged 57.
1946, Al Green, US soul singer, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Tired Of Being Alone’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Let’s Stay Together’ plus over 10 other Top 40 hits).

1951, Peabo Bryson, singer, (1983 UK No.2 single with Roberta Flack ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’, 1984 US No.10 single ‘If Ever You’re In My Arms Again’).

1954, Jimmy Destri, keyboards, Blondie, (Five UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’. 1978 world-wide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’).
1955, Louis Johnson, Brothers Johnson, (1980 US No.4 & UK No.6 single ‘Stomp’). Johnson played on Michael Jackson’s albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous, and hit songs Billie Jean and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.
1962, Hillel Slovak, guitar, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Died from a heroin overdose 27th June 1988.

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Saturday 12th April 2014 ‘That’ll Be The Day’,


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1973, The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’, premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds.

The weather changed yesterday morning and we woke to grey skies and a gloomy outlook. Eddie was staying with us and whoever stays ith us tends to sleep more soundly than normal. There was a beautiful morning song around 6 am but I didn’t feel like listening too long despite its lovely resonance. I’m sure it would have been singing to its little heart’s content as I returned to the land on Nod.

Eddie surfaced around 9am and we enjoyed a breakfast chat whilst the BBC continued its Breakfast broadcast. Although I have no problems with Spiderman I don’t enjoy the obvious adulation shown by the presenters to the film stars who come in to be adored-sorry, interviewed!

Just a reminder that we have two concerts this weekend in Alfas and Albir. On Saturday evening at 8pm in Casa Cultura we have a piano quartet in Schumann and the second Brahms piano quartet. Tickets are 10 euros at the door, free for members. On Sunday lunchtime at 12 midday in Fundacion Frax, Albir, we have a string trio in works by Martinu and Beethoven. Tickets are 10 euros for non-members, 5 euros for members. Refreshments, as ever, will be served!

Saturday is my day for the new podcast with Don Woods. Here’s the content..

Taking kids out of school in term time is back in the news…asking whether there should be some exeptions…eg Police and servicemen.     The consensus seems to be that it should be one rule for all…the problem lies in the rise in price of holidays when the schools are off….if parents want their kids educating they can’t have it all ways.

I have been watching Wills and Kate in Australia with their new nipper….I must say that Kate is a lovely girl and very photogenic and I think she is doing a great job out there….When she was talking to an old serviceman she held his hand which I thought was really nice and she was great with all the kids who came out to see her…..nice example.

I wish the BBC would get someone in the news department who give us SOMETHING of interest on their bulletins…I am sick and tired of the OscarPistorious case taking up so much time with NOTHING happening….we really are NOT interested in this country…all we need to know is the result….as I have always said…there is too much time given to the news…two half hour bulletins a day would do.

The Crown Prosecution Service has come under fire for wasting time and money on cases that should never have been brought to court…e.g. the Nigel Evans case…he was cleared of all charges when the WITNESSES said he hadn’t done anything wrong…they ruin a blokes life,put him through hell…then come out with some lame excuse….the boss of the CPS (woman) saying that 87% of cases they take end in prosecution…OH so that’s O.K. then…let’s not worry about the lives ruined,the money it’s cost and the false accusers getting away scott free….celebrity witch hunts or what?

And finally there was a chap on tele explaining how he had accosted a couple of burglars stealing stuff from his goods yard….he approached them and one of them picked up a plank and attacked him…he managed to take the plank off him and “defended” himself leaving the burglar in a right mess…although he deserved congratulating he was arrested and taken to court for unnecessary GBH….HOWEVER the case lasted 20 minutes before rightly being dismissed….the legal system in this country needs shaking up…I think those in control are from another planet.

Not to mention some guy in JAIL who got knocked about by another prisoner being awarded DAMAGES….I give up !!!


Skype is a marvellous tool. I wanted to speak with Mike in Australia. It takes a second or two to open the programme and before your very eyes is a person on the other side of the world in front of a camera. I also had a couple of conversations with Facebook friends and later I will Twitter. Yes. There is a good side to the Internet and this wonderful technology. The downside is always provided by people trying to gain advantage from a selfish perspective by whatever foul means they might wish to use. There are, of course, technological problems from time to time. I would imagine I am not alone in coming up against configuration problems. These often provide an opportunity to learn a little. The alternative is to call a Techie who will arrive and try to blind you with science. Often he doesn’t want you to see what he is doing. Often he won’t tell you what he is doing and usually he won’t show you what has been done.

It’s a bit like taking your car to the garage. The mechanics have a really big responsibility to keep you safe on the road but how many really try to let you know what they are doing in their job? Knowledge is power and power is worth money. It pays to spot the right business early in life and then spend time developing the skills that are necessary to become expert


Events 12th April

1096 – Peter the Hermit gathered his army in Cologne. They were looking for after shave

1606 – England adopted the original Union Jack as its flag. I wonder who designed it

1782 – The British navy won its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.

1905 – The Hippodrome opened in New York City. At what time?

1911 – Pierre Prier completed the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.Wonderful

1927 – The British Cabinet came out in favor of women voting rights. The British lagged behind in this matter

1955 – The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was “safe, effective and potent.” This would have been wonderful news

1961 – Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.

1963 – Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.Bravery?

1981 – The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight.

1982 – The British Navy began enforcing a blockade around the Falkland Islands. I don’t understand why an agreement can’t be reached between Argentina and Britain

1984 – Israeli troops stormed a bus that had been hijacked the previous evening by four Arab terrorists. All the passengers were rescued and 2 of the hijackers were killed. Good effort

1985 – U.S. Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttleDiscovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.

1985 – In Spain, an explosion in a restaurant near a U.S. base killed 17 people. I don’t remember this event

1985 – Federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns. They were goats with horns that had been surgically implanted. Oh boy!

1988 – The Chinese government named a new array of younger leaders to ensure economic reform. It has cedrtainly worked

1989 – In the U.S.S.R, ration cards were issued for the first time since World War II. The ration was prompted by a sugar shortage.

1992 – Disneyland Paris opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France. Remember how difficult it was getting the staff to cooperate?

1993 – NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2002 – A first edition version of Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Rabbit” sold for $64,780 at Sotheby’s. A signed first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” sold for $66,630. A copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” signed by J.K. Rowling sold for $16,660. A 250-piece collection of rare works by Charles Dickens sold for $512,650. Good investments


Music Events April 12th

1954, Bill Haley recorded ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film ‘Blackboard Jungle’, and went on to be a world-wide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.I think most people would not have known this

1957, The ‘King of Skiffle’ Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cumberland Gap.’ The Scottish musician was a former member of Chris Barber’s Jazz Band.He always looked happy to be singing

1963, Billed as ‘A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues’, at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, The Beatles and eight other group’s. Admission for members 7/6, visitors, 8/6.I used to love going to the Cavern

1966, Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralysed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.I don’t think he recorded ever again

1966, Tom Jones went into hospital to have his tonsils removed, (there was speculation that he had a nose job).Oh  really?

1967, Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight. Oh yeah?

1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In’, a No.11 hit in the UK. Good sound

1973, The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’, premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds.I don’t think I ever saw this film

1975, David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me.’He did change his music quite often

1975, Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, his fourth US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK. I didn’t like this song

. 1980, The Detroit Spinners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Working My Way Back To You’ a remake of an old Four Seasons hit. A nice version of a great song

1989, Two DJ’s on Los Angeles station KLOS asked what ever happened to David Cassidy’ The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed 1

1997, R Kelly started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his Grammy award winning song ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’ A No.2 hit in the US, the track was featured in the film ‘Space Jam’.I prefer the version by Orville

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Friday 11th April 2014 How Do You Do It”


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘How Do You Do It” The group’s first of three UK No.1′s


It’s been another wonderful day on the Costa Blanca with beautiful clear blue skies and I had a very long walk and talk session with my Spanish friend Roberto. I always enjoy this time and we both learn a lot from each other. Once we had finished I had to rush home to meet friends with whom we were to visit Alicante again.

First,  I needed to go and see the Jazztel people in La Cala. I’ve tried to switch my mobile from Vodaphone to Jazztel for the past month without success. It would be easier to get blood out of a stone. I almost feel like giving up.

The haar, or heavy cloud hung over, La Cala. Nevertheless, we travelled down to Alicante and had a great time looking around the port area and the old town. It really is underrated and we found a really good Italian restaurant called Sale y Pepe. Here’s a link to their site


Here’s a tree with a story. About two years ago this tree in La Nucia near the new Auditorium was trimmed and everyone was moaning about how ugly it looked. Now, it is a wonderful centre piece to this roundabout. Time is a really great healer.

It’s lovely when you see successful pop stars putting a few bob to their good causes. This day last year it was Robbie Williams. Others that spring to mind include Mick Jagger and Paul MaCartney.  I think it certainly is a great thing to give something back to the people who have helped you in life. I’m thinking of those whmo I’d like to repay. Certainly, my first Judo instructors have been men whom I wanted to repay. Their influence on my teenage years was immeasurable and I have been lucky enough to meet these people as we’ve grown older. As far as my school teachers are concerned I really don’t have any members of staff to whom I feel a real debt of gratitude!


Events 11th April

1689 – William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.Share and share alike

1713 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession.Good

1783 – After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.Good

1814 – Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30, 1814. He was banished to the island of Elba. He took some stopping

1876 – The stenotype was patented by John C. Zachos.

1876 – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized.I’ve been to one of their clubs in Palm Springs

1895 – Anaheim, CA, completed its new electric light system. Major step forward

1898 – U.S. President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.

1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.Bueno

1941 – Germany bombers blitzed Conventry, England.Their suffering is legendary

1945 – During World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.Brilliant

1947 – Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1979 – Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.Good riddance

1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30.I liked the guy

1981 – In the Brixton area of London, a race riot erupted that resulted in the injury of more than 300 people. Bad news

1985 – Scientists in Hawaii measured the distance between the earth and moon within one inch. Not much room for manoeuvre there

1985 – The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg.Peacemaker

1986 – Kellogg’s stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant. The reason for the end of the 80-year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies. They could turn this into a serial

1991 – U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq.

1998 – Northern Ireland’s biggest political party, the Ulster Unionists, announced its backing of the historic peace deal.Good


Music Events April 11th 

1954, Doris Day was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Secret Love’. The song featured in the film, Calamity Jane, and won the Best Song Oscar for 1953. I loved her as an actress and as a singer

1956, Travelling from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley. I know the feeling but I have to say thank you to Paul McKenna for his DVD

1961, Bob Dylan played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde’s Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.He was great in his early days

1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘How Do You Do It” The group’s first of three UK No.1′s. He was the most popular acton Merseyside and has been on my show. I also played football with him

1964, The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at No. 81.Happy days

1965, Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black, The Seekers and Donovan. What a wonderful cast

1970, Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.Sensible

1970, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let It Be’. It became the group’s 19th US No.1 in 6 year’s. The track was a No.2 hit in the UK.Great

1977, Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country’s history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.Typical of those who feel they have the upper hand. 
1981, Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss On My List’, the duo’s second US No.1, a No.33 hit in the UK.Good music

1986, Dave Clark’s musical ‘Time’ opened at London’s Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard.This was hushed up a bit it would seem

1988, Cher won an Academy Award for best actress for her work in ‘Moonstruck.’Well done

1991, Paula Abdul held a press conference in Hollywood to deny allegations that backing vocalist Yvete Marine had sung un-credited lead parts on Paula’s ‘Forever Your Girl’ LP.This seemed to be a bit of a rum do

1999, Former Eastenders actress Martine McCutcheon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her debut release ‘Perfect Moment’. She has a nice voice but Eastenders helped

2001, Robbie Williams raised £165,000 at a charity auction with the money going to his old school in Stoke to build a performing arts block. The items sold were Robbie’s personal possessions, including the hand written lyrics to ‘Angels’ which sold for £27,000.There were other far more trivial items



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Thursday 10th April 2014 Jet!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1999, a charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor

It was a beautiful day yesterday with wall to wall sunshine. I got up nice and early to look at our Spanish homework as we had a class at 11.30 am. Sheenagh called for me and we got to the classroom nice and early. Today, we discussed diminutives and shortened words and various other aspects of Spanish vocabulary. I particular liked the words I can use and Siestecita means a little sleep in the afternoon. Most people will know siesta but this is just a little one!

I popped in to the hairdressers to get my hair trimmed and then had my salad before it was time to prepare a class of English for our two young friends. We normally have a game of football before the lesson and it’s a big match between England and Spain. Spain won 12-11 this week.

We were out and about in Albir last night and disappointment and dismay was the order of the day. Our friends Tom  and Dave were in phone contact to commiserate with each other as Man Utd  went out of the Champions League. Elsewhere, on other screens,  Atletico de Madrid ousted Barcelona and utter disbelief was joined by incredulity on the faces of the Barca fans.  There was even a police presence in Albir which was highly unusual.


This was doing the rounds last year and I think it still applies.

Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing Britain”s economy.  Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:
There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.   Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings – unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car.
Ten million cars ordered – Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university -
Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week …..
and there’s your money back in duty/tax etc

6) Instead of stuffing around with the carbon emissions trading scheme that makes us pay for the major polluters, tell the greedy bastards to reduce their pollution emissions by 75% within 5 years or we shut them down.  It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances


Grumpies of the World Unite !
Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.  This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.  They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.  Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.  A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.  They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.  Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens. Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.  There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.  Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.


Events 10th April

1790 – The U.S. patent system was established. Good

1809 – Austria declared war on France and its forces entered Bavaria.Trooublemakers

1814 – Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the British and the Spanish. The defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba. Bullies!

1825 – The first hotel opened in Hawaii. Free surfing lessons?

1849 – Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100. He probably regretted selling it too cheaply

1854 – The constitution of the Orange Free State in south Africa was proclaimed. No pips?

1866 – The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated. Good

1902 – South African Boers accepted British terms of surrender.

1912 – The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. Oh dear!

1916 – The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament. Keep an eye on this…it might catch on!

1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald published “The Great Gatsby” for the first time.

1930 – The first synthetic rubber was produced. Who would use it?

1932 – Paul von Hindenburg was elected president of Germany with 19 million votes. Adolf Hitler came in second with 13 million votes. I think the second might have something to say about this

1938 – Germany annexed Austria. 99.75 percent of Austrians had voted in a referundum to merge with Germany.

1941 – In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.Fair enough

1941 – Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers. Good

1961 – Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He was a brilliant ambassador for the game

1971 – The American table tennis team arrived in China. They were the first group of Americans officially allowed into China since the founding of the People Republic in 1949. The team had recieved the surprise invitation while in Japan for the 31st World Table Tennis Championship. The Chinese knew they were the best at Ping Pong

1972 – An earthquake in southern Iran killed more than 5,000 people. These events have always happened.

1972 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union joined with 70 other nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare. Good

1973 – In Switzerland, 108 people died when a plane crashed while attempting to land at Basel. I hate to read about these tragedies

1974 – Yitzhak Rabin replaced resigning Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir. Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party.

1980 – Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain. It had been closed since 1969. I should think so

1981 – Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected to the British Parliament. Democracy at work

1992 – A bomb exploded in London’s financial district. The bomb, set off by the Irish Republican Army, killed three people and injured 91.Horrible

1998 – Negotiators reached a peace accord on governing British ruled Northern Ireland. Britain’s direct rule was ended. Blessed are the peacemakers

2001 – The Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness. This is difficult for a lot of us

2002 – Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Senate as a representative of the Israeli government. He warned that suicide bombers would spread to the U.S. if Israel was not allowed to finish its military offensive in the West Bank. Netanyaho also cited the goals of dismantling the terror regime and expelling Arafat from the region, ridding the Palestinian territories of terrorist weapons and establishing “physical barriers” to protect Israelis from future Palestinian attacks.

2009 – In Fiji, President Josefa Iloilo suspended the nation’s Constitution, dismissed all judges and constitutional appointees and assumed all governance in the country.Nothing like a democratic decision


Music Events April 10th 

1956, Nat King Cole was attacked on stage by a group of five racial segregationists during a show at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. The attackers were arrested by police and Cole returned later that night for a second show.This must have been a horrible experience for him

1962, The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. (original bassist for eighteen months – January 1960 – June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital, aged 22. A very sad part of the Beatles story
1965, A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in ‘corduroy trousers’, like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones. I hated corduroy pants
1965, British acts started a run of seven weeks at the top of the US charts when Freddie and the Dreamers went to No.1 with ‘I’m Telling You Now’, followed by Wayne Fontana’s ‘Game Of Love’, Hermans Hermits ‘Mr’s Brown’ and The Beatles ‘Ticket To Ride.’ The Brits were in town

1965, the last night of a twice-nightly UK package tour featuring Dusty Springfield, Heinz, The Zombies and Bobby Vee was at The Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales.Great show

1967, Marvin Gaye recorded his version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.I love this song

.1968, On his 41st single release Cliff Richard had his ninth UK No.1 with ‘Congratulations’ the British entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.Be fair. This is a good song

1970, Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, ‘Would you like to see my genitals?’. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for “lewd and lascivious behavior” during a performance. Obviously, a born gentleman!

1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John”. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, Lennon said, “Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him.” Like many relationships enough was enough

1976, UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, ‘I hope we shall hear no more of them.’ Sadly, these words were wrong
‘ 1984, Nate Nelson, lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, died of heart disease aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband. What a really sad story

1999, a charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor. Linda seemed to be a lovely lady

2003, American singer Little Eva died in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59. Had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Loco-Motion’. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they’d just written.This is one of pop’s great stories

.2005, The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it’s height during a three year run, Ozzy was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.” I agree with his words



Born on this day

1921, Sheb Wooley, actor, singer, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.12 single, ‘The Purple People Eater’, played Pete Nolan in the TV series ‘Rawhide’).

1932, Nate Nelson, The Flamingos, 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Died of heart disease on April 10th 1984 aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.

1936,  Bobbie Smith, vocals, Detroit Spinners, (1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You’).

1940, Ricky Valance, (born David Spencer), the first Welsh singer to score a UK No.1 with the 1960 single, ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’

1947, Karl Russell, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’).

1947, Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and the Wailers, percussion, vocals, left in 1974.

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