Tuesday 2nd September 2014 Little Red Rooster


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1964, The Rolling Stones recorded their version of the Willie Dixon song ‘Little Red Rooster’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.


We had another lovely blue sky yesterday morning albeit with a few clouds scurrying across the mountains. As I got my morning swim underway I could watch the planes flying over the house and marvel at the wonderful navigation aids for modern planes as they fly over with pinpoint precision.

The TV had its usual diet of problems with the normal mix of mainly bad news interpersed with inconsequential items and stars looking to sell their wares as they rejuvenate their careers. Yesterday was the turn of Beverly Craven whose song I did remember but I wouldn’t have known her if I’d bumped into her in Tescos. She wouldn’t have known me either so the only real difference is that all important few minutes when the celebrity parks their backside on the BBC couch. I only say this to point out the frailty of our existence and add that she seemed to be a very nice lady with a very nice voice. However, like all of us, she’s had all kinds of issues to overcome and she get over her woes by writing quality songs. Incidentally, if you’re interested, she has a 15 years old dog called Buddy who is partially sighted. I don’t think he wears specs but he goes on the same walk every day so he knows where to pee!

We went over to Altea to see our Bank staff today. They are digitalising everything and needed to scan our passports. Strangely enough, we had changed our passports about 10 years ago and the bank had never seen the need to update our details. The bank official did explain that it’s all designed to overcome international movements of money. Did the bank fear we are going into laundering. We did review our accounts and apparently, if I put any amount of money into a deposit account I can earn around 1.5%. As I said, it would probably not even cover the cost of the stationery!


It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer of 1960, and Fred had a date with Peggy Sue.He arrived at her house and rang the bell.’Oh, come on in!’ Peggy Sue’s mother said as she welcomed Fred in.

‘Have a seat in the living room. Would you like something to drink? Lemonade? tea?’

‘Tea, please,’ Fred said. Mum brought the tea.

‘So, what are you and Peggy planning to do tonight?’ she asked.

‘Oh, probably watch a film, and then maybe grab a bite to eat at the milk bar, maybe take a walk on the beach.’

‘Peggy likes to screw, you know,’ Mum informed him.

‘Really?’ Fred replied; eyebrows raised.

‘Oh yes,’ mother continued, ‘When she goes out with her friends, that’s all they do!’

‘Is that so?’ asked Fred, incredulous.

‘Yes,’ said the mother.

‘As a matter of fact, she’d screw all night if we let her!’

‘Well, thanks for the tip!’ Fred said as he began thinking about alternate plans for the evening.

A moment later, Peggy Sue came down the stairs looking pretty as a picture, wearing a pink blouse and a hoop skirt, and with her hair tied back in a bouncy ponytail.

She greeted Fred. ‘Have fun, kids!’ mother said as they left.

Half an hour later, a completely disheveled Peggy Sue burst into the house and slammed the front door behind her.

‘The Twist, Mum!’ she angrily yelled to her mother in the kitchen. ‘The bloody dance is called the ….Twist!’


Lost Paper

A general noticed one of his soldiers behaving oddly. The
soldier would pick up any piece of paper he found, frown,
say, “That’s not it,” and put it down again. This went on
for some time until the general arranged to have the soldier
psychologically tested.

The psychologist concluded that the soldier was deranged and
wrote out his discharge from the army.

The soldier picked it up, smiled, and said, “That’s it.”



World Events  2nd September

31 B.C. – The Roman leader Octavian defeated the alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian, as Augustus Caesar, became the first Roman emperor.

0490 – Phidippides of Athens was sent to seek help against the invading Persian Army. The runner was the inspiration for the 26-mile marathon of the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. I suppose he was the first winner!

1666 – The Great Fire of London broke out. The fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed. The fire started in Pudding Lane

1930 – The “Question Mark” made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte.

1935 – A hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423 people. It happens somewhere virtually every year

1945 – Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began. Good

1945 – Ho Chi Minh declared the independence the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.  Good

1961 – The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the U.S. and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections. I hate these weapons

1969 – Ho Chi Minh died. He was the president of North Vietnam.

1985 – It was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. It would be a job getting it to the surface

1991 – The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia.

1992 – The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. OK

1996 – Muslim rebels and the Philippine government signed a pact formally ending 26-years of insurgency that had killed more than 120,000 people. What a waste

1998 – In Canada, pilots for Canada’s largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada’s history. Was it over money?

1998 – 229 people were killed when a Swissair jetliner crashed into the Atlantic near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. The pilot had reported smoke in the cockpit a few minutes before the crash. This was awful

The Day’s Music Events  2nd September

  1964, on tour in the USA The Beatles appeared at The Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Days before the concert, Philadelphia had experienced race-riots, The Beatles, who were Civil Rights supporters, were shocked to see that their audience of 13,000 is completely white. We had a very mixed population in Liverpool

1964, The Rolling Stones recorded their version of the Willie Dixon song ‘Little Red Rooster’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England. Good Blues

1965, Steam Packet with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Discoll and The Brian Auger Trinity appeared at the Marquee Club, London. Great memories

1972, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Wear It Well’, the singers second UK No.1 was taken from his album ‘Never A Dull Moment.’ I loved this song

1989, Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on the condition that he immediately went into detox, the case was later dropped when the couple decide to reconcile.Happy families

1994, English dancer, singer, television presenter and musician, Roy Castle died of lung cancer two days after his 62nd birthday. In the mid 60’s he had his own TV show and presented the long running TV show Record Breakers in the 70’s until 1994. He was a really talented man and he was not a smoker

2000, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Music’, her 10th UK No.1 single, from her album of the same title. The video stars Madonna as well as comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as his famous character Ali G. Clever

2001, American saxophonist Jay Migliori died of cancer aged 70. As a session musician he recorded with The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa and was the founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker. I didn’t know his name

2002, Thieves broke into the London home of Icelandic singer Bjork and stole valuable recording equipment. The 36-year-old singer was asleep in the flat at the time of the incident. Swines

2005, Kanye West criticised President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina during a televised benefit concert in New York. The show, which was raising funds for relief efforts, featured Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr and Wynton Marsalis. Appearing alongside comedian Mike Myers for a 90-second segment West told the audience: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” The comment went out live on the US east coast, but was cut from a taped version seen on the west coast. I doubt if it was true

2006, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in a US prison for multiple counts of tax fraud. I still loved his music!

2007, 17 year-old Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beautiful Girls’, also a US No.1. The song samples the bassline from Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand by Me’. So darling, darling…..

2009, Guy Babylon, keyboard player with the Elton John Band died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at his home in Los Angeles, California. Sad


Birthday Boys and Girls

1925,  Hugo Montenegro

1925, Russ Conway

1939, Bobby Purify

1943, Joe Simon



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Monday 1st September 2014 Your Mother Should Know


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1967, the four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action following the death of manager Brian Epstein. They decide to postpone their planned trip to India and to begin the already-delayed production of the Magical Mystery Tour movie. They have two songs already recorded for the movie, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Your Mother Should Know’.

The weather was nice yesterday but as we hadn’t got back from our gig until 3 am we had a bit of a lie-in. I got up about 10 am and then seemed to have an avalanche of little things to do. I had to spend more time on the internet than I really wanted and I needed my exercise. Fortunately, it was nice and warm and I could swim for half an hour. Oh! Did I say we wanted to go and see Lverpool play at Tottenham. I had been very disappointed on Monday when Man City looked well worth their 3-1 victory. City had lost at home to Stoke and Tottenham had been looking good. Would Liverpool rise to the occasion? They rose to the challenge and were worthy winners at 3-0. The day was getting better! We then had a birthday bash to attend.

We had a lovely party for PDT at the Moli in Alfaz. Pam has been awarded the BEM -that’s thee British Empire Medal-for her tireless work for her charities the AECC Spanish Cancer Charity and the Royal British Legion. Well done Pam!


So Jerry Lee Lewis must have had the talent at 18 and Elvis and johnny Cash must all have learnt something early in life that stood them in good stead for their whole working lives. As parents and influencers of others it is always possible to give that little spark which excites the mind of a younger person and inspires them to go and practice their skill or craft. The world of entertainment is legendary for stories of child prodigies. I have had many interviews with people close to the prodigious and even the prodigious themselves. I have a wonderful podcast I made with Brenda Lee and in it she tells us about her early life when she was already becoming a star.

Our friend Bernie Burgess was married to Ruby Murray. Sadly, he has just gone back to England. In the podcasts I made with Bernie he told me about Ruby being a singer from a really early age. Stevie Wonder was in the charts at the age of 12. Michael Jackson was scarcely out of nappies when he began singing and the list goes on. My point is that we can help others to find their way often by just showing them our own passion. I suppose I wrote this as Anne is looking at the X-Factor and it is looking particularly cheesey!


World Events  1st September

1859 – The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.

1887 – Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.

1923 – About 100,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan.  Dreadful

1939 – World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.  We had a piece of paper and Neville Chaberlain to remember

1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

1945 – The U.S. received official word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.  I saw the picture of the signing at the Palm Springs Air Museum

1969 – Col. Moammar Gadhafi came into power in Libya after the government was overthrown.

1972 – America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.  I like chess but have never watched a world chess match

1983 – A Soviet jet fighter shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 when it entered Soviet airspace. 269 people were killed.

1985 – The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.

1986 – The Soviet Union announced the accident involving the Admiral Nakhimov the night before. 448 people died in the ship collision.

1997 – In France, the prosecutor’s office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain’s Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.  This is still a matter for conjecture

1998 – Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.

The Day’s Music Events 1st September
1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime Records, where Charles had been recording in the mellower, bluesy style of Nat King Cole and Charles Brown.

1955, after complaints from his neighbours, Rock ‘n’ Roll fan Sidney Adams was fined £3 and 10 shillings, by a London Court after playing Bill Haley’s ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’ all day at full volume.

1956, Elvis Presley  No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Hound Dog’ being held off the top by The Platters ‘My Prayer’.

1956, 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned.
1957, The Biggest Show Of Stars package tour kicked off at Brooklyn Paramount featuring: Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon.

1967, the four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action following the death of manager Brian Epstein. They decide to postpone their planned trip to India and to begin the already-delayed production of the Magical Mystery Tour movie. They have two songs already recorded for the movie, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Your Mother Should Know’.

1974, The Osmonds  No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Johnny Bristol song ‘Love Me For A Reason’

1977, Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, signed their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.

1979, Van Morrison, Talking Heads, Squeeze, The Undertones, Steele Pulse and The Chieftains all appeared at The Edinburgh Rock Festival, Scotland, tickets, £6.

1979, U2 released their very first record, an EP titled ‘U2-3.’

1980, Stevie Wonder played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena.

1984, after a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.

1986, Madness announced they were splitting up.

1996, Kim Wilde married actor Hal Fowler
2000, The Spice Girls had five places in a list of the UK Top 20 earning celebrity directors. 2002, Atomic Kitten started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1980 Blondie hit, ‘The Tide Is High.’

2007, Supergrass were forced to put all plans on hold after band member Mick Quinn broke his back. The bass player and vocalist sleepwalked out of a first floor window of a villa where he was staying in the South of France; he was rushed to a specialist spinal unit in Toulouse where surgeons operated to repair two broken vertebrae as well as a smashed heel.

2009, Jake Brockman, former keyboard player with Echo and the Bunnymen was killed when his motorbike was in collision with a converted ambulance on the Isle of Man. In 1989 the band’s first drummer Pete De Freitas died in a similar crash.

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls

1927, Tommy Evans, The Drifters 1933, Conway Twitty, 1944, Archie Bell, The Drells, 1947,  Barry Gibb, singer, songwriter, producer, The Bee Gees, 1949,  Russ Field, Showaddywaddy1950,  Peter Hewson, Chicory Tip 1955,Bruce Foxton, bass, vocals, The Jam 1957, Gloria Estefan .

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Sunday 31st August 2014 ‘Be My Baby


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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, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit


It was a very early start to a busy day yesterday. I sprang out of bed as the alarm reminded me it was time to go and talk with Don Woods. It’s always a pleasure and we had a good chat for half an hour with all the podcasts updated and a new song from Don.  We had put the Sunday podcast in the can on Friday night as I was out and about on Saturday and Sunday.

Here was our content……The streets of Buñol, Costa Blanca, were awash with red pulp on Wednesday
as thousands of people pelted each other with tomatoes in the annual
“Tomatina” … trucks dumped 125 tonnes of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000
participants, non-resident participants were charged $13 to take part. The
event was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-
producing region.

...and a diplomatic incident forced Spain has to apologise to the King of
Morocco Officers patrolling for drug smugglers and human traffickers
attempted to board the North African royal’s yacht. King Mohammed VI and
his entourage were enjoying a day on the water when they were approached
by a Spanish civil guard boat patrolling waters off Spain’s North African
enclave of Ceuta.

The week’s big UK story comes from Rotherham.  A confidential report by
South Yorkshire Police reveals that up to 300 children were being sexually
exploited in the county in 2010, with the total number of offences ‘in the
thousands.’ However,  during that period there were ‘only three officers across
the whole force with a permanent responsibility for child sexual exploitation.
One of these officers worked part time and the other two had ‘additional
portfolios that take up at least half their time’.

The Prime Minister has said that Shaun Wright, Police and Crime
Commissioner for South Yorkshire  should ‘resign and take full responsibility.

Meanwhile another snout in the trough is the embattled children’s services
chief Joyce Thacker who was still refusing to resign despite mounting
evidence of her extraordinary complacency during a period of horrific and
widespread child abuse. Mrs Thacker, who earns £115,000 a year, said the
issue made up just ‘2.3 per cent of safeguarding work in Rotherham’, adding:
‘Although it is a very important issue, child neglect is a much more significant
problem in the borough.’

Whilst this is mainly child abuse there was an interesting comment made by a
judge this week. Judge Mary Jane Mowat, 66, who is retiring after 18 years as
a circuit judge in Oxford and Reading, said rape convictions would not
improve ‘until women stop getting so drunk’.

The UK Government still asserts that crime is diminishing and always quote
the Crime Survey.. However, Professor Marion FitzGerald, a criminologist at
the University of Kent, said: ‘Ministers were readily persuaded that the Crime
Survey represented a gold standard for measuring crime when it started to
show a continuous fall from the time Labour took office in 1997. Yet here we
have an admission from its own results that crime is 50 per cent higher than
the figure it claims.

Clothing chain Zara came under fire  after it unveiled a new children’s T-shirt
that bears a strong resemblance to concentration camp uniforms worn by
Holocaust victims. The line has been withdrawn but who sanctioned the

Is Britain’s elite changing? No less than 71 per cent of senior judges, almost
two thirds of senior armed forces officers, more than half of senior diplomats,
and over a third of the Cabinet attended a fee-paying school. David Cameron
attended Eton and Oxford. Nationally, around seven per cent of the UK
population attended a private school.


Farewell to England

Goodbye to my England , So long my old friend

Your days are numbered, being brought to an end

To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that’s fine

But don’t say you’re English, that’s way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves such

So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch

You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane

But don’t say you’re English ever again.

At Broadcasting House the word is taboo

In Brussels it’s scrapped, in Parliament too

Even schools are affected. Staff do as they’re told

They must not teach children about England of old.

Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw

The pupils don’t learn about them anymore

How about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ?

When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be?

Europe is miles away, over the sea

We’re the English from England , let’s all be proud

Stand up and be counted – Shout it out loud!

Let’s tell our Government, and Brussels too

We’re proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue

Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack


Scottish Medicine

Prince Charles is visiting an Edinburgh hospital. He enters a ward full of Patients with no obvious sign of injury or illness and greets one.

The patient replies: “Fair fa your honest sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin race, Aboon them a ye tak yer place, Painch, tripe or thairm, As langs ma airm.”

Charles is confused, so he just grins and moves on to the next patient.

The Patient responds: “Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat an we can eat, So let the Lord be thankit.”

Even more confused, and his grin now rictus-like, the Prince moves on to the Next patient, who immediately begins to chant: “Wee sleekit, courin, timrous beasty, O whit a panic’s in thy breasty, Tha needna start awa sae hastie, Wi bickerin’ brattle.”

Now seriously troubled, Charles turns to the accompanying doctor and asks “Is this a psychiatric ward?” No,” replies the doctor, “this is the serious Burns unit.” ———————————————————————


World Events  31st August

1823 – Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero.

1881 – The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played. They’re still going today

1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures. Clever stuff

1888 – Mary Ann “Polly” Nicholls was found murdered in London. The murder is generally accepted as the first “Jack the Ripper” crime.

1940 – Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh were married. Classic

1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth. We lost our best sprinters

1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.

1969 – The boxer Rocky Marciano died in an airplane crash in Iowa. A legend

1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labour movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike.

1986 – The Admiral Nakhimov, a Soviet passenger ship, collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea. 448 people were killed when both ships sank. Dreadful

1988 – A Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. Fourteen people were killed in the accident that was later blamed on the crew’s failure to set the wing flaps in their proper position.

1989 – Great Britain’s Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced that they were separating. The marriage was 16 years old. Pity

1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf. They were not serious about negotiating in Iraq

1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.

1991 – Uzbekistan and Kirghiziz declared their independence from the Soviet Union. They were the 9th and 10th republics to announce their plans to secede.

1994 – A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland. Thank God

1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.

1997 – Princess Diana of Wales died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur were also killed.We still miss her

1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target. Does not augur well for the future

1998 – U.S. embassies in Ghana and Togo were closed indefinitely because of security threats.

1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

1999 – At least 69 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed just after take off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Horrible

The Day’s Music Events  31st August

1956, The top 10 songs in the UK singles chart were all by American artists including Elvis Presley, The Platters, Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant.Who?

1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the U.S. and for Elvis it would be the last.

1963, the girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. I loved this song

1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit. I loved this as well

1965, Sonny & Cher arrived in the UK for their first promotional visit. He was strange

1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings. Good value

1971, The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties. There were dodgy deals about 1974, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.’  Good advice to take

1974, Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included; Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket.  I’m a Stevie Winwood fan

1976, George Harrison was found guilty of ‘subconscious plagiarism’ of the Ronnie Mack song ‘He’s So Fine’ when writing ‘My Sweet Lord’.  I never really understood this

1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. Brilliant album

1985, UB40 with guest vocals from Chrissie Hynde had the UK No.1 single with their version of the Sonny Bono song ‘I Got You Babe’ a hit for Sonny & Cher in 1965. Nice cover

1986, After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000.  Strange event

1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. 1990, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier. Nice

1991, Jason Donovan and the original London cast from the show, ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat went to No.1 on the UK album chart. OK 1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Be Here Now.’ The album had sold over a million copies on the first day of release. On a roll

2003, Elton John  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Ready For Love.’ The song was recorded in 1977 and released in 1979, when it reached No.42. It was used by Sky TV for their Premiership football ads,Great track 2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. Sad 2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.

2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing. All good stuff


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939,  Jerry Allison, drums, The Crickets 1940, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders

1944, Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia.

1945, Van Morrison, singer, songwriter,


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Saturday 30th August 2014 I’m the One


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.


We started yesterday with a fright. One of our little visitors had a nosebleed during the night and had rung home to tell his mum. Like a truly great parent his mum swung into action and was on the phone to me by 7.30 am. She was already waiting outside the back door of the house. I have no problem with this as good parents are hard come by these days…..well done, mum. However, it was a quick visit to the Health Centre and within an hour our visitor was back with us and with a clean bill of health. Phew!  He had us all worried,

We went out to get the car through its ITV test and our lads were chuffed to realise their knowledge of English was already putting them ahead of some of the men down at the testing centre. The service was really good. We had booked the test online and everything went smoothly. The guys were efficient and friendly. Job well done!

After this mission which took about one hour we went off to knock a few golf balls and see a few squirrels at Las Rejas. We also road tested one of their homemade tortillas which was delicious!


Saturday is Don Woods’ Podcast day and here is our content for this week…..

Sad news about Richard Attenborough….He was in one of the funniest sketches I’ve ever seen…it was about 25 years ago in a programme called “Alas it’s Smith and Jones”….with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones…..he said he had just completed filming Ghandi and required the music track…to which Mel said he had the man to do it…the best…Griff then turns up on a pushbike with a banjo and sings a ridiculous song in a 48 track studio….Sir Richard played it dead straight concluding with “GET HIM OUT OF HERE!!”….I always admire anyone who sends themselves up…..great guy.

Kate Bush has recently made a comeback after 30 odd years…and stormed it in a live concert…rave reviews….never quite got her…bit too far out for my taste…but good luck to her….however I did like the orchestration on Wuthering Heights….and unfortunately the X Factor is returning….the least talent being behind the judges desk

The Nanny State strikes again!!….some bright spark who is obviously trying to create a job for himself has suggested that the over 50′s should be advised (via a leaflet) on how to handle forthcoming old age…re organising pensions and how to keep fit  etc…..OVER 50′s!!!!!….then another bright spark suggested this was too young…maybe OVER 65s….I looked at these blokes and thought I’m better looking…more intelligent….and more talented than both of them put together…they know where they can stick their advice.

When a nine year old girl gets taught how to use an automatic weapon (with drastic consequences) one has to seriously question the mentality of Americans….they are so quick to condemn others….what a hypocritical nation they are……and the “proud” parents filming it……I despair.

The song I have sent you this week should be close to your heart as it’s about your home……The Wirral Song…..this came to me when I was standing on Thurstaston Hill in the 80s and thought there’s the Mersey…there’s the Dee…and there’s the Irish Sea….gotta be a song there so I came up with this one….I took it to the Wirral Council who ordered 4000 copies to promote their leisure services…I wrote a a Bside (as it was vinyl) about the Wirral Way….the song actually made the local Top Ten as compiled by one of the local major stores


A Banana a Day -make this your way!
This is interesting.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.  But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

 Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anaemia :
 High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

 High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

 One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
 Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

 Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
 The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking;Tobacco Use:
 Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

 Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house.  To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a Sign on it saying: ‘Free to good home. You want it, you take it.’
For three days the fridge sat there without anyone looking twice.
He eventually decided that people were too mistrustful of this deal. So he changed the sign to read: ‘Fridge for sale $50.’ The next day someone stole it!
I stopped at Mc Donald’s and ordered some fries.
The girl behind the counter said “would you like some fries with that?”
*One day I was walking down the beach with
Some friends when someone shouted…..
‘Look at that dead bird!’
Someone looked up at the sky and said…’where?’


While looking at a house, my brother asked the Estate agent which direction was north because he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning.
She asked, ‘Does the sun rise in the north?’
My brother explained that the sun rises in the east and has for sometime. She shook her head and said,  ‘Oh, I don’t keep up with all that stuff……’


My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard an admin girl talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the beach.  She drove down in a convertible, but said she ‘didn’t think she’d get sunburned  because the car was moving’.

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car which is designed to cut through a seat belt
if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the car trunk.


I was going out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, ‘Ouch! The chain must rip out every time she turns her head!”
I had to explain that a person’s nose and ear remain the same distance apart no
matter which way the head is turned…


I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area and went to the lost luggage office and reported the loss.  The woman there smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and said I was in good hands. ‘Now,’ she asked me,
‘Has your plane arrived yet?’…
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time  then said ‘Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.



A noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function where Nancy Pelosi happened to appear. Ms Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease.

‘Would you mind telling me, Doctor,’ she asked, ‘how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?’

‘Nothing is easier,’ he replied. ‘You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track..’

‘What sort of question?’ asked Pelosi.

Well, you might ask, ‘Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?”

Pelosi thought a moment, and then said with a nervous laugh, ‘You wouldn’t happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don’t know much about history.’


Traffic Camera

A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding… Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail’s pace… Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.



World Events  30th August

30 B.C. – Cleopatra, the seventh queen of Egypt, committed suicide.

1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.  They’ve made up for it ever since

1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.

1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

1941 – During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

1945 – General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.

1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.  It was like Commissioner Gordon’s Batphone only more importnt!

1982 – P.L.O. leader Yasir Arafat left Beirut for Greece.

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.  This is a little known fact

1984 – The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage three communications satellites were deployed.

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1991 – The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.  I think they have oil so watch this space!

1992 – 15 people were killed and 31 injured in a Sarajevo market when an artillery shell exploded.

1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.


The Day’s Music Events  30th August

 1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.

1969, Elvis Presley had the No.1 album in the UK with ‘From Elvis in Memphis’

1969, two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings. Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.1969, One hit wonders Zager and Evans No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’

1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers.  Nice one John

1975, KC and the Sunshine Band  No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’- No.21 in the UK.

1975, guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died ‘ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).

1975, Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album – ‘Atlantic Crossing’  I bought this album and still love it.
1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’,  No.13 in the UK.  This should have done a lot better in the UK charts

1989, Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.
1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch.

1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.

2003, Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.


Birthday Boys and Girls

1935,  John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas.
1939, John Peel, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft.
1941, John McNally, The Searchers

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Friday 29th August 2014 ‘Never Gonna Give You 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.   1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

It was a hot one yesterday and I had an early swim as we were taking the little people to the Bio Park in Valencia. It was about a 90 minute drive to get there and it was a roasting hot day.Firstly, we went to see Richard and John who were busy working on their new academy in Valencia. Here are the pictures…


However, we were soon off to see the animals in the Bio Park. It’s a lovely setting and I’ll give you the pictures to see just how well the animals are kept in the park.


This situation in Rotherham is dreadful. The pathetic efforts of the man interviewed on BBC TV showed that these people heading up social services do not really have an idea what has been going on. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright  apologised for the failings of Rotherham Council during the time he led children’s services – but Labour has called for his resignation. I should thinks so too. If it were 4 children it would be four too many. This is 1400 children and dismissals of those who had been in charge would be seen as a responsible response. Far too many incompetents have been promoted way above their capabilities and too many systems have been shown to be inadequate. It has been suggested he headed a school of thought that they could not confront ethnic misbehaviour. Why? Misbehaviour is what it is whatever colour or creed might be involved. I’ll also add a controversial comment. Is it just a coincidence that Jimmy Saville’s behaviour also came from Yorkshire?


I read an interesting article in the Guardian last year

Care homes up and down the country are doing their utmost to fight negativity and challenge ageist stereotypes with a whole range of initiatives, such as Care Home Idol, trips to football matches and a chart-topping band of pensioners.

Earlier this year, the Alzheimer’s Society’s published its Low expectations report, revealing the poor image that care homes have. The study showed less than a third of the public believe people with dementia are well treated in care homes, and 70% of adults said they would be “scared or fairly scared” at the prospect of relocating to a home themselves..

The gist of the article was a catalogue of good practices in the UK care homes which are not getting the publicity they deserve. I wonder if the Zimmers are still performing? The last I heard they were into Heavy Metal and were making a video for ‘You’ve been framed!’


An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by……. The last quote fits everyone..

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered¦….not yelled!

Meanness don’t just happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply,

Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


Was Spain really ready to accept change? I really didn’t see the ban on Bullfighting remain unchallenged and the following might explain what is happening.


I had noticed that Bull-fighting was back on TV so I am re-reading information again. From the 1st of September 2013, Bull fighting returned to Spanish TV, with José Antonio Morante de la Puebla, who is recovering from a revenge attack by a bull, and Alejandro Talavante taking to the ring after a break from television screens for over a year.

In a statement, the broadcaster had said that the return was “part of the philosophy of the RTVE Corporation to recognise the national fiesta in response to its cultural, economic and social development in Spain”.

The return of the bulls to TVE is possible through an agreement reached last year with the Mesa del Toro, which involves the transfer of rights to broadcast the tournaments, “This means that bullfighters, and livestock and businessman José María Garzón transferred their broadcasting rights to facilitate transmission via TVE, who only faced the costs necessary for the technical deployment for retransmission”, explained TVE.

After a 5 year break, it had been September, 2012, when bull fighting was last seen on TV, with an average audience of 1.2 million viewers and a 12.7% audience share. In context, this weekend last year, the biggest audience watching Spanish television chose Antena 3, with 3.6 million people tuning in to watch the Formula 1, a record 35.5% of the audience share. Source:SpanishVida

Last year my Show was coming…17th September -Alfaz Casa de Cultura


World Events  29th August


1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.Muy mal

1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. I  think this was also the first year when money wa given to UK public education

1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain. Only until 1999

1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati,OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. He gave his name to Long John trousers

1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.Sold in Chinese eateries ever since

1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapsed killing 75 workers. The bridge was being built across the St. Lawrence River above Quebec City. Tragic

1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris. I bet it was a wonderful occasion

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. Good

1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. Good use

1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space. Welcome home

1973 – U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.Sorry Richard but….

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq. Oh yeah?

1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev. Great

1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. Glasnost

1997 – Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Horrible

2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles. There may be trouble ahead


The Day’s Music Events  29th August

1959, The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. Isn’t it great to see the humble origins but should they have been more loyal to Pete Best?

1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’. Why not their own music?

1970, Edwin Starr  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK.  This is an all-time favourite song

1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday.  I loved his guitar playing

1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. Ugh

1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world.Great 80s hit

1981, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’. Great music

1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand

1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died-I was born under a wanderin’ star  1987, Los Lobos  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.The group was based in Madrid

1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. He seemed a nice young man

1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.

1996, Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier. Strange brotherly love

1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66. I didn’t know the name

1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5′, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949. Love it

2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He wasn’t the only one

2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing. What a very sad life she led

2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found. His music is sorely missed -he was a genius



Birthday Boys and Girls

1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,
1945,  Chris Copping, Procol Harum
1958,  Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,

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Thursday 28th August 2014 Soul Man


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-

The weather has definitely turned hotter again. Anne had to get out early to go to the doctors and it was already roasting by 8.30 am. I watched a bit of TV. I switched over from the Spanish news to watch the ITV Breakfast show. There were too many adverts. I tuned in to BBC Breakfast and there were two very pompous guests boring the pants off me. I tuned in to BBC 2 and there was a very relaxing show discovering the walks around the Scottish coasts. It was stunning and it shows what will be separated from the UK if the NO vote wins the day. There were literally miles and miles of unblemished coastline and the explanations of various strategic points was excellent. It mad a nice change from the important news that Simon Cowell is back on the judging panel for the X Factor.

For the third time this week we set off to see the chocolate factory in Villajoyosa and for the third time it was packed out. Only 5o can go each tour so we had to make a quick decision and back off. We decided to cut our losses and go and hit some golf balls at Las Rejas instead. When we got back from this I swam for half an hour when we got home before eating then resting. Was that everything done for the day? No, sir. By 6 pm we were up and running and taking our guests up to Guadalest. They loved their visit and their reactions energized us. We got our second wind and enjoyed another great visit to one of the Costa Blanca’s gems.


I am always interested to see whether the world has learnt anything from the previous year.  I had written this time last year.

Like everyone else, I’m just hoping the world will get Syria sorted out. I suppose the Americans will take the lead but at least the UN might be showing a little backbone. Quite frankly, I am amazed that nobody has snapped back at Mr Putin. The Americans are not the world’s police force but they can be relied on in times like these. I don’t think enough people realise the debt of gratitude we owe them. As expected, it would seem the UK will back America but it’s about time China and Russia showed a little moral fibre and showed they want to be part of the world community. The Assad regime has acted monstrously and it is imperative they are stopped in their tracks. Let’s hope it’s an appropriate strike hitting strategic targets with no ground troops becoming embroiled.

I could have written those words five minutes ago. This would seem to show us that we have learnt absolutely nothing in the past year.


Here’s an updated letter doing the rounds……
Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing the UK ‘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 partly 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?  Oh yeah!

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

Also… 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. Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria? And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow?

This was the show coming on 17th September at the Alfaz Casa



World Events  28th August

1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.What did Della wear, boy?

1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.Good
1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire. Great work by William Wilberforce
1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I. They would be
mates in the next big one
1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. Brave ladies
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1947 – Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain. He died the following day at age 30. Tragic
1955 – Emmett Till was abducted from his uncle’s home in Mississippi. Two white men had brutally murdered the black teen-ager after he supposedly whistled at a white woman.Devil’s work
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. Wonderful man
1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second. What a swimmer
1973 – An earthquake hit an area southwest of Mexico City killing 520 people and injuring 1,000 more. Bad
1981 – John Hinckley, Jr. pled innocent to the charge of attempting to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity. No comment
1986 – Jerry Whitworth, a retired Navy warrant officer, was convicted for his role in a Soviet spy ring. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000. Stupid punishment
1988 – At an air show in Ramstein, West Germany, an Italian Air Force jet collided with 2 other jets and then plunged into a crowd. 70 people were killed. Dreadful
1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.Cheek 1990 – 27 people were killed and 350 injured when a tornado struck in Will County in Chicago. Dreadful
1995 – A mortar shell killed 38 people in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The act triggered NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage. Diana was used by Charles
1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.UK soon to follow?
2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes. Wonderful effort



The Day’s Music Events  28th August

1961, Joe Dowell US No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart’. But not Elvis1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’. Great song

1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’  US No.3 -UK  No.26 I love this song

1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.History made

1966, nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000.

1967, The Kinks, Dave, Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival Of Music in Hastings, England. Tickets 10 shillings-ong>value for money 1968, Simon and Garfunkel UK No.1 album with ‘Bookends’. I loved it

1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again’, I love this

1968, working at Trident Studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Dear Prudence’. They built the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George played guitars, while Paul plays drums to compensate for Ringo, who had quit The Beatles on August 22. Not one of my favourites

1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. Classic rock 1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names. What a loss

1988, Kylie Minogue set a new UK record when her debut album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain with sales of almost two million. Great talent

1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘River Of Dreams.’ Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title.Love it 1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat  No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’. I love this

1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-bloomin cheek!

1997, Gina G was taken ill during a flight from London to Glasgow when she suffered an allergic reaction to a flu treatment and had to be rushed to hospital.

1998, Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. Good riddance

2005, Art Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car.

2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’-I like this track

2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with front man Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. You can’t choose your family


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939,  Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes 1943, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs 1943, David Soul, actor, singer 1946, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road,

1949,  Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers 1949, Martin Lamble drums, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). Killed on 14th May 1969 when the bands van crashed on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. 1951,  Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds

1961, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim 1965, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards) 1969,  Mary McCartney, a daughter to Paul and Linda McCartney Mary was named after Paul’s mother (who he mentioned in the song ‘Let It Be’).

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Wednesday 27th August 2014 Have I the Right?


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.

The heat has been building over the past few days and yesterday was no exception. The north-west of Spain is unsettled but we had all kinds of warnings for the Mediterranean coast. We started off slowly and spent a bit of time watching TV and spotting the words that crop up all the time. This exercise exacerbated the following paragraph I spotted in the Daily Mail…..”Over the past two decades the traditional English word ‘marvellous’ has been gradually replaced by the US cliche ‘awesome’ as the most characteristic emotive word in today’s speech.”

I really think many youngsters have been brainwashed for far too long. Just about everything in America has become ‘awesome’ and if anything is designed to annoy any English speaker who has been weaned on grammar it is this word. If the word isn’t bad enough the people chosen to act on TV and use this word are usually far from awesome. The use of the words are often drowned out by totally inappropriate rapping music. Moreover, if you might feel these are usually harmless words then do yourself a favour by looking at the words in these rapping songs. They are often horrible. If you are interested Google the charts and then find the words on Google for yourself.

We had our swim around 11 am and then we had our lesson on the use of pronouns. It is often from a very innocuous lesson that a teacher realises how difficult learning a small part of grammar can be for speakers of other languages……never mind, it was soon to be time for our siesta. After our rest period we went off to our new secret beach in Villajoyosa. The waves were quite big and it was rough enough to enjoy the boogie board.



World Events  27th August

1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II. God save the King, eh?

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly. Tres bien

1828 – Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina. They would produce some excellent footballers

1859 – The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.  Good

1889 – Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.  Just as well others didn’t get wind of it 1

889 – Boxer Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche. Oh Dear!

1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” was published for the first time.Aaaaaaaaghaaaaaghaaa!

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris. Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.  Was this just a one-off or a serial?

1939 – Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.  Thank God for Winston Churchill and millions of brave men!

1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.  Good

1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.  But was it worth the money?

1979 – Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.  This was a horrible event

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.  Extremely sad

1985 – The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed. Great achievement

1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard. Fair enough

1991 – The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence. Good for them

1992 – Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.  It could be happening again

1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.  I think this is fair

1998 – In New York city, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-’Owhali appeared in a U.S. Federal Court to face charges of bombing attacks at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was one of two suspects released to the U.S. by Kenya.  If he was guilty he deserved severe punishment

1999 – The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.  Did they take any cats with them?

2001 – The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B “Predator” aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft “may have crashed or been shot down.”   Why should this be a surprise?

2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  Good

If you use gas for heating or cooking you should be aware of a local scam, that keeps resurfacing time and time again. Yes, it’s the old gasman knocking at the door, flashing an official looking badge at you and telling you that they need to check your installations.

However, be aware that the gas company will never send out their technicians without first contacting you so if you are approached, just don;t let them in and never pay them any money. If they become pushy, call the police.

Lazy Employee

The owner of a large factory decided to make a surprise visit and check up on his staff. Walking though the plant, he noticed a young man leaning lazily against a post. “Just how much are you being paid a week?” said the owner angrily. “Three hundred bucks,” replied the young man. Taking out a fold of bills from his wallet, the owner counted out $300, slapped the money into the boy’s hands, and said, “Here’s a week’s pay — now get out and don’t come back!” Turning to one of the supervisors, he said, “How long has that lazy bum been working here anyway?” “He’s not an employee,” said the supervisor. “He was just here to deliver a pizza!”






The Day’s Music Events  27th August

1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.Female drummer Honey Langtree..

1965, On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”    I suppose it was a lop-sided encounter

1966, The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.

1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.  I think Brian Epstein needs some recognition for his part in the Beatles story

1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin played two shows at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Haven.

1977, The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One-hit Wonders. The song was vdery catchy but a bit cheesey

1982, During a North American tour Queen appeared in Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1983, Barry Manilow appeared at Blenheim Palace the British stately home.

1988, ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson. George Michael’s achievemnts became overshadowed by his behaviour

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.

1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. Eric has had some awful moments in his life In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time. What a sad loss

1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold at an auction for $87,000, (£47,220). Was this really worth the money?

1993, This years UK 3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads, Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead, The Boo Radleys and Shampoo. Good bill

1994, Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with ‘On Bended Knee’. Very good group

1999, The Charlatans, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared at The Carling Reading three day festival, England, tickets, £78.Value for money

2000, Percussionist Richard Jaeger died. Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters. A lesser-known name

2001, Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, the group’s final UK No.1. Good

2004, Winners at this years Kerrang! awards included The Darkness for best British band and best live band, best band on the planet award went to Metallica. Green Day were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, Lostprophets won the best single for ‘Last Train Home’ and best album went to Muse for ‘Absolution’. Not my scene

2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England. Almost quicker to name those who didn’t play!

2006, The Rolling Stones played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, England on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Oh yeah?

2006, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deja Vu.’

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls   1937,  Phil Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single ‘Kites’). Gentle Giant.

1942,  B.J. Thomas, singer, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.38 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’).

1942,  Daryl Dragon, The Captain and Tennille, (1980 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Do That To Me One More Time’).

1945,  Malcolm Allured, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1947,  percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Died on 6th December 2002.     . Lifestyle blog Follow Me on Pinterest

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Tuesday 26th August 2014 ‘I Got You Babe’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.

We’re looking after the little people and they had been watching Barcelona beat Elche lat on Monday evening. Nevertheless, they got up and worked with me on their English as soon as they’d had their breakfast. Next we had a swim and went off to see Willy Wonka in the Chocolate factory. There was a really big queue and we couldn’t get in so we went exploring along a secret beach we know in Villajoyosa. We had a lovely time and the weather was getting hotter by the minute.

We decided to go to La Marina and see what bits and pieces we could get our boys for their new venture….their Academy. We visited a really nice store and found some nice accoutrements for their premises. Then, with my arm twisted firmly up my back, we took the little people off to MacDonalds where they had already decided what they wanted to eat. There was a queue but we bi-passed the crowd waiting to be served and used the new technology to order from the touch screen. The order arrived very quickly and the staff were exceedingly friendly. For the purist…I had a bottle of water but had my salad when I came home to prepare salads for Anne and myself. Writing this early in the evening I am now preparing to go and watch Liverpool play Manchester City. Will this be another  season of agony?…….Written later……….Yes it will. We lost and I think City were the better side.


Farmer John

Farmer John once lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week.So Farmer John called the local police station to complain, “You’ve got to do something about all these people driving so fast and killing all my chickens,” he said to the local police officer.

“What do you want me to do?” asked the policeman.
“I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the policeman had the Council erect a sign that said:

Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said, “You’ve still got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing’ sign seems to make them go even faster!”>That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and said, “Your signs are no good. Can I put up my own sign?”

In order to get Farmer John off his back said “Sure. Put up your own sign.
The phone calls to the Police Station stopped, but curiosity got the better of the Officer, so he called Farmer John, “How’s the problem with the speeding drivers. did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did and not one chicken has been killed.
The policeman was really curious and thought he’d better go out and take a look at the sign. He also thought the sign might be something the Police could use elsewhere, to slow drivers down..
So he drove out to Farmer John’s house.
His jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign.

‘Slow down and watch out for chicks!’


PRESBYTERIAN:    When you rearrange the letters:   BEST   IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER:       When you rearrange the letters:   MOON   STARER
DESPERATION:       When you rearrange the letters:    A   ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES:    When you rearrange the letters:   THEY SEE
  THE MORSE CODE:   When you rearrange the letters:    HERE COME DOTS
 DORMITORY:    When you rearrange the letters:   DIRTY ROOM
SLOT  MACHINES:   When you rearrange the letters:   CASH LOST IN ME
 ANIMOSITY:  When you rearrange the letters: IS   NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS:   When you rearrange the letters:   LIES – LET’S RECOUNT
 SNOOZE ALARMS:   When you rearrange the letters:   ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S
  A DECIMAL POINT:   When  you rearrange the letters:  I’M A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES:   When you rearrange the letters: THAT   QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:   When you rearrange the letters:   TWELVE PLUS ONE
MOTHER-IN-LAW:   When you rearrange the letters:   WOMAN HITLER


Soak Your Feet in the Ocean

A New York retail clerk was suffering from aching feet.
“It’s all those years of standing,” his doctor declared.
“You need a vacation. Go to Miami, soak your feet in the
ocean and you’ll feel better.”

When the man got to Florida, he went into a hardware store,
bought two large buckets and headed for the beach.

“How much for two buckets of that seawater?” he asked the

“A dollar a bucket,” the fellow replied with a straight

The clerk paid him, filled his buckets, went to his hotel
room and soaked his feet. They felt so much better he
decided to repeat the treatment that afternoon. Again he
handed the lifeguard two dollars. The young man took the
money and said, “Help yourself.”

The clerk started for the water, then stopped in amazement.
The tide was out.

“Wow,” he said, turning to the lifeguard. “Some business you
got here!”


Unlock Stiff Muscles in Minutes

Done properly, a few simple stretching movements can ease your back pain and provide long-term relief.

Here are a few exercises I recommend that have worked wonders for many of my patients:

Lying Knee-to-Chest Stretch – Lie on your back and keep one leg flat on the floor. Use your hands to bring your other knee into your chest. Repeat with the other leg.

Lying Crossover Knee Pull Down Stretch – Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Bring your foot up to your opposite knee and with your opposite arm gently push your raised knee down toward the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

Shoulder Stretch – Stand in an open doorway. Raise your arm to a 90-degree angle ººwith palm facing out. Now press your hand and shoulder against the wall and doorjamb. You should feel the wall against your armpit. Slowly increase the tension as you push forward. Hold for a 10 count. Then repeat with the other arm.

Reverse Shoulder Stretch – Stand upright and clasp your hands together behind your back. Keep your arms straight and slowly lift your hands upward.

Hip Flexors – You need to do this stretch, particularly if you sit all day at work. Sitting all day puts pressure on the hip flexor muscles. This is a major cause of minor low back pain. Stretching your hip flexors muscles several times a week will prevent this kind of lower back pain.

Stand in a modified runner stance, with right foot forward and left foot back, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your hips and keep your back and hips in straight alignment.

Push forward with your hips, while maintaining your erect posture. Slowly, push your hips forward only until you feel a comfortable level of tension. Hold for a 10 count. Switch sides by reversing your leg stance and repeat.   Al Sears, MD



The Day’s  Events  26th August

 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. The main man

1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”He might have a neck strain on the way

1743 – Antoine Lavoisier was born. He was the chemist that proved that the union of oxygen and other chemicals is used in burning, rusting of metals and breathing. Clever man

1873 – Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible. Very great inventor

1883 – A two-day eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa began. The tidal waves that were associated with the eruption killed 36,000 people when they destroyed the island.Such devastation litters history

1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government. Dios mio

1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.Bully

1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.

1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.  I’ve seen the pictures

1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.

1974 – Charles Lindberg died at the age of 72.

1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.

1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.  He even promised to publish the results a year early

1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.

1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

1998 – U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


World Music Events  26th August

1963, Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.  Warra great night!

1965, Sonny & Cher  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.  He became Mayor of Palm Springs, Calif

1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Conman?

1967, Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening ‘Festival of the Flower Children’ at Woburn Abbey, England. Plus DJ’s John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost £1.

1970, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

1973, 10cc made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour. Comprising of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had written and recorded together for some three years before assuming the 10cc name. I love their music

1977, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Golden Earing, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind, Racing Cars, John Miles, Graham Parker, The Enid, No Dice and Frankie Miller’s Full House all appeared at the 17th three day Reading Festival, England. A three day ticket cost£7.95.

1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’.

1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’. He thoroughly deserved this accolade

1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.  He later died in a bizarre skiing accident

1993, A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern in Liverpool sold for £16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1994, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh from The Eagles had formed. Miller spent five months in a coma. He then entered rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

1995, Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Country House’ and won a media battle with Oasis for the No.1 position.

2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list. I can’t see this myself as all the others have improved over their lifetime

2004, US Cinematographer David Myers died after suffering a stroke. He worked of various music films including Woodstock, Elvis On Tour, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie.

2004, Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm.  I liked her single Gloria

2005, A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Lennon-Harrison song, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards. Oh Yeah?

2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1940, Nik Turner, Hawkwind,

1941,  Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948,  Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers,

1948,  Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson,
1954,  Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).

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Sunday 24th August 2014 He’ll have to Go


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2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

It was another fine day but I had work to do in my studio all morning. The rain did come later in the day and it’s the first rain I’d seen for months. It was quite heavy but it didn’t last for long and I did manage to get a swim. However, first I had a podcast to make with Don Woods. Here is the detail….

Cliff….oh dear…the witch hunt continues…as usual no charges – probably no real evidence…yet he’s all over the papers….guilty before he’s even spoken to.

I think we are all getting a bit sick of all this….I’m not a fan of Cliff as you know (he just wont go away) BUT he has got a bit of a rough ride ahead of him and I do feel for him….his faithful fans are buying his record in an attempt to get it to the top of the charts….the whole thing is a disgrace and all this trial by media needs sorting out…preferably by a judge who can keep awake.

Jon Culshaw is back on the tele….I am a massive fan…I love impressionists (your mate Paul Melba being a top rater) and Jon Culshaw is the best…he is so funny and talented.

I’ve always found impressionists to be really entertaining especially live….give me a good one as opposed to a good singer any day.  He was on Aled Jones’s Sunday morning programme (which is excellent) and he was brilliant.

There’s a new celebrity challenge programme reared its head called “Tumble”…and involves celebs doing acrobatics (after weeks of training) live….seems to me to be an accident waiting to happen….the panel of judges mark them on their efforts…and soon the public will be able to vote by phone…like the public know what they are talking about….which will make a few bob for ITV….can’t see the point myself…another dud…I didn’t think anything could be worse than “Splash”….but I was wrong.

 You’ve gotta laugh in this country….everyone is moaning about the intended increase in train fares….the authorities reckon it’s to maintain the tracks etc…and the companies only get 3p in the pound profit….so why create another service which will cost BILLIONS?…that’s a lot of 3ps….and where’s the money coming from?…..no wonder the new high speed service has suddenly gone quiet….keep building fellas while nobody is noticing….and hope the farmers don’t see you ruining their land.

 The song I have attached is called “Beatle City” which I was commissioned to compose around the mid 80s by the then Merseyside County Council.  They wanted it to be called by the title but I felt it was cashing in a bit….but when you get a big order for a vinyl 45 you go along with their wishes….I talked them into creating their own label thus becoming the first council to release a record….they sold it in the libraries and souvenir shops etc and it sold very well…the B side was a rocker called Merseybeat Memories which mentioned a load of old groups.

I don’t think I have a copy of the 45…..MIGHT BE WORTH A FORTUNE NOW!!!!


What is it with eggs? First they’re bad for you and now they are good for you. Who starts the ball rolling? I) remember the fuss when Edwina Currie pointed out that Salmonella poisoning can be caused by eggs. The egg producers were up in arms that an MP should warn the ‘public. Well, there’s no Edwina involved and the research is coming from America. Is the idea really to get more attention for the egg `producers?

Whichever way you look at this surely the simple answer is that too much of anything can give us problems. I can remember relatives and friends going to work on an egg for donkeys’  years if you’ll pardon the pun. We even had little marks on the eggs to ensure quality. I’ll keep on with my eggs in the various ways we have them. I think a lot of the research misses out on the bits that go with the egg. If the egg is eaten with lots of other fatty foods then I expect a few problems would exist. However, if the eggs are eaten as part of a healthy salad diet then I doubt whether more than six a week will cause lasting problems. I suppose, that will be until we get the next bit of research!


Here’s a French joke if you can speak the language

L’institutrice demande : Quand je dis «je suis belle», quel temps EST-ce ?
- Le passé, madame.



All the girls had ugly gym slips

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

Nearly everyone’s Mum was home when the kids got home from school

Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces

All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . . And they did!

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone’s dream car… And people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yes, I remember that’?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

…. still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko?

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Coca Cola in bottles.

Blackjacks and bubble gums.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

Hi-Fis & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Adding Machines.


Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going ‘Eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘chickenpox’?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a catapult?

War was a card game?

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange – flavoured chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived DURING A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!


Remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty.. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome ?”

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”

“Don’t go any further.. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class.. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh, really! What did he say?”

He said: “Who the hell did your hair?”


The Day’s Events 24th August

 0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.

1572 – The Catholics began their slaughter of the French Protestants in Paris. The killings claimed about 70,000 people. Horrible statistics

1680 – Colonel Thomas Blood died. He was the Irish adventurer that had stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.

1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol. Very constructive

1880 – Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy electric train.tGreat

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”

1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.

1963 – John Pennel pole-vaulted 17 feet and 3/4 inches becoming the first to break the 17-foot barrier.  Watch out Sergei Bubka

1968 – France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. Horrible

1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon. Horrible man

1985 – 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country. Change was a-coming

1989 – “Total war” was declared by Columbian drug lords on their government.

1990 – Irish hostage Brian Keenan was released. He had been held in Lebanon for 1,597 days.  Great day

1991 – Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.

1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95″ went on sale. Great news for usw

1998 – The U.S. and Britain agreed on the Netherlands as site for the trial of two Libyan suspects for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.  terrible event

2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.

2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.  Necessary info

2005 – The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

The Day’s Music Events  24th August

 1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2′.This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.
1968, The Incredible String Band, Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Family, Fairport Convention, Blossom Toes, Pretty things, Deviants, Blonde On Blonde and Free all appeared over two nights at The Roundhouse in London.  Good gig
1974, Paul Anka with Odia Coates No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(You’re Having My Baby’, Anka’s 24th US top 40 hit. It made No.6 in the UK.
1975, Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.  This is a classic and that’s why!
1980, Iron Maiden Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Gillan, Gillan, Pat Travers Band and Rory Gallagher all appeared at the 20th National Rock Festival Reading Rock 80, England. Advance tickets £12.50. Good billing
1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon.What a loss to the world of music
1983, The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.
1985, Huey Lewis and the News No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’.As featured in the movie ‘Back To The Future’.
1987, Donny Osmond released his first single in 10 years ‘I’m In It For Love’, (Donny now shaves and has taken to wearing black leather). Quite a change from the long haired lover from Liverpool
1989, The Who perform “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.  Great show
1990, This years three day UK Reading Festival kicked off, featuring, Faith No More, The Cramps, Inspiral Carpets, Pixies, The Fall, Jesus Jones, Ride, Dinosaur Jnr, The Wedding Present, Billy Bragg and others, a three day ticket £35.
1995, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker presented this weeks UK TV Music show ‘Top Of The Pops’, guest’s included Oasis, Blur, Bjork and The Charlatans. Strange man
1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London’s Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.
1998, Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’ Quality work

2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

Born this day

 1944, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic,
1945, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1948, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist,
1955, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’).
1956, Matt Aitken, part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014 I Want to Break Free


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years

The weather was fine at the start of the day but the weather map for Spain yesterday showed rain and storms for much of the north-east of Spain. Would it come down this far?

I haven’t commented about the murder of the American journalist because I have still been thinking about it.  Firstly, I salute the bravery of the journalists who bring us the news from such dangerous places. Then I lament the way the event has been reported. Maybe it’s just where I have seen the information but there has been no real mention of the fact that this killing was in cold blood and cannot be anything but an act of murder yet the politicians speak of tracking down the perpetrator to prosecute him.. I cannot find any compassion in my heart for such a cold-blooded act. I am not a violent person yet this inspires such revulsion and anger within me I don’t like my feelings. I cannot understand the mentality and madness of people who want to kill others in the name of any religion and I just feel terribly sad and helpless about what is going on in the world today.

I do believe in God but I cannot understand such aspects of any religion. I suppose all I can do is pray for peace and try to keep my bit of the world as peaceful as possible.  I really don’t know where the world would be without the Americans right now and I just hope President Obama and his allies have the strength and courage to do what needs to be done to stop this carnage in the middle east.


Spare a thought for all the brave firefighters around the world and especially here in Spain. They are constantly fighting enormous fires and often these are started deliberately. Who on earth would want to do that? Maybe when the Olympic Games Programme for the Opening ceremony was planned they didn’t really think of such fires when including Prodigy in the Opening Ceremony. Why pick on Prodigy? Wasn’t their song about starting fires?


The ‘other’ laws of nature

Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

6. Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

8. Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

9. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

11.. Law of the Theatre & Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

12. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

13. Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

14. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

15. Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

16. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

17. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking – A closed mouth gathers no feet.

18. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

19. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better.. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.


The Day’s Events 23rd August

 1838 – The first class graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, MA. It was one of the first colleges for women. Well done ladies

1839 – Hong Kong was taken by the British in a war with China. I say old chap

1858 – “Ten Nights in a Barroom” opened in New York City at the National Theater. It was a melodrama about the evils of drinking.Constant theme down the years

1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. Not worth the paper it was written on

1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite. Any tornadoes?

1983 – The U.S. announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile. Wow

1990 – President Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a group of Western detainees that he referred to as “guests.” He told the group that they were being held “to prevent the scourge of war.” He was a horror story

1996 – U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.Good 1998 – Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers. In New York City it was illegal to carry to possess a toy gun that looks real or is painted black. No guns

1998 – Boris Yeltsin dismissed the Russian government again.

1999 – Rescuers in Turkey found a young boy that had been buried in rubble from an earthquake for about a week. Fabulous





The Day’s Music Events  23rd August

 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office.

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ It’s marvellous what two chords can achieve

1965, security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance. They were good

1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided ‘Yellow Submarine – Eleanor Rigby Great value

1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ No.1 in the UK. Great track

1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘I’m Still Waiting’, the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme. Did Arnold like it?

1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. From the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Wonderful

1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want to Wake Up with You’. Good song

1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival in England. Good gig

2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years……..

2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band’s drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine.

2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Born this day

1938, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).

1942, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). With Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene Pitney. The pair also co-wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio commercial, with the lyric ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.’

1947, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’).

1949, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single ‘Jessie’s Girl’).

1951,Jimi Jamison, Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single ‘Eye Of The Tiger’).

1953,  Bobby G, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK top 40 singles’).

1954, Mark Avsec, keyboardist, songwriter, Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’). 1959, Edwyn Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, Orange Juice, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rip It Up’), solo, (1995 UK No.4 single ‘A Girl Like You’).

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