Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 2000, The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers
Yesterday was my birthday and Neil Colbourne joined me to create our weekly podcast. Here’s an insight to what we discussed on this lovely sunny day… Link
Set against the Crimean Crisis and the disappearance of a Malaysian jet near Vietnam,…….. The Co-op is recommending that chief executive Euan Sutherland, who joined in May 2013 should get a package worth a total of £3.66million. Here we go yet again with Bankers, Meanwhile, just day after Immigration Minister James Brokenshire condemned the ‘wealthy metropolitan elite’ for using cheap labour, his boss confirmed that she employs a foreign home help. Estate Agents and MPs ready to keep us in the mess to which we have become accustomed. They even claim for milk in the tea on their expenses!
The Liberal Democrat Vince Cable was accused of being ‘crass’ and ‘insulting’ to teachers after suggesting they are to blame for a lack of good careers advice in schools. Teachers have had quite a week with one resorting to taping up the mouths of the children in their charge. Then the girl, who was just 15 when she eloped with maths teacher Forrest, 31, is now said to be ‘ridiculously happy’ after falling for a 20- year-old PE teaching assistant. We can always rely on the judges in the UK to be consistent and coherent. Whilst Lord Justice Fulford was a key backer of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which police suspect of abusing children on an ‘industrial scale’ another judge banned Samuel Lees, 22, from Colchester, Essex, was banned and fined 500 pounds after he was seen by a police officer creating a ‘large wave’ that left children screaming after they got wet.
I had a lovely day with my friends for my birthday and it was made all the better by watching a great rugby match between England and Wales. Then, Wigan beat Man City in the FA Cup and the TV was excellent for a change. I enjoyed the final of Dancing on Ice, Anne enjoyed the Midwife whilst I did my e-mails etc and before I could say Jack Robinson it was time to meet Mr. Selfridge
In the 1400′s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’
Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone…………….and Coca-Cola was originally green .
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents A great king from history:
Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar
111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of
wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died
Of natural causes
Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’? A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and
laser printers have in common? A. All were invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? A. Honey
In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts….
So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would
yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down. It’s where
we get the phrase: ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’
Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into
the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill,
they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the
phrase inspired by this practice.
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
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0515 BC – The building of the great Jewish temple in Jerusalem was completed. About time too
0049 BC – Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and invaded Italy.Simples
1496 – Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere when he left Hispaniola for Spain. A great explorer
1629 – England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11 years. I bet they managed quite well without it
1656 – In the American colony of Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their religion. Fair enough
1804 – The formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to theU.S. took place in St. Louis. Not that long ago!
1806 – The Dutch in Cape Town, South Africa surrendered to the British. Not in rugby
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Elementary
1880 – The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. from England. Best behaviour please
1893 – New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before. Ridiculous
1902 – Tochangri, Turkey, was entirely wiped out by an earthquake. Terrible
1910 – Slavery was abolished in China. Oh really?
1912 – China became a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty.
1913 – William Knox rolled the first perfect 300 game in tournament competition.
1927 – Prussia lifted its Nazi ban allowing Adolf Hitler to speak in public. Big mistake
1945 – American B-29 bombers attacked Tokyo, Japan, 100,000 were killed. Just look at this carnage
1966 – France withdrew from NATO’s military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris. Never satisfied
1969 – James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998. This was a weird situation
1980 – Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, lent his support to the militants holding American hostages in Tehran. Troublemaker
1982 – The U.S. banned Libyan oil imports due to their continued support of terrorism.Just look at this and link it to today
1987 – The Vatican condemned surrogate parenting as well as test-tube and artificial insemination. I tend to see the Vatican point of view
2002 – The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress in January that it was making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea. Great. Bomb everyone who disagrees or wants their own bomb
2003 – North Korea test-fired a short-range missile.Just testing!
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The Day’s Music Events 10th March
1956, RCA Records placed a half page ad in Billboard Magazine claiming that Elvis Presley was ‘the new singing rage.’ The picture left shows Vince with Berks Baker and Dan Westfall who lives with Cheetah the world’s oldest primate in captivity.
1960, UK trade paper Record Retailer published the UK’s first ever EP (extended player) chart and LP chart. No. 1 EP was ‘Expresso Bongo’ by Cliff Richard & The Shadows and No.1 LP ‘The Explosive Freddy Cannon.‘ Both were good records
1962, Bruce Channel started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey! Baby’, it made No.2 on the UK chart. I play this still in my act
1973, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Focus, ‘Sylvia’, No.4, Detroit Emeralds, ‘Feel The Need In Me’, No.3, The Strawbs, ‘Part Of The Union’, No.2, The Faces, ‘Cindy Incidentally’, No.1, Slade, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize.’ Great tracks
1973, the Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. What a tremendous achievement
1979, Gloria Gaynor started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Survive’, also a No.1 in the UK. The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called ‘Substitute.’ Used as a gay anthem
1988, younger brother of The Bee Gees Andy Gibb died in hospital. His death from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) followed a long battle with cocaine addiction, which had weakened his heart. Another sad story of pop
‘ 2000, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights protest against the clothing firm Gap, who were accused of using leather from cows slaughtered ‘illegally and cruelly’. The protest took place in a store in Manhattan. I think it was a brave thing to do but she knew the consequences
2000, The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers. What was that all about?
2001, TV’s ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young revealed in an exclusive News Of The World interview that he was gay, saying ‘It’s no big deal, its just part of who I am.’ He’s right. It is no big deal
2003, Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia. This was obviously becoming a problem
2005, a survey carried out by Music Choice concluded that ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ was second and Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ was voted into third place. Trust the Brits...there was always ‘Going Underground’ by the Jam
2005, Michael Jackson arrived in court an hour late dressed in his pyjamas after being treated for a back injury. Jackson was attending the Santa Moria court for his child abuse trial. The world watched bemused
2009, Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on 19 April 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each. And some critics are still stupid enough to knock him
Birthday Boys and Girls March 10th
1940, Dean Torrence, Jan and Dean, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.26, single ‘Surf City’, co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson).
1945, Pete Nelson, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’).
1954, Tina Charles, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘I Love to Love, But My Baby Loves to Dance’).
1964, Neneh Cherry, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK & US No.3 single with ‘Buffalo Stance’ and a 1994 UK No.3 single with ‘7 Seconds’ with Youssou N’dour).