1967, The promotional film of The Beatles ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming
The weather gorgeous once again with clear blue skies. However, there was a nip in the air and especially if you were caught in the shade. We were up nice and early and I prepared the salads whilst Anne was in the shower. I had already been up earlier than Anne preparing the breakfast and having my shower.
We had been invited to a friend’s house for an interchange of languages over a nice cup of coffee and a plate of biscuits. This meeting was taking place 18 floors into the Benidorm skyline and the views were marvellous. On this clear day we would have been able to see as far as the Balearics but we were on the wrong side of the Bay. However, the views were spectacular and there were many boats on the water.
On the way home I had a walk and the sun was beating down by 1 pm. I only walked for around half an hour but that was enough as I had decided to walk down the 18 floors rather than take the lift. I felt a little odd by the time I reached ground level. I had considered trying to walk up to the 18th floor but reconsidered in time. I think I made the right decision!
After eating my salad I listened to the UK’s Chancellor’s speech and was horrified by the lack of manners shown to the speakers. The Speaker of the House made several disparaging remarks to no avail and the British Parliament does itself no favours by televising such ignorant behaviour by its MPs. Why should the MPs expect people to behave when they show such bad manners themselves?
At 3.30 pm it was time to travel up to La Nucia for my Spanish class and then by 8 pm it was time to talk to my friend in St Petersburg on Skype. As usual, it was another busy day.
All the organs of the body were having a meeting, Trying to decide who was the one in charge.
“I should be in charge,” said the brain, “Because I run all the body’s systems, so without me nothing would happen.”
“I should be in charge,” said the blood, “Because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you’d all waste away.”
“I should be in charge,” said the stomach,” Because I process food and give all of you energy.”
“I should be in charge,” said the legs, “because I carry the body wherever it needs to go.”
“I should be in charge,” said the eyes, “Because I allow the body to see where it goes.”
“I should be in charge,” said the rectum, “Because I’m responsible for waste removal.”
All the other body parts laughed at the rectum And insulted him, So in a huff, he shut down tight. Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, The stomach was bloated, The legs got wobbly, The eyes got watery, And the blood was toxic.. They all decided that the rectum should be the boss. The Moral of the story? Even though the others do all the work… The ass hole is usually in charge
Arriving in a hotel in Dublin, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, “That will be one Euro please, Mr. O’Leary.”
Somewhat taken aback, O’Leary replied, “That’s very cheap,” and handed over his money.
“Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition”, said the barman. “And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland”
“That is remarkable value” Michael comments
“I see you don’t seem to have a glass, so you’ll probably need one of ours.
That will be 3 euro please.”
O’Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat.
“Ah, you want to sit down?” said the barman. “That’ll be an extra 2 euro. – You could have pre-book the seat, and it would have only cost you a Euro.”
“I think you may to be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please”
Michael attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can’t squeeze in he complains “Nobody would fit in that little frame”.
“I’m afraid if you can’t fit in the frame you’ll have to pay an extra surcharge of €4.00 for your seat sir”
O’Leary swore to himself, but paid up. “I see that you have brought your laptop with you” added the barman. “And since that wasn’t pre-booked either, that will be another 3 euro.”
O’Leary was so annoyed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, “This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager”.
“Ah, I see you want to use the counter,” says the barman, “that will be 2 euro please.” O’Leary’s face was red with rage.
“Do you know who I am?”
“Of course I do Mr. O’Leary,”
“I’ve had enough, What sort of Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!”
“Here is his E mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only 10 cent per second”
“I will never use this bar again”
“OK sir, but remember, we are the only hotel in Ireland selling pints for one Euro”.
1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA. I bet he was a bit lonely
1731 – English poet William Cowper was born. He is best known for “The Poplar Trees” and “The Task.” I don’t think I’ve read either of these..
1832 – Public streetcar service began in New York City. Ours is a bus service
1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen. He left his car outside and was told to toot and come in…
1940 – The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.There is a video of this event and it is very poignant and shows how much the Jews suffered under these evil men
1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November. Anything to keep the turkeys happy
1942 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.
1942 – The motion picture “Casablanca” had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. Play it again, Sam
1943 – The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 U.S. troops.
1949 – India’s Constituent Assembly adopted the country’s constitution The country became republic within the British Commonwealth two months later.
1950 – China entered the Korean conflict forcing UN forces to retreat. We had an incident on the Korean border this week…
1973 – Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was U.S. President Nixon‘s personal secretary….oh dear!
1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence. It is really essential to keep all nations within the Games if the Games are to mean all-inclusive
1983 – A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men have been convicted in the heist.This tends to have gone into folklore as if these were heroes. They inflicted severe injuries on the train driver
1988 – The U.S. denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
1990 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz at the Kremlin to demand that Iraq withdraw from Kuwait. Very involved politically…
1992 – The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll.Well done I say. I think the Royals have more than enough in the kitty now and should pay their own way.
1997 – The U.S. and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time. This problem is still smouldering.
1998 – British Prime Minister Toney Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was a first time event for a British Prime Minister.
1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000. He would be wearing a green suit.
2003 – The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda. This is another smoking gun
1958, Johnny Cash, made his debut on the US country chart when ’Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1. This is the measure of the man
1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. I wonder why this took so many takes!
1967, The promotional film of The Beatles ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming. Happy Days
1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. Eric Clapton was clapped ….
1973, John Rostill former bassist with The Shadows died after being electrocuted at his home recording studio. I really don’t remember this happening and I was a Shadows fan..
1976, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing ‘The Gizmo’, a device used to make neo- orchestral sounds on a guitar. They never really did much for me as Godley and Creme
1989, The Rolling Stones played a concert at Death Valley Stadium in Clenson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo. This was a nice thing to do
1990, the inaugural Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson was the main winner of the night
1991, US Country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity. What a brilliant idea..
1994, Boyz II Men started their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ giving them the longest run in chart history along with ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston. Terrible but I can’t remember the song…
1994, The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hell Freezes Over.’ Great band
2000, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 1.’
2006, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Love Album’ the Irish boy bands sixth UK No.1 album…..we’re in the money..
2008, the parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, took his own life at the age of 27. This is such a sad event
1925, Michael Holliday, singer, 1958 UK No.1 ‘The Story Of My Life’. The song gave the writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.
1939, Tina Turner, (Annie Mae Bullock)
1945, John McVie, Fleetwood Mac
1949, Martin Lee, Brotherhood Of Man, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).