Wednesday 30th July 2014 ‘Roll With It’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1988, Steve Winwood started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roll With It’, a No.53 hit in the UK


It was another hot one and I swam early. We worked on tenses for about an hour before going down to work in the studio. After our siesta and a bit of TV we went up to our favourite village in the mountains……here are some new shots of Guadalest…..but first, here’s Edouard at work improving his command of the English language.



Ian K sent me this…

I would like to thank the internet for all the infomation that has been sent to me by email, and completely ruined my life.

I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.    I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspread, because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.   I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one’s nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.


I can’t touch any woman’s handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.
I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS for the email about rat droppings in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.
ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.   I can’t have a drink in a bar because I fear I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.
I can’t eat at KFC, because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can’t use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
THANKS TO YOU, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.    BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.   I no longer buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.  I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer…….


I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.    I no longer go to the cinema, because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.


I no longer go to shopping centres, because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.   I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan ..   THANKS TO YOU, I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my rump.
AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE, I can’t ever pick up a coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.   I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour’s ex mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend’s beautician . .Oh, and by the way…..
A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse………..Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late.


World Events  30th July

1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.Lucky man

1733 – The first Freemasons lodge opened in what would later become the United States. No sign of this coming

1889 – Vladimir Zworykin, called the “Father of Television” was born in Russia. He invented the iconoscope.Never heard of him

1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack. This seems weird considering what had been delivered

1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.

1974 – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.Good

1997 – 14 Israelis were killed in a double suicide bombing in a Jerusalem marketplace. The Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombings.Horrible

2001 – Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France. Wonderful feat but he fell foul of a doping scandal.

2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line. Great little car


The Day’s Music Events 30th July

1954, Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins, Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris and a young Elvis Presley, all appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, in Memphis Tennessee. Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, when he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone told him it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music.Someone’s been pulling my leg all these years

1960, The Elvis Presley album ‘Elvis is Back’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. The King was on a roll

. 1966, The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today’, the group’s 8th No.1 album.Not released here?
1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’.Paid their bills for many years

1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to passers by and Apple staff.An apple a day would have kept the debtors at bay

1969, The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road…..This was not my favourite album
1973, Gary Glitter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m The leader Of The Gang (I Am), the singers first of three No.1′s.Great music not so great a man

1977, The Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Wanna Be Your Everything’, his first of three US No.1′s, it peaked at No.26 in the UK.  Didn’t do much in the UK

1978, Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band appeared at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.Great night

1986, Boy George was fined £250 by a London court for possession of heroin. That would be a drop in the ocean for him

1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, ‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defence contractors in the US.The whole rotten world is about money

1987, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Good act

1988, Gary Glitter appeared in a full-page ad in the NME pictured holding a very large tub of skin rejuvenating cream. The heading being ‘The things people do to keep hold of their young persons Railcard’.Many a true word is spoken in jest

1988, Steve Winwood started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roll With It’, a No.53 hit in the UK.Still a popular song

1993, Founder member and original bassist for The Wonder Stuff, Rob Jones died in New York aged 29. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff had the 1991 UK No.1 with ‘Dizzy’, (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969).Quite a good cover

1994, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at this year’s two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland. Not a lot for me

1997, A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.Call was good

1998, Jamiroquai were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Underground’, the first single from the album Synkronized. It was included in the soundtrack of the movie Godzilla.Good track

2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.He was obviously a pivotal figure in the history of rock n roll

2005, A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. “Room Full of Mirrors” by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for “homosexual tendencies.”  I thought it was something to do with a broken ankle

2006, Shakira feat Wyclef Jean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ A remake of Wyclef Jean’s 2004 song ‘Dance Like This’, the song went on to top the charts in over 50 countries. The song is the biggest selling single of the 21st century by a female artist worldwide. Shakira is dynamite!

2007, A man admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught at a record fair in Glasgow. The seizure of CDs and DVDs two years ago included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material. I’ll bet he’d made his money by this time

2009, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band’s hit ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’ Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song’s organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court. If he’d brought the case to Spain he might have had a better outcome!

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941,  Paul Anka, singer, (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Diana’. The single sold over 9 million copies world- wide). Wrote many classic songs including: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, ‘Puppy Love’ and the lyrics to ‘My Way.’

1945,  David Sanborn, saxophone, US session player, worked with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, David Bowie.

1946,  Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, bass, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & UK No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).

1949, Andy Scott, guitar, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Sweet scored four top-ten hits in the US: Little Willy, Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run, and Love Is Like Oxygen.

1949, Joyce Jones, singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Smarty Pants). 1949,  Hugh Nicholson, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da”).

1956,  Phil Phearon, vocals, Galaxy, (1983 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing Night’)

1958,  Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter, (1978 UK No.1 single ‘Wuthering Heights’ plus over 20 other UK Top singles. Her 1985 UK No.1 album ‘Hounds Of Love’ spent 52 weeks on the chart).
1968,  Sean Moore, drums, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘A Design For Life’ 1998 UK No.1 album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’)

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Tuesday 29th July 2014 ‘Lay Lady Lay’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’

It was hot once again so that meant it needed an early swim. Then I worked with my students for a few hours and it is always as interesting teaching people as it might be learning!  Anyway, I found it interesting. Next, we went and worked in the garden tidying up one of the marvellous palm trees. There is a saga……….a certain man came to visit and tried his hand at pruning…..what a mess! He has practically destroyed the upper leaves on the tree but it is wondrous to see how quickly the tree is repairing the damage done by the erstwhile gardener. It reminded me of certain efforts I made in my younger days……


Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

On today’s Blog we note the day when John Lennon brought the Beatles a pile of trouble by saying they were bigger than Jesus. In the light of the many outrageous things people are saying and doing  these days I still think there would have been an outcry had it been said today. Sure, I think Lennon was being flippant but when you mess around with people’s beliefs then there is more than flippancy in the air. We Christians tend not to over-react to the slings and arrows thrown at the religion we follow. We must remember that it is a faith system and nobody will know until we die whether one was right and other wrong.

My own feelings are that the Supreme Being will look at the way we have lived our lives and then see if we practised what we preached. If we believe, as I do, that the Ten Commandments make sense then I am prepared to be judged on how I have kept them. I know in my heart where I have slipped and it is all very well talking about this but it’s what’s in your heart that counts. Anyone found culpable by the courts are only able to judge guilt to a certain depth no matter how many titles you give the judges. Should a judge be guilty of punishing somebody for what s/he is doing himself then s/he deserves all that s/he gets….



Here’s a very important piece of information as we move towards the hottest month of the year and air conditioning becomes ever more relevant. Please pass it on to your friends.


My car book says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on A/C. WHY? Car Air-conditioning – No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents. Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.

Please pass this on to as many people as possible.  Guess it’s not too late to make some changes

Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.Here’s why: According to research, the car dashboard, seats and air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft.
A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.

Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff. So friends, please open the windows and door of your car – give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff – before you enter.Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

This is what says. It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer. medical/toxins/benzene.asp


The Directorate General of Traffic in Spain, the DGT, has submitted a contract to public tender to provide the equipment and software to assist the Guardia Civil traffic department to deal with fines, infractions and complaints faster at the roadside.

In particular, as part of the 8.6 million euro contract, the Dgt want traffic cops to be able to process more fines and complaints at the site, whilst automatically checking any data needed in processing the claim, using a system called Proceso de Informatización de Denuncias, or Pride for short, in their processing of millions of complaints processed each year.

The procurement documents state that the award is for a period of 48 months, with a view to start on the 1st of September this year. The process is the next development in automation since the Dgt started to process fines in this manner in 2004. The successful company will have to provide around 6,000 hand-held terminals, software and updates, and maintain or replace around 4,000 printers, as well as back-office and auxiliary devices and support.

With the new equipment being put in place, not only will traffic police be able to cope better and process fines more efficiently, they will soon be able to streamline the operation to pass their annual figure, with an average of 5,500 fines per day, 200 per hour on average, targeting those who make the roads a more dangerous place for all.  SpanishVida


World Events  29th July

1588 – The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. The Spanish don’t talk much about this

1754 – The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France. Trust it to be a Brit and a Frenchman

1874 – Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.  There you have it. That’s why Wimbledon is the Number 1 tournament

1890 – Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.Pardon?

1940 – John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.What an effort. Makes swimming the channel a bit easier

1950 – Disney’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was released. I loved this

1967 – Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin. 134 U.S. servicemen were killed. Dreadful way to go

1968 – Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s stance against artificial methods of birth control.  This is a dilemma for many Catholics

1981 – England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married. I think she was a wonderful lady.

1999 – Mark O. Barton killed nine people and wounded 13 others in a shooting rampage in Atlanta, GA. He wife and two children had been found bludgeoned to death earlier in the day. There must be something about this dateremember the Boomtown Rats song?

2005 – Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun. Where did that come from?




The Day’s Music Events 29th July

1963, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’. His 14th UK No.1. I love this song

1963, With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’. Happy days with cars, girls and the beach to the forefront

1965, The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London.  No Oscars here

1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.  Big reputation with this group
1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in Woodstock, New York.He didn’t play on this very much

1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records. Big mistake Beatles. Getting too big for your boots

1967, The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Re- issued in 1991 when it made No.7 in the UK. I wonder why it didn’t do so well first time round?

1967, The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.Yes. I bought a sheepskin waistcoat….

1968, Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.  A man who stood for his principles. Well done

1968, The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian.  Great song following the KISS Principle
1972, Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicising his forthcoming London gigs. Not the best singer but what a good publicist

1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’. His only US No.1, the follow up ‘Clair’ peaked at No.2.  A very introvert singer ….

1973, Led Zeppelin lost $203,000 in cash when a thief made off with their safe deposit box from two Madison Square Garden concerts in New York City. The theft took place at The Drake Hotel in New York where the group were staying. Tour manager Richard Cole who discovered the theft was arrested as a suspect and questioned by police but was later released.  I can understand losing a few bob but…..

1974, Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilson’s London flat when she died. Her only solo hit was ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me,’ which also featured the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps. I thought she also had a hit with ‘It’s getting better’

1978, The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.  Great track and great movie

1981, On the day of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a bunch of records were released relating to the event, ‘Lady D’, by Typically Tropical, ‘Charlies Angles’, by Mini & The Metros and ‘Diana’, from Mike Berry. They all failed to reach the charts.I wonder why?

1982, The Asgard Hotel in Dublin owned by Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott was completely destroyed by fire. I remember this being in the news

1986, English songwriter, producer and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and ‘I’m The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.I have a friend who speaks very highly of the man

1987, Michigan state governor James Blanchard declared an annual state wide ‘Four Tops Day’, honouring the group for its contribution to American music.Good

1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.   Good career

. 1990, Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.He has certainly bounced back

. 2001, Atomic Kitten started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1989 Bangles hit ‘Eternal Flame.’  Nice song

2003, The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neill warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr O’Neill.  I like Kylie but I think the teacher has a point

2004, keyboard player Huby Heard died from heart problems. Member of Billy Preston’s, The God Squad, and worked with Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman.  Nice keyboards

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1946, Neal Doughty, keyboards, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).

1947,  Carlo Santanna, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

1959, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’), Tygers Of Pan Tang.

1966,  Miles Hunt, vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter, (1991 UK No.1 single with Vic Reeves ‘Dizzy’).

1972, , Simon Jones, bass, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’). 1973,, Wanya Morris, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’).



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Monday 28th July 2014 I don’t like Mondays


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”

I went up to La Nucia for the early morning mass and after th mass I walked to Polop and back. Believe me when I say it was already boiling hot at 9.30 am!   As soon as I got back home I had time to give Edouard a lesson before I had to go down to the studio to make the Sunday podcast with Neil. Here was the content……

French authorities have recovered one of the two black-box recorders from the 
Spanish-owned, Air Algérie-operated airliner that crashed south of the Malian 
city of Gao, close to the border with Burkina Faso on Thursday.

They also said that the plane was carrying 118 people, not 116, as previously 
thought – including six Spanish crew members – and that none of them had 
survived the incident.   France also tentatively ruled out that the incident had 
been caused by a terrorist attack, saying that the bad weather conditions 
seemed to be the fundamental factor.

After six years, the Spanish economy is adding jobs again. The number of 
people in employment rose by 192,400 in the second quarter of the year from 
the same period in 2013, according to the Active Population Survey released 
on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).   This is the first time 
since the second quarter of 2008, just before the crisis, that net employment 
has grown, measured as growth from the previous year.  Meanwhile, 
unemployment also fell by 424,500 people to a rate of 24.47%.

Felipe VI made his first appearance in the Galician capital of Santiago de 
Compostela as king with a speech loaded with messages on Friday. He 
made the traditional offering to St James the Apostle at the city’s cathedral on 
Galicia’s national day. 

The core of his speech was addressed to those Spaniards who “have been 
severely hit by unemployment” and “the lack of work opportunities for young 
people.”   Felipe, who was accompanied by Queen Letizia, was also quick to 
remember the victims of the Alvia train accident near Santiago that left 79 
dead a year ago on Thursday. “I want that my first words remember, with a 
profound sense of pain, the victims of the Angrois accident that last year filled 
so many families with grief, moved the whole of Spain and cast a shadow over 
this festival,” he said.

The Commonwealth Games are in full swing and the home nations have 
performed particularly well in the swimming and the judio events.

It’s hard to respect the judges already as now a  rape trial has collapsed after 
claims a senior judge fell asleep while an alleged child abuse victim was 
giving evidence. Respected Manchester barrister, Recorder Philip Cattan, 
who sits as a judge part-time, was seen to ‘nod off’ as the under-aged victim 
answered questions from the defence.

Meanwhile, A senior police officer’s 26-year long career is over after he was 
jailed for lying on his CV to win a string of top jobs.   Mike Martin, 46, from 
Carlisle appeared at Preston Crown Court after a four year inquiry into claims 
he exaggerated and fabricated his work achievements to clinch promotion to 
higher ranks with various forces across the UK.

Every driver in a UK crash will have their mobile seized in a bid to cut deaths 
caused by phoning and texting at the wheel.  Police have been ordered to 
check if motorists broke the law by using their phones in the moments before 
any accident.  The move is likely to see mobiles being taken away by officers 
as evidence in prosecutions.

More proof that Britain is all at sea.  The first female commander of a Royal 
Navy warship has been sent home after allegedly having an affair with another 
officer. Commander Sarah West, 42, took charge of the frigate HMS Portland in May 
2012, but has been sent home from duty after claims she was having a 
relationship with a male officer on the same ship.  Podcast Link


Calls for caution have once again been made to swimmers and bathers as the use of pools and beaches dramatically increases during the summer months. As tourists continue to flock into the area the authorities once again warn of the dangers, particularly to non or to weak swimmers, as well as to parents of young children, who might be especially at risk at this time.

In the province of Alicante alone twelve people have lost their lives by drowning in the sea, in reservoirs and in private pools during the period March to July, a figure that is likely to rise during the coming weeks. Indeed, according to data provided by Cicu and the Department of Health, there have been 53 deaths from drowning in the last two years.

The President of the State Association of Accident Victims, DIA, Canes Francisco, said recently that the figures are a “true outrage because most of the cases are avoidable, with the majority due to carelessness of the people involved.”

But in reality, in the absence of accurate statistics on deaths by drowning, the figures may be even greater, said a spokesman from the Red Cross, who emphasized the need to account in detail for the number of deaths and the circumstances of each death, in order to identify the specific reasons so that measures can be taken to avoid such accidents in the future.

Some experts point to the possibility that the reduction in life guard hours and days of surveillance on the beaches may have influenced the number of deaths, although bathers own recklessness is undoubtedly the primary cause.

The list of tragedy’s began on March 30 when a 50 year old man drowned on the Urbanova beach. Apparently, the victim went for an early morning swim from which he failed to return. His family went down to search the beach. Realizing what had happened, they immediately alerted the emergency services, but, unfortunately, the man was dead when he was eventually pulled out of the sea.

A day later, a 3 year old boy died from drowning after falling into a pool in a private house in Javea. The accident occurred on the Cansalades urbanization, where the child and his mother were enjoying a short holiday. When she realized he was missing the mother found the child floating in the pool. Although she pulled him out,Samu were unable to revive him……………………………………………………..The final two deaths were reported last Thursday, when a swimmer aged 42 died in Albufereta and a 78 year old man drowned in la Playa Centro de La Villajoyosa.


Do Not Drink and drive 

Motorists caught in Spain driving under the influence will be slapped with 1,000-euro fines, twice as much as the previous sanction.

This day in 2012 the cabinet approved the hike, which iwas part of the new Traffic and Road Safety Law drafted by the Popular Party government. The changes do not affect the maximum blood alcohol content limit, which continues to be 0.25 mg /l (or 0.15 mg/l for newly licensed drivers). Motorists whose breath test results show more than 0.60 mg/l face prison terms of three to six months or up to three months of community work; they will also lose their driving permits for one to four years. Between 0.50mg/l and 0.60mg/l, drivers will have six points taken from their licenses.

The traffic safety reform also makes bike helmets mandatory for minors riding inside and outside urban centers. Cyclist associations had opposed the initial suggestion of making head protection mandatory for all age groups inside cities.  SpanishVida


World Events  28th July

1540 – King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.He made the rules up as he went along

1794 – Maximilien Robespierre was sent to the guillotine. He was a leading figure in the French Revolution. Sacre Bleu

1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain. Adios amigos

1865 – The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. Something to get their teeth into

1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Yes but it was Pronzip’s fault and he was a Serbian

1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured. Was this deliberate?

1965 – U.S. President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000. That was a huge number

1976 – An earthquake northern China, killed at least 242,000 people. Dreadful event and the UK had a drought in this year

1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.  Good

1998 – Serbian military forces seized the Kosovo town of Malisevo. This has been going on for donkey’s years

1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton I wonder why?

2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era. How does this help us?


The Day’s Music Events 28th July

1954, The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the ‘Memphis Press- Scimitar’.  I’ll bet there wasn’t the interest shown that would eventually follow
1956, Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show. Vincent had released ‘Woman Love’ the previous month, but it was the B-side, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’ that eventually made the top 10. The song had been purchased from a fellow hospital patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries. A demo of the song made its way to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent a hit.I still sing the song-love it!

1960, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Please Don’t Tease’, the singers third UK No.1. The song was chosen for release by a poll of Cliff’s fans.Great song gives me lots of memories-Cliff at his best

1964, On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.Shocking story!

1966, James Brown appeared at The Apollo Theatre in New York City.My musical hero
1966, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘Out Of Time’.Great song. Those Rolling Stones wrote some great songs

1969, Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.This is the danger of communications

1973, Chicago went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chicago IV’, the group’s second US No.1.

1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”  Isn’t it weird that this is so near the date that we had this terrible event recently in Norway?
1982, Queen played the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City.  1990, Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sleeping With The Past’, his fifth No.1 album.

1991, Almost 100 arrests were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penticon, Canada.You can’t touch this?

1996, Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer. The group scored over ten hits during the 60′s including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Leader Of The Pack.’ Very sombre hit song

2000, Five and Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We Will Rock You’, the classic Queen song was only a B-side in 1977 and this new version featured boy band Five and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.Good way to grab a younger audience

2003, The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week. Days of wine and Waitroses?

2004, American soul singer George Williams from The Tymes died of cancer. Had the 1963 US million seller ‘So Much in Love’ and the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Ms Grace’.This was released on the changed RCA label in UK

2008, Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.  This was the signal that she needed the help that was necessary for survival. She lasted just 3 short years and died on 23rd July 2011

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1935, Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd), British TV and radio presenter, hosted a twice-weekly chat show ‘Dee Time’ during the 1960’s, with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix and Lulu.

1938, George Cummings, steel guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1945, Rick Wright, keyboards, vocals, Pink Floyd, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the US chart. 1979 UK and US No.1 single ‘Another Brick In The Wall, (part 2)’. Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million albums worldwide). Wright died on 15th Sept 2008 aged 65 from cancer. Wright appeared on the group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.
1949, Peter Doyle, singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’). Doyle died on 13th October 2001.

1949, Simon Kirke, drums, Free, (1971 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Bad Company (1974 UK No.15 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’).
1949,Steve Took, percussion, T Rex, 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles’). Took died on 27th October 1980.

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Sunday 27th July 2014 Under Pressure


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.

Saturday was roasting hot and I had my swim at 8.30 am. It was good. Then, it was down to my studio to chat with Don Woods. Here’s what we chatted about….

…..and to track 8 on my CD “What Happened To Julie?”…which begs the simple question as to the whereabouts of one of your young schoolboy crushes…it would be nice to know what happened to those lost loves and what they are doing now…….or not?

Still lots of sport on the tele….the Open was a huge success…it was £75 to get in on the Saturday and Sunday…£11 for fish and chips…and a fiver a pint…and it is much better on the TV…but there you are…The Commonwealth Games are now upon us…I saw the highlights of the opening ceremony which looked the same as every other opening ceremony where we watch hoards of athletes jogging past waving at the camera…I’m sure those involved have a great time but I find it all a bit boring…the swimming is a 
good cure for insomnia….along with Rod Stewart who should have called it a day years ago.

The news is still covering the terrible tragedy of the Malaysian airliner…it’s heartbreaking and unbelievable but what you don’t need is the gutter press showing a photograph of a lorry carrying something which is covered over with the headline “IS THIS THE WEAPON WHICH BROUGHT DOWN THE PLANE?”…nobody knows so why speculate with this stupidity…all it does is aggravate the situation…and the Dutch guy who made a speech coming out with stuff like “Were they looking into each others eyes when they knew they 
were going to die…were they linking arms…we will never know?”…This doesn’t help…the poor people who are grieving their loss don’t need this sort of unnecessary banter IT DOESN’T HELP!!!

I was watching Mathew Wright one morning last week and they had Jim Davidson as a guest…I never used to like him but he won me over when he successfully defended the case against him regarding sexual abuse …he was describing the hell he went through being hung drawn and quartered by the press…and how his accusers (who he had no knowledge of) get away scott free.He is an example of a media witch hunt….people who falsely accuse should be thrown straight into jail….I’m now a fan of Jim..and anyone else who tells it like it is.

The Giants are back in Liverpool…those wonderful giant puppets from France who walk the streets and tell a story….they are worked by many puppeteers who swing on ropes etc and bring these marvels to life…last time it was the story of the Titanic…this time it’s World War One as seen through the eyes of a gigantic Granny who has been on display sleeping in a monster bed in St Georges Hall before rising and strolling the streets in front of thousands of onlookers…a wonderful occasion and great for the City….AND 
the weather has helped…great stuff.


Politicians come and go but the problems linger on. If teachers are not allowed to punish unruly children in a meaningful punishment and their parents also pitch in to undermine the teachers do n0t be surprised at the outcome.  Also, look at the television intelligently. When you have TV series like Waterloo Road where the students are acting like criminals and the staff are depicted as being drunkards and idiots there you have a major ingredient for our problems. Finally, children aged five to 11 were already more likely to assault adults than secondary school pupils. It’s all about educating children to not expect to get their own way all the time.

Be Aware-Keep away from Feral Cats

A woman walking her dog in one of France’s most attractive tourist areas was the victim of a ‘nightmare’ attack when a pack of six feral cats dragged her to the ground and mauled her severing an artery.

The 31-year-old victim, who was walking at the edge of a wood in Belfort, in the north-eastern region Franche-Comté, was left traumatised by the attack and suffered bites to her arms and legs along with a gashed artery.  Her dog was also badly hurt in the incident.


World Events  27th July

1214 – At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeated John of England. John was having an off day

1663 – The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports. Fair enough

1689 – Government forces defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.They had no bagpipes

1694 – The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution. A licence to print money

1777 – The marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British. We get on so well with the French

1778 – The British and French fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.Something to pass the time

1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe. Wasn’t that the one that came ashore at Porthcurno in Cornwall

1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds. Exciting times…great ventriloquist dummy!

1914 – British troops invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish rebels. Great, eh?

1918 – The Socony 200 was launched. It was the first concrete barge and was used to carry oil.Interesting

1921 – Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin. Now that was a bit special!

1953 – The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea. Good news!

1955 – The Allied occupation of Austria ended.Good

1965 – In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages. Good step in the right direction.

1967 – U.S. President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence in the wake of urban rioting. UK usually got the American problems 10 years later….riots 1981?

1996 – At the Atlanta Olympics a pipe bomb exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park. One person was killed and more than 100 were injured. I don’t remember this

1998 – Robert Vaughn received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Was it not his uncle?

1999 – The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.Well done!

2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century. Nessie was hiding and she’ll be back

2006 – Intel Corp introduced its Core 2 Duo microprocessors Clever stuff


The Day’s Music Events 27th July

1958, Fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Why wouldn’t they want more petrol bought?

1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman.
1966, The Who appeared at the Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, England. I wasn’t living there at the time

1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion. The Bee Gees have a great work ethic

1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ’Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. It peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.

1974, John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.I was working for a guy whose passion was country music and he loved Annie’s song

1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide Paul MaCartney has had a blistering career

1976, After a four-year legal fight, John Lennon was awarded his Green card, allowing him permanent residence in the US. This was a very important time for John

1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.This was the subject of a very interesting film

1985, Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’. This is a very good song and he was a very good performer
1985, The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. There’s a nice video on YouTube with a great acoustic  guitar solo

1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’. I doubt if the Hungarians knew what had hit them

1991, Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’. He was like a different kind of Rod Stewart voice
1992, Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.Thriller?

1996, The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide. Does the word quality come into this?

2002, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. I found a YouTube video of her singing I will always love you-fantastic!


Birthday Boys and Girls

 1933,  Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley’ plus nine other US Top 40 hits).

1944,  Bobbie Gentry, US singer, songwriter, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Ode To Billie Joe’, 1969 UK No.1 single ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’).
1949,  Maureen McGovern, singer, (1973 US No.1 single ‘The Morning After’).

1949,  Rory MacDonald, bass, vocals, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).

1950, Michael Vaughn, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

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Saturday 26th July 204 Use It Up And Wear It Out


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1980, US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1

Today is the day I will be making my podcast with Don Woods. I’ll add the details and links to the post tomorrow.

It’s been another hot day yesterday but there were a few clouds about. I swam early to avoid the heat and then worked with my students until 12.30 am. There was Judo on the TV from the Commonwealth Games and I was  able to enjoy some really good fighting. Straight after the Judo there were some really good boxing bouts. The best of the medals seemed to be going to England and Australia but the Games are really looking well organised.

I watched the opening ceremony and thought the Barriemore bit was totally self-indulgent and unnecessary. He is talented but this did not add to the event. The gay kiss was totally and utterly not needed. Ever if we had been treated to a heterosexual kiss it would have not really been in the context of the Games. Maybe the organisers might care to review the word innapropriate. As ever, the Queen was a rock and how she appeared so sprightly after such a long ceremony is amazing.  The more I have been away from the UK the better I can understand the role of the Queen. Her hangers-on still make me cross but she is stoic and unfailing in her ability to be a strong figurehead for so many nations some of which I had never heard of until their team was announced in the parade.



In the afternoon we popped down for a mooch around the Benidorm port area. Here are the pictures…


I am always seeking the slightest signs of an end to this recession. China is now beginning to feel the pinch. After selling the world short with underpriced or cheap goods maybe there is a little bit of a balance returning. Maybe all our items in the todo shops in Spain will be replaced by cheap items from the EU?  Meanwhile, the Russians are continuing march into Spain buying property left by Brits returning to the UK and Germans returning to their homeland. There are also lots of houses that have never been occupied to be bought. You can even have citizenship thrown in for free if you’ve got 500, 000 euro to spend. Don’t be too surprised when Spain suddenly realises it has admitted drug barons and prostitute  traffickers.


Alicante´s department of the environment has confirmed the presence of 129 Loggerhead Turtle eggs on the beaches of San Juan.

The eggs were noticed by beach technicians, who notified the ministry immediately, who in turn asked the University of Valencia for assistance.

On account of the beach chosen by the mother turtles was popular with swimmers, and cleaned on a daily basis, the decision was made to move the eggs to a quieter location.

The eggs were split into two batches, 89 of them were taken to the Parque Natural de l’Albufera, the remaining 40 taken to the Oceanográfico de Valencia to be placed in incubators, with an expected birth in August.

The find is considered of “huge importance” by environmental scientists, as there have only been four previous breeding attempts recorded in the last 200 years, in 2006 in Vera and Puçol, and in Cataloniaand Alicante in 2011. Scientists say that the turtles normally return to breed on the beaches where they were born, which indicates that this find could be the first steps in the endangered species recovering along the Mediterranean coastline.

Over population of the beaches by tourists, damage and injury caused by fishing boats, and a reduction n food caused by overfishing, have all contributed to the decline in turtle numbers in recent years, resulting in an international campaign of protection.

The Oceanográfico de Valencia has a special reception facility for sea turtles, where they can undergo medical treatment and rest in the event of injury, before being released back into the wild.  Source: 

World Events  26th July

1881 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny execute a patent application for a facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat. 479,184). Was it in duplicate? 1

908 – U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI.  Very worthwhile

1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister. He was a great leader

1948 – U.S. President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment. It was needed

1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.  He became President

1953 – Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later. He’s had a very good innings

1956 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.  Petrol prices up?

1971 – Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. Wonderful

1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999.  She is still an icon



The Day’s Music Events 26th July

1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1′s.There’s a wonderful podcast with me on my site

1964, The Who appeared at the White Hart Hotel, Acton, London, England.

1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. Great

1969, Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). He was an interesting guy

1974, The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band. They would soon spread their wings

1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’. Great Band

1975, Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979. I love this track

1977, Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5. Why?

1977, Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.Tragic

1980, US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1.Good track

1980, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets £7.50.  I’ll bet there were a few Harleys about that night 1986, Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK.Great track .

1992, American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, dies aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.This was a great show of support and solidarity
1997, It was reported that eight people who had attended this years Glastonbury Festival had been admitted to hospital after contracting the E-Coll bug which had claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland earlier in the year.How quickly did they recover?

2000, Oasis were booed offstage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.  You can’t abuse your fans for very long

2001, Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to Heather Mills, the anti-landmine campaigner and former model. The couple split-up in 2006. It was romantic at the time

2001, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was admitted to a rehabiliation centre, after collapsing with exhaustion. Her record company said the Welsh singer was “receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint – both of which have been exacerbated by drinking and smoking”.  A case of being your own worst enemy

2006, The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.  What a magical memory

2006, The final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside the Rolling Stones – who were the very first band to appear on Top o f the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964. This show just needed a bit of imagination-like a regular Golden Oldies spot

2006, Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003. The whole thing was sordid

CIMG7335  Birthday Boys and Girls

1941,  Bobby Hebb, US singer, (1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 single ‘Sunny’). 1941, Neil Landon, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’), The Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).

1941, Darlene Love, The Crystals, (1962 US No.1 single ‘He’s A Rebel’, 1963 UK No.2 single ‘Then He Kissed Me’).

1942,  Dobie Gray, US singer, (1965 US No.13 and UK No.25 single ‘The In Crowd’, 1973 US No.5 single ‘Drift Away’).

1943, Mick Jagger, vocals, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 35 UK & US Top 40 singles and albums). Solo (1985 UK No.1 single with David Bowie ‘Dancing In The Street’).

1985 UK No. 6 solo album ‘She’s The Boss.’ 1949, Roger Taylor, drums, vocals, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’). Also a member of The Cross. . Lifestyle blog Follow Me on Pinterest ShareBlog DirectoryHQ Arts Blogs

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Friday 25th July 2014 The Most Beautiful Girl


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’, was a No.1 country hit.

The weather was roasting hot and I got my swimming done by I then worked with Chloe and Edouard preparing them for a visit to Terra Natura which would be around 11am. I am following a course which is very interesting as it is linked between Dyslexia and the National Curriculum. There are many interesting and quirky ways of trying to teach English but we only have to listen to the variety of accents to realise that there is no one way. It is down to each teacher to look at the specific needs of each learner and devise correct methods. Often, the problems deepen because of the lack of correction. This is labour intensive and I know what I need to improve my Spanish. I’ve studied enough but most of the teachers don’t correct us often enough. It is frustrating to be a member of a student class knowing mistakes are not being corrected.

We enjoyed Terra Natura as much as usual but it really was a bit too hot for a mid-morning visit. Many of the animals were lethargic although the most active was the Rhinocerous which was getting a bit frisky in the pool!

After the siesta I had to take the gang to the Aqua Pool and then rush off to Albir to take my sister to an important appointment at Villajoyosa Hospital. It was a difficult couple of hours and as I was stuck at the hospital I had to urgently call my friend Dave to see whether he would pick up the gang from the Aqua Park. Thanks Dave!


Japan – some interesting facts.

These practices set a high standard for young people

* Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers. This led to the emergence of a Japanese generation who are modest and keen on cleanliness.

* Any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness
is part of Japanese ethics.

* A hygiene worker in Japan is called “health engineer” and can command salary of USD 5000 to 8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests.

* Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year, but this has not prevented its becoming the second largest economy in the world.

* In just 10 years Hiroshima returned to what it was: economically vibrant before the fall of the atomic bomb.

* Japan prevents the use of mobile phones in trains, restaurants and in public places.

* For first to sixth primary year Japanese students must learn ethics in dealing with people.

* Even though one of the richest people in the world, the Japanese do not have servants.The parents are responsible for the house and children.

* There is no examination from the first to the third primary level because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building.

* If you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste because food must never be wasted.

* The rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year.
The Japanese appreciate the value of time and are very punctual to minutes and seconds.

* Children in schools brush and clean their teeth after a meal at school, teaching them to maintain their health from an early age.

* Japanese students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure proper digestion because these students are the future of Japan.

The Japanese focus on maintaining their own culture.  Therefore:

* No political leader or a prime minister from an Islamic nation has visited Japan not the Ayatollah of Iran, the King of Saudi Arabia or even a Saudi Prince.

* Japan is a country keeping Islam at bay by putting strict restrictions on Islam and ALL Muslims.

1) Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims.
2) In Japan, permanent residency is not given to Muslims..
3) There is a strong ban on the propagation of Islam in Japan.
4) In the University of Japan, Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught.
5) One cannot import a ‘Koran’ published in the Arabic language.
6) According to data published by the Japanese  government, it has given temporary residency to only two lakhs, Muslims, who must follow he Japanese Law of the Land. These  Muslims must speak Japanese and carry out their religious rituals only in their homes.
7) Japan is the only country in the world that has a negligible number of embassies in Islamic countries.
8) Muslims residing in Japan are the employees of foreign companies.
9) Even today, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers or managers sent by foreign companies.
10) In the majority of companies it is stated in their regulations that no Muslims should apply for a job.
11) The Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist, and even in the era of globalization they are not willing to change their Muslim laws.
12) Muslims cannot even rent a house in Japan.
13) If anyone comes to know that his neighbor is a Muslim then the whole neighborhood stays alert.
14) No one can start an Islamic cell or Arabic ‘Madrasa’ in Japan .
15) There is no Sharia law in Japan.
16) If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim, she is considered an outcast forever.
17) According to Mr. Kumiko Yagi, Professor of Arab/Islamic Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, ” There is a mind frame in Japan that Islam is a very narrow-minded religion and one should stay away from it.”

The Japanese might have lost the war, but they are in total control of their own country.

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There are no bombs going off in crowded business centers, “Honour Killings”, nor killing of innocent children or anyone else. 


I was watching the first day of the Commonwealth Games and I have enjoyed the Judo and the cycling. It was nice to see Bradley Wiggins back in the saddle and winning a medal. Pity we’ve lost Mo, though!


World Events  25th July

0841 – Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated Lothar at Fontenay. Were bald men as attractive to the ladies of the court?

1080 – At Brixen, a council of bishops declared Pope Gregory to be deposed and Archbishop Guibert as antipope Clement III. How daft does this sound? It was like children falling out.

1580 – The Book of Concord was first published. The book is a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church. Another organisation….

1658 – Aurangzeb proclaimed himself emperor of the Moghuls in India. He was the only one who could pronounce his name!

1867 – Mexican Indians rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home.Strange but true

1864 – Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.  Cunning swines

1867 – Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.  I used to rip my trousers on this stuff

1870 – In Spain, Queen Isabella abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII.  Muy bien

1876 – Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”   The legend lives on

1917 – The first American fighting troops landed in France. Thank goodness

1920 – The Greeks took 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.  That’s a lot of prisoners

1938 – Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first president of the Irish Republic.  Begorra

1941 – Finland declared war on the Soviet Union. That’s like a mouse declaring war on a tomcat!

1948 – The Soviet Union tightened its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.  Bullies

1950 – North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.  Still festering

1959 – Eamon De Valera became president of Ireland at the age of 76. Good age wasn’t he?

1970 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.  That should still be in force

1987 – Austrian President Kurt Waldheim visited Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The meeting was controversial due to allegations that Waldheim had hidden his Nazi past. Things like this still need discussing

1991 – The last Soviet troops left Czechoslovakia 23 years after the Warsaw Pact invasion. Good

1993 – Kim Campbell took office as Canada’s first woman prime minister. She assumed power upon the resignation of Brian Mulroney. Canada just seems to go quietly about its work

1996 – Outside the Khobar Towers near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia a truck bomb exploded. The bomb killed 19 Americans and injured over 500 Saudis and Americans. Who on earth can feel good about such carnage?

1997 – The Russian space station Mir was hit by an unmanned cargo vessel. Much of the power supply was knocked out and the station’s Spektr module was severely damaged. Were any Mirkats injured?

1998 – Microsoft’s “Windows 98″ was released to the public. It seems years ago

1999 – Germany’s parliament approved a national Holocaust memorial to be built in Berlin. Good. This should never be forgotten.

2000 – A Florida judge approved a class-action lawsuit to be filed against American Online (AOL) on behalf of hourly subscribers who were forced to view “pop-up” advertisements.Very interesting. Pop-ups are really annoying.

The Day’s Music Events 25th July

1960, Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.One of my favourite songs

1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime; at night they performed again at the Cavern Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking is Brian Epstein’s attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure with no response from the audience.I might have been at the lunchtime gig

1963, Cilla Black made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while at a Gerry And The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.Did she chat him up?

1964, The Beatles third album ‘A Hard Days Night’ started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. It is a great album
1965, Bob Dylan played a full ‘electric’ set at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island and was booed off stage.Why?
1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. A nice, loose arrangement
1970, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1′s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.I wonder why that line would cause such problems
1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get It On’, the group’s second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Good track

1984, Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.A great name

1987, Madonna had her fifth UK No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’. Also a US No.1 hit.A good disco track
1992, Neil Diamond started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits 1966-1992.‘A very popular man

1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’, was a No.1 country hit. Two excellent hit songs from a good singer

1995, R.E.M. with special guests Oasis appeared at The Alfred McAlpine stadium, Huddersfield, England. Good show

1998, Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Under Ground’, their thirteenth hit and first UK No.1.Saw them in Cornwall

1998, Jane McDonald went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album. The singer had been featured in a BBC documentary ‘Cruise’, and became the first singer to debut at No.1 without having a hit single.She looked good on the TV show

1999, This years Woodstock Festival ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalised after drinking polluted water. Somewhat different to the original Woodstock
2006, George Michael phoned the UK daytime TV Richard and Judy show to talk about the recent story when he was caught ‘cruising’ for sex and was photographed kissing and groping with a stranger.Great singer…weird lifestyle

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1925,  Bennie Benjamin session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. Film ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ released in 2003. Died 20th April 1969.

1941,  Manuel Charlton, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’, 1976 US No.8 single, ‘Love Hurts’).

1942,  Bruce Woodley, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’). 1943, Jim McCarty, drums, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’).

1944, Tom Dawes, Cyrkle, (1966 US No.2 single ‘Red Rubber Ball’), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour. 1946,  Jose Chepito Areas, percussionist, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).       . Lifestyle blog Follow Me on Pinterest ShareBlog DirectoryHQ Arts Blogs

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Thursday 24th July 204 ‘Eye Of The Tiger’,


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1982, Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.

Well, the day began well with my early morning swim followed by a good teaching session with Chloe and Edouardo. We need to check the baics on a regular basis and it is quite alarming at the  numbr of very basic words that are not learnt properly. Either they become less important or they get completely overlooked and become a huge gap in the learning base. It has been very interesting to see just how many of my French words have not deserted me in my hour of need. Furthermore, I can understand what is being said to me far eaier than what I want to say for myself. At least I am not mixing up my French with my Spanish as much this year.

The heat was scorching today and there have been big fires around Spain. It is a worrying time for all and I thank the work of the Bomberos who keep us safe. They have not got the best equipment and they are not over-staffed. However, they are very professional and we visited the Benidorm Bomberos very recently. We also had a good relationship with the French Pompiers in Brittany where I did several disco nights during the twinning exchange visits.

We needed a siesta today because of the heat. After resting we took Edouardo to see the Valor Chocolateria in Villajoyosa. It is a great visit.

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A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbour hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.  Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”



(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.

A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’

They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’

When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us..
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.


It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

The Day’s Events 24th July


1847 – Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah.  They still manage to knock on my door in their smart suits

1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland. Good

1948 – Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The U.S.-British airlift began the following day. So did the Cold War

1956 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their team. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946. A great duo

1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Phew!

1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.Intrigue

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak. Amazing

Music Events 24th July

1964, A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards aims a kick at a yob who was spitting at the group. Two policemen and 30 fans were injured and the damage is estimated at over £4,000. It is very difficult not to empathise with Keith Richards. Spitting is offensive

1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. I think I prefer the Byrds version
1967, All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana. Musicians aren’t the best to give advice in this area

1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation. Whether he was a conman or not it the Maharishi is an interesting part of the Beatles story. In the event of modern therapies did the Beatles miss an opportunity

1969, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album. I liked Badfinger and we were all very interested in all the Beatle related developments
1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Indian Reservation’. Was it better than Don Fardon?

1972, Bobby Ramirez drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed after becoming involved in a brawl in a Chicago bar. The fight started after comments were made about the length of his hair.What an awful waste of a life

1974, George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock Your Baby’. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.What happened to Gwen McCrae?

1976, Status Quo, The Strawbs, Hawkwind, Curved Air and Budgie all appeared at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales.  Good show

1976, The Beach Boys ’20 Golden Greats’ album started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. I bought it
1976, The Manhattans started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, the group’s only US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.Very nice track

1976, Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and was Elton’s first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 ‘Duets’ album. Great track

1977, Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced ‘I Feel Love’. The disco diva’s only UK chart topper.I love most of her music.
1978, The Robert Stigwood film ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, was released, featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton.Did it do anything?
1980, Peter Sellers, actor, singer, died of a heart attack. (1956 UK No.9 single ‘Ying Tong Song’ with The Goons, 1960 UK No.4 single ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, with Sophia Loren, 1965 UK No.14 single ‘A Hard Day’s Night’).He was also an accomplished mimic and is acknowledged as presenting the first impression of Michael Caine. Not a lot of people know that!

1982, Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.I love this song and I admit I am a Rocky Bilboa fan

1984, The Rev. C.L. Franklin died, (father of soul singer Aretha Franklin). Franklin who was an American Baptist minister as well as a Civil Rights activist had been in a coma since 1979 after being shot by burglars at his home in Detroit.This must have influenced Aretha’s career

1993, U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Zooropa’ the Irish bands fourth US No.1.Great sounds
1993, UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961. Nice contrast from the original version

1997, Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broken the man’s Ray-Bans sunglasses. Ridiculous yobbish unnecessary behaviour

1999, Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.One more night?

2000, Ronan Keating was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’, the Irish singers 2nd UK No.1.Nice man who recently completed a wonderful fund-raising walk

2002, A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury’s prized koi fish. Mercury’s former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury’s death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.This whole story sounded a bit fishy to me

2007, Beyonce tripped down twelve stairs while performing “Ring the Alarm” on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from the night of the concert captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at the Amway Arena appeared within hours on YouTube.  You can’t do anything without a video going on YouTube

2008, Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after smashing a photographer’s camera. The 29-year-old lost his temper with news agency employee Catherine Mead when she followed him around Crewkerne, Somerset, in August 2007. Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard how he grabbed the camera and broke the lens, he was ordered to pay £918.27 in compensation to Ms Mead. I don’t like Doherty but I can see why he did what he did. The press are too pushy

Born on this day


1941, Barbara Love, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).

1942,  Heinz Burt, bass, The Tornadoes, (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. He died on 7th April 2000.
1944, Jim Armstrong, Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).

1947,  Alan Whitehead, drummer, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’, 1970 US No.10 single, ‘Reflections Of My Life’).
1970, Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’, 2001 US No.1 single ‘I’m Real’).



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Wednesday 23rd July 2014 We are the Champions


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What a day we had yesterday!  I had to get up at 7 pm to go down to alicante Airport and young Jack came to keep me company. The airport is a very big and sprawling airport now whereas when we first came here it wasn’t unlike Liverpool. It has become huge and it is always likely it will take you a while to locate your car once you have met your guests. I suppose it depends on the regularity of your visits and the amount of time you give yourself to get from A to B. Coming back from the airport we took a deviaion and ended up in the middle of the city. As it is one of  Spain’s larger cities it is always likely you’ll hit a bit of heavy traffic. Yesterday, it was more a question of the detours affecting the trip.

Once we were back I was quickly down in the studio working with Annie Bennett on a podcast discussing the number of abortions being undertaken by young girls. It has even been described as using abortion as contraception. The figures are quite horrific when realising each abortion could have been a new life. Here’s the link to the podcast.

Before lunch I had my swimming time and then I had time to study a bit of Spanish whilst all the youngsters went out to Terra Natura.  It was very hot and it will be hotter tomorrow. Our young French student, Juliette, went back to France with her father today and Edouard has replaced her. Juliette was a very nice young lady during her stay and we enjoyed her company.


The best lawyer story of all time
The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the city’s most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, “Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don’t give a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?”

The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, “First, did your research also show
you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge
medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?”

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, “Uh . . . no, I didn’t know that.”
“Secondly,” says the lawyer, “did it show that my brother, a disabled
veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his
wife and six children?”

The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off

“Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister’s husband died in a
dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?”

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, “I’m so sorry, I had
no idea.”

And the lawyer says, “So .. . . if I didn’t give any money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to you?”



There was this bloke sitting at the bar staring at his drink, and a big idiot  biker comes up, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig.

“Well, what`ya gonna do about that?” he says, menacingly, and the bloke burst into tears.
“Come on, man,” the biker says, “I didn’t think you’d CRY. I can`t stand to see a man cry.”“This is the worst day of my life, I’m a complete failure” the bloke blubbers…..
`I was late for a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the carpark my car had been stolen.
I left my wallet in the taxi I took home only to find my old lady in bed with the gardener… then to cap it all my  dog bit me.”
“So then I come to this pub to work up the courage to end to it all, buy a drink, drop a capsule in and watching the poison dissolve you show up and down the whole lot !  …… Anyway, enough about me.. how’s your day going?”

World Events  23rd July

1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. Great idea

1827 – The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA.  I think the Uk was a bit earlier and then  there were the Roman Baths

1829 – William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter. I’ll make a note of that

1904 – The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO. I suppose someone had to invent it

1914 – Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I.This part of Europe has always been a mess

1938 – The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah. Good idea

1952 – Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew King Farouk I. I remember this

1958 – The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautils achieved the goal on August 3, 1958. With Captain Nemo?

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. via the Tornadoes?

1972 – Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.  A legend

1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first to resign the title. Fair cop

1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.  .I quite liked them both

2000 – Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France. Drugs and all…


The Day’s Music Events 23rd July

1955, Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rose Marie.’ The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.A quality song from a different era

1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Hard Days Night’, the group’s fifth UK No.1.  A good song
1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. I like Sinatra and his music

1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ the group’s 8th and last UK No.1. Great Decca hit
1977, Barry Manilow went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Looks Like We Made It’, his third US No.1. Not a hit in the UK. Why?

1977, Who drummer Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin on stage during a gig at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles playing a duet with Zeppelin drummer John Bonham before taking to the microphone and attempting to sing. I’ve got my Who tee-shirt on
1980, Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. 1983, Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’s My Home.)’ The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song ‘Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)’. Cliff is another legend-ask any tennis fan

1983, Yazoo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second and final release ‘You And Me Both’.  I liked both of them
1983, The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Police also went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.Sting made the tills ring

1989, Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen’s sax man Clarence Clemons.A good line-up but did they cut the mustard?

. 1996, Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.Another sad story from the world of pop

2000, Farrah Franklin left Destiny’s Child after only five months with the group, the remaining trio of Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle said that Farrah was not kicked out, but had all agreed that Farrah and Destiny’s Child should part ways.  Evolution is like that
‘ 2000, The Corrs started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Blue’.This is one lovely family band
2003, James Brown announced his separation from his fourth wife using an advertisement featuring the Disney character Goofy. The 70-year-old placed the notice in Variety magazine, it featured a picture of himself, his wife Tomi Rae and their two-year-old son, James Joseph Brown II, posing with Goofy at Walt Disney World. He was always outrageous

2005, Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan’s 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.  This sounds kosher to me

2006, McFly scored their 5th UK No.1 single with ‘Please Please’.Nice group of lads

2006, George Michael was accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, after being photographed in London’s Hampstead Heath with a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and van driver Norman Kirtland for slander, Michael stated that he openly cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.This is too sick for words. I like the music but the behaviour is foul

2008, A waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis, revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos’, at the London attraction. Earlier in the week her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. She is a troubled soul with a fabulous voice and her dad is quite a singer too

2010, Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley’s autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called “memorabilia” was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer’s body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was fake. This is too sick and goes to far in memorabelia’s gory travels


CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1942, Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’).

1945, Dino Danelli, drums, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).

1946, Andy Mackay, sax, woodwind, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virgina Plain’ and 15 other UK Top 40 singles’)

1947, David Essex, UK singer, actor, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Gonna Make You A Star’, plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles, 1974 US No.5 single, ‘Rock On’). 1947, Tony Joe White, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.8 single, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, 1970 UK No.22 single ‘Groupie Girl’, wrote ‘Steamy Windows’, UK No.13 single for Tina Turner).

1950,Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).
1952,  Janis Siegel, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 ‘Chanson D’amour’, 1981 US No.7 single ‘Boy From New York City’).

1961, Martin Gore, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1990 US No.8 single, ‘Enjoy The Silence’).  1965,  Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitar, Guns N’ Roses, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, 1991 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Use Your Illusion II’). Velvet Revolver, (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’).


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Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.


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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, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He had the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett

Today was a hot day but I was in my studio for a lot of the morning. I got up at 8.30 for my swim and then had a light breakfast. I got the first part of the lesson underway and then left the girls working as I had a podcast to make with Annie Bennett. The reason I wanted to talk to her is because I had read a shocking report in the Mail. I wonder whether you see this to be as bad as I do?  Here it is……..

A British schoolgirl has had four abortions before her 16th birthday, new figures  had revealed. The unnamed teenager, who underwent her fourth termination in 2012, is among more than 200 under-16s to have had repeat abortions in the past three years. Shockingly, a further five of these girls had three abortions before reaching the age of consent. Article

Unfortunately, the call quality of our podcat was so bad I have had to shelve this particular podcast until Annie is available again. I just cannot imagine how bad the morals have become in some parts of Britain. There is a lot to discuss from the Education System through the influence of the television and the irresponsibility of youngsters at a ridiculously young age. They are not having the lines kept in place marking acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. From the same article ..

Earlier this year, a 13-year-old schoolgirl was given the right to choose whether to have an abortion by a High Court judge.  Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that the youngster was capable of making up her own mind as to whether or not to keep the child. If this is the case both she and the young person with whom she had sex were capable of knowing they were breaking the law. In this case the judge has shown no moral leadership where responsible behaviour is concerned.


Later on in the afternoon we popped into our friend Paul Melba’s place to wish him a very happy birthday. We’d been up to Benidoleig to see the caves. Here are the pictures……

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How Old is Grandma?

Stay with this — the answer is at the end.  It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..


The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
‘      television

‘       penicillin
‘       polio shots
‘       frozen foods
‘       Xerox
‘       contact lenses
‘       Frisbee s and
‘       the pill
There were no:
‘       credit cards
‘       laser beams or
‘       ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
‘       pantyhose
‘       air conditioners
‘       dishwashers
‘       clothes dryers

‘       and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
‘    man hadn’t yet walked on the moon


Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. …. … and then lived together..
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege…
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.


We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.
And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan  or China ‘ on it, it was junk
The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam….
Pizza Hut, Mc Donald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
‘      “grass” was mowed,
‘      “coke” was a cold drink,
‘     “pot” was something your mother cooked in and
‘     “rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
‘     “Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
‘      “chip” meant a piece of wood,
‘     “hardware” was found in a hardware store and
‘    “software” wasn’t even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?  I bet you have this old lady in mind….you are in for a shock!

This woman would be only 60 years old!


World Events  22nd July

1376 – The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.  I think it was probably true

1587 – A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances. Weird

1796 – Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland. Interesting

1798 – The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797.  Great

1812 – English troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain.  1-0?

1916 – 10 people were killed when a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, CA.  Horrible

1946 – 90 people were killed when Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.  Never justified

1965 – “Till Death Us Do Part” debuted on England’s BBC-TV.  This was a comedy about how a racist lived in British society

1987 – The U.S. began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran.  Good idea

1991 – Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, charged she’d been raped by boxer Mike Tyson in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson was later convicted of rape and served 3 years in prison.  It’s a pity his behaviour was so bad because he was a great fighter

1998 – Iran tested medium-range missile, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia. Bad news

2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.  How many?

2003 – In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.  Good riddance

2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported. Mon Dieu!

2004 – The September 11 commission’s final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to White House officials the day before.  How on earth could anyone predict such evil?

2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.  I’ll just check my watch…..


The Day’s Music Events 22nd July

1963, The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare.Gerry and the Pacemakers were a great group and often more popular than the Beatles

1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall. This would hardly get the same punishment today. Maybe a warning?
1967, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, Procol Harum, No.4, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’, The Turtles, No.3, ‘It Must Be Him’, Vikki Car’, No.2, ‘Alternate Title’, The Monkees and No.1, ‘All You Need Is Love’, The Beatles.Great tracks
. 1971, John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano. I love this song and remember the video vividly
1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.Oh dear!
1973, Van Morrison appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, playing his first UK show for over 2 years. Tickets, £1.10-£2. Popular man!
1979, Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’This was real rock n roll

1989, Former actress Martika started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Toy Soldiers’, a No.5 hit in the UK. Good song

.  1989, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release ‘A New Flame’. Good band
1989, Sonia was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced song was the Liverpool singers only UK chart topper.Dodgy song

1989, The soundtrack album ‘Batman’ by Prince started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.Always an interesting genius
1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.Be sure your sins will find you out

1999, Simple Minds closed their official fan club due to dwindling membership.  What a pity as they did make good music
2000, Oasis appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.  Good gig
2001, Destiny’s Child went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for the second time with ‘Survivor’.  OK

2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He had the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett. This was a really nice Frenchman who always had a smile on his face

2004, American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.I didn’t know this man’s work

2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.Really nice soul group

2005, Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said “singing while driving stimulates the mind.” Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s Firestarter should be avoided.  I think it was not very good offering such advice as this was far too subjective. I know different music reacts differently with different people. 

2006, Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.  He is missed

2007, Welsh singer Paul Potts started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘One Chance.’ Potts became the winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show.  Nice voice

CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1941, George Clinton, (1994 UK No.22 single ‘Bop Gun’), Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).

. 1944,  Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.4 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’). Died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on 11th Feb 2009, aged 67. 1944, Ric Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp, (1979 UK No.7 & US No.6 single with ‘The Logical Song’ and a 1979 US No.1 & UK No.3 album ‘Breakfast In America’).
1947, Don Henley, The Eagles, drums, vocals, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975′ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo (1985 US No.5 & UK No.12 single ‘The Boys of Summer’).
1956, Mick Pointer, drummer Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’). 1963, Born on this day, Emily Saliers, guitar, vocals, Indigo Girls, (1989 US No.22 album ‘Indigo Girls’).  1973, Rufus Wainwright, Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright. 2003 album ‘Want One’, 2005 UK No.21 album ‘Want Two’, 2007 UK No.2 album ‘Release the Stars.’

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Monday 21st July 2014 In the Meantime….


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1966, Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Away’. The song started life as a TV jingle for a petrol advert.


The weather was hot and I went to the early morning mass in La Nucia old town. After the mass I had a nice walk even if it were a little too hot. I went from La Nucia over to Polop and it is a lovely walk. As soon as I got back home it was time to get ready to make the podcast with Neil. Here is the content and the link..

The biggest and most horrific story is about the plane shot down over 
Ukraine.  Stock markets around the world extended earlier losses already 
prompted by America slapping Moscow with new sanctions, while safe-haven 
assets such as gold rose. Is anyone else sickened by this side of capitalism?

Lionel Messi may have just been named the most valuable player at the World 
Cup in Brazil but that is unlikely to soften the blow of having to pay Spain’s 
largest tax bill — a whopping €53 million ($71 million).

The mayor of Vitoria has caused a stir by accusing Algerians and Moroccans 
of registering as residents at the Basque city’s town hall with the sole purpose 
of claiming social benefits.

The British government summoned the Spanish ambassador to the Foreign 
Office in London on Thursday over the actions of a Spanish naval vessel near 

In the UK a 5-year-old girl was found wandering the streets alone after she 
was dropped off at her Brownsover, Rugby, school when it was closed on 
strike last Thursday. This is bad enough but A mother, 30, who cannot be 
named for legal reasons, admitted drinking six cans of lager and taking her 
three-year-old to the pub before going to pick her other children up from 

Is there a link between the story about the schoolgirl, who underwent her fourth 
termination in 2012, and is among more than 200 under-16s to have had 
repeat abortions in Britain in the past three years and the capers in Magaluf?

It used to be your experience that mattered when applying for work.
But now applicants seeking freelance assignments with the BBC are being 
asked if they are gay and, bizarrely, whether they received free school meals
The new 31-page questionnaire everyone – from make-up artists to frontline 
presenters – wanting to be paid by the corporation must complete even asks if 
their parents were on benefits.   Click Here

I’m told this is true


To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me In Downtown Savannah night before last.

Date: 2010-05-27, 1:43 a.m.  E.S.T.

I was the guy wearing the black Bur berry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend’s purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.

First, I’d like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn’t expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason. My girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 …45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head … isn’t it?!

I know it probably wasn’t fun walking back to wherever you’d come from with that brown sludge in your pants. I’m sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].

After I called your mother or “Momma” as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you’d done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, — on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]

I then threw your wallet into the big pink “pimp mobile” that was parked at the curb … after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver’s side of the car.

Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. Ma Bell just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for a little over a day now, so what ‘s going on with that? Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA’s office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.

The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).

In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you, but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you’ve chosen to pursue in life. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!

Thoughtfully yours,



Add these to your daily diet:

1 . Apples

They are high in fibre for a healthy digestive system.  They also
reduce the risk of stroke and chances of dying of a heart attack.
2. Artichokes
They protect the liver against toxic build-up. They also reduce levels
of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, because they are rich in antioxidant.
3. Avocados
They are loaded with the powerful antioxidants which helps the
body get rid of cancer-causing substances
4. Beets
They are loaded with folic acid, an important B vitamin that protects
against heart disease and cancer.
5. Blueberries
They help your brain produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved
in memory, coordination, and feelings of well- being.
6. Broccoli
They help fight cancer and are loaded with vitamin C to boost the
immune system. They also help normalize blood pressure and are
rich in fibre for a healthy digestive system.
7. Cherries
They help kill cancer cells which shrink pancreatic, breast, and liver.
8. Chicory
Toss some chicory in your salads.  This is a cancer-fighting carotenoid that your body converts to vitamin A.
9. Coconut Oil
 It has immune-stimulating properties, thanks to lauric acid, a fatty acid in the oil. Lauric acid
fights viruses and bacteria in the body. Like most oils, coconut oil is high in
calories, so don’t overdo it. A teaspoon or two a day is all you need.
10. Cranberries
 Cranberries work by keeping harmful bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract.

World Events  21st July


1831 – Belgium became independent as Leopold I was proclaimed King of the Belgians.  It’s not really that long ago.

1861 – The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.  A long haul ahead

1873 – Jesse James and his gang pulled off the first train robbery in the U.S. They took $3,000 from the Rock Island Express at Adair, IA.  They were a bad lot but became folk heroes

1925 – The “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted of violating the state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.  How narrow-minded people have been over the years

1931 – CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.  It’s taken a long time for others to catch up

1940 – Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia were annexed by the Soviet Union. We’ll have a bit of that…

1954 – The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Not always a good solution

1957 – Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition.  Well done Althea

1959 – A U.S. District Court judge in New York City ruled that “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not a dirty book.  My teachers at school thought it was

1961 – Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.  Very brave

1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.  A legend

1980 – Draft registration began in the United States for 19 and 20-year-old men.  In some ways this helps the economy

1997 – The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.  Fabulous

1998 – Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, 17, was paralyzed after a fall while practicing for the women’s vault competition at the Goodwill Games in New York. Spinal surgery 4 days later failed to restore sensation below her upper chest.  This is a tragedy

1999 – The missing plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. was found off of the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. The bodies of Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren Bessette were found on board. The plane had crashed on July 16, 1999.  The family suffered tremendous tragedies

2002 – WorldCom Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time it was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.  This should have offered us some indicators as to how to handle debt and its problems

2004 – White House officials were briefed on the September 11 commission’s final report. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to the public the next day.  To be fair who could have predicted how evil evil could be?

2007 – The seventh and last book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released.  I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan but the films have been fantastic

The Day’s Music Events 21st July


1961, The Everly Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Temptation.’ The American duo’s fourth and last UK No.1. I always thought it was somebody else and I need to check this song

1965, Sonny & Cher appeared at The Power House, San Diego, California.Would Cher have made it without Sonny? Probably but they worked well as a duo at this time

1966, Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Away’. The song started life as a TV jingle for a petrol advert.I am a big Georgie Fame fan but prefered him with the Blue Flames

1969, The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song ‘Come Together’ at Abbey Road studios in London.   This song drags a bit for me
1973, Jim Croce started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.I never really got to know his music

1973, Canned Heat, Chuck Berry, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Medicine Head, Brewers Droop, Roy Wood and Wizzard all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.  Great billing
1977, Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their third single, ‘Pretty Vacant’. The performance helped push the song up the charts to No.7.  I hated their music with a capital H

1982, Queen played the first night on their 32-date ‘Hot Space’ North American tour at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Canada.I lived in Truro in Cornwall where Roger Taylor was a hallowed name with musicians

1990, Glen Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘She Ain’t Worth It’, a No.12 hit in the UK.Not the best for me

1990, Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. Over 350,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor and others took part.A great event

1994, Oasis played their first ever American show as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands in New York City.  They were in a better frame of mind for playing in those days
1995, A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson’s estate. The singer denied any improprieties.I am a fan of his music and I think Michael was a troubled soul but not evil

1996, Alanis Morissette started a second run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Jagged Little Pill’, which stayed at the top for eight weeks.  I must listen to her music…
2001, Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her 47-date Drowned World Tour at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the singers first world tour in eight years, following The Girlie Show in 1993. Over 730,000 people attended the shows throughout North America and Europe, the tour grossed over $75 million. You could accuse her of being popular

2002, Producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed aged 59 in a car accident near Reading, together with his wife Sheila. They had been driving along the M4 motorway on their way home from a party when Gus fell asleep at the wheel of the Jaguar XK8 convertible, crashing down an embankment at speed and ending up in a ditch.  This is another of pop’s tragic stories. I didn’t know his name but I liked his artistes

2003, Coldplay singer Chris Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after he allegedly attacked a photographer’s car after he had taken pictures of him surfing at Seven Mile Beach. Martin admitted he had lost his temper due to the constant harassment by that journalist, and consequently smashed his windscreen and let the air out of his tyres.  I have to say some of these journalists do ask for what they ultimately get. I am not a Coldplay fan but I understand how he must have felt
2004, Composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’Great tracks from another great writer and composer of great music

2005, UK singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1960s performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies’ R&B All Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated on Winnie The Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for Robotnik on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game.His song Let the Heartaches Begin is one of the best loved tracks that came from the sixties and he was a major influence

2007, Sharon Osbourne’s music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.He certainly got the business done and would always have had his critics

2008, Amy Winehouse’s husband was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, admitted assaulting James King, 36, at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London, in June 2006. He also admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court trying to make Mr King withdraw his complaint using a £200,000 bribe.  Maybe this is why Amy acts so badly at times? She is undoubtedly a great singer and obviously has other problems in her life
2008, The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million. Hello, hello, hello. What have we ‘ere?

CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1942,  Kim Fowley, US singer, producer, worked with The Murmaids, PJ Proby, The Beach Boys, The Runaways, Frank Zappa, Slade, Family. Produced the 1962, B Bumble And The Stingers UK No.1 ‘Nut Rocker.’

1945, Mike Wilson, The Four Pennies, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Juliet’). 1946, Barry Whitwam, drums, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).

1947, Cat Stevens, singer, songwriter, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Matthew And Son’, 1972 UK No.9 & US No.6 single, ‘Morning Has Broken’). Wrote ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ Covered by PP Arnold, Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow. Converted to the Muslim religion in 1977 changing his name to Yusef Islam. I met him in the lift at BBC Radio Merseyside and I can remember that meeting very clearly.
1955, Howie Epstein, bass, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, (1977 single ‘American Girl’, 1989 UK No.28 single ‘I Won’t Back Down’, 1991 UK No.3 album ‘Into The Great Wide Open’). Died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico on 23rd February 2003.
1958, Henry Priestman, vocals, keyboards, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’). Also a member of The Yachts and It’s Immaterial.


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