Friday 6th March 2015 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London

We had a lovely drive up to Valencia yesterday. The weather was wonderful and the city was a joy to behold. We saw our boys in their Kings Language Academy and then we had a fabulous day watching the midday mezclata with a huge number of Valencians and their visitors. We had a brilliant chinese meal in Chinatown and then went off to get some Churros and chocolate. The rest of the day was spent looking around the Science and technology park. I’ll add the photos later.



This  is a real test given by Human Relations Departments at many of the major corporations today. It helps  them get better insight concerning their employees and in  their prospective employees.

There  are 10 Simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper.  Record your letter answers to each question.



1.  When do you feel your best…
A)  in the morning
B) during the afternoon and early  evening
C) late at night

2. You usually  walk…
A)  fairly fast, with long steps
B) fairly fast, with  little steps
C) less fast head up, looking the world  in the face
D) less fast, head down
E) very  slowly

3.  When talking to people you…
A) stand  with your arms folded
B) have your hands clasped
C) have one or both your hands on your hips
D)  touch or push the person to whom you are talking
E)  play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit  with..
A)  your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
B)  your legs crossed
C) your legs stretched out or  straight
D) one leg curled under you

5.  When something really amuses you, you react with…
A) big appreciated laugh
B) a laugh, but  not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a sheepish  smile

6. When you go to a party or social  gathering you…
A) make a loud entrance so  everyone notices you
B) make a quiet entrance, looking  around for someone you know
C) make the quietest  entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7.  You’re working very hard, concentrating hard, and  you’re interrupted…
A) welcome the break
B) feel extremely irritated
C) vary between these  two extremes

8. Which of the following  colors do you like most….
A) Red or orange
B) black
C) yellow or light blue
D) green
E) dark blue or purple
F) white
G) brown or  gray

9.  When you are in bed at night, in those last few  moments before going to sleep you are…..

A)  stretched out on your back
B) stretched out face down  on your stomach
C) on your side, slightly curled
D) with your head on one arm
E) with your head  under the covers

10.  You often dream that you  are…
A)  falling
B) fighting or struggling
C) searching for  something or somebody
D) flying or floating
E) you  usually have dreamless sleep
F) your dreams are always  pleasant


1 (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c)  7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3.  (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d)  1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4  (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5  (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e  ) 1
10 (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they  should “handle with care.” You’re seen as vain,  self-centered, and extremely dominant.. Others may admire  you, wishing they could be more like you, but don’t always  trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with  you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an  exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality, a  natural leader, who’s quick to make decisions, though not  always the right ones. They see you as bold and  adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone  who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy  being in your company because of the excitement you  radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as  fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always  interesting, someone who’s constantly in the center of  attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go  to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and  understanding, someone who’ll always cheer them up and  help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see  you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They  see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a  person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but  someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and  who expects the same loyalty in return. Those who really  get to know you, realize it takes a lot to shake your  trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a  long time to get over if that trust is ever  broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS:Your friends see  you as painstaking and fussy.. They see you as very  cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder It  would really surprise them if you ever did something  impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to  examine everything carefully from every angle and then,  usually decide against it. They think this reaction is  caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21  POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and  indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always  wants someone else to make the decisions and who doesn’t  want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you  as a worrier who always sees problems that don’t exist.  Some people think you’re boring. Only those who know you well, know that you aren’t.


The Day’s Events 6th March

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam. Was it called before then?

1808 – At Harvard University, the first college orchestra was founded. I’d be first fiddle

1820 – The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory. No sitting on the fence here

1836 – The thirteen-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended. The Mexican army of three thousand men defeated the 189 Texas volunteers. My goodness they put up a brave fight

1854 – At the Washington Monument, several men stole the Pope’s Stone from the lapidarium. What on earth was this all about?

1857 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens. Dreadful

1899 – Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.Well done, boys

1939 – In Spain, Jose Miaja took over the Madrid government after a military coup and vowed to seek “peace with honor.” This is such sn interesting country

1944 – During World War II, U.S. heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs. Even though we were allies I still think the death toll was awful

1946 – Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, struck an agreement with France that recognized his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union. Would he be happy with this?

1947 – Winston Churchill announced that he opposed British troop withdrawals from India.Turbulent times

1957 – The British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana. Nice to see developing countries

1960 – Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.Why stop there?

1960 – The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. I bet they didn’t think they’d be there too long

1964 – Tom O’Hara set a new world indoor record when he ran the mile in 3 minutes, 56.4 seconds. I don’t remember his name

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas. This was at a time UK was ready for striking miners and 3 day weeks

1975 – Iran and Iraq announced that they had settled their border dispute.Oh yeah!

1980 – Islamic militants in Tehran said that they would turn over American hostages to the Revolutionary Council.This has always been a troublesome area

1981 – U.S. President Reagan announced a plan to cut 37,000 federal jobs. What he did in the USA would be copied by Maggie

1985 – Yul Brynner played his his 4,500th performance in the musical “The King and I.”Anyone remember the joke about the haicut?

1987 – The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. 189 people died.Another tragic incident which has had an impact on me as were were travelling very often on the Plymouth.Roscoff ferry

1992 – The last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired. The show had been on since September of 1984. A very good show

1992 – The computer virus “Michelangelo” went into effect.It affected your neck if you were painting ceilings

1997 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site. One is welcome to sign one’s visitor book

The Day’s Music Events 6th March

1951, Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello died aged 58. He first became known for the song ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning,’ which he composed during World War I. The annual British songwriter award is named after him.He was a man of stature

1961, George Formby died aged 57. UK singing comedian and ukulele player. Made over 20 films, best known song ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post.’ Made an OBE in 1946. Influenced George Harrison. I think this is so weird that George Formby influenced George Harrison so much

1965, The Temptations No.1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song ‘My Girl’-the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown, The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made No.2 when re-issued.This was a great song and made a hit through the discos

1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. It did become a cathartic album

1968, UK singer Sandie Shaw married fashion designer Jeff Banks.I hadn’t remembered this

1971, Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chat with ‘Baby Jump’, the group’s second and final No.1.I liked their sound

1973, an attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed.Shame

1973, Slade scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, the first single to enter the charts at No.1 since The Beatles ‘Get Back’ in 1969. They didn’t have as much talent as the Beatles
1976, Tina Charles was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘I Love to Love’ (But My Baby Loves to Dance). Cute song

1982, Tight Fit were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Tokens hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’ It was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. In 2004, the song became the subject of a lawsuit between the family of its writer Solomon Linda and Disney- in the film and stage production of The Lion King. A settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount in 2006.Money again
1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher appeared handcuffed in a Brisbane court on charges of head butting a fan during a gig in Australia. Gallagher was released on bail.A pleasant young man…
 2001, a man who hid for 24 hours in the rafters of a Cathedral and secretly filmed the Christening of Madonna’s baby appeared in court. Security staff discovered the man after the ceremony when he made a noise as he climbed down from the rafters. He was a trier….

2004, Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, went to court seeking £176,500 a month in maintenance support. You can’t be serious. 2005, Stereophonics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dakota’, the Welsh band’s first No.1, eight years after their first hit.A good working band

2008, a UK charity warned that nine out of ten young people had experienced the first signs of hearing damage after listening to loud music.I wonder how much of subsequent deafness now comes as a result of loud music


Birthday Boys and Girls

1893,  Memphis blues artist Walter “Furry” Lewis. He was the first guitarist to play with a bottleneck. He lost a leg in a railroad accident and once supported The Rolling Stones.  Lewis died on September 14th 1981, aged 88.
1944,  David Gilmour, guitarist, singer, songwriter, joined Pink Floyd in 1968,  Gilmour was appointed a CBE in 2003 for his charity work. Solo 2006 UK No.1 and US No.6 album On A Island.’
1944,Mary Wilson, vocals, The Supremes,

1945, Hugh Grundy, drums, The Zombies, (1964 US No.2 & UK No.12 single ‘She’s Not There’).

1946,  Murray Head, UK singer, (1984 UK No.1 & 1985 US No.3 single, ‘One Night In Bangkok’).

1947,  Kiki Dee, singer and actress, (1976 UK & US No.1 single with Elton John, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’).

1970,  Betty Boo, (Alison Moira Clarkson), singer, (1990 UK No.3 single ‘Where Are You Baby’).

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Thursday March 5th 2015 Crazy!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1963, Country singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash at Dyersburg, Virginia, along with The Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. They were travelling to appear at a benefit concert for DJ ‘Cactus’ Jack Call, who’d died in a car crash.  Two days later Country singer, Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on his way to Cline’s funeral. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist

Firstly, I hope Dave and Sheenagh are enjoying themselves and I hope Dave’s birthday was a good one.

The weather was very strange first thing today. It was grey and very misty. Anyway, we decided to brave the elements and we all went down to Poniente for a lovely walk along the seafront. The weather cheered up and we had a very pleasant coffee at the port overlooking the boats.

Around 3 pm we had aq very nice meal and watched a bit of the excellent series about PC 56 and what it was like for a lady in uniform in the 60s. It helps you understand how different things were in those years.

I went up to my Spanish class around 4 pm and then went to visit Nuria and the children a little later. Around 8 pm I spoke to my frind Evgeny in St Petersburg. Skype is a wonderful acquisition.

Below is my good friend and former sensei Tom Rawcliffe. Tom is unwell at the moment and I wish you well my friend. Get well soon and come back to see us in Spain.


Actual Call Centre conversations!

Customer:  I’ve been calling 700-1000 for two days and can’t get through; can you help?’
Operator:   ‘Where did you get that number, sir?’
Customer:  ‘It’s on the door of your business.’
Operator:   ‘Sir, those are the hours that we are open.’


Samsung Electronics

Caller:        ‘Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?’
Operator:   ‘I’m sorry, sir, I don’t understand who you are talking about.’
Caller:        ‘On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?’
Operator:   ‘I think it means the telephone plug on the wall.’


RAC Motoring Services

Caller:        ‘Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am travelling in  Australia ?’
Operator:   ‘Does the policy name give you a clue?’


Caller (enquiring about legal requirements while travelling in  Europe )
‘If I register my car in  France , and then take it to  England , do I have to change the steering wheel to the other side of the car?’


Directory Enquiries

Caller:        ‘I’d like the number of the Argo Fish Bar, please’
Operator:   ‘I’m sorry, there’s no listing.  Are you sure that the spelling is correct?’
Caller:        ‘Well, it used to be called the Bargo Fish Bar but the ‘B’ fell off.’


Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in Woven.
Operator:   ‘Woven?  Are you sure?’
Caller:        ‘Yes.  That’s what it says on the label — Woven in  Scotland .’


On another occasion, a man making heavy breathing sounds from a phone box told a worried operator:  ‘I haven’t got a pen, so I’m steaming up the window to write the number on.’


Tech Support:     ‘I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop.’
Customer:            ‘OK.’
Tech Support:     ‘Did you get a pop-up menu?’
Customer:            ‘No.’
Tech Support:     ‘OK. Right-Click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?’
Customer:           ‘No.’
Tech Support:     ‘OK, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?’
Customer:           ‘Sure.  You told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote ‘click’.’


Tech Support:     ‘OK.  At the bottom left hand side of your screen, can you see the ‘OK’ button displayed?’
Customer:           ‘Wow!  How can you see my screen from there?’


This has to be one of the funniest things in a long time.  I think this guy should have been promoted, not fired.  This is a true story from the WordPerfect Helpline, which was transcribed from a recording monitoring the customer care department.  Needless to say the Help Desk employee was fired; however, he/she is currently suing the WordPerfect organization for ‘Termination without Cause.’

Actual dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee.
(Now I know why they record these conversations!)

Operator:   ‘Ridge Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?’
Caller:        ‘Yes, well, I’m having trouble with WordPerfect .’
Operator:   ‘What sort of trouble?’
Caller:        ‘Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away.’
Operator:   ‘Went away?’
Caller:        ‘They disappeared’
Operator:   ‘Hmm.  So what does your screen look like now?’
Caller:        ‘Nothing.’
Operator:   ‘Nothing??’
Caller:        ‘It’s blank; it won’t accept anything when I type.’
Operator:   ‘Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?’
Caller:        ‘How do I tell?’
Operator:   ‘Can you see the ‘C: prompt’ on the screen?’
Caller:        ‘What’s a sea-prompt?’
Operator:   ‘Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?’
Caller:        ‘There isn’t any cursor; I told you, it won’t accept anything I type.’
Operator:   ‘Does your monitor have a power indicator?’
Caller:        ‘What’s a monitor?’
Operator:   ‘It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV.  Does it have a little light that tells you when it’s on?’
Caller:        ‘I don’t know.’
Operator:   ‘Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it.  Can you see that?’
Caller:        ‘Yes, I think so.’
Operator:   ‘Great.  Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it’s plugged into the wall.
Caller:        ‘Yes, it is.’
Operator:   ‘When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?’
Caller:        ‘No.’
Operator:   ‘Well, there are.  I need you to look back there again and find the other cable.’
Caller:        ‘Okay, here it is.’
Operator:   ‘Follow it for me, and tell me if it’s plugged securely into the back of your computer.’
Caller:        ‘I can’t reach.’
Operator:   ‘OK. Well, can you see if it is?’
Caller:        ‘No.’
Operator:   ‘Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?’
Caller:        ‘Well, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle — it’s because it’s dark.’
Operator:   ‘Dark?’
Caller:        ‘Yes – the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window.’
Operator:   ‘Well, turn on the office light then.’
Caller:        ‘I can’t.’
Operator:   ‘No?  Why not?’
Caller:        ‘Because there’s a power failure..’
Operator:   ‘A power …. A power failure?  Aha.  Okay, we’ve got it licked now.  Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff that your computer came in?’
Caller:        ‘Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.’
Operator:   ‘Good.  Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it.  Then take it back to the store you bought it from.’
Caller:        ‘Really?  Is it that bad?’
Operator:   Yes, I’m afraid it is.’
Caller:        ‘Well, all right then, I suppose.  What do I tell them?’
Operator:   ‘Tell them you’re too stupid to own a computer!’


The Day’s Events 5th March
1624 – In the American colony of Virginia, the upper class was exempted from whipping by legislation. Why?

1750 – “King Richard III” was performed in New York City. It was the first Shakespearean play to be presented in AmericaFair enough

1770 – “The Boston Massacre” took place when British troops fired on a crowd in Boston killing five people. Two British troops were later convicted of manslaughter. This immediately reminds me of Bloody Sunday in Ireland

1836 – Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol (.34-caliber). Horrible1842 – A Mexican force of over 500 men under Rafael Vasquez invaded Texas for the first time since the revolution. They briefly occupied San Antonio, but soon headed back to the Rio Grande.Hit and Run

1864 – For the first time, Oxford met Cambridge in track and field competition in England.Top notch

1872 – George Westinghouse patented the air brake. Good lad

1901 – Germany and Britain began negotiations with hopes of creating an alliance.Careful. Keep an eye on these guys

1902 – In France, the National Congress of Miners decided to call for a general strike for an 8-hour day. I think was fair enough

1934 – In Amarillo, TX, the first Mother’s-In-Law Day was celebrated. Is this the the road to Amarillo? Good song dedicated to Tony Christie’s mother-in-law?

1943 – Germany called fifteen and sixteen year olds for military service due to war losses.I hadn’t realised this was the case

1946 – Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain Speech”. Maggie Thatcher was on the way

1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools. There were plenty who didn’t want to accept thisw

1970 – A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it. I am convinced nuclear weapons can’t solve the world’s problems

1982 – John Belushi died in Los Angeles of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display. I am amazed this had to be put into legislation

1984 – The U.S. accused Iraq of using poison gas. Please remember this

1993 – Cuban President Fidel Castro said that Hillary Clinton is “a beautiful woman.” I think she has an army of admirers

1993 – Sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time. What an idiot. He had the world at his feet

1997 – North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years for peace talks.

1998 – It was announced that Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins would lead crew of Columbiaon a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope. She was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.What an achievement


The Day’s Music Events 5th March

1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the ‘Louisiana Hayride’ on KWKH TV, broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1963, Country singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash at Dyersburg, Virginia, along with The Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. They were travelling to appear at a benefit concert for DJ ‘Cactus’ Jack Call, who’d died in a car crash.  Two days later Country singer, Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on his way to Cline’s funeral. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist. What a catalogue of tragedy especially with each death en route to pay respects to a fellow artiste

1963, The Beatles recorded ‘From Me to You’ with ‘Thank You Girl’  the B-side.I think I preferred the B side

1965, The Rolling Stones fifth UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers. A good bill
1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Going Places.‘I felt he was an underrated act

1966, Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler US No.1 with ‘Ballad Of The Green Berets’, it made No.24 in the UK. This was a weird one hit wonder song

1971, Led Zeppelin started a 12-date ‘thank you’ tour for British fans appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the admission price from 1968. What a sensible idea
1973, the former US manager of Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix. A  name most won’t know

1975, Rod Stewart met Swedish actress, Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles, the couple went on to have a high profile love affair.I played in a football match when they turned up and Rod played. This was at the Poulton Vics in Wallasey BBC Radio against the Jimmy Hill Goaldiggers

1982, actor and singer John Belushi died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin. Belushi was one of the original cast members on US TV’s Saturday Night Live, played Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film Animal House. His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.” His name is remembered by most and probably more famous than he ever realised
1983, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Billie Jean’, his fourth solo US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. And on this day Jacksons album ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 for the first time on the UK album chart, it went on to become the biggest selling album of all time with sales over 50 million.I make no secret that I was a fan of his music

1992, R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards. I need to pay more attention to their music

1995, Viv Stanshall of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band was killed in a house fire.I didn’t know him but what a sad event

1999, Sir Elton John won a court case against The Daily Star, after they had published long-lens photographs of Spice Girl Victoria Adams and footballer David Beckham while they were staying at Elton’s home. I agree with this . Papers are too intrusive…
2000, former rap artist MC Hammer became a preacher at the Jubilee Christian Centre in San Jose. Hammer had been declared bankrupt in 1996 after squandering his £29.4 million fortune. This is weird when it happens. Good if it happens for the right reasons-
2000, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with her version of the Don McLean 1972 hit ‘American Pie’. Good disco hit
2000, Oasis No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth album ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.’ Music goo:-personalities…..
2002, the first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on the madman and his family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children). Oblivious to the camera, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows. Great moron TV and a shining example of how to get paid for yob behaviour. What message does this give out?
2006, Corinne Bailey Rae went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Corinne Bailey Rae.’ Rae became only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No.1 on the UK chart. Brilliant
2006, Chico scored his only UK No.1 single with ‘It’s Chico Time’. Chico had reached the semi-finals of the UK 2005 series of The X Factor.Now starring in Benidorm….

2007, records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The Stones’ Satisfaction and Simon’s Graceland album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins’ Blue Suede Shoes, Be My Baby, The Ronettes, A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke and the album The Velvet Underground and Nico….all well worth preserving
2008, Lou Pearlman, the man behind boy bands ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys was set to plead guilty to a $300m (£152m) fraud scheme. The music mogul admitted to a court in Florida of running scams that defrauded investors and major banks for more than 20 years. The charges carried a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $1m (£506,000) fine.Why do these people become so greedy?

2009, Michael Jackson was mobbed by screaming fans as he took his two youngest children to see Oliver! at Drury Lane. Jackson was in London, England to launch his series of summer concerts at the O2.Seems a normal thing to do

Birthday Boys and Girls

1948,  Eddy Grant, The Equals, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Come Back’,) and solo (1982 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’).

1951,  Elaine Page, (1985 UK No.1 single ‘I Know Him So Well’). 1952, Alan Clark, keyboards, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’).

1956, Teena Marie, US singer, 1980 UK No. 6 single ‘Behind The Groove’).

1958, Andy Gibb, younger brother of The Bee Gees. He had a 1978 UK No.10 single with ‘An Everlasting Love’ and a 1978 US No.1 single with ‘Shadow Dancing’, which spent seven weeks at the top, plus two other US No.1 singles. Gibb died on March 10th 1988.
1962, Craig and Charlie Reid, The Proclaimers,
 (1987 UK No.3 single ‘Letter From America’,

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Wednesday March 4th 2015 Imagine


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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, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group’s in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologised.

Well, John Lennon certainly did put his foot in it and Christianity has survived whereas the Beatles are now a memory with only two of the Fab Four still alive. I do love their music and I like to play their songs on my guitar. This, however, was a classic instance of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and the Beatles certainly suffered through John’s faux pas.

Alistair and Margo are with us  for several days and it is nice to have a bit of company. As with most visitors the first few days are spent catching up on various news items. I’ve just found some old scrapbooks so there are a few tasty pictures and articles to discuss. Here’s an old photo of me playing in a football team with Freddie Starr and other celebrities. The other is a picture of my duo with John Holford. John is still playing around Merseyside.


The weather has been really hot and we went for a very long walk along the seafront in Albir and Altea for several hours. The scenery is breathtaking and it is very relaxing. We walked for around two hours and then went to have a lovely meal at Sonny’s ‘The Curry Pot’ in Alfaz. The food was wonderful.


Today’s events round the world.…4th March

1681 – England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area that later became the state of Pennsylvania.There was something nice about old Charlie

1766 – The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S. colonies. That should stop them stamping their feet 1813 – The Russians fighting against Napoleon reached Berlin. The French garrison evacuated the city without a fight. Tactical!1826 – The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy,MAI’ll bet there was a British connection

1877 – Emile Berliner invented the microphone. Thanks Emile

1902 – The American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.

1904 – In Korea, Russian troops retreated toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese troops advanced. I think I’d be retreating..

1908 – The New York board of education banned the act of whipping students in school.Well, this was a step in the right direction in those days. Some might say we need it back now.

1914 – Doctor Fillatre successfully separated Siamese twins. This was amazing

1917 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.Well done, ma’am

1946 – Canada reported that it had uncovered a spy ring that had been organized by the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa. All four people accused admitted to being involved. Russia was good at spying

1947 – France and Britain signed an alliance treaty. Bien

1950 – Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” was released. Nice, nice, nice!
1952 – Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married. Nice, nice, nice!

1954 – In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant. Good news

1963 – Six people received a death sentence in Paris for plotting to kill French President Charles de Gaulle. Did the authorities bother to find out why they wanted to kill the president?

1975 – Queen Elizabeth knighted Charlie Chaplin. What a man!

1977 – More than 1,500 people were killed in an earthquake that affected southern and eastern Europe. Desperately sad

1986 – “Today” debuted in London as England’s newest, national, daily newspaper. It wasn’t that simple. Its creator, Eddie Shah, was in the middle of a battle with the unions

1991 – Sheik Saad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the prime minister of Kuwait, returned to his country for the first time since Iraq’s invasion. All this has been going on for years

1993 – Authorities announced the arrest of Mohammad Salameh. He was later convicted for his role in the World Trade Center Bombing in New York City. This was a precursor to the dreadful events of later years

1994 – Bosnia’s Croats and Moslems signed an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia.Either you sign to agree or you leave it loose. You can’t have your cake and eat it!

1994 – Four extremists were convicted in the World Trade Center bombing in which six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured. This was dreadful and the worst was yet to come

1997 – U.S. President Clinton barred federal spending on human cloning. I’m not clear in my own mind on this issue

1998 – Microsoft repaired software that apparently allowed hackers to shut down computers in government and university offices nationwide. I think we’re all at risk on the internet

1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court said that federal law banned on-the-job sexual harassment even when both parties are the same sex. I should think so too.

1999 – Monica Lewinsky’s book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton went on sale in the U.S. I don’t believe it…capitalising on an affair that brought down an American President!

1999 – U.S. Marine Captain Richard Ashby was acquitted in a military court of the charge of recklessly flying his jet. 20 people were killed in Italy when his jet hit a gondola cable.Nutcase

2002 – Canada banned human embryo cloning but permitted government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.

2003 – In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, at least 9 people were killed and 52 were injured when a bus fell into a deep gorge.How sad is this?

The Day’s Music Events 4th March

1955, Jazz great Charlie Bird Parker played at Birdland in what would be his last public performance.I don’t have a good knowledge of his work

1959, The winners of the first Grammy Awards were announced. Domenico Modugno’s ‘Volare’ was Record of the Year; Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ was Album of the Year and The Champs ‘Tequila’ won best R&B performance.I love all three of these and marvfel at the great music around in those years.

1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group’s in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologised. It was a rather silly monologue but in some ways he probably was misunderstood. It does seem as though Christianity is under a constant barrage of opposition and we can do without popstars getting too involved at too early a stage in their lives. Live a bit and then give us the philosophy
1967, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ruby Tuesday’, the group’s fourth US No.1 single. ‘Lets Spend The Night Together’ was the original A side but after radio stations banned the song ‘Tuesday’ became the A side. In the light of lyrics heard on the radio today this was tame
1971, The Rolling Stones kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall, supported by The Groundhogs. Also on this day The Stones announced that they were to become the UK’s first rock and roll tax exiles, residing in France. This made a lot of sense in both a tax arrangement and in looking really cool
1977, CBS released The Clash’s self- titled first album in the UK. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time. If you want to sell something….get it banned
1978, The US internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over £100,000  to pay off his tax debts. I hope he could afford this money!
1979, Randy Jackson of The Jackson Five was seriously injured in a car crash breaking both legs and almost died in the emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injects him with methadone.What a terrible ordeal!

1986, American songwriter Howard Greenfield died of a brain tumour aged 50. Working out of the famous Brill Building with Neil Sedaka he co-wrote many hits including ‘Calendar Girl’, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, and ‘Crying In The Rain’ with Carole King. Also wrote TV theme songs including the theme to ‘Bewitched.‘This guy seems to haved had a brilliant career and it’s a real pity when such talent hasn’t really been known to everyone

2001, Village People singer Glenn Hughes died of lung cancer aged 50. He was the original “Biker” character in the YMCA hit…a classic disco track
2002, Doreen Waddell, singer with Soul II Soul was killed after attempting to run across the A27 in Brighton, England after being caught shoplifting.These tragic events litter the world of pop music

2003, a noisy neighbour was banned from playing her music and had her stereo system impounded-she had played Cliff Richard music too loudly. 23 year-old Sian Davies was fined £1,000 plus court costs after environmental protection officers raided her flat in Porth, Rhondda, Wales. The disc found in her CD player was ‘Peace in Our Time’. A spokesman for the Cliff Richard Organization said he was delighted to hear of somebody in their early 20s owning one of his many recordings. He added, Cliff would not want anyone to play his music so that it caused a nuisance.I’m sure Cliff was quite embarrassed by the whole thing but secretly flattered that a young person liked his music

2004, Brian Wilson appeared at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow during his 11-date UK tour. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece ‘Smile’ Wilson’s ‘teenage symphony to God.’ He had a lot of unusual nuances to his music and this was from such early hits as Good Vibrations.

2007, Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shine’, their 10th UK No.1 single. The song was featured in several commercials for the relaunched Morrisons supermarkets in the UK, and went on to win the British single of the year award at the 2008 Brit Awards.If you want mass exposure to the shopping mums get in the trolley

2009, Britney Spears kicked off a world tour in New Orleans, her first concert tour for five years. The 27-year-old who dressed as a ringmaster in the show, featured jugglers, acrobats and martial arts dancers.I wonder where Take That got their idea of the circus? Mind you this had been done by the Stones in the 60s and I wouldn’t mind betting they picked the idea from somewhere else.

Birthday Boys and Girls

1925,  Paul Mauriat, French, conductor, arranger, (1968 US No.1 single chart ‘, a No.12 hit in the UK).

1936,  Eric Allandale, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’, 1969 US No 3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’).

1944, Bobby Womack, soul singer, session guitarist, (1974 US No.10 single ‘Lookin’ For A Love’, 1993 UK No.27 single with Lulu ‘I’m Back For More’).

1944,  Michael Wilson, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Legend Of Xanadu’).

1946, Red Stripe, singer, The Flying Pickets, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Only You’).  1948,  Shakin’ Stevens, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘This Old House’ plus 30 other UK Top 40 singles).

1950,  Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine, (1984 UK No.6 single ‘Dr Beat’, 1989 US No.1 single ‘Don’t Wanna Loose You’).

1951, Chris Rea, singer, songwriter, guitarist, (1989 UK No.10 single ‘The Road To Hell’, 1989 UK No.1 album ‘Road To Hell’ album spent 76 weeks on the chart).

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Tuesday 3rd March 2015 Sunny Afternoon


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 2002, TV show ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen.’ Young set a new sales record for a debut artist with over 1 million in the first week. Biggest selling single of 2002

I hate having to phone the institutions in the UK. However, yesterday was fairly painless once I’d got past the initial barrage of questions and button references. The gentleman actually phoned me back and solved my problem. This put me in a better frame of mind to make my second necessary call. This was to the HSBC. Would the customer service be as good?

I might sound racist but if I had spoken Punjabi I might have better undertood the lady at the other end of the phone. She might be a lovely person but I could hardly understand a word she said. The problem was caused by a little piece of technology which is supposed to give me a security code. The advice was a little on the technical side. I had to take the card and tap the green button until certain things happened. The website didn’t tell me to tap the card used to generate the code. Quite the opposite it would seem. The instructions I was following from my computer screen didn’t mention tapping anything in the manner that was being prescribed from the other end of the phone. The lady finished by asking me if I needed help with anything else. I asked her whether she could recommend any good blood pressure tablets. She hadn’t got a clue what I meant so I had to quickly thank her and get off the line! I hated having to phone HSBC. I know what has recently been happening with those people making their immoral earnings via HSBC recommendations. This call was rubbing salt into an existing wound.

We went up to La Nucia at 5 pm to give our English class and the group worked really well. It is a pleasure to work with all of them. At 7.15 pm we drove down to Alicante airport to meet Alistair and Margot who were flying in from Liverpool. We popped in for a Chinese meal on the way home.

The Day’s Events 3rd March

1812 – The U.S. Congress passed the first foreign aid bill. I wonder who were the beneficiaries?

1817 – The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.Nice! nice! nice!

1845 – Florida became the 27th U.S. state.

1857 – Britain and France declared war on China. What? England and France together!

1878 – Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of Stenafano. The treaty granted independence to Serbia.

1903 – In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting. Good. This is a horrible activity

1903 – The U.S. imposed a $2 head tax on immigrants. What?

1905 – The Russian Czar agreed to create an elected assembly.He would have had to in the then current climate!

1906 – A Frenchman tried the first flight in an airplane with tires.

1908 – The U.S. government declared open war on on U.S. anarchists.Maybe it’s time to do the same again

1910 – J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father’s fortune for an “uplift in humanity”. He also appealed to the U.S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation. This sounded rather nice…

1910 – In New York, Robert Forest founded the National Housing Association to fight deteriorating urban living conditions. A worthwhile organisation

1910 – Nicaraguan rebels admitted defeat in open war and resorted to guerrilla tactics in the hope of U.S. intervention.  It seems easier to use guerilla tactics

1918 – The Treaty of Brest Litovsky was signed by Germany, Austria and Russia. The treaty ended Russia’s participation in World War I. Glasnost?

1931 – The “Star Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as “Defense of Fort McHenry.”  It’s a tune that has lasted

1938 – A world record for the indoor mile run was set by Glenn Cunningham. He ran the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds. Roger Banister might have been aware of this

1939 – In Bombay, Ghandi began a fast to protest the state’s autocratic rule. A brave man

1945 – Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Holy party outfits, Batman!

1945 – During World War II, Finland declared war on the Axis. Finland? how many troops did they have?

1952 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld New York’s Feinberg Law that banned Communist teachers in the U.S. Freedom of speech provid they don’t preach communism

1956 – Morocco gained its independence. Bien

1969 – Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy. This was aq weird situation

1973 – Japan disclosed its first defense plan since World War II.

1974 – About 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris. I hate reading such news

1978 – The remains of Charles Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.Who was after what?

1980 – The submarine Nautilus was decommissioned. The vessels final voyage had ended on May 26, 1979. Was Nemo still captain?

1985 – Women Against Pornography awarded its ‘Pig Award’ to Huggies Diapers. The activists claimed that the TV ads for diapers had “crossed the line between eye-catching and porn.” I didn’t see the ads so NO COMMENT

1991 – 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while on approach to the Colorado Springs airport. Dreadful

1991 – Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video. This was horrible to see on TV

1999 – In Egypt, 19 people were killed when a bus plunged into a Nile canal.Dreadful

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.

The Day’s Music Events 3rd March

1963, The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke. She was a guest on my show and is still singing her Gospel Outreach show.

1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.I didn’t play much of their music

1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan. A great bill

1968, this week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Don Partridge, ‘Rosie’, No.4, Manfred Mann, ‘Mighty Quinn’, No.3, The Move, ‘Fire Brigade’, No.2, ‘Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’, No.1, Esther and Abi Ofarim, ‘Cinderella Rockefella.‘It was a weird number 1

1973, Slade’s ‘Com On Feel The Noize’, entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles. Well done Noddy and the boys
1973, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’ Both classics

1979, The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Tragedy.’ Also today The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US album chat with ‘Spirits Having Flown’, the brothers second US No.1 album. These guys have been so talented and given us so much great music
1984, Nena started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’99 Red Balloons.’ Originally sung in German, ’99 Luftballons’ was re-recorded in English as ’99 Red Balloons’. The song was a No.2 hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a One-hit wonder.How do certain songs become number 1? This was a bit yukky!

1990, Lindy Layton and Beats International were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Dub Be Good To Me.’ Formed by ex-Housemartins Norman Cook, the song was based on the SOS Band’s 1984 hit ‘Just Be Good To Me’ and The Clash’s ‘Guns of Brixton’. This was quite good and more of a disco hit

1990, during a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu. Oragami
1994, The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, due to the content of the songs lyrics. I don’t remember the song or the ban

1999, Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum of £550,000 after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been sacked from the band in 1995. I think he might have been quite chuffed with this money

1999, US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.I wonder how many others in the audience had suffered ear damage?

2000, former Bay City Roller, Derek Longmuir was released on bail on charges of downloading child pornographic images from the internet and keeping indecent videos in his home. What is wrong with these guys?
2000, Tom Jones won the Best male artist at this year’s Brit Awards. Other winners included best singlefor  Robbie Williams and ‘She’s The One’, Five won Best pop act, .. Outstanding Contribution went to The Spice Girls. I’ve just put in the most relevant

2001, Stereophonics were forced to change the title of their new album after car manufacturer Daimler Chrysler objected to their use of the copyrighted word ‘Jeep’. The UK title became ‘Just Enough Education To Perform.’I didn’t follow this.. NO COMMENT

2002, TV show ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen.’ Young set a new sales record for a debut artist with over 1 million in the first week. Biggest selling single of 2002.This is probably due to massive hype rather than quality but he is developing

2003, Ray Jackson -Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” Jackson was paid just £15 for the recording session by Stewart in 1971.Isn’t this a question of how much was agreed at the start of the gig? The fact the song was such a hit is secondary to any agreed fee unless he was on a percentage deal.

2008, The Beatles’ engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die. ’This guy needs a bit more attention as it sounds like he was pretty talented at his work

2009, To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.What is the street now called?

Birthday Boys and Girls

1927,  Junior Parker, US blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley.  Parker died on November 18th 1971.

1942, Mike Pender, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘Needles And Pins’).

1944, Jance Garfat, bass, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1947, Dave Mount, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Mount died on 2nd December 2006.

1947, Jennifer Warnes, singer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Joe Cocker).

1948, Snowy White, guitarist, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters. 1983 UK Top 10 hit ‘Bird Of Paradise’.

Ronan Keating, vocals, Boyzone, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Words’ plus over 15 other UK Top 10 singles and 4 UK No.1 albums).


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Monday 2nd March 2015 Help!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1974, Terry Jacks started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Seasons In The Sun’, also No.1 in the UK. The song (written in French by Belgian, Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by poet Rod McKuen

The children had stayed overnight and it was a roasting hot day. We decided to go down to the football pith and kick a few balls around. Chloe is brilliant in goal and Jack needs to learn basic skills. Bianca decided she would go to the market with the ladies after a brief flirtation with the footballs!

Around 1pm I rushed off to listen to Five Live when Liverpool beat Man City 2-1. This was an excellent win and well deserved. I was chuffed to bits as I headed off to Las rejas where fellow Liverpudlian Paul Melba would be in an ebullient mood. Sure enough Paul was in his seventh heaven waxing lyrical about our team. The Europa Cup has been forgotten.

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My sister, Rita, sent me the following information……

Savez-vous où se trouve le Théâtre Cheikh Khalifa bin Zahed al-Nahyan à Alger ? à Tunis ? à Ryad ?   En vérité, dans aucune de ces villes car il s’’agit de l’’ancien théâtre Napoléon situé à Fontainebleau. Directement inspiré du petit Théâtre de la reine Marie-Antoinette à Versailles, ce bâtiment est connu pour ses salons et ses aménagements qui en font un conservatoire de l’’art théâtral français unique en son genre.Et pourtant, vous avez bien lu; l’’ancien théâtre Napoléon porte depuis peu, le nom de l’’émir d’Abou Dabi, le cheikh Khalifa bin Zahed al-Nahyan.Mais quel est donc le lien entre ce personnage et l’’histoire de la ville impériale, voire de notre pays ?

Aucun, strictement aucun, sauf les 5 millions de pétrodollars qu’’il a déboursés pour financer certains travaux de restauration. Point final.Le cheikh paie. Alors, sur sa demande, on débaptise.…Car aujourd’hui le Théâtre impérial de Fontainebleau s’’appelle officiellement Théâtre Cheik Khalifa bin Zahed al-Nahyan.

C’est une véritable opération de génocide culturel qui est en train de se dérouler, sous nos yeux.Demain, si nous ne réagissons pas, le château de Versailles s’’appellera « Palace Abd el-Kader » et Notre-Dame-de-Paris deviendra une grande mosquée comme le gouvernement Turc prévoit de le refaire pour la basilique Sainte-Sophie à Istanbul.Après l’’achat de clubs de football et de grands hôtels parisiens, les émirs du Golfe se découvrent maintenant une passion pour notre patrimoine. Soit. Ils sont les bienvenus pour l’’admirer, et éventuellement pour s’’en inspirer chez eux. Mais pas pour l’’acheter ou le détruire! Tout est à vendre

I kept it in its entirety to show what is happening around Europe. The Middle Eastern Sheikhs have duped the various countries into selling their football clubs and other businesses and now they are looking to buy up items of cultural significance as they seek to dominate the world. We are being dismantled bit by bit and it won’t be long before massive mosques replace our Christian churches. This makes me feel both sad and furious. Why can’t our political leaders see what is happening to us. Act to stop these purchases before we’ve sold our souls to the devil.


(For those who might not know, a malapropism is a verbal
blunder in which one word is replaced by another similar in
sound but different in meaning.)

People who live beyond their means should act their wage.

If your wife wants to learn to drive, don’t stand in her

The image of you playing Frisbee with a dog isn’t so

The wise never marry, and when they marry, they become

He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.

It was a case of love at Versailles.

He’s got one of those sight-seeing dogs.

In Algiers, they spend most of their time at the cash bar.

My sister has extra-century perception.

A fool and his money are some party.

All’s fear in love and war.

Nip it in the butt.

Some viruses can lie doormat for years.

To each his zone.

Michelangelo painted the Sixteenth Chapel.

No more negotiating – it’s a dumb deal.

It’s a long road to hold.

All I want from you kids is a little piece of quiet.

Perforation is a rip off.

What do you call a sleepwalking nun?  A Roaming Catholic.


The Day’s Events 2nd March

1807 – The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.” This slavery business was dreadful. Man is his own worst enemny1836 – Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed. This is one state I hope to visit at some time

1866 – Excelsior Needle Company began making sewing machine needles. Someone had to do it!

1897 – U.S. President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country. I wonder why? If we had to pass a basic test to be part of a country it would show willing…

1899 – U.S. President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for theU.S. Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey. Catching up on the Brits?

1903 – The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women. First signs of sexism?….hang on a minute…weren’t there already gentlemens’ clubs?

1907 – In Hamburg, Germany, dock workers went on strike after the end of the night shift. British strike breakers were brought in. The issue was settled on April 22, 1907. I bet this went down well with the German workers…

1908 – In Paris, Gabriel Lippmann introduced three-dimensional color photography at the Academy of Sciences. Brilliant

1917 – The Russian Revolution began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating. This would eventually provide ideas fror Boney M!

1933 – The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York. We’re still watching it..

1946 – Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam. There may be trouble ahead….

1949 – The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.Wow. How cool is that?

1969 – In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight. I think the terst pilot was called Trubshaw

1974 – Postage stamps jumped from 8 to 10 cents for first-class mail. Blame it on the Pony Express

1983 – The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.Crafty and horrible. Is it any wonder we have earthquakes?

1984 – The first McDonald’s franchise was closed. A new location was opened across the street from the old location in Des Plaines, ILA new place to whack on those calories

1985 – The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.

1986 – Corazon Aquino was sworn into office as president of the Philippines. Her first public declaration was to restore the civil rights of the citizens of her country.Good call

1989 – Representatives from the 12 European Community nations all agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century. How many kept their word?

1995 – Nick Leeson was arrested for his role in the collapse of Britain’s Barings Bank. I think we are still suffering from his greed

1998 – The U.N. Security Council endorses U.N. chief Kofi Annan’s deal to open Iraq’s presidential palaces to arms inspectors. Any  one remember Neville Chamberlain?

1998 – Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat. Well, now we know about it but how do we capitalise on this?

2000 – In Great Britain, Chile’s former President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was freed from house arrest and allowed to return to Chile. Britain’s Home Secretary Jack Straw had concluded that Pinochet was mentally and physically unable to stand trial. Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland had sought the former Chilean leader on human-rights violations. I have a dilemna over matters like this. Is ill-health as bad as death? If he has ill-treated and killed others maybe he should stand trial? Fortunately, I don’t have to make these decisions.

2003 – Over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounter in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea’s coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12. What was all this about?

2004 – NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past. OK. So how do we use this information?

The Day’s Music Events 2nd March

1955, Elvis Presley appeared at Porky’s Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.Good line-up

1955, Bo Diddley has his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down ‘Bo Diddley’, which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June.They thought his guitar was a funny shape

1960, after completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.I’m like Elvis…I hate flying!

1961, The Everly Brothers had their third UK No.1 single with ‘Walk Right Back’ a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.It’s nice to see the network working

1963, The Four Seasons became the first group to have 3 consecutive No.1′s in the US when ‘Walk Like A man’, started a three week run at the top, a No.12 in hit the UK. You have to be careful when singing this song…it’s OK for Eunuchs

1964, The Beatles began filming what would become their first feature film ‘A Hard Days Night’ at Marylebone train station in London. Nobody would be winning Oscars on these films
1967, Engelbert Humperdinck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Release Me.’ The singers first of two number 1′s, the song spent six weeks at the top of the chart and a record fifty six weeks on the chart.This was a great song and Engelbert was a quality act

1974, at this year’s Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for ‘Innervisions’, Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.I’m a huge Stevie Wonder fan and greatly admire his work

1974, Terry Jacks started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Seasons In The Sun’, also No.1 in the UK. The song (written in French by Belgian, Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by poet Rod McKuen.Good Euro collaboration

1975, a policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence. Come on, Sir Paul, this was pushing it a bit…

1991, 21 years after it’s first release ‘All Right Now’, by Free made No.2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad.It was a great rock classic

1991, French singer Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack. Famous for his 1969 UK No.1 duet with Jane Birkin on ‘Je t’aime… Moi non plus.’ During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 films.I never really knew he was so industrious and knew he had been an actor
1991, Mariah Carey started an 11-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with her debut ‘Mariah Carey.’ Good

1996, Oasis scored their second UK No.1 single when ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ went to No.1. From the bands ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ album it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.Great music wacky characters…
1999, Dusty Springfield died after a long battle against cancer, aged 59. The British singer had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No.4, the 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. She remains one of the most requested British singers and always readily identifiable

2003, Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Linda Perry written and produced song ‘Beautiful’. The singers fourth UK No.1 which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. I don’t really pay enough attention to her music.
2003, Norah Jones started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Come Away With Me.’

2003, singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died from throat cancer. Wrote and recorded ‘The Twist,’ but it was only released on the B-side of a record. One year later, Chubby Checker sang ‘The Twist’ on Dick Clark’s Philadelphia television show. It topped the charts and launched a dance craze that prompted the creation of other Twist songs- ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Isley Brothers and ‘Twistin’ the Night Away’ by Sam Cooke. I made a podcast with the brilliant Chubby Checker which you can download from my website

2007, Jimi Hendrix was crowned the ‘wildest guitar hero’ of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan. If you’d asked for the best then I’d vote for Clapton then Keith Richards
. 2008, Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.This is a man whose work I need to rediscover.

2008, Three months after its initial release, the deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘Back to Black’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.She is a great talent who needs to clean up her social skills.
2009, Liverpool University launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope University claimed the course which looked at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles was the first of its kind in the UK and “probably the world”.Personally, I can identify with the need to study this phenomenon. I’m not sure it needed to be only the Beatles but certainly the phenomenon of 60s pop music and the pursuant culture is something worthy of further study. Personally, I feel the affect  of subliminal wording on pop music needs study

Birthday Boys and Girls

1938,  Lawrence Payton, vocals, The Four Tops, (1965 US No.1 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and a 1967 UK No.6 single with ‘Standing In The Shadows of Love’). Payton died on June 20th 1997.

1943,  Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, (1968 ‘White Light, White Heat’), solo, (1973 UK No.10 & US No.16 single ‘Walk On The Wildside’, 1997 UK No.1 charity single ‘Perfect Day’).

1943,  Tony Meehan, drummer, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’ plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles). Meehan died on 28/11/05 aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall.

1948, Rory Gallagher, Irish blues guitarist, who had a 1970 UK No.18 album with ‘On The Boards/Taste’. Gallagher died on June 14th 1995.

1950,Karen Carpenter, vocals, drums, The Carpenters. (1973 UK No.2 single ‘Yesterday Once More’ plus 3 US No.1′s including 1975 US No.1single ‘Please Mr Postman’. 1974 UK & US No.1 album ‘The Singles 1969-1973 spent 125 weeks on the UK chart). She died on February 4th 1983 of anorexia nervosa.
1955, Jay Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Love Me For A Reason’ plus 9 other US & UK Top 40 singles). 1956, Born on this day, Mark Evans, bass, AC/DC. He quit in 1977 after becoming tired of touring.

1962, Bon Bon Jovi, vocals, solo, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘Blaze Of Glory’), Bon Jovi, vocals, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, 1986 US & UK No.1 album ‘Slippery When Wet’, plus nine other UK Top 10 albums).

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Sunday 1st March 2015 ‘I’ve Been Loving You To Long’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1968, Elton John’s first single ‘I’ve Been Loving You To Long’ was released on the Phillips label, it didn’t chart.

I made the podcast with Don at 10 am and he had a problem with his voice.This doesn’t really help the interview or chat but Don is a trouper and he struggled through the podcst and sounded better at the end of our time together. As always, he had plenty to tell me and here is the gist of our conversation.

 ……The song I’ve sent you this week is another I have found in a drawer…at first I wondered what it was so I dusted it off and low and behold a classic….”Geriatric Scout”….I wrote this way back for the local gang show as I recall….when I  listen to this stuff I honestly don’t know where the lyrics come from….I think I also sent it to Russ Abbot (still waiting to hear) but there you are.  I think it was in the Norman Thomas days at Radio City…I know he played it quite a lot….”my ging gang goolies goin’ out of tune”…they don’t write ‘em like that anymore.

 The obvious shortage of news means we have been told about the three teenage girls who have left the country to join ISIS in EVERY bulletin for nearly a week…we only need telling ONCE…what are we supposed to do?…perhaps the whole country could form a search party…and while we are at it we could all pop over to New Zealand and help them save the beached wales seeing as that was national news.

The “scientists” have been at it again….too much sleep can cause a stroke … they THINK….it’s not definite but it’s possible….and if children are taught dental care in schools they will have healthier teeth in later life…wow THAT’S a revelation….how about the parents doing the job?…..and…wait for it….to prevent us having peanut allergies it is suggested we feed our 4 month old babies peanut butter….again they THINK this will help in later life…WHAT IF THEY ARE WRONG??….I’ve never heard such absolute tripe in all my life… old are these “scientists”….TEN?

To reinforce my theory that most of us have yet to evolve….people are scrambling for a one way ticket to Mars….yes they are out there….perhaps we should have the opportunity to suggest who should go?..…and I was pleased with myself for not building a gallows at the conclusion of “Broadchurch”….the bits I actually understood (which weren’t many) left me pretty suicidal….and the guy who plays Mateo in “Benidorm” was on the tele and has announced there will be ANOTHER series….I am obviously missing something here….hang on…maybe they could film the next series on MARS?…there’s the answer.   

I watched the Brits with Madonna doing a back flip off the stage….she was lucky she didn’t do some serious damage…I think the cloak will have gone straight in the bin….certainly gave the show a big finish….and she’s old enough to qualify for a free hip replacement….  It was nice to see the likes of Paloma Faith,Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith getting their just deserts…talented youngsters indeed, and I was well impressed with “Royal Blood”….sensational…what a sound from just a bass and drums….then we had Kanye West….quite….they had to dub out most of the so called “song” because of bad language…they should have dubbed the whole lot out….absolute garbage…what on earth is he and his street gang doing on the Brits?…..he was totally shown up by our home grown talent….someone should tell him he’s rubbish….someone very brave,

You’ll find the podcast at this link.

I was able to watch the Italy Scotland RU International before I went down to the 6.30 mass in Benidorm. I had a walk along Terra Mitica before that. The gang came round for their Saturday night stopover around 8.30 pm so Richard and Nuria could go out for a meal.

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It was still feeling surreal and difficult to believe we were on the other side of the world this day two years ago. I think it was because people were mainly speaking English and I hadn’t heard Spanish for quite a few days. Swimming in the pool was also weird as flocks of Cockatoos were flying overhead. Around the house where we were staying we had Possum, Wild Black Turkey, Australian King Parrot, Laurakeets, Crimson Rosellas, Long Neck Turtles, Bull Ants, Water Dragons and Kookaburras. How’s that for starters?  Of them all, my favourite was the Australian King Parrot and I hated the Bull Ants with a vengeance. These will jump at you and try to bite you. They leave really bad marks. Incidentally, there are also Processional Caterpillars nearby.

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We had been driving towards Benidorm the other day and we were approaching the railway tracks. The crossing has a barrier. However, immediately in front to the barrier and high on the side of a wall is a huge TV screen with adverts showing 24/7. They are very distracting and I am amazed nobody has complained about the presence of this outrageous blot on the landscape which distracts the motorists at a very crucial interchange between road and rail. I fear there might well be a tragedy at this point at some time in the future. However, having visited Singapore and seen the size of their TV screens everywhere I am beginning to think that these screens will become bigger and more commonly seen.

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Interesting history.

Where did the expression “Piss Poor” come from?  In the old days, they used to use urine to tan animal skins. So families used to all pee in a pot and once it was full, it was sold to the tannery. So if you had to do this to survive, you were “Piss Poor”.      But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot: they “didn’t have a pot to piss in”.

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May – and still smelled pretty good by June !  However, since they were starting to get a bit high, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour.  Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

–  A bath consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water. Then all the sons used the water, then the women and finally the children. And last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty that you could actually lose someone in it – hence the saying “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” !

Houses had thatched roofs – thick straw, piled high and no wood underneath. It was the only place for all the animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals, such as mice and bugs,  lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” And as there was nothing to stop things from falling into the house, this posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection, which is how four poster beds came into existence.

–  The floors consisted of dirt and only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying “Dirt Poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery. So in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more straw/thresh until, when the door was opened it would all start slipping outside. So a piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way: hence: threshold.

–  In the old days they cooked in the kitchen, with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day the fire was lit and different food added to the pot. The food was mostly vegetables and not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner and the leftovers were put back in the pot to get cold overnight and then be reheated the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while – hence the rhyme: “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

–  Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off, as it was a sign of wealth that a man could “Bring home the Bacon.” They used to cut off a bit of bacon to share with guests and would all sit around and “Chew the Fat”.

–  Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. The workers got the (often burnt) bottom of the loaf; the family got the middle; and guests got the top:  the “Upper Crust”.

–  Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone being found collapsed could be taken for dead, and be prepared for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around, eat and drink and wait and see if the ‘body’ would wake up – hence the custom; of “Holding a Wake.”

–  England is a small and when folks started running out of places to bury people, they would dig up old coffins and take the bones to a bone-house to reuse the grave.
When reopening these coffins, 1 out of  every 25 coffins was found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised that these people had been buryied alive. So a string was tied to the wrist of the corpse, out the coffin and up through the ground, with the other end tied to a bell. Someone would have to stay in the graveyard all night (the “Graveyard Shift”) to listen for the bell being rung. So someone could be “Saved by the Bell” – or was considered a “Dead Ringer.”

 CIMG6217World Events 1st March

1498 – Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India.Lucky chap. What a nice place for a stopover.

1562 – In Vassy, France, Catholics massacred over 1,000 Huguenots. The event started the First War of Religion.This makes you feel ashamed of your religion

1692 – In Salem Village, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Salem witch trials began. Four women were the first to be charged.They were shown as a film recently and it was very interesting.

1811 – Egyptian ruler Mohammed Ali massacred the leaders of the Mameluke dynasty. These things have happened down theyears

1815 – Napoleon returned to France from the island of Elba. He had been forced to abdicate in April of 1814.He’d enjoyed the rest and relaxation

1869 – Postage stamps with scenes were issued for the first time.That was nicer…

1872 – The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world’s first national park. Didn’t Yogi Bear and BooBoo live there?

1873 – E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY, began the manufacturing the first practical typewriter. I hated changing the ribbons

1900 – In South Africa, Ladysmith was relieved by British troops after being under siege by the Boers for more than four months.Whew!

1907 – In Odessa, Russia, there were only about 15,000 Jews left due to evacuations.

1907 – In Spain, a royal decree abolished civil marriages.Why?

1907 – In New York, the Salvation Army opened an anti-suicide bureau.

1912 – Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.Brave man

1947 – The International Monetary Fund began operations. They’ve been needed ever since

1954 – The United States announced that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.Horrible

1959 – Archbishop Makarios returned to Cyprus from exile. I can remember the pictures of him on telly

1984 – The U.S.S.R. performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalatinsk, U.S.S.R.Yuk

1988 – Soviet troops were sent into Azerbaijan after ethnic riots between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

1990 – In Cairo, 16 people were killed in a fire at the Sheraton Hotel. Maybe these were the seeds of the 2011 riots?

1992 – Bosnian Serb snipers fired upon civilians after a majority of the Moslem and Croatian communities voted in favor of Bosnia’s independence.

1992 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia announced major political reforms that ceded some powers after 10 years of disciplined rule.

1993 – The U.S. government announced that the number of food stamp recipients had reached a record number of 26.6 million. Indications of what was to come….

1994 – Israel released about 500 Arab prisoners in an effort to placate Palestinians over the Hebron massacre.Good

1999 – In Uganda, eight tourists were brutally murdered by Hutu rebels.

2002 – Operation Anaconda began in eastern Afghanistan. Allied forces were fighting against Taliban and Al Quaida fighters. Nobody wins a war in this country

2003 – In New York, a $250,000 Salvador Dali sketch was stolen from a display case in the lobby at Rikers Island jail. On June 17, 2003, it was announced that four corrections officers had surrendered and pleaded innocent in connection to the theft. The mixed-media composition was a sketch of the crucifixion.


Music Events 1st March

1958, Buddy Holly played the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, London. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Conner, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.How many realise Old Dimples toured with Buddy Holly?

1961, Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.I think he would have agreed he wasn’t the greatest actor

1963, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Wayward Wind’. The singers third UK No.1 Frank was a great guest on my show and I have a wonderful podcast on my website

1966, Gene Clark of The Byrds announced he was leaving the group due to his fear of flying. I feel exactly the same
1967, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’Another great Beatle song

1968, Elton John’s first single ‘I’ve Been Loving You To Long’ was released on the Phillips label, it didn’t chart. I haven’t heard this song and the best was yet to come

1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour after showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labour. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. He is still remembered
1975, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, the first of five US No.1′s for the band. The highest chart position in the UK for the group was No.8 with the 1977 single ‘Hotel California.‘Considering how popular this song is I cannot believe it only got to number 8

1975, winners at this years Grammy Awards included; Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on ‘Band On The Run’, Olivia Newton-John won Record Of The Year for ‘I Honestly Love You’ and Stevie Wonder won Album of the year for ‘Fulfilling- ness First Finale.’ What a great example of talent
1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Atomic’ the group’s third UK No.1 single from their album ‘Eat To The Beat’. I think Debbie Harry was the success component of this band

1980, The Shadows scored their fourth No.1 UK album when ‘String Of Hits’ started a three-week run at the top of the charts. I love the Shadows
1989, Madonna started a $5 million, (£2.9m) sponsorship deal with Pepsi Cola.
1990, Janet Jackson played the first night on her 120-date Rhythm Nation 1814 World tour at the Miami Arena in Florida. As part of the show Jackson’s had a live panther on-stage, but after concerns were raised over safety of the crowds and several incidents of the panther urinating on the stage Jackson axed the cat from the show in the summer leg of the tour.A never-ending quest for the element of shock……

1991, Frank Smith from Air Supply died of pneumonia in Melbourne, Australia. (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).Another example of sadness from the world of pop music

1995, Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. A rare talent
1997, ‘Bowie Bonds’ were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years. I wonder did it pay off?

2004, Michael Jackson unveiled a new website, The site featured a celebration of his music career plus news on his current criminal trial, including short biographies of his attorneys and a calendar listing upcoming court dates. I still believe Michael was totally misunderstood
2005, Chris Curtis, drummer with The Searchers died aged 63 after a long illness.Great drummer with a super group

2009, Kelly Clarkson went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’. US singer Clarkson won American Idol in 2000 and became the only American Idol contestant to have topped the UK charts. Good song


Born on this day


1927, Harry Belafonte, US singer,(1957 UK No.1 & US No.12 single with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and a 1957 UK No.2 & US No.5 with ‘Banana Boat Song’).

1942, Jerry Fisher, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears
1944, Mike D’Abo, singer, songwriter, Manfred Mann, (1968 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Mighty Quinn’). Wrote ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ covered by Rod Stewart and Stereophonics. Also wrote ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’ a 1968 hit for The Foundations. 1944,  Roger Daltrey, vocals, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other UK hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles, rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). Solo, (1973 UK No.5 single ‘Giving It All Away’).
1946,  Tony Ashton, vocals, keyboards, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’).

1958, Nik Kershaw, singer, songwriter, producer, (1984 solo UK No.2 single ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’).


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Saturday 28th February 2015 Bridge Over Troubled Water


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1970, Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.

The weather was very mixed yesterday morning. It looked nice. It wasn’t cold but it wasn’t hot. I had work to do so who cared about the weather? Anne was off to her coffee morning and visitors were imminent.

I went down into my studio and I had promised myself to do several things. The computers always need to be maintained and there is routine work on the website. This blog is an ongoing labour of love but if I’m not interested in my own life why should anyone else be?

The rubbish does accummulate in a very unobtrusive manner. I look up from the keyboards every now and again and I think I need to clear up the rubbish. Then I get busy. Then the rubbish has gained its momentum and the crafty little bits and pieces slip through the net and join the pile. Eventually it requires a day of reckoning and today is that day! Fortunately, I can put on a Spanish channel  and improve my listening skills whilst I get on with the assault on the rubbish. The problem is that at almost every twist and term I find interesting things. Usually these involve memories of people and times which have gone by and it’s nice to sit and remember. Before you can say Jack Robinson, and I’ve never met the man, the clock has begun to gather a faster momentum and the minutes grow into hours. This is where I understand the importance of time management. It’s all very well understanding its implications practice makes perfect!

Later in the afternoon we had a gig and I needed to get everything prepared. I enjoy playing my guitar. We meet friends and it’s lovely to share the music. It’s even nicer when people tell you they like the songs. It makes all the hours of practice worthwhile.

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I was sent the following which is very interesting.

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal manoeuvring kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire  Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld.  Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great.   So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely  Chicago Street .  But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

‘The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.’


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenceless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 calibre’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet.  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honour.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honour. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.

Butch O’Hare was ‘Easy Eddie’s’ son.
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World Events 28th February

1849 – Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days…..and that was a regular service?

1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group. So the origins of the Republicans were anti-slavery

1883 – The first vaudeville theater opened. My father-in-law Berks Baker has a Vaudeville Act working out of California

1911 – Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.He had lots to work on

1953 – In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.My brain finds information like this difficult

1979 – Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show “Mr. Ed”, died.I used to love this show as a kid

1983 – “M*A*S*H” became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.I could only see t5his now and again

1986 – Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.What was this all about?

1994 – NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.

2001 – The Northwest region of the U.S., including the state of Washington, was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. There were no deaths reported. Thank goodness

2002 – In Ahmadabad, India, Hindus set fire to homes in a Muslim neighborhood. At least 55 people were killed in the attack. There is never any excuse for such acts

2002 – Sotheby’s auction house announced that it had identified Peter Paul Reubens as the creator of the painting “The Massacre of the Innocents.” The painting was previously thought to be by Jan van den Hoecke.I wonder how they can truly authenticate


Music Events 28th February

1966, Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closer. The club had run up debts of over £10,000.On reflection, the city council should have invested in the club as a tourist attraction

1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house in New York of a suspected drug overdose, he was 25…...and yet another music tragedy

1968, Israeli husband and wife team Esther and Abi Ofarim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cinderella Rockefella,’ their only UK No.1..they were a rather strange couple

1970, In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90′s.Maybe it wasn’t that he was ill but getting his priorities sorted out

1970, Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.This was a brilliant work of musical art
1974, Singer songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself dead in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28. Bloom had the 1970 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Montego Bay’. A great reggae memory and yet another pop tragedy
1976, Rhythm Heritage went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From SWAT’, not a hit in the UK.I bought this as an American import

1977, Ray Charles was attacked by a member of his audience who tried to strangle him with a rope. Remembering Charles was blind this was cowardly

1984, Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the year for ‘Thriller’; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for ‘Beat It’; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for ‘Billie Jean’, and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial. This man was a musical genius and probably totally misunderstood

1986, George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer. He wouldn’t really suffer
1988, k.d. Lang performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’, charity. When Clapton plays people attend

. 1998, Celine Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ This is a song that will be sung for many years

2002, On this week’s UK singles chart; No.3 ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias
2008, Boy George pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him to a wall. The singer and DJ was also accused of assaulting Audun Carlsen during the alleged incident on 28 April 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November. I liked his hits with Culture Club but he seems to have thern gone into self destruct mode

2008, Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White.What a CV!


Born on this day

 1942,  Brian Jones, guitar, Rolling Stones. Jones died on July 3rd 1969 after drowning in his swimming pool under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

1942,  Joe South, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.6 single ‘Games People Play’). Worked with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin.

1943, Donnie Iris, guitar, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).

1945,Ronnie Rosman, Tommy James & The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1957, Cindy Wilson, The B-52′s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).
1957,  Ian Stanley, keyboards, Tears For Fears, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’).

1957,Phil Gould, drums, Level 42, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Lessons In Love’, plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles).


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Friday 27th February 2015 Not Fade Away


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away

The weather was nice and we had to take the car for  service to Finestrat. As we would have to collect the car later in the day we decided to visit Villajoyosa. The sun was shining and the promenade was buzzing as we walked in the sunshine.

We met a friend who is a journalist and had a chat. Then, as we walked slowly along the seafront, our friend Peter came across to say hello. We joined Sheila and Peter and their friend Pat for a nice coffee. It’s a hard life. More friends arrived and we had lots to talk about.

After our first walk we walked again and then had a bite to eat before we walked yet again! The weather was hot and we were ready to pick the car up at 4pm. The service in the garage was really good and we got home for a rest before the children came round at 6.30 pm. Liverpool were playing and I also had a podcast to prepare!

Our friend Thelma phoned to tell us her husband Tom is in hospital. The picture below is how we like to see you so get well soon Tom.


A world-wide telephone survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was:

“Could you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the
rest of the world?”
The survey was a massive failure because of the following:

1. In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant.

2. In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant.

3. In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant.

4. In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant.

5. In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant.

6. In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant.

7. In the USA they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant.

8. In the UK they hung up as soon as they heard the Indian.


Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn
Primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is
Easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right. And that’s where they have remained.

Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
A: In France , where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

Q. Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

Q: Why is shifting responsibility someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing,he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

Q: Why are  people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?A:Invented in 1825,limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.. In the theatre,a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl,Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a good idea in the long run) she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.

Q: Why  are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. It caught on.

The Day’s Events 27 February

1700 – The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered. It had already been there!

1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration. Would they be celebrating Shrove Tuesday

1861 – In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident. These events seem almost everyday

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine. Say no more!

1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. Well done!

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote. It took long enough

1933 – The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire. It would have to have been extremists

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.That’s not fair

1949 – Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president. Wiseman, eh?

1973 – The American Indian Movement occupied Wouned Knee in South Dakota.

1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A hell of a shock to the eco system!

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.” Was it the end of something or the start of something else?

1997 – In Ireland, divorce became legal. Is Ireland better now for this happening?

1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference. It’s about time the whole system was changed…..if something workable can be found

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth. Did they have a telly with them?

1999 – Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country’s first elected president since August of 1983. Let’s hope it works

2002 – In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges. This sounds sinister

The Day’s Music Events 27 February

1961, Chubby Checker s No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pony Time’, his second No.1 of the 60′s. It reached No.27 in the UK. He has been on my show and the podcast is at

1964, 21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern club Cilla Black was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’ Written by Bacharach and David it was Cilla’s first UK No.1. She has an unusual but catchy voice. I paticularly like Surround Yourself with Sorrow.

1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’I think I saw the show

1965, Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and Herman’s Hermits, at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. Good show,eh?

1967, Pink Floyd recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England.Quite a good song

1977, Keith Richards was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, for possession of heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000 (£14,705).Keith. You should have known better!
1980, Winners at the Grammy Awards included album of the year, Billy Joel’s ’52nd St’

1991, James Brown was parolled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.I loved his music but he certainly lived life to the full
1993, East 17 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Walthamstow.’ 1994, Enigma No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Cross Of Changes.’Great mood music

1999, Britney Spears started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time’. It became the biggest UK selling single of the year and also a No.1 in the US. I’m not a fan but the song was OK
2004, A worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police-after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children. Surely this must shed some light as to the pressure under which he lived his life?

2005, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’ He was a genius

2007, Pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins.This guy helps clarify the word idiot
2010, U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best.Overpaid? It’s not just footballers

Birthday Boys and Girls

1927,  Guy Mitchell, US singer (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles). Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.

1948, Eddie Gray, Tommy James and the Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1951,Steve Harley, singer, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’).

1955,  Gary Christian, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).
1960,Paul Humphreys, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single ‘Locomotion’). singles).

1973,  Peter Andre, singer and former actor, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel You’, 1996 UK No. 1 album ‘Natural’).

1981,  Josh Groban, US singer


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Thursday 26th February 2015 ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’.

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  Birthday girl on this day in 1947, Sandie Shaw, singer, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’. First UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 1967, ‘Puppet On A String.’

We had very heavy winds during the night and possibly this was why we slept in til 9.30 am. This is unlike us and I had a podcast to make at 11 am. Annie Bennett, my friend the Psychotherapist, was in Spain and we could make a new podcast. We discussed the problems of Depression as I had read a very sad story and a lady wants Depression and other mental issues taught in schools.

This was a very interesting discussion drawing on real-life experiences and the podcast is available via this link.

I managed to get an early afternoon walk in along Terra Mitica before heading of to my Spanish lesson in La Nucia. Our teacher, Merche, has just given birth to a newcomer and I pitted my linguistic wits against two Germans and two Russians.  Happy days!


Old Records

My friend’s husband, responsible for the overall closing of

a military base, was reviewing voluminous files. He found
some old records that were of no possible value and sent a
letter to Washington requesting permission to destroy them.

The reply he received read as follows: “Permission is given
to destroy the records, but please make triplicate copies of
them first.”


The Day’s Events 26 February

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France. Who let him out?

1848 – The second French Republic was proclaimed. Tres bien.

1881 – S.S. Ceylon began his world-wide cruise, beginning in Liverpool, England.Liverpool was one of the biggest and most influential ports in the world at the time

1916 – Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. It probably was mutual

1919 – In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of theU.S. Congress. What a park!

1930 – New York City installed traffic lights. I wonder whether it was just one set?

1945 – In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect. I bet the Fonz didn’t keep it

1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.We’re still paying for it

1986 – Corazon Aquino was inaugurated president of the Philippines. Long time President Ferdinand Marcos went into exile.

1987 – The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period. Bombs first, people second..

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait. The rest is history

1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.

1995 – Barings PLC collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices. The company was Britain’s oldest investment banking firm. These guys had started what we aree all suffering now in my opinion

1998 – A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.Don’t underestimate the power of the media

1998 – In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides. More evidence that the world is going mad

2001 – A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes. They had ordered the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.

2009 – Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.

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The Day’s Music Events 26 February

1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78′s.The 78s were very brittle

1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Great songwriters and a great singer

1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.I have to say I loved the cowbell on You Can’t Do That

1966, Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1.A really great track that has become a classic

1969, Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?‘On a podcast with me available at he told me definitively that this song was not about anyone in particular

1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery-1956 UK No.1 ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.

1977, The Eagles US No.1 with ‘New Kid On Town’-a No.20 hit n the UK.

1979, During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 was left of the £800,000 the band had earned. The story of rock n roll with MacLaren in the fast lane

1980, After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. Brilliant group

1983, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.Probably the best video ever made sold this in my opinion plus the music was great
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were enjoying their fourth week at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Relax.’ I doubt if most of the general public understood what it was all about

1990, Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’It was a Prince song beautifully sung

1997, American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bath robe while cooking. He co-wrote ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You’ and ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’Both of these were very influential songs

2001, Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’………… U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.Highlights only

Birthday Boys and Girls

1928, Fats Domino, (Antoine Domino), singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter. 1957 US No.6 & UK No.6 single ‘Blueberry Hill’

1932,  Johnny Cash, US country singer/songwriter who had a 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single with ‘A Boy Named Sue’. He had a US TV Johnny Cash show in the late 60s–early 70s. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

1945,  Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat, (1968 US No.11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No.2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’). He died on April 5th 1981.

1947, Sandie Shaw, singer, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’. First UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 1967, ‘Puppet On A String.’

1953, Michael Bolton, singer, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’).

1958,  Steve Grant, singer, Tight Fit, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).

1961, John Jon, Bronski Beat, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’).



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Wednesday 25th February 2015 I’ll Never Find Another You


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’, the Australian folk-pop group’s first UK No.1.

The weather was weird yesterday.I had to got to a meeting at the Leisure Centre with a group of people involved with the La Nucia International Day. I had been given the impression it was going to be the inaugural day last year however others have told me it had been tried before. Last year was a resounding success with around 8000 people attending.

The difficulty is when we come to the question of nationality. We have a British passport. We know the United Kingdom is an amalgam of England, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We see the Union Jack everywhere. Now that all seems straightforward doesn’t it?

At the meeting we were being shown how we will all walk into the event behind our respective flags. Now we have International football teams representing England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. I needed to tell Bart we needed flags for each nation.

He suggested there was no difference between Scotland and Catalonia. I asked whether Catalonia played in the World Cup finals. He asked would we still need the Union Jack? I suggested we would use the Union Flag as an umbrella embracing the four individual nations. We have a British passport representing the United Kingdom.

The Netherlands has around 17 million population. Wales has around 3 million. Scotland has around 5 million. Northern Ireland has a million. England has somewhere between 60 and 70 million people so are we misled into thinking we need to integrate the St George flag into the Union Flag?

We haven’t really scratched the surface with Ireland. Do I need to find two Irish people to represent each side of the border. I would need them to get on as friends as we need people to see there is a difference between the two Irelands but that people now can live in peace.

I have now discovered why this matter is creating these difficulties. The Kingdom of The Netherlands  has four parts to the kingdom – Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten. These are separate countries  and participate on a basis of equality as partners in the kingdom. In practice, however, most of the kingdom’s affairs are administered by the Netherlands (which comprises roughly 98% of the kingdom’s land area and population) on behalf of the entire kingdom.

The same cannot be said of the United Kingdom.   The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was established on 1 January 1801 under the terms of the Acts of Union 1800, by which the nominally separate kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland were united. In 1922, twenty-six of thirty-two counties of Ireland seceded to form the Irish Free State… later becoming the Republic of Ireland.

The Internet informs us everywhere that the UK is a country. We Britons know there are four distinct countries. However, I am looking for neither Brownie points nor popularity. It is difficult when trying to identify the UK as a homogenous entity. Homogenous means the same or similar. This would imply very little difference in the Scottish pipers and dancers, English Brass Bands and Morris Dancers, Irish fiddles and the River Dance or Welsh Eisteddford with its attendant music and verse.

I feel my English nationality has been swamped by the UK Passport. The UK has resisted the European Union. If anyone feels strongly enough to represent Scotland and Ireland, both North and South, then please give me a call. The British Legion can represent England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. If nationality matters then please ring me with suggestions as I now have a migraine!

PS. Please don’t mention the Channel Islands, The Isle of Man or anywhere else with their own currency flag or distant language!

Around 5 pm I walked for an hour along Terra Mitica.


Do you plan your days or do you just go with the flow? Personally, I don’t think I would be able to get everything done if I didn’t plan how my day would be and I would probably spend more on petrol than I need to. Anne and I have a planning chat, I hasten to add we don’t call it by this name, every night before we go to sleep. We also verify what we want to do early the next day.

We might have to amend our plans if we get a phone call in between times. We also plan our route so that usually we can get some exercise during our excursion. For example, we say we’ll park the car at a distance from where we want to go and then walk to the place. This way we can be healthy and fit without having to pay to go to a gymnasium. If you look around your own house there will  be ways to improve your health and fitness. If there are stairs there is an opportunity to exercise. If you have spaces around the house then certainly you can build in exercise areas.

Seriously, people do feel they have to pay to go to the gym. I think this only comes into play when you don’t have the discipline to stick to what you’ve planned.

 Events 25th February

1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.I would imagine she couldn’t care less

1793 – The department heads of theU.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record. Before this they had secret meetings

1836 – Samuel Colt received a patent for a “revolving gun”. Didn’t John Wayne have one?

1919 – The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.

1986 – Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.

1999 – William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.

1999 – In Moscow, China’s Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin discussed trade and other issues. Are they trading together still?

2000 – In Albany, NY, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.


Music Events 25th February

1964, The Beatles finished recoding their next single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, at Abbey Road studios, London. They also recorded the B-side, ‘You Can’t Do That’ and another new song ‘I Should Have Known Better’. I particularly liked the use of the cowbell on You  Can’t do That
1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’, the Australian folk-pop group’s first UK No.1.A great bouncy song

1981, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Christopher Cross won Best new artist and Best song for ‘Sailing.’ Nice song
1984, ‘Jump’, by Van Halen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK. And a great track
1989, Simple Minds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Belfast Child.’ At 6 minutes 39 seconds it became the second-longest running No.1 after The Beatles ‘Hey Jude.’….and a tremendous song

1995, At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was ‘The Best is Yet to Come.’ His was certainly an illustrious career

. 2004, The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their “Forty Licks” tour, which made them £124.7m in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of £6.47 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third. I went to see the Stones in Benidorm and they were wonderful

2006, The 4th Annual TRL Awards were held in New York City. Madonna won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bono won the Most Inspired Artist/Humanitarian Award. Worthy winners
2006, George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said “I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offence and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout.” He also said that the event was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”He told it exactly as it was!

2009, President Obama honoured Stevie Wonder, his musical hero, with America’s highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress’ Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said the Motown legend had been the soundtrack to his youth and he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn’t been a fan. Wonder’s song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ had been the theme song during Obama’s presidential campaign.With or without Obama’s blessing Stevie Wonder has influenced the lives of millions

2009, Winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at London’s O2 Academy included Oasis who won best British band and The Cure won the godlike genius award.Bizarre

2010, Marie Osmond’s teenaged son, Michael Blosil, was found dead on the ground below an apartment balcony in Los Angeles, California.How sad is this?


Born on this day

 1931, Faron Young, country singer, songwriter

1943,  George Harrison – guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world’s most successful group. Harrison wrote the 1969 US No.1 & UK No.4 Beatles single ‘Something’. As a solo artist he had the 1971 US No.1 album ‘All Things Must Pass’ and the 1970 worldwide No.1 single ‘My Sweet Lord’. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison died of cancer on November 29th 2001.
1948, Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder), singer, solo, (1977 UK No.8 single ‘Pearl’s A Singer’), also a member of Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer.

1957,  Stewart Wood, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’ plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single ‘Saturday Night’).


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