Sunday 1st February 2015 Roll us yer cap, Uncle Stan!

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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 Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes ‘Telstar’ in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1′s from the group.

The weather was nice but very windy. I was busy until 2 pm and then we went down to walk from Poniente to eat in a very interesting restaurant oposite the Comiseria de Policia in the centre of Benidorm. The food was excellent and unusual for my palate. The chef is Russian and is the wife of the Spanish host. The presentation was wonderful and the hospitality par excelence. Later we went to the Wooky Hollow 2 to watch Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 and met up with two friends from Liverpool. We’d not seen them for a while and they are good enough to come to support our gigs. Obviously we were chuffed to see them.

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What a fantastic opportunity we have to use the technology of today. I worked with Don at 10 am to create a really interesting podcast and then I worked on Skype with a guy from Russia. I really enjoyed meeting with both of these internet friends. Don is always very interesting and it were t’ day fer makin’ a northern podcast t’day………here’s Don….

The song this week was one that came so close…it was inspired by a TV advert where two young girls asked their uncle Stan to roll his cap across his chest then round the
back of his neck…I came up with this song which Norman Thomas played every day on
Radio City…I sent it to The Grumbleweeds who said they would do it if the advert went
national…sadly it didn’t because the despite the ad being so popular no-one knew what
it was advertising…which was British Beef…close but no cigar.

Katie Price has been taking some stick in the news regarding her receiving benefits from the Government to pay for taxis to take her disabled son to school…despite her
being worth 45 million. In my opinion she’s earned her money and pays her taxes…….I admire anyone who makes their fortune…and it’s always the scroungers who seem to complain .

I watched The Voice last week and to my delight one of the contestants was the singer
from Black Lace…he didn’t get selected but I was a big fan of the group…BUT it was
uncool to like them…in fact some of their songs were voted the worst records ever…THEY WERE GREAT!!…you can’t argue with full dancefloors….my band ALWAYS did Agadoo and The Conga…guaranteed to get everyone up….loved ‘em!!….it’s called
entertainment…something a lot of bands these days could do with a lesson in,

I have been watching coverage of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust…it’s hard to
believe this happened…no matter how many times you see it.
It displays how low humanity can sink with their treatment of fellow human beings….soon
there will be no living survivors to tell the story which MUST be carried into the future so
this never happens again…

Further proof that there are many morons roaming amongst us..there is a statue of Maggie Thatcher in an art gallery which has been moved to a small corridor and
cordoned off…because some bright neanderthals decided to behead it…no matter what
you thought of her when she was P.M. what does that achieve?…and having street parties when she died just shows how some of us have yet to evolve.Looking for someone to man a one way journey to Mars?….look no further…

Here’s the link to the podcast

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Events 1st February

1788 – Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat. Brilliant

1793 – France declared war on Britain and Holland. Troublemakers

1793 – Ralph Hodgson patented oiled silk. What’s this?

1884 – The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. Jolly good

1898 – The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage. It’s a far cry from Direct Line

1919 – The first Miss America was crowned in New York City. I like beauty pageants

1920 – The first armored car was introduced.

1920 – Canada’s Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The organization was commissioned in 1873. The Mounties had very nice hats. I joined a scout group for Bob a Job week just to be able to wear one!

1929 – Weightlifter, Charles Rigoulet of France, achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402-1/2 pounds. This is with recogniseable weights. Someone, a farmer for example, might have done something similar before

1930 – The Times published its first crossword puzzle. It was designed by a bloke called S-M-N

1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

1951 – The first telecast of an atomic explosion took place. I don’t like these

1951 – The first X-ray moving picture process was demonstrated. Brilliant

1957 – P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a scheduled passenger airline.You wouldn’t think the question of colour would have been involved in this business

1958 – The United Arab Republic was formed by a union of Egypt and Syria. It was broken 1961.

1968 – During the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The scene was captured in a news photograph. Dreadful

1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was welcomed in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. The Shah of Persia was shown the door

1991 – A USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport. 35 people were killed. Bad news

1996 – Visa and Mastercard announced security measures that would make it safe to shop on the Internet. I still feel on pins buying on the internet

2001 – Three Scottish judges found Abdel Basset al-Mergrahi guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The court said that Megrahi was a member of the Libyan intelligence service. Al-Amin Khalifa, who had been co-accused, was acquitted and freed. This is ongoing

2003 – NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed. I clearly watching this in horro

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Music Events 1st February

1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible. I ended up buying about 70,000
1963, 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg. I love his songs

1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes ‘Telstar’ in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1′s from the group.
These were amazing times and we were so excited…

1965, P.J. Proby split his pants during his first number at the ABC, Luton, the manage r stopped the show and gave everyone in the audience a refund. The incident caused a ban on Proby’s performance in UK halls and TV. I had a brilliant time meeting PJ Proby who gave me a very nice podcast interview

1967, At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles started work on a new song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. This became such a great concept and probably much bigger than was intended by just the song

1969, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Crimson And Clover’, the group’s second and last No.1. Billy Idol had a 1987 US No.1 with ‘Mony Mony’ a No.3 hit for Tommy James in 1968. Tommy James has been on my show twice and was a real gentleman

1972, Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he’d been playing live for over 20 years ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics. I use the song in my show and it certainly gets people singing
1975, Neil Sedaka had his second US No.1 single with ‘Laughter In The Rain’, over 12 years after his last chart topper ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’. This is a real classy number
1975, Pilot were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘January’, the Scottish group’s only No.1. The song was a No.1 hit in Australia for eight weeks. Didn’t do much for me
1978, Amstrad were advertising their new ranges of hi-fi in the UK

1986, Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. Worked with many UK 60′s acts including The Beatles. James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967 and was the founder of the DJM record label. My friend Tony Hiller often talks about Dick James

1986, Diana Ross married Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess in Geneva, Stevie Wonder performed at the reception….ain’t no mountain high enough….ain’t no fjord long enough

1989, Paul Robi from The Platters died of cancer. UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. Sad

1992, George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, also a No.1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.

1995, Richey James guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later. Today, although most people suspect the worst, he is still missing

1997, Blur went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beetlebum’. The song’s title, is said to be a stab at Liam Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis, for his over-idolisation of The Beatles. Songwriters often send a message in their song

1997, Boy George was beaten up by two bouncers after trying to jump the queue outside The Ministry Of Sound in London where George had been a guest DJ. I’m not a fan of his but many bouncers have behave badly like this over the years

1997, The original soundtrack from the film ‘Evita’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

2001, a collection of Sir Elton John’s private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition, which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled. Why am I not surprised?

2002, the father of S Club 7′s Paul Cattermole was jailed for nearly three years for sex acts with two 14 year-old girl fans of the group. Gerald Cattermole, 50 had been warned by police not to get involved with fans who often visited his house.Dreadful behavious

2005, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, the singers 21st No.1, first released in 1960. Great song

2008, US space agency Nasa announced that ‘Across the Universe’ by the Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network – a network of antennas – on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to Nasa, Sir Paul McCartney said the project was an “amazing” feat. “Well done, Nasa,” he added. “Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.” What a privilege for Paul McCartney

 

Born on this day

1934, Bob Shane, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley plus nine other US Top 40 hits).
1937,  Don Everly, guitar, vocals, The Everly Brothers,
1937,  Ray Sawyer, vocals, Dr Hook
1948, Rick James, US singer. Found dead at his Los Angeles home on 6th August 2004.
1954, Mike Campbell, guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

1968, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. Married Michael Jackson in 1994, separated on 10th December 1995. Had the UK No.16 single ‘Lights Out’.

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Saturday 31st January 2015 The Tide Is High

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Yesterday was a very bright day but there was a nip in the air. We got our work done very early and then we went for a lovely walk along Benidorm, Poniente. It was absolutely jam packed although I would say the majority were domestic visitors. There was a lovely atmosphere and there were plenty of people enjoying activities on the sand. There were the usual line dancers on the beach and plenty of people walking all kinds of dogs. We had a nice coffee at one of the old Yago shops. In all honesty I cannot remember its new name.

I had prepared our salads before we went out and it was nice to come home with dinner prepared. I then had a snooze before we went off to our Friday gig. There was a good number in because the warm weather seemed to be good for business.

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The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.  Here are the winners:
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1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit)

11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

 

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

Events 31st January

1606 – Guy Fawkes was executed after being convicted for his role in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I. I could have told him there would be fireworks as a result of his actions

1747 – The first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital.This is where you’d meet seamen

1858 – The Great Eastern, the five-funnelled steamship designed by Brunel, was launched at Millwall. He also built bridges

1876 – All Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations. Did they have reservations? 1893 – The trademark “Coca-Cola” was first registered in the United States Patent Office.Bit early for the song

1917 – Germany announced its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.Oh dear

1929 – The USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico. It’s a wonder he chose that country

1946 – A new constitution in Yugoslavia created six constituent republics (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia) subordinated to a central authority, on the model of the USSR. It probably seemed a good idea at the time

1950 – U.S. President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb. Not good

1958 – Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite.

1971 – Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon. Brave men

1971 – Telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-established after 19 years.Bonne

1983 – The wearing of seat belts in cars became compulsory in Britain. Clunk click every trip as Sir Jimmy would say

1990 – McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia. The Russians have been putting on weight ever since

1995 – U.S. President Clinton invoked presidential emergency authority to provide a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy. This one seemed to slip by unnoticed

1996 – In Columbo, Sri Lanka, a truck was rammed into the gates of the Central Bank. The truck filled with explosives killed at least 86 and injured 1,400. Dreadful

2000 – An Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the ocean off Southern California. All 88 people on board were killed. These events make me very nervous about flying

2001 – A Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988. This is still ongoing

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Music Events 31st January

1953, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes’. The American singer and television personalities first hit – Como was a seventh son of a seventh son. He was also a very accoplished performerHis best song for me was Delaware

1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78′s. I never collected 78s as they were before my time and far too brittle

1963, Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan were at No.1 on the UK single charts with ‘Diamonds’. I have made a podcast with Jet Harris

1964, The first night of a UK Package Tour kicked off at The Public Hall in Preston Lancashire with John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Rolling Stones, Jet Harris and Mike Sarne.These were great value for money shows

1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’. Strawberry Fields is in Liverpool and the video should have been made there

1968, Love Affair were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Everlasting Love’. Singer Steve Ellis was the only band member to perform on the recording. I don’t care. I still love the disc

1970, American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 US No.16 single ‘Baby Scratch My Back’. The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs. Great Bluesman

1970, The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want You Back’. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1′s for the group. It made No.2 in the UK. Happy Days

1976, Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘Mamma Mia.’ Queen’s single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen’s single contains the famous “mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go” line. What great memories

1976, Alan Price, Sailor, Roy Wood and Chris Spedding all appeared on UK television pop show Supersonic. Was Spedding on his bike?

1976, UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll Winners included; best album ‘A Night At The Opera’, by Queen, best single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen, best band Queen, musician Mike Oldfield, female singer Maddy Prior, Steeleye, Span, new band Rainbow, bore of the year The Bay City Rollers. They got the last part right as well

1976, ‘The Best Of Roy Orbison’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. I am a big fan of Roy Orbison

1976, The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Rollercoaster’ the group’s second US No.1. Another great funky sound. I was really into funk at the time being a big James Brown fan

1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of a accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30.

1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Another sad piece of pop trivia

1978, Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’. I love the sig tune for this show and the voice of Bob Harris

1981, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with ‘The Tide Is High’, the group’s third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. Everyone seemed to love Debbie Harry

1983, The Maisonettes had the No. 1 UK indie single with ‘Heartache Avenue’. Great track

1987, Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with ‘Graceland’, the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks. Another fine single

2003, Robbie Williams topped a chart based on UK album sales from the past 5 years. The ex Take That singer had sold 9.7 million albums in Britain, an average of more than 5,000 every day. The Corrs were in second place with 5.8m sales, Westlife in third with 5.1, Madonna in fourth with 5m and The Beatles in fifth with 4.7m. All these were great acts

Born on this day

1946,  Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single with ‘If You Leave Me Now’). Kath accidentally shot himself dead on January 23rd 1978. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.

1951,  Harry Wayne Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).

1951,  Phil Manzanera, guitar, Roxy Music 1952, Curley Smith, drums, Jo Jo Gunne, (1972 UK No.6 & US No. 27 single ‘Run Run Run.)’
1961, Lloyd Cole, vocals, guitar, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

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Friday 30th January 2015 Will you still love me tomorrow?

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ reached the top. The song peaked at No.4 in the UK. I love this song and still find it incredible that it only got to number 14. Virtually anywhere I go I hear this song on the radios.

The weather was nice and sunny for the first part of the day and Anne was taking Tinker up to the vets in Finestrat to get his jabs. Apparently, he is very well but his teeth need cleaning at a cost of 85 euros. I’ve suggested we put some toothpaste in his cat food! Whilst Anne was with the vet I got my Spanish homework done and then had a quick practice on my guitar. The sun was really strong where it was sheltered and it is easy to see how someone can get a tan in January in Spain. As soon as Anne got back we went down to get a renewal for our Padron as I also needed to take a proof of identity at the bank. Apparently this is now an annual requirement. I think this makes sense and we went to the bank in Altea to show the necessary papers. It was also nice to see an old friend in the bank.

From our odd jobs in Alfaz we went our separate ways. I walked home whilst Anne went on one of her missions. It was roasting hot and a hard walk as it is really walking up a mountain and it is quite high. By the time I got to the top road I was breathing quite hard and ready for the more level road at the top. I had around another 25 minutes to walk before I got home. The gas man had delivered our four bottles of gas and the price was 207 euros. This is down by quite a few euros. I had asked the price of the same bottles from another gas delivery man in Alfaz. His price would have been 280 euros!

The chicos were coming for their lesson at 5.30 pm and I had a podcast to make with Neil Colbourne at 8 pm. That was a relatively busy day!

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I was sent the following e-mail and it’s not the first time this has appeared

 
Dear Prime Minister The RT. Hon. David Cameron, MP.
         I wish to ask you a Question:-  “Is This True?”
I refer to the Pension Reality Check.
Are you aware of the following ?
The British Government provides the following financial assistance:-
BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER
 (bearing in mind they worked hard and paid their Income Tax and
National Insurance contributions to the British Government all their
working life)
Weekly allowance: £106.00?     
IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN
(No Income Tax and National Insurance contribution whatsoever)
Weekly allowance: £250.00
BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER
Weekly Spouse Allowance: £25.00?     
ILLEGAL  IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN
Weekly Spouse Allowance: £225.00 
BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER
Additional Weekly Hardship Allowance: £0.00?   
   ILLEGAL  IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN
Additional Weekly Hardship Allowance: £100.00 
A  British old age pensioner is no less hard up than an illegal
immigrant/refugee yet receives nothing
BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER
TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT £6,000?     
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN
TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT: £29,900

NB The average pensioner has paid taxes and contributed to the growth of this country for the last 40 to 60 years. Sad isn’t it?  Surely it’s about time we put our own people first.

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A policeman in Sydney, Australia pulled over a driver who had been weaving in and out of the traffic. He approached the car window and said “Sir I need you to blow into this breathalyzer”.

The man reaches into his pocket and produces a doctor’s note.  On it was written: “This man suffers from chronic asthma. Do not make him perform any action that may leave him short of breath”.

The policeman said “Okay then I need you to come and give a blood sample”  The man produced another letter. This one said: “This man is a haemophiliac. Please do not cause him to bleed in any way”.

So the officer said: “Right, I need a urine sample then”. The man produces a third letter from his pocket.  It read: “This man plays Cricket for England, please don’t take the piss out of him”

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What It Means

Five-year-old Becky answered the door when the census taker
came by. She told the census taker that her daddy was a
doctor and wasn’t home, because he was performing an
appendectomy.

“My,” said the census taker, “that sure is a big word for
such a little girl. Do you know what it means?”

“Sure! Fifteen hundred bucks, and that doesn’t even include
the anesthesiologist!”

Events 30 jANUARY

1649 – England’s King Charles I was beheaded. They didn’t muck about in those days

1790 – The first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne. Whay aye mon. I never knew this fact

1798 – The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. Mathew Lyon won with an immobilisation pin

1847 – The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. Was the grass going to be greener?

1889 – Rudolph, crown prince of Austria, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Marie Vetsera, were found shot in his hunting lodge at Mayerling, near Vienna. Not a good idea to take a mistress

1900 – The British fighting the Boers in South Africa ask for a larger army. no comment

1911 – The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer “Terry.” Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba. Well done

1933 – “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955. Come on. Give Tonto a break

1933 – Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.Trouble brewing

1948 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist. A wonderful man

1958 – Yves Saint Laurent, at age 22, held his first major fashion show in Paris.Oooh la la!

1958 – The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet. An amazing feat

1964 – January 30 – The U.S. launched Ranger 6. The unmanned spacecraft carried television cameras and was intentionally crash-landed on the moon. The cameras did not return any pictures to Earth. Bit of a costly trip

1972 – In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as “Bloody Sunday.” I watched a very compelling film on this subject only two nights ago. Why do they show these things at off-peak times?

1979 – The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return. He had been living in exile in France. Oh dear. I think people have forgotten what happened in Iran. Which countries will follow?

1989 – The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was closed. They’ll be back

1994 – Peter Leko became the world’s youngest-ever grand master in chess. I love this game but don’t have the time to play very often

1996 – Gino Gallagher, the reputed leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, was shot and killed as he queued for his unemployment benefit. no comment

1997 – A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion. This is a strange scenario

2002 – Slobodan Milosevic accused the U.N. war crimes tribunal of an “evil and hostile attack” against him. Milosevic was defending his actions during the Balkan wars. He, of course, was a saint

2002 – Japan’s last coal mine was closed. The closures were due to high production costs and cheap imports. Does anyone really think this is a great job? Would I like to work down a mine? No thank you

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1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. A standard for all rockers

1959, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 single ‘One Night / I Got Stung’ a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title ‘One Night of Sin)’ a revival of the Smiley Lewis’s R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1. I think Elvis earned his stripes with the US public for his spell in the army

1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ reached the top. The song peaked at No.4 in the UK. Great song
1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins’. The group’s second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon. I’d no idea Sonny Bono wrote the song
1967, The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. Why didn’t they use Liverpool?
1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. They’d already reached the dizziest of heights

1970, Edison Lighthouse were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).’ In February 1970, Tony Burrows became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television’s Top Of The Pops fronting three different acts in one show: Edison Lighthouse (who were number one that week), White Plains, and Brotherhood of Man.This is a fantastic bit of pop trivia so well done Tony

1972, Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers. Take the politics away and the Irish should have their own country

1975, The Bee Gees begin recording ‘Jive Talkin’, which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’.” I care not as I loved practically every Bee Gees song
1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)’ the duo’s fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK. Good song
1982, Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios Desert Island Discs his selections include, Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, John Lennon’s ‘Beautiful Boy ‘and Little Richards ‘Tutti Frutti’. Are we surprised?

1988, during a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records. This was really quite sad as they really didn’t achieve what Gerry and the Pacemakers had achieved, did they?

1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with ‘Need You Tonight’. Love it

1988, Tiffany was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the singers only UK No.1 single. The song was a hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1967.
I didn’t totally love this song
1991, 22 years to the day that The Beatles played live on the roof of their London offices, Manchester band James played a live set on the roof of Manchester’s Piccadilly radio station attracting several thousand on-lookers. Not quite as good as the Beatles

1999, After spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time.’ Not a favourite of mine
1999, in the NME readers poll results the winner of ‘The pop personality that you would like as your doctor’ was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia. Oh Yeah

2000, Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rise’. The song used a sample from Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ giving Dylan his third UK No.1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds version of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’. All great songs and I love his work

2010, Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his “influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work”. A string of artists including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. He is an inspirational singer

Birthday Boys and Girls

1928,  Ruth Brown, US singer, (1957 US No.25 single, ‘Lucky Lips’),Atlantic Records top selling artist of the 50′s.
1936, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single ‘A Walk In The Black Forrest‘).
He died of cancer on 29th June 1998.
1941, Joe Terranova, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘At The Hop’).
1947,Steve Marriott,
guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces, (1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with ‘Itchycoo Park’ plus the 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’) and Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single with ‘Natural Born Bugie’). He died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
1951, Phil Collins, drums, piano, vocals, Genesis,
(1986 US No.1 ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t Dance’ plus six UK No.1 albums). Solo, (1988 UK & US No.1 single ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ plus six other US No.1′s and four UK No.1 solo albums). Acting roles include Oliver, Buster and Miami Vice, also worked with Brand X.

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Thursday 29th January 2015 Car Wash

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1972, the triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Organised by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.

The weather was nice although a little nippy in the shade. We made a snap decision to paint a wall. We had been putting off this decision for a while and before I could rethink I was on the top of the step ladders with a long pole and a roller adding white paint to the wall. We started at 10.30 am and I finished at 3.30 pm as I had to go to my Spanish class. Anne kept going whilst I was away and she looked cream crackered when I got back. However, the wall looked pretty good and I think we were both pleased with our efforts.

The numbers were down in the class and just one other hardy soul turned up. As she is Russian and speaks no English we had an excellent session. The subject was relatively new to me and I felt I learned a lot from this session. There is no place to hide in a small group and I always feel these are good to attend.

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Irish Taxi Driver

A British passenger in a taxi in Dublin leaned over to ask the driver a question and tapped him on the shoulder. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from the edge of the bridge over the Liffey River.

For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, and then the still-shaking driver said, “I’m sorry, but you scared the devil out of me.”

The frightened Brit apologized to the driver and said he didn’t realize a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten an Irishman so much.

The driver replied, “Will the saints in Heaven forgive me –it’s entirely my fault. Today is my first day driving a cab. I’ve been driving a hearse for the last 25 years.”

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Events 29 jANUARY

1728 – John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera was first performed at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, London.

1820 – Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

1848 – Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland. Aye, laddie, ye’ve got the best clocks

1856 – Britain’s highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross, was founded by Queen Victoria. Brave men and women

1886 – The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.What a brilliant invention…..few too many on the planet

1916 – In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time. Bad news

1940 – The W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company displayed the first tetraploid flowers at the New York City Flower Show. What on earth are they? I hope they’re not like the Triffids

1963 – Britain was refused entry into the EEC. How did they ever manage without Britain?

1979 – U.S. President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations. Could only be good

1987 – “Physician’s Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci’s Mona Lisa was caused by a “…facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.” How on earth would they know this? Pure conjecture!

1990 – Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor. What a misdemeanor!

1996 – French President Jacques Chirac announced the “definitive end” to nuclear testing.Tres bien!

1996 – La Fenice, the 204 year old opera house in Venice, was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.

1998 – A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta. A very contentious issue

1999 – Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s Princess Diana. I still have my suspicions

The Day’s MusicEvents 29jANUARY

1942, BBC radio aired a new program ‘Desert Island Discs’ presented by Roy Plomley, which went on to become the longest running UK radio show. This was a show which went up a gear when the right guest arrived.

1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier. Das vas gut

1967, Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience. He must have been inspired because he is sensational

1968, The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas. 
 The police charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification after the show.
1969, Fleetwood Mac had their only UK No.1 single with the instrumental ‘Albatross.’ But what a number 1. I love this track.

1972, the triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Organised by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. George Harrison struck me as being  a wonderful guy and he was the inspiration for the later events organised by Bob Geldof

1977, Gwen Dickey former backing band for The Temptations, went to No.1 on the US singles chart as Rose Royce with ‘Car Wash’, a No.9 hit in the UK. Good track

1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event. This should be a good indication as to how involved music is in the happenings all over the world

1982, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Julie’, the Welsh singers third UK No.1. Barry Manilow covered the song in the US. Good track
1982, flying Back from Cannes, France, Gary Numan made a forced landing after running low on fuel at an RAF base outside Southampton, the press ran stories that he had in fact crash landed on the A3057. I am in admiration that he was able to fly a plane

1983, Australian group Men At Work went to No.1 on the British and American singles and album charts simultaneously with ‘Down Under’ and ‘Business As Usual’. The last artist to achieve this was Rod Stewart in 1971. Good on yer sports

1989, Marc Almond started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ with guest vocals from Gene Pitney, (who had a hit with the song in 1967. Was guest vocals a bit of a cheek? The song would not have been known without the wonderful Gene Pitney

1992, American blues singer and guitarist Willie Dixon died of heart failure. Wrote the classic songs: ‘You Shook Me’, I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. Great songs
1994, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson was injured when her jeep crashed on a freeway and turned over just outside of Los Angeles, California. Wilson’s 14-year old son was killed in the accident. This was another of pop’s great tragedies
1996, George Michael had the UK No.1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’

2001, a New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD’s released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at No.5, Eva Cassidy at 4, Jimi Hendrix at 3, Bob Marley at 2 and 2Pac at No.1.
My suggested titles:Dead Certs, Dead Good, Gone but never Forgotten

2006, Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’. The Sheffield-based bands album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history after shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week of release. Is this a real test of quality? Which takes more effort -downloading a song or going out to buy a single?

2009, singer-songwriter John Martyn died in hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton. Sadly, I don’t know enough about him

2009, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made the largest ever leap to number one in US chart history, rising 96 places. Her single, My Life Would Suck Without You, rose from 97 to the top of the Billboard chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release. See my comment above

2010, Sly Stone filed a $50m (£30.9m) legal claim against his former manager, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. The 66-year-old funk musician of the 1970s group Sly and the Family Stone, claimed in the Los Angeles Superior Court that Jerry Goldstein diverted millions in royalties to fund a lavish lifestyle. This could never happen, could it?

Birthday Boys and Girls

1929,  Bernard Stanley Bilk, (Acker Bilk), bandleader, (1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Stranger On The Shore’).
1933,  French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel. 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ Died after a long battle with deteriorating health on 22nd July 2004.
1938, James Jamerson, bass played, The Funk Brothers, died of a heart attack 2nd August 1983 aged 45. Played on many Motown hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha And The Vandellas.
1943, Tony Blackburn, DJ on Radio Caroline and the first D.J. on BBC Radio One. (The first song played was ‘Flowers In The Rain by The Move’).

1943,  Mark Wynter, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single ‘Venus In Blue Jeans’).
1944, Andrew Loog Oldham, the first Rolling Stones manager. Oldham launched the Immediate label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits.
1952, Thomas Erdelyi, (Tommy Ramone), drums, The Ramones, (1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’).
1953,  Louie Perez, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘La Bamba’).
1954, Rob Manzoli, Right Said Fred, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I’m Too Sexy’,

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Wednesday 28th January 2015 What’s Going On?

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2000, Saxophonist and bandleader Thomas ‘Beans’ Bowles died of prostate cancer aged 73. Played on many Motown sessions including Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Going On’, Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Heat Wave’ and The Supremes ‘Baby Love’ and wrote the melody on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Fingertips Pt. 2

Yesterday morning I got up to plan my New Year’s Resolution campaign. I am going to get up on Tuesdays and find appropriate lessons on the computer to improve my Spanish. I found a lesson on object pronouns and spent the first part of my time improving my knowledge of these. My second class was a video on the present subjunctive. These are not lengthy lessons but more of an aide memoire. As you’d expect some of the teaching is a bit dodgy. On the other hand some of these lessons are pretty useful. In some respects it shows me that I am getting better at spotting the errors as they occur!

A lot of the lessons are from South American speakers of Spanish. I suppose this is very similar to the amount of people in North America who speak English. It is not impossible to follow but it isn’t exactly the same! Another major difference is in the amount and quality of the technology employed in the lessons. I find I can learn better when I can read a subtitle of what is being said. It is really useful to have pictorial assistance along with the aural explanation.

I found a couple of videos of people chatting on a selected topic. These were useful as I followed all the dialogue. Next, my idea is to look for selected videos with subtitles and content where I have an idea of the dialogue. At least I feel I have spent my time productively and feel confident to go and practise what I have studied.

I walked from our house to Nuria’s in the older part of La Nucia. It’s about 5 kilometres and takes about 50 minutes. It’s a nice walk and there was still a nip in the air despite the blue sunny skies. Later in the evening it was time to be put through the mill once again as Liverpool visited Chelsea for the second leg of the Capitol One Cup semi-final. We lost 1-0 but the team is looking good again apart from Bolatelli.

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Here’s a few laughs to brighten the day…………

Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish.

“I think it’s got epilepsy” he tells the vet.

Vet takes a look and says “It seems calm enough to me”.

Paddy says, “I haven’t taken it out of the bowl yet”.

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Paddy spies a letter lying on his doormat.

It says on the envelope “DO NOT BEND “.

Paddy spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick the Bloody thing up.

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Paddy shouts frantically into the phone “My wife is pregnant and her Contractions are only two minutes apart!”

“Is this her first child?” asks the Doctor.

“No”, shouts Paddy, “this is her husband!”

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Paddy was driving home, drunk as a skunk, suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another.  A cop car pulls him over as he veers about all over the road.  Paddy tells the cop about all the trees in the road.

Cop says “For God’s sake Paddy, that’s your air freshener swinging About!”

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An old Irish farmer’s dog goes missing and he’s inconsolable.  His wife says “Why don’t you put an advert in the paper?”  He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.

“What did you put in the paper?” his wife asks.

“Here Boy.” he replies.

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Paddy’s in jail. Guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his Feet.

“What the hell you doing?” he asks.

“Hanging me self!” Paddy replies.

“It should be around your neck” says the Guard.

“I tried dat” says Paddy “but I couldn’t breathe”.

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An American tourist asks an Irish dive master: “Why do Scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?”

To which the Irishman replies:  “If they fell forwards, they’d still be in the boat.”

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The Parking Ticket

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day, Sue my wife and I went into town and visited a shop.  When we came out, there was a Policeman writing out a parking ticket.  We went up to him and I said, ‘Come on, man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?’

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.

I called him an “a–hole” . He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tires.

So Bev called him a “s–t head”. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.

Then he started writing more tickets. This went on for about 20 minutes.

The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home. We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired.

It’s important at our age.

Events 28 jANUARY

1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. I’d hate to have to eat worms

1547 – England’s King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI. Edward was really too busy climbing trees to rule the country!

1788 – The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay.Naughty boys

1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight. Good

1871 – France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War. I don’t blame

1878 – The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT. Hello. Who are you calling?

1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba. It is a lovely country

1918 – The Bolsheviks occupied Helsinki, Finland. I hadn’t realised they’d gone into Helsinki

1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion. Was this a good thing?

1945 – During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road. Just as well

1958 – Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor. Bad

1986 – The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed. This was a dreadful incident and we watched the tv pictures in horror

1999 – Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion. I used to drive Volvos and the 970 estate was a brilliant car. I loved it

2002 – Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits.

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The Day’s MusicEvents 28 jANUARY

1956, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television.A star was born
1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Go Now!’ the group’s only UK No.1. A fabulous hit on Decca which is every bit as good today

1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion. The Mods were the sworn enemies of the Rockers at this time

1967, The Four Tops appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, The Dakotas, Madeline Bell, The Remo Four and Johnny Watson. Bill Harry from the Remo Four has been a guest on my show and there is a podcast on my site.

1978, The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US.Great music
1983, British Rock & Roll singer Billy Fury died of heart failure. 1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles. His ‘We Want Billy’ (released 1963, with The Tornados) was one of the first live albums in British rock history. Played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. His fan club has a yearly meeting and there are usually a minimum of 1000 people who turn up at the church.
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax!’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn the song remained on the chart for 48 weeks. Maybe Mike Read had a point but the music was certainly very good?

1985, the recording took place for ‘We Are The World’ the US equivalent of Band Aid. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof. A great effort

1994, Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of Wayne’s World II in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Café, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers. Linda was very under-valued for her commitment to her causes

2000, Saxophonist and bandleader Thomas ‘Beans’ Bowles died of prostate cancer aged 73. Played on many Motown sessions including Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Going On’, Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Heat Wave’ and The Supremes ‘Baby Love’ and wrote the melody on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Fingertips Pt. 2,’-another gap in my knowledge and a name to remember

2004, Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction.

2005, English drummer and singer songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer aged 60. Member of Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’) and solo, (1975 UK No.4 single ‘Love Hurts’). Also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. I particularly liked his version of love hurts -the original was Roy Orbison

2008, Madonna topped the list for the richest female musician, according to the Forbes.com. Its first-ever list focusing on women in the music industry estimated the 49-year-old banked $72m (£36m) between June 2006 and June 2007. Barbra Streisand came second, with $60 million (£30 million) followed by Celine Dion with $45 million (£23.6)  Is Madonna a musician?
2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).

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1927, Ronnie Scott, jazz musician. Formed his own nine-piece group in 1953, opened the first Ronnie Scott’s night club in London in 1959. He died on December 23rd 1996.
1941, King Tubby,
reggae producer. worked with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett. He was killed on 6th February 1989 after being shot in the street outside his home.
1943,  Dick Taylor, guitar, vocals, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’).
1946, Rick Allen, bass, The Box Tops, 
(1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’).

 

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Tuesday 27th January 2015 Starry Eyes!

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The weather was nice but Anne has a problem with her shoulder. It seems more like a trapped nerve and it might be related to trouble she’s had with her teeth over the past few days. Whatever it might be I hate to see her suffering and I hope she gets sorted out quickly.

I was busy doing my blog when the phone went and I had a very interesting chat with a man who’s running a radio outfit from the Alicante area. It will be nice to make a contact nearer to where I live as the technology can give us many options these days. I would like to think we can make a link.

I had a nice walk along Terra Mitica for an hour around 1.30 pm and then we had our meal before going to give our English class in La Nucia. We had 14 very willing students with us today and they are a really nice group of students to work with. We looked at the meaning of words and how we use them in the language before moving to the newspapers. The students have the chance to read and then we discuss matters arising. Anne is still under the weather and we had a nice night together without any real interruptions.

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Two-Way Glass?
How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom,Motel etc. with a mirror or a 2-way glass?

Here’s how: I thought it was quite interesting! In about 30 seconds you’re going to do what I did and find the nearest mirror.

Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not? A policewoman who travels all over the US and who gives seminars and techniques for businesswomen passed this on.

When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror where others can see you, but you can’t see them? There have
Been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms . It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by looking at it.

So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at?  Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is GENUINE mirror.  However, if your Fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!

2 – WAY GLASS  IMAGE

“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything.

REMEMBER. No Space, Leave the Place:

Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, etc.

Men: Share this with your wives, daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, girlfriends and/or friends

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Events 27 jANUARY

1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators began. They were executed on January 31.They certainly wanted change didn’t they?

1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp. He was a brilliant brain

1900 – In China, foreign diplomats in Peking, fearing a revolt, demanded that the imperial government discipline the Boxer rebels. They were a handful those Boxers

1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television. Wow.. and this was the year of the General Strike

1943 – During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhlemshaven. This was a major development in the war

1944 – The Soviet Union announced that the two year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end. This was another key turning point

1945 – Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. Wonderful and well overdue

1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50.

1951 – In the U.S., atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats. Great idea. Flatten your own desert

1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.  I don’t remember this and we would have had news alerts

1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.How would some of these nations got there?

1973 – The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.Bien

1977 – The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests. I don’t really know where I stand on this one. On balance why should we only have men?

1984 – Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches. Great athlete

1984 – Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games. Greedy so and so

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union. Probably exporting the obesity problem

1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest. What a great boxer but what a mixed-up person

1996 – Mahamane Ousmane, the first democratically elected president of Niger, was overthrown by a military coup. Colonel Ibrahim Bare Mainassara declared himself head of state. Why not? Many others round the globe  have given the example

1997 – It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II. You crafty devils. Let’s have them back s’il vous plait?

1002 – A series of explosions occurred at a military dump in Lagos, Nigeria. More than 1,000 people were killed in the blast and in the attempt to escape. Horrific

2010 – Appled enveiled the “iPad”.

The Day’s Music Events 27 jANUARY

1956, Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record. I’ll bet the executives at Sun were pig sick to see how they could have done with that song

1958, Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister. I thought this was a publicity gimmick but he seems sincere
1960, Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Starry Eyed’ written by unknown American songwriter Gary Stites. This is a lovely old song sung by a son of Liverpool.
1961, Frank Sinatra played a benefit show at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Martin Luther King. This was a good move
1962, Joey and the Starlighters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Peppermint Twist, part 1′. The single reached No.33 on the UK chart. It was always felt that the song was stronger than this
1962, The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter (Brian Kelly) again.There were  club secretaries who were like this and they tried to make the acts look small by making them wait for their money or paying in loose change. I was with a great international artist in Cornwall and the same thing happened there.
1966, The Overlanders were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song ‘Michelle’. The group’s only UK hit. Whatever happened to them?

1972, American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson died in Chicago of heart failure and diabetes complications aged 60. Known as the “Queen of Gospel Music” she recorded over 30 albums. Sadly. I was not aware of work
1973, Roxy Music won ‘the most promising new name’, section in the NME reader’s poll. Deservedly, as the band had a great line-up and lead singer which gathered a huge fan base.
1973, ‘Superstition’ gave Stevie Wonder had his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1. I loved this track

1979, Ian Dury And The Blockheads were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, their only UK chart topper. This was a brilliant single

1984, Madonna made her first appearance in the UK when she appeared on C4 TV music program The Tube performing ‘Holiday’. The show was broadcast live from the Hacienda Club in Manchester. This was appropriate

1990, Kylie Minogue had her third UK No.1 single with ‘Tears On My Pillow’, the song was originally a US hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials in 1958. A class act
1994, Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King’s Cross Water Rats. The gig was by invite only. Was this in case of the brothers Gallagher having a punch up ?

1996, Babylon Zoo started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spaceman’, the fastest selling single by a debut artist in the UK, (420,000 copies in 6 days). The song was used for a Levi Jeans TV commercial. The single also went to Number 1 in twenty-three other countries. I liked it…

1996, The Daily Star ran an exclusive story stating that UK boy band Take That were about to split up. How did Britain survive? This was nearly as bad as the Blitz

2002, Spanish-American Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Hero’. His father, Julio Iglesias, had a UK No.1 hit in 1981.His dad also played in goal for one of Real Madrid’s teams
2002, Alan Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Drive.’ I love his music and particularly like the Summertime Blues he performs
2006, Gene McFadden, R&B vocalist and songwriter, best known as half of the Philly soul team McFadden & Whitehead, died of cancer at the age of 56. The duo had the 1979 hit ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, which sold more than 8 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Sad days

2009, Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England. The book included signatures of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The Eagles and Dusty Springfield. The Blue Boar services as it was once known received so many famous guests in its 50-year history that Jimi Hendrix mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries. Well done Beatrice as you obviously had a vision of the future.

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1918,  Elmore James, US blues guitarist, singer, wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Influenced Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Keith Richards. James died 24th May 1963.
1919, David Seville, The Chipmunks, (1958 US No.1 single ‘The Chipmunk Song’, 1959 UK No.11 single ‘Ragtime Cowboy Joe’). Seville died on 16th January 1972.
1930,  Bobby Bland, R&B singer, (1963 US R&B No.1 single ‘That’s The Way Love Is’).
1945, Nick Mason, drums, Pink Floyd, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the US chart. 1979 UK and US No.1 single ‘Another Brick In The Wall, (part 2)’.
1946,  Nedra Talley, vocals, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’).
1948, Kim Gardner, died 24/10/01, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’).
1951,  Brian Downey, drums, Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’).

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Monday 26th January 2015 Oh Well!

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1977, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a £30,000 royalty cheque to him.

Yesterday was sunny but a little cold early on. We went down to Benidorm for the 10.30 am mass and then we had a nice walk down the prom with young Jack who had stayed the night with us. There were lots of people walking along the prom and the usual array of Brits Abroad displaying their short pants when the rest of us are freezing!

We came back to have our midday meal with all the family coming together and Bianca entertained us with her harmonicas. Chloe and Jack were flitting in and out of the house and leaving all the doors open as usual. Eventually it was time to go and meet Angie and Paul to knock a few golf balls at Las Rejas. It was warm until about 5 pm but then it got quite chilly.

Around 10 pm I went up to La Nucia to pick up Richard and take him to the bus station to catch the bus to Valencia. I then got back home to watch Miss Selfridge with Anne. That was a busy old day!

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One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.After the cut, he asked about his bill and the barber replied ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a policeman came in for a haircut and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’

The policeman was happy and left the shop.The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.
Then an MP came in for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The MP was very happy and left the shop.The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen MP’s lined up waiting for a free haircut !  And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

BOTH POLITICIANS AND NAPPIES NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN – AND FOR THE SAME REASON !

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU
Protecting your address book, I got this from a friend(and a very smart one)
Read it and do it. It can do nothing but help you. I did it right away, so should you.
How to protect your e-mail address book

A computer repairman says this is like having gold.

I learned a computer trick today that’s really ingenious in its simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.

This trick won’t keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm has got into your system.  Here’s what you do:

First, open your address book and click on ‘new contact,’ just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email addresses.

In the window where you would type your friend’s first name, type in’A’. For the screen name or email address, type AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA

Now, here’s what you’ve done and why it works:

The ‘name ‘A’ will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1.

This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends.  When it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA, it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered.  If the first attempt fails(which it will because of the phoney address), the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.  Here’ s the second great advantage of this method: If an email cannot be delivered,
you will be notified of this in your In Box almost immediately. Hence,
if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed toAAAAAAA@AAA.AAA could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system.
You can then take steps to get rid of it! Pretty slick huh?  If everybody you know does this
then you need not ever worry about opening mail from friends. DO IT NOW and pass this on to all your friends.

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Events 26 jANUARY

1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón discovered Brazil. How could others have missed anywhere so big?

1736 – Stanislaus I formally abdicated as King of Poland.

1784 – In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey. How weird?

1788 – The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in what became known as Sydney. The group had first settled at Botany Bay eight days before. This day is celebrated as Australia Day. All joking aside. This nation is vibrant and proud and very mixed

1827 – Peru seceded from Colombia in protest against Simón Bolívar’s alleged tyranny.

1841 – Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. The Brits were a long way from home whereas the Chinese lived just round the corner

1861 – In the U.S., Louisiana seceded from the Union. Blame the French

1875 – George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth. Painful but better than before

1911 – Inventor Glenn H. Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane. I’ll bet he was a bit apprehensive at first.

1934 – The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City. My favourite album was James Brown live at the Apollo

1939 – In the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s forces, with Italian aid, took Barcelona.The area still has problems relative to these days

1942 – The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.

1950 – India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president. It’s a big country

1961 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the “personal physician to the President”.

1962 – The U.S. launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. The probe missed its target by about 22,000 miles. Near enough for Jazz

1965 – Hindi was made the official language of India. Fair enough

1969 – California was declared a disaster area two days of flooding and mudslides.This is a huge state and four times the size of Britain

1972 – In Hermsdorf, Czechoslovakia, a JAT Yugoslav Airlines flight crashed after the detonation of a bomb in the forward cargo hold killing 27 people. The bomb was believed to have been placed on the plane by a Croatian extremist group. Vesna Vulovic, a stewardess, survived after falling 33,000 feet in the tail section. She broke both legs and became paralyzed from the waist down. A dreadful ordeal

1992 – Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. Good

1994 – In Sydney, Australia, a young man lunged at and fired two blank shots at Britain’s Prince Charles. I’m not a fan but he didn’t deserve this

1998 – U.S. President Clinton denied having an affair with a former White House intern, saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Oh dear

1999 – Saddam Hussein vowed revenge against the U.S. in response to air-strikes that reportedly killed civilians. The strikes were U.S. planes defending themselves against anti-aircraft fire. Remember. Saddam caused most of the problems

2009 – The Icelandic government and banking system collapsed. Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned. This is where our problems were beginning

2010 – It was announced that James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” had become the highest-grossing film worldwide. At the time it was the second highest-grossing film in the United States. Fabulous movie effects

The Day’s Music Events 26 jANUARY

1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. The singers sixth UK No.1. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare. Very loosely!

1963, The Rooftop Singers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Walk Right In’, a No.10 hit in the UK. I loved this song and had a 7″ copy on Philips

1970, Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement playing 2 shows every night at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nirvada. This was quite a commitment
1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single ‘Instant Karma’ all in one day. Not my favourite Lennon track

1971, Elvis Presley played the first night of a 31 date run at The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nirvana. Elvis played a 8.30pm and midnight shows on most days. Happy Days

1973, Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blockbuster’. The glam rockers only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits. Still a popular track today
1974, Mud were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song ‘Tiger Feet’, the group’s first of three UK No.1′s. A rockin good track
1974, Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit ‘Your Sixteen’, a No.3 hit in the UK. Not bad

1977, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a £30,000 royalty cheque to him.Entertainers have a really stressful time. You read every day of the effects of drink and drugs

1986, Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. What a really unlucky life he had
1989, American singer Donnie Elbert died of a stroke aged 52. He had the 1972 US No. 22 & UK No.11 single ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’, ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ and ‘A Little Piece of Leather’. He had a really unusual falsetto voice

1991, Cher made a special video for the troops involved in Desert Storm during the gulf war. Cher’s Video Canteen, featured Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt. I saw a news report which showed how popular this video became
1991, German duo Enigma went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘MCMXC’ featuring the UK No. 1 single ‘Sadness Part 1′. Enigma were German Michael Creut and his wife Sandra. I used this great track for Fr Ignashus
1991, Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo’. It was the third longest No.1 song of all time behind The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ and Simple Minds ‘Belfast Child’. The flamenco guitar solo on the track was performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe. I don’t play this track very often

2003, Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. This sounds like an accident I had in the 80s and it is horrible just sitting and waiting for the impact

2007, The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making £76.2m in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of £67.2m and American country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earnt $110.5m £56.2m in the past year. An interesting insight into who really has talent-if you allow me to link income to quality

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1934,  Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, US R&B pianist, (1958 US No.9 single ‘Don’t You Just Know It’, played on Frankie Ford’s hit ‘Sea Cruise’).
1945, Ashley Hutchings, bass, Fairport Convention, UK folk group, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’).

1957, Eddie Van Halen, guitar, (1984 US No.1 & UK No. 7 single ‘Jump’).
1957,  Norman Hassan, percussion, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hit singles).
1958,  Anita Baker, US soul singer, 1986 UK No.13 single ‘Sweet Love’, 1998 US No.1 album ‘Giving You The Best That I Got’).
1963,  Andrew Ridgeley, vocals, Wham! (1984 UK & US No.1 single ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ plus 10 other UK Top 20

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Sunday 25th January 2015 Leaving on a jet plane

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1986, US manager Albert Grossman died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde from New York to London. He managed Bob Dylan, (between 1962 and 1970), Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren. Grossman built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records.

The weather was immaterial as I had a podcast to make with Don Woods. I then had to work on the website as I am making various changes. I think it-s a useful way to keep the old grey matter ticking over and nice to see what can be done with the technology. I worked until 1pm and then went to prepare our meal as Anne was out on her travels. I managed to sit and enjoy the sun for about ten minutes and then I watched a really great documentary about Winston Churchill. It was intresting to note that he had been warning about the impending threat of Adolf Hitler for some five years before others began to see the light. It-s slightly reminiscent of the warnings that are being ignored by politicians in England right now. England could really do with another Winston Churchill now. I have to say that I am a fan of his.

I know my friend Dave will be smarting about Manchetr United only drawing at Cambridge last night. As a Welshman he might be slightly miffd by Swansea coming unstuck at Blackburn Rovers albeit with 10 men. However, this is the glamour of the FA Cup and I clearly remember following the wonderful cup run of York City when they reached the semi/finals of the FA Cup only to lose 1-0. I can remember being with my dad mending a puncture on his push-bike. and listening to the radio commentary

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Has anyone taken note of the following…

Vladimir Putin’s SHORTEST SPEECH EVER
This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.

How scary is that?

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma  (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

“In Russia live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’.

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture .

We had better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation.

The Muslims are taking over those countries but they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways.

Sharia Law and Muslims, when this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities are not Russians.

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

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About Heart Attacks

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating,. However, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during aheart attack

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up.  However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards:  CALL 911 – say “heart attack!” – say that you have taken 2 aspirins.- phone a neighbour or a family member who lives  very close by- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door,  and wait for their arrival and . . . Do not lie down
A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person,after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people,probably one life can be saved!
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François , a middle-aged French tourist on his first visit to Orlando , Florida , finds the red light district and enters a large brothel.

The madam asks him to be seated and sends over a young lady to entertain him.They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she gasps and runs away!

Seeing this, the madam sends over a more experienced lady to entertain the gentleman.
They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear, and she too screams, “No!” and walks quickly away.

The madam is surprised that this ordinary looking man has asked for something so outrageous that her two girls will have nothing to dowith him. She decides that only her most experienced lady, Lola, will do. Lola has never said no, and it’s not likely anything would surprise her.So the madam sends her over to François. They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she screams, “NO WAY, BUDDY!” and smacks him as hard as she can and leaves.

Madam is by now absolutely intrigued, having seen nothing like this in all her years of operating a brothel. She hasn’t done the bedroom work herself for a long time, but she’s sure she has said yes to everything a man could possibly ask for. She just has to find out what this man wants that has made her girls so angry. Besides she sees a chance to teach her employees a lesson.

So she goes over to François and says that she’s the best in the house and is available. She sits and talks with him. They frolic, giggle, drink and then she sits in his lap.
François leans forwards and whispers in her ear,  Can I pay in Euros?”

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A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him. The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome.

They were even after the first few holes.  The second guy said, “We’re about evenly matched, how about playing for five bucks a hole?” The first guy said that he wasn’t much for betting, but agreed to the terms.

The second guy won the remaining sixteen holes with ease.

As they were walking off number eighteen, the second guy was busy counting his $80.00.  He confessed that he was the pro at a neighboring course and liked to pick on suckers. The first fellow revealed that he was the Parish Priest.

The pro was flustered and apologetic, offering to return the money. The Priest said, “You won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings.”

The pro said, “Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?”

The Priest said, “Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation. And, if you want to bring your mother and father along, I’ll marry them.

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Events 25  jANUARY

1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries, to curb private warfare. Steady on…

1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I. He also opened a can of worms that is still about today

1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.

1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia. Good tune

1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.

1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service. Happy Days

1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.Too cold for me

1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. OK

1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television. He was seen as a visionary who would do well

1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda. He was to become one bad man

1999 – At least 1,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit western Columbia. The quake registered 6.0 on the Richter ScaleTragic

2010 – In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

The Day’s Music Events 25 jANUARY

1960, The original cast recording of ‘The Sound Of Music ‘started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.Still not very pop in UK

1964, Phil Spector appeared as a panellist on this week’s UK TV show Juke Box Jury. He was a massive influence around this time
1967, The Beatles made a last-minute remix of ‘Penny Lane’ before the pressing of their next double A sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’. I loved this and I think there was a picture sleeve for it

1969, The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ‘The Best Of’ album. Had they made enough hits?
1975, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit ‘Please Mr. Postman’.This was a little out of character for them but they made a great job of the single

1975, The Tymes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ms Grace’.They were appearing in Birkenhead at the Hamilton just as I was leaving

1984, Yoko Ono donated £250,000 to Liverpool old people’s home Strawberry Fields.This was a nice gesture
1986, US manager Albert Grossman died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde from New York to London. He managed Bob Dylan, (between 1962 and 1970), Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren. Grossman built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records. This was a name I had heard about but his pedigree is evident

1986, Norwegian group A-Ha were at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV.’ Becoming the first ever-Norwegian act to score a UK No.1. They were a very good looking act who are still about even now
1992, Wet Wet Wet had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Goodnight Girl’, it’s four week stay at No.1 was helped by it’s airing in ITV’s Coronation Street’s Christmas disco broadcast. I’m a Corrie fan and I can’t remember this

2001, millionaire pop impresario Jonathan King was charged with a further ten offences of sexually abusing children. The charges dated back to the 1970′s, King was granted bail. What a shame this happened as, in terms of music, he was a genius

Birthday Boys and Girls

1915, Folk singer songwriter Ewan MacColl, composer of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ a hit for Roberta Flack in 1971. MacColl died on 22nd October 1989.

1931, Stig Anderson, songwriter, producer and Abba’s manager. Co-wrote some of Abba’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Died of a heart attack on 12th Sept 1997.

1938,  Etta James, singer, 9 US Top 40 hits during the 60′s, (1996 UK No.5 single ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’).

1949,  John Cooper Clarke, ‘Bard of Salford’, Manchester, poet laureate.

1950, Michael Cotten, synthesiser, The Tubes,

1954,  Robert Finch, vocals, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way’, ‘I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).

1956, Andy Cox, guitar, The Beat, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’), Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).

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Saturday 24th January 2015 Another Brick in the Wall

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The weather wasn’t too bad but I had a busy morning in the studio. The skies were blue and it looked nice enough but there was a definite nip in the air if you were in the shade.

I was busy changing the website and it has been a while in the making. However, I have been making progress and the technical problems have been overcome. I know the easiest thing to do is pay the experts to come and do he job but I like a challenge and enjoy overcoming the difficulties. Every time I manage to solve a problem I learn that bit more about the technology. I remember several years ago being referred to an expert who told me that making podcasts was way beyond my knowledge. I sat up most of the next evening sourcing information over the Internet.

This morning is the day for working with Don Woods producing our weekly podcast.  Here’s this week’s content……

The song I’ve sent you this week is taken from one of my Wirral DVDs….and the words match up with the pictures…as you are a Wirralian you will understand the sentiment (some nice key changes)

Massive world changing news this week…..”experts” have stated that they now know that more women than men believe in God…..yep we had ten minutes on this incredible information.  ALSO there has been a change in the exercise situation….we don’t have to run…we can walk…and 10 minutes a day will do…so there you are…isn’t that worth the licence fee….and…wait for it….it’s TRUE that carrots help you see in the dark….there’s something in them that improved your eyesight….Buggs Bunny will be delighted with this national news.

The latest nonsense is the intention to pass a law requiring cigarettes to be sold only in plain packets….this will put people off buying them…the rotting tar covered lung on the packet apparently isn’t doing the trick.So there you are…..try as I may I completely fail to see the logic in this…then again I’m a non smoker so what do I know….I wonder if there is money involved?

I watched some of the TV awards with the highly talented Ant and Dec getting their annual trophy.  This was during a week where it was impossible to find ANYTHING worth watching….Stars In Their Eyes…or should I say The Harry Hill Show…I’ve always quite liked Harry Hill…until now…Harry (over the) Hill..There’s a new programme about “fails” where they simply take clips off YouTube…then we have Benidorm…..oh dear … it was so bad I switched over to BBC 4 and watched “Top Of The Pops 1972” only to be greeted by Paul Jones followed by Rod Stewart and Freddy flaminGarrity…..life doesn’t get much worse.

Sad news about the death of Ann Kirkbride off Coronation Street….it had a lot of press coverage and is indeed very sad….but there’s a strange phenomena in this country where people actually BELIEVE that soaps are real life…they march and put up posters requesting someone or other be released from jail etc…..IT’S A PLAY…that’s all….they are ACTORS!!….and we wonder why he country has it’s problems…can’t say too much because I know you watch the soaps (or are forced to)…and I don’t want to upset you !!!!CIMG5547

GRANDPARENTS’ ANSWERING MACHINE

Good morning . . . At present we are not at home, but please Leave your message after you hear the beep.

beeeeeppp ….

If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of “arrival” so we know who it is.

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2

If you want to borrow the car, press 3

If you want us to wash your clothes and do ironing, press 4

If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5

If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6

If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7

If you want to come to eat here, press 8

If you need money, press 9

If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, taking us to the theater, start talking … we are listening !!!!!!!!!!!”   WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?

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

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.   A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!   Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them…; They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.   When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.   They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’   They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’   Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.   Grandparents don’t have to be smart.  They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’   When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.  Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grown-ups who like to spend time with us.    They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.

GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON’T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!    It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

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Spare a thought for Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of ‘Ryanair’ Arriving in a hotel in Dublin, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, “That will be one Euro please, Mr. O’Leary.”

Somewhat taken aback, O’Leary replied, “That’s very cheap,” and handed over his money.
“Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition”, said the barman. “And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland”
“That is remarkable value” Michael comments
“I see you don’t seem to have a glass, so you’ll probably need one of ours – That will be 3 euro please.”

O’Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat.
“Ah, you want to sit down?” said the barman. “That’ll be an extra 2 euro. – You could have pre-booked the seat, and it would have only cost you a Euro.”
“I think you may to be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please”
Michael attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can’t squeeze in he complains “Nobody would fit in that little frame”.”I’m afraid if you can’t fit in the frame you’ll have to pay an extra surcharge of 4.00 euro for your seat sir”

O’Leary swore to himself, but paid up. “I see that you have brought your laptop with you” added the barman. “And since that wasn’t pre-booked either, that will be another 3 euro.”

O’Leary was so annoyed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, “This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager”.
“Ah, I see you want to use the counter,” says the barman, “that will be 2 euro please.”

O’Leary’s face was red with rage.
“Do you know who I am?”
“Of course I do Mr. O’Leary,”
“I’ve had enough, What sort of Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!”

“Here is his E mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only 10 cent per second”
“I will never use this bar again”
“OK sir, but remember, we are the only hotel in Ireland selling pints for one Euro”.

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Events 24th January

1848 – James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of ’49.  Well. Do you blame them for trying?

1899 – Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel. I wonder where he got the idea

1908 – In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell. The first Jamboree took place at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead

1916 – Conscription was introduced in Britain.Oh Dear

1924 – The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg. Stop mucking about

1930 – Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round. I never saw this guy but I heard he was amazing

1943 – U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco. I hope the weather was nice

1965 – Winston Churchill died at the age of 90. A great Brit

1978 – A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

1980 – The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China. Where money is concerned money will be made anywhere

1985 – Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff. Obviously, a very capable lady

1989 – Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida‘s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.I feel no sorrow for him

1990 – Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.

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Music Events 24th January

1953, Eddie Fisher was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Outside Is Heaven’. American singer and entertainer divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds to marry his best friend’s widow, Elizabeth Taylor, too much unwelcome publicity at the time. Eddie is father of actress Carrie Fisher. My older friends are really into this kind of story. It has a lot of old movie feel to it.
1958, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at No.1 and was Presley’s second UK No.1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the US. This is the music that helped launch the legend

1958, The Quarry Men performed at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles. Nice bit of pop trivia
1962, Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein was to receive 25 per cent of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10 per cent. I would say Epstein was worth his money

1968, Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde’, the singers third and last UK No.1. I can’t really say this was the real Georgie Fame for me

1976, Diana Ross went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Mahogany’, the singers third US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. Not one of her best for me

1979, The Clash released their first single in the US, ‘I Fought The Law’ (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). I think I still prefer the version by Bobby Fuller
1980, A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. Every day workmen added another brick to the wall until it was finished. I think everyone knows another brick

1995, David Cole producer, keyboards, C & C Music Factory died of meningitis aged 32. (1991 UK No.4 single ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’,This is one great track

1998, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’. The longest running-time for a UK No.1 with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. I like this track. I like a lot of Oasis music. Noel lets the band down

2005, Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest. The 57 year-old had the 1970 Top 5 hit ‘Rose Garden’. This is sad

2008, Amy Winehouse was admitted into rehab in a battle to kick her addiction to drugs. A statement from her record company, Universal said she entered the facility “after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors to continue her ongoing recovery against drug addiction.” She has a great voice and is a great talent

Born on this day

1933, Zeke Carey, The Flamingos (1959 US No.11 single ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel). Died on 24th December 1999.
1941,  Aaron Neville,  1989 UK No.2 single with Linda Ronstadt’ Don’t Know Much’

1941, Neil Diamond, singer, songwriter
1941,  Ray Stevens, singer, songwriter,
1947,  Warren Zevon, singer, songwriter. He had played piano with The Everly Brothers, recorded over 15 solo albums and had the 1978 US No.21 single ‘Werewolves Of London’. He died on September 7th 2003.
1949, John Belushi, actor, singer who played Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues in The Blues Brothers, died of a drug overdose on 5th March 1982.
1955,  Jools Holland, keyboards, Squeeze, Jools Holland Big Band, TV presenter on The Tube and Juke Box Jury

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Friday 23rd January 2015 Against all the odds-25 or 6 to 4?

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1978, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger

The day was bright but cold and I was busy in the morning. I managed a nice walk in the cold air and it varied from pretty cold to quite warm when the sun was on my back. Anne had a very early visit to the dentist’s and we said goodbye to one of her old teeth!

This time last year the Coronation Street character of Hayley  and the sadness of her passing was then the focus of Coronation St. Personally, I don’t like anyone dying and I think there are shades of voyeurism in what the soaps do anyway. However, isn’t it weird that the character of Deidre has been lost at almost the same time of the year. We certainly get attached to the storylines of our soaps and Anne Kirkbride has certainly left us many things to remember her by. Personally, I took up her cudgels as the Wethersfield One for a laugh and tried to gather support for her cause. It was a funny story and many people took her to their hearts. I also spoke with Ken Barlowe’s nemesis in the guise of the actor Johnny Briggs.  I have been and still am a fan of Corrie although I still feel some of the boundaries are being pushed via the soaps.

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Places I’ve Been and Haven’t Been

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots
with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes
you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport;
you have to be driven there. I have made several trips
there, thanks to my friends, family, and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and
I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I
try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important
to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m
getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really
gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my
age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what
country I was in. It’s an age thing.

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Operating as I do in the world of radio I thought you’d like the following extracts.

Jeremy Paxman:

What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?
Contestant:

Homosexuals.
Jeremy Paxman:

No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
Jamie Theakston:

Where do you think Cambridge University is?
Contestant:

Geography isn’t my strong point.
Jamie Theakston:

There’s a clue in the title.
Contestant:

Leicester

BBC NORFOLK
Stewart White:

Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
Contestant:

I don’t know.
Stewart White:

I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Contestant:

Arm
Stewart White:

Correct And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
Contestant:

Strong.
Stewart White:

Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?
Contestant:

Louis
Stewart White:

Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
Contestant:

Frank Sinatra?

LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS )
Alex Trelinski:

What is the capital of Italy ?
Contestant:

France
Trelinski:

France is another country. Try again.
Contestant:

Oh, um, Benidorm.
Trelinski:

Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?
Contestant:

Sorry, I don’t know.
Trelinski:

Just guess a country then.
Contestant:

Paris

THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
Anne Robinson:

Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the Conservative Party?
Contestant:

The Conservative Party.

BEACON RADIO ( WOLVERHAMPTON )
DJ Mark:

For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Ruth from Rowley Regis:

I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
Bamber Gascoyne:

What was Gandhi’s first name?
Contestant:

Goosey?

GWR FM ( Bristol )
Presenter:

What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 ?
Contestant:

I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.

PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO –  MANCHESTER )
Phil:

What’s 11 squared?
Contestant:

I don’t know.
Phil:

I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the middle.
Contestant:

Is it five?

RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard:

Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
Contestant:

Forrest Gump.

RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard:

On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
Contestant:

Er. .. …
Richard:

He makes bread . . ..
Contestant:

Er . …..
Richard:

He makes cakes . . ..
Contestant:

Kipling Street ?

LINCS FM PHONE-IN
Presenter:

Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Contestant:

Barcelona
Presenter:

I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant:

I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain

NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
Question:

What is the world’s largest continent?
Contestant:

The Pacific.

ROCK FM ( PRESTON )

Presenter:

Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Contestant:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
Steve Le Fevre:

What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?
Contestant:

Magna Carta?

JAMES O’BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
James O’Brien:

How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Contestant:

Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth … ER. ER … Three?

CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL )
Chris Searle:

In which European country isMount Etna?
Caller:

Japan
Chris Searle:

I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
Caller:

Er …… Mexico ?

PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE )
Paul Wappat:

How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (long pause):

Fourteen days.

DARYL DENHAM’S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
Daryl Denham:

In which country would you spend shekels?
Contestant:

Holland ?
Daryl Denham:

Try the next letter of the alphabet.
Contestant:

Iceland ? Ireland ?
Daryl Denham: (helpfully)

It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?
Contestant:

No.

PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
Phil Wood:

What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Contestant:

Er. … …
Phil Wood:

It’s got two syllables . . .. Kor . .
Contestant:

Blimey?
Phil Wood:

Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . ….
Contestant:

(Silence)
Phil Wood:

OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . ..
Contestant:

Walked?

THE VAULT
Melanie Sykes:

What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
Contestant:

Nostalgia.

LUNCHTIME SHOW (BRMB)
Presenter:

What religion was Guy Fawkes?
Contestant:

Jewish.
Presenter:

That’s close enough.

STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
Wright:

Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?
Contestant:

Jesus.

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This time last year The Washington Post published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering
how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door
when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone
who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12.. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death,
the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts
worn by Jewish men.

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Events 23  jANUARY

1556 – An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed about 830,000 people. My God just look at those numbers

1571 – The Royal Exchange in London, founded by financier Thomas Gresham, was opened by Queen Elizabeth I.

1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NYWell done

1920 – The Dutch government refused the demands from the Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany. I think they should have handed him over

1924 – The first Labour government was formed, under Ramsay MacDonald. It wasn’t really that long ago

1937 – In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.”

1943 – Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. Great band

1943 – The British captured Tripoli from the Germans. Fabulous effort from the Brits

1950 – The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

1960 – The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean. I’d quite like to see what it is like at those depths

1968 – North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation’s territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.That was a long time for the crew to be held captive

1971 – In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees. Was this early signs of climate change

1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War. Well done

1974 – Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” opened the credits of the movie, “The Exorcist”. Great music

1977 – The TV mini-series “Roots,” began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel. Everyone remembers Chicken George

1978 – Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so. Well done

1983 – “The A-Team” debuted on TV. They must have been the best machinery assemblers ever

1985 – The proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time. It was inspired by John and Yoko’s sleep-in. It does concern me how many in the house snooze during the proceedings

1989 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.I like his work especially the clocks that look like pancakes

1997 – A British woman received a record £186,000 damages for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

2003 – North Korea announced that it would consider sanctions an act of war for North Korea’s reinstatement of its nuclear program. That country seems to court trouble

The Day’s Music Events 23 jANUARY

1956, Rock ‘n’ Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.Was this a bit over the top?

1965, ‘Downtown’ made Petula Clark the first UK female singer to have a No.1 on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952. A No.2 hit in the UK.Pet Clarke has had a great career

1966, Stevie Wonder appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.D’you know I hadn’t realised he’d played at the Cavern

1969, Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles (with Billy Preston on keyboards) recorded ten takes of ‘Get Back.’ I’m surprised that took so long

1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the UK single charts. George was the quiet Beatle with a hint of steel

1971, Dawn started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock Three Times’, the group’s first No.1, also an UK No.1.Good song

1974, Alvin Stardust made his first live appearance since changing his name from Shane Fenton.I have a lovely podcast on my site in which we discuss how successfully he reinvented himself

1978, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.How bizarre is this and how tragic?

1980, Marvin Gaye appeared at the Liverpool Philharmonic, England, with Edwin Starr as support. What a great show that must have been

1986, Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. A great singer but involved personal life
1988, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ a No.3 hit in the UK. Good song

1990, Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band’s songs (including Free Bird), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.This is another really sad story

1990, David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, ‘Sound And Vision’ 1990, during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a ‘greatest hits’ running order, organised through local radio stations. This was a good idea

1991, John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for twenty-four solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. Police showed up with guns drawn: once after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, and later because of suspicion that, this being eight days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein…..only in America

1994, Take That went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Everything Changes’.What a phrophetic title
2001, an English coroner criticised the rap singer Eminem’s lyrics as depressing during an inquest into the death of a schoolboy who threw himself in front of a train. The 17-year old boy had printed out the lyrics to Eminem’s track ‘Rock Bottom’ before his death. There is a correlation between some musician’s efforts and the influences they have on young minds. This area needs a lot of research
2005, one of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised £1.25 million ($2 million) for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert. Well done all those artistes

Birthday Boys and Girls

1889, Leadbelly, (Hurrdi William Ledbetter), Blues musician, Wrote ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, ‘The Midnight Special,’ once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman. Died 6th December 1949.
1910 Django Reinhardt, jazz guitarist. Badly burned his third and fourth fingers of his left hand in a house fire aged 18. Doctors suggested he play the guitar to keep his fingers flexible, giving him his two fingered guitar style. Worked with Stepane Grappelli and Duke Ellington. Reinhardt died of a stroke on 15th May 1953. 1950, Pat Simmons, guitar, vocals, The Doobie Brothers, (1979, US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’, 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin’).

1950, Bill Cunningham, bass, piano, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’).

1959, Earl Falconer, bass, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & US 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hits

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