Monday 31st August 2015 Ready for Love?


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2003, Elton John  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Ready For Love.’ The song was recorded in 1977 and released in 1979, when it reached No.42. It was used by Sky TV for their Premiership football ads..

The weather was not too hot and we started the day with a mid morning swim followed by a chat by the side of the pool about the Winter ahead .  After another dismal Liverpool performance over the weekend I am still having to defend my position that the manager needs changing. He might well be a very nice man but we need an absolute winner and losing 3-0 at home to West Ham was a battering. Cutiño certainly should not have been dismissed. The first yellow card was innocuous and the second was ridiculous. The opposing player ran into him so how could he be blamed? The same with the Nolan sending off later for West Ham. This nonsense has to be addressed as it’s making a mockery of the sport.

This day in 1997  was the day Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed died. I have a suspicion there is still lots more to be revealed regarding this tragic event and it is interesting to see how it is still bubbling in the Spanish press. Sadly, there is always more to most events than meets the eye.

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There has  been a discussion on TV as to whether too much immigration is spoiling Britishness and it is easy to spot from a distance that people don’t really know what Being British means. One panellist, quite rightly, said that people are being bullied by the PC Brigade to accept everything and to be afraid of criticizing.

The fact of the matter is that we, especially the English, have become a mongrel nation and this process has been ongoing for many years. Margaret Thatcher’s Government had implemented a policy copying that of Governor Reagan in California to embrace multiculturism.  This was embraced by the Labour Governments and, via the European Union, has become socialism by the back door. Others will give their version whereas, as a mature student, I had to sit through lectures about what would happen and I have subsequently seen what has happened and is still happening.

I am now convinced that Enoch Powell was more realist than racist. I remember when I’d be about 22 that I travelled up to Blackburn and was amazed by the amount of people from other ethnic areas living there. Most of this settlement would have been as a result of the Lancashire Cotton Industry. I remember going down to London around the same time and being amazed in Brixton at the difference between Merseyside and Brixton. Later came the Toxteth riots and, having been a DJ around the city, I could see the various factions had racial entities with Chinese and Black communities well to the fore even in Reece’s Ballroom in Clayton Square where I had been working.

After the Toxteth Riots we made our decision to move to Cornwall. This was  a very fringe community with some quite extreme separatist  points of view. Racist comments were not uncommon and very few black people were living in Cornwall in 1982.

In recent years, when we visited th UK we have been very surprised at the intensity of the developments of different communities in Birmingham. The drive from the airport to our lodgings showed us that there were many areas where we would be in the minority.  All these thoughts were flooding through my mind as I tried to define what  being British meant.

Having been elated during the London Olympic Games then feeling the same elation when watching Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farrah winning their medals I know I am not racist. Each has excelled and I feel as proud as the next British person when I see them draping the Union Flag around their torso to take their lap of honour. It’s a similar pride that I feel when watching the Ghurkas showing their allegiance to the flag. I still feel the Queen is immensely appropriate and I still feel proud of my Merseyside heritage. However, the PC Brigade are making things very contrived and Britain is vastly different to the Britain we left in 2002.

The current wave of immigration will also filter the last vestiges of feeling British. At least the common language helps but I think the English have an identity crisis. I felt this as I tried to organise the British component of the International Day in La Nucia.  I think I can understand being Irish, Welsh or Scottish. In line with today’s discussion on being British I dug out the following poem I had been sent. It isn’t new and has been doing the rounds on the Internet. However, as an expat, it does give a perspective of how we feel.

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Farewell to England

Goodbye to my England , So long my old friend

Your days are numbered, being brought to an end

To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that’s fine

But don’t say you’re English, that’s way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves such

So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch

You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane

But don’t say you’re English ever again.

At Broadcasting House the word is taboo

In Brussels it’s scrapped, in Parliament too

Even schools are affected. Staff do as they’re told

They must not teach children about England of old.

Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw

The pupils don’t learn about them anymore

How about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ?

When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be?

Europe is miles away, over the sea

We’re the English from England , let’s all be proud

Stand up and be counted – Shout it out loud!

Let’s tell our Government, and Brussels too

We’re proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue

Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack too

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Scottish Medicine

Prince Charles is visiting an Edinburgh hospital. He enters a ward full of Patients with no obvious sign of injury or illness and greets one.

The patient replies: “Fair fa your honest sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin race, Aboon them a ye tak yer place, Painch, tripe or thairm, As langs ma airm.”

Charles is confused, so he just grins and moves on to the next patient.

The Patient responds: “Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat an we can eat, So let the Lord be thankit.”

Even more confused, and his grin now rictus-like, the Prince moves on to the Next patient, who immediately begins to chant: “Wee sleekit, courin, timrous beasty, O whit a panic’s in thy breasty, Tha needna start awa sae hastie, Wi bickerin’ brattle.”

Now seriously troubled, Charles turns to the accompanying doctor and asks “Is this a psychiatric ward?” No,” replies the doctor, “this is the serious Burns unit.” ———————————————————————


The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels . The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be all right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the Barbie this weekend!” and “The Barbie is canceled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level. – John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person


World Events  31st August

1823 – Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero.

1881 – The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played. They’re still going today

1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures. Clever stuff

1888 – Mary Ann “Polly” Nicholls was found murdered in London. The murder is generally accepted as the first “Jack the Ripper” crime.

1940 – Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh were married. Classic

1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth. We lost our best sprinters

1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.

1969 – The boxer Rocky Marciano died in an airplane crash in Iowa. A legend

1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labour movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike.

1986 – The Admiral Nakhimov, a Soviet passenger ship, collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea. 448 people were killed when both ships sank. Dreadful

1988 – A Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. Fourteen people were killed in the accident that was later blamed on the crew’s failure to set the wing flaps in their proper position.

1989 – Great Britain’s Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced that they were separating. The marriage was 16 years old. Pity

1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf. They were not serious about negotiating in Iraq

1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.

1991 – Uzbekistan and Kirghiziz declared their independence from the Soviet Union. They were the 9th and 10th republics to announce their plans to secede.

1994 – A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland. Thank God

1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.

1997 – Princess Diana of Wales died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur were also killed.We still miss her

1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target. Does not augur well for the future

1998 – U.S. embassies in Ghana and Togo were closed indefinitely because of security threats.

1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

1999 – At least 69 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed just after take off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Horrible

The Day’s Music Events  31st August

1956, The top 10 songs in the UK singles chart were all by American artists including Elvis Presley, The Platters, Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant.Who?

1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the U.S. and for Elvis it would be the last.

1963, the girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. I loved this song

1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit. I loved this as well 1965, Sonny & Cher arrived in the UK for their first promotional visit. He was strange

1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings. Good value

1971, The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties. There were dodgy deals about 1974, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.’  Good advice to take

1974, Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included; Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket.  I’m a Stevie Winwood fan

1976, George Harrison was found guilty of ‘subconscious plagiarism’ of the Ronnie Mack song ‘He’s So Fine’ when writing ‘My Sweet Lord’.  I never really understood this

1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. Brilliant album

1985, UB40 with guest vocals from Chrissie Hynde had the UK No.1 single with their version of the Sonny Bono song ‘I Got You Babe’ a hit for Sonny & Cher in 1965. Nice cover

1986, After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000.  Strange event

1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. 1990, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier. Nice

1991, Jason Donovan and the original London cast from the show, ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat went to No.1 on the UK album chart. OK 1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Be Here Now.’ The album had sold over a million copies on the first day of release. On a roll

2003, Elton John  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Ready For Love.’ The song was recorded in 1977 and released in 1979, when it reached No.42. It was used by Sky TV for their Premiership football ads,Great track

2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. Sad 2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.

2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing. All good stuff

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1939,  Jerry Allison, drums, The Crickets 1940, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders 1944, Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia. 1945, Van Morrison, singer, songwriter, Them, 1955, Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Waterboys

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Sunday 30th August 2015 Get Down Tonight


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1975, KC and the Sunshine Band  US No.1 on the singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’- No.21 in the UK

The BBC was full of the migrant crisis yesterday morning  yet still managed to give a disturbing headline that a woman and her four children had been seen making their way towards Syria. Surely this woman has made up her mind to go against the flow of migrants and decided where she wants to be? That was my first thought but then I thought about her children. Why has she decided to take them to such a dangerous place? There are a few possible reasons. She might be rejoining friends and family. She might be wanting to help the cause albeit a very dangerous reason for going. Maybe she needs more for her own life but what of the children? They are being lead like lambs to the slaughter and this is where I get a little more annoyed. The systems in the Western world have evolved over years and looking after the children should be a priority for everyone. Religion can be a cornerstone here but not radicalism and fundamentalism. Surely the future of the planet is in the future of our children and grandchildren?

Another thought crossed my mind. If people come to your front door then you need to know who they are before you let them in. Surely the same is with immigration and entering other countries? If my boys are coming home they will always ring the bell and we welcome them once we know who is at the door. If they have friends with them I still want to know who they are and how they met. It goes without saying that I trust our family members not to bring trouble to the house. However, at the borders of EU countries the checks have gone. There are far too many lawbreakers crossing non-existent borders to get on with their sordid life when criminal behaviour and criminal records can be conveniently forgotten. This is not just my opinion but it is the reality. The papers are full of the transgressions of such people.

Moreover, the UK has 100s of thousands of people wandering around unchecked. The Home Secretary seems to be above reprimand. Is this really about cheap labour for British Industry? If this is the case then it is a very dangerous game to be playing. The fact of the matter is that we are going back to a stage where wages are being reset to earlier times. Yes, the young indigenous Brit doesn’t want to get up early and spend all day tilling the fields and working in difficult conditions. We had progressed from this but the pyramid economy is being reset with the input of other European nationalities. These are often from countries where the wages are low but, believe me, these workers will eventually want better wages and the trouble starts again. The bottom line for me is that it currently symbolises a return to this old model and reinforces the wage differentials.

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A Banana a Day -make this your way!
This is interesting and it’s why I swear by banana!

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.  But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

 Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anaemia :
 High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

 High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

 One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
 Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

 Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
 The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking;Tobacco Use:
 Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

 Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house.  To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a Sign on it saying: ‘Free to good home. You want it, you take it.’
For three days the fridge sat there without anyone looking twice.
He eventually decided that people were too mistrustful of this deal. So he changed the sign to read: ‘Fridge for sale $50.’ The next day someone stole it!
I stopped at Mc Donald’s and ordered some fries.
The girl behind the counter said “would you like some fries with that?”
*One day I was walking down the beach with
Some friends when someone shouted…..
‘Look at that dead bird!’
Someone looked up at the sky and said…’where?’


While looking at a house, my brother asked the Estate agent which direction was north because he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning.
She asked, ‘Does the sun rise in the north?’
My brother explained that the sun rises in the east and has for sometime. She shook her head and said,  ‘Oh, I don’t keep up with all that stuff……’


My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard an admin girl talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the beach.  She drove down in a convertible, but said she ‘didn’t think she’d get sunburned  because the car was moving’.

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car which is designed to cut through a seat belt
if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the car trunk.


I was going out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, ‘Ouch! The chain must rip out every time she turns her head!”
I had to explain that a person’s nose and ear remain the same distance apart no
matter which way the head is turned…


I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area and went to the lost luggage office and reported the loss.  The woman there smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and said I was in good hands. ‘Now,’ she asked me,
‘Has your plane arrived yet?’…
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time  then said ‘Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.



A noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function where Nancy Pelosi happened to appear. Ms Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease.

‘Would you mind telling me, Doctor,’ she asked, ‘how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?’

‘Nothing is easier,’ he replied. ‘You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track..’

‘What sort of question?’ asked Pelosi.

Well, you might ask, ‘Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?”

Pelosi thought a moment, and then said with a nervous laugh, ‘You wouldn’t happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don’t know much about history.’


Traffic Camera

A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding… Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail’s pace… Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.



World Events  30th August

30 B.C. – Cleopatra, the seventh queen of Egypt, committed suicide.

1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.  They’ve made up for it ever since

1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.

1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

1941 – During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

1945 – General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.

1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.  It was like Commissioner Gordon’s Batphone only more importnt!

1982 – P.L.O. leader Yasir Arafat left Beirut for Greece.

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.  This is a little known fact

1984 – The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage three communications satellites were deployed.

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1991 – The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.  I think they have oil so watch this space!

1992 – 15 people were killed and 31 injured in a Sarajevo market when an artillery shell exploded.

1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.


The Day’s Music Events  30th August

 1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.

1969, Elvis Presley had the No.1 album in the UK with ‘From Elvis in Memphis’

1969, two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings. Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.1969, One hit wonders Zager and Evans No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’

1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers.  Nice one John

1975, KC and the Sunshine Band  No.1  US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’- No.21  UK.

1975, guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died ‘ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).

1975, Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album – ‘Atlantic Crossing’  I bought this album and still love it.

1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’,  No.13 in the UK.  This should have done a lot better in the UK charts

1989, Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.
1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch.

1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.

2003, Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.


Birthday Boys and Girls

1935,  John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas.
1939, John Peel, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft.
1941, John McNally, The Searchers

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Saturday 29th August 2015 War-what is it good for?


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1970, Edwin Starr  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK

We started the day differently today and ventured out early. I needed to pick up an item I’d ordered for my studio and then we needed to take an article back to a shop to have it replaced. Before we went I managed a swim and after we’d  visited the shops I managed a walk on Terra Mitica. The weather was getting hotter although the Spanish National weather picture didn’t really reflect this. I suppose after the near 40s the near 30s are a lot better. I must also bear in mind that this is the last week of the annual holidays for many people and the roads will be very busy this weekend.

The BBC News was running an item on people using their phones whilst driving. It drives me mad when I see people doing it and I think the book should be thrown at offenders. Obviously, a hands free unit is much better but even this can be distracting although within the law. Everyone knows it is against the law to be texting and speaking on the phone whilst you’re driving and there’s only one way this will stop-the fines must be really big! There’s no other way to stop this and there’ll be those willing to risk the heavy fines.

There’s even more great athletics ahead as the World championships have now really kicked in. Bolt almost trolled to vistory in the 200 m before he was attacked by the Chinese camaraman. It was a bad bloop as he could easily have created a lot more damage and, who knows, in the weeks to come there may be an aftermath. Much as the Chinese Friendship Bracelet might have been a nice gesture it really was incompetence at a major event and Bolt could easily have reacted less magnaniminously.

I was syrprised by the BBC covering the murder of a man people called ‘Mr Big’ in Manchester somewhere. The funeral certainly was being conducted in style but it seems to have been the end of an assassination. I would have thought it would have sufficed to mention it on the news bulletin and not dwell on the pictures.

I thought you might like to see the animals in the Bio Park, Valencia. It’s a very lovely setting and I’ll give you the pictures to see just how well the animals are kept in he park.


I read an interesting article in the Guardian last year

Care homes up and down the country are doing their utmost to fight negativity and challenge ageist stereotypes with a whole range of initiatives, such as Care Home Idol, trips to football matches and a chart-topping band of pensioners.

Earlier this year, the Alzheimer’s Society’s published its Low expectations report, revealing the poor image that care homes have. The study showed less than a third of the public believe people with dementia are well treated in care homes, and 70% of adults said they would be “scared or fairly scared” at the prospect of relocating to a home themselves..

The gist of the article was a catalogue of good practices in the UK care homes which are not getting the publicity they deserve. I wonder if the Zimmers are still performing? The last I heard they were into Heavy Metal and were making a video for ‘You’ve been framed!’


An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by……. The last quote fits everyone..

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered¦….not yelled!

Meanness don’t just happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply,

Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


World Events  29th August

1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.Muy mal

1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. I  think this was also the first year when money wa given to UK public education

1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain. Only until 1999

1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati,OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. He gave his name to Long John trousers

1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.Sold in Chinese eateries ever since

1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapsed killing 75 workers. The bridge was being built across the St. Lawrence River above Quebec City. Tragic

1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris. I bet it was a wonderful occasion

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. Good

1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. Good use

1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space. Welcome home

1973 – U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.Sorry Richard but….

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq. Oh yeah?

1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev. Great

1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. Glasnost

1997 – Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Horrible

2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles. There may be trouble ahead


The Day’s Music Events  29th August

1959, The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. Isn’t it great to see the humble origins but should they have been more loyal to Pete Best?

1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’. Why not their own music?

1970, Edwin Starr  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK.  This is an all-time favourite song

1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday.  I loved his guitar playing

1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. Ugh

1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world.Great 80s hit

1981, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’. Great music

1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died-I was born under a wanderin’ star  1987, Los Lobos  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.The group was based in Madrid

1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. He seemed a nice young man

1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.

1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66. I didn’t know the name

1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5′, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949. Love it

2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing. What a very sad life she led

2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found. His music is sorely missed -he was a genius



Birthday Boys and Girls

1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,

1958,  Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,

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Friday 28th August 2015 Do It Again


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1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again

I was podcasting early yesterday morning as Don Woods is off on his travels. We had a good and Don always sends me a new song. It-s a new old song if you get my drift. We are revisiting aspects of Don’s career and it is illuminating the devious way his creative mind has worked over the years.

I first met Don when I was working for Radio Merseyside. He contacted me whilst I was on air and told me about his indignation at criticism made by the German Ambassador to Liverpool. We decided to take action and we marched to the German Embassy to demand an explanation. I don-t remember the rest of it but we have been friends ever since. Don has remained totally loyal to Merseyside and has created CDs and DVDs about his beloved Merseyside. His work is available from the website link to his page from my page. Here-s the link to our page where we create the weekly podcast.

I think each time we create the podcast we clarify whether it-s just being grumpy or whether the standards have fallen since our younger days. I think it’s got to be a question of feeling our Education has being going backwards in a general sense. I say this because the technological advances have been tremendous but they have been inclined to make us lazy. Simple things like using the hand-held controls to change the TV channels have made us lazy. It’s good to get up and change the sitting position instead of spending hours in front of the plug drug! Just look at the difference between reading a book for information and taking whatever Google says as gospel!

Incidentally, I do fall foul of such criticisms myself although I do try to get up from sitting in front of my computer screen and do a few exercises ever half hour. If you ask the right questions even Google will tell you this is a good working practice!

This time last year I was writing about Syria……. Here’s what I wrote……”Like everyone else, I’m just hoping the world will get Syria sorted out. I suppose the Americans will take the lead but at least the UN might be showing a little backbone. Quite frankly, I am amazed that nobody has snapped back at Mr Putin. The Americans are not the world’s police force but they can be relied on in times like these. I don’t think enough people realise the debt of gratitude we owe them. As expected, it would seem the UK will back America but it’s about time China and Russia showed a little moral fibre and showed they want to be part of the world community. The Assad regime has acted monstrously and it is imperative they are stopped in their tracks. Let’s hope it’s an appropriate strike hitting strategic targets with no ground troops becoming embroiled.”

I could have written those words five minutes ago. This would seem to show us that we have learnt absolutely nothing in the past year.


Here’s an updated letter doing the rounds……
Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing the UK ‘s economy. Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.  You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Ten million job openings – unemployment partly fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car. Ten million cars ordered – Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university – Crime rate fixed?  Oh yeah!

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week ….. and there’s your money back in duty/tax etc It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

Also… Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education. Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.  Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out. Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria? And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow?

This was the show coming on 17th September at the Alfaz Casa


World Events  28th August

1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.What did Della wear, boy?
1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.Good

 1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire. Great work by William Wilberforce

1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I. They would be

mates in the next big one

1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. Brave ladies

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1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.

1947 – Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain. He died the following day at age 30. Tragic for some just desserts for others.

1955 – Emmett Till was abducted from his uncle’s home in Mississippi. Two white men had brutally murdered the black teen-ager after he supposedly whistled at a white woman.Devil’s work but we can realise that changes had to be made. You cannot run a civilised society like this.

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. Wonderful man and a pivotal moment

1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second. What a swimmer

1973 – An earthquake hit an area southwest of Mexico City killing 520 people and injuring 1,000 more. Now the word tragic is appropriate here.

1981 – John Hinckley, Jr. pleaded innocent to the charge of attempting to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity. No comment

1986 – Jerry Whitworth, a retired Navy warrant officer, was convicted for his role in a Soviet spy ring. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000. Stupid punishment

1988 – At an air show in Ramstein, West Germany, an Italian Air Force jet collided with 2 other jets and then plunged into a crowd. 70 people were killed. Dreadful. We’ve just seen how the impact of 11 deaths at an air show in Shoreham has devastated this part of England

1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.Cheek

1990 – 27 people were killed and 350 injured when a tornado struck in Will County in Chicago. Dreadful

1995 – A mortar shell killed 38 people in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The act triggered NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs.

1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage. Diana was used by Charles and it seems hypocritical to be the aspiring Head of the Anglican community yet to have these extra marital situations. It’s Henry V111 all over again.

1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.UK soon to follow?

2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes. Wonderful effort


The Day’s Music Events  28th August

1961, Joe Dowell US No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart’. But not Elvis1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’. Great song

1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’  US No.3 -UK  No.26 I love this song

1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.History made

1966, nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000.

1967, The Kinks, Dave, Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival Of Music in Hastings, England. I loved it

1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again’, I love this

1968, working at Trident Studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Dear Prudence’. They built the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George played guitars, while Paul plays drums to compensate for Ringo, who had quit The Beatles on August 22. Not one of my favourites

1972, Alice Cooper UK No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. Classic rock

1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names. What a loss

1988, Kylie Minogue set a new UK record when her debut album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain with sales of almost two million. Great talent

1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘River Of Dreams.’ Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title.Love it

1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat  No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’. I love this

1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-bloomin cheek!
2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’-I like this track

2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with front man Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. You can’t choose your family


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939,  Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes 1943, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs

1943, David Soul, actor, singer 1946, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road,

1949,  Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers

1949, Martin Lamble drums, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). Killed on 14th May 1969 when the bands van crashed on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England.

1951,  Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds

1961, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim

1965, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards)

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Thursday 27th August 2015 ‘Have I The Right?’


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1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1

We  had a late night on Tuesday which prompted a later start on Wednesday morning.We went late night bowling with John and Andrew at La Marina. Our sons tend to like being out at this time of the morning and it was around 2 am by the time we got to bed. There were very few people around at midnight and this is a bit surprising as this is the last week of the holidays for many families. I thought we’d have difficulty getting a bowling lane but the boys were able to show us their skills as John won the game and Richard was second. I’ll leave you to guess who came fourth from our quartet.

The BBC series The Big Blue continues and the deep waters continue to amaze everyone with the size of these amazing creatures being followed and highlighted by the series. The programme makers are doing a truly magnificent job and certainly making full use of current technological advances. Not only are they looking at the treasures of the American waters but they are showing us just how rich the British seas can be in their hidden treasures.  How many of us were truly aware about the Mermaid’s Purse which holds the young sharks? These can be found in many parts of the British shoreline and the irony for me is the fact that I have held these items without realising what they are. You can actually see the young shark sometimes if you hold the sac up to the light. Amazing!

The World Athletics has been wonderful and it’s great to see Greg Rutherford has produced his best jump of this season and his second longest jump ever. At 28 he still has a few good years still to come and he has scotched the remarks that his Olympic medal was a fluke. It was not very nice for him to endure such criticism after his tremendous achievements and he has now joined an elite list of five names who are the jewels in the crown of British Athletics. He holds the British, European, Olympic and World Titles…not bad for a fluke, eh?  Still, the great British Public had the last word with some clever dick tweeting he was holding the Union Flag upside down. Get a life!

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I’m busy creating an early podcast with Don Woods this week. Here’s the content..

The song I have sent you this week is one that failed to make the classical music charts which it should have done.  It came about after Radio City’s  Norman Thomas told his listeners how he went out to buy a dibber…which is a garden tool used for manually boring holes in the ground to plant seeds in….so Norm buys what he thinks is a dibber only to get home and find he’s bought a handle off a shovel….he took a lot of stick over this so I came up with The Dibber Song and sent it to him….he played it every day for about a fortnight.  On one occasion he was interviewing Cilla about her forthcoming panto and played this song to her and got her to join in on the chorus….but sadly never put it on any of her albums…….I wonder why.

We have a new golden girl….the wonderful Jessica Ennis is world champion again….she is a great role model for sport which,as we discussed recently,is about WINNING.  Let’s hope a good proportion of our youth switch off their computers and iPhones and get out there…..then perhaps they’ll stop moaning about being bullied on line….and hats off to Usain Bolt who did it again …just as well because if the other guy had won we would never have heard the end of it….all good stuff….better not mention the final test match.

The BBC are “sacking” the Met office who have been supplying them with weather predictions for years….it’s about time too…the forecasts can be very iffy….I use the weather channel on the phone and it is very accurate…so why don’t the Beeb use this instead…….the local forecast has been atrocious and Diane Oxberry comes on next day and makes a joke of it….”oooh we got it wrong yesterday hee hee” which is all very well but a lot of people depend on the forecast and base their day on it… with a bit of luck we might start getting decent forecasts from the Beeb for a change.

There has been huge news coverage of the plane crash at the display in West Sussex….again a terrible tragedy…these things seem to be happening a bit too much lately.  The fact that passers by lose their lives makes it worse.   How unlucky can you be to be hit by a plane whilst travelling on the main road…..I think this needs to be thought about a lot more…..the Red Arrows give a display every year in a local place called Hoylake…but they do it over the sea for this reason…maybe this practice should be adopted by everyone….the “experts” have been saying that there has been no public fatalities since 1952…which they seem to think makes it all O.K…..ONE loss of life is one too many…nothing is worth that…..anyway it looks like things will change.

I’ve lost a lot of sleep lately since hearing the news that One Direction are splitting up….Oh My!!…there has been a lot of tears…mainly from their management and record company…oh yes and from the teeny boppers.I’ve never felt this bad since The Dooleys split up !!!….Harry Stiles?…that’s the only name I know…and they have sold 50 million records….it’s a sad time for us all…I’m sure the immigrants who are running for their lives will be very upset about it.      They all sound the same to me…but then again I am 60 years outside the age range.      I don’t know why they call these guys BANDS…they are a vocal group…a BAND plays instruments…like McFly….who are good….and have a bit of talent.


World Events  27th August

1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II. God save the King, eh?

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly. Tres bien

1828 – Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina. They would produce some excellent footballers

1859 – The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. near Titusville, PA.  Good

1889 – Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.  Just as well others didn’t get wind of it 1

889 – Boxer Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche. Oh Dear!

1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” was published for the first time.Aaaaaaaaghaaaaaghaaa!

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris. Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.  Was this just a one-off or a serial?

1939 – Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.  Thank God for Winston Churchill and millions of brave men!

1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.  Good

1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.  But was it worth the money?

1979 – Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.  This was a horrible event

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.  Extremely sad

1985 – The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed. Great achievement

1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard. Fair enough

1991 – The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence. Good for them

1992 – Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.  It could be happening again

1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.  I think this is fair

1998 – In New York city, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-’Owhali appeared in a U.S. Federal Court to face charges of bombing attacks at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was one of two suspects released to the U.S. by Kenya.  If he was guilty he deserved severe punishment

1999 – The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.  Did they take any cats with them?

2001 – The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B “Predator” aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft “may have crashed or been shot down.”   Why should this be a surprise?

2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  Good


I spotted in the Daily Mail…..”Over the past two decades the traditional English word ‘marvellous’ has been gradually replaced by the US cliche ‘awesome’ as the most characteristic emotive word in today’s speech.”

I really think many youngsters have been brainwashed for far too long. Just about everything in America has become ‘awesome’ and if anything is designed to annoy any English speaker who has been weaned on grammar it is this word. If the word isn’t bad enough the people chosen to act on TV and use this word are usually far from awesome. The use of the words are often drowned out by totally inappropriate rapping music. Moreover, if you might feel these are usually harmless words then do yourself a favour by looking at the words in these rapping songs. They are often horrible. If you are interested Google the charts and then find the words on Google for yourself.

Lazy Employee

The owner of a large factory decided to make a surprise visit and check up on his staff. Walking though the plant, he noticed a young man leaning lazily against a post. “Just how much are you being paid a week?” said the owner angrily. “Three hundred bucks,” replied the young man. Taking out a fold of bills from his wallet, the owner counted out $300, slapped the money into the boy’s hands, and said, “Here’s a week’s pay — now get out and don’t come back!” Turning to one of the supervisors, he said, “How long has that lazy bum been working here anyway?” “He’s not an employee,” said the supervisor. “He was just here to deliver a pizza!”





The Day’s Music Events  27th August

1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.Female drummer Honey Langtree..

1965, On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”    I suppose it was a lop-sided encounter

1966, The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.

1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.  I think Brian Epstein needs some recognition for his part in the Beatles story

1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin played two shows at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Haven.

1977, The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One-hit Wonders. The song was vdery catchy but a bit cheesey

1988, ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson. George Michael’s achievments became overshadowed by his behaviour

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.

1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. Eric has had some awful moments in his life

1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold at an auction for $87,000, (£47,220). Was this really worth the money?

1994, Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with ‘On Bended Knee’. Very good group
2006, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deja Vu.’





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1942,  B.J. Thomas, singer, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.38 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’).

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Wednesday 26th August 2015 My Way


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1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’

My cold has now shifted to my chest and I am trusting the natural foods to be in there fighting my corner. There is absolutely no sugar in my diet apart from natural foods and dairy products are ignored. I suppose I am my own laboratory and the fact that I am rarely ill must help me feel the food changes were well worth the effort. Our Richard, who is super keen on monitoring his foods, has had to live a little differently this past few weeks. He has been bitten to death by mosquitoes up in the Basque Country and is wondering whether it is a coincidence that he is eating differently. However, he has suffered badly and is a reminder that these horrible pests are still very active. Be aware!

The tragedy at the Shoreham Air tragedy tells us even more about the unpredictability of life. Thousdands of people had gathered to enjoy an air display and the event had been progressing with everyone around either getting on with their own lives and commitments or catching the occasional glimpse of aircraft manoecvres in the skies above them.

We wree particularly more aware of these events having lived near RAF St Mawgan and The Culdrose Naval base near Helston. Cornwall has a very proud tradition of providing excellence to the fighting forces and their displays were amazing. I was attending the Culdrose event and I can remember one of our boys shouting that a plane was falling to the ground. Sure enough an old plane had crashed on the ground and very few spectators had realised what had happened.

I also felt very unsure of our own safety as the planes flew low and created a buzz with their amazing manoevres. I had felt there was absolutely no margin for error but we never suffered the calamitous events witnessed at Shoreham. My heart goes out to all concerned and the improbability of the deaths of the people travelling innocently along the major roads is just too sad to dwell upon. There will be changes and I really will not be surprised to see these events restricted to fly past events or events over water. What a dreadful tragedy.

I managed a swim later in the day and then had a really nice chat on Skype with my student Evgeniy in Russia. His English is really improving.


Farmer John

Farmer John once lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week.So Farmer John called the local police station to complain, “You’ve got to do something about all these people driving so fast and killing all my chickens,” he said to the local police officer.

“What do you want me to do?” asked the policeman.
“I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the policeman had the Council erect a sign that said:

Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said, “You’ve still got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing’ sign seems to make them go even faster!” That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and said, “Your signs are no good. Can I put up my own sign?”

In order to get Farmer John off his back said “Sure. Put up your own sign.
The phone calls to the Police Station stopped, but curiosity got the better of the Officer, so he called Farmer John, “How’s the problem with the speeding drivers. did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did and not one chicken has been killed.
The policeman was really curious and thought he’d better go out and take a look at the sign. He also thought the sign might be something the Police could use elsewhere, to slow drivers down..
So he drove out to Farmer John’s house.
His jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign.

‘Slow down and watch out for chicks!’


PRESBYTERIAN:    When you rearrange the letters:   BEST   IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER:       When you rearrange the letters:   MOON   STARER
DESPERATION:       When you rearrange the letters:    A   ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES:    When you rearrange the letters:   THEY SEE
  THE MORSE CODE:   When you rearrange the letters:    HERE COME DOTS
 DORMITORY:    When you rearrange the letters:   DIRTY ROOM
SLOT  MACHINES:   When you rearrange the letters:   CASH LOST IN ME
 ANIMOSITY:  When you rearrange the letters: IS   NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS:   When you rearrange the letters:   LIES – LET’S RECOUNT
 SNOOZE ALARMS:   When you rearrange the letters:   ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S
  A DECIMAL POINT:   When  you rearrange the letters:  I’M A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES:   When you rearrange the letters: THAT   QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:   When you rearrange the letters:   TWELVE PLUS ONE
MOTHER-IN-LAW:   When you rearrange the letters:   WOMAN HITLER


Soak Your Feet in the Ocean

A New York retail clerk was suffering from aching feet.
“It’s all those years of standing,” his doctor declared.
“You need a vacation. Go to Miami, soak your feet in the
ocean and you’ll feel better.”

When the man got to Florida, he went into a hardware store,
bought two large buckets and headed for the beach.

“How much for two buckets of that seawater?” he asked the

“A dollar a bucket,” the fellow replied with a straight

The clerk paid him, filled his buckets, went to his hotel
room and soaked his feet. They felt so much better he
decided to repeat the treatment that afternoon. Again he
handed the lifeguard two dollars. The young man took the
money and said, “Help yourself.”

The clerk started for the water, then stopped in amazement.
The tide was out.

“Wow,” he said, turning to the lifeguard. “Some business you
got here!”


Unlock Stiff Muscles in Minutes

Done properly, a few simple stretching movements can ease your back pain and provide long-term relief.

Here are a few exercises I recommend that have worked wonders for many of my patients:

Lying Knee-to-Chest Stretch – Lie on your back and keep one leg flat on the floor. Use your hands to bring your other knee into your chest. Repeat with the other leg.

Lying Crossover Knee Pull Down Stretch – Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Bring your foot up to your opposite knee and with your opposite arm gently push your raised knee down toward the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

Shoulder Stretch – Stand in an open doorway. Raise your arm to a 90-degree angle ººwith palm facing out. Now press your hand and shoulder against the wall and doorjamb. You should feel the wall against your armpit. Slowly increase the tension as you push forward. Hold for a 10 count. Then repeat with the other arm.

Reverse Shoulder Stretch – Stand upright and clasp your hands together behind your back. Keep your arms straight and slowly lift your hands upward.

Hip Flexors – You need to do this stretch, particularly if you sit all day at work. Sitting all day puts pressure on the hip flexor muscles. This is a major cause of minor low back pain. Stretching your hip flexors muscles several times a week will prevent this kind of lower back pain.

Stand in a modified runner stance, with right foot forward and left foot back, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your hips and keep your back and hips in straight alignment.

Push forward with your hips, while maintaining your erect posture. Slowly, push your hips forward only until you feel a comfortable level of tension. Hold for a 10 count. Switch sides by reversing your leg stance and repeat.   Al Sears, MD



The Day’s  Events  26th August

 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. The main man

1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”He might have a neck strain on the way

1743 – Antoine Lavoisier was born. He was the chemist that proved that the union of oxygen and other chemicals is used in burning, rusting of metals and breathing. Clever man

1873 – Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible. Very great inventor

1883 – A two-day eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa began. The tidal waves that were associated with the eruption killed 36,000 people when they destroyed the island.Such devastation litters history

1896 – In the Philippines, an insurrection began against the Spanish government. Dios mio

1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.Bully

1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.

1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.  I’ve seen the pictures

1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union. Oh Dear!

1974 – Charles Lindberg died at the age of 72.

1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.

1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.  He even promised to publish the results a year early

1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.

1998 – U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


World Music Events  26th August

1963, Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.  She sadly died last week and will be sadly missed.

1965, Sonny & Cher  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.  He became Mayor of Palm Springs, Calif

1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Conman?

1967, Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening ‘Festival of the Flower Children’ at Woburn Abbey, England. Plus DJ’s John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost £1.

1973, 10cc made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour. Comprising of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had written and recorded together for some three years before assuming the 10cc name. I love their music

1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’.

1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’. He thoroughly deserved this accolade

1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.  He later died in a bizarre skiing accident

1993, A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern in Liverpool sold for £16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1994, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh from The Eagles had formed. Miller spent five months in a coma. He then entered rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

1995, Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Country House’ and won a media battle with Oasis for the No.1 position.

2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list. I can’t see this myself as all the others have improved over their lifetime

2004, Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm.  I liked her single Gloria

2005, A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Lennon-Harrison song, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards. Oh Yeah?

2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.





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1940, Nik Turner, Hawkwind,

1941,  Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948,  Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson,
1954,  Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).

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Tuesday 25th August 2015 Ode To Billy Joe’


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1967, Bobbie Gentry  US No.1  with ‘Ode To Billy Joe’, a No.13 hit in the UK.  Great song

Monday or day 3 of my chill or cold began slowly as I didn’t feel like really doing too much. We’d had a really lazy Sunday caused by the late night coming back from Los Alcazeres. Now the day would become even more relaxing as the BBC have been showing a programme called The Big Blue and it is looking at the seas around the coast of California at Monterey Bay on Sunday evening and now they were showing the waters around the British Isles. It was absolutely spellbinding with Whales and Dolphins and many other wonderful sea creatures in their natural environment. I knew I wasn’t the only person who flips at the sight of such wondrous creatures but it is really nice to see the sheer joy and pleasure on the faces and hear the excitement of the onlookwers as they see each creature emerging from the depths of the seas. If I am waxing lyrical I’m still on a high from watching these events.

Needless to say the story has led us back to revisit the horrors of whaling and how numbers of whales had been decimated. Around Monterey Bay there is sufficient food for thousands of these wonderful sea creatures and a whole industry embroiled in tourism has grown to replace the whaling industry. We were shown the gory details of how many tons of whale blubber and other products were used in bygone days and we were shown the harpoons used to kill these majestic creatures. I clearly understood the links to the killing of the bulls in Spain and other bullfighting countries. The boat propelled a massive harpoon folowed by hand thrown harpoons all designed to slow down the creature. Where have we met this concept before? We really are a horrible species when we view the way we love killing our fellow creatures and ourselves. Self-defence is understandable. Killing for food is understandable. Gratuitous killing is well off my agenda. Whenever I see these idiots posting pictures of themselves and their trophies on Facebook my blood boils. When will they ever learn? Possibly when the murder of animals is understood to be as bad as the killing of humans.

I had a swim before dinner then rested as I was still feeling a little below par. I needed my strength for the evening when we were going to watch Liverpool play Arsenal with Dave and Sheenagh. Dave was convinced it would be a goalless game but it was certainly not boring. I suppose 0-0 at Arsenal is not a bad result and it was nice to see the game with our friends rather than go to a noisy bar. John was with us for the game and then Anne and I went down to meet Richard at the  bus station.

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Thanks Ian H for the following….

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.  He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.  An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow ?


The Elephant and the Fly
Author: Remez Sasson

A disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest.
The disciple was disturbed by the fact that his mind was in
constant unrest.

He asked his teacher: “Why are most people’s minds
restless, and only a few possess a calm mind? What can one
do to still the mind?”

The teacher looked at the disciple, smiled and said: “I
will tell you a story. An elephant was picking leaves from
a tree. A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his ear.
The elephant waved it away with his long ears. Then the fly
came again, and the elephant waved it away once more.”

This was repeated several times. Then the elephant asked
the fly: “Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can’t you
stay for a while in one place?”

The fly answered: “I am attracted to whatever I see, hear
or smell. My five senses, and everything that happens
around me, pull me constantly in all directions, and I
cannot resist them. What is your secret? How can you stay
so calm and still?”

The elephant stopped eating and said: “My five senses do
not rule my attention. I am in control of my attention,
and I can direct it wherever I want. This helps me to get
immersed in whatever I do, and therefore, keeps my mind
focused and calm. Now that I am eating, I am completely
immersed in eating. In this way, I can enjoy my food and
chew it better. I control my attention, and not the other
way around, and this helps me stay peaceful.”

Upon hearing these words, the disciple’s eyes opened wide,
and a smile appeared on his face. He looked at his teacher
and said: “I understand! My mind will be in constant
unrest if my five senses and whatever is happening in the
world around me are in control of them. On the other hand,
if I am in command of my five senses, able to disregard
sense impressions, my mind will become calm, and I will
be able to disregard its restlessness.”

“Yes, that’s right,” answered the teacher,” The mind is
restless and goes wherever the attention is. Control your
attention, and you control your mind.”


World Events  25th August

1718 – Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans. Which is why there is French spoken there

1875 – Captain Matthew Webb swam from Dover, England, to Calais, France making him the first person to swim the English Channel. The feat took about 22 hours. It’s easy to forget how good this was

1921 – The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany. This was pre Hitler

1941 – Soviet and British troops invaded Iran. This was in reaction to the Shah’s refusal to reduce the number of German residents. You can see Britain was involved everywhere around the world

1941 – Allied forces invaded Iran. Within four days the Soviet Union and England controlled Iran. As above

1944 – Paris, France, was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation. Merci mes amis

1946 – Ben Hogan won the PGA in Portland, OR. It was his first major golf title.Great player

1967 – American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell was assassinated by a sniper.

1972 – In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced. Good use of technology

1978 – The Turin shroud believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ went on display for the first time in 45 years. I wonder..

1983 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a $10 billion grain pact. It is needed

1987 – Saudi Arabia denounced the “group of terrorists” that ran the Iranian government. A troubled area

1988 – Iran and Iraq began talks in Geneva after ending their eight years of war. Both countries had been troubled areas

1990 – Military action was authorized by the United Nations to enforce the trade embargo that had been placed on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait. Not good times

1992 – It was reported by researchers that cigarette smoking significantly increased the risk of developing cataracts. This is a new one on me

1993 – Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was indicted by a federal grand jury for terrorist activities, one of which was the World Trade Center bombing. There was definitely collusion from other parts of the world

1993 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time high.

1998 – A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet. That’s why I like podcasting

 The Day’s Music Events  25th August

1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his brother’s baby-sitter). Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach No.1.It’s not the only song written with a baby-sitter in mind

1960, The Shadows were UK No.1  with ‘Apache’. The first of five UK No.1′s for Cliff Richard’s backing group. An all-time favourite

1961, After playing a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Liverpool, The Beatles played aboard the Merseyside riverboat M.V.Royal Iris’ supporting Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. Tickets cost 8/6. They were great gigs on the Royal Iris

1962, Little Eva went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Loco-motion’. The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song was offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter record it who took it to No.1. 1 There you go!

1967, Bobbie Gentry  US No.1  with ‘Ode To Billy Joe’, a No.13 hit in the UK.  Great song ..Talahassie Bridge

1970, Elton John made his US live debut  at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. In the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell.  That might put him off

1970, Emerson Lake and Palmer made their live debut at The Guildhall, Plymouth, England. A place for common men

1973, Donny Osmond  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’ his third and last No.1. Tab Hunter also had a hit with the song in 1957. His was a nice version

1973, One hit wonders, Stories started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brother Louie’. Hot Chocolate who had a No.7 hit with the song in the UK wrote the song. I loved this song

1973, Bobby Darin performed his final concert, at the Las Vegas Hilton. He died at the age of 37 on December 20th 1973 following open-heart surgery. I hadn’t realised he died so young

1979, 25 years after his first UK No.1 single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ his first No.1 for eleven years.Well done, Cliff

1979, The Knack t No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Sharona a No.6 hit in the UK. Another favourite

1990, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ by Bombalurina was the UK No.1 single. Bombalurina was childrens TV presenter Timmy Mallett with a remake of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit.  I even liked this version

1994, Take That kicked off a 36 date sold out UK tour with 3 nights at the SEC Glasgow. During the tour the group played 9 sold out nights at London’s Wembley Arena.  They would get stronger

2000, Academy Award-winning film score composer and record producer Jack Nitzsche died of a heart attack. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Walker Brothers.  Big name

2002, Eva Cassidy No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’, the singers second UK No.1 album.  Another great loss





Birthday Boys and Girls

1918, Leonard Bernstein. Composed music for 1957 ‘West Side Story’, ‘On The Waterfront’, conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25.

1950,  Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille,Aug 2009.

1955,  Elvis Costello, (Declan McManus)

1961,  Billy Ray Cyrus, US singer,

1987,Amy MacDonald, Scottish singer/songwriter. (2008 UK No.1 with her debut album ‘This Is the Life’).

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Monday 24th August 2015 Elvis has left the building


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2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

We really felt drained after Saturday’s exertions. I had the makings of a Summer cold which had started on Friday evening. We then had to travel for two hours to a very strange gig. We worked in a German bar restaurant where our friend always treats us well. She always applies for a music licence for her events and she must have been gutted when a bar around 20 metres away decided they would put a karaoke on for the night. They were particularly loud and the singing was pretty dismal. We really had to battle to make ourselves heard and to rub salt into the wounds another restaurant owner came out and accused us of being too loud. Even when I pointed out to the woman that I wasn’t playing at the time she was complaining she completely continued to blame us rather than the other, Spanish, bar.

This really is a bad part of what we do. Very often the police turn a blind eye to the noise levels of the Spanish bars and blame the other nationalities. We’ve seen this in many places and it just isn’t fair. The Spanish can be very noisy yet always seem quick to blame others for making the noise. I also believe too many entertainers play too loudly and noise is often very subjective. Decibels can be measured but how do you differentiate between a very dodgy karaoke singer and a quality performer singing at the same decibels! This is even before we start discussing the choice of music….

I’m really enjoying the athletics from China and it was nice to see Spain winning the Gold medal in the walking. The Brits have already enjoyed Mo Farrah and Jessica Ennis and I think there will be more medals on the way.


Here’s a French joke if you can speak the language

L’institutrice demande : Quand je dis «je suis belle», quel temps EST-ce ?
– Le passé, madame.

Remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty.. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”

“Don’t go any further.. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class.. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh, really! What did he say?”

He said: “Who the hell did your hair?”


The Day’s Events 24th August

0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.

1572 – The Catholics began their slaughter of the French Protestants in Paris. The killings claimed about 70,000 people. Horrible statistics

1680 – Colonel Thomas Blood died. He was the Irish adventurer that had stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.

1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol. Very constructive

1880 – Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy electric train.tGreat

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”

1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.

1963 – John Pennel pole-vaulted 17 feet and 3/4 inches becoming the first to break the 17-foot barrier.  Watch out Sergei Bubka

1968 – France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. Horrible

1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon. Horrible man

1985 – 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country. Change was a-coming

1989 – “Total war” was declared by Columbian drug lords on their government.

1990 – Irish hostage Brian Keenan was released. He had been held in Lebanon for 1,597 days.  Great day

1991 – Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.

1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95″ went on sale. Great news for usw

1998 – The U.S. and Britain agreed on the Netherlands as site for the trial of two Libyan suspects for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.  terrible event

2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.

2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.  Necessary info

2005 – The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

The Day’s Music Events  24th August

 1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2′.This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.

1974, Paul Anka with Odia Coates No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(You’re Having My Baby’. It made No.6 in the UK.

1975, Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.  This is a classic and that’s why!

1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon.What a loss to the world of music
1983, The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.
1985, Huey Lewis and the News No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’.As featured in the movie ‘Back To The Future’.
1987, Donny Osmond released his first single in 10 years ‘I’m In It For Love’, (Donny now shaves and has taken to wearing black leather). Quite a change from the long haired lover from Liverpool

1989, The Who performed  “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.  Great show

1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London’s Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.

1998, Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’ Quality work

2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

Born this day

 1944, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic,
1945, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1948, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist,
1955, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’).
1956, Matt Aitken, part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.


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Sunday 23rd August 2015 Come On!


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1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On’

We had a very late night as we had a gig down near Lis Alcazeres last night. It was back home for 2am and totally zonked out until mid morning. However, the World Athletic Championships were rivoting and I was really chuffed to see Jessica Ennis win her gold medal. I really can’t wait for the showdown between Gatlin and Bolt. I’ll comment on this tomorrow.

Our son John stayed with us overnight. He’s had a few weeks in the Balearics and now he’s ready to go back to teaching in his academy. I heard the heavy snoring as I went down to my studio to work with Don Woods. I had been woken up by my own sniffing as the dreaded Summer cold visited our bedroom. I blame the air conditioning but we have been walking in crowds of people down on the seafront. This is a bit enigmatic as the sea air is supposed to bring us good health but the crowds bring their germs as we enjoy the sea breezes. Let’s see whether our healthy diet fights the bug effectively.

The news was headlined with news of another nutter on the rampage. This time it was a man travelling on a train from Amsterdam to France. Fortunately for everyone on board two off duty American marines managed to disarm the man. I think we’re nearing a point where the military might well be deployed everywhere in disguise in order to defeat these lone wolf jihadists. The world has certainly taken a turn for the worse and in contrast to this story I am reminded of the eloquence of one of the illegal immigrants trying to explain their desperate plight and how they must somehow be rescued from their dreadful situations around the world and especially the Middle East.

The dilemma for the West is that this tidal wave of migrants willl contain some elements who will bring trouble to the host country. One report showed how a family in Calais had allowed a male into their family and had been feeding him. It wasn’t too long before he was telling the daughter of the house that she should be covering her head with a veil. He had no concept of a secular society.This is the problem and many, if not most,  will not be familiar with this concept. There would seem to be many young men with a very different view of thwe world and we are seeing far too many young males quite happy to wear their football shirts and westernised clothing whilst their women trail behind in their robes with several young children in tow. It’s not really for us to judge what is right or wrong but it is a fair comment that this is impacting on most of the European countries and will be affecting the economies of the future.


The ‘other’ laws of nature

Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

6. Variation Law– If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

8. Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

9. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

11.. Law of the Theatre & Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

12. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

13. Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

14. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

15. Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

16. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

17. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking – A closed mouth gathers no feet.

18. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

19. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better.. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.


The Day’s Events 23rd August

 1838 – The first class graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, MA. It was one of the first colleges for women. Well done ladies

1839 – Hong Kong was taken by the British in a war with China. I say old chap

1858 – “Ten Nights in a Barroom” opened in New York City at the National Theater. It was a melodrama about the evils of drinking.Constant theme down the years

1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. Not worth the paper it was written on

1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite. Any tornadoes?

1983 – The U.S. announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile. Wow

1990 – President Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a group of Western detainees that he referred to as “guests.” He told the group that they were being held “to prevent the scourge of war.” He was a horror story

1996 – U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.Good 1998 – Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers. In New York City it was illegal to carry to possess a toy gun that looks real or is painted black. No guns

1998 – Boris Yeltsin dismissed the Russian government again.

1999 – Rescuers in Turkey found a young boy that had been buried in rubble from an earthquake for about a week. Fabulous




The Day’s Music Events  23rd August

 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office.

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ It’s marvellous what two chords can achieve

1965, security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance. They were good

1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided ‘Yellow Submarine – Eleanor Rigby Great value

1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ No.1 in the UK. Great track

1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘I’m Still Waiting’, the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme. Did Arnold like it?

1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. From the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Wonderful

1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want to Wake Up with You’. Good song

1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival in England. Good gig

2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years……..

2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band’s drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine.

2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Born this day

1938, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).

1942, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). With Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene Pitney. The pair also co-wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio commercial, with the lyric ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.’

1947, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’).

1949, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single ‘Jessie’s Girl’).

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Saturday 22nd August 2015 ‘Love Me Tender’


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1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie,  . In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the ‘Love Me Tender’ song recorded for the film.

Saturday is podcast day with Don Woods. Here is today’s content….

The song I have sent you this week is called “The Colour of Time”…and it was one of my rare collaborations…a friend of mine called Patricia Knapton came up with the title…I composed the music and we both worked on the lyrics.  I really like this song and it has a nice twist at the end….I produced this back in the 90s but I am thinking of re-vamping it…I have a few ideas for it.

.E cigarettes have hit the news….because they are 75% safer than ordinary ciggies (according to research…probably by the makers of E cigarettes)…it has been suggested that they go on prescription from the NHS….which is struggling by the way….what a load of tripe!!!…who comes up with these brainwaves?….”Oh…it will help people stop smoking”….smokers will save money buying these things…so why don’t THEY invest THAT…instead of ME paying for their filthy habit?…whichever way they go you can guarantee the cigarette companies wont lose money

Bullying has reared its ugly head with kids in school being made very unhappy…Boo Hoo…perhaps if they get off the internet for 5 minutes and get out and play they might find the problem is solved.   They are coming up with allsorts of reasons why they are bullied….but we never hear the other side of the story…..or see the parents.  What these politicians don’t seem to comprehend is you cannot legislate for stupid morons who have yet to evolve….there will always be bullies…there always has been … but they are a minority…a brainless minority.

Strictly Come Dancing is coming back soon…I must say I do enjoy it….with celebs and wonderfully sculpted ladies gliding around a dancefloor what is there for the dads not to like. One of the celebs will be Carol Kirkwood the weather girl who is great….so I’m looking forward to a bit of decent telly for a change…..and no more Brucie…it gets better all the time!!

Last week they had a programme looking back at the history of Saturday night TV….there were some really good programmes back then…where did they all go?  Morecambe and Wise….Game for a Laugh…Candid Camera…..etc.

Britain’s Got Talent has come under fire because the woman and her dog who won it CHEATED!!!….she had TWO DOGS!!!…what is the world coming to…she’ll be taking drugs next and entering the next Olympics……and all those viewers who voted for her are going to get a refund….it’s like a comedy sketch….anyone who sits in front of a TV and wastes money on a phone call to make someone else famous needs serious help……..but there you are…there is no hope.

There was a programme celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra with various celebs singing his songs…I know the guy was enormously popular…and I know he was world famous…and I know he sold millions of records…but I just didn’t get him…never did….I liked Bing and Perry Como and Danny Kaye…great crooners…but I always found Sinatra to have  a “dry” voice and in his later years was a bit out of tune.    He did nothing for me I’m afraid…but I like the songs and have sung many of them myself with my band…..and I’m sure if Frank was still here he wouldn’t care less what I thought.

Come to think of it I never got Johnny Cash either…but there you are.

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I started blogging early after watching the BBC news. The depressing lead story was trying to put a spin on the disease Dementia slightly improving or, at least, stabilising. Why can’t we put our resources into curing such diseases rather than fruitless trips to outer space? We still don’t even know what exists in the oceans of our own planet. Why do we waste such vast amounts of money which really seems to bring the deepest joy to a few scientists when so many people live in misery all their lives?

There was also a report on how the war refugees are going to Sweden who are taking more than their fair share according to the report. I would argue that with such a low population this country could take far more than an overcrowded Britain. However, it’s plain to see that integration is far from easy in any country. There will always be resentment and one town showed a ghetto area resented even by the immigrants. If the population truly wanted to integrate then there would be an assimilation of everything including clothing. The immigrant population can usuallybe  spotted as they cling on to their own clothing and way of life. There is no easy answer to this extrememly vexed question.

Our weather is getting hotter again with clear skies over most of the Iberian Peninsula. My friend Neil who lives five miles away in Polop tells me they have seen very little rain. That’s just as well as the towns of Polop and La Nucia have been setting off their fireworks as normal as part of the fiestas. This is ironic when we view the austerity measures and contrast lands of plenty with the many suffering around the globe. I am also watching the  news after the explosions in China. The story originally implied the explosion was caused by fireworks but the rivers are now shown to be polluted near the site with thousands of dead fish being washed onto the riverbanks. This probably begs the question…what, exactly, is contained in these fireworks? If there is seen to be such pollution might we be adding to the overall pollution on the planet with our fiestas? Just a thought!


Our Mayor, el alcalde, is a doctor who embraces the concept of holistic medicine and includes the environment in his management. We have a number of roundabouts which have fountains and which are quite upmarket. It makes the town look very nice and most of the visitors approve. The older Spanish moan that it will cost us more in our community charges and I suppose there will be an increase. However, you get what you pay for and this is one of the most up and coming towns in Spain. In fact, the Brownlee Brothers who are the world Triathlon Champions come here to train in our sport centre.


A husband walks into a posh store to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife.He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price …..….. the more sheer, the higher the price. Naturally, he opts for the most sheer item, pays the $500, and takes it home. He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.  Upstairs the wife thinks (she’s no dummy), ‘I have an idea…… ….. it’s so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on, but I’ll do the modelling naked, I’ll return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself.’ She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose. The husband says, ‘Good Grief! You’d think for $500 they’d at least iron it!’

I can’t believe I produced our show two years ago on 17th September Alfaz del Pi! Here are some of the pictures….

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World Events  22nd August

1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry V II.  There’s still rivalry between Yorkshire and Lancashire

1572 – Earl of Northumberland was executed for treason in York, England. They didn’t muck about in those days.

1642 – The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors. This was not a long war.

1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.  He just happened to be passing by!

1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.  They were flexing their muscles

1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup. They were lucky!

1910 – Japan formally annexed Korea.  Remember this was only 1910

1911 – It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy. Was she still smiling?

1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England. Good, eh?

1941 – Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.

1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition. Good for her. There should never have been segregation.

1968 – Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America. Good

1972 – Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games. Good

1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. Good

1985 – 55 people were killed in a fire aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway in England. Where was this? Manchester?

1991 – Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners’ coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him. It’s the way they do things there

1998 – Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was currently serving sentence for the December 8, 1980 murder. Horrible man

2000 – It was announced that all 118 crewmembers aboard the Kursk submarine were dead. The Russian vessel had sunk on August 4. Sad event

The Day’s Music Events  22nd August

1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie,  . In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the ‘Love Me Tender’ song recorded for the film.  Not the best ever movie

1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, (it was shown on 17th October 1962). I wonder was I there?

1963, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bad To Me.’ A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein.Good song

1964, The Supremes No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1, it made No.3 in the UK.  Good song

1964, During a North American tour The Beatles appeared at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver, to over 20,000 fans. The Beatles set at the time was just 29 minutes long. tickets cost £5.25.  Money for old rope

1965, The Beatles, on tour in North America, performed two shows at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. Between performances, The Beatles were visited in their dressing-room by Carl Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.Meeting of minds

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the BBC TV Simon Dee show. How is Simon?

1968, Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums and John playing bass. The split was coming

1969, The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for their final ever photo session. Three shots from this session (by Ethan Russell) formed the front and back covers of the Capitol compilation album Hey Jude. Yoko Ono and a pregnant Linda McCartney (she was to give birth to daughter Mary six days later) appeared in some photographs with The Beatles.There comes a time for things to end 1970, Bread went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, it made No.5 in the UK.

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’. great Album

1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London’s Electric Ballroom. In the audience: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett , The Slits and Captain Sensible. Don’t you just love it?

1979, Led Zeppelin released In Through the Out Door, their last album of original material, ‘Fool in the Rain’ was released as a single in the US. 1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 and also a No.1 in the UK. Good disco 1990, Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He also wrote music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.  Talented man

1992, Sting and Trudie Styler held their wedding reception, (the couple married on 20th August 1992), after The Troggs had played a set, all three members of The Police got on stage and played a couple of numbers.Nice wedding

1997, U2 played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England on their Pop Mart tour.

1999, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell scored her first UK No.1 solo single with ‘Mi Chico Latino’ the second single from her debut solo album Schizophonic. Quite a nice song

2002, Corrs drummer, Caroline Corr married long-time boyfriend Frank Woods in a candlelit church on Mallorca. Nice, nice, nice

2003, Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.He ain’t nothing but a hound dog

2009, Soul singer Johnny Carter, who was a member of doo-wop groups The Dells and The Flamingos, died aged 75. Carter who was famed for his falsetto vocals, was one of the few artists to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two acts.  great name


Birthday Boys and Girls

1920, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist, (1951 US million selling album ‘I’m In The Mood’, 1964 UK No.23 single ‘Dimples’, 1989 album ‘The Healer’). Hooker died on 21st June 2001.

1938,  Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist, (1957 US No. 27 single ‘Susie Q’).

1945,  Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies, (1969 US & UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Sugar’) and The Cufflinks, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Tracy’). 1946,, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’).

1956,  Chris Biondo, guitarist, producer with Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums

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