Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’, his first of two US chart toppers.
We are hosting two young ladies from France this week so welcome to Aurelie and Clara. They got up at 6 6 am to get their plane to Alicante from France. Likewise we were up early to get everything prepared and then go down to the airport in Alicante. This is about m45 minutes away but there is always the likelihood of heavy traffic blocking the main road. This was the case and we had fortunately allowed extra time for any delays. We met the girls coming through the barriers and the plane had landed early.
Their English is not very strong but just with the Spanish students they are being taught their grammar really well. The problem is always with speaking and it is an obvious problem. In their class their teacher contthe class and is strict. There is little chance for the students to speak English. It is not the easiest thing to plan for teachers tied in to didactic methods and learning by rote. This is not a criticism of the teaching methods but rather an explanation of why so many people know English but don’t speak it well. Our part of the equatioon is to provide opportunities for the implementation of what they have learnt. We also try to provide a nice, friendly relaxing experience. I think this is the way to practise what they know and get confident in everyday situations.
We normally get enough information on the way back from the airport by chatting informally and ,fortunately, my French is good enough to chip in and help when there is an impasse. Just like when learning Spanish the trick is in realising that there are so many French words which are close to the English word. Furthermore, we love to see our student visitors progress and gain in the confidence of realising they understand us from the first few minutes of meeting us. It helps when we can talk about their country and our own love of France. You might already know but we have very strong links in Brittany, the Paris Basin and Annecy in the Swiss Alps. My days working on the radio in France always come in handy when I remember the songs our visitors sing!
In the afternoon I watched Andy Murray and he played extremely well to beat the Croation giant who also played really well. What a wonderful serve!
Sitting On Your Talent
By: Steve Goodier
There was a man who played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But one night, a patron told him he didn’t want to hear him
just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song.The man said, “I don’t sing.”But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, “I’m tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!”The bartender shouted across the room, “Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you to sing!”So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever
heard the song Mona, Mona Lisa sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole!He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the
best-known entertainers in America.
“What’s the usual tip?” a man growled when a University of
South Carolina student delivered his pizza.
“Well,” the student replied, “this is my first delivery, but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you, I’d be doing great.”
“That so?” grunted the man. “In that case, here’s five dollars.”
“Thanks,” the student said, “I’ll put it in my college fund.”
“By the way, what are you studying?”
This has been doing the rounds for a while but it comes as a little light relief-no more and no less! It is looking at aspects of marriage and offers reasons why some marriages last and others don’t.
1. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays; I go on Fridays.
“Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said.
So I suggested the kitchen.5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker.
She said “There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.7. My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor.
I asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.”
8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days.
Then the mud fell off.
9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late
for the garbage?” The driver said, “No, jump in!”.
10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
11. I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her
first name was ‘Always’.
12. I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months.
I don’t like to interrupt her.
13. The last fight was my fault though.
My wife asked, “What’s on the TV?”
I said, “Dust!”.
World Events 7th July
1846 – U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison. I love California
1865 – Four people were hanged in Washington, DC, after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate U.S. President Lincoln. Understandable
1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii. Voting was 5-0
1920 – A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA. Good technology
1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. An amazing project
1937 – Japanese forces invaded China. They were fierce warriors
1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.Wonderful
1949 – “Dragnet” was first heard on NBC radio. Great show
1969 – Canada’s House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government. Jusqu’alors
1983 – Eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. How sweet
2000 – Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,” making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history. The times they are a -changing
2005 – In London, at least 66 people were killed and at least 700 were injured when several bombs were set off in subway cars and double-decker buses. Dreadful and so cowardly
The Day’s Music Events 7th July
1957, Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with ‘All Shook Up’, (his tenth UK single release). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. Yes ma’am
1962, David Rose and his Orchestra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Stripper’. Great track
1962, The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Bebington. The show was a dance for the local golf club, the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles.This is a great venue that I have played on several occasions. This is on Lord leverhulme’s wonderful estate
1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966. It was the right show to be involved with
1966, The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon’, the group’s third and last UK No.1.I love the Kinks music
1969, George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland. I like this song and liked George Harrison’s style
1971, 26-year-old pop star Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21-year-old Agnetha Faltskog married in Verum, Sweden. 3000 fans arrived and in the chaos a police horse stepped on the brides foot, causing her slight injury. Abba were big news whatever they did
1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’, his first of two US chart toppers.I used this as a good bed
1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included ‘Black Dog’, ‘Rock and Roll’, ‘Kashmir’, ‘Trampled Underfoot’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven’. They finished the show with ‘Whole Lotta Love’. They were wonderful
1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Born In The USA’. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. Its also one of three albums (Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles. Great achievement
1984, Prince started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When Doves Cry’, his first US No.1 which went on to sell over 2 million copies, it made No. 4 in the UK.This guy, with or without a bag over his head, is a musical genius
1987, David Bowie played the first of two sold out nights on his Glass Spider world tour at Minisadio C.F. Barcelona, Spain.Muy bien
1989, It was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums. This week’s UK No.1 album was ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’ by Jamiroquai.I was quite slow to switch to CDs
1999, It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played. Suggested song would be ….James Brown’s Lickin’ Stick,
2001, Stereophonics, David Gray, The Dandy Warhols, The Proclaimers, Paul Weller, Texas, Coldplay, Beck, Toploader, Ash, Starsailor, Nelly Furtado, James and Muse all appeared at this years T In The Park festival, Scotland, weekend tickets, £64. Good line-up
2003, It was reported that Britney Spears had made $500.000 profit after selling her 5 bedroom home in Los Angeles. The singer had paid £1.8m for the house 2 years ago and sold for £2.3m. Good business
2005, Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock’s Hollies.I hope he wasn’t jailed
2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. Barrett released two solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than thirty years, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs. This is a very sad story
2007, Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham’s own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade.. Great idea
2007, Snow Patrol Keyboard player Tom Simpson was arrested in connection with a failed court appearance in Glasgow. .No Comment
2007, The Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey. The concerts were organised by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to “heal the planet”. Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna brought London’s Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. .An amazing concept and it needs to be kept alive
2009, Michael Jackson’s family and fans said farewell to the pop superstar at an emotional memorial service. The singer’s coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an earlier private funeral. Jackson’s daughter Paris, 11, fought back tears to describe him as “the best father you could ever imagine”. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey paid tribute before the family joined a sombre finale on stage. Motown boss Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson Five, ended his tribute with the words: “Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever.” I think it is easy to underestimate how much his music had touched all our lives. He seemed to have a very troubled life and deserved a much better end to his glittering career.I was a fan of his music
Birthday Boys and Girls
1928, Mary Ford, US singer, (1953 UK No.7 single with Les Paul, ‘Vaya Con Dios’). Ford died from cancer on 30th September 1977.
1933, J.J. Barrie, US singer, one hit wonder with 1976 UK No.1 single ‘No Charge’.
1940, Richard Starkey, (Ringo Starr), drums, vocals, Rory Storm, The Beatles. Sang lead vocals on one track on most Beatles albums, (The Beatles scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles). Solo (1974 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘You’re Sixteen’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits). Ringo Starr and his all Star Band, (featuring; Howard Jones, Ian Hunter, Peter Frampton, Greg Lake).
1945, Jim Rodford, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
1947, Peter Banks, guitarist, Yes, (1968-70), Flash.
1947, Rob Townsend, drummer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’), Blues Band.
1950, David Hodo, vocals, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).