I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. Abraham Lincoln
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw
Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in Payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
The weather was strange again yesterday with warm spells interspersed with weird clouds and the odd burst of thunder and a few flashes of lightning.
I read an article which made me hopping mad. The reason why was it clearly links political friendship to idiot appointments putting everyone’s money and livelihoods at risk. I’ll give you the first paragraph and a link to the complete article.
Nearly a year ago, in June 2012, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said this was not the right moment to assess Miguel Blesa and Rodrigo Rato’s performance as presidents of Caja Madrid, the regional savings bank that later merged with six others to create Bankia – which subsequently required a record bailout of over 22 million euros. Source
King Juan Carlos will not be sailing again on the Fortuna, the luxury yacht he received in 2000 as a present from the regional government of the Balearic Islands and a group of businesspeople.
The ship, which is 41.5 meters long, cost 3.5 billion pesetas at the time, or 21 million euros.
The monarch has decided to give it away to the Spanish government, because “it makes no sense” to keep it when all of Spain’s institutions are being forced to set examples of austerity, said sources at the royal palace of La Zarzuela. Filling up the yacht’s fuel tanks alone costs over 20,000 euros.
The cabinet will now have to decide whether to keep or sell the vessel.
The last time King Juan Carlos sailed in the Fortuna was in August of last year, for about six hours. For the rest of the summer, the royal family used the Somni, a more modest vessel owned by the shipbuilder José Cusí, who is a personal friend of the monarch.
Most of the 30-odd businesspeople who joined together with the Popular Party government of the Balearics to give the king the Fortuna were from the tourism sector and said they wanted to ensure the royal family would be a regular presence in the Balearics, as it would be good for tourism. Donors included Gabriel Barceló of Grupo Barceló; Gabriel Escarrer of the Sol Meliá hotel chain; Juan José Hidalgo of Air Europa; Carmen Matutes of the hotel group Fiesta; and Miguel Fluxà of Viajes Iberia.
Before this, the king had owned two other Fortunas, the second of which was a present from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in 1979.
Thirteen years after the king first sailed in the ship with his daughter Cristina, on March 22, 2000, the economic situation has led Spaniards to question the spending habits of every national institution, including the monarchy. A recent opinion poll gave the royal family a failing grade of 3.6 out of 10 for trust for the first time in history, as it found itself embroiled in a corruption scandal involving Cristina’s husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, who faces charges of embezzling millions of euros from public contracts awarded arbitrarily by the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearic Islands. SpanishVida 17 May
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1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery. I hadn’t realised she was an adulterer
1568 – After being defeated by the Protestants, Mary Queen of Scots, fled to England where she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth. Who could you trust?
1588 – The Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, bound for England. How does Spanish history reflect this?
1796 – The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory. I’ll bet everyone kept to the rules
1856 – U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery. Brave man
1857 – The electric fire alarm system was patented by William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer. Good1911 – The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City. I wonder who had a hand in this?
1921 – The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants. Makes sense
1926 – Benito Mussolini announced that democracy was deceased. Rome became a fascist state. Not good
1926 – In Damascus, Syria, French shells killed 600 people. Bad
1928 – The first frog-jumping jubilee held in Calaveras County, CA. Why not in France?
1935 – T.E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia” died from injuries in a motorcycle crash in England. I heard he fell off a camel
1962 – Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday” for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden. We’ve probably all heard the recording
1967 – The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain that banned nuclear weapons from outer space. Good
1967 – U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time. Bad
1998 – In Russia, strikes broke out over unpaid wages. You can’t blame people for this
1998 – Bandits stole three of Rome’s most important paintings from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
2000 – The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago. How do we know all the bits came from the same beasy?
2003 – Hundreds of Albert Einstein’s scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew Universtiy of Jerusalem in his will. An amazing brain
Music Events May 19th
1958, The soundtrack to South Pacific went to No.1 on the US album chart. Great music
1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.Weird
1961, The Everly Brothers launched their own record label, ‘Calliop’e’.Was this the extremely dark purple label?
1967, The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer. I’ll bet Paul had a twinkle in his eye
1973, Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’. His third US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK. He is absolutely wonderful-what a talent
1973, Wizzard were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘See My Baby Jive,’ Roy Wood’s (from The Move), latest group spent four weeks at the top of the charts.Not one of my favourites
. 1974, The Rubettes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sugar Baby Love’, the group’s only UK No.1. Fabulous song and I also liked their Baby I’m Yours
1976, Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed his car near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, after falling asleep at the wheel; marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another fine for the guitarist. Keith was a real wild child
1978, Dire Straits released their first major label single ‘Sultans Of Swing’, recorded on a £120 budget.What a fabulous effort
1979, Abba started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 LP. Quality
1979, Eric Clapton held a party at his Surrey house celebrating his recent marriage to Patti Boyd. Clapton had set-up a small stage in the garden and as the evening progressed Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ended up jamming together along with Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick Jagger. The all-star band ran through old Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs. I could have joined in those songs. I would have loved to have been there
1979, Supertramp went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Breakfast In America’, the group’s only US No.1 I like most of their songs
1981, Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.Well deserved
1984, Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album ‘Legend’, released to commemorate the third anniversary of Marley’s death. Great music-great memories
1988, James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, following a car Chase near his home, he was charged with assault, resisting arrest and being in charge of illegal weapons, he was given a 6 year jail sentence. I loved his music but he was a real wild child
1990, Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Vogue’. Originally planned as a B-side, it became the singers eighth US No.1 and seventh UK No.1 hit. Good track
2001, Mike Sammes founder of The Mike Sammes Singers died aged 73. He worked with Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and featured on The Beatles, ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘The Long And Winding Road.’ My parents listed to his singers
2007, Lawyers for Michael Jackson dropped an effort to block an auction of the star’s personal belongings and other Jackson family items. An agreement was reached with representatives of an auctioneer, who was the current owner of the materials, and a New Jersey man who claimed to own a warehouse full of Jackson memorabilia after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court.This was sad
2010, ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was named the UK’s favourite rock song in a survey by listeners to radio station Absolute Classic Rock. The band had two other tracks in the top 10; ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was voted at No. 4 and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, from the group’s fourth album, was at No. 7. Superb track
1932, Alma Cogan, UK singer, (1955 UK No.1 single ‘Dreamboat’, plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits). Youngest female to top the charts during the 50′s. She died of stomach cancer on 26th October 1966.
1945,Pete Townshend, guitar, vocals, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’).
1947, Greg Herbert, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.2 single ‘Spinning Wheel’). Herbert died of a accidental drug overdose 31st January 1977.
947, Jerry Hyman, trombone, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.2 single ‘Spinning Wheel’).
85 UK No.16 single ‘Legs’).
1950, Romeo Challenger, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1952, Grace Jones, singer, model, (1985 UK No.12 single ‘Slave To The Rhythm’).
1952, Jeffrey Hyman, (Joey Ramone), vocals, The Ramones, 1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’. He died on 15th April 2001 after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49.
1960, Yasmin Evans, (Yazz), singer, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘The Only Way Is Up’).