Monday 20th October 2014 Monster Mash


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Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1962, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Monster Mash’, it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive

The weather was very hot again and we had a nice lazy morning followed by a swim… which was a bit difficult. It is very difficult to swim in a cold pool and the difference in the swimming experience between the really hot days of August and September and now is obvious. It is certainly hot sitting out of the water but it is nippy in it!

Southampton certainly did well yesterday scoring eight goals against Sunderland. They seemed to have sold most of their better players at the end of last year. Liverpool’s band of rich young men were awful in the first half against Queen’s Park Rangers. Most worthwhile soccer pundits have realised Liverpool will win little silverware this year. They will probably not go far in the Champions League and they would seem to have had all their luck last year created by their star player Luis Suarez. I can see why he wanted to leave the club. Since his departure something is lacking- The team has no bite!

Rahim Sterling is fatigued. As a 19 year old he finds playing two games of football a week for lottery- winning money tiring.  I think I understand………. No! I don’t! Mining is tiring! Deep sea trawling is tiring! Teaching is tiring! Caring for patients is tiring!  Looking after the family is tiring!  You would never have heard such a comment from previous Liverpool players. Watching Liverpool is tiring!

After watching 45 minutes of tripe Liverpool played better in the second half and grabbed a fortunate goal before losing the advantage with a minute to go. The air was blue as we went into extra time. First I was happy as we went ahead then I was furious as QPR drew level. I was heading out of the house as Liverpool snatched the winner. At least you could not say Liverpool have been boring this year!  Remember Middlesborough and the penalties? All this and Real Madrid on Wednesday!


Pass The Butter …. Please.

This is interesting . … .     Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.  When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.    It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.  How do you like it?   They have come out with some clever new flavourings….

DO  YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!     Both  have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase  heart disease in women by  53%  over  eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent  Harvard  Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in  other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because  they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.
Triples risk of coronary heart disease …
Increases  total cholesterol  and LDL  (this is the bad cholesterol) and  lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..
Lowers quality of breast milk
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.
And  here’s the most disturbing fact… HERE IS THE PART THAT  IS  VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area.  Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

*  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
*  it does not rot or smell differently because it has   nonutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.  Why?   Because it is nearly plastic .  Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to butter them up’)!

Chinese Proverb:

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it,  you have a  moral obligation to share it with others.


World Events 20th October

1740 – Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. How daft was that unless, of course, she’d been properly trained for the job!

1818 – The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.

1873 – A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.

1935 – Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters. The public transport system had not been up to scratch for much of the journey

1944 – Allied forces invaded the Philippines.

1944 – During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.

1947 – Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1952 – The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya. I studied this in my first degree learning about Jomo Kenyatta and I learnt a little Swahili along the way. Jambo san wei wei unagwendi wapa!

1968 – Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. I remember it well with the accompanying press frenzy…

1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs. I think he has been proven correct. There’s none so blind as those who won’t see….

1995 – Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.

2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt. He wasn’t wearing a safety helmet and he hadn’t filled in the appropriate form.He’d also not worn rubber gloves 5678/654


 The Day’s Music Events  20th October

1955, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland. Oh my giddy Aunt…can you imagine the gig?

1960, Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single with ‘Only The Lonely’ and his first of 3310712760_1494549344165003_3324886447856133630_nhits.

The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself. I loved these early Roy Orbison classics and he was a real comfort to adolescent teenagers….

1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool and tonight they appeared at The Village Hall in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. I know both these venues and have great memories of them…

1962, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Monster Mash’, it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive. This is the type of reference to show how society has changed. I heard a song on the radio today with virtually every sexual innuendo under the sun!

1968, Cream and Deep Purple appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California. This was another class gig I would like to have attended.

1969, The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Filmore East performing a two-hour show featuring the songs from ‘Tommy.’ I loved the album and I wonder how good was the live version.

1973, Queen appeared on the ‘In concert’ show on UK BBC Radio One.
1973, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie’, the group’s 7th US chart topper. A No.5 hit in the UK. I love this song written by Jagger and Richards.

1979, Herb Alpert  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rise’, giving the co founder of A&M records his second US No.1-No.13 in the UK. I liked this but it was a little on the slow side.

1983, American country and western singer, songwriter, Merle Travis died of a heart attack aged 65. Acknowledged as one of the most influential American guitarist’s of the twentieth century. Wrote ‘Sixteen Tons’ 1955 US No.1 for Ernie Ford.
1984, Wham! started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Freedom’, the duo’s second No.1.

2003, a jury found Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy guilty of assaulting a nightclub worker.
2005, Michael Jackson received a jury summons at his Neverland ranch in California four months after he was acquitted on child molestation charges.

2006, George Michael openly smoked a cannabis joint during an interview on a TV show. The singer was filmed backstage at in Madrid, Spain where the drug is legal. Michael said “It’s the only drug I’ve ever thought worth taking, this stuff keeps me sane and happy. But it’s not very healthy,”…If he admits it’s not healthy he knows he can only be damaging himself with it. A perfect example to others.






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1890,  Jelly Roll Morton, US pianist, arranger, bandleader, the first great composer in jazz, died 10th July 1941.
1939,, Jay Siegel, The Tokens,
(1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).
1940, Kathy Kirby, UK singer, (1963 UK No.4 single ‘Secret Love’).
1942,, John Carter, Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).
1951,, Alan Greenwood, keyboards, Foreigner,
(1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’).

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Sunday 19th October 2014 School’s Out’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1997, American guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia aged 49. Member of the Alice Cooper Band, he co-wrote their hits ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Elected.’

It was a lovely start to the day and I suppose we could call this an Indian Summer with people still swimming in the sea and tans everywhere looking good.  I eventually went to the 6.30 pm mass in Benidorm after I had spent the first part of the day in the studio talking with Don Woods. Here was the content…..

The track I’ve sent you this week is called “The 4122” which was the last train down the Wirral way before they closed the line and converted it into the present footpath and cycle track.  I wrote the song from my imagination as a filler song for a Wirral E.P. which the Council ordered from me.  To my surprise it caused quite a stir among railway enthusiasts and I kept getting requests to give talks to the various societies…as I know NOTHING about trains I naturally declined.

There can’t be enough to fill the news so the BBC have resorted to reporting “killer” mussels which are arriving in the Thames from foreign climes and which have the capability of BLOCKING pipes thus preventing our brethren in London from getting water…they will DIE of thirst…..this together with “killer” shrimps which are already here it’s time to worry about this and not the threat from terrorists.

I pay £285 road tax and there is a move afoot to ask people in local constituencies to volunteer to fill in potholes in the road….oh yeah…I DON’T THINK SO !!…makes you wonder where the billions they make out of ripping off the motorist goes?….and of course there’s always the danger of getting run over by an idiot speeding down the road…and there are plenty of them.

The NHS have been on strike…first one in 35 years because Mr.Hunt has decided we can’t afford the ONE PERCENT  wage increase they are asking for…says the man who will get a NINE percent rise.  Mind you people who keep us alive can’t possibly be as important as a high speed rail link that no-one wants…and costs BILLIONS.

My pal informed me he is making a will and against my advice he went to a solicitor….after the intial fee of £195 plus VAT in other words 240 quid he was then informed that it would cost an additional 500 quid…so he decided to cancel…cancellation fee £180 plus VAT……you can get a will package from W.H.Smith for ten pounds….which he has done….solicitors are the worst scavengers in the world…people think they are your friends…THEY’RE NOT !!!……another friend of mine sought advice on a divorce and was told it would cost £4000 which didn’t include the solicitors fee on £200 an hour…..even Dick Turpin wore a mask.

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Footballers, Intelligence and Faux Pas

 “My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about 7″   David Beckham

 “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.”

Mark Viduka

 “Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level.  But he’s the best manager I’ve ever had.”  David Beckham

 “If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.”  Neville Southall

 “I’ve had 14 bookings this season – 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable.”   Paul Gascoigne

 “I’ve never wanted to leave. I’m here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well.”  Alan Shearer

 “I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona ”   Mark Draper

 “You’ve got to believe that you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked  out.” Peter Shilton

“I faxed a transfer request to the club at the beginning of the week, but let me state that I don’t want to leave Leicester“  Stan Collymore

 “I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George (Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham . My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.”   Ade Akinbiyi

 “Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match.”  Ian Wright

“I’m as happy as I can be – but I have been happier.”  Ugo Ehiogu

 ” Leeds is a great club and it’s been my home for years, even though I live in Middlesbrough .”   Jonathan Woodgate

 “I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.”  Stuart Pearce

 “I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right.” Lee Hendrie

 “I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.”   Ian Rush

 ” Germany are a very difficult team to play…they had 11 internationals out there today.”

Steve Lomas

 “I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock.”

Barry Venison

 “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.”

David Beckham

The Brazilians were South American, and the Ukrainians will be more European.”

Phil Neville

 “All that remains is for a few dots and commas to be crossed.”  Mitchell Thomas

 “One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.” 

Alan Shearer

 “I’d rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd.”  Johnny Giles

 “Sometimes in football you have to score goals.”  Thierry Henry  


World Events 19th October

1781 – British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. In the films the British generals are usually are portrayed as a bit snotty……..

1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army….How often has the weather alter the course of a war?

1943 – The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the U.S., and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.

1944 – The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). The western powers weren’t very advanced in their thinking were they?

1951 – U.S. President Truman singed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.

1960 – The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.

1969 – U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters “an effete corps of impudent snobs.” It’s weird how politicians can’t understand people who just don’t want war?

1977 – The Concorde made its first landing in New York City.

1983 – The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

1989 – The Guilford Four were cleared of all charges and released after 14 years in prison. The charges were from the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolrich, England. I can clearly remember watching the tv and seeing their release.

1993 – Benazir Bhutto was returned to the premiership of Pakistan.

1998 – Fires in Nigeria swept through villages killing 500 people.

1998 – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight. Should he ever have got it back? He should have paid for plastic surgery reconstruction of the ear he had bitten.

2001 – Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan. The deaths were the first American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

2003 – In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5. Why would anyone want to do this?

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.


 The Day’s Music Events  19th October

1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Walkin’ Back To Happiness.’ I have a nice podcast interview with her.
1967, The soundtrack to The Sound Of Music was at No.1 on the UK album chart. The Beatles were at No.2 with ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ and Scott Walker was at No.3 with ‘Scott.’
1974, Rod Stewart went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Smiler’
1979, A 40 date 2 Tone Records UK tour started in Brighton, with ska bands, The Selecter, The Specials and Madness.

1985, A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take On Me’, making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No.1.
1989, Alan Murphy guitarist with Level 42 died of pneumonia related to aids.

1994, during a Pink Floyd show at London’s Earls Court a section of seating collapsed, over 1,000 fans attending the sold out show escaped any serious injury.
1995, African-American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry died of liver failure aged 58.
1996, Irish boy band Boyzone scored had their first UK No.1 single with their version of the 1968 Bee Gees song ‘Words’.
1996, Simply Red  No.1 on the UK album charts with their ‘Greatest Hits’
1997, American guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia aged 49. Member of the Alice Cooper Band, he co-wrote their hits ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Elected.’

2000, A judge ruled that Robbie Williams had substantially copied lyrics on his song ‘Jesus Was A Camper Van’ from the 1961 Woody Guthrie song ‘I Am The Way’ and also used parts of a parody by Loudon Wainwright III.

2005, A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000 , in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by UK company Prudential.

2009, A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 (£9,200) at an auction in Chicago, America. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000 (£32,000), a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 (£450) and photos from the reception of Presley’s 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).






Birthday Boys and Girls

1944,, George McCrae, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Your Baby’).
1944,, Peter Tosh, guitar, vocals, The Wailers, left in 1974
1945,, Jeannie C Riley, singer, 1968 US No.1 & UK No.12 ‘Harper Valley PTA’. Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 1968.
1946,  Keith Reid, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).




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Saturday 18th October 2014 Hung Up!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2005, Madonna admitted that she wrote a grovelling letter to Abba asking if she could sample their music on her latest single ‘Hung Up.’ The singer had to seek permission to sample ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ and became only the second act that Abba has allowed to sample their work.

This Oscar Pistorias trial must demonstrate the biggest waste of time and money to convict a killer in the history of law. I think most people must be fed up to the back teeth of listening to his whinging excuses for shooting his girlfriend and then the contrast as he strides through the streets showing great confidence.

I had the greatest admiration for his abilities as an athlete. To overcome his adversities was a wonderful tribute to his obvious tenacity.  However, his appearances on TV have been sickening to say the least. The Soth African Judicial system is another story altogether. It wopuld appear to be an outright money making racket. I cannot fathom it out and it appears dodgy to say the least.

Having said that I am no longer totally a fan of the British system. I would prefer to have people who are qualified to sit on the jury bench. Enough people have degrees. Enough people study law. Enough jobs are needed. A new system could be created.

Anne went out in the morning and I got on with my work. Around 5 pm we had a lovely walk on the Poniente side of Benidorm.


Spanish News

After earlier reports of weather conditions threatening almond crops, the Spanish confectionary market is now facing more dilemmas, after disciplinary proceedings have been confirmed against six of the top turrón manufacturers for alleged market rigging.

The investigation began in November last year and has resulted in the markets and competition authority confirming that they have discovered “reasonable indications” of violation of competition protection laws, including direct or indirect price fixing, fixing of commercial conditions and the exchange of commercially sensitive information.

If found to be true, the allegations could result in the companies having to hand over 10% of their turnover in fines and, given the gravity of the allegations, could result in further action.

One of the companies named in the case, Almendra y Miel who are based in Alicante and own some of the industry leading brands such as 1880 and Clair de Lune, have stated that they are fully cooperating with the investigation in order to clarify the facts and to demonstrate that they complied with the law at all times,



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World Events 18th October

1469 – Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile. The marriage united all the dominions of Spain. Spain is still a very disparate country…..

1860 – British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan at the end of the Second Opium War.

1867 – The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

1898 – The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.

1929 – The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada. That was jolly civil of them,eh?

1931 – Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died at the age of 84. What a brilliant legacy he left the world..

1944 – Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.

1961 – Henri Matiss’ “Le Bateau” went on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down. This rather puts arts critics into the perspective they deserve!

1968 – Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a “black power” salute during a ceremony in Mexico City. I have sympathy with their ideals but not their modus operandi. Why take it out on all the other athletes”

1969 – The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer. This seems to be conveniently overlooked….

1977 – A German special forces team stormed a hijacked Lufthansa airliner and killed all four hijackers and freed 86 hostages. The Palestinian hijackers had demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.

1983 – General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I would have no objection to this as long as they could do the jobs…

1989 – Egon Krenz became the leader of East Germany after Erich Honecker was ousted. Honeker had been in power for 18 years.

1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.

1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.

2001 – It was announced that a New Jersey letter carrier and an employee in the office of CBS news anchorman Dan Rather’s office had tested positive for skin anthrax.

 The Day’s Music Events  18th October

1956, 21-year-old Elvis Presley pulled into a Memphis gas station where he started to attract a small crowd of autograph seekers. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on, station manager Ed Hopper slapped Presley on the head and found himself on the receiving end of a punch in the face from Elvis. Station employee Aubrey Brown tried to help his boss, but was no match for Presley. Hopper and Brown were charged with assault and were fined $25 and $15 respectively. I suppose you could definitely see both points of view in this case.

1957, Paul McCartney made his first appearance with The Quarry Men at New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool. The line-up for The Quarry Men was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry. Paul played John some songs that he has composed which Lennon contributes, marking the birth of the Lennon & McCartney songwriting partnership. From such humble beginnings just think how this group has affected our lives.
1964, The Animals kicked off their first headlining UK tour at the ABC in Manchester with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and The Nashville Teens supporting.I interviewed the Nashville Teens for BBC Radio One

1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig as a band supporting French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Paris Olympia in France. People tend to mock Hallyday but he was a crowd puller in France..

1967, The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Massachusetts’, the group’s first of five UK No.1′s. Engelbert Humperdink was at No.2 with ‘The Last Waltz’ and Traffic were at No.3 with ‘Hole In My Shoe.’ These were all fabulous tracks which have become pop classics
1968, John and Yoko were taken to Paddington Green police station and charged with obstruction, after cannabis was discovered at the apartment they were staying in. Lennon pleaded guilty the following month and was fined £150. I couldn’t imagine John Lennon taking drugs. Could you?

1974, TV talent contest winners Sweet Sensation were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’, their only UK No.1. They disappeared into oblivion…

1977, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett appeared on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test, performing their only hit ‘Cor Babe That’s Really Free’.This was a cult TV show and it’s well worth looking out any old clips.

1979, Buggles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star.’ A studio band featuring producer Trevor Horn. Famously, it was the first ever music video shown on MTV in North America. Strangely enough, my career changed around this time….
1981, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Quincy Jones produced 1963 Lesley Gore hit ‘It’s My Party.’ I have to say I liked both versions of this song.

1986, Former Eastenders TV actor Nick Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Every Loser Wins.’ Berry had played barman Simon Wickes in the TV show Eastenders and was also in Heartbeat. It also gave BBC records its first ever UK No.1 single.I think he played piano on this song.

2005, Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure collected his OBE from the Queen for his music and charity work. The 52 year-old ex-Ultravox singer wore a kilt for the occasion at Buckingham Palace, London.
2005, Madonna admitted that she wrote a grovelling letter to Abba asking if she could sample their music on her latest single ‘Hung Up.’ The singer had to seek permission to sample ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ and became only the second act that Abba has allowed to sample their work.

2005, An image of a naked John Lennon, taken on the last day of his life, was named the top US magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.

2007, Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil were arrested in Bergen, Norway and held overnight for possession of cannabis. The singer was released the following morning after paying a fine of 500 euros (£350; $714).This girl is a great singer but seems a troubled soul.

2007, The Spice Girls US record label announced that their forthcoming greatest hits album would be made available exclusively at the lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret shops in the US two months ahead of other outlets.





Birthday Boys and Girls

1926,  Chuck Berry
1938,  Ronnie Bright, The Coasters
1949,  Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).
1949, Joe Egan, Stealers Wheel, (1973 UK No.8 single ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’).



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Friday 17th October 2014 Standing in the shadows of Love!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy’s Motown stable.

Although it was a lovely warm start to the day I needed to be in my studio. I made a podcast today with Tina Kemp. Tina is married to Gibson Kemp who was the drummer in the group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes after Ringo had left to join the Beatles. Tina was with the Les Humphries Singers and there is a lot of good information on this podcast. Here’s the link to the podcast….Hamburg with a difference. Tina Kemp was with the Les Humphries Singers- where does this fit with Merseybeat?


Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn’t need.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, and she does.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, “You’re next.”
They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.


Love story

 An 80-year old woman was arrested for shoplifting. When she went before the judge he asked her, “What did you steal?” She replied, “A can of peaches.” The judge then asked her why she had stolen the can of peaches and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied, “6.” The judge said, “Then I will give you 6 days in jail.” Before the judge could conclude the trial, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something. The judge said, “Yes, what is it?” The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”

RACISM A customer asked, “In what aisle could I find the Irish sausage?” The assistant asks, “Are you Irish?” The guy, clearly offended, says, “Yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican? Or if I asked for Polish sausage, would you ask if I was Polish?” The assistant replies, “No, I probably wouldn’t.” The guy says, “Well then, just because I asked for Irish sausage, why did you ask me if I’m Irish?” The assistant replied, “Because you’re in Halfords.”  ((Halfords is a bike shop!)

Scientists have confirmed what many pet owners have long suspected, that some dogs have a more gloomy outlook on life than others.

The unusual insight into canine psychology emerged from a study by Bristol University researchers into how dogs behave when separated from their owners. Dogs that were generally calm when left alone were also found to have a “dog bowl half full” attitude to life, while those that barked, relieved themselves and destroyed furniture appeared to be more pessimistic, the study concluded. Michael Mendl, head of animal welfare and behaviour at the university, said the more anxiously a dog behaved on being parted from its owner, the more gloomy its outlook appeared to be. The findings suggest that the trouble caused by some dogs when they are left alone may reflect deeper emotional problems that could be treated with behavioural therapy. “Owners vary in how they perceive this kind of anxious behaviour in dogs. Some are very concerned, some relinquish the dog to a refuge, but others think the dog is happy or even being intentionally spiteful,” Mendl told the Guardian. “At least some of these dogs may have emotional issues and we would encourage owners to talk to their vets about potential treatments,” he added.

Of the 10m pet dogs in the UK, around half may show separation anxiety at some stage, the researchers said. Mendl’s team studied 24 animals at two dog homes in the UK. Half of the dogs were male, and they were various breeds, including Staffordshire bull terriers, golden retrievers and collies. They ranged from nine months to nine years old. Researchers began the study by going to a room with each dog in turn and playing for 20 minutes. They returned the next day, but this time left the dog alone for five minutes, during which the scientists recorded the animal’s behaviour with a video camera. The footage was used to give each dog an anxiety score.

A day or two later, the dogs were trained to walk over to a food bowl that was full when placed at one end of a room, and empty when placed at the other. When the dogs had learned the difference, the scientists tested the animals’ underlying mood by placing bowls in ambiguous positions – in the middle of the room, for example – and noting how quickly each dog went to the bowl. The dogs that had been most anxious in the earlier test were slowest to approach food bowls placed in or near the middle of the room, suggesting they expected to find the bowl empty. The less anxious dogs ran to the food bowls, implying they were more optimisitc, according to a report in Current Biology. “We know that people’s emotional states affect their judgements and that happy people are more likely to judge an ambiguous situation positively,” Mendl said.

“What our study has shown is that this applies similarly to dogs – that a ‘glass half full’ dog is less likely to be anxious when left alone than one with a more ‘pessimistic’ nature.”   Via SpanishVida


World Events 17th October

1777 – American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
1880 – Founder of the Kraft Food Company, Charles Kraft was born. I loved Kraft cheese when I was growing up!

1931 – Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939. I played a song by Prince Buster called Al Capone…. 1933 – “News-Week” appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek.”
1933 – Dr. Albert Einstein moved to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.
1973 – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974. This was the start of where the west’s dependency on oil became a lot more transparent to the world.
1979 – Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What a wonderful woman.
1989 – An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake caused about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion.
1997 – The remains of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara were laid to rest in his adopted Cuba, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.

2000 – In New York City, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened to the public. 2001 – Israel’s tourism minister was killed. A radical Palestinian faction claimed that it had carried out the assassination to avenge the killing of its leader by Israel 2 months earlier.
2001 – Pakistan placed its armed forces on high alert because of troop movements by India in the disputed territory of Kashmir. India said that the movements were part of a normal troop rotation. It always makes me cringe seeing countries with such poverty spending on nuclear weapons….(an aside)

2001 – The U.S. Capitol building was closed because of an outside threat. The Capitol building and all House office buildings were closed for inspection following the discovery of anthrax in a Senate office building.

2003 – In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as memantine, to help people with Alzheimer’s symptoms. A society is judged on how it spends on its vulnerable members of society….

2003 – In Taipei, Taiwan, construction crews finished 1,676-foot-tall-building called Taipei 101. The building was planned to open for business in 2004. You’d need a head for heights on this job…
2003 – In northwest England, the Carnforth railway station reopened as a heritage center.

The Day’s Music Events  17th October

962, In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles travelled to Granada TV Centre in Manchester to make their television debut. They appeared live on the local magazine program People and Places performing two songs ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do’.

1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.

1970, The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be There’. The group’s fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.

1973, The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour’s shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until 1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.

1981, Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Arthur’s Theme, (Best That You Can Do)’, his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK. 1987, The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60′s, 70′s & 80′s), when ‘You Win Again’ went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The brothers fifth and last No.1.

1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons’. In the 60’s hosted a daytime talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network.

1992, Tasmin Archers debut single ‘Sleeping Satellite’ was at No.1 in the UK, the English singer, songwriters only No.1. Archer wrote the song in the late 1980s about the moon landings in 1969, but it was only when Archer got a record deal that the song saw the light of day.

1995, During an interview with The Observer magazine Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Damon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.

1995, Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer’s 108 bank accounts.

1998, UK newspaper the Daily Star ran a story claiming that R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had admitted that he was gay during an MTV interview shown in the US. Stipe was voicing his disgust at the killing of a young gay student in the US. . 999, It was reported that Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England. The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world’s number one Jako impersonator.

1999, Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ one of Elvis Presley’s early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ”I walk a lonely street,” Durden used the phrase as the basis for ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’

2000, A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60′s by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60′s.

2001, Songwriter and composer Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits with Ray Evans for Doris Day, (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ and Nat King Cole, (Mona Lisa).2 2002, Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died of cardiac arrest in Phoenix, Arizona. Joined the group in 1975, released the 1981 solo album Derek Bells Plays With Himself, awarded an MBE in the 2000 for services to traditional music .

2004, Michael Jackson’s long-time lawyer, Steve Cochran, left the star’s defence team. Jackson who was fighting child abuse charges, said in a statement that the lawyer had taken a “temporary leave of absence” but would still “collaborate”.

2005, Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

2007, US singer Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring hits such as ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ and ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.’ She also sang with Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy’s Motown stable.

2008, Madonna and Guy announced that their seven-year marriage was over because they had drifted apart. The press reported that without a pre-nuptial agreement, Ritchie could be looking at up to £50million of Madonna’s £300million fortune.

2009, Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the the ‘Rock Immortal’ Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.October 17th:






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1933,  Floyd Cramer, country piano player, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘On The Rebound’). Worked with Elvis Presley on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and other hits. Cramer died on 31st December 1997.
1934, , Rico Rodrigues, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Ghost Town’).

1935, , Michael Eavis, the farmer whose land is used to hold Glastonbury Festival, the first being in 1970 with T Rex headlining to a crowd of 1500.

1941, Alan Howard, bass, The Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single ‘Silence Is Golden’). 1941,  Jim Seals, guitar, fiddle, Seals & Croft, American singer, songwriter. 1946, , Jim Tucker, guitar, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

1958,  Alan Jackson, US singer, (2002 US No.1 album, ‘Drive’). 967, , Rene Dif, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Barbie Girl’).

1968, Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single ‘Tomorrow People’). His father late Bob Marley had his last haircut the year Ziggy was born.1972, Born on this day, Eminem, US Rapper, (Marshall Bruce Mathers III), 2000 UK No.1 single ‘The Real Slim Shady’, 2000 world wide No.1 album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP.’

1972,  Wyclef Jean, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Killing Me Softly’. Solo 1998 UK No.3 single ‘Gone Till November’)



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Thursday 16th October 2014 Day Tripper


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1965, The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.

This dreadful e-bola virus is now more than just another item in the news. London started screening on Tuesday. I’ll re-word this. London invited people to be screened on Tuesday. What is wrong with the UK? Can the authoritie see no danger in anything? It even took a passenger to explain how he had been invited to be screened as he left his plane from Liberia. He decided to be screened and , incredibly, he was offered to shake hands at the end of the process. What a wonderful way to fight a really dngerous virus!

Nice to see Frank Lampard has been writing books. It has long since been known that boys prefer playing football than becoming literate and he seems a very nice man. Probably his best bet to further the process is to have Wayne Rooney colour in the pictures and David Beckham could tattoo the title on his back to market the series. I also note that Raheem Stirling is writing a book about stamina training and fitness. He started the first page and got writer’s cramp on the second line. Brendan Rogers rang Roy Hodgson to check he’d not been writing any letters whilst on England traing duties.  Woy assured Bwendon he’d never seen any of the players with pens in their hands. Apparently, Raheem had been on his shin pad- sorry, I-pad, and was compalining of an ache in his fingertips. He will be seeing specialists and attending an academic conference to discuss his future.


I’ve just been enjoying the work of my friend Don Woods…This one is about the city of Liverpool.  If you have a minute click the link and enjoy Don’s work. Remember, we make a podcast together every week.

I had a nice walk around 10.30 am and the sun was shining brightly. I enjoyed the exercise but, more importantly, it gives me some quality thinking time. We went down to Alfaz to complete a bit of business and then we met a few people and chatted before coming home ready for my firt Spanish lesson of the year. I really enjoyed this lesson as there was just Sheenagh who could speak English. Our class consisted of 3 Russian, 2 Estonians, 1 Norwegian, 1 Latvian and 2 German. Quite a mix, eh?

Rank Has Its Privileges

As the crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a five-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated,
embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an older man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an
upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy’s ear. Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt.

All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause. As the General slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve.

“Excuse me, General,” she asks quietly, “but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?”

The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my pilot’s wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out
the plane door, on any flight I choose.”


World Events 16th October

1793 – During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded.The Guillotine was a rather nasty item and the French turned up in droves to watch the proceedings. Very nice!

1846 – Ether, the painkiller, was used for the first time. The drug was invented by dentist William T. Morton.

1869 – A hotel in Boston became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing.

1916 – Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in New York City, NY. This is quite an early date considering women were still fighting for equality in most coutries.

1941 – The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews. I’ll never fully understand why people felt the need so badly to pick on the Jews

1946 – 10 Nazi war criminals were hanged after being condemned by the Nuremberg trials. Sorry, I find it hard to feel sorry for this lot.

1962 – U.S. President Kennedy was informed that there were missile bases in Cuba, beginning the Cuban missile crisis.

1964 – China detonated its first atomic bomb becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power.

1967 – NATO headquarters opened in Brussels.

1970 – Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt to succeed Gamal Abdel Nassar.

1973 – Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Vietnamese official declined the award. I like the American’s name splitting down to kissing her!

1991 – George Hennard crashed his truck into a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX and began a shooting rampage in which he killed 23 people before taking his own life. I also never can understand why Americans still want to keep their weapons after these incidents.

1993 – The U.N. Security Council approved the deployment of U.S. warships to enforce a blockade on Haiti to increase pressure on the controlling military leaders.

2000 – It was announced that Chevron Corp. would be buying Texaco Inc. for $35 billion. The combined company was called Chevron Texaco Corp. and became the 4th largest oil company in the world.

2002 – It was reported that North Korea had told the U.S. that it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of a 1994 agreement with the U.S.  This is where I would expect the world’s biggest threat lies.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 200 billion television episodes sold.


 The Day’s Music Events  16th October

1951, 18 year old Richard Penniman, who was already using the stage name Little Richard, made his first recordings for RCA Camden at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST. Wam bam a luba wam bam bam………

1956, Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Woman In Love’

1962, the first night of a two month Motown Records package tour started in Washington DC, featuring Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Mary Wells, The Miracles and 12 year old Stevie Wonder. I would love to have been at this show.

1965, The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.I’ll bet that was a hard day’s night.

1969, Record company executive and founder of the Chess record label Leonard Chess died of a heart attack aged 52. Home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson.
1969, Bobbie Gentry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,’ the singers only UK No.1.

1976, One hit wonder Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots US No.1 – ‘Disco Duck,’-US TV and radio presenter UK No.6 .

1982, Culture Club appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops performing ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, which they got thanks to Shakin’ Stevens being ill and not able to appear. The song became a major hit after their memorable performance on the music TV show.

1986, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray joined other artists on stage in St Louis, for Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday concert, as featured in the film ‘Hail Hail! Rock & Roll’. There’s a great video of this event.

1988, Whitney Houston  UK No.1- ‘One Moment In Time.’ The song was recorded to celebrate the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988.

2001, two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his ‘Love and Theft’ tour should be tighter than ever didn’t have a pass when he arrived backstage. A severe case of biter bitten.

2007, Madonna signed a ground-breaking recording and touring contract with concert promoter Live Nation becoming the first major star to choose an all-in-one agreement with a tour company over a traditional record contract.

2008, Britney Spears US  No.1 – ‘Womanizer’ the singers second No.1 after her debut single ‘…Baby One More Time’ in 1999……..What a wonderful song!

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1923, Bert Kaempfert, songwriter, producer- produced the first recorded Beatles session
1937,  Emile Ford, US singer, 1959
1942, Dave Loveday, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’).
1943, Fred Turner, bass, vocals, Bachman Turner Overdrive

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Wednesday 15th October 2014 The Show Must Go On!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City.

When I awoke yesterday morning it was raining heavily and I decided not to go to my Spanish class but to work on the internet and find some lessons for myself. I visited the BBC website and spent a while looking at some very colloquial Spanish. After an hour online I then made a podcast with a gentleman called Jim Lowe from Birkenhead. I had recently made a podcast about Birkenhead with Chris Wharton and a Facebook friend, Jennie Wills, had told me about her brother-in-law. He was working on the Mersey Ferries before he retired and we spoke about the old times on the ferry boats.

Then it was time to go back to my online lessons and here is a great lesson I found on the use of the Subjunctive in Spanish.  Here is another series of lessons which will be especially useful for people wishing to improve theier exisiting Spanish. Link



Around 5pm we had a call from Hannibal who is one of our first friends in Spain. He comes from Argentina and his 23 years old son is currently playing football in Paraguay. We had an interesting cht about his family. Next, I went to get my hair trimmed and then we went for a nice walk along Terra Mitica.

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After Surgery

A man who had just undergone a very complicated operation
kept complaining about a bump on his head and a terrible
headache. Since his operation had been an intestinal one,
there was no earthly reason why he should be complaining of
a headache.

Finally his nurse, fearing that the man might be suffering
from some post-operative shock, spoke to the doctor about

The doctor assured the nurse, “Don’t worry about a thing. He
really does have a bump on his head. About halfway through
the operation we ran out of anesthetic.”

The Italian Secret to a Long Marriage!

At St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Toronto, they have weekly husband’s marriage seminars.

At the session last week, the priest asked Giuseppe, who said he was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.

Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands, ‘Wella, I’va tried to treat her nicea, spenda da money on her, but besta of all is, I tooka her to Italy for the 25th anniversary!’

The priest responded, ‘Giuseppe, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your 50th anniversary?’

Giuseppe proudly replied, ” I gonna go pick her up.”


World Events 15th October

1057 – Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.

1848 – The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.  It’s a weird chair!

1877 – Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, “hello” would be a more appropriate greeting than “ahoy” when answering the telephone.  Good chap!

1914 – The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

1918 – Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed. Nothing changes.

1944 – The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.

1945 – The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1947 – India became independent from Britain and was divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India had been under British about 200 years.

1948 – The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

1986 – The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.

1994 – Ilich Ramirez Sanchez was jailed in France. He was the international terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal.”

1998 – A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370.  Never underestimate how bad these time had been.

2001 – Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.  Sure!







The Day’s Music Events  15th October

1958, Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home.
1960, Elvis Presley No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, also No.1 in the UK. The song which was based on the Italian song, ‘O Sole Mio’, gave Presley his first post-army No.1.

1964, actor and singer Dean Martin No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’, No.11 on the UK chart.

1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City.

1969, the Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the free event featureda mass of stars including Jimi Hendricks and Joe Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. Joni Mitchell was booked to appear but had to pull out due to being booked for a TV show, wrote the song ‘Woodstock.’

1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie US No.1 single with ‘Endless Love’, a No.7 in the UK.
1987, Michael Jackson UK No.1 with the single ‘ I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, a duet with Siedah Garrett.

1992, Jamaican singer-song writer Jackie Edwards died. Edwards worked as a singer, songwriter for Island Records. He wrote both ‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’

1993, U2 played Cardiff Arms National Park in Wales on their ‘Zooropa’ tour 93.

1995, the Dublin hotel owned by U2 ‘The Clarence’ was damaged by a fire which took over three hours to control. Also ‘The Kitchen’ nightclub in the same building was affected by the fire and was evacuated.

1998, Boyzone scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘No Matter What’, making them the first Irish group to have four No.1 singles. Also Boyzone became the first act in history to reach the Top 5 with their first 12 single releases. The song came from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Whistle Down The Wind’.

1999, Westlife  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Let You Go’.

2002, a memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness where Lennon had spent his holidays from age seven to fifteen. The lyrics from ‘In My Life’ had been inscribed on three stones.

2008, US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also coined the term ‘rhythm and blues’ while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.

2009, U2′s first UK gig on their current tour broke the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert. Over 88,000 people attended the show.





Birthday Boys and Girls

 1896, Leon Theremin, Russian inventor. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments.
1933, Bill Pinkney, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’).
1933, Floyd Ashman, The Tams,
1933, Bobby Helms,
American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.
1938, Stix Nesbert Hooper, The Crusaders,
1942, Pete York, Spencer Davis Group
1950, Tommy Aldridge, drums, Whitesnake


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Tuesday 14th October 2014 Jailhouse Rock


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It become his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.

We had another nice day yesterday. I had to make an early podcast with Don and I got the job done relatively quickly. However, the Internet was loading at snail’s pace and it was very frustrating to still be loading hours after I’d made the podcast. It can be lightning fast sometimes but I honestly believe there are others on the bandwidth taking all my necessary cyberspace!

I had a swim in the pool but it was certainly a bit cooler. I didn’t stay in too long but followed on with my exercise programme and felt completely refreshed. Before I could say Sharon Davies it was time to prepare our salads and then sit down and eat them. I had a bit of work to do on the computer and then it was time to go to give our first class of the year in La Nucia.  We had 20 in the class for two hours and the studnets ranged from 20 to well over 50! Their abilities ranged from Basic to Intermediate. It was a day for assessing.


A father mole, a mother mole, and a baby mole, all lived together in a little mole hole. One day, papa mole sticks his head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said,

‘ Yummy! I smell maple syrup!’

The mama mole sticks her head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said, ‘Oh, Yummy! I smell honey!’

Now baby mole is trying to stick his head out of the hole to sniff the air, but can’t
because the bigger moles are in the way. This makes him whine, ‘Geez, all I can smell is….

Events 14th October

1066 – The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England.

1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, went on trial in England. She was accused of conspiring against Queen Elizabeth I. Mary was beheaded the following February.  You see how barbarous we were in those days.

1644 – William Penn was born. Penn was the colonist that founded the Pennsylvania colony for Quakers.

1879 – Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.First time I’d read this.

1890 – Dwight David ‘Ike’ Eisenhower was born. He became the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II and eventually the 34th U.S. President.

1912 – Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt’s wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting. Didn’t we have a similar occurrence in England around this time?

1922 – Lieutenant Lester James Maitland set a new airplane speed record when he reached a speed of 216.1 miles-per-hour.

1926 – The book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” by A.A. Milne, made its debut.

1933 – Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.

1944 – German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Adolf Hitler and the execution that would follow.

1944 – During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens. Brave men

1947 – Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the sound barrier.

1954 – C.B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments”, starring Charlton Heston, began filming in Egypt. The epic had a cast of 25,000 people. I loved this film

1960 – U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began when U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts photographed Soviet construction of intermediate-range missile sites in Cuba. I hated this time-it scared the life out of all of us.

1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.

1968 – The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

1970 – Anwar el-Sadat became president of Egypt following the death of President Nasser.

1979 – The first national homosexual rights march took place in Washington, DC, involving over 100,000 people.

1986 – Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charged that the U.S. wanted to “bleed the Soviet Union economically” with the arms race in space.  I wonder whether this was true.

1992 – In Russia, Andrei Chikatilo, was sentenced to death after being convicted of 52 serial killings. These monsters are everywhere.

1993 – In Haiti, Justice Minister Guy Malary was assassinated by gunmen who were supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

1995 – An armed gunman seized control of bus of tourists in Moscow’s Red Square. The next day commandos stormed the bus freeing the four remaining hostages and killing the gunman. I would have shed no tears for this man

2000 – A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was hijacked just after takeoff from Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. The plane was taken to Baghdad, Iraq, where the two men surrendered peacefully after negotiations.

2002 – Britain stripped power from the Catholic and Protestant politicians of Northern Ireland. Britain resumed sole responsibility for running Northern Ireland.


Music of the Day
1957, The Everly Brothers had their first No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Up Little Susie’, (a No.2 hit in the UK). Brilliant song.

1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It become his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.

1959, Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mack The Knife’. From Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960.

1967, Bobbie Gentry started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Ode To Billie Joe’. Talahassie Bridge ring any bells?

1967, The second series of The Monkees TV show started on BBC TV in the UK. Plans for the shows to be screened in colour were dropped, so it was aired in black & white. Not good!

1969, Police in New Jersey issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Sinatra in relation to his connections with the Mafia.

1971, Music publishing firm, Arco Industries filed a $500,000 dollar lawsuit against Creedance Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, claiming that Fogerty’s song Travelin’ Band “contained substantial material copied from Little Richard’s Good Golly, Miss Molly”. The suit was eventually dropped.  Silly claim

1972, Joe Cocker was arrested for possession of drugs after a show in Adelaide, Australia. 1972, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ben’, his first solo No.1. a No.7 hit in the UK. Dedicated to a rat!

1976, Aerosmith kicked off their first ever UK tour at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.

1988, Def Leppard became first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with Pyromania’ (released in 1983) and ‘Hysteria.’

1989, Tracy Chapman scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Crossroads’.

1990, Multi-Emmy and Grammy award-winning American composer, pianist and conductor, Leonard Bernstein died of pneumonia. Composed music for the 1957 musical ‘West Side Story’, and ‘On The Waterfront’. Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25 and wrote three symphonies, two operas, five musicals, and numerous other pieces. A musical giant

1996, Madonna gave birth to her first child Lourdes Maria Cicone Leon.

2000, The Beatles Anthology book was at No.1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
2002, The Libertines released their debut album, the record entered the UK charts at Number 35

2004, Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil. He was given a 750 euro (£515) fine and his UK licence was confiscated. After paying his fine Clapton posed for photographs with French police and then left the scene in his Porsche – with his secretary behind the wheel.  Slow hand -Fast feet!

2006, Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex singer died of complications from lung cancer at the age of 69. Known for standards as ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ (US No.1 in 1975) and ‘Wasted Days and Wasted Nights’. Not big in UK

2007, Sugababes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Change’ the girl group’s fifth album and second No.1.
2008, Illustrator and rock cartoonist Ray Lowry died. He contributed illustrations for NME, Punch, Private Eye and The Guardian and designed the artwork for The Clash album London Calling.

2009, Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London, England. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008. Another musical giant




October 14th: Birthdays
1940,  Cliff Richard, (Harry Webb). Britain’s most successful solo artist, his first hit was in 1958 the UK No.2 single ‘Move It’, then 1959 UK No.1 single ‘Living Doll’ and 1979 UK No.1 single ‘We Don’t talk Anymore’, plus over 100 UK Top 40 hits). He once worked as a clerk at Fergusons TV factory.
1942,  Billy Harrison, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).

1945,Colin Hodgkinson, bass, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’).
1946, , Dan McCafferty, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’). 1946, Born on this day, Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ and 1968 UK No.19 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).
1948, Ivory Tilmon, Detroit Emeralds, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Feel The Need In Me’). 1948, Marcia Barrett, Boney M, (1978 UK No.1 & US No.30 single ‘Rivers Of Babylon’). 1952,  Chris Amoo, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).

1958, Thomas Dolby, solo, (1984 UK No.17 single ‘Hyperactive’), Also member of Camera Club, Lene Lovich band, as a producer worked with Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout.
1975,  Shaznay Lewis, vocals, All Saints, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Never Ever’). Solo.
1978, Usher, singer, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘You Make Me Wanna’, 1998 US No.1 single, ‘Nice & Slow’. His 2004 album Confessions sold over a million copies in the US in its first week of release, selling the greatest amount of records in one week for any R&B artist).

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Monday 13th October 2014 ‘The Ketchup Song.


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2002, Spanish girl group Las Ketchup went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ketchup Song.’ The song was also a No.1 in Italy, Greece, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Argentina and Mexico.

It was a very special day in Spain yesterday. It was Constitution Day and whilst Spain might have been celebrating the Health workers in England are on strike today. This is their first strike for many years and I do not blame them one bit.  Whilst these workers are denied a rise the pompous minister for Health is explaining it cannot be afforded to give a 1% rise from a salary 27, 000 whilst he and his fellow MPs have awarded themselves 11% of 65.000 or so. This happens almost every year. Let’s all play the same game with the same rules!


Today I was making my podcast with Don Woods. I had been away for a few days and this would be posted a little late. Here was the content written by Don….

The song I have sent you this week is from an album I made about various celebs…some more complimentary than others.  This is about everyone’s favourite lady Una Stubbs…and when I first wrote it I sent it off to a major company (I think it was RCA) and got a 6 month publishing contract as they agreed she should be sung about…sadly it did nothing and that was that…so I sent it to Una who PHONED me up!!…she said she was delighted with the song and THANKED me for the compliment…I asked her to send me a signed photo which has been on my studio wall ever since….

After the recent Liverpool Everton Derby game a pal of mine told me that as the fans walked past his house there was an Everton supporter with his 5 year old on his shoulder effing and blinding at a Liverpoolsupporter on the other side of the road….a wonderful example to a 5 year old…’s a FOOTBALL MATCH…that’s all…but to some morons it’s warfare…which proves that there are many amongst us who have yet to evolve…although they dress like the rest of us they are basically cavemen…not a lot of hope really.

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding “Trolling”….where a woman posted insulting “tweets” about  the McCanns causing the press to naturally get involved feet first…resulting in the said woman taking her own life….I hope these reporters sleep at night…they probably do because they haven’t got an ounce of human decency in their sick bodies.Although the woman was wrong in my opinion I think that modern technology opens a lot of doors for people who haven’t got the guts to say something to someone’s faces…it’s all very well saying people should be more responsible but we must go back to my evolution theory…there are some sad people out there…I don’t know what the answer is….perhaps give them LESS publicity on the media?

I recently watched John Lydon Johnny Rotten) on morning TV….I’ve got a lot of time for this character…he’s a bit off the wall but he says it as it is…very unpredictable and must be tricky to interview but that’s what makes him compulsive viewing….his views on politics and politicians and the Royalty are spot on….I was never a massive fan of punk but at least it relieved us of so called rock” which was about as bad as music gets….there’s a lot more to Mr.Lydon than meets the eye…I’m a fan.

The BBC have recently been spending our licence fees on making serious attempts to promote classical music to the masses.This crops up every so often but doesn’t seem to have the desired effect…personally classical music does nothing for me…it all sounds the same…no variation…boring.I admire those who make the attempt but I think they are wasting their time…LET’S ROCK !!!!….and as for opera…that’s even worse.

We’ve been away for a few days and we really enjoyed yet another visit to the Basque Country. I won-t give you all the details but we took some pictures of a really nice place you might care to visit. The town is called Plentzia and is around 10 kilometres from Bilbao. I’ll start with three shots from Sopelana.

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Here is something I read last week…….

Perhaps the oldest anti-aging technique on record is eating less. Wise men have known this for centuries. The thing that has changed is that now modern science has tested this approach, measured its effect and even found out how it works……

When you eat less, you get a number of benefits: Body temperature drops Blood pressure lowers Cholesterol levels drop Cells divide at a slower rate.  The rate of glycation drops Free radical activity drops Inflammation lessens

When Your Liver’s Healthy, So Are You The liver is probably the most under-appreciated organ in your body. In fact, your doctor usually won’t discuss anything about your liver – until there’s a problem. But the latest research shows that, when you’re suffering from health issues, your liver is part of the trouble. That’s because your liver is the “missing link” to feeling younger and stronger. Did you know there are seven danger signs of a toxic liver?

Essentially what is happening is a form of hibernation. You are “living less,” thus adding years to your lifespan. The less food you eat, the less your metabolic system has to work.Al Sears, MD 11903 Southern Blvd.,

Ste. 208 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411


World Events 13th October

54 A.D. – The Roman emperor Claudius I died after being poisoned by his wife, Agrippina. 1775 – The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.  Pretty good idea!

1792 – The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.

1812 – American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended an further U.S. invasion of Canada. So the Canadians should be eternally grateful!

1943 – During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.  A bit like changing shirts at half-time?

1944 – American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.  Great effort

1944 – During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.

1957 – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special. 1977 – Four Palestinians hijacked an Lufthansa airliner to Somalia. They demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.

1981 – Egyptian voters elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak as the new president one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.

1989 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.  Troublemaker!

1992 – A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.

1995 – Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 500-millionth guest.

1999 – The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

2010 – Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground. I remember seeing this on TV

The Day’s Music Events  13th October
1958, Frank Sinatra started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely’.

1962, Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on the eve of a 22 date Everly Brothers UK tour. He was flown back to the US for treatment and the tour continued with Phil Everly performing solo.

1963, The Beatles made their debut on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night at The London Palladium’, topping the bill and transmitted live to an audience of 15 million viewers. They played, ‘From Me To You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘I’ll Get You.’  Happy Days

1965, The Who recorded ‘My Generation’, at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers ‘The Carnival Is Over’. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.  Can you believe this?

1965, Recording at Abbey Road studios for the album Rubber Soul, The Beatles begin and complete ‘Drive My Car’ in four takes plus overdubs.  I love this song

1970, Janis Joplin’s ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. 1973, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Goats Head Soup’ the group’s fourth US No.1.  Great album

1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.  Pivotal moments

1975, Neil Young underwent an operation at a Los Angeles hospital to remove an object from his vocal cords.

1977, 32 year old Shirley Brickley of The Orlons was shot and killed by an intruder in her Philadelphia home. The Orlons had five US Top 20 hits in the 60’s including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don’t Hang Up’ and ‘South Street’.  I loved Don’t hang up!

1979, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’, his second US solo No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.

1979, Reggatta De Blanc’ the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK. The album cost only £6,000 to record.

1979, Two album charts were published in the UK because of a change in chart collation, the two No.1′s were ‘Eat To The Beat’ by Blondie, and ‘Reggatta De Blanc’ by The Police. 1984, Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, his 7th US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.  Great song

1984, U2 scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’ The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and featured the single ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love’). 1990, George Michael went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Praying For Time’, his 6th US solo No.1.  Bigger in US at this time

1996, Peter Andre went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his album ‘Natural.’   I’ve never really been interested in his music although he seems OK

1999, BBC radio DJ Johnny Walker was convicted of possessing cocaine and fined £2,000. Walker was set up by The News Of The World who filmed the DJ taking the drug in a London hotel. BBC Radio 2 suspended him after the incident later reinstated him.What a strange world we live in!

2000, UK newspaper The Mirror reported that Toni Braxton had pulled out of this years US Mobo awards after one of her breast implants had exploded. A spokesman for her Arista record label said “We don’t comment on our artistes personal lives.”  Sounds good

2001, Australian singer songwriter Peter Doyle died of throat cancer aged 52. Solo artist and a member of The New Seekers. Scored the hits, ‘What Have They Done To My Song Ma’, ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ with The New Seekers.  He seemed a nice guy

2001, A 29 year-old man was arrested by Dutch police on suspicion of sending indecent and threatening messages to Spice Girl Mel C. The mail was alleged to be sexually explicit and included a death threat.  Nice person!

2002, UK rock band Muse took legal action against Celine Dion after she announced her forthcoming Las Vegas show would be called ‘Muse’. Singer Matt Bellamy from the band said ‘We don’t want anyone to think we’re Celine Dion’s backing band.’  That’s something to think about or even muse over!

2002, Spanish girl group Las Ketchup went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ketchup Song.’ The song was also a No.1 in Italy, Greece, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Argentina and Mexico.  Utterly contrived music!

2002, UK singer Will Young went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album ‘From Now On.’

2004, The US Internal Revenue Service charged 63-year-old Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, with tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band between 1997 and 2002. He was later found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison.This was a very sad end to his career

2006, Mayor Richard M. Daley awarded P. Diddy with a pair of cufflinks to commemorate the inauguration of an annual “Diddy Day” in the city of Chicago, USA. The mind boggles. Was Ken Dodd invited?

2008, In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer has time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all. “No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing.” After finishing a tour of the US and Canada, he was dividing his time between Los Angeles, the South of France and his UK home in Surrey.It’s nice to be popular and remember who made you popular

2009, Al Martino, a Pop crooner who scored over 10 hits including ‘I Love You Because’, ‘Spanish Eyes’ and ‘I Love You More And More Every Day’, died at the age of 82. He was often remembered for playing the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. Martino was at No.1 on the first ever UK pop chart published on 8th Nov 1952 by the New Musical Express.  Great career

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls

 1940,  Chris Farlowe, singer, (1966 UK No.1 single ‘Out Of Time’, which was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards).

1941,  Paul Simon, singer, songwriter, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water.’ The duo’s 1970 album ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’ spent 307 weeks on the UK chart). Solo, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘You Can Call Me Al’, 1986 UK No.1 album ‘Graceland’ spent 115 weeks on the UK chart).

1944,  Robert Lamm, vocals, keyboards, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).

1948,  John Ford Coley, England Dan & John Ford Coley, (1976 US No. 2 & UK No. 26 single, ‘I’d Really Love To See You Tonight.)’

1948,  Peter David Spencer, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).

1950,  Simon Nicol, guitar, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). 1959,  Gerry Darby, Carmel, (1983 UK No.15 single ‘Bad Day’).

1959, Marie Osmond, singer and part of The Osmonds family, (1973 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Paper Roses’). 1962,  Rob Marche, guitar, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Boxer Beat’).

1968,  Carlos Marín, Il Divo, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, also number one in 13 countries around the world). 1970, Paul Potts, Welsh singer who became the winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘One Chance’).

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Sunday 12th October 2014 Be Bop a lula


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1971, Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single ‘Be Bop A Lula’. Appeared in the film, The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.

The weather was nice and I went for a bracing walk along the roads running parallel to the sea at Sopelana. It’s the sort of area I would recommend anyone to try for a holiday. The beach is a world famous surfing beach with several really nice eateries. It is very similar to where we have lived in Cornwall. The are buzzes with cars arriving and various athletic-looking groups changing into their wetsuits and checking out the waves. Pais Vasco has some excellent waves and there are always people in the sea or walking along the coastal paths following their health and fitness regime. There are several pensions and venues for camping and  touring.

It was a very special day yesterday. Our grandson, Jack, had his 8th birthday. He’d only had seven up to now and so he was about as excited as you can get. It wasn’t just Jack who was excited. His mum and his dad and his sisters were going into a frenzy of preparation and his other abuelos or grandparents in Bilbao were also getting prepared. We had a party planned and we went to a very secret location where we had a very Basque afternoon. Our host grows all his own vegetables and I am slightly addicted to green and red peppers. I am also a big fan of the Basque tortilla with onions. I was going to enjoy this meal and there was a great space for the children to play in safety. With some nice wine, various reasons to offer a toast, and a nice birthday cake to finish the meal it was time to party. It really was a nice afternoon and I really must say eskerrik asko to our hosts Santi, Rufi, Nuria and Richard.


I was sent the following

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams . If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.” 
Jack Handy

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they Wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.Dean Martin!WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

 “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
Henny Youngman 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you. 
“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case . Coincidence? I think not.” 
~ Stephen Wright 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing. 
“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!” 
~ Brian O’Rourke 
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy. 
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” 
~ Benjamin Franklin 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard. 
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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” 
~ Dave Barry 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them. 
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To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group. Salvation in a can! 
 Dave Howell 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting. 



Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste?
Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky…. the list is endless.  All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting.  But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.  It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret! Better late than never, right?  The surprising benefits of lemon! Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.
You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?
As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.
You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumours.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that it destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas… The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells…..and what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!



World Events 12th October

1492 – Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, sighted Watling Island in the Bahamas. He believed that he had found Asia while attempting to find a Western ocean route to India. The same day he claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. Enorabuena

1792 – The first monument honouring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore,
1810 – Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest. Any excuse for a few drinks!

1892 – In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.

1895 – In Newport, RI, the first amateur golf tournament was held.

1915 – British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium during World War I. I hope she received a posthumous award

1933 – John Dillinger, bank robber, escaped from a jail in Allen County, OH. The sheriff was killed by his gang as they helped Dillinger escape. I feel a song coming on!

1938 – Filming began on “The Wizard of Oz.”

1942 – During World War II, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens.

1960 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly. He was always putting his foot in it!

1964 – The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit around the Earth. It was the first space flight to have a multi-person crew and the first flight to be performed without space suits.

1972 – During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.

1976 – China announced that Hua Guo-feng was named to succeed the late Mao Tse-tung as chairman of the Communist Party. Britain was enduring the year of the drought.

1984 – An attempt on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s life was unsuccessful, but did take the lives of five people. The bomb had been planted by the I.R.A.

1997 – The St. Francis Basilica and 15th-century bell tower above Foligno city hall in Italy were damaged by 3 earthquakes.

1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.

1999 – In Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup that toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court ruled that the coup was legal but insisted that a civilian government be restored within three years. This is a very troubled country

2000 – In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, experienced a large explosion while refuelling. The explosion was the result of a terrorist attack using a small boat. 17 crewmembers were killed and at least 39 were injured.

2001 – A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain, that injured 17 people. Basque separatists claimed responsibility. I watched a great film about this last week.

2002 – In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time.


 The Day’s Music Events  12th October

1955, The Chrysler Corporation launched high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and mounted under the instrument panel. The seven inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players were discontinued in 1961. Are we surprised?

1957, During an Australian tour Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock. I’m planning to search the Hunter River!

1957, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters and Chuck Berry all appeared at the Mission Beach Ballroom, San Diego, California.

1962, Little Richard, The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer and other local group’s all appeared at The Tower Ballroom, Wallasey, Merseyside, England. This was burnt down soon after this date

. . 1965, Working on their next album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London, The Beatles recorded ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety, in five takes. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit ‘Baby Let’s Play House’). And another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison’s double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record. I still sing this on my guitar/vocal sets.

1968, The Hollies started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their ‘Greatest Hits.’

1969, A DJ on Detroit’s WKNR radio station received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words “I buried Paul.” This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead.
1971, Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single ‘Be Bop A Lula’. Appeared in the film, The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.

1974, Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘If You Love Me, Let Me Know.’

1974, The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Rollin.’
1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
1978, Whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison.
1978, The Tom Robinson band appeared at Friars in Aylesbury with Stiff Little Fingers as support and the Johnny Thunders All Stars played at The Lyceum in London. His band featured Paul Cook and Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols.
1982, The Who supported by The Clash appeared at Shea Stadium, New York City.
1985, Ricky Wilson of the B-52′s died of complications from aids. The B-52′s, had the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’.
1985, Jennifer Rush was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The song stayed at No.1 for five weeks and became the biggest selling single of the year and the biggest single ever for a woman in the UK. Celine Dion enjoyed a No.1 US hit with her version in 1993.
1991, Mariah Carey had her fifth No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Emotions’ a No.17 hit in the UK.
1991, Simply Reds fourth album ‘Stars’ went to No.1 on the UK chart for the first of five times, featuring the singles ‘Thrill Me’, ‘For Your Babies’ and the title track ‘Stars.’
1994, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundereds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled.
1995, R.E.M. played the first of 3 nights at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania supported by Grant Lee Buffalo.

1996, British dance duo The Chemical Brothers scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Setting Sun.’ The song was written by Noel Gallagher and sung by Noel Gallagher of Oasis.

1997, US singer songwriter John Denver was killed when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay, California. Denver was aged 53. Annie’s Song is still very popular

1999, The island of their birth, The Isle Of Man, issued six stamps honouring The Bee Gees. Their mother had run a local post office on the island.

2005, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion. Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face, which occurred while he was suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage.

2005, Singer and Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure received an honorary degree from Dundee’s University of Abertay. He said: “Having left school at the age of 15, I never expected to receive such an accolade.”  An award was very appropriate but I’m not a fan of Honorary degrees

2008, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ the band’s seventh and final studio album.






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1935,  Luciano Pavarotti, Italian singer, (1990 UK No.2 single ‘Nessun Dorma’, 1990 UK No.1 album ‘The Essential Pavorotti’, spent 72 weeks on the UK chart).

1935,  Sam Moore, singer, (Sam & Dave, 1964 UK No.24 & 1967 US No.2 single ‘Soul Man’).
1942, , Melvin Franklin, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992). He died on 23rd February 1995.

1948, Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).
1966,, Brian Kennedy, Irish singer, songwriter, worked with Van Morrison band & solo, (1996 UK No.27 single ‘Life, Love and Happiness’, 1996 UK No.19 album ‘A Better Man’). Appeared on Broadway in The River Dance.
1969, , Martie Erwin, multi-instrumentalist, Dixie Chicks, (1999 UK No.26 single, ‘There’s Your Trouble’, 2000 single ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’, 1999 US No.1 album Wide Open Space’).

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Saturday 11th October 2014 ‘Je t’aime… Moi non plus


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1969, One hit wonders Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Je t’aime… Moi non plus.’ Banned by many radio stations for its sexual content and sounds, it is the only French language chart topper in the UK.

The Ebola scare is gathering momentum. The Spanish TV was ablaze with details and information regarding how the Health Systems would cope. Switching from Spanish to Sky News immediately saw exactly the same news being transmitted across the airwaves. I wonder how much of this has become a campaign for the bragging rights regarding the efficiency and economic stability of how we care for our sick. We might seem to know that the virus is not airborne but that would suggest there might be flaws in the monitoring systems.  The US has certainly beefed up its reaction and the UK has followed likewise. However, I don’t think anyone will truly feel that Africa has its systems in place. Didn’t Aids emanate from Africa?

UKIP is on the march. It has always had to start with just one success. The European Parliament has already had its successes and now they have their first MP -at Clacton. They were less than 1,000 votes short of their second MP in the Middleton bi-election. Let’s not be kidded. The mid-term elections are always an opportunity for the electorate to kick the incumbents. However, this is slightly different as the MP in Clacton had defected from the Conservatives. The electorate is pretty fed up with the politics of the two major parties and the next UK Government is likely to have Nigel Farrage somewhere in the mix.

Let’s also congratulate the Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014 is for the little girl who was shot in the face by the Taliban. I am astonished by the cruelty exhibited by these extremist groups and I hope this prize will support the message that so many of us are disgusted by these groups of demons.



I was sent the following…

In a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 am, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the supernatural.

No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 AM Sunday, so a worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 AM all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits Just when the clock struck 11:00, Fernando Rodriguez , the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.

Still Having a Bad Day?

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $80,000.00 At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

Still think you are having a Bad Day?

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she ran outside and grabbed a handy plank of wood and smacked him with it, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his iPod.

Are Ya OK Now? – No?

Two animal rights defenders were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn , Germany . Suddenly, all two thousand pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly. The two helpless protesters were trampled to death.


An older couple were lying in bed one night. The  husband was falling asleep but the wife was in a romantic mood and  wanted to talk.
She said: “You used to hold my hand when we were  courting..”
Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second  and tried to get back to sleep.
A few moments later she said: “Then you used to kiss  me..”
Mildly irritated, he reached across, gave her a peck on  the cheek and settled down to sleep.
Thirty seconds later she said: “Then you used to bite  my Neck…”
Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of  bed.
“Where are you going?” she asked..

“To get my  teeth!”
80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the  retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and  announces,”Anyone who can guess what’s in my hand can have sex  with me tonight!!”
An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, “An  elephant?”
Bessie thinks a minute and says, “Close  enough.”
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades.  Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and  adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a  few times a week to play cards.
One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the  other and said, “Now don’t get mad at me… I know we’ve been  friends for a long time but I just can’t think of your name.. I’ve  thought and thought, but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what  your name is.”
Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes  she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do  you need to  Know?”


Jumper Cable Necktie

A guy goes into a restaurant/lounge wearing a shirt open at
the collar and is met by a bouncer who tells him he must
wear a necktie to gain admission. So the guy goes out to his
car. He looks around for a necktie and discovers that he
just doesn’t have one, but he sees a set of jumper cables in
his trunk. In desperation he ties these around his neck,
manages to fashion a fairly acceptable-looking knot, and
lets the ends dangle free.

He goes back to the restaurant. The bouncer carefully looks
him over for a few minutes and then says, “Well, OK, I guess
you can come in – just don’t start anything.”


World Events 11th October

2137 B.C. – Chinese Royal astronomers, Ho and Hsi, were executed after not predicting a solar eclipse caused panic in the streets of China. Does this seem a little harsh to you?

1400 – Geoffrey Chaucer died at the age of 57. He was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey. I didn’t like him when I was at school.

1415 – In Northern France, England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years’ War. Almost 6000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English. I cannot remember the exact link but I think when you put two fingers up to somebody it’s something to do with holding the bow at Agincourt…

1760 – George III took the British throne after the death of King George II, his grandfather.Nepotism?

1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

1881 – The founder of “Cubism,” Pablo Picasso, was born in Malaga, Spain. I like his work. He was off the wall…..

1888 – Richard Byrd, the first person to see the North Pole, was born.

1917 – The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.In English this is where we get the expression -being bolshy…..

1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company. That was a curtailment of the cooked meal for many…….

1962 – U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba…..We were petrified thinking there was going to be a Third World War.

1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China… be safe….

1999 – Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet crashed in South Dakota. The plane flew uncontrolled for four hours before the crash.

2001 – It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons…..I’d keep out of his way!

The Day’s Music Events  11th October

1960, Aretha Franklin made her stage debut at the Village Vanguard in New York City. I loved her first UK release-I never loved a man……
1961, The Highwaymen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Michael’.- US college students who broke up when they graduated.
1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, which peaked at No. 4 . We were dead proud of the Beatles on Merseyside.

1969, One hit wonders Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Je t’aime… Moi non plus.’ Banned by many radio stations for its sexual content and sounds, it is the only French language chart topper in the UK.

1974, John Denver was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song.’ The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.

1975, Neil Sedaka  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad Blood’- Elton John on backing vocals. I’d like to know how Elton came to do this gig.
1976, Pussycat started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mississippi’ making them the first Dutch act to top the UK chart.
1980, The Police scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Zenyatta Mondatta.’
1986, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from her album.
1997, Elton John US No.1 – ‘Candle In The Wind 97′ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever. This song captured the mood of the country at the time.

2003, Mojo magazine readers voted the studio session for Elvis Presley’s debut single ‘That’s All Right’ the most pivotal moment in rock history.
2005, Rod Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -career spanning more than 40 years. This was deserved and I can say I played football against Rod….

2005, Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce was offered for auction on eBay by his family. The Silver Shadow luxury vehicle had already attracted bids of up to £8,400.
2006, Madonna adopted a one-year-old boy in Malawi creating a great debate as to whether this was wrong and not in the child’s best interests.





Birthday Boys and Girls  

1946, Gary Mallaber, drums, Steve Miller Band
1949,, Daryl Hall, singer, songwriter

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