Friday 31st October 2014 Hit the road Jack!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.

The weather was gorgeous again and I got all my admin done by 11 am whilst Anne was preparing the salads. We went down to Poniente Beach and spent a really relaxing time on the beach. I got in around half an hour in the water which was quite warm. As it’s half-term there were a lot of children around and there was a nice family atmosphere on the beach.


The children were gearing up for Hallowe’en at King’s Academy in Valencia when we spoke yesterday morning and I hope they taught the children about this fiesta.

Halloween, celebrated on October 31, can be traced back to Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festival honouring the Lord of the Dead. Observed on November 1st in the British Isles and parts of France, Samhain also marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Because it was a time of transition between the old and the new, the Celts believed that the souls of those who had died during the previous year gathered to travel together to the land of the dead. It was also a time when those who had died in years past returned to visit their homes.

November 1st was considered the end of the summer period, the date on which the herds were returned from pasture and land tenures were renewed. People lit bonfires to scare away evil spirits and “sacrificed” fruits and vegetables, hoping to appease the spirits of the deceased. Sometimes people disguised themselves in masks and costumes so that the visiting spirits would not recognize them. Charms, spells, and predictions of the future were all part of the eve of Samhain. In the old Celtic calendar, that last evening of October was “old-year’s night,” the night of all witches.  Source


The Spanish road hauliers association has announced a second strike, which will commence on the 17th of November, and last for at least 72 hours, unless the Spanish government return the money raised through the additional tax on fuel known as the “health cent”.

The strike was agreed by all employers and business associations of the sector at the meeting of the National Committee for Road Transport in the freight segment on Tuesday.

After the meeting, all industry associations signed a manifesto denouncing the “delay” by the tax authority in processing the repayment of amounts collected by the health cent, since the EU courts ruled the tax as contrary to Community law in a hearing in February.

The manifesto read “The Tax Office has uselessly delayed the process and has tried to fool the transport sector with the sole intention to glossing over the exact fulfilment of the judgment, appropriating money that it is required to return”, therefore declaring the industrial action from the 17th of November, on account of “the Government not modifying its initial decision and has not ordered the strict enforcement of the judgment in fair terms”.

The “health cent” was added to fuel in order to help the government finance the National Health Service, however, the minister for finance has said that the refund of the money will cost the public administration some 400 million euro.

The strike is likely to affect distribution of everything from food and clothing to fuel and manufacturing.  Source


World Events 31st October

1517 – Martin Luther posted the “95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church in Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation.  Been squabbling ever since

1803 – Congress ratified the Louisiana Purchase, adding territory which will eventually become 13 states.

1902 – The first telegraph cable across the Pacific Ocean was completed. This stretches across to Cable and Wireless in Cornwall

1941 – USS Clemson Class destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine, the first U.S. warship sunk in World War II. Though some were saved, 96 crew members died.

1941 – Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years.

1952 – The U.S. exploded its first hydrogen bomb, at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

1956 – U.S. Rear Admiral George J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.  Who would want to do this?

1959 – Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine from Texas, announced in Moscow that he would never return to the United States.

1968 – President Lyndon Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.  Great news

1980 – Reza Pahlavi, oldest son of the late shah, proclaimed himself the successor to the Peacock Throne.

1992 – Vatican formally rehabilitated Galileo Galilei, who was forced by the Inquisition in 1633 to recant his assertion that the Earth orbits the Sun.

2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the historic antitrust case against the software giant.

 The Day’s Music Events  31st October

1952, Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.  I love his music

1954, Vera Lynn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Son, My Son.’ The singers only No.1 hit. Lynn who had three songs in the first ever Top 12 in 1952 was known as the “Forces Sweetheart” during World War II.

1959, The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ The group’s third and final No.1   Liverpool’s finest….

.1963, The Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow as The Beatles arrived, and was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US television program.

1964, Barbra Streisand started a five-week run at Noi.1 on the US album chart with ‘People’.

1964, The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Love’, the group’s second of five consecutive US No.1′s. The group were formally known as the five piece group The Primettes.  Great group

1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.  I still love his music

1965, The Who appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, (the bands only appearance at the club).

1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison on £750 bail pending appeal. Jones had been found guilty of possession of cannabis. Seven Stones fans were arrested and charged with obstructing the police after demonstrating outside the prison gates.

1970, Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Led Zeppelin III’, the bands second US chart topper.

1970, ‘Motown Chartbusters Vol 4′ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album featured tracks from The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

1974, Led Zeppelin held the UK launch for their new record label Swan Song at Chislehurst Caves, Surrey England on Halloween night. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. Label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things and Maggie Bell also attended.

1980, Bow Wow Wow appeared at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The group had a backing singer by the name of Lieutenant Lush, a.k.a. Boy George.

1981, The Human League went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dare’, their first No.1 LP.1986, A new series of TV’s Channel 4′s ‘The Tube’, started with Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk, Bob Geldof and Frankie Goes To Hollywood plus Spandau Ballet who played live in the studio at Newcastle upon Tyne.

1986, Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name ‘Pink Floyd’, for future touring and recording.

1987, Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.

1989, The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.

1990, UK DJ Roger Scott died of cancer aged 46. Scott was one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK, working on Capital Radio for 15 years and then BBC Radio 1. Working as a presenter at the Montreal station 1470 CFOX, Scott sang on ‘Give Peace a Chance’, recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their “Bed-in” for peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.  Sad loss of a lesser known name

1990, During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More’s dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol’s set. Now that’s rock n roll

1992, Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘End Of The Road’, taken from the film ‘Boomerang’. The quartet from Philadelphia were Motown’s biggest selling act of the 1990s, with 5 US No.1,s.

1993, Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.

1995, James Brown was arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for assaulting his 47 year old wife, Adrienne, who said that her husband hit her with a mirror. Adrienne died in January, 1996 and the assault charges against James were dropped.

1998, Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries. Alanis Morissette went in at No.5, Culture Club at No.4, U2 at No.3, George Michael at No.2 and Cher with ‘Believe’ at No.1.

1998, Cher started a seven week run at No.1 with her third UK No.1 single ‘Believe’, taken from her twenty-third studio album. It made Cher (who was 52) the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50. The song was a No.1 in 23 countries.

1999, A list of ‘New Pop Fortunes’ published in The Sunday Times, reported that The Corrs were worth £1.5 million each, Boyzone £3 million each, Jamiroquai £4 million, The Chemical Brothers £4 million each and Norman Cook £10 million.

1999, EMI records announced that it was planning to stop paying for some of its artists to release singles. The label said that anyone who sold less than 80,000 copies would be discouraged from releasing a single.
1999, Five scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Keep On Movin’, went to the top of the charts. The track was taken from their second album Invincible.

2000, Winners at this years Q Awards included, David Gray, best single for ‘Babylon’, Oasis won best live act, Coldplay won best album for ‘Parachutes’, best act in the world went to Travis, Badly Drawn Boy won best new act and former Clash member Joe Strummer won the Q Inspiration award.

2000, Britney Spears paid £6,000 to hire a private bar in Leipzig, Germany during a night off on her ‘Oops!… I did It Again Tour.’ Britney who at 18 was banned from drinking in the US was reported to be knocking back vodka laced White Russians and Pina Coladas.

.2003, The first UK Fame Academy winner, David Sneddon quit his career as a pop star to become a songwriter less than a year after winning the talent contest. Sneddon had scored two Top 10 singles since winning his £1m recording contract through the BBC TV show.

2005, The white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 (£66,385) at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000 (£84,388). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.
2007, 22-year-old X Factor winner singer Leona Lewis helped boost UK online music downloads to a record 1.7 million in one week making it the biggest week ever for download sales. Lewis sold more than 106,000 downloads of her track ‘Bleeding Love.

2008, A couple who admitted supplying drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to singer Amy Winehouse were warned they faced a jail term as they appeared in Snaresbrook Crown Court, England. The charges related to video footage which appeared to show Winehouse smoking a crack pipe.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1937, Tom Paxton, folk singer, (1970 UK No.23 album, ‘No.6).

1947,Russ Ballard, guitar, vocals, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).

1952, Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘Le Freak’). Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on 18th April 1996.

1961,  Larry Mullen, drummer, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over 25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album ‘The Joshua Tree’ spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)

1968,  Al Mackenzie, D:Ream, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’).

1970, Malin Berggren, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’, 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Sign’).



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Thursday 30th October 2014 Summer Holiday!


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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, hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard. By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until November 2006…..Please note BBC Radio 1 decided not to play his music……like it or not Cliff has been a shining example of excellence over the years.

The weather remained beautiful and I didn’t have any real commitments until later in the day. We started slowly with a bit of a lie-in and then I watched a really excellent TV programme on Spanish TV about the Amazon rainforest. Obviously, my priority is to understand the language but there were some really great passages in the video. There were wonderful exotic animals and birds everywhere and the usual explanations about the difficulties of just living for some of the animals. It was quite nice to see some of the animals we’ve seen in zoos and nature parks living their lives freely. I’ll include here some pictures from The Bio Park in Valencia to remind myself of what we have near to us in Spain. Did anyone spot the intruder?


The news in the UK is full of the incompetence of the various agencies operating below the Home Office. Thousands have entered the UK illegally and cannot now be found. How on earth can the MPs justify their 11% rise with such evidence of poor management?

Having seen enough of the TV I had a half hour’s exercise before Anne got back. I went in the pool for a swim although it was a bit on the cold side at 19 degrees. I didn’t stay in too long. We had time to eat dinner and then it was time to call round to Sheenagh’s and take her off to our Spanish class. I found it a bit diificult but it is intensive and we were the only two English speakers with Russians, Latvians and Estonians making up the class.


Here are a few one-liners to keep you going….

Before the ’60s, most teenagers used self-control.

Money talks, but credit has an echo.

Practice courtesy. You never know when it might become popular again.

One man’s wage rise is another man’s price increase.

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.

When you’re at school, you wish you were old enough to work.

Night falls . . . but . . . Day breaks.

If you think you have it tough, read history books.

It’s a new year, do you know where your credit cards are?

I try to lose weight, but it keeps finding me.

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.

A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman
to make a home.

A healthy male adult bore, consumes each year, one and a half times his weight, in other people’s patience.

Whenever buying a gift for a couple celebrating their 60th anniversary, buy them something they will use right away.

I told my teenage son to enjoy this part of his life, that he would never again feel so secure in his ignorance.

I know that you’re nobody’s fool, but maybe someone will adopt you.


World Events 30th October

1817 – The independent government of Venezuela was established by Simon Bolivar.

1831 – Escaped slave Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history…..Sorry, but my sympathy is with the slaves..

1894 – The time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.

1938 – Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners….I was worried by Martians when I was about 11….

1943 – In Moscow, a declaration was signed by the Governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and China called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security. The goal was supported on December 1, 1943, at a meeting in Teheran.

1945 – The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing...That would be good news for our area as this is where a lot of shoes are made..

1953 – General George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1961 – The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb with a force of approximately 58 megatons…Ugh!

1961 – The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved an order to remove Joseph Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb.

1972 – In Illinois, 45 people were killed when two trains collided on Chicago’s south side.

1975 – Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain as dictator Francisco Franco was near death…This is our king and he does a nice job for the people of Spain…

1984 – In Poland, police found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerry Popieluszko. His death was blamed on four security officers.

1993 – Martin Fettman, America’s first veterinarian in space, performed the world’s first animal dissections in space, while aboard the space shuttle Columbia….this is mind-boggling….

1993 – The United Nations deadline concerning ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide passed with country’s military still in control.

1995 – Federalist prevailed over separatists in Quebec in a referendum concerning secession from the federation of Canada.

1998 – The terrorist who hijacked a Turkish Airlines plane and the 39 people on board was killed when anti-terrorist squads raided the plane….My sympathies lie with the passengers and authorities..

 The Day’s Music Events  30th October

1959, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travelin’ Light’. Their 6th release and second No.1 hitThis was three chords at its best. I still use it!
1961, Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, 
two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name was changed for this single)….Please be aware I interviewed  Beatles Historians over the Ray Jones story and it is still a matter of some debate…
1965, The Who appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. ..I didn’t realise they’s played there. I would love to have been there..
1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones 
admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted. Jones was sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison. He was released on bail the following day. I greatly liked Jones’ playing in the Stones and was glad he was released so quickly. I don’t think we really realised what was going on.
1967, Tyrannosaurus Rex
 recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.
1970, Hotlegs
 made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc. Neanderthal Man was awful….
1970, Jim Morrison 
of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami…..That lad had problems….
1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’ Great music..
1982, Australian band Men At Work 
was No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first US No.1- No.45 hit in the UK. I played the song and quite liked the music..
1983, this weeks Top 5 UK singles charts: No.5, ‘They Don’t Know’, Tracy Ullman, No.4, ‘Uptown Girl’, Billy Joel, No.3, ‘Union Of The Snake’, Duran Duran, No.2, ‘All Night Long’, Lionel Richie and No.1 ‘Karma Chameleon’ by Culture Club…..all good songs
2000, a
 new web site was launched to help teach children basic Physics. featured the singer to illustrate mathematical equations. Visitors could access physics theories generously interspersed with photos of Britney….My goodness..clutching at straws or what?
2003, Steve O’Rourke
 suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. Had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.
 hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard. By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until November 2006…..Please note BBC Radio 1 decided not to play his music……like it or not Cliff has been a shining example of excellence over the years.
2005, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Intensive Care’ the singer’s sixth UK No.1 studio album.

2007, reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49m (£23.7m) during the past year.John Lennon ranked second with $44m (£21.3m), while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list, Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m (£10.6m).  I hope those who benefit from the sales appreciate and honour the life and times of these artistes.

2008, American producer and saxophonist Mike Terry died in Detroit aged 68. Worked with Martha And The Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Edwin StarrObviously, he was a fan of Motown.






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1939,Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer,songwriter, wrote Motown hits for Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board.
1939, Grace Slick,
vocals, Jefferson Airplane, Starship, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’, 1987 US & UK No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’).
1939, Otis Williams, The Temptations, 
(1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992).
1946,Chris Slade, drummer,
 who has worked with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, AC/DC, Gary Moore and The Firm.

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Wednesday 29th October 2014 One Day At A Time!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1979, Lena Martell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘One Day At A Time,’ the singer’s only UK hit making the British MOR singer a One-hit Wonder.

The weather was wonderful and we made an early start. Anne had an appointment at the Foietes Hospital in Benidorm at 9.45am. We were there on time and we went straight in. The appointment saw a happy outcome and we both felt like a good long walk. We went straight donw to Poniente and parked the car. The front was packed out with people walking and there were people swimming in the sea and others doing their exercises in classes on the beach. Everyone seemed to be in a happy frame of mind because the weather was so nice.

We got home after doing some shopping and the phone went. It was our friends Angie and Paul asking would we go to the beach. What did we do? You guessed correctly…. we had another great afternoon on the beach including a lovely shoreline walk and a swim in the sea. It doesn’t get much better than this for October 28th.

I’ve spent the whole day without the phone and the internet and I’m catching up whilst watching The Chase.  Bradley’s team is a little too cocky tonight and I reckon The Governess will have them for breakfast. I have to say I love the format of this show and Bradley does a good job hosting the competition. I just wish the contestants were allowed to win a 1,000 pounds minimum if they get to the final chase and lose the big prize.  Incidentally, did you know the Armadillo is the only other animal that can catch Leprosy? It mightn’t come in handy too often but the question did arise today!


Ot Yet?

I did my nurse’s training at a hospital in Liverpool,  England. My fellow students and I had little money for meals, so we ate the awful food provided at the hospital complex. We often took our breaks in the kitchen and sometimes kindly visitors would give us some of the treats they had brought for patients who had not wanted to eat them. One night a woman brought a pie to the kitchen and said to me, “Would you eat this up, love?”  Another student and I devoured every delicious crumb!  on our benefactor returned, however, and asked, “Is me ‘usband’s pie ‘ot yet, dearie?” (hot yet?)

The Day’s Events 29th October

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I…...You couldn’t trust anyone in those days….nowt’s changed!

1652 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth…..Feisty bunch!/strong>

1682 – William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.If you’re gonna start a club …start big-

1863 – The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded…..great work is done by the Red Cross

1923 – Turkey formally became a republic after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. The first president was Mustafa Kemal, later known as Kemal Ataturk….You see , in English, his name sounded like it were a joke… 1929 – America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market…..This is where our current problems have really come from. We are obsessed with inflation and its dreadful consequences and we know we don’t want this ever to happen again. Capitalism depends on this.

1945 – The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each…..We needed a guy called Biro to take up the idea…

1956 – Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis. 1960 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) won his first professional fight….This was the beginning of the legend and his stinging bee punches compementing his floating feet.1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation….I went to an all-male school and it didn’t affect me. I still make all my own dresses!

1989 – A public mourning, involving over 20,000 East Berliners, was observed with a minute of silence for the people who had been killed while trying to flee over the Berlin Wall.  It’s easy to forget seeing these poor souls on our TV screens

1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein’s regime liable for human rights abuses and war ages during its occupation of Kuwait. He was no saint and the west knew that….

1991 – The U.S. Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra)…..I find this difficult to get my head round….

1991 – Trade sanctions were imposed on Haiti by the U.S. to pressure the new leaders to restore the ousted sident Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power….Little did we realise how great natural disasters would intervene in the country’s history this century..

1995 – Palestinians swore revenge for the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki.  I don’t remember this name

1998 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with John Glenn on board. Glenn was 77 years old. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth….Did you say 77?

1998 – In London, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman accepted a substantial settlement from the Express Newspapers for an article that was run on October 5, 1997. The article claimed that both were homosexual and their marriage was a sham to cover the truth. Which stupid executive gave the nod on this story or was it merely to make money? 1998 – The oldest known copy of Archimedes’ work sold for $2 million at a New York auction. On principle, I would not have bought that……



Music of the Day 29th October

1962, The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’. This was the best time for me with the Beatles. We loved to see a northern group making the bigtime.

1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre, St Albans, England.What would I have given to see this show?

1966, ? the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ’96 Tears’. A No.37 hit in the UK, the song gave The Stranglers a UK No.17 hit in 1990. The real question is who was Question Mark? Was there a person with this name?

1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer.These are so sad to read as yet another pop hero bit the dust..

1979, Lena Martell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘One Day At A Time,’ the singer’s only UK hit making the British MOR singer a One-hit Wonder. Lots of people still remember the words to this song but it was never a real favourite with me although I heartily agree with the words.

1983, ‘Islands In The Stream’, gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a No.1 on the US singles chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb. I love this song and the duet is brilliant.

1983, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ became the longest listed album in the history of the US chart when it’s total reached 491 weeks on the chart. I bet insurance men would like a commission cheque of this ilk arriving on a weekly basis…loadsamoney!

1984, American drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, ‘Still The One’ and ‘Dance with Me.’ ….yet another one…

1987, ‘Decades’ Rolling Stones Ron Wood’s first ever British art exhibition opened in London, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years. I saw Ronnie’s work on the TV and he is very passionate about his other talent. He is also very good at what he does.

1988, Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Money For Nothing’. What an album. I love the sound of Mark Knofler’s guitar..

1988, Enya started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Orinoco Flow.’ Originally with family act, Clannad, Enya went solo and specialised in Celtic and New Age recordings. ….She has a wonderful and very distinctive voice and her songs are great for celtic films

1991, Memphis City Council named interstate 55 through Jackson, The B.B. King Freeway….Now that’s rock and roll..

1994, UK reggae/rap performer Pato Banton (with Robin & Ali Campbell from UB40), started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the

1968 Eddy Grant song and Equals hit ‘Baby Come Back.’ This was a good cover version. I liked the original and it’s hard to improve on a good original but this did the job. 1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said ‘having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it’s a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.’ There was certainly no sitting on the fence with this statement. 2000, Texas went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Greatest Hits’…..I need to listen a bit more to their music..

2000, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Holler / Let Love Lead The Way’. The group made musical history by scoring their ninth No.1 making them joint fourth in the list of acts that have had nine UK No.1 singles.

2003, research in the US found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a ‘brain itch’ that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People’s ‘YMCA’ and the Baha Men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ owe their success to their ability to create a ‘cognitive itch’, according to Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration. I suppose we do benefit from the work of the academics but it still seems true to say that the establishment accepts bits of such information but will n ot accept how pop music needs to be controlled. Subliminal messages are fed to the listening public every single moment of the day.

2005, A set of waxwork heads of The Beatles from their Sgt Pepper’s album cover sold for £81,500. The “pepperheads” were auctioned off after recently being discovered in a back room at London’s Madame Tussauds. They were used in 1967 by artist Sir Peter Blake in the backdrop of the “Lonely Hearts Club Band” album with the actual Beatles posing at the front. I wonder if there was any wax in the ears?

2006, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Rudebox’ the singer’s seventh No.1 album.

2006, McFly scored their 6th UK No.1 single with ‘Star Girl’. The song was played in space to wake up the astronauts on the space station, after a successful twitter campaign asking NASA to play the song started by band member Tom Fletcher.

2007, Kylie Minogue was honoured with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an “icon of pop and style” at a London ceremony. The first time in the event’s 16-year history that the award has gone to a woman, past winners included Sir Elton John and Peter Gabriel….Like many, I have a lot of time for this brave lady who emerged from the confines of a Stock, Aitkin and Waterman cocoon to become a star on the world stage.

2007, Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006. It helps when you like Johnny Cash’s music but I have to admit to liking the film and the casting was excellent.

Born this day

1944, Denny Laine, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Go Now’), Wings (1974 UK No.3 single ‘Band on The Run’ and 1977 UK No.1 single ‘Mull Of Kintyre’). One of my all time favourite songs is Go Now

1946, Peter Green, vocals, guitar, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, (replaced Eric Clapton), Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’, left in 1970).

1951, David Paton, Pilot, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘January’). 1954, Steve Luscombe, Blancmange, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Living On The Ceiling’).

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Tuesday 28th October Man of Mystery


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1961, Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promises to investigate further…..


I love it when a headache which has been lingering finally goes. I knew I had overdone things on Saturday and Friday but that was just the way things had to be. It had been exceptionally hot playing music inside both buildings we’d been to and we’d not been around louder music for a while. We’d enjoyed both parties but I normally prefer to space these events out a bit. Never mind we’d had a really nice relaxing time on the beach with Dave and Sheenagh on the Sunday. Yesterday was a good start to the week.

We popped up to Terra Natura for a walk around midday but most of the animals were lethargic. The stars on the day were the monkeys. They were pretty active and a pleasure to watch. Anyway, we enjoyed the gardens and we just had time to get home eat and rest before it was time to go up to La Nucia to give our English Class. We had 20 really good students and they all worked really well for us.

In the UK they’re talking about the new train networks H2 and H3 now. The proposed H3 line will save around 35 minutes in travel time between Liverpool and Leeds. Personally, I wonder will it be worth the disruption and places where land will be forfeited. The speed of the trains will apparently not be any faster and will it be worth the investment? Crewe is already planning for a vastly improved local economy and huge figures are already being bandied about.

As the last troops moved back to the UK everyone’s asking has the Afghanistan war effort been worth it? No country can ever really win a war there. The wonderful effort by the UK forces could be undermined at a stroke and I would be surprised if the Taliban will not already be looking at forming coalitions with other dodgy groups. I hope I will be proven wrong but I am only reflecting my own reading around the subject.

I watched the American competition where they honour their beards. I am not a beard -lover although I know many sportsmen are now using it as a badge of honour. The winner of this year’s major accolade looked a bit like Abraham Lincoln. Personally, I think it allows the luxury of being a little lazy and my years of working with the public normally meant that I be clean shaven. I will own up to the fact that I would have a very patchy beard and it would do me no favours.


I like puns and the following have been sent to me. I hope you enjoy them!


1 I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

2 When chemists die, they barium.

3 Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

4 A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

5 I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

6 How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

7 I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

8 This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

9 I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

10 I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

11 They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

12 This dyslexic man walks into a bra.

13 I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

14 When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

15 What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.

16 I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

17 Broken pencils are pointless.

18 What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

19 England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

20 I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

21 I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

22 All the toilets in London police stations have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.

23 I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

24 Velcro – what a rip off!

25 Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.


World Events 28th October

1776 – The Battle of White Plains took place during the American Revolutionary War…...One of the generals, a musician, asked one of the cooks…”Julie, Do You love Me?”  To which she replied, “When you are a King.’

1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.

1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World.”  It was  a gift from the French…

1904 – The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting….not a bad idea…other countries soon got their hands on the idea!

1922 – Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy…..He soon joined others with similar ideas, didn’t he?

1936 – The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.

1940 – During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.

1949 – U.S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador.

1958 – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope. He took the name John XXIII. I like this pope he was a real man of the people. He had been a POW goalkeeper, I’ve read….

1962 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba…..Phew. We all breathed a sigh of relief…

1965 – Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ…...I should think so, too!

1982 – Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemned the U.S. for arms buildup…..I think he had a point....

1984 – The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner  collapsed and died….A very sad incident but I remember pictures of Jim Peters in the Olympic Marathon teetering around the finishing line…and he was an international athlete..

1990 – Iraq announced that it was halting gasoline rationing.

1994 – U.S. President Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas..

1998 – An Air China jet was hijacked and flown to Taiwan by pilot Yuan Bin. He was upset with his pay and working conditions. The plane arrived safely and Yuan Bin was taken into custody…….I don’t think he was ever heard of again!


The Day’s Music Events  28th October

1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’.Elvis was a phenomenon and was still under-exploited at this time…

1957, After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance…….Good grief. How times have changed!

1958, Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched ‘It’s So Easy’ and ‘Heartbeat’. It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance…..This is very sad to think Buddy Holly was not even singing on his last TV appearance….

1961, Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promises to investigate further…...I met a couple down in Los Alcaceres who told me they knew this Ray Jones and there is still great debate as to whether or not this is an accurated account of what happened.

1962, The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool’s top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated……This must have been a wonderful evening and great value for money…

1973, David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Daydreamer. I don’t remember this title.
Jamaican reggae artist Ken Boothe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of a song by David Gates (from Bread), ‘Everything I Own.’ Boy George took the song to No.1 in 1987….The UK had quite a lot of good reggae songs played on Radio 1. This was mainly due to the make-up of the London population…

1982, The Jam announced they were splitting up at the end of their current UK tour. They had decided to put the lid on it……
1995, Coolio
featuring L.V. scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’.
R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.  This was a drastic change of direction….maybe he should have joined the Farm?

1999, Dannii Minogue became engaged to F1 racing driver Jacques Villeneuve. Minogue was pictured wearing a £25,000 diamond ring…..Do you know, I have no recollection of this…
2006, Rod Stewart 
was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of our Time’ the singers fifth US No.1 album…..This guy has had a brilliant career…

2007, X Factor winner Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with the first track from her debut album ‘Bleeding Love.’ Lewis had the biggest week one sales so far in 2007 this year outselling the rest of the top five put together…..There was a bit of money made with this song!

2007, Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981.






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1927, Cleo Laine, jazz singer
1936 Charlie Daniel
1937, Graham Bond,
UK R&B keyboard player, sax, The Graham Bond Organisation. Died 8th May 1974 after committing suicide by throwing himself under a London tube train atFinsbury Park station. Bond worked with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.
1940, Wayne Fontana
1941, Hank Marvin, guitar, The Shadows. 
Also played on many hits with Cliff Richard. Member of Marvin, Welch and Farrar.

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Monday 27th October 2014 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    1977, Baccara were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’.

We had the benefit of the extra hour as the clocks had been put back on Saturday evening. I decided to get up early and try to take advantage of the internet being quieter. I got a lot of my work done but the servers slowed around 9.30 am. Why did I bother getting up early?

Undeterred I went down to Benidorm for the 10.30 am mass and then got home quickly so we could go down to the beach. We spent the next four hours on the beach where we had a good swim, played a little boule and had a splendid picnic. For the 26th October this weather is magnificent and I needed to pinch myself to remember that this day last year I was with Fr Ignatius in Australia at the wedding of Ashley and Sarah. Where has the year gone? It seems to have sped by at an even greater rate of knots.

There was sad news from Cornwall yesterday. We used to visit Mawgan Porth and we can imagine what a sad evening it would have been for the Cornish surfing fraternity. The sea in Cornwall is mighty powerful and never to be taken lightly.


People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don’t they?

SCENE 1. A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, ‘Funny, I thought I locked the locker…

Hmm, ‘He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay – all cards were in place…  A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of 14,000!

He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions.Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen…

‘No,’ he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep -you guessed it – a switch had been made.  An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet.  The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them.

How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy?  9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a ‘warning bell’ with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to a big one!


SCENE 2. A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.

Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.  He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.  She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.

No exchange of words –nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.. (This scenario actually happened to me at a local restaurant- Falls Terrace-between the waitress and the front desk cashier.) Verdict Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.

Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time.

Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, ‘assuming’ that it has to be theirs.



SCENE 3: Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in.

I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account.

The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure.

While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing.

I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture.

He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on.

It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I’m paying close attention to what he is doing..  He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open.

About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved.

Now I’m standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card.  Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.

Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.

All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don’t be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone these days.

These test answers were allegedly submitted by grammar
school teachers around the country:* One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a
horse 500 feet in one second.
* Many dead animals of the past changed to fossils, others preferred to be oil.
* Rain is saved up in cloud banks.*
Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog’s tongue will kill the strongest man.
* It is so hot in some parts of the world that the people there have to live in other places.
* Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name
.* The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West.

Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar/restaurant. After last call, the officer noticed a man
leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.  The man stumbled around the street for a few minutes, with
the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity  and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to
find his car, which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove
off.  Finally the man started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night), flicked the blinkers on and off, honked the horn, and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left.
At last he pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive slowly down the road.The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over, and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken.”“I doubt it,” said the man. “I’m a professional decoy.”
The Day’s Events 27th October
1659 – William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.
1795 – The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo. The treaty is also known as “Pinckney’s Treaty.” Am I the only one who’s never heard of this? What was it all about?
1880 – Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Lee. I think Tony Joe White has a song about this pairing.
1904 – The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.
1925 – Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.
1931 – Chuhei Numbu of Japan set a long jump record at 26′ 2 1/4″. Considering the Japanese tend to be smaller this was quite a feat.
1938 – Du Pont announced “nylon” as the new name for its new synthetic yarn. The word comes from a combination of the letters for New York and London I’m told….
1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, 1954. This comes up in pub quizzes quite frequently..
1954 – The first Walt Disney television show “Disneyland” premiered on ABC. Disney movies, music and books. Old Scottish joke for you. What’s the difference between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney? Bings sings but Walt Disnae!
1962 – The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.
1978 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord. I did hear that Masonry lay behind the strength of the meeting.
1994 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history. …Too many bad things on television could be the first place to look…
1998 – A car bomb exploded in the car of a Palestinian leader Mahmoud Majzoub. Majzoub, his wife, and his nine-month-old son, and a passerby were injured in the blast….I hate the very thought of someone putting a bomb beneath someone’s car. Does the end ever justify this means?
1998 – Two boats hit head-on in India. One of the boats suffered no damage. The other sank and 60 people were missing.
1999 – Armenia’s Prime Minister and seven other government officials were killed during a parliamentary session. It was the believed that the gunmen were staging a coup….Could this ever happen in England? We had an event in the Spanish Parliament and Brian Ferry’s son plus others managed to throw flour in the Commons….
2002 – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil in a runoff. He was the country’s first elected leftist leader.
2003 – Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S…….Therein lies part of the start of our problems…..
Music of the Day 27th October
1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’. Be aware this certainly didn’t include Buddy Holly
1966, The Four Tops were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There.’This might have been group’s only UK No.1 but I still like it today.
1969, Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’. This wasn’t on the Motown label..
1973, Status Quo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Hello’. The musical equivalent to the KISS concept. Keep the music simple….
1977, Baccara were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’. They were the first Spanish act to score a UK No.1, and first female duo to do so. I can’t really say I liked the song and it was probably a tourist influenced hit…
1980, former T Rex member Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat. How bizarre is that and another pop tragedy….
1988, U2′s film ‘Rattle And Hum’, received its world wide premiere in the group’s hometown Dublin.
1989, U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year…Does success change peoples’ lives…………………?
1990, ‘A Little Time’ by The Beautiful South was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group were formed by ex-Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway….Great music and great song.
1990, Janet Jackson scored her fourth US No.1 single with ‘Black Cat’, a No.15 hit in the UK….I can’t remember this one
1990, Michael Waite from Musical Youth was jailed for four years for his part in a robbery…….showing how can you go from being successful pop singer to baddie1990, Paul Simon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Rhythm Of The Saints’ his third UK No.1 solo album..I always liked his music ever since his days as Tom and Jerry 1992, Bo Diddley took his ex-manager to court claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorised personal expenses….No details as to whether he was convicted of a Bo Diddley fiddly.
1997, 34-year old John Hector was arrested in Toronto, Canada and charged with criminal harassment after stalking U2 bass player Adam Clayton. Clayton must have his stars in the wrong place on this day. I’d advise him to stay in bed.
1998, UK page three model turned singer, Samantha Fox was arrested for alleged drink driving….unbelievable. How do you know it was her?
2000, Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950′s and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands. He always looked like he enjoyed his wo and his songs were often reasonably easy to learn.
2005, the distributor of rapper 50 Cent’s new film said it would remove posters advertising the film after complaints they glorify gun violence. Posters for ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ showed 50 Cent holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone the other. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote to Paramount Pictures urging them to take down the posters. The company said it had taken down one poster near a Los Angeles nursery school, and planned to remove more. Yet another example of how subliminal activity can prey on other minds. It’s obvious these type of people have no real sense of urgency regarding the way they conduct their business.
2007, Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.”  This is great. When communities come together like this results often improve. Of course he should have been involved and well done Keith Richards.
2009, Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck. Not a bad replacement and get well soon Eric. Let’s hope the surgeon doesn’t have a slow hand!
Born this day

1949,, Byron Allred, keyboards, Steve Miller Band 1953, Peter Dodd, guitar, The Thompson Twins 1958, Hazell Dean, UK singer 1958,Simon Le Bon, vocals, Duran Duran 1984, Kelly Osbourne

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Sunday 26th October 2014 Black Madonna


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna’s first live appearance in the country


It’s still very hot and it is quite draining. I would say we were around 30 degrees yesterday although the evening temperatures were more reasonable.  We had no internet or landline yesterday until around 10 pm.  It had been very frustrating to say ‘hello’ to Don but not to be able to record the podcast. We had a birthday party to sing at from 6pm to 9 pm and we saw Liverpool’s game against Hull whilst we were there. During our second part of the evening I found myself singing in front of a big screen showing Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 3-1. I didn’t mind watching that game with the return of Luis Suarez adding little bite to the Barcelona attack. I needed a good siesta before the gig and I felt like needed a longr siesta by the time I got back.


IN THIS DAY AND AGE NOTHING WOULD SURPRISE ME !!-Thanks Tom Rawcliffe who is due back to the Costa Blanca  around this date….


Reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle U.K. recently:
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die!   This is priceless and so easy to see happening – customer service, being what it is today!
A lady died this past September and MBNA bank billed her in October and November for their annual service charges on her credit card and then in December added late fees and interest on the monthly charge.  The balance that had been £0.00; now is somewhere around £60.00.  A family member placed a call to the MBNA Bank:Family Member: ‘I am calling to tell you that my grandma died in September.’

MBNA: ‘But the account was never closed and so the late fees and
charges still apply.’

Family Member: ‘Maybe, you should turn it over to your collections section.’

MBNA: ‘Since it is two months over due, it already has been.’

Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?’

MBNA: ‘Either report her account to the Frauds Department or report
her to The Credit bureau, maybe both!’

Family Member: ‘Do you think God will be mad at her?’

MBNA: ‘Excuse me?’

Family Member: ‘Did you just get what I was telling you .  The part
about her being dead?’

MBNA: ‘Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.’   Supervisor gets on the phone:

Family Member: ‘I’m calling to tell you, she died in September.’
MBNA: ‘But the account was never closed and the late fees and charges
still apply.’

Family Member: ‘You mean you want to collect from her estate?’

MBNA: (Stammer) ‘Are you her solicitor?’

Family Member: ‘No, I’m her grandson.’

MBNA: ‘Could you fax us a death certificate?’

Family Member: ‘Sure.’

( fax number is given )

After they get the fax:

MBNA: ‘Our system just isn’t set up for death.  I don’t know what more
I can do to help.’

Family Member: ‘Well, if you figure it out, great!  If not, you could just keep billing her.  I don’t think she will care.’

MBNA: ‘Well, the late fees and charges will still apply.’

Family Member: Would you like her new billing address?’

MBNA: ‘That would help.’

Family Member: ‘ Plot 1049.’  Heaton Cemetery, Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

MBNA: ‘But, that’s a cemetery!’

Family Member: ‘Well, what the *** do you do with dead people on your planet?’

The MBNA were not available for comment when a reporter from the
Newcastle Evening Chronicle rang them.


World Events 26th October

1825 – The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000. …I bet it was eerie when it was under construction..

1858 – H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine…..another name to remember. I’ll bet his head was spinning trying to remember how he’d done it!

1881 – The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang…I think many of us played this gunfight out when we were young.

1905 – Norway gained independence from Sweden.

1944 – During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.

1949 – U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour…a blow for common cents!

1951 – Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain….We owe him a great debt.

1958 – Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.

1962 – The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.

1967 – The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.

1975 – Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.

1977 – The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California…I’ve driven past this place and it’s massive..

1980 – Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.

1985 – Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race. Evidence that it’s not just me who hates war. However, without armies and soldiers we would not be able to write our thoughts and live in freedom.

1988 – Roussel Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, announced it was halting the worldwide distribution of RU-486. The pill is used to induce abortions. The French government made the company reverse itself two days later.

1988 – Two whales were freed by Soviet and American icebreakers. The whales had been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an Arctic ice pack. The whole world watched and cheered when these two wonderful animals were freed.

1990 – The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.

1991 – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession. Yes. You read that right-the mayor!

1992 – General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.

1994 – Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.

1995 – Alec Baldwin got into a fight with a paparazzi in front of his home when he and his wife Kim Bassinger were bringing their first baby home from the hospital. The paparazzi do tend to get a bit over excited…

1998 – A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.

2001 – It was announced that Fort Worth’s Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the “joint strike fighter,” was the largest defense contract in history.


 The Day’s Music Events  26th October

1958, Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock ‘n’ roll fans turned the show into a riot…..He certainly knew how to work a crowd and he came to the UK to do the same. Mind you the music had been relatively bland up til then
1962, The Rolling Stones, (known as The Rollin’ Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London….I loved the early Rolling Stones. We had great rhythm and blues bands in Liverpool so I knew a lot of the songs…
1963, Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City….This guy must havde had a phenomenal memory for the words to his songs. He was a master wordsmith

1965, Queen Elizabeth II invests The Beatles with their MBEs at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves…..I can  imagine this happening….

1966, English singer Alma Cogan died of stomach cancer aged 34. Scored the 1955 UK No.1 single ‘Dreamboat’, plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits. In the 50’s Cogan was the most consistently successful female singer in the UK and the youngest female act to top the charts during the 50′s…..Every day my mum would do her housework singing these type of songs. I did like dreamboat as it is a very upbeat number and there is a nice echo production on her voice.

1974, Dionne Warwick and the Spinners went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Then Came You.’ I liked this number and had a promo copy sent to me which I played on my Radio Merseyside Show.

1984, 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum’s parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song “Suicide Solution” from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court……There is a warning here. If you can use music for hypnotherapy and certainly words are used in what is now an accepted practice then pop music will have a subliminal effect. I think the words cannot be blamed on the singer or composer for a misuse but there should be warnings when harmful words are around.

1985, George BensonNo.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Love Songs Collection.’
[1985, Whitney Houston  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saving All My Love For You’, also a No.1 in the UK.
1991, Erasure scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Chorus
1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna’s first live appearance in the country….I don’t think she particularly cares who she offends as long as she sells records or concert tickets….
1996, The Spice Girls had their second UK No.1 single when ‘Say You’ll Be There’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts. The song included a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander who also played the harmonica solo on Culture Club’s 1984 hit ‘Karma Chameleon’….as a harmonica player I have to admire these inputs to the overall music
2004, Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m…..I will be surprised to see who heads the list 20 years from now…..maybe the same people as class lasts!
2004, Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’…..This group has been led by awareness of politics and has kept up with technology. These are signs of another class act. I think they could well be on the above list at the appropriate time.
2006, Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor quit the band during the US leg of their world tour. A statement on behalf of the group described the relationship with Andy Taylor as unworkable and one that could not be resolved…….Is there something we should know?
2007, Pete Doherty was given a suspended prison term for drugs and motoring offences after admitting driving while uninsured, having no MOT and while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. The Babyshambles singer was sentenced to four-months in jail, suspended for two years at West London Magistrates’ Court. He was also given an 18-month supervision order and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order and ordered to pay a £475 fine for driving without insurance or an MOT…..Behaviour like this helps me understand words like prat…I’m surprised the judge was so lenient.
2008, Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Promise’, their 4th UK No.1.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1946,  Keith Hopwood, guitar, Herman’s Hermits
1951, Bootsy Collins, bass player, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band
1952, , David Was, Was Not Was


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Saturday 25th October 2014 You To Me Are Everything


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    1976, TV talent show winners from Liverpool The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You To Me Are Everything’, the group’s only No.1 hit. It was the first single by a Black British band to top the UK charts.

We’ve had no internet all day today.  It was another lovely day but I had to visit the doctor as my first priority. I have high blood pressure which is weird. I kno I keep exercising regularly. I eat right. I don’t smoke. I am not really stressed apart from this high blood pressure. I have to take two pills for other problems. When I went to the internet to find out more about these two drugs what do I find?  Yes. As you might have guessed these two pills can both give you high blood pressure. Now I am not a doctor but I have a very grave suspicion that my best plan of action is to stop taking my other two pills for a while and see how I feel. If this blog suddenly seems to stop you can guess why!

I have to play my guitar later and I have been reading that I must not take any alcohol with these pills. Fortunately I can have coffee and tea. Hang on……isn’t coffee likely to give me elevated blood pressure. Drinking tea on my gigs is hardly rock n roll and I am not a big enough consumer of alcohol to worry about the odd pint. This is now beginning to give me stress. In actual fact my Spanish homework gives me more stress than I really want!

The TV show on the BBC called Ripoff Britain is quite interesting. It would seem there is an army of people beavering away to ri us all off left, right and centre. One person of dubious parentage was busy selling puppies that would die lmost as soon as the  dogs went to their new homes. The man was happy to sell distress to his customers and animal suffering was incidental to his bank balance. These people make me sick.



We said goodbye yesterday to Shane Fenton or Alvin Stardust. Moving to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire at a young age, he made his stage debut in pantomime at the age of four. In the early 1960s he became known as Shane Fenton, and with his backing group, The Fentones, had a handful of hits in the UK Singles. His band based their sound on that of The Shadows. He also appeared in Billy Fury’s movie, Play It Cool.

During the early 1970s, he became Alvin Stardust, as he tried to cash in on the glamrock bandwagon. His debut hit was “My Coo-Ca-Choo” in 1973. Stardust had other chart successes with the hits – “Jealous Mind” (UK No. 1), “You, You, You”, “Red Dress” and “Good Love Can Never Die”. In total, he amassed seven Top Ten entries, in a chart span for Jewry lasting almost 25 years.

Alvin Stardust was part of the Green Cross Code road safety campaign with his famous tagline of “You must be out of your tiny minds” directing children to look both ways before they cross the road.

In 1985, he participated in A Song for Europe, the UK qualifying heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “The Clock on the Wall”. He finished in third place behind Vikki and Kerri Wells.   Here’s the podcast

Born Salesman

I learned a lesson in marketing from a man who bought an old boat, a trailer, and a motor from me. “Thanks,” he said as he loaded them up. “I’m planning to resell them.” Good luck, I thought. I had been trying to get rid of them for months. But when I ran into him a few weeks later, he’d sold everything. “How did you manage that?” I marvelled. “I took out an ad: ‘Heavy-duty boat trailer with free boat.’ When the buyer came to get it, I asked if he had a motor. He said no. I told him I happened to have one in my garage. Bought that, too.”


World Events 26th October

1096 – Peter the Hermit’s crusaders forced their way across Sava, Hungary. What about Herman?

1483 – Richard III usurped himself to the English throne.Painful?

1541 – Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru, was murdered by his former followers. Nice friends

1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. Good idea

1900 – The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China. The gloves were coming off

1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever. Good

1907 – Russia’s nobility demanded drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.Too late, Ethel

1908 – Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelched the reform elements of Parliament in Persia. Your time will come

1948 – The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin. Heavy operation

1951 – The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War. Good

1961 – A Kuwaiti vote opposed Iraq’s annexation plans. They’ll be back

1963 – U.S. President John Kennedy announced “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall. Das is gut

1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. I loved his arrogance

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet. Good

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides. This is a difficult issue for many

1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee. Good

2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome. I don’t totally understand this

2000 – Indonesia’s President Abdurrahman Wahid declared a state of emergency in the Moluccas due to the escalation of fighting between Christians and Muslims. It’s everywhere!

2002 – David Hasseloff checked into The Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism. Comes across on TV as a nice person….


The Day’s Music Events  26th October

1955, Elvis Presley (Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; “A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his That’s Alright, Mama, and Blue Moon of Kentucky.
Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen’s Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some “bop” and novelty numbers.”  These are not easy gigs to play at although well marshalled!

1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with ‘Quarter To Three’, a No.7 hit in the UK.  He was a guest on my show and we have a podcast at

1964, During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a “germ bomb” had been placed on board the aircraft.Horrible experience for anyone

1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine played on the track also played on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. I had been trying to get Roger McGuinn for a podcast but it became virtually impossible

1966, During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.Good show

1969, Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program from Los Angeles, California. She arrived in a big yellow taxi

1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges.  Bad gear

1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.  I stood next to Sonny Bon0s’s statue in Palm Springs

1975, Paul McCartney’s version of the theme to ITV’s UK weekday soap ‘Crossroads’, was aired for the first time.  I don’t think I heard it…

1976, TV talent show winners from Liverpool The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You To Me Are Everything’, the group’s only No.1 hit. It was the first single by a Black British band to top the UK charts.  They were extremely popular in Liverpool and their music lives on….

1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were ‘Hurt’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.  Another  sad memory near the passing of a legend

1982, American singer and One hit wonder Charlene was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’. The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982 by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop in Ilford, east London.  Not an easy face to remember for me

1988, Bros were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Owe You Nothing’. It was the only No.1 for the Boy band comprising of twins Luke & Matt Goss and Craig Logan. They owe us nothing

1993, Gabrielle started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dreams’.  Jamiroquai started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’.Quality acts

1999, Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards. Will you please confirm that figure…

2000, Britney Spears hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana announced that a new museum, due to open early next year, would include a section including fan mail, platinum records and genuine items of the singers clothing.  She should have been chuffed

2001, The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey caused uproar among theologians after rejecting an application from a rock star for a degree course on religious grounds. Former Cockney Rebel member Andrew Brown who was now a minister of the Unitarian church wanted to complete a MA in theology but Carey had rejected his application because Brown did not belong to a mainstream church.Sorry, your Eminence, but you are out of line on this one. Surely, this should have been a moment to embrace other’s beliefs

2003, The Sun newspaper reported that Gareth Gates’s mum had moved into his flat to curb the Pop Idol star’s wild behaviour. Wendy Gates was said to be furious after her son had been spotted out on a string of benders.  Well done mum…2005, Tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock ‘n’ roll history. Fans would have to pay up to £249 for a seat – £2 per minute to watch the Stones. I love the Stones but this was ridiculous

2008, Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world’s worst cover version ever, the magazines editor Stephen Lawson said Dion’s cover was “sacrilege”. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles’ rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’, (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in second place, followed by the Guns N’ Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’.Cover versions are always interesting. Initially, the instigators wanted to pay tribute to the song they are about to cover






Birthday Boys and Girls

1910, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. He died on January 21st 1997.

1942,  Larry Taylor, bass, Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No. 26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). 1

950, Junior Daye, Sweet Sensation, (1974 UK No.1 single with ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’)

1955, Mick Jones, guitar, vocals, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’,

1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles), Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single ‘e=mc2′).

1956, Chris Isaak, US singer songwriter, actor, (1990 UK No.10 & 1991 US No.6 single ‘Wicked Game’).

1972,  Jussi Sydänmaa, guitarist, Lordi. Became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won the contest held in Athens in 2006. 1973, US country singer, Gretchen Wilson, (2004 US country No.1 album ‘Here For The Party’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘All Jacked Up’).


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Friday 24th October 2014 ‘Flying Without Wings


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1999, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flying Without Wings’. It made the Irish boy band only the third act to debut at No.1 with their first three singles, B*Witched and Robson and Jerome being the other two.

The weather was a little cooler but we still had the sun. I was up nice and early as I had things to do. We had a lunch appointment and so I needed to get all my admin out of the way and then have a walk. Los chicos were also due to call around 5.30 pm.

At 1.20 pm we made the long trek round to see Dave and Sheenagh and we were treated to a lovely meal. We then had a really nice time chatting and looking at family photos. We also had the added bonus of seeing how the gardens where we used to live have matured. We had lived as neighbours for several years when the gardens were just being planted and they look really mature now. Of course there are several areas which might have matured better than others but I think the Mediterranean Garden looks terrific.

We usually don’t see the bigger picture. This is often because those who could reveal certain facts and detail to us prefer to keep things for themselves. For example….what is happening at Tesco? It is certainly one thing to have lower profits but why have the directors been massaging the figures? They will know the answer.

The audits will have to be visible at some point. Is it that Tesco has suddenly become a bad store? Of course not. Is it that Tesco have mas huge changes? I doubt it. Could it be, therefore, that in their cycle of business they have reached a peak and their business must dwindle before growth can come again? This is more likely. There must be a finite amount of money in the economy and that must then be shared around all the different multiples and individual retailers. How on earth can these figures ever be truly accurate? Methinks society has become far too complicated for exact science and that is even before people manipulate figures in their counting. The next person to miscalculate a stack of items will certainly not be the first!


Are you eating enough of these 5 amazing foods that help reduce high blood pressure?

by Frank Mangano
Consumer Health Advocate
Author of the popular book: 
Blood Pressure Miracle

Did you know that stroke and coronary heart disease still remain to be on the list of the top three main causes of death in the USA?  It’s time to take your health seriously so you don’t fall victim to these!

What is High Blood Pressure and how does this come into play?

According to the National Institute for Health, blood pressure levels of 140/90 mmHg or more can be classified as hypertension.

The worst part about having high blood pressure is that the condition can sometimes be present without any symptoms and before we know it, the damage is already extensive. Serious problems that have been associated with high blood pressure include kidney failure, heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

What are the Risk Factors Associated with High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure can be influenced by a lot of factors – age, race, family history, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, diet, binge drinking, and stress levels. Chronic conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes and high cholesterol levels can also precipitate the development of hypertension.

What can You Do to Lower Blood Pressure?

You don’t need potentially dangerous drugs to control and reduce your blood pressure. Controlling blood pressure levels could be as simple as doing lifestyle modifications and eating healthier.

If you are a smoker, quit. If you drink heavily, try to practice self-control. At work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. And if you have been obsessed with sweet, sugary foods as well as processed fast-food meals, then modify your eating habits as well. Learn to eat the right kinds of food before it’s too late.

Below are 5 of my top picks for powerful foods that could help you lower your blood pressure levels:

artichokes help lower blood pressure

1. Artichokes

The use of artichokes has been implicated in the lowering of cholesterol levels in the blood. Since hypercholesterolemia is one of the risk factors for high blood pressure, this information is actually good news.  Three clinical trials conducted separately by Dr. Barbara Wider supports this fact. In Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews’ October 2009 issue, where the result of the study was published, it was shown that patients who were diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and given Artichoke leaf extract exhibited a decrease in their blood cholesterol levels.

Artichokes taste amazing steamed (generally steam for about 1 hour) and then dip each piece into a mixture of olive oil, grass-fed butter, and garlic.  Delicious!

bananas cut high blood pressure2.  Bananas

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that incorporating bananas in your day-to-day meals can actually cut stroke-related deaths by as much as 40 percent. A 1997 study at Johns Hopkins University recommended eating at least five bananas daily to achieve the desired effect, and that is to lower elevated blood pressure levels. However, a study conducted by Indian researchers at the Kasturba medical college revealed that people who eat two bananas a day, for one whole week, can lower their blood pressure levels by 10 percent.

Bananas are rich in potassium, which is responsible for the proper functioning of the heart.  It works with sodium to maintain balance of the body’s fluids, which is an important factor in the regulation of blood pressure.
compounds in beets beat blood pressure

3.  Beets

A research study conducted by scientists from Barts and The London School Medicine revealed that simply drinking one 500 ml glass of beetroot juice each day can produce astounding health benefits, especially to the heart.

Beetroot juice has been found to lower high blood pressure levels. Professors Amrita Ahluwalia and Ben Benjamin, from the William Harvey Research Institute and Peninsula Medical Center, respectively, led the research efforts, which revealed that the consumption of dietary nitrate that is found in beetroot has BP-lowering effects in as fast as 1 hour after ingestion, with the effect lasting for up to 24 hours. The result of the study was published in the March 2008 issue of Hypertension.

You can try beetroot juice, or also try baked beets sliced on salads or as a side dish to dinner.
cocoa helps lower blood pressure

4.  Cocoa

A study conducted by researchers from Germany’s University Hospital of Cologne revealed that cocoa can significantly lower high blood pressure levels. Study results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The beneficial heart effects of cocoa are attributed to its flavonoid content, specifically procyanids.

Because cocoa is most commonly found in chocolate, people falsely assume that eating a lot of chocolate could be good for the health. Keep in mind that cocoa in chocolates have undergone a lot of processing, and it has been mixed with loads of sugar, so this is not totally healthy. The best way to take advantage of the health benefits offered by cocoa is to choose raw cacao – it is good for the heart, the brain and the liver.  Raw cacao nibs go great in smoothies!  Also use organic cocoa powder in smoothies or homemade hot cocoa sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.
garlic fights hypertension

5.  Garlic

Researchers from South Australia’s University of Adelaide have conducted studies, which provide solid proof that the consumption of garlic can indeed help lower elevated blood pressure levels. Garlic supplements in powder form were given and results revealed that it produced a reduction in systolic blood pressure. Garlic has been known all over the world as a very important herb, especially with its heart-protecting capabilities. It helps lower blood cholesterol levels and prevents blood from forming clots (which could lead to heart attack and stroke).

Furthermore, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal has published the results of a laboratory test showing how garlic juice can lead to a decrease in blood pressure levels. Eating the equivalent of 2 cloves of garlic each day can significantly contribute to the health of the heart.


World Events 24th October

1537 – Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward.Prince Edward became King Edward VI.

1632 – Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

1648 – The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

1788 – Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

1795 – The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1836 – Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.  This was a very useful idea

1901 – Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old. What a trouper

1929 – In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as “Black Thursday.”  Dreadful!

1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, Oh Boy!

1940 – In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Fair enough

1945 – The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

1945 – Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.

1948 – The term “cold war” was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.

1949 – The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.

1960 – All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.

1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day. We were scared stiff

1969 – Richard Burton bought his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later.

1986 – Britain broke off relations with Syria after a Jordanian was convicted in an attempted bombing. The evidence in the trial led to the belief that Syria was involved in the attack on the Israeli jetliner.

1999 – An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.

2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet. The moral-don’t do owt bad!

2003 – In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed. This was a shame

 The Day’s Music Events  24th October

1960, Brenda Lee scored her second US No.1 of the year with ‘I Want To Be Wanted’. It only reached No.31 in the UK.

1960, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy’. 1

1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary ‘Live At The Apollo’ album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.  I hammered it-fabulous album

1963, On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled “The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm”, (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn’t screaming, played seven songs, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’ ‘Money’, ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Twist and Shout.’ 1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music.

1969, Humble Pie appeared at the Empire, Sunderland, England supported by David Bowie. 1970, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Atom Heart Mother’, the group’s first No.1.

1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.

1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home.

1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto. He was given a one year suspended sentence and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind. He hadn’t learnt any lessons!

1979, Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.
1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, a No.3 hit in the UK.
1987, Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release ‘Nothing Like The Sun.’
1992, Simple Minds started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Glittering Prize 81-92′ their 5th UK No.1 LP.
1999, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flying Without Wings’. It made the Irish boy band only the third act to debut at No.1 with their first three singles, B*Witched and Robson and Jerome being the other two.
2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’ and Gardner formed 60′s band The Birds with guitarist Ron Wood.

2002, American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.

2004, Ronan Keating went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘10 Years Of Hits’, the former Boyzone singer’s third No.1 album.
2004, George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘50 Years of Hits.’ 2005, Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived unannounced at City University’s Hunter College as part of the MTV series Stand In. Students expected a screening of her new documentary, “I’m Going To Tell You a Secret” but they were also given the chance to question the singer.

2006, revealed that Kurt Cobain had overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity. Cobain’s work earned $50m (£27m) in the 12 months to October 2006, compared with Presley’s $42m (£22m). Former Beatle John Lennon earned $35m (£19m).
2007, A judge removed a drug treatment order for Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court for a review of the order. District Judge Jane McIvor told the singer she was going to revoke the six months left to serve on the order after advice from experts.

2009, Michael Bublé went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Crazy Love’, the Canadian singers fourth studio album.

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1936, Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 ‘Je Suis Un Rock Star’). Now tours with his backing band, The Rhythm Kings, which has featured Albert Lee and Georgie Fame.

1944,  Ted Templeman, Harper’s Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’).1944,  Patti Labelle, singer, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17single ‘Lady Marmalade’, 1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Michael McDonald, ‘On My Own’.1946,  Jerry Edmonton, Steppenwolf, (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’). Killed in a car crash on 28th November 1993.1946, Rob Van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Venus’). 1947,  Edgar Broughton, vocals, guitar, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single ‘Out Demons Out’).

1948,  Dale Griffin, drums, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’, also BBC radio producer).

1948,  Paul and Barry Ryan, identical twins (1965 UK No.13 single with ‘Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches’). Barry also had a solo 1968 UK No.2 single (No.1 on the NME chart), with ‘Eloise’ written by his brother Paul. Paul died of cancer on 29th November 1992 aged 44.

1959,Weird Al Yankovic, minor US hits parodying songs such as ‘Eat It’, (Michael Jacksons ‘Beat It’) and ‘Like A Surgeon’, (Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’).

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Thursday 23rd October 2014 ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England. What a gig and how much were those tickets? 1963, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’

We had another fine day yesterday. I had wanted to go to the beach again but I had a podcast to make with Neil Colbourne as he will not be available for a few days. I went down to prepare the studio and then took in a few rays before Neil arrived.

After my work in the studio it was time to prepare the salads and then sit in the sun and eat what I’d prepared. Within minutes I was enjoying a cat nap and then it was time to collect Sheenagh and whizz off to our Spanish class. We are the only English speakers so we are immersed in Spanish for a couple of hours. I am probably the worst in the group when it comes to grammar but otherwise I can hold my own……..

By the time I got back it seemed a bit colder. There was a nip in the air with a great contrast to the previous evening when it was warm air being drawn from the Sahara. We enjoyed a nice walk and Benidorm was buzzing. Poniente is the Spanish side and it was packed with Spanish people. The town is the second most important tourist venue for domestic tourism.


On this day in 1956 – Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956 Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising. This is a vivid recollection for meand made a huge impact on the way I feel about bullying. There’s no doubt in my mind that there are similarities between the religious fanatics currently on the rampage in the Middle East and the Russian fanatics around 1956. Why we can’t all just live peacefully alongside one another is beyond me. Sure, we all have disagreements from time to time but agree to differ. I know I have various critics who think I submit to other people’s wishes too easily and for the most part I try to do this. However, there are times when you need to push back and I try to choose the right times. Listen to Kenny Rogers singing the Coward of the County and you’ll get my drift!


Next, I’d like to revisit Singapore. I just love the place and I’m adding the hotel where we stayed , the Botanical Gardens and the surrounding areas.




That’s a great deal of pictorial information and I hope you liked it!  The rain beat down later that day but we had NBN Broadband which is extremely fast at 100 x 100. It was a pleasure to feed the machine.

Hair Cut

At the barbershop recently, a father came in with his two sons, about 10 and 12 years of age. He got both boys settled into barber chairs and then proceeded to tell the barbers how he wanted their hair cut. The younger boy didn’t pay much attention. But the older boy turned to his barber and said, “Make me look good for the girls, not for my dad!”

Here are some easy ways to avoid the flu without taking a shot

Get a boost of Vitamin D. A study published in Nature Immunology this year found that T-cells – your body’s major infection fighters – don’t mobilize against viruses without vitamin D.5 Vitamin D essentially activates these cells and supercharges your immunity. So soak up at least 20 minutes of sun a day. And eat vitamin-D-rich foods like cod liver oil, eggs, milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, sardines, tuna, beef liver and Swiss cheese. Or you can supplement.

I recommend at least 2,000 I.U.Eat foods rich in Vitamin C. Eat plenty of citrus fruits, broccoli, beef steak and oysters. This will help you maintain a super strong immune system. You also can take supplements. I recommend 2,000 mg daily.Add some immune-boosting herbs Garlic is one of nature’s best germ killers.Oregano oil and turmeric help prevent viruses and ease cold symptoms. Green tea contains anti-bacterial properties.

Get plenty of rest.

You need eight hours of sleep each day. By losing sleep, you rob your immune system of the energy it needs to fight infection, and you’ll catch more colds and flu viruses.


Get some each day but don’t go overboard. Too much exercise can actually stress the body and weaken your immunity. Twenty minutes a day of varied intensity exercise is all you need. Source-Al Sears, MD11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411


World Events 23rd October

42 B.C. – Marcus Junius Brutus committed suicide after his defeat at the Battle of Philippi. He was a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar. What goes round comes round…..

1910 – Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight. It’s a shame but I am afraid I had never heard of her un til today.

1915 – Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY. I would have supported them.

1929 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged starting the stock-market crash that began the Great Depression. This is why present day Governments are terrified of such falls. It is the aim of most Governments to help this never happening again.

1930 – J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. He birdied the first when his ball hit the little windmill and spun off under the ice cream counter. 1942 – During World War II, the British began a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt. Brave men who gave their lives for our freedom.

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time. It is a necessary evil although I would envisage a lot of inefficiency exists.

1956 – Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956 Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising. This is a vivid recollection for me and this event led the way for the marvellous magical magyars to enthrall us with their football at Wembley. They were the first international soccer team to beat England at Wembley. Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing “Dr. Zhivago”. This was a big event for us at the time and I’m humming the tune to myself now…..

1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval “quarantine” of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). This event needed strong government. Thank God for Kennedy.

1962 – The U.S. Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 began overflights of Cuba under the code name “Blue Moon.” We knew this was going on but I don’t recall the pictures.

1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and seat Communist China. I reckon this was a question of fearing the bigger of the two as opposed to the rights involved. As China’s civil rights is still in questionI feel my comment is justified.

1973 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over the subpoenaed tapes concerning the Watergate affair. Did he really have an option? 1978 – China and Japan formally ended four decades of hostility when they exchanged treaty ratifications.

1980 – The resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.

1983 – At Beirut International Airport, a suicide bomber destroyed a U.S. Marine compound and killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors. 58 French paratroopers were killed in a near-simultaneous attack. These figures are horrific and I am horrified by suicide bombings wherever and whenever they occur.

1984 – “NBC Nightly News” aired footage of the severe drought in Ethiopia. This is where we should be putting our money. Instead of buying weapons let’s find weays of getting food and water to these areas.

1989 – Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule. I have several Hungarians friends and their customs are really interesting. Alsothe Hungarian language is a very different language to the Latin speakers.

1992 – Japanese Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese emperor to stand on Chinese soil.

1992 – A former French health official was sentenced to four years in prison for allowing 1,200 hemophiliacs to receive AIDS-tainted blood. What a dreadful episode this was. How can such things happen?

1995 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia. This region has always proved difficult and this must be applauded.

1996 – The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opened in Santa Monica, CA. Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman. This should have alerted us all to the fact that sports stars are getting too big for their boots.

1998 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough in a land-for-peace West Bank accord. This is another area for world concern. Any attempts at peace are to be supported.

1998 – Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.

The Day’s Music Events  23rd October
1961, Dion No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaround Sue’-No.11 in the UK. I can’t say this was one of my favourite songs.

1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records, ‘Thank You For Loving Me All The Way.’ I think we overlook how young Stevie was and what an amazing talent he has. I loved ‘Fingertips’ and then Uptight set us all alight.

1963, The Beatles completed the final session for their second album then drove to London airport for a flight to Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour.

1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England. What a gig and how much were those tickets? 1963, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’

1964, all four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ ………….This is a bit of pop trivia that seems to have slipped through the net. How bizarre that Harold Box suffered the same fate as Buddy Holly.

1976, Chicago – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s first US No.1, also a No.1 1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home…….This is something I had never heard before and sends a chilling image of a disturbed mind…..

1982, Culture Club  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, the group’s first chart topper and the first of 12 UK Top 40 hits. The song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on Top of the Pops, when they stood in for Shakin’ Stevens who was ill and not able to appear……They looked really weird and the nation was not sure whether Boy George was a boy or a girl. I think things really began to get weird after this performance on national TV. I have to say I loved the song

1988, On the UK CD chart; Luther Vandross at No.3 with ‘Any Love’, No.2 U2 ‘Rattle and Hum’ & No.1 Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’………..I think we all took to Dire Straits. I was struggling to manage with vinyl and this group inspired me to change from vinyl to CD…

1993, Meat Loaf had his first UK No.1 with ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ (But I Won’t Do That’). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US No.1 hit………I never really got to grips with Meatloaf’s music. I can’t really explain any reason. I certainly don’t dislike his stuff I just had too many alternatives. 1993, Take That scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Everything Changes.’  I wasn’t into this either!

2002, Kanye West was involved in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from a recording studio in West Hollywood. I like his singles but don’t know much about the man.

2002, A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included ‘No Particular Place To Go’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Johnson’s lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit…….I think the judge was wrong here but the onus and moral obligation would always have been with Chuck Berry if he knew the claim was justified.

2005, Arctic Monkeys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, the Sheffield bands debut single…….I didn’t really see anything but hype in this.

2008, Beyonce  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Were A Boy’, the singers fourth UK No.1 hit……This lady is a class act and I like this song.

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1943,  Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’). Died on 19th November 2003.

1953, Pauline Black, vocals, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’). TV presenter

1956, Dwight Yoakam, country singer, (Guitars and Cadilacs).

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Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Real Wild Child!


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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, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall

It was gorgeous as I bombed off to La Nucia for my Spanish class. I enjoyed this couple of hours as only one other person spoke English. It was a productive session. As I came home in the car I listened to the farcical judgement of the Oscar Pretorius case. The cost has been sky high. The BBC needed a reporter from Pretoria or outside whatever building might be relevant most days and the judge droned on about remorse. I don’t know how this judgement was reached but I suspect someone paid a few bob for the outcome!

After completing a few admin jobs we went down to spend a few hours on the beach at Poniente. This is the quieter, more Spanish, side of Benidorm and we spent a pleasant few hours. The water was beautiful. Unlike the pool it was warm in the sea and it was not difficulty staying in the water for a good half hour. Anne even spent 20 minutes in the Med. It really is a very pleasant time of the year. Our temperature today was around 29 degrees!

Judge’s Announcement

A judge enters the courtroom, strikes the gavel, and says,
“Before I begin this trial, I have an announcement to make.”The lawyer for the defence has paid me $15,000 to swing the case his way. The lawyer for the plaintiff has paid me
$10,000 to swing the case her way.”In order to make this a fair trial, I am returning $5,000 to the defence.


How Old is Grandma?

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.. The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: ‘

television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods , Xerox , contact lenses, Frisbees and

the pill

There were no: ‘  

credit cards, laser beams or , ball-point pens

Man had not invented: ‘

pantyhose , air conditioners , dishwashers, clothes driers ……

and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air

and … man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. …. … and then lived together.. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”. And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”

We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege…

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios. And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan  or China ‘ on it, it was junk The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam…. Pizza Hut, Mc Donald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day: ‘

“grass” was mowed, ‘

“coke” was a cold drink, ‘

“pot” was something your mother cooked in and ‘

“rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby. ‘

“Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office, ‘

“chip” meant a piece of wood, ‘

“hardware” was found in a hardware store and ‘

“software” wasn’t even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap. How old do you think I am? I bet you have this old lady in mind….you are in for a shock!

This woman would be only 59 years old………


World Events 22nd October

1376 – The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.  I think it was probably true
1587 – A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances. Weird

1796 – Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland. Interesting

1798 – The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1997.  Great

1812 – English troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain.  1-0?

1916 – 10 people were killed when a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, CA.  Horrible

1946 – 90 people were killed when Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.  Never justified

1965 – “Till Death Us Do Part” debuted on England’s BBC-TV.  This was a comedy about how a racist lived in British society

1987 – The U.S. began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran.  Good idea

1991 – Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, charged she’d been raped by boxer Mike Tyson in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson was later convicted of rape and served 3 years in prison.  It’s a pity his behaviour was so bad because he was a great fighter

1998 – Iran tested medium-range missile, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia. Bad news

2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.  How many?

2003 – In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.  Good riddance

2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported. Mon Dieu!

2004 – The September 11 commission’s final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to White House officials the day before.  How on earth could anyone predict such evil?

2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.  I’ll just check my watch…..

 The Day’s Music Events  22nd October

1963, The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare.Gerry and the Pacemakers were a great group and often more popular than the Beatles

1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall. This would hardly get the same punishment today. Maybe a warning?

1967, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, Procol Harum, No.4, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’, The Turtles, No.3, ‘It Must Be Him’, Vikki Car’, No.2, ‘Alternate Title’, The Monkees and No.1, ‘All You Need Is Love’, The Beatles.Great tracks .

1971, John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano. I love this song and remember the video vividly

1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.Oh dear! 1973, Van Morrison appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, playing his first UK show for over 2 years. Tickets, £1.10-£2. Popular man!

1979, Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’This was real rock n roll

1989, Former actress Martika started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Toy Soldiers’, a No.5 hit in the UK. Good song .v>
1989, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release ‘A New Flame’. Good band

1989, Sonia was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced song was the Liverpool singers only UK chart topper.Dodgy song

1989, The soundtrack album ‘Batman’ by Prince started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.Always an interesting genius

1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.Be sure your sins will find you out

1999, Simple Minds closed their official fan club due to dwindling membership.  What a pity as they did make good music 2000, Oasis appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.  Good gig

2001, Destiny’s Child went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for the second time with ‘Survivor’.  OK .

2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett. This was a really nice Frenchman who always had a smile on his face

2004, American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.I didn’t know this man’s work 2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.Really nice soul group

2005, Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said “singing while driving stimulates the mind.” Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s Firestarter should be avoided.  I think it was not very good offering such advice as this was far too subjective. I know different music reacts differently with different people. 

2006, Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.  He is missed 2007, Welsh singer Paul Potts started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘One Chance.’ Potts became the winner of the first series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show.  Nice voice






Birthday Boys and Girls

 1941, George Clinton, (1994 UK No.22 single ‘Bop Gun’), Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’). .

1944,  Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.4 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’). Died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on 11th Feb 2009, aged 67. 1944, Ric Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with Supertramp, (1979 UK No.7 & US No.6 single with ‘The Logical Song’ and a 1979 US No.1 & UK No.3 album ‘Breakfast In America’).

1947, Don Henley, The Eagles, drums, vocals, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975′ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo (1985 US No.5 & UK No.12 single ‘The Boys of Summer’).

1956, Mick Pointer, drummer Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).

.  1973, Rufus Wainwright, Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright. 2003 album ‘Want One’, 2005 UK No.21 album ‘Want Two’, 2007 UK No.2 album ‘Release the Stars.’



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