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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Tuesday 21st October 2014 Jive Bunny And The Mastermixes


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Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1989, Jive Bunny And The Mastermixes had their second UK No.1 single with ‘That’s What I Like.’ The Theme from Hawaii Five-O was the recurring hook in the record which also included ‘Lets Twist Again’, ‘Lets Dance’, ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘The Twist’

The weather was great again. I had  swim but it was very cold and I didn’t stay in very long. We had a few things to do and bureacracy has reared its ugly head this morning. A form apparently was sent to our house. The orgnisation in the UK that sent the form assumed that I received it and ignored it. I didn’t receive it and therefore I had nothing to be aware of. The organisation didn’t pay me what is due and now I have weeks of form-filling ahead of me! It’s not just Spain!

It is so sad to see Linda Bellingham has died. She came across as a sparkling, vivacious lady and bravery is the first word that sprang to my mind after her death. I watched her speak about the end of her life and I had felt very sad watching her talk about what was happening in her life. I think she has probably endeared herself to a very big number of people who will remember her with great fondness. RIP

I’m watching Rip-Off Britain and the three presenters are really wearing well. The content of the show is all about how scams and tricksters and fraudsters are proliferating in the UK. It really is a depressing state of affairs. We can only be on guard as much as we are able and there are so many sophisticated ways of catching us via technology that we probably are always one step behind the criminals.I think I have a relativly simple maxim. Trust nobody until you know them and then still stay on your guard. It’s a jungle out there!

So, off we went to have a walk along the seafront in Albir. I should now write a paragraph about the behaviour of cyclists along the seafront but I won’t!  After our walk it was back home, a quick rest after our meal and off to La Nucia to give our English class.


STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters….. S. T. R.

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) . . . she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
Thank God for the sense to remember the ’3′ steps – STR. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK

(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS..
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is

‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


World Events 21st October

1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor.

1805 – The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet. I travelled down the coast and found nothing to say there had been a battle

1858 – The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris. Ooo la! la!

1879 – Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.

1917 – The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.

1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.

1944 – During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.

1945 – Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.

1950 – Chinese forces invaded Tibet.

1959 – The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There is a Guggenheim in Bilbao

1966 – In south Wales, 140 people were killed by a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses. This became known as the Aberfan Disaster

1967 – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.

1986 – Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.

1988 – Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.

1994 – North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.

1998 – Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA’s first female commissioner.

1998 – 68 people were arrested in Indonesia for the killing spree that left nine suspected murderers dead.

2003 – North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush’s offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

The Day’s Music Events  21st October

1958, Buddy Holly’s last recording session took place at Pythian Temple Studios, New York City. The songs recorded included ‘Raining In My Heart’, ‘Moondreams’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ which became a No.1 hit.  Great song

1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley’s bass player, (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar, Black played on ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘, ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Mystery Train‘, ‘Hound Dog‘; ‘Jailhouse Rock‘ in the late 1950s. Black, Scotty Moore and drummer D. J. Fontana toured extensively during Presley’s early career. After leaving Presley Black formed Bill Black’s Combo.They made some nice records as well

1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on another new John Lennon song ‘Nowhere Man.’  Two good songs

1965, The Spencer Davis Group recorded ‘Keep On Running’ at Pye Studios in London, England. The track went on to top the UK chart next January. Nice version by Wynder K Frog

1967, Scottish singer Lulu started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘To Sir With Love’.
1971, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger became a father when his wife Bianca gave birth to daughter Jade in a Paris hospital.

1972, Chuck Berry started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Ding-A- Ling’, his first and only US and UK No.1, 17 years after his first chart hit.A change of musical direction

1972, Curtis Mayfield started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with soundtrack to ‘Superfly’. I liked him when he was with the Impressions

1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal. Very sad

1978, The Clash sacked manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company ‘found him hard to deal with’. Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.
1989, Jive Bunny And The Mastermixes had their second UK No.1 single with ‘That’s What I Like.’ The Theme from Hawaii Five-O was the recurring hook in the record which also included ‘Lets Twist Again’, ‘Lets Dance’, ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘The Twist’.Very innovative

1989, Kylie Minogue scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Enjoy Yourself.’
1992, George Michael took Sony Records to court in a fight over his contract with the company; he lost the case in 1994. Michael worked with Sony again less than 10 years later.

1995, Green Day singer Billie Joe was arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.
1997, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97′ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days and raising more than £20 million for charity. Great song
2001, Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions in funds for the victims of the Sept 11th attacks. Stars who appeared included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, *NSYNC, P Diddy, James Brown, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who and Elton John.

2004, Jessica Simpson was being sued over her cosmetic line ‘Dessert.’ Cosmojet, a California-based cosmetics company, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming Simpson, her cosmetic company Dessert Beauty Inc. and cosmetic retailing giant Sephora owe Cosmojet nearly $200,000 for products they say they manufactured and sold to Dessert. Cosmojet claimed it sold nearly $1 million in products to Simpson and her company, and to date had only received close to $800,000 in payment. Brilliant cover of These Boots were made for Walking
2006, American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer Sandy West died. Founding member (with Joan Jett) of all girl group The Runaways, hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history. I didn’t know her name

2006, British broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.
. 2007, Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Pull The Pin’ the bands sixth studio album.


Born this day

1940, Manfred Mann, keyboard player with Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1941,  Steve Cropper, guitarist, Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’).

1946, Lee Loughnane, trumpet, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).  1947, Tetsu Yamauchi, bass player, Faces, (1973 UK No.8 single ‘Pool Hall Richard’,) Free, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Wishing Well’). 1948,  John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, Free, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Wishing Well’). Back Street Crawler. 1954,  Eric Faulkner, singer, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’, plus 11 other UK top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single ‘Saturday Night’).






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Monday 20th October 2014 Monster Mash


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

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

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

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

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


Pass The Butter …. Please.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Proverb:

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


World Events 20th October

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

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

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

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

1944 – Allied forces invaded the Philippines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 The Day’s Music Events  20th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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Sunday 19th October 2014 School’s Out’


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Footballers, Intelligence and Faux Pas

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

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

Mark Viduka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Lomas

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

Barry Venison

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

David Beckham

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

Phil Neville

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

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

Alan Shearer

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

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


World Events 19th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 The Day’s Music Events  19th October

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

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

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

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

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

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






Birthday Boys and Girls

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




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Saturday 18th October 2014 Hung Up!


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

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

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

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

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


Spanish News

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

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

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

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



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World Events 18th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Day’s Music Events  18th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Birthday Boys and Girls

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



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


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

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


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


Love story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


World Events 17th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Day’s Music Events  17th October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






Birthday Boys and Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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



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