Sunday 21st September 2014 Band Of Gold’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1970, Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Band Of Gold’

The weather was nice and hot again but I had to create a podcast with Don in the morning. We had a good chat and the podcast is on the website. Next, it was a question of sorting out the marketing side of the podcasts but the internet was horribly slow. I had time for a swim before it was time to practise my guitar. Then after a rest I went down to watch Liverpool play West Ham. It was like watching paint dry for me although West Ham were certainly up for the game. Ugh! Forget the rest…..we had to walk up the Poniente  promenade before going home as Liverpool had depressed us.


We have been re-jigging the podcasts somewhat and the number of listeners and visitors to the various sites has definitely gone up a gear. In the podcasts I am trying to highlight matters of interest which seem to be out of focus on mainstream TV and radio. For example, British Chief Constables are admitting they have lost the battle to stop binge drinking. Werll, why would they ever be able to defeat the influences of the TV and the Internet? Every day the soaps in Britain extol the virtues of the demon drink. I like a drink so I am not an opponent of alcohol. I asm an opponent of abuse.

Every soap seems to be based around alcohol so for a few hours every day the UK public see the Woolpack, Queen Vic and Rovers Return in scenes where everyone is drinking and usually getting a little heated. We all accept the authenticity of the public house as a focal point for socialising but the rise of home drinking excels in Emmerdale where it would seem there is an invisible elastic band from the door handle to the bottle on the sideboard. It’s almost a staple moment that someone enters the set and sprints to pour themselves a drink. Are we thjat different? I don’t feel that need but then again I keep myself busy.

Now the dust has settled on the referendum (or has it?) perhaps David Cameron will look at what the UK has really been showing the world. The UK has become a leaderless society where the MPs steal via their expense accounts, minority groups have been allowed to practise peadophilia because the police and social services were afraid to upset the politically correct brigade and the Home Secretary has allowed the frontiers to become almost like the gates of Butlins. Those that live within can go down to any town centre and be confronted by thugs and drunkards-in some areas round the clock. Wake up and smell the coffee Britain. Enoch Powell was right. Mary Whitehouse was right You just hide your head in the sand and let everyone else suffer whilst you build up your assets.


Meditation is one of those things that we all want to do, but for a lot of us, the chatter of our busy minds can make sitting down to meditate an exercise in frustration rather than relaxation. Here are five top ways to get your practice going.

Following the Breath

This is an excellent technique for beginners. Ancient, powerful and effective, by simply watching your breath, you give your mind something to focus on in a relaxed way. Get yourself in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin to observe the sensations of breathing. Pay attention to how it feels as you draw air in through your nose, down into your lungs and back out again through your mouth. You don’t need to control or force your breathing in any way. Just watch. If your mind wanders — and it will — don’t worry or criticize yourself, this is normal in the beginning. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing and continue.  Full article


World Events  21st September

1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.

1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.

1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 – Japanese forces began occupying China’s northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.

1938 – A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.

1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.

1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1964 – Malta gained independence from Britain.

1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.

1976 – Orlando Letelier, former foreign minister for President Salvador Allende of Chile, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, DC.

1981 – Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.

1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1982 – Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.

1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.

1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

1996 – John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.

1998 – The videotaped grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the Monica Lewinsky case was made public.


The Day’s Music Events  21st September
1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. In the evening they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool with Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, admission price was 3 shillings (15 pence). 

1963, Bobby Vinton started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blue Velvet’. The single became a hit in the UK 27 years later when it reached No.2. 

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single ‘Hush’

1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Harper Valley PTA’.

1969, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Nash, Desmond Dekker and Jackie Edwards all appeared at London’s Empire Pool Caribbean Music Festival. 

1970, Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Band Of Gold’

1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ was aired. Presented by Bob Harris

1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby’, the singers first and only US solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the UK.

1974, Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’ The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder. 

1980, during a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer.

1981, Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Prince Charming’. 

1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Virgin’, ten months after its release. The album spent a total 152 weeks on the UK chart.

1985, With the help Of heavy MTV exposure ‘Money For Nothing’ gave Dire Straits their first US No.1 single. 

1991, Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘On Every Street’. 

1991, Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a 12-hour period. 

1996, The Fugees scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘Ready Or Not’. The chorus in the song is based on ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)’ by The Delfonics. The Fugees previous single ‘Killing Me Softly,’ was so successful that the track was ‘deleted’ and no longer supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the Top 20 to make way for the next single ‘Ready or Not’.

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls

1923,  Jimmy Young, UK singer (and BBC radio presenter until 2003).1934,  Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, 1947, Don Felder, guitar, vocals, The Eagles



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Saturday 20th September 2014 Fame


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1975, ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US, the song was co-written with John Lennon.


So Scotland has voted to stay in the Union. The smug Tories were trotting out to inform us of their pleasure and the BBC presenters announced it was a huge majority in favour. Sorry. Look at the figures. It wasn’t a huge majority. Out of every 10 Scots or those eligible to vote in Scotland 5 wanted to stay in the Union….4 did NOT want to stay in the Union and 1 couldn’t be bothered to vote. Having said this it was a brilliant turnout. There will be no need for a border and Scotland can still use the pound. Nigel Farrage spoke wisely advising caution. Scotland’s MPs should not be voting on English matters and this matter needs addressing. The question of oil revenues needs to be a bit more transparent.

Whether people want to admit it or not the English can often be far too arrogant especially in the south of the country. The Scottish can sometimes be aggressive, as can everyone, but Glasgow has often been portrayed as a city where aggression can rear its ugly head. The Nationalists during the campaign became quite aggressive during the campaign and I would suggest it is pretty deserved by some of the arrogance displayed by the MPs. Arrogance portrayed by awarding themselves an 11% pay rise when they have no right to do so. They have robbed the electorate in their expense fiddling. They have allowed 175, 000 illegal immigrants to swan around with their whereabouts unknown. They have presided over the worst cases of paedophilia ever seeing the light of day in the UK and they have allowed a muslim threat to become an everyday worry in the UK. They do not deserve a pay rise. They should have a pay cut.


Today is Don Woods day. Here’s this week’s offering……..

Thank goodness the Scottish referendum is over…I’m sick and tired of hearing about it on the news…personally I couldn’t care less what the Scots do…nobody asked my opinion so why SHOULD I care….the only ones worried were the millionaire fat cats who might have had their millions depleted….doesn’t effect me one way or another…maybe we’ll get some decent news now…probably not.

This week I have found one of my ancient classic novelty songs which I composed for The Liverpool Health Authority.

“The Exercise Song” went down really well….they ordered a stack off me and played it in their gyms….it was on vinyl so it got a lot of radio play…mainly from my mate Norman Thomas….it aint rock and roll but it’s close….speaking of Liverpool did you see the drama about Cilla?…Rory Storm with black hair?…and The Beatles looked nothing like…a little bit more effort to detail would have been better.

The BBC coverage of the Oscar Pistorious trial was ridiculous….reporters prattling away outside the courthouse LIVE…and live coverage of the trial…what a circus and how much did all this cost?…live satellite from the other side of the world….that’s my licence fee well spent NOT!!!

Remaining on the subject of getting ripped off…my car tax is due…£285 a year….and why?…because it’s a diesel…and the “experts” have decided that it’s bad for the planet …only 10 years ago we were told it was NOT a threat to the planet…that was before everyone started buying diesel cars because the fuel was cheaper and the petrol companies saw their chance e to rip us all off as usual…I remember when diesel was half the price of petrol…now it’s dearer….so I pay over £100 more for my car tax than my mate whose got a 2 litre petrol job…WHY?…it’s the same roads…OH I forgot…Boris “super plonker” Johnson is at the helm…which means there’s no hope whatsoever.

Sunday Night At The Palladium is back….which will sort the wheat out from the chaff…hopefully…this week they had Little Mix who catered well for the young viewers and Brian Adams who was O.K. if you’re a fan and Alan Davies…still…you can’t have everything….he is another comedian who just isn’t funny…I TRY to like him but fail every time. I don’t know whether the show will work but time will tell over the next few weeks.

 The salt manufacturers are obviously suffering a drop in profits due to the adverse publicity over the last few years because “experts” have discovered it’s now O.K. to have salt…it’s SUGAR that’s gonna see you off.

I wonder if these “experts” work for the salt companies?…..and finally there was a short announcement regarding a space satellite which has landed successfully on a planet 250,000 miles away….and hey the surface was rougher than they thought…wow…that’s money well spent…I’m sure all the council workers whose jobs are in jeopardy because of lack of money are delighted with the goings on in outer space…


I do like to revisit some of my earlier work and see which quotes had appealed to me.  I recently joined in a string on a website looking at things that make the British great. Here are some ideas that I like taken from the various replies and added my thoughts.

  • Humour in our darkest hour. We seem quite good at this. Take Dad’s Army as a good example!
  • Ability to carry on regardless-The weather each year.
  • Not talking ourselves too seriously.  -Most of the British soaps on TV might reflect this trait
  • The NHS – universal free healthcare for everyone….But under attack at present
  • Our need to support the under dog / stop bullies……reading the Sun it would appear the bullies are taking over
  • Sense of fair play…..judges telling the burglar he is a brave person?
  • Our diversity….now creating so many problems
  • Staying with a problem until its solved…..Faulklands, Gibraltar…
  • Our history… the British people have been conned over the centuries!
  • Regional accents – they confuse the hell out of the rest of the world :-)
  • Obsession with a class system, accents and public schools…we were stuck with it!
  • Village fetes-yes these are very nice
  • Country pubs- a great selection
  • A full English breakfast – it even has its own facebook page! Tell the dieticians how good it is
  • Bacon sandwiches – the single biggest reason why most vegetarians lapse!!
  • The Royal family
  • Engineering, science, art and literature
  • Our need to tell it like it is….That’s why I bother doing this!
  • Having a pint…This is now a little skewed
  • Obsession with decades 60s, 70s, etc.
  • Music
  • Adopting traditions from other countries and making them our own – the craic for instance. The craic will always be Irish and the English have very little to offer in its place
  • Taking the mickey….coming from Liverpool…we were past masters at this
  • Ability to quickly become a community when we need to….Yes. The war spirit lives on
  • These are just a few of the ideas posted on the website but the list went on for ages!


Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. – Noam Chomsky

Now this is one that appealed to me because it put me in mind of watching my own children try to work out how things function and their reactions to it. Richard is like me. He will sit for hours until he gets things right and understood. Andrew tends to get things quickly and John used to just give up. These days he has more tenacity. I just like even watching the cat trying to puzzle out various things. For example he knows I am preparing salads and I might be opening the meat soon. He sits until I get the packet that he can’t even see. He then changes his miaow to get me to understand his wishes.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. – Benjamin Franklin

I think I follow this as much as is possible and I do see many around me who don’t seem to get to bed at any half decent time. I suppose living by Benidorm tends to cloud the issue where many Brits seem to come to Spain to sit and get sunburnt and drink beer. Was I ever like that? I don’t think so. Does this make any of us better or worse? I don’t think so. Vive la difference!

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves. – Lane Kirkland

This is very much my way of thinking. I don’t like the inequality in the world but I accept that some will always be better off than others and often deservedly so. However, for man to live in peace with fellow man then it is decidedly unhealthy to know that less than 3 per cent of a population controls around 97 percent of the wealth. This is true of many if not most countries and when I look at the suffering around the world I pray for change.

I am not that naive to not realise that there are greater and deeper issues necessary to challenge the status quo. For ever starving child in Africa there has been a moment’s pleasure and I think it is so sad that others have a short moment of pleasure at the expense of a child suffering for many years. Moreover, I think it is so sad that the female of the species is so often left shouldering the blame and the responsibility. It takes two to tango. All this challenges my faith and my ability to understand what life is really all about.


World Events  20th September

1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.

1870 – The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy. This was around the time of the first major Education Act in England

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.

1955 – “You’ll Never Be Rich” premiered on CBS-TV. The name was changed less than two months later to “The Phil Silvers Show.”  This was one of my favourite shows

1958 – Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed in the chest at a New York City department store by an apparently deranged black woman.

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.  Where did that go?

1977 – The first of the “boat people” arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.

1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peace-keeping troops back to Beirut. This is an area of never ending problems

1984 – A Hizbulla suicide bomber destroyed the rebuilt U.S. Embassy in Beirut. 25 people were killed. They’re still active

1989 – The wreckage of a DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA was found in Niger. The plane disappeared on September 19 with 171 passengers onboard. The Paris-bound plane was believed to have been brought down by a bomb. This was dreadful

1989 – F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.

1991 – U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.  This is still lingering

1992 – French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty. Mass Tricked?

1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.

1999 – Raisa Gorbachev, wife of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorvachev, died of leukemia.


The Day’s Music Events  20th September

 1964, At the end of the North American tour The Beatles played a Charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, the 3,682 audience each paid $100 a ticket.

1969, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.  I’m off lads. I prefer Yoko

1969, based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends The Archie’s started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. It became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts. Sugar Sugar

1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US.

1969, UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for ‘Nashville Skyline’. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for ‘The Boxer’ and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.  Brilliant single
1970, The Rolling Stones live album ‘Get Your Ya-Yas Out’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. I often get my ya yas out!

1973, On his way to perform his second concert of the day, US singer, songwriter Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana.

1975, ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US, the song was co-written with John Lennon.
1975, The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the ‘Saturday Night Variety Show’.

1975, Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.

1976, the first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.

1976, The Captain and Tennille musical variety show premiered on ABC TV in the US.

1995, The Daily Mirror ran a front page story ‘ban this sick stunt’ referring to the new single from Pulp ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz.’ The artwork showed how to fold a ‘speed’ wrap, the sleeve was changed, the single entered the UK chart at No.8.  Thanks for the publicity?

1997, Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’, and ‘Candle In The Wind 97.’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
2007, Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones was admitted to hospital when he was injured during an altercation with a member of a club’s security team. The band had gone to a west London club after appearing at the Vodafone Live Music Awards. Keep matters in-house






Birthday Boys and Girls

1946,  Michael Oldroyd, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

1949,Chuck and John Panozzo, bass and drums, Styx.

1959, Alannah Currie Vocals, sax, The Thompson Twins,

1960, David Hemmingway, The Housemartins,
1967,  Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of 60′s singer Ricky Nelson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.54 single, ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection).

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Friday º19th September 2014 Please Don’t Tease


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It had that autumnal feel yesterday morning as our friend Paul called early to give us a quote for some work on the outside of the house. There are several bitty jobs which I would take a few months to complete whereas an expert would complete the job earlier and with a better result. He explained what he would do and gave us a fair price. Job done. I can relax in the knowledge that a good workman will get these little niggles out of the way.

BBC Breakfast droned on yesterday morning. It’s just left on for company but I’ll be glad when the Scotland question is settled one way or the other. The turnout is a around 80% which does indicate a great deal of interest but I still feel a 16 year old is still too young to know the implications of the currency question with all its implications. If many adults still don’t understand this after their lifetime of using currencies then why a kid who might not have passed his gCSE should know is beyond me. Watching Braveheart a few times doesn’t really deserve automatic franchise for me. I must admit I had always suspected Alistair Darling was never the right choice for the ‘No’ campaign.

We went down to Albir to meet our friends Roger and Iris who were coming to our place. Roger was the manager at the Liverpool Cabin when I worked there in another life. He has a wealth of information about aspect of his life which had hitherto been unknown to me. I’m a pretty good listener and we had a good long chat before we got the guitars out for a jam. It was very enjoyable.


A cabbie picks up a Nun.
She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her. She asks him why he is staring. He replies:‘I have a question to ask you but I don’t want to offend you.’ She answers, ‘My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.’ ‘Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.’ She responds, ‘Well, let’s see what we can do about that: 1, you have to be single and 2, you must be Catholic.’ The cab driver is very excited and says, ‘Yes, I’m single and Catholic!’ ‘OK’ the nun says. ‘Pull into the next alley.’ The nun fulfills his fantasy, with a kiss that would make a hooker blush. But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying. ‘My dear child,’ says the nun, ‘why are you crying?’ ‘Forgive me but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess, I’m married and I’m Jewish.’

The nun says, ‘That’s OK. My name is Trevor and I’m going to a fancy dress party.’


World Events  19th September

1356 – The Battle of Poitiers was fought between England and France. Edward “the Black Prince” captured France’s King John.  Mon Dieu!

1796 – U.S. President Washington’s farewell address was published. I’ve never seen it!

1819 – John Keats wrote “Ode to Autumn.”  Never read it!

1876 – Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.  We had a Bex Bissell

1881 – James A. Garfield died of wounds from an assassin. The 20th U.S. president lived for 11 weeks after the wounds were inflicted.  A lesser known name of a president

1891 – “The Merchant of Venice” was performed for the first time at Manchester.

1893 – In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  I think this was the first time the ladies were allowed to vote

1945 – William Joyce, also known as “Lord Haw-Haw”, was sentenced to death by a British court for his role as a Nazi propagandist.

1955 – Argentina President Juan Peron was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy. I have quite a few Argentinian friends and they are very nice.

1957 – The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.  Ugh -but necessary!

1959 – Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily.  He could have bought a wig

1960 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel angrily after a dispute with the management.  Smoking not allowed and he was fuming!

1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premiered on CBS-TV. I still remember her lovely smile

1984 – China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.  The Brits kept their word

1985 – An earthquake registering 8.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Mexico City area. About 6,000 people were killed.  Dreadful

1988 – Israel successfully launched the Horizon-I test satellite.

1989 – A DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA disappeared while carrying 171 people to Paris. The wreckage of the plane was found the next day in Niger. It was believed a bomb was responsible.  This is so sad

1990 – Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.  Saddam was not a nice man

1992 – The U.N. Security Council recommended suspending Yugoslavia due to its role in the Bosnian civil war.

1994 – U.S. troops entered Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

1995 – The commander of American forces in Japan and the U.S. ambassador apologized for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen. I hope they were castrated

2003 – It was reported that AOL Time Warner was going to drop “AOL” from its name and be known as Time Warner Inc. The company had announced its merger and name change on January 10, 2000.




The Day’s Music Events  19th September

1957, 16 year-old UK singer Cliff Richard, still known by his real name, Harry Webb, joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.

1960, former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. It made No.14 in the UK in 1962. Chubby told me the story himself on our podcast we made together

1960, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters had the honour of being the first group to have three songs in the US Top 100 at the same time. ‘Finger Poppin’ Time,’ ‘Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go’ and ‘The Twist’ all made the Top 30.

1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.  Was I there?

1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK No.1 single with ‘Bad Moon Rising’ a US No.2 hit. .

1970, The first UK Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Marc Bolan, Ian Anderson, Keith Christmas, Quintessence, Amazing Blondel and Sam Apple Pie. Whatever happened to Sam?

1970, Diana Ross No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. The singers first solo No.1 since leaving The Supremes, a No.6 in the UK. Great voice

1975, Queen signed a management deal with Elton John’s manager John Reid.

1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York’s Central Park. Over 400,000 fans attend the show.

1992, The Shamen started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ebeneezer Goode’. One of the most controversial UK chart toppers due to its perceived subliminal endorsement of recreational drug use. The song was initially banned by the BBC. Was it that good?

1998, Robbie Williams scored his first solo UK No.1 single with ‘Millennium

1999, Edward Cobb died of Leukaemia aged 61. Singer songwriter, wrote ‘Tainted Love’ a hit for Soft Cell in 1981. Great song

1999, Italian group Eiffel 65 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee’). 2002, James Brown was being sued by his own daughters for more than £650,000 of song royalties they said they were owed. Deanna Brown Thomas and Dr Yamma Brown Lumar, a Texas physician, said Brown had withheld royalties on 25 co-written songs because of a family grudge.  Happy families, eh?

2003, Australian country music singer-songwriter David Gordon “Slim Dusty” Kirkpatrick died aged 76.  His song was The Pub with no Beer

2004, Eric Prydz started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call On Me.’ A reworking of Steve Winwood’s classic 1982 (remixed ’87) hit ‘Valerie’.

2004, Canadian singer Celine Dion extended her Las Vegas show for another year. 2005, research published by Guinness World Records showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles than any other band in UK chart history. The band had scored 61 chart successes, dating from ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ in 1968 to ‘You’ll Come Around’ in 2004. Queen came second with 52 hits, with the Rolling Stones and UB40 with 51 hits each.





Birthday Boys and Girls

1931, Brook Benton, US singer

1934, Brian Epstein, Beatles manager and manager of other Liverpool acts.

1935, Nick Massi, The Four Seasons 1940, Bill Medley, The Righteous Brothers

1940,  Paul Williams, US songwriter. Wrote The Carpenters hits ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ & ‘Rainy Day’s and Mondays.’

1943, Cass Elliott, singer, Mamas and the Papas 1945, Freda Payne, US soul singer 1946, John Coghlan drums, Status Quo, (left in 1982),

1947, Lol Creme, vocals. guitar, 10cc, 1949, Twiggy, (Lesley Hornby), 60′s model, singer, 1963, Jarvis Cocker, singer, Pulp 1964, Trisha Yearwood, country singer.


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Thursday 18th September 2014 Knockin on Heaven’s Door


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1970, Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message ‘I need help bad man’, on his managers answer phone earlier that night.

We have had a few specks of rain and I have heard it has been prevalent all the way from Javea to Torrevieja. Make no mistake we desperately need every drop of rain but I hope and pray the officials in the water board have been enabling contingency plans for next year should the rains not come. As in the UK there is enough water in Spain and there should be utmost cooperation to get the water to the point of need. Construct new pipelines if necessary. If we had been talking about oil then this would have been done years ago.

I predict there will be big changes ahead in the water industry. It’s barmy to think of shareholders making profits when millions need fresh water supplies. Yet the UK has sold this utility to overseas investors. I haven’t researched the situation in Spain but it is time to rethink national strategies. If we use the England soccer team as an analogy then the picture is clear. Overseas owners buy the clubs for their shareholders. English players are replaced by overseas players. The England National team has diminished ever since.

No overseas power shoul have too much of a say in internal affairs. Why should shareholders cah in on people who have to go without their water? Many  won’t listen. Money is ultra important. However, it is not the most important thing in life. You try breathing without air but with a heavy wallet. You try surviving without water but with your pockets jangling with money. Try living without food when your wallet is full. Know what I mean ‘arry?


A new Aldi supermarket opened up yesterday and the world and his wife decided to visit the opening. I don’t really understand this. Practically all the products will be the same and there will be a few opening offers. There was an Aldi further up the road and it didn’t seem to get very busy. It could well be the classic case of location, location, location as the car park was a lot less accessible than this new store. Also, the old store was based on a busy roundabout whereas the new store necessitates travl for the purpose of using the store. You have to want to go there. However, we have several other supermarkets in the vicinity and they tend to be good on prices and atmosphere. It will be an interesting few weeks to see how Aldi fares. Incidentally, Lidl has a big advert on the bus shelter right outside Aldi!


Terrible Company Policy

Dress Code – It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada shoes
and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise. If you dress
poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not
need a raise. If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

Sick Days – We will no longer accept a doctor’s statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

Personal Days – Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday & Sunday.

Bereavement Leave – This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives, or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

Toilet Use – Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now a strict three-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound,
the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offenders” category. Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sanctioned under the company’s mental health policy.

Lunch Break – Skinny people get thirty minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get fifteen minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Chubby people get five minutes for lunch, because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations,
irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternation, and input should be directed elsewhere.

The Day’s Events 18th September

1709 – The creator of the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England.

1759 – The French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

1763 – It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in the United States. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.

1789 – Alexander Hamilton negotiated and secured the first loan for the United States. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was repaid on June 8, 1790 at the sum of $191,608.81.

1810 – Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1850 – The Fugitive Slave Act was declared by the U.S. Congress. The act allowed slave owners to claim slaves that had escaped into other states. Horrible

1895 – Daniel David Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment.

1947 – The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military branch by the National Security Act.

1961 – United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).  I remember this happening

1975 – The FBI captured newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst in San Francisco, CA. 19 months earlier she had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush said that he would send warplanes to escort U.N. helicopters that were searching for hidden Iraqi weapons if it became necessary.

1994 – Haiti’s military leaders agreed to depart on October 15th. This action averted a U.S.-led invasion to force them out of power.

The Day’s Music Events 18th September

1960, on his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon was given £330,000 that he earned as a minor from such hits as his 1959 US No.1 single ‘Venus’.  Well done!

1961, Bobby Vee started No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’. Great song

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios on new songs for their forthcoming ‘White Album’, The Beatles recorded 20 takes of ‘Birthday.’ Roadie Mal Evans added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals on the track.

1970, Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message ‘I need help bad man’, on his managers answer phone earlier that night.

1971, The Who scored their first and only UK No.1 album with ‘Who’s Next’

1976, One hit wonders Wild Cherry started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Play That Funky Music’.

1981, Gary Numan took off on a round the world trip in a single engine Cessna plane. The attempt ended after he was forced to land in India, where local police arrested him.

1982, The seven-minute epic by Dire Straits ‘Private Investigations’ went to No.2 on the UK singles chart, held off No.1 by survivors ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.

1984, David Bowie won Video of the year for ‘China Girl’ at the first MTV Video awards.

1993, Garth Brooks  No.1 on the US album chart with ‘In Pieces’.

1993, Meat Loaf went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first of five times with ‘Bat Out Of Hell II’.

1996, At Sotheby’s in London, Julian Lennon successfully bid just over £21,000, for the recording notes for the song Paul McCartney wrote for him, ‘Hey Jude’.

2006, 73 year old country singer Willie Nelson and four members from his band were charged with drug possession after marijuana and magic mushrooms were found by police on his tour bus. Police had stopped the tour bus near Lafayette, Louisiana.

2006, Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque to mark a tiny basement said to be the birthplace of British rock and roll, fifty years after the “2 i’s” coffee bar opened in London’s Old Compton Street. The Tornados, Tommy Steele, The Shadows and Adam Faith were among stars who started out at the club.

2009, Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage during a concert in Valencia in Spain and was taken to hospital. He was later discharged after doctors told him he had food poisoning. Cohen was in the middle of singing his song Bird On The Wire when he fainted, prompting the band to stop playing and rush to help him.

 Born this day

1939, Frankie Avalon, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single ‘Venus’).
1946, Alan King, Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’).
1950, Mike Hossack, Drums, The Doobie Brothers
1961,  Martin Beedle, drummer, Cutting Crew
1962, Joanne Catherall, vocals, The Human League

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Wednesday 17th September 2014 Rockin through the Rye!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1956, The BBC announced the removal of Bill Haley and His Comets’ ‘Rockin’ Through The Rye’ from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards. The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, was at No.5 on the UK charts.

I started the day feeling a little tired. Our new alarm had gone off around 5 am. Fortunately, I had slept in my shorts last night as there are cameras which catch folk unaware. They had snapped me the previous time in the buff and I just hope my hands covered the nether regions in time otherwise I could be an unwitting guest on you’ve been framed!

I went for a long swim after watching Rip Off Britain and then got down to the day’s serious business. I had papers to return to two people. It’s easy for them to send electronic mail but less easy for me to go down to my printer and get everything in place to return the signed papers.



We went down to the airport to meet Dave and Sheenagh coming back from the UK and then we had a nice meal and Chinese lesson. Seriously, we had a very nice young lady teaching us a few words of Chinese during our meal.

Around 7 pm I went down to my studio to create a podcast with Chris Wharton. We had a review of the Cilla programme on TV the previous evening and I had enjoyed the show. Here’s the link.


Spanish cyclists in the tour of Spain are donating their prize winnings to the widow of a Guardia Civil biker who died after crashing his bike whilst escorting them through Asturias.

Eusebio García Flores, aged 41 and stationed in Albacete, crashed at kilometre 22 of the AS-228 road, passing through Proaza.    An investigation suggests “human error” as the motorbike was travelling at 80 kilometres per hour at the time of the crash, and the rider lost control after a spin. Critics have claimed that the investigation was not conclusive however, as now field examinations were carried out.

The funeral was held in the presence of his wife, three daughters and a small number of colleagues this week.  Source


As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world,  I rapidly realized that I don’t really give a rat’s hiney. It’s the tortoise life for me!

1. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4. A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.


Some Senior Thoughts

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I’m older here’s what I’ve discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and all-bran.

3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

6. If all is not lost, where is it?

7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

8. Some days, you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.

15. When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone want to play chess?

16. Its not hard to meet expenses . . . they’re everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m hereafter 

19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.


Navy Serviceman

It seems that a young man volunteered for Navy service during World War II. He had such a high aptitude for aviation that he was sent right to Pensacola, skipping boot camp. The very first day at Pensacola, he soloed and was the best flier on the base. All they could do was give him his gold wings and assign him immediately to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

On his first day aboard, he took off and single-handedly shot down six Japanese zeroes. Then climbing up to 20,000 ft., he found nine more Japanese planes and shot them all
down, too. Noting that his fuel was getting low, he descended, circled the carrier, and came in for a perfect landing on the deck.

He threw back the canopy, climbed out, and jogged over to the captain. Saluting smartly, he said, “Well, sir, how did I do on my very first day?”

The captain turned around, bowed, and replied, “You make one velly impoltant mistake!”

I know. It’s a very old gag but I hope it made you smile!


World Events  17th September

1787 – The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system.  Mine doesn’t work!

1908 – An airplane crashed during a demonstration in Arlington Heights, VA. Thomas Selfridge was killed, becoming the first person to be killed in an airplane accident. Orville Wright, the pilot, survived with multiple hip and leg fractures.

1930 – Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.  Wonderful effort.

1932 – Sir Malcolm Campbell set a speed record when he reached 276.27 mph over a half mile. I trust he got a ticket for speeding

1939 – The Soviet Union invaded Poland. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.

1944 – Operation “Market Garden” was launched by Allied paratroopers during World War II. The landing point was behind German lines in the Netherlands.

1948 – Count Folk Bernadette, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.  It’s always been a very tragic region

1955 – “The Perry Como Show” moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV. Didn’t affect us in the UK.

1976 – NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, CA.

1984 – 9,706 immigrants became naturalized citizens when they were sworn in by U.S. Vice-President George Bush in Miami, FL. It was the largest group to become U.S. citizens. I hope they became great Americans

1984 – Gordon P. Getty was named the richest person in the U.S. His fortune was $4.1 billion.  Good for him if he got his money honestly.

1986 – A bomb exploded outside of a department store in Paris killing 7 and injuring 51.

1988 – Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril declared himself president of Haiti after President Henri Hamphy was ousted.  I don’t remember this

1995 – Hong Kong held its last legislative election before being taken over by China in 1997.

1997 – Northern Ireland’s main Protestant party joined in peace talks. It was the first time that all of the major players had come together.  Great news

2004 – The USS Curts intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria about 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The fishing boat had 30,000 pounds of cocaine on board. At the time it was the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. Coast Guard history.  I hope the dealers and pushers were also caught




The Day’s Music Events  17th September

1931, The first 33 and a third LP players were launched by RCA victor at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York.
1956, The BBC announced the removal of Bill Haley and His Comets’ ‘Rockin’ Through The Rye’ from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards. The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, was at No.5 on the UK charts.
1961, Shirley Bassey was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain.’
1962, The Beatles played the last of three Monday night gigs at The Queen’s Hall, Widnes, Cheshire. Also on the bill, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Sonny Kaye and the Reds. Tickets cost 3/6.

1967, The Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers.
1967, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, Chicken Shack and Long John Baldry all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London, England.

1969, Media on both sides of the Atlantic were running stories that said Paul McCartney was dead. He was supposedly killed in a car accident in Scotland on November 9th, 1966 and that a double had been taking his place for public appearances.

1977, ’20 Golden greats’ by Diana Ross and The Supremes  No.1 on the UK chart.

1983, Paul Young scored his first UK No.1 album with his debut release ‘No Parlez.’
1984, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark kicked off a 14-date UK tour at Bristol Colston Hall.

1994, Whigfield started  No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Saturday Night’. The only No.1 hit for the former model from Denmark.

1996, a bomb was found at a South London sorting office addressed to Icelandic singer Bjork.
1999, English singer Frankie Vaughan died of heart failure aged 71. He was awarded an OBE in 1965, and a CBE in 1996
2000, Paula Yates was found dead in bed from a suspected drug overdose






Birthday Boys and Girls

1923, Hank Williams, The biggest ever US country star.
1933, Jeanine Deckers, 
The Singing Nun
1947, Jim Hodder, drums, 
Steely Dan




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Tuesday 16th September 2014 Get it on!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1977, 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident.

The day was another hot one and it is an extremely worrying time in the Valencian Community where the firefighters are working round the clock to fight the fires. They aren’t a great number of men but their skill and expertise and bravery is complemented by the military. I wrote recently that we overtook one military convoy heading towards a massive fire in Javea. Sadly, it would appear one of the firefighters lost his life. Facebook has a site which is dedicated to informing and updating people who need to know what is happening with these fires as TV and radio can be sketchy. Here is the link to the site.

I was watching a programme about crime in Britain and the stupidity of the judges is everywhere. The police seem to do a good job. The cameras do a fine job in showing the perpetrators at work. What, then, is the sense of judges giving such light sentences? Is there a bigger picture we are missing? Are judges and magistrates in the UK ordered to act stupidly. If you do not punish wrongdoing the perpetrators get more confident and try bigger jobs. ……. It’s time to build bigger prisons and put them on islands which are fairly inaccessible. There are answers but the softies won’t take them. At the end of the TV show we were given a catalogue of punishments. The minute I heard 10 years I know that means 5. Let’s make these sentences real sentences. Life should mean life. 10 years should mean just that.


Size of Spain

The country is divided into 17 autonomous regions. It is more than 500,000 square kilometres in size and has a population of around 50 million. This is probably nearer 55 million now! The most direct driving route from Girona near the French border in Catalonia to A Coruña in Galicia is almost 1200km. This gives us an idea of the width of the country. From San Sebastian on the Atlantic coast near the French border to Huelva near the Portuguese border in the south is 1000km.The drive from Bilbao to Valencia keeping to the speed limits is around 6 hours and it is advisable to build in a few breaks. I recently saw a comparison map looking at Spain compared with Australia. Spain is about one tenth of the size! However, it is the second largest European country by size.



At his 103rd birthday party, my grandfather was asked if he planned to be around for his 104th.  “I certainly do,” he replied. “Statistics show that very few people die between the ages of 103 and 104.”

Long Happy Life

A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. “I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look,”she said. “What’s your secret for a long happy life?” “I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said. “I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods and never exercise.”  “That’s amazing,”the woman said. “How old are you?’ “Twenty-six,” he said

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World Events 16th September

1400 – Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales after rebelling against English rule. He was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales.  Charles is easier to pronounce!

1620 – The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th. There were 102 passengers onboard.

1630 – The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston. Nicer name

1810 – The Mexicans began a revolt against Spanish rule. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest of Spanish descent, declared Mexico’s independence from Spain in the small town of Dolores.  A painful experience for Spain

1982 – In west Beirut, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in refugee camps of the Lebanese Christian militiamen. Disgusting

1985 – The Communist Party in China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.This is so contrary to traditional Chinese philosophy

1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries in an effort to save the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

1994 – Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

1994 – Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years. What a wonderful experience

 World Music Events  16th September


1956, Anne Shelton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lay Down Your Arms.’ Shelton was a one time singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

1966, member of Parliament Tom Drilberg asked Britain’s House of Commons to officially “deplore” the action of a magistrate who’d earlier called the Rolling Stones “complete morons…who wear filthy clothes.”

1970, Led Zeppelin won ‘best group’ in the Melody Maker readers Poll. This was the first time in eight years that The Beatles hadn’t won ‘best group.’

1970, Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance. 1972, Rod Stewart  UK No.1 album with ‘Never A Dull Moment.’

1972, Wishbone Ash, Family, Steppenwolf, John Kay Band, Slade, Uriah Heep, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Wild Angels, Glencoe and Sunshine, Cold Comfort Farm all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.

1977, 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident.

1979, The first rap single was released, The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’.

1989, U2 jammed with B.B. King on a boat rented for the blues legends 64th birthday in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

1998, At a Sotheby’s auction a notebook belonging to former Beatles roadie Mal Evans containing the lyrics to ‘Hey Jude’ sold for £111,500, a two-tone denim jacket belonging to John Lennon went for £9,200 and the Union Jack dress worn by Spice Girl Ginger Spice sold for £41,320. 2001, Austrian act DJ Otzi  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Baby

2004, Weather Girls singer Izora Armstead died aged 62 of heart failure at a hospital in San Leandro, East San Francisco.

2006, Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Times.’ Entering the U.S. charts at No.1, making it Dylan’s first album to reach that position since 1976′s Desire, 30 years prior. At 65, Dylan became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart.

2008, Norman Whitfield died in Los Angeles, California from diabetes and other illnesses. The Motown songwriter and producer collaborated with Barrett Strong on such hits as ‘I Heard It through the Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’, ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘War’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’, and ‘Car Wash’.

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1925,  B.B.King, US blues guitarist,Major influence on Eric Clapton.

1942,  Bernie Calvert, bass, The Hollies

1948, Kenny Jones, drummer, Small Faces

1950, David Bellamy, Bellamy Brothers 1953, Alan Barton, Black Lace 1984, Katie Melua, UK


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MONDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2014 Relax


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Yesterday was stinking hot again and we went down to the 11.30 mass in Benidorm. After the mass we had a long walk from Levante to Poniente and then a drink and a tapas in the old town. In the very hot weather we enjoyed a lemon and lime. As ever, the home made  tortilla was excellent and I enjoyed a nice chat with a couple on holiday from Valladolid. If you’re on Penicillin today then give a silent vote of thanks to Alexander Fleming. He did a great job for us but the drug is being diminished by being over prescribed.

Yesterday evening we went up to Phil’s Bar in La Cala and we really enjoyed meeting another new set of people. In particular we met a 92 year old Belgian gentleman, Henri,  who played his harmonica for us and Terry, an 82 year old singer from Middlesborough.

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I was writing in 2011 that One in four people charged over the riots in English cities in the previous August had committed more than 10 previous offences, figures had shown. The Ministry of Justice was releasing analysis of riot-related court cases. Writing in the Times, Iain Duncan Smith said the social problems behind the riots had been allowed to fester “out of sight of the middle-class majority”. He went on to say, “Last month the inner city finally came to call, and the country was shocked.”

The courts dealing with rioters appeared to be sending them to jail for longer than expected. There had already been clear evidence of some long sentences – but remember – of the 1,300 who have already appeared in court, only about one in 10 of them had been convicted and sentenced. Large numbers of the defendants were being sent to Crown Court because magistrates courts have limited sentencing powers.  Source


 World Events  15th September

1776 – British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

1821 – Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador proclaimed independence.  Were they all independent from Spain?

1916 – During the Battle of the Somme, in France, tanks were first used in warfare when the British rolled them onto the battlefields.

1923 – Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan. After this declaration national newspapers began to expose the Klan and its criminal activities. Almost unbelievable

1928 – Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum. Great discovery

1935 – The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany. A disgusting passage of history

1940 – The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.  Gut!

1961 – The U.S. resumed underground testing of nuclear weapons.  Ugh! but proven necessary for the time

1971 – Greenpeace was founded.They mean well

1972 – The Watergate indictments began against seven perpetrators.  Good job too!

1978 – Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title. He was the Greatest

1993 – The FBI announced a new national campaign concerning the crime of car jacking.

1998 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Iranian military to be on full alert and massed troops on its border with Afghanistan.

1998 – It was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of U.S. President Clinton.

2003 – In Independence, MO, the birthplace of Ginger Rogers was designated a local landmark. The move by the Independence City Council qualified the home for historic preservation.

The Day’s Music Events 15th September

1962, The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sherry’, it made No.8 in the UK.  I love the song

1964, The Beatles, on tour in the USA, appeared at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. During the performance a group of fans managed to break through the line of police fronting the stage and get up on-stage. Police ordered The Beatles off-stage in the middle of a song.

1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US.

1966, The Small Faces were No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Or Nothing’. Great track!

1970, US Vice-President Spiro Agnew said in a speech that the youth of America were being “brainwashed into a drug culture” by rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.  I think he had a point

1973, Helen Reddy  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Delta Dawn’

1975, Bob Dylan released Slow Train Coming, an album of religious songs, including the Grammy Award winning single, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’. The album alienated many of his long time fans.

1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ became the longest running chart hit since Engelbert Humperdink’s ‘Release Me’, after spending 43 weeks on the UK singles chart.

1988, Mark Knopfler announced the official end of Dire Straits, (they reformed in 1991).

1990, The Steve Miller Band UK No.1 with ‘The Joker’ 16 years after it’s first release.

1990, Wilson Phillips  US No.1 with ‘Release Me’, .36  in the UK. The group was made up of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of Mamas and Papas founder John Phillips.

1994, A reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter’s Parish Church garden party Liverpool in July, 1957, sold for £69,000, ($125,000) at a Sotheby’s auction. What an investment

1997, a 34 year old man was awarded more than £20,000 by a French court after he lost his hearing when he stood too close to loudspeakers at a U2 concert in 1993.

2003, Abba tribute acts overtook Elvis impersonators in the battle of British covers singers according to a survey.The Performing Right Society carried out the research.

2004, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.-1977 hit single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’.

2006, The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool where The Beatles played their first gig was given a Grade II listed building status after a recommendation from English Heritage. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played in the converted coal cellar of the house in West Derby, in August 1959 as The Quarrymen.

2008, Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Rick Wright died aged 65 from cancer. In 2005, the full band reunited – for the first time in 24 years – for the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. Wright had also contributed vocals and keyboards to Gilmour’s 2006 solo album On An Island.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1941,  Les Braid, bass, The Swinging Blue Jeans
1946, Ola Brunkert, drummer with the Swedish group Abba. Was a member of the Slim Blues Gang, Science Poption and jazz-rock combo Opus III before joining Abba. He played on every Abba album and toured with the group home.
1956, Jaki Graham, singer, (1985 UK No.5 single ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’)




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SundaY 14TH SEPTEMBER Tutti Frutti


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer; Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom

Yesterday was another very hot day. We had an early swim and I needed to spend a bit of time practising with my guitar.  We’d had an horrendous fire raging during Friday and it would seem the radio and TV didn’t give us a s much information as we would have liked. It’s always very alarming when you see the wáter planes going up especially as there is a shortage of wáter in the reservoirs.  I spotted a report in the paper that Alicante has been researched as the driest inhabited área on the planet. If this is true then I hope the authorities have a plan. The área looks very Green where you might expect more of a parched área but as we were travelling back from Valencia on Thursday we passed a convoy of military firefighters and I wondereed at that momento whether there was a big fire anywhere. They were saying today on spanish TV that the fire ruined 444 hectares. What a waste! However, Mother Nature is a real wonder and the área will eventually recover……….anyway…..Liverpool are at it again and I wasted another couple of hours of my life watching Aston Villa thwart their best efforts. For my money you don’t introduce six new players into your team at the ame time!


The boys have been busy in their new academy and there now lies ahead the verydifficult task of marketing their services as best they can. They do say location, location, location is the key and it is situated in a good spot. It is adjacent to one school and opposite a sports centre. Next door is a Ladies Hairdresser and there are other shops, including a Mercadona supermarket, nearby. It is also on a bus route with a stop outside the academy and there seems to be adequate parking.


World Events 14th September

1807 – Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.  Get off his back

1812 – Moscow was set on fire by Russians after Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops invaded.  Nice one Boney mmmmmmm

1814 – Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner,” a poem originally known as “Defense of Fort McHenry,” after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931. Most Brits won’t know this

1847 – U.S. forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.  Caramba! 1866 – George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.

1899 – In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality. Not a politically correct surname

1901 – U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.

1927 – Isadora Duncan died when her scarf became entangled in the wheel of her car.OMG

1938 – The VS-300 made its first flight. The craft was based on the helicopter technology patented by Igor Sikorsky. Wasn’t Galileo somewhere in the frame?

1940 – The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States. Important for us and US

1959 – Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.  Who was driving?

1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.  We’ve been paying ever since

1963 – Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America’s first surviving quintuplets. Wow

1972 – “The Waltons” premiered on CBS-TV. Hear that Jon Boy? 1975 – Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

1978 – “Mork & Mindy” premiered on ABC-TV. Nanu Nanu

1982 – Princess Grace of Monaco died at the age of 52 because of injuries she suffered the day before in a car crash. She was formerly actress Grace Kelly. I remember this on the news

1982 – Bashir Gemayel, Lebanon’s president-elect, was killed by a bomb at his party’s headquarters in east Beirut.

1983 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-0 in a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.  What good did the strength of this vote do?

1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean. How long was the string?

1985 – Reverend Benjamin Weir, an American missionary, was released after being held captive for 16 months by Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon.

1989 – Joseph T. Wesbecker shot and killed eight people and wounded twelve others at a printing plant in Louisville, KY. Wesbecker, 47 years old, was on disability for mental illness. He took his own life after the incident. Dreadful

1998 – Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target. Good

1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.  No Mickey Mouse buildings were destroyed

2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.  I hope they’ve all perished

2009 – Greyhound UK began operations as an hourly service between London and Portsmouth or Southampton.  I’ll bet the dogs get tired


The Day’s Music Events  14th September
1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer; Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”  Is that spelt correctly?

1966, Otis Redding appeared at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey, England. Tickets 10 shillings, ($1.40).

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK music show Top Of The Pops. 1967, Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in South West England. The Beatles searched for a quiet, secluded field in which they could conduct filming but once they’d disembarked from the bus and set up for shooting, scores of onlookers began to crowd around, causing a traffic jam that required the police to step in.  Not a great movie 1968, Roy Orbison’s house in Nashville burnt down, his two eldest sons both died in the blaze. Orbison was on tour in the UK at the time of the accident.  Dreadful

1968, The first episode of the comic strip ‘The Archies’ was aired on US TV. The recording group had contributions from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Rock mogul, Don Kirshner (who also brought us The Monkees), was put in charge of the studio group. The following year The Archies started a eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sugar Sugar’, becoming the longest running one hit wonder in the UK.

1970, Stevie Wonder married Syreeta Wright a former secretary at Motown Records. 1971, During a US tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Berkley Community Theatre, Berkley, California. The set list included: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, That’s the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be and Whole Lotta Love.

1974, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Jesse Colin Young and Joe Walsh all appeared at Wembley Stadium, London, England.

1974, Eric Clapton scored a US No.1 with his version of the Bob Marley song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’.

1974, Mike Oldfields second album ‘Hergest Ridge’ started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. 1974, Stevie Wonder started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fulfillingness First Finale’ his second US No.1.

1979, The film Quadrophenia was released. Based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting. 1988, Prince played the first night of the North American leg on his Lovesexy 84-date world tour at the Met Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1989, Cuban bandleader and composer Perez Prado died of a stroke in Mexico City. Had the US & UK 1955 No.1 single ‘Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White’.

1991, Paul Young went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘From Time To Time-The Singles Collection’ his third UK No.1 LP.

1991, Paula Abdul scored her sixth US No.1 single with ‘The Promise Of A New Day’, a No.52 hit in the UK.

1994, US singer Steve Earle was sentenced to 1 year in jail after being found guilty of possession of crack cocaine.

1995, The lyrics to The Beatles song ‘Getting Better’ hand-written by Paul McCartney sold for £161,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London. 1996, Peter Andre scored his first UK No.1 single when ‘Flava’ went to the top for one week. The English-born Australian singer–songwriter became a major television personality after taking part in the British reality TV series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!; during which he met, fell in love with and subsequently married former glamour model Jordan. The couple split in May 2009 after three and a half years of marriage.

1996, Suede went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Coming Up’.

1997, Over 2000 fans watched Pete Townshend unveil a English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London, to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-69. Hendrix was the first pop star to be awarded with the plaque.

1999, It was reported that George Michael was being sued for $10m by the policeman who arrested the singer in a public lavatory. Marcelo Rodriguez claimed he was mocked in the video ‘Outside’ leaving him in physical distress.

1999, The Strokes made their live debut at The Spiral in New York.

2002, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale of Bush in St. Paul’s church London.

2003, Mary J. Blige was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Love & Life’ the singers second US No.1.

2005, Britney Spears gave birth to a baby boy by Caesarean section. Spears and husband Kevin Federline had been taken to the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, under police escort, early in the morning.

2005, HMV stores in Canada removed Bob Dylan CDs from their shelves in protest at the singer’s deal to only sell his new album in Starbucks after he signed an exclusive contract with the coffee giant. The chain has previously boycotted CDs by Alanis Morissette and The Rolling Stones to complain at exclusive deals.

2006, Whitney Houston filed for divorce from singer Bobby Brown, after 14 years of marriage.

2008, Kings Of Leon started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sex On Fire’ taken from the band’s fourth studio album Only by the Night. Sad life 2008, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the pilots who flew specially chartered flights after 85,000 tourists were stranded in the US, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe after Britain’s third-largest tour operator went into administration. The singer, who had worked for the airline Astraeus for nine years, took up flying during a low point in his solo career after he quit the band in 1993.  He did the cover version of Learning to Fly

2008, Metallica started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ninth album ‘Death Magnetic’.

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls

1914,  Mae Boren Axton, known as the ‘Queen Mother of Nashville’ she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Died on April 9th 1997 aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack.

1946,  Pete Agnew, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’). 1949,  Steve Gaines, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd,

1974 US No. 8 single ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’). Killed in a plane crash on 20th October 1977.

1950,  Paul Kossoff, guitar, Free, (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Formed Back Street Crawler. Kossoff died of a heart attack on 19th March 1976 during a flight from Los Angeles to New York.

1954,  Barry Cowsill, The Cowsills, (1967 US No.2 single ‘The Rain The Park & Other Things’. 1969 US No.2 single the theme from ‘Hair’). TV’s Partridge Family was based on The Cowsills.

1955,  Steve Berlin, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘La Bamba’).

1959,  Morten Harket, vocals, A-Ha, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Take On Me’. 1986 UK No.1 single ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’). The first Norwegian group to score a UK and US No.1.

1967, John Power, bass, vocals, The La’s, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘There She Goes’). Cast (1996 UK No.4 single ‘Flying’).




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Saturday 13th September 2014 Move It!


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2009, Vera Lynn went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn’. At the age of 92 it made her the oldest living artist to achieve this feat with an album.

It was a lovely day yesterday as we had an early swim before going to Albir to meet an old friend and his wife. Roger was the manager of the Liverpool Cabin where I was a DJ in the 70s. We go back a long way! We spent some very interesting and relaxing hours with Roger and Iris before eventually having a bite to eat in Albir. Next, it was time to make the podcasts with Neil Colbourne and Don Woods. Don gave me his weekly missive….



“I spent this afternoon on my kayak in Chester….it was paradise…so I thought I’d send you a tribute to this wonderful city which I composed many years ago…it was actually a  B side of a vinyl…the A side was a song I did about Chester Zoo which I sold to the Zoo
who used it on radio and TV adverts (handy royalties)…this is my original version of the  song…the one I marketed to the Zoo was sung by a good friend of mine called Julie
Bright who I used on a lot of my demos which required a female vocal…she was great.

Bit of a panic going on around here regarding “necessary”  financial cuts which have to
be made because of cash shortage…this doesn’t seem to effect things down south as
the politicians have awarded themselves a 9% wage increase…I’m so happy for them….
no wonder Scotland want to get out of it all…this will be the news now for the next couple
of weeks….I’m thinking of starting an “Independent Wirral” campaign…..I’ve never
believed in aliens but when I look at our government I’m beginning to wonder.

I’m delighted that the little lad with the medical problem is getting sorted out after his
parents recent disgraceful ordeal…but WHY do they have to have BBC reporters
outside the hospital in Spain and then in Prague?…just TELL us the news instead of
giving these reporters a free holiday on the licence fee…same thing with the new royal
baby….we have to sit and look at some reporter struggling to fill in the time outside the
hospital…telling us NOTHING!!!….GIVE US SOME NEWS!!…or refund our licence!!

The Tate Gallery in Liverpool is having an exhibition of modern art…hmm…I maybe
totally wrong but I just don’t see four or five squares painted on a canvass as being art?…
it’s rubbish….but the “experts” are all gathered round drooling over this stuff….I thought
Tracy Emin’s unmade bed on display was pretty hard to take but this tripe…..I must be
missing something….people can certainly get fooled these days.
I remember years ago when someone put a canvass on the floor of a scrapyard and got
kids to throw paint over it and ride their BMXs over it…the finished job was put on
display and all the “experts” (who didn’t know haw it was produced) could see real
“meaning” in this work of art…what a bunch of plonkers

Did you see my mate Prince Harry on the news….they asked him about his thoughts on
the new royal babba…he said he was delighted…and they then said this would take him
further down the line for the throne…he just laughed and said “Yeah…GREAT!!”…..he is
working with injured army guys and girls”

Here’s a few memories from the opening of Kings Academia in Valencia..


Every September 11, Catalonia celebrates a defeat: the fall of Barcelona in 1714 after a siege of nearly 14 months by the French-Spanish troops of Philip V. What some circles would like to reduce to a confrontation between Catalans and the Spanish monarchy, was in fact the last chapter in what might well be described as the real first world war: the War of Spanish Succession, which extended to the Americas and left 1,251,000 dead in Europe, of whom half a million were French.

The first piece of this chess game was moved on November 1, 1700, the day of the death of Charles II of Spain, a member of the House of Austria. Lacking direct descendants, he was pressured into naming Philip of Anjou his successor. But Britain and the Netherlands were anxious to get a piece of the pie in the trade with the Americas, and the accession of a Bourbon to the Spanish throne immediately evidenced that France would be getting the commercial edge.

It only took seven months to create the Grand Alliance against Phillip V (Dutch Republic, England, Holy Roman Empire, Portugal and the part of Spain still loyal to the Habsburg candidate, Archduke Charles); this axis declared war on France and the rest of Spain, ultimately losing out on some points, such as accepting Phillip V as the rightful king of Spain, but winning territorial concessions (including Gibraltar for Britain) and the right to participate in the slave trade in Spain’s American colonies.  SpanishVida


Around this time last year I received the following e-mail  and it is food for thought. There might be a slight bias but…..

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of  Mexico  and sued a state in the  United States  to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who’s side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how  inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of  England  an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of  Saudi Arabia  , would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited  Austria  and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a  minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in theUnited States , would you have said that he is clueless.
If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice” would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low  over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown  Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually  get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in  New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue  with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in  America  , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 15 months — so you’ll have two years and nine months to come up with an answer.

Every statement in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama.  Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.



World Events  13th September

1759 – The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.  Was it our business?

1788 – The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States.

1898 – Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.

1922 – In El Azizia, Libya, the highest shade temperature was recorded at 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.

1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched the day before.

1977 – The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors.

1988 – Forecasters reported that Hurricane Gilbert’s barometric pressure measured 26.13. It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.

1993 – Israel and Palestine signed their first major agreement. Palestine was granted limited self-government in the Gaza Strip and in Jericho.  Please pray for peace!

1999 – At least 118 people were killed when a bomb exploded in Moscow, Russia.

2001 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11,




The Day’s Music Events   13th September

1958, Cliff Richard made his British TV debut on Jack good’s ‘Oh Boy’, performing ‘Move It’.
1960, The Federal Communications act in the USA was amended to outlaw payments of cash or gifts in exchange for airplay of records.
1960, a campaign was started in the UK to ban the American hit ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ by Ray Peterson. The song was being denounced in the press as likely to inspire a teen-age “glorious death cult.” The story told of a lovesick youngster who drives in a stock car race to win the hand of his sweetheart. He crashes and just before dying, groans out the words of the title.The UK version was by Ricky Valance. He was the first Welsh person to top the charts in the UK

1962, Elvis Presley  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She’s Not You’.

1963, Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn’t and he fell out as it travelled at 40 m.p.h.

1964, during a UK tour two dozen rugby players were hired as ‘a human crash barrier’ at a Rolling Stones gig at the Liverpool Empire. The ‘human chain’ disappeared under a wave of 5,000 fans as the Stones took to the stage.

1965, The Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ was released as a Beatles single in the US. 1969, John and Yoko flew to Canada with the Plastic Ono Band to perform at the Rock & Roll Revival Show in Toronto, Canada. The band members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from England. Also making an appearance at the concert were Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, The Doors and Alice Cooper. Lennon later released his performance as the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album.

1980, Kelly Marie No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’. Ray Dorset from Mungo Jerry wrote the song.
1986, The Communards  No.1 on the UK with the singles chart with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, which had been a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in 1975 and later a hit for Thelma Houston. 1996, both Noel and Liam Gallagher arrived back in the UK on separate flights from the US amid rumours that Oasis were splitting.>
1996, Bjork, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Sleeper, Kula Shaker and Terrorvision all appeared at a concert in Aid Of Childline at Wembley Arena London.

2000, Elton John threw a tantrum when he was set to appear at a sell-out show at the Estoril Casino near Lisbon. Elton was unhappy after the audience were slow in leaving a VIP dinner before the concert, Elton left the building and flew home on his private jet without playing a note.

2005, The Sex Pistols were among new names added to a celebrity Walk of Fame in Covent Garden London. Other musical celebrities to immortalised on the Avenue of the Stars include Bob Geldof, Tom Jones, Gracie Fields and Bob Hope.

2009, Vera Lynn went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn’. At the age of 92 it made her the oldest living artist to achieve this feat with an album.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1943,Ray Elliot, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’). 1944, Peter Cetera, singer, Chicago 1954,  Dan Hegarty, The Darts, 1965, Zak Starkey,drummer, (son of Ringo).

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Friday 12th March 2014 ‘Three Coins In The Fountain


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1954, The first ‘teen idol’, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Coins In The Fountain,’ the singer’s first UK No.1. The song was The Academy Award winning Best Original Song of 1954.

It was a roasting hot day, yesterday. After an early swim we packed the car and set off for Valencia. It was a special day as our boys were opening up their Academy. We had a tiring day but it all went well. Here are the pictures….

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A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him.  The waitress asks them for their orders.  The man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?”

“I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be £9.40 please.” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke.”The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.”Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.

This becomes routine until the two enter again. “The usual?”asks the waitress.  “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad,” says the man.

“Same,” says the ostrich.  Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, “That will be £32.62.”

Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. “Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?”

“Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.”

“That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!”
“That’s right..Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man.”The waitress asks, “What’s with the ostrich?”  The man sighs, pauses and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick  with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say..”



After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.  As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him pulled out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice:”Hi sweetheart. It’s Sue. I’m on the train”.”Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting”.”No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss”.”No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life”.”Yes, I’m sure, cross my heart!”

Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone”Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed.”
Sue doesn’t use her cell phone in public any longer.


World Events 12th September

1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River.
1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.

1914 – The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German offensive in France.

1918 – During World War I, At the Battle of St. Mihiel, U.S. Army personnel operate tanks for the first time. The tanks were French-built.

1922 – The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.

1928 – Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut in the play “The Czarina.”

1938 – In a speech, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.

1940 – The Lascaux paintings were discovered in France. The cave paintings were 17,000 years old and were some of the best examples of art from the Paleolithic period.

1943 – During World War II, Benito Mussolini was taken by German paratroopers from the Italian government that was holding him.

1944 – U.S. Army troops entered Germany, near Trier, for the first time during World War II.

1953 – Nikita Krushchev was elected as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1954 – “Lassie” made its television debut on CBS.

1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie was taken out of power by Ethiopia’s military after ruling for 58 years.

1977 – South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko died at the age of 30. The student leader died while in police custody which triggered an international outcry.

1980 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini listed four conditions for the release of American hostages taken on November 4, 1979. The conditions were the unfreezing of Iranian assets, the return of the shah’s wealth to Iran, the cancellation of U.S. claims against Iran, and a U.S. pledge of noninterference in Iran’s internal affairs.

1981 – In London, Scotland Yard announced that nine Italian terrorists had been arrested as prime suspects in the 1980 bombing of a Bologna train station in which more than 80 people were killed.

1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years earlier.

1988 – Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica killing 45 people and causing about $1 billion in damage.

1991 – The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.

1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was the payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.

1994 – Frank Corder was killed when he crashed a stolen, single-engine Cessna on the South Lawn of the White House.

1995 – Two Americans were killed when their hydrogen balloon was shot down by the Belarussian military during an international race.

2009 – Steve Jobs announced that Apple’s iTunes had 88% of the legal U.S. music download market.

The Day’s Music Events 12th September

1954, The first ‘teen idol’, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Coins In The Fountain,’ the singer’s first UK No.1. The song was The Academy Award winning Best Original Song of 1954.

1963, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She Loves You’, the group’s second No.1. It became the biggest seller of the year and the biggest selling Beatles single in the UK. Happy Days.

1966, N.B.C. aired the first episode of The Monkees TV show in the US.

1967, Filming continued for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor, where a local fair was being held but the bus driver (Alf Manders) took a shortcut to bypass heavy traffic and ended up stuck on a bridge, the coach ended up having to drive in reverse for a half-mile before it could turn around. They then head for Plymouth, followed by a 20-car convoy of journalists and photographers.

1968, During their first ever tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden.

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Cosmo’s Factory’. It enjoyed a nine-week run at No.1 in the US where it sold over three million copies.  I bought a copy of this and loved it!

1970, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Tears Of A Clown’, their first UK No.1.

1970, Bob Dylan joined Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

1979, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Dollar, ‘Love’s Gotta Hold On Me’, No.4, ELO, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, No.3, The Crusaders, ‘Street Life’, No.2, Cliff Richard, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, No.1, Gary Numan, ‘Cars.’

1981, Meat Loaf went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dead Ringer.’

1987, Michael Jackson started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bad’, his follow up to the ‘Thriller’ album It stayed at No.1 on the US chart for six weeks. Fabulous album.

1987, The soundtrack album ‘La Bamba’ featuring Los Lobos started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Good track

1987, Michael Jackson kicked of his Bad World Tour by playing the first of three sold-out nights at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. By the end of the 123-date tour, Jackson had played to over 4million fans across fifteen countries. Amazing statistic

1990, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac announced they were leaving the band at the end of their current tour.  Pity-great band!

1992, Mike Oldfield started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘Tubular Bells II’. 1995, INXS singer Michael Hutchence pleaded guilty to punching photographer Jim Bennett outside a London hotel. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,875 costs.

1997, Founder of the Polar Music record label, songwriter, roducer and Abba’s manager Stig Anderson died of a heart attack. Anderson co-wrote some of Abba’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘The Name of the Game.’ His funeral was broadcast live on Swedish television an honour otherwise only reserved for distinguished statesmen or royalty. Can you imagine writing such hits?

1998, All Saints scored their third UK No.1 single with ‘Bootie Call’, the fourth single from their debut self-titled album. Can’t remember it.

1999, The Vengaboys went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We’re Going To Ibiza!’ The song was originally known as ‘Barbados’ a No.1 for Typically Tropical in 1975. The Vengaboys gave it a new title with revised lyrics.

2000, Christina Aguilera released her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo which contained Spanish versions of songs from her English debut as well as new Spanish tracks.

2001, Garth Hudson keyboard player with The Band, filed for bankruptcy for the third time.

2002, The son of Rod Stewart was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation after pleading no contest to attacking a man outside a Malibu, California restaurant. 22 year-old Sean Stewart had been arrested on Dec. 5th, 2001, after he was seen kicking the man in the face and stomach. Stewart was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $5,600 to the victim.

2003, Johnny Cash, US singer songwriter died of respiratory failure aged 71. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, known as “The Man in Black.” He traditionally started his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Had the 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘A Boy Named Sue’, plus 11 other US Top 40 singles. Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60′s early 70′s. I loved his music and his style and charisma

. 004, American drummer and arranger Kenny Buttrey died in Nashville, Tennessee, Worked with Neil Young, (Harvest, and After the Gold Rush), Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline & John Wesley Harding), and Bob Seger, Elvis Presley, Donovan, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry and Area Code 615.  What a pedigree.

2004, Former Westlife member Brian McFadden scored his first and only solo UK No.1 single with ‘Real To Me.’ Natasha Bedingfield went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut release ‘Unwritten.’

2007, The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would reform for a star-studded tribute concert in London. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones would play at a show to remember the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The place of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, would be taken by his son Jason. The one-off concert, the trio’s first performance for 19 years, would take place at the O2 arena in London on 26th November with tickets costing £125. All profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun’s name in UK, the USA and Turkey, the country of his birth. I’d have loved to have been there.

 2008, Kanye West was arrested on suspicion of vandalism after a row with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. The incident happened before he cleared security screening at the airport before boarding a flight to Hawaii. A camera valued at $10,000 (£5,709) was broken in the incident, according to an airport spokesman.





Birthday Boys and Girls

1940, Tony Bellamy, Redbone, (1971 UK No.2 & US No.21 single ‘The Witch Queen Of New Orleans’).

1943,  Maria Muldaur, US Singer, songwriter, (1974 US No.6 & UK No.21 single ‘Midnight At The Oasis’).
1944, , Barry White, soul singer & producer. (1974 UK No.1 single ‘You’re The First The Last My Everything’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe’). Died from Kidney failure on 4th July 2003 aged 58.
1944,, Colin Young, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’).
1952, Gerry Beckley, America (1972 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Horse With No Name’). ..

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