Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.
It was a hot one yesterday and I had an early swim as we were taking the little people to the Bio Park in Valencia. It was about a 90 minute drive to get there and it was a roasting hot day.Firstly, we went to see Richard and John who were busy working on their new academy in Valencia. Here are the pictures…
However, we were soon off to see the animals in the Bio Park. It’s a lovely setting and I’ll give you the pictures to see just how well the animals are kept in the park.
This situation in Rotherham is dreadful. The pathetic efforts of the man interviewed on BBC TV showed that these people heading up social services do not really have an idea what has been going on. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright apologised for the failings of Rotherham Council during the time he led children’s services – but Labour has called for his resignation. I should thinks so too. If it were 4 children it would be four too many. This is 1400 children and dismissals of those who had been in charge would be seen as a responsible response. Far too many incompetents have been promoted way above their capabilities and too many systems have been shown to be inadequate. It has been suggested he headed a school of thought that they could not confront ethnic misbehaviour. Why? Misbehaviour is what it is whatever colour or creed might be involved. I’ll also add a controversial comment. Is it just a coincidence that Jimmy Saville’s behaviour also came from Yorkshire?
I read an interesting article in the Guardian last year
Care homes up and down the country are doing their utmost to fight negativity and challenge ageist stereotypes with a whole range of initiatives, such as Care Home Idol, trips to football matches and a chart-topping band of pensioners.
Earlier this year, the Alzheimer’s Society’s published its Low expectations report, revealing the poor image that care homes have. The study showed less than a third of the public believe people with dementia are well treated in care homes, and 70% of adults said they would be “scared or fairly scared” at the prospect of relocating to a home themselves..
The gist of the article was a catalogue of good practices in the UK care homes which are not getting the publicity they deserve. I wonder if the Zimmers are still performing? The last I heard they were into Heavy Metal and were making a video for ‘You’ve been framed!’
An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by……. The last quote fits everyone..
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered¦….not yelled!
Meanness don’t just happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Was Spain really ready to accept change? I really didn’t see the ban on Bullfighting remain unchallenged and the following might explain what is happening.
I had noticed that Bull-fighting was back on TV so I am re-reading information again. From the 1st of September 2013, Bull fighting returned to Spanish TV, with José Antonio Morante de la Puebla, who is recovering from a revenge attack by a bull, and Alejandro Talavante taking to the ring after a break from television screens for over a year.
In a statement, the broadcaster had said that the return was “part of the philosophy of the RTVE Corporation to recognise the national fiesta in response to its cultural, economic and social development in Spain”.
The return of the bulls to TVE is possible through an agreement reached last year with the Mesa del Toro, which involves the transfer of rights to broadcast the tournaments, “This means that bullfighters, and livestock and businessman José María Garzón transferred their broadcasting rights to facilitate transmission via TVE, who only faced the costs necessary for the technical deployment for retransmission”, explained TVE.
After a 5 year break, it had been September, 2012, when bull fighting was last seen on TV, with an average audience of 1.2 million viewers and a 12.7% audience share. In context, this weekend last year, the biggest audience watching Spanish television chose Antena 3, with 3.6 million people tuning in to watch the Formula 1, a record 35.5% of the audience share. Source:SpanishVida
Last year my Show was coming…17th September -Alfaz Casa de Cultura
World Events 29th August
1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.Muy mal
1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. I think this was also the first year when money wa given to UK public education
1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain. Only until 1999
1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati,OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. He gave his name to Long John trousers
1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.Sold in Chinese eateries ever since
1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapsed killing 75 workers. The bridge was being built across the St. Lawrence River above Quebec City. Tragic
1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris. I bet it was a wonderful occasion
1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. Good
1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. Good use
1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space. Welcome home
1973 – U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.Sorry Richard but….
1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq. Oh yeah?
1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev. Great
1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. Glasnost
1997 – Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Horrible
2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles. There may be trouble ahead
1959, The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. Isn’t it great to see the humble origins but should they have been more loyal to Pete Best?
1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’. Why not their own music?
1970, Edwin Starr No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK. This is an all-time favourite song
1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. I loved his guitar playing
1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. Ugh
1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world.Great 80s hit
1981, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’. Great music
1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand
1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died-I was born under a wanderin’ star 1987, Los Lobos No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.The group was based in Madrid
1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. He seemed a nice young man
1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.
1996, Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier. Strange brotherly love
1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66. I didn’t know the name
1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5′, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949. Love it
2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He wasn’t the only one
2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing. What a very sad life she led
2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found. His music is sorely missed -he was a genius
Birthday Boys and Girls
1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,
1945, Chris Copping, Procol Harum
1958, Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,