Thursday 24th April 2014 The Last Time

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1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.

Yesterday was a travelling day and we left Los Alcaceres around 11 am for a nice leisurely drive back to La Nucia. The roads weren’t too busy and they are all good roads between the hotel Costa Narejas and La Nucia. It’s virtually motorway all the way down and, taking the AP7, the tolls are about 14 euros each way. It is probably be the best way to travel although you can get to the area using the N322.

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Data released this week relating to the end of year census, reveals that the registered population of Spain decreased by 404,619 people in 2013, now standing at 46.7 million people, a loss of almost 3 million people in 10 years.

Of the immigrant population, the Institute of National Statistics reveal that, with the exception of the Chinese, all foreign national groups are decreasing, the biggest fall being within the British population, with 87,000 registeredBrits having left last year.

Of the registered 546,000 registered foreign residents, the Chinese population has increased by over 3,500 inhabitants, whereas there has been a reduction in Romanians, the second largest group, of 74,000 people. The Romanian population decline is seen as of somewhat more significance than the British drop however, as a lot of the British population had second homes in Spain, whereas the decline in the Romanian population is believed to be due to the “lack of occupational expectations”.

The Valencia region has been hardest hit by the decline, with 118,000 foreigners having left, some 29% of the entire national total, and combining with the regions of Andalucía and Madrid, the three are collectively responsible for 52% of the entire loss. SpanishVida

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No matter how much I try to keep fit and no matter how well I try to feed myself there is always the chance of a micro bug or a bite from an insect or food poisoning etc that can affect my health. But there is a lot I can do to help myself. The basics are to get enough sleep, to get enough exercise, to exercise my mind, to keep myself clean and to clean my immediate environment. Did I mention my teeth? Of course we need to keep the teeth and gums clean. Whatever hangs around the mouth after a meal can eventually turn nasty and needs to be cleaned quickly and appropriately.CIMG7319

Some people don’t seem to look in the mirror. This gives us an indication of how we’re doing. Don’t just use a mirror for vanity purposes but have the occasional peep at the things we can change. Once the girth is getting fatter it takes ages to get that under control again. For me it was beginning to run haywire so out went the potatoes, the cheeses, the cakes, the biscuits, the cream and dairy produce. Yes, it’s difficult and I don’t want to be a slave to it. Of course I’ll have an occasional treat but just look at the world of fruit and vegetables lying in the stores everywhere for you to try and enjoy. CIMG7327Yes. I can drink too many milky coffees and it is a social occasion. A shandy or beer or even water can be the alternative. Of course I still have a coffee but I was drinking around six cups a day. I’ve got that under control and there are ‘plenty of alternatives. Do I practise what I preach? Well, I’ve done my Spanish homework and now I’m off for a long walk…..

CIMG7243Sense of  Freshness…. A while ago a new supermarket opened in Vancouver, Washington. It has an  automatic water mister to keep the produce  fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear  the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh  rain. When you pass the milk cases, you  hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh  mowed hay. In the meat department there  is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with  onions. When you approach the egg  case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is  filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs  frying. The bread department features  the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and  cookies…. ……I don’t buy  toilet paper there any more. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..CIMG7139

Drum Problem There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.

One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.

A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions.

The third person offered the neighbours plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a book; a fifth gave the neighbors books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback; a sixth person gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of these attempts worked.

Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked, “I wonder what’s inside the drum?”

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 Events 24th April  

1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis. Was this a marriage of convenience?

1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain. Why no name? 1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba. Big mistake if it was now…..

1915 – During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians. Humans are wonderful aren’t we?

1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later. Sorry, but I say leave Ireland to the Irish 1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.

1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.Big moment in history1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.” …but not in a wheelchair

1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Great man 1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Nice to see somebody taking the necessary responsibility

1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts. I thought their soldiers wore them 1974 – David Bowie released “Diamond Dogs.” Who let the dogs out?

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced. Seems a lifetime ago 1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing. They were the vanguards for change 1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. Wow

1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.When will we ever learn?

2003 – A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons. Ugh!

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Music Events April 24th 

1955, Perez Prado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo’ the instrumental was the theme from the film ‘Underwater’ where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to ‘Cherry Pink’.Well, we now know the King of Mambo

1959, Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.I love this song

1961, Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte’s album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing harmonica on the track ‘Calypso King’; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording. First time I’d read this

1961, Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaway’, also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of ‘From Me To You.’Great artist and a sad loss

1965, Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the ‘star prize’ of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly ‘Melody Maker’ informing it’s readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on ‘Ticket To Ride.’ I wonder what he did with it?1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Game Of Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart guitarist in the Mindbenders went on join Hotlegs and 10CC. I think he is still living here in Spain

1968, The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. I bet somebody felt like the Decca man who turned down the Beatles

1968, Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.He never mastered the art of parking 1968, Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.’ At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1. What a claim to fame for ‘Satchelmouth’

1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote ‘Without You’, with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit ‘Come And Get It’ was written by Paul McCartney. This is so sad and I covered almost every part of this story…. unknowingly 1976, ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney’s fifth No.1 after The Beatles……… and still going strong

1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.It’s nice to think they were still friends

1979, Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.I should think so too although there was always sweet Georgia Brown

1982, Status Quo scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ’1982′.Kiss principle

1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22- year old Kerrie McCarver.Glutton for punishment 

1995, Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single. The Gallaghers were coming

2003, The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, ‘All The Things She Said’, No, 2, Coldplay, ‘Clocks’ and No.1 Christina Aguilera, ‘Beautiful.’ …but did this reflect overall taste?

2007, Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. ……..do I detect fanaticism?

2007, The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year’s fastest-selling new release. Hype or quality? 

 

 Born on this day

1942, Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.31 single ‘The Way We Were’, 1980 UK & US No.1 single ‘Woman In Love’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles and 4 other US No.1′s). 1945, Doug Clifford, drums, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’). 1947,  Glenn Cornick, bass guitar, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 and US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’). 1947,  Ann Kelly, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’). 1948, Steve York, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’). 1951, Nigel Harrison, British bass player with Blondie from 1977-82. Also a member of Silverhead. . 1960, Paula Yates, presenter on UK music TV show The Tube, ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence. 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 23rd April 2014 Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2008, Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including Magical Mystery Tour, Within You Without You and Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite. 

We’ve just come back from our mini tour of La Manga and Murcia. I’ll post the pictures and then add an article I spotted today.

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Greenpeace has issued a dramatic statement on Tuesday that a number of popular coastal town in Spain could disappear this century, if we fail to prevent the melting of the Arctic and curb climate change.

Amongst those places at risk of being completely wiped out, according to Greenpeace, are Marbella in Málaga,Benidorm in Alicante, la playa de La Concha in San Sebastián and La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia.

The report, which coincides with the celebration of “Earth Day”, focuses on how the ignorance and neglect of an area under extreme threat, the Arctic, can impact on the rest of the world, in this case, Spain.

Spokesperson for Greenpeace, Pilar Marcos, explained that just a one centimetre rise in sea levels equals one meter of beach and, according to estimates based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates, if no action is taken, the Mediterranean at the end of this century could have risen by about a half metre, which in turn means a regression of the coastline of 500 meters in land.

Despite mentioning some of the most popular places known internationally on the coastline, the same would apply to places like Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa, as well as cities including Alicante.

Therefore, Greenpeace are calling on the Government of Mariano Rajoy to join in the campaign of saving the Arctic, and position Spain, “In favour of creating a sanctuary in the high Arctic where oil exploration and fishing is banned”.

Mario Rodríguez, the executive director of Greenpeace, explained that “Little time remains to make decisions”, as the Arctic is melting twice as fast as the rest of the planet and in the last four years has lost polar ice equivalent to three times the size of Spain.  SpanishVida

PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left..

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.

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Events 23rd April

 1026 – Koenraad II crowned himself king of Italy. Something to keep him off the streets

1657 – France and England formed an alliance against Spain.Bullies

1808 – Napoleon’s brother Joseph took the throne of Spain. Something to do for the day

1839 – The first recorded use of “OK” [oll korrect] was used in Boston’s Morning Post.Thanks for that

1840 – The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.

1848 – Hungary proclaimed its independence of Austria.There may be trouble ahead

1857 – Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City. We’ve all seen them the Otis Elevator

1861 – London’s first tramcars began operations. I’ve seen the pictures

1881 – The Boers and Britain signed a peace accord ending the first Boer war.Good

1901 – Dame Nellie Melba, revealed the secret of her now famous toast.

1901 – It was learned that Boers were starving in British concentration camps in South Africa. We’re not without fault

1902 – In Italy, the minimum legal working age was raised from 9 to 12 for boys and from 11 to 15 for girls.

1909 – British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole. Great

1919 – Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.Another of history’s baddies

1925 – The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible’s account of man’s creation.

1956 – Pakistan became the first Islamic republic. It was still within the British Commonwealth.

1967 – Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement. Good man

1972 – Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars. Didn’t he jump a bus across bikes?

1989 – A 1,000-foot diameter asteroid missed Earth by 500,000 miles. Phew

1989 – Two electrochemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, announced that they had created nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature.Too clever for their own good

1998 – Germany’s largest bank pledged $3.1 million to Jewish foundations as restitution for Nazi looting. Long overdue

1998 – The movie “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards.

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Music Events April 23rd

1961, Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Wooden Heart.’ One of the first songs I learned on my harmonica 

1964, John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK. The best was yet to come
1967, At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello. What a great piece of trivia

1969, During a UK tour Stevie Wonder played two shows at the Coventry Theatre in the West Midlands. Also on the bill, The Foundations, The Flirtations and Emperor Rosko. I’ve worked with Rosko

1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

 1991, Comedy duo Hale And Pace And The Stonkers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the charity record ‘The Stonk.’ Dreadful

 1991, R.E.M. scored their first UK No.1 album with their seventh LP ‘Out Of Time’ featuring the singles ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Shiny Happy People.’ I must play their music more
1995, Alan Barton of UK pop band Black Lace died. Had the 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Agadoo.’ Black Lace represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in which they finished in 7th position. Agadoo earned them the dubious accolade of being voted as the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers for Q Magazine.My friend Dene Michael from the new Black Lace told me about this sad event
 1997, U2 were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands fifth US No.1 album.

 2005, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay was the No.1 UK single. I made a podcast with Tony Christie 

2008, Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including Magical Mystery Tour, Within You Without You and Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite. 

 Born on this day

1949, Ric Ocasek, The Cars, (1978 UK No.3 single ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’ 1984 US No.3 & 1985 UK No.4 ‘Drive’ was used as part of the soundtrack for the ‘Live Aid’ concert.

1952,  Dave Bartram, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits). 

1953, Chaka Khan, (Yvette Marie Stevens), US singer, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘I Feel For You’), Rufus, (1974 US No.3 single ‘Tell Me Something Good’). 

1966, Mark McLoughlin, (Marti Pellow), vocals, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No. 1 single ‘Love Is All Around’ which spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles

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Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Ticket To Ride

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film Help! it was the group’s seventh UK No.1.

 

we’ve had a beautiful day again and I’ve been out on a mystery gig. I’ll say it has been a new experience and it has been most enjoyable….watch this space.

Racing driver Michael Schumacher has been denounced for a traffic violation in Spain, after a rental car he was driving in November is alleged to have failed to give way to a motorcycle, resulting in the collision of the two vehicles and injuries to the rider.

The accident is said to have occurred on the A-5062 main road in the Seville town of Bormujos at around 18:50 on the 17th of November, 2013, when the German driver, who was on a private visit to Spain, drove his hired Audi A-4 into the path of the motorcycle having failed to give way.

When colliding with Schumacher’s car, the rider, Francisco M.A., fell off his bike and suffered a broken wrist which was operated on by doctors. The rider is also claiming damages for clothing, a watch, and other items.

The incident occurred just a few days before the accident when he was skiing which rendered him seriously injured. spanishvida

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This time last year I was looking at Britain’s Rich list and it has been proven that despite the recession the rich are getting even richer. This crisis or recession is just an inconvenience to them.  Here’s the list of the absolutely stinking rich!

1. (2) Alisher Usmanov, mining and investment, £13,300m (£12,315m)

2. (5) Len Blavatnik, investment, music and media, £11,000m (£7,580m)

3. (4) Sri and Gopi Hinduja, industry and finance, £10,600m (£8,600m)

4. (1) Lakshmi Mittal and family, steel, £10,000m (£12,700m)

5. (3) Roman Abramovich, oil and industry, £9,300m (£9,500m)

6. (9), John Fredriksen and family, shipping and oil services, £8,800m (£6,600m)

7. (8) David and Simon Reuben, property and internet, £8,281m (£7,083m)

8. (7) The Duke of Westminster, property, £7,800m (£7,350m)

9. (6) Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli, pharmaceuticals, £7,400m (£7,400m)

10. (11) Charlene and Michel de Carvalho, inheritance, brewing and banking, £7,000m (£5,490m)

11. (10) Galen and George Weston and family, retailing, £6,650m (£5,900m)

12. (15) Kirsten and Jorn Rausing, inheritance and investment, £5,109m (£3,900m)

13.(12) Hans Rausing and family, packaging, £4,720m (£4,300m)

14.(13) Joseph Lau, property, £4,600m (£4,140m)

15, (new) Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and family, hotels, food and industry, £4,515m

16, (17=) Sir Philip and Lady Green, retailing, £3,880m (£3,300m)

17. (14) Nicky Oppenheimer, diamonds and mining, £3,785m (£4,050m)

18. (19) Earl Cadogan and family, property, £3,675m (£3,225m)

19. (16) Sir Richard Branson and family, transport and finance and fitness clubs, £3,514m (£3,410m)

20. (21) Joe Lewis, foreign exchange and investment, £3,200m (£3,000m)

CIMG7317I am not a  jealous person by nature and I think we always have to have people better off than us. However, some of this wealth is sickening when there are so many people suffering. I’m sure there must be some on the list with social consciences but it would be interesting to know how much is really deserved and what do these people  do for society.  I find it so frustrating that just 1% of most populations own around 97% of the wealth in their country. Until these statistics are changed I really cannot see peace in the world. How can anybody think such statistics can be justified?

I do not advocate handouts for the masses. However, the systems in government are blatantly unfair. This time last year the papers carried a story where Tory MP Stephen Hammond wanted to bring Commons wages in line with highly-paid professionals saying MPs should get a £40,000 pay rise.  While average pay for ordinary workers is rising at just one per cent a year his proposal would take a regular MP’s salary from around £65,000 to £105,000. This is after years when the MPs have been disgraced through stealing from the taxpayer via their expenses!  This year they have continued to rob and most weeks a politician is found out.

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World Events 22nd April

1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil. I’m afraid I didnt know his name

1509 – Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII.`Keep it in the family

1529 – Spain and Portugal divided the eastern hemisphere in Treaty of Saragosa.Eh?

1792 – U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe. A precedent not adhered to in later years

1864 – The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency bear the inscription “In God We Trust”….but not the US mint!

1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashvillecaptured a Spanish merchant ship. This was not that long ago

1915 – At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas. This was nothing to be proud of

1918 – British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge.

1930 – The U.S., Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.Good

1931 – Egypt signed the treaty of friendship with Iraq.Good

1931 – James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.Dodgy moment

1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television. Ugh!

1970 – The first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans.Good

1976 – Barbara Walters became first female nightly network news anchor.Good

1987 – The American Physical Society said that the “Star Wars” missile system was “highly questionable” and would take ten years to research….and the money?

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Music Events April 22nd

 1957, Elvis Presley had his custom built ‘Music Gates’ installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.If you’ve got it flaunt it

1964, The President of The National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next No.1 group in the UK pop charts. He said ‘The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he’s got a feather duster on his head.‘ How times have changed

1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film Help! it was the group’s seventh UK No.1.Great guitar rif

1966, ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on to reach No.1. Not that difficult a song but very effective

1969, On the roof of the Apple building in London, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono.How boring was that!
1977, The Jam released their first single ‘In The City’, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK charts. They achieved 17 other Top 40 hits including four UK No.1s.Still remain quite well requested today

1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ in Jamaica. It was Marley’s first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.I think it was very brave of him to appear in  public

1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’.It would be the first of many
1989, Madonna No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singers seventh US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. Not a favourite of mine
1993, The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre. I bought the album when it first came out and loved it

2003, songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly Brothers, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’ a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their song include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles. This lady was absolutely wonderful

2006, Rascal Flatts started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Me and My Gang’ the American country pop group’s fifth album.Good music

2008, it was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March 1960. This came as some sort of revelation

 

 Born on this day

1936, Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, has released more than 70 albums selling over 45 million records. As a session musician in the 1960s he worked with Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, Frankie Laine, The Association, Jan & Dean and The Mamas & the Papas. He was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’‘ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees.

1937, Jack Nitzsche, producer, songwriter. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Walker Brothers. Co-wrote, ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Died of a heart attack on 25th August 2000.

1939,  Simon Napier- Bell, UK manager of Wham! T Rex and Japan.

1944,  Drummer Howard Wyeth, Worked with Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. He died of a heart attack 27th March 1996.

1950, Peter Frampton, guitar, vocals, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’), Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’) & solo, (1976 UK No.10 single ‘Show Me The Way’).

1951,  Paul Carrack, keyboards, guitar, vocals, Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’) Squeeze, (1981 UK No.41 single ‘Tempted’), Mike And The Mechanics, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2

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Monday 21st April 2014 Whole Lotta Woman

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and it was necessaryto make the podcast with Neil Colbourne earlier than usual.  Here’s the content….

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Unfortunately, Spain is home to all of the EU’s top five employment blackspots…and another two Spanish regions are in the top 10.  Elsewhere, Spanish policemen are facing long prison sentences for ‘torturing’ two Brits in custody in Mallorca.  A captain and threepolice officers stand charged with intimidating and viciously attacking the two Brits, who had been arrested after a pub brawl.

In the UK news David Cameron has not only been stung by a jellyfish whilst on holdiay but A Tory crony of David Cameron put in charge of a £60 billion quango was dramatically fired last night after it was revealed that he was declared bankrupt for not paying his taxes….and Nick Clegg’s controversial taxpayer-funded election strategist was censured  by a watchdog over his role in the awarding of a multi-million-pound contract. Why do top politicians get mixed up with these dodgy people?

There’s a very worrying article written about UK prison Wormwood Scrubs.Open drug deals are mentioned. Muslim fanatics are evident. The prison is on a knife edge and our repeated warnings to the Ministry of Justice have been brushed aside, writes ANGELA LEVIN.

Judges are in the news again.  Senior judge Sir Paul Coleridge has called for action to ‘stem the tide’ of family breakdown. This is set against the revelation Britain has more failed marriages than almost any other country.  What is happening to UK morals?   Eleanor Jackson, 23, was taken from her biological father Frank Humphreys, 51, when she was just 17 months old, Carlisle Crown Court heard. Later, she traced him as an adult and the pair began a sexual relationship. The headline speaks of hime being a paedophile. Is this right?

…and there is anger at a proposed law shake-up that would ‘let off Bulger killers’. Lord McNally, the new head of the youth justice quango, is the most senior serving figure to suggest raising the age of criminal responsibility from ten to 12.  Click for Podcast 

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It was nice to have our John with us. We went down to see the match at the Wooky Hollow in Benidorm. We were put through the mill watching Liverpool play at Norwich. They were fighting for their Premiership existence. They played very well before losing 2-3 with Stirling playing an outstanding game for Liverpool,  scoring twice. It was almost inevitable that Suarez would score……and he obliged. However, Stirling was man of the match.   It’s also getting interesting to see who will get the fourth Champions League place. Could Everton grab that honour?

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Have we been kidded by campaigns to make us drink milk. Do you remember the slogan, ‘Drink a Pinta Milk a Day?’  We were led to believe that milk is good for us but I was reading a powerful article  in which it is pointed out that only humans  are encouraged to drink milk as adults. The animal world shows us how calves are weaned away from their mother’s milk after quite a short time.

Of course, it has been quite convenient to encourage us to drink milk. Politically, it has been good to support the farmers and even provide grants to keep them producing milk. My reading into healthy foods seems to suggest milk is not the best food for us to ingest.

Another interesting point in another article was the fact that it is only humans that cook their food.  The serious point is that animals devouring their prey seem to be able to eat everything and that includes the nutrients and natural offal. I think I’ll still prefer a cooked or prepared meal.

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Events 21st April

 753 BC – Today is the traditional date of the foundation of Rome. Ok. So was it Romulus or Remus who had the idea?

 1526 – Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi.

1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship.This was quite progressive

1689 – William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland. I’ll bet one of them wore the trousers

1892 – The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park. Bambi?

1898 – The Spanish-American War began. Oh Dear!

1918 – German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I. Anything for  a song

1956 – Leonard Ross, age 10, became the youngest prizewinner on the “The Big Surprise”. He won $100,000.  I’ll bet he was surprised

1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds. You should have seen the one that got away

1960 – Brasilia became the capital of Brazil.

1961 – The French army revolted in Algeria.Revolting

1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS. Spend money to research how to beat it

1987 – Special occasion stamps were offered for the first time by the U.S. Postal Service. “Happy Birthday” and “Get Well” were among the first to be offered.I suppose they were the obvious ones

1992 – Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years. He was put to death for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys. I think it’s easy to overlook the trauma this decision takes. I don’t think many people would feel comfortable with the execution

1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.Impressive

1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.This doesn’t really register with my brain!

2000 – In Sinking Spring, PA, a man chased his estranged girlfriend through town and then forced her car into the path of an oncoming train. The woman and her 3 passengers were killed. The devil at work?

2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile. Great but what important use to us is the money spent on knowing this

2000 – The 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.Good

2009 – UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.Good

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Music Events April 21st

 1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.I also think this was a great song

1962, Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’, his fifth US No.1 of the 60′s. Also an UK No.1 hit.A great song

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The band was paid £50 for the gig. It sounds ludicrous by today’s standards but the Stones will probably have a better awareness of their money after a humble start.

1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. If they were only audible to dogs do we have to accept that canines were in the studio to check the output

1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. Fair enough

1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. Heavy Jelly’s career obviously wobb led a bit

1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’, (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him.Good song and a fine sentiment

1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home; four days later she died in Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’, was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album). A very tragic end to her career

1979, Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock On Wood’, it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985. It was an improvement on Eddie Floyd’s song for the disco market but I still liked Floyd’s song

1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.I think we’ve all had times when we could have walked away from something

1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.There was better to come

1990, Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’They’ve remained a popular group

990, Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. My Goodness. What a crowd!

1990, Sinead O’Connor started a four week stay at No.1 in the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. I saw her in a Range Rover on the Falmouth road in Cornwall in this year

2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Hound Dog.’ Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard. I didn’t know this name

2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.These guys need to learn how to behave like everyone else.

2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hindu Times’, the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry. I can’t remember this song

 2006, The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.Which suggests that mainstream radio should be playing more country

 2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music. This is a nice insight to early influences

 2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Had a number of US hits, including ‘The Snake’ in 1968 and ‘Show and Tell’ in 1974.Two great songs

 Born on this day

 1947, Alan Wagner, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’.)

1947, James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop), The Stooges, solo, 1986 UK No.10 single ‘Real Wild Child’).

1959,  Robert Smith, guitar, vocals, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’

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Sunday 20th April 2014 Love is Life

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1992, ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash. 

We really enjoyed today. The early part of the morning I was making the podcast with Don Woods and then it was the business of getting things up on the internet. After a quick jog around the block I rested as I had a big show to go to…..here are the photos…

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Spain is one of the 28 countries with suitable legislation for reducing road accident rates based on the five fundamental risk factors in road accidents: excess speed; driving under the influence of alcohol; not wearing a helmet on motorcycles; seatbelt use; and child safety restraints. These factors have helped lower the number of fatalities and injuries caused by road accidents over the last nine year      Source

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Events 20th April

1534 – Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, set sail from St. Malo to explore the North American coastline. I‘ll bet he ended up doing something in fashion or Jewellery1653 – In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the Long Parliament for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill that would have kept Parliament in the hands of only a few members.I think Olly had a good point here

1657 – English Admiral Robert Blake fought his last battle when he destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay. Always picking on the poor Spanish

1689 – The siege of Londonderry began. Supporters of James II attacked the city.Those blessed English are at it again 1775 – American troops began the siege of British-held Boston. I’ll bet they’ll have a go at our cuppa

1809 – Napoleon defeated Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria. He was a brilliant tactician by all accounts 1832 – Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S. Great idea 1865 – Safety matches were first advertised. Did they give any warnings?

1879 – First mobile home (horse drawn) was used in a journey from London to Cyprus.What about the gypsy travellers? 1902 – Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.Brilliant minds

1916 – Sir Roger Casement landed in Ireland to incite rebellion against the British. Casement, a British diplomat, was captured within hours and was hanged for high treason on August 3. They didn’t mess about in those days

1934 – The movie “Stand Up And Cheer” opened. It was Shirley Temple’s debut. I’d back her for stardom 1942 – Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of “true reconciliation with Germany.” Traitor…

1953 – Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed. Good 1953 – The Boston marathon was won by Keizo Yamada with a record time of 2:18:51.My second cousin, John Treacy, won it later

1961 – FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC. Good

1962 – The New Orleans Citizens’ Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states. You can see how this policy worked out today in the states 1972 – The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

1978 – The Korean Airliner Flight 902 was shot down while in Russian airspace. Two passengers were killed when the plane landed on a frozen lake. I remember this in the news 1984 – Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would cease in 1997. It was keeping the agreement made earlier

1985 – In Madrid, Santiago Carillo was purged from the Communist Party. Carillo was a founder of Eurocommunism. A name to remember

1992 – The worlds largest fair, Expo ’92, opened in Seville, Spain. Another great day for Spain 1998 – Kenyan runner Moses Tanui, 32, won the Boston Marathon for the second time. He also registered the third fast time with 2 hours 7 minutes and 34 seconds. I told you about our John

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Music Events April 20th

1957, Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All Shook Up.’ It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies. I like the song but have never bothered to learn it

1959, Goldband Records released ‘Puppy Love’ by a 13-year old Dolly Parton in the US, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn’t chart, (later to be a hit for Donny Osmond). I’d like to get a listen to her song1966, During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’. I like Taxman

1967, During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Barnstable, England.  Would enough people turn up?

1968, Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. They would be bringing home the bacon

1968, Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel and Elephant’s Memory were signed up. Does anyone remember Elephant’s Memory?

1969, Session drummer Benny Benjamin died. One of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The film ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ released in 2003 features his work. Not a name I’d known

1970, The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ as a religious symbol. How weird! 1970, Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets, 25 shillings. Good value I’d say

1974, MFSB and the Three Degrees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘TSOP, (The Sound Of Philadelphia), a No.22 hit in the UK.I remember all the conjecture as to what the initials stood for…… 

1979, Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in an accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton, England. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert on 12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London’s Hammersmith Odeon for his family. A very sad event for these guys are often unsung heroes

1981, John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.You’d really not have expected that from that group 

1985, The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Good effort

1990, Janet Jackson was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at the start of ‘Janet Jackson week’ in Los Angeles.  I think you actually have to pay for the star-anybody know whether this is true?

1991, Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90′s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single ‘Itchycoo Park’, plus 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’, Humble Pie, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. As a child actor he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver.They were enigmatic in the early days and he was obviously very talented

1992, ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.   This is a dreadful disease and it has taken some of the most prodigious talents over the years…

1993, Aerosmith released the album ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at No.1. It went on to sell 7 million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards. I must listen to a bit more of their music 

1997, Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure. A very sad life for a wonderful pop talent

2001, A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie. He should be remembered

2006, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested in east London on suspicion of drugs possession only hours after a court appearance. Doherty had earlier admitted to seven charges of possessing drugs when he appeared before magistrates in east London. He was given a community order with two years supervision and 18 months drug rehabilitation and was also banned from driving for six months.  He has an attitude problem

Born on this day

1939, Johnny Tillotson,, (1960 US No.2 and 1961 UK No.1 single ‘Poetry In Motion’).  1945, , Jimmy Winston, organ, Small Faces, (left in Nov 1965). Music Source 1 music source 2music source 3

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Saturday 19th April 2014 My Old Piano

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham

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We had another wonderful day with clear blue skies and very hot temperatures. Yesterday was a day of rest with our son John spending some quality time with us. I just had time for a little light training and then it was time to go and play my guitar at our Bollywood night with Irene Luna at the Mayra Indian Restaurante in La Nucia.   Here are some photos from a very pleasant evening in La Nucia.

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Saturday is my podcast day with Don Woods and here will be our topics under discussion. Don sent the following ….

” Britain’s Got Talent is back…..now I KNOW it is very popular (which shows the mentality of the masses)…but WHY subject us to idiots who are happy to ridicule themselves on national TV?…and WHY Ant and Dec?….heaven knows we’ve seen enough of them over the last six months…can’t see the point of them on this show….and WHY the same old format with talentless “judges” playing God and the same old sob stories from the contestants which have NOTHING to do with their act…….bring back Opportunity Knocks I say…at least we were looking at genuine contestants.

Great to see Nigel Evans fighting back…the guy was dragged through court … was TOTALLY cleared of any offences…and ended up 130 grand out of pocket….he is starting to kick up a fuss and good on him….he says the CPS should reimburse the cases they lose….and so say all of us !!!!

.Now we have had a few weeks of nice weather…you’d think we’d all be happy…what with no storms and no floods etc…NOT A CHANCE….the media are straight on to their usual scare tactics….”there’s a hole in the ozone layer which means the sun will be much stronger and we are all going to get burnt…even when the sun isn’t out”….and “scientists” have discovered new creatures from overseas which are a threat to humanity…they EAT our plants…not forgetting the KILLER CRABS who have arrived in the Thames on the hulls of boats…these monsters burrow into the river bank…HELP!!! our country is being eaten away…and all because we have had a bit of sunshine….there will be a hosepipe ban any day now….somebody call Bruce Willis !!!!

  To add to the tripe on Television which consists mainly of rubbish soaps we are now being subjected to a programme which films sewer workers at their daily tasks….very nice when you are having your supper…this together with “Embarrasing Bodies” where we can see the obese having bits sliced off them makes a good case for listening to the radio…..is Radio Luxemburg still going?

 And finally….to lighten the mood…I had to laugh at the front page news of Cameron being stung by a jellyfish on his holidays….I would think they will be searching for the said jellyfish to give it a rabies jab….and a little two year old was playing about with his dad’s phone and accidentally phoned the police…..when he cut the call short the police went round to the house and found a load of cannabis plants…OOPS !!..classic stuff…and lastly they have been talking about the fact that kids do not know the true meaning of Easter….they asked a little 4 year old and she said “You have to believe in the Easter Bunny…the more you believe the more eggs you get”…..she’ll go far.  Podcast

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The Guardia Civil traffic department has launched a mini campaign to check number plates on vehicles, paying particular attention to ensuring that the details of the registration are clearly visible in the event of being snapped by a traffic law enforcement device.

The move is thought to be in preparation for the new traffic laws which come into force in May, whereas not only will radar detectors be banned, but officers will no longer have to stop a vehicle in order to issue a fine.

By ensuring that the number plate details are correct, this will ensure that anybody breaking the law can be brought to justice quicker.

Although some of the techniques are nothing but urban myths, the officers will also be checking for any signs that a driver may have tried to camouflage a number plate, by suing such things as spray or stickers. One such range of stickers, which are coming from Russia, are hardly visible to the naked eye as the number plate looks normal, but renders the letters and numbers invisible to traffic cameras. Other stickers on the market are designed to increase the reflective flash of a camera, thus theoretically whitewashing the photograph and making the number plate unreadable.

When the new legislation comes into force on the 9th of May, there will be a 200 euro fine for using a radar detector, as well as the loss of points, with the exception of those devices that warn of fixed cameras, the information which is already published by the Dgt.

The Guardia Civil have also said that they will continue to monitor social network sites for warnings of their presence, moving to a new location should drivers become aware that they are there.  SpanishVida

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World Events  19th April

1587 – English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbour and sank the Spanish fleet.Bit of a cheek

1764 – The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money. How could they stop them?

1770 – Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.Why?

1782 – The Netherlands recognized the new United States. Isn’t that the USA?

1802 – The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants. You see, the Spanish are friendly like that

1839 – The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe when the Treaty of London was signed. Which is why we would be eventually drawn into a war with Germany

1897 – The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S. Has it really been going that long? A second cousin of mine has won the Boston marathon

1938 – General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War. This led to the Franco years in Spain

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days. I’ve seen the DVD and it is rivoting

1951 – General Douglas MacArthur gave his “Old Soldiers” speech before the U.S. Congress. In the address General MacArthur said that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Without old soldiers we would not be here

1951 – Shigeki Tanaka won the Boston Marathon. Tanaka had survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. A wonderful story

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The civil ceremony took place on April 18. The world was starstruck taking Grace to their hearts

1967 – Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.Great achievement but what next?

1971 – Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station. Great achievement, great expense, what for?

1975 – India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR. With masses living in poverty

1982 – NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut. Any link to Mustang Sally?

1982 – The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America. Anyone smoking Cuban cigars would be punished….

1987 – In Phoenix, AZ, skydiver Gregory Robertson went into a 200-mph free-fall to save an unconscious colleague 3,500 feet from the ground. Great bravery

1989 – A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.Horrible

1989 – A giant asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of Earth.Phew!

1993 – The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire. Bizarre

1994 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.How is this compensation reached?

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997. Words fail me

2000 – In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while preparing to land. 131 people were killed. Tragic

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Music Events April 19th

1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. Was it a musical?

1965, The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie “Eight Arms to Hold You” (the original name for the movie “Help!”)’.‘Help’ was easier to remember

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham, England. I would have ebjoyed this
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.He couldn’t completely fool the scousers!

1970, Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Kinds Of Everything’. the Irish singers only UK No.1 hit.She was a very pretty face

1975, The Stylistics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘The Best Of’ album. I bought this album and played it to death

1980, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK. Great single

1980, 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who died after a drinks binge.

1980, For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.There are some fabulous female singers

1986, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. He is a talent

1986, Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’...with a bag over his head

1988, Former singer and one half of Sonny and Cher; Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.Here’s a picture of me, Berks and Sonny Bono

1990, On this weeks BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.That had to be seen to be believed

2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.This does really not make complete sense

2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.This man was fantastic…phenomenal!

2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.I wonder how Elvis would have reacted to this

2006, BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple’s anti-fur trade protests. I think it’s good for leading musicians to throw their weight behind worthwhile causes.
2008, US country singer George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Troubadour.’

 Born on this day

1928, Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. Major force behind the UK R&B scene, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). Writer and radio presenter. Korner died on January 1st 1984.
1942, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). And solo, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear’).
1943, Eve Graham, (Evelyn May Beatson), singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’).

1947, Mark Volman, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

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Friday 18th April 2014 Making Your Mind Up.’

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Yesterday was another gorgeous day. I decided to take a long walk and this was down to Alfaz del Pi. It took me about one hour and it wan’t too hot. I did have my bottle of water but I really enjoyed the walk. Most of it is downhill and the traffic whizzes past a little bit too close for comfort. I stopped to say hello to a horse and a donkey. I also practised my horse whispering skills by blowing up their noses. They seemed to like that.

Next, it was time to pop into the bank and get my new card. I have my photo put on my debit card and the Bank manager was happily telling me it makes no difference to the security of my account. As I said to her you have to laugh. What could be more simple than putting your picture on the card alongside your thumb print?

I went home and made the dinner and then I had a good hour on my guitar. I was just getting into my practise when the phone rang. Our friend Thelma had been robbed of her bag. We went to help her down at the scene of the crime in Albir. We checked all the bins near Lidl where the robbery occurred. After drawing a bland we went down to the Guardia Civil in Altea. A very nice young man helped us record the crime. If I hadn’t been up to the job it would have been very different as there were no English speakers available. I was pleased my lessons had come in handy!

Did I forget to mention we also popped into Mendoza’s for a wine tasting visit?

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This day a year ago I watched the funeral service for Margaret Thatcher and, yes, I did feel a little sad. Whether you liked or disliked this lady she was a strong leader and a family was suffering a loss. Many people in the UK didn’t really understand the politics yet will have a vociferous opinion based on whoever they have known and on their opinions of Mrs Thatcher. All I know is that had she not been the leader in the early part of her period in office the UK might have suffered a very different future. Britain had to change and the workforce needed to adapt to the then current challenges. I think there were things that could have been done differently and maybe, in hindsight, the cuts should have been involved in a programme of more gradual change. However, my studies of the period suggest that she was part of a philosophical battle being waged in the UK at that time.  I think the funeral was conducted in a very decent British tradition. However, it is a fair comment that in times of such heavy recession the cost of staging the funeral were inappropriate. It would be interesting to have had an final figure and an insight into who met the cost.

CIMG6868Two crew members were slightly when the tail of an Aeromexico plane, the 14:40 departure to Mexico City carrying 250 passengers, struck the runway whilst taking off at 14:58 on Tuesday from Madrid Barajas airport.

The impact of the Boeing 767 on the ground caused fragments to be left on the runway, which an Air Europa Airbus, the 15:19 to Caracas with 196 people on board, ran over, puncturing a tyre.

Both aircraft circled to burn fuel for around 90 minutes each, before returning to Barajas airport, both performing safe landings.

Emergency services accompanied both planes upon landing, as part of the established protocol for such incidents, and passengers were removed from the aircraft to be found alternative travel arrangements.

The two injured crew members suffered bruising as a result of the impact.

This is the latest in a series of incidents of aircraft striking the runway on takeoff, with two separate incidents in recent weeks involving Ryanair planes, one on a Malta to London flight, another on a Krakow to Dublin flight, and a serious tail strike on landing for a US Airways flight at Las Vegas.  SpanishVida

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Events 18th April

1521 – Martin Luther confronted the emperor Charles V in the Diet of Worms and refused to retract his views that led to his excommunication. It’s always going to be bad eating worms

1676 – Sudbury, Massachusetts, was attacked by Indians. Well they had been living there before the settlers arrived

1775 – American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that “the Regulars are coming out.” Later, the phrase “the British are coming” was attributed to Revere.They were a good group

1818 – A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War. I thought people only had holidays in Florida

1834 – William Lamb became prime minister of England. I thought it was Larry the Lamb

1838 – The Wilkes’ expedition to the South Pole set sail. Wasn’t he in Emmerdale?1861 – Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies during the U.S. Civil War. Why?

1877 – Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph. In the U.S., Thomas Edison gets the credit. I’d never heard of him which would have made Charles cross

1895 – New York State passed an act that established free public baths. The city smelt nicer 1906 – San Francisco, CA, was hit with an earthquake. The orginal death toll was cited at about 700. Later information indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the original estimate. These tragic events happen all the time

1910 – Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night. The plane was using candles

1937 – Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.Troublemaker

1942 – The Vichy government capitulated to Adolf Hitler and invited Pierre Laval to form a new government in France. Bad times

1943 – Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters. He should have stayed with the boats 1949 – The Republic of Ireland was established. Quite rightly!

1950 – The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed. Whew! 1955 – Albert Einstein died.  It happens to us all

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco were married. The religious ceremony took place April 19. It was a big thing marrying a commoner in those days

1980 – Rhodesia became in independent nation of Zimbabwe. We’d only just got used to spelling Rhodesia

1983 – The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans. Horrible

1984 – Daredevils Mike MacCarthy and Amanda Tucker made a sky dive from the Eiffel Tower. The jump ended safely. Sacre bleu

1984 – In London, demonstrators outside the Libyan Embassy were fired upon from someone inside. Eleven people were injured and an English Police woman was killed. I remember seeing this on telly

2002 – The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power. Das vas gut

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Music Events April 18th

1953, Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Believe.’ The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.Great `production 1964, The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were buzzing!

1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. Living in harmony?

1972, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Amazing Grace.’ The single enjoyed a five-week run at No.1 Can anyone name any member of the band?

1975, four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park. Their long scarves got in the way

1981, This years Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up.’ I can’t make my mind up about this

1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.He had a very sad life

1985, Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. They had a ping pong sing song-

1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June

1967. I still think her best number was ?I never loved a man the way I loved you? 1992, Right Said Fred had their first and only UK No.1 single with ‘Deeply Dippy’ (‘I’m Too Sexy’ and ‘Don’t Talk Just Kiss’ both made the Top 3).Not for me

1995, Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).

1996, Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.Good bass player

1999, Catatonia scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Equally Cursed And Blessed’ the group also had their two other albums in the top 40.

2000, Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60′s pop legends in a TV movie about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto.

2003, It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue’s ‘Love At First Sight’ which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations..Says it all

2004, R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fuck It, (I Don’t Want You Back)’ his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for “the most expletives in a No.1 song”, with 33.This song should have been banned

2006, A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre. It raised a good amount for a good cause

2006, A line from U2′s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top. Thank God the Smiths weren’t first

2009, Keith Urban went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Defying Gravity’, the Australian singers fifth studio album.Good on yer sport

 Born on this day

1939 Glen D.Hardin, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That ‘ll Be The Day’,

1959 UK No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’. Plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1942, Mike Vickers, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’)

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Thursday 17th April 2014 Mama Mia!

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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group Abba, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group.

With another beautiful day behind us I can tell you about the Spanish MOT for the car. I was full of trepidation as I realised my car’s MOT should have been renewed on the 1st January. Ignorance is certainly bliss as I had been completely unaware of this situation. Until Anne spotted this oversight I was driving blissfully unaware of the transgression. I went to our garage and paid for a pre MOT inspection which gave me some peace of mind. The  garage then made an appointment  for the ITV or MOT in old money.

We had to be at the garage for 7.15pm and there was a big accident causing a hold up at 7 pm.  I just about got to the tsting station by the skin of my teeth. Fortunately, there was a queue and so I paid for the test which was around 54 euros and waited in the queue for over one hour.

I have to say that I was impressed by the efficiency of the staff and the depth of the testing. The technician explained everything he wanted us to do and got on with the job in a very businesslike fashion. I was quite chuffed to get the sticker and put it on the window assuring the validity and roadworthy state of the car until this time in 2016. This is how our lives go. Two years for this test and the renewal of our passports is just around the corner!

Last night was the final of the Copa del Rey. It’s th equivalent to the FA Cup Final. Very much in the Scotland mode the final was between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The venue was Valencia and the atmosphere was electric. Despite the recession and people being thrown out of their homes there’s always money for football. Real Madrid won 2-1.

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 Rockin Rupert – Friday 18th April at Mayra Indian Restaurant in La Nucia. …..appearing with Bollywood Legendary Dancer, Irene Luna.

Rock n Roll meets Bollywood..……. supported by Vince Tracy!

Special Menu includes unlimited drinks (house wine, drought beer, water)-

Poppadoms, 4 Chicken Dishes, 1 Vegetable, Pilau Rice and Plain Nan

The food is wonderful described by Tony Hiller (17 no. 1 hits including Save Your Kisses for me) as the best Indian food he’s ever eaten-including London!

Fantastic Price -17 euros per person

Start 7.30 finish 10.30 pm . Booking is definitely advisable. Easy parking nearby.

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During the week-long clamp down on speeding on Spain´s roads, the traffic police checked nearly a million vehicles, half of which were on conventional roads, and reported a staggering 30,000 drivers for breaking the speed limit.

The campaign ran between the 31st of March and the 6th of April, during which time officers from the Guardia Civil checked the speed of a total of 921,375 vehicles, of which 30,486, or 3.4%, were reported for not complying with speed limits.

The campaign formed the monthly clampdown by the traffic department focussing on a particular element of safety, with speeding causing nearly 500 deaths a year, and 70% of all injuries occurring on conventional roads.

During the campaign, five drivers were reported for committing a crime against road safety when driving at a higher speed of eighty kilometres per hour above the permitted limit on this road. One driver was clocked at 237 kilometres per hour and under the influence of alcohol. These drivers could face prison for up to 6 months, or community service, as well as a hefty fine and a ban.

The next campaign by the traffic department and the Guardia Civil will run from the 19th to the 25th of May, and will focus on motorbikes and scooters, followed by a clampdown on alcohol and drugs in June, which will also coincide with a campaign by the European wide traffic police.  SpanishVida

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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.

I just couldn’t help but send this along. Too funny. 

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?
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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 

Now that’s taking things a bit far!

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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 

What a guy! 
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death

No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s! They must be UNION !

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 

See if that works any better than a fair trial!
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War Dims Hope for Peace 

I can see where it might have that effect!
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If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile  Ya think?!

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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures 

Who would have thought!
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Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide  

They may be on to something!
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 

You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 

Weren’t they fat enough?!

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 Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
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 Kids Make Nutritious Snacks 

Do they taste like chicken?

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 Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half 

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
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 Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors 

Boy, are they tall!

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 And the winner is…. 

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead                      
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Events 17th April

1492 – Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a passage to Asia and the Indies. I wonder whether the contract was kept?

1521 – Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.Troublemaker

1524 – New York Harbor was discovered by Giovanni Verrazano. I’d have thought it was already there

1535 – Antonio Mendoza was appointed first viceroy of New Spain. We have local supermarkets here called Mendoza

1629 – Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Indians already had ponies

1808 – Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.Decree? They were going to do it anyway

1810 – Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton. Eh?

1860 – New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.It was necessary

1875 – The game “snooker” was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain. I  thought the British soldiers played the game in India

1895 – China and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki. It was the end of the first Sino-Japanese War. In the treaty China ceded Taiwan to Japan. Oh yeah?

1917 – A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later. It’s a bit of a pest changing the time…..

1961 – About 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack. Castro is certainly resilient

1964 – Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.Wonderful achievement

1964 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model. My mate, Pete Sweeney, used to pose in one of these

1967 – The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali’s request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.No  Comment

1969 – In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Good

1969 – Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed.I remember this day well

1970 – Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.

1984 – In London, gunmen from the Libyan Embassy fired into an anti-Libya protest. One policewoman was killed and 10 others were wounded.I remember this day as well

1987 – In Sri Lanka, Tamil guerrillas killed 122 people in a road ambush.Horrible

1989 – In Poland, courts gave Solidarity legal status.

1993 – A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.The world saw the pictures…..

2002 – At the National Maritime Museum in London, the exhibit “Skin Deep – A History of Tattooing” opened.

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Music Events April 17th

1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran’s current hit at the time was ‘Three Steps to Heaven’. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.A policeman at the scene, it is written, was the rookie cop Dave Dee from the band Dave Dee, Dozie, Beaky, Mck and Tich

1965, Bob Dylan’s debut album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. I saw a programme on Dylan on Spanish TV last night
1970, Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon, who requested that he played ‘A Boy Named Sue.’ I love that song and was a Johnny Cash fan

1971, All four Beatles had solo singles in the UK charts, Paul McCartney with ‘Another Day’, John Lennon, ‘Power To The People’, George Harrison, ‘My Sweet Lord’ and Ringo Starr, ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’ I liked all these songs
1971, Three Dog Night started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Joy To The World’. The group’s second US No.1; a No.24 hit in the UK. Good song

1973, Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ went gold in the US. The LP went on to stay in the US chart for more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.Wow….think of the money boys

1973, Tito and John Jackson from The Jackson Five were arrested for buying stolen TV and stereo equipment.Why boys? Didn’t you have enough money?

1974, Vinnie Taylor guitarist with US rock ‘n roll revival band Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose. Sha Na Na played at the Woodstock Festival, their 90-second appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention. The group appeared in the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers. A  little know fact

1975, Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.If you’ve got it flaunt it!

1982, Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Camera Never Lies’, the group’s third and last No.1.This was quite a good song

1982, Vangelis was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chariots Of Fire’, he also won an Oscar for best original score.My mum and my sister were extras in the movie. It was filmed at Port Sunlight Oval

1987, Reggae drummer and percussion player Carlton Barrett of The Wailers was shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in 1970, wrote the Marley song ‘War.’ Barrett was the originator of the one-drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style. Another sad story from the world of pop

1993, David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Tie White Noise’ his eighth UK No.1 LP.

1994, Pink Floyd started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Division Bell’, their fourth No.1 album.

1998, Linda McCartney died after a long battle against cancer. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food. This lady took a lot of stick in the early days with Wings but she earned our respect

2002, Music weekly The NME published a list of the 50 most influential icons. At No.10, Public Enemy, 9, U2, 8, The Jam, 7, Radiohead, 6, Oasis, 5, The Sex Pistols, 4, David Bowie, 3, The Stone Roses, 2, The Beatles and No.1 The Smiths. What an absolutely idiotic list in places and obviously asked of students

2003, Earl King the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll), covered by Jimi Hendrix.

2007, Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves…I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing – really beautiful.” British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was “deeply upset” by the publicity surrounding the interview. This was a really bad indiscretion on the part of Brian Ferry. He should have known how sensitive this area would be.

2008, Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen. Another sad story

2009, Morrissey walked off stage during his set at the Coachella festival in California after declaring he could “smell burning flesh”. The committed vegetarian took offence to the smell coming from nearby barbecues. Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure also appeared at the event.It doesn’t take a genius to know burgers would be sold at this kind of event.

 

Born on this day

1934, Don Kirshner, who launched the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Harry Nilsson, The Monkees and The Archies.
1940 Billy Fury, (1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles). Played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. Fury died of a heart attack on 28th January
1948, Jan Hammer,keyboard player, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, solo, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Miami Vice Theme’, 1987 UK No.2 single ‘Crockett’s Theme’).

1954, Michael Sembello, guitarist, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No. 43 single ‘Maniac’, featured in the film ‘Flashdance’. a No.43 hit in the UK).
1974, Victoria Adams, Posh Spice, The Spice Girls, (1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, plus eight other UK No.1 singles). Solo 2000 UK No. 2 single ‘Out Of Your Mind’). Married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland in June 1999.

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Wednesday 16th April 2014 ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1977, Paper Lace were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero,’ the group’s only No.1. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods scored a US No.1 with their version of the song

 

We had a strange day yesterday and it was a question of trying to sort out the car as my number one priority. I hope it will be properly sorted tomorrow. Then, it was a day for instant decisions and I decided to go down to Paul and Angie’s with Anne.

All was progressing quite well and Angie had gone out. The phone went and it was Angie in distress. The car would not start. What did I have in the back of my car? The answer, of course, is jump leads. We jumped into my car and rushed off to rescue Angie who was stranded on the N322.  It was a difficult situation as we had to get the cars nose to nose and the traffic was horrendous. Luckily, Angie had left the car in a very appropriate position and we managed to get the car into the right situation. W the jump leads fit the bill? Paul has worked with electrics in his former life and within two minutes we had Angie’s car springing into life. Job done!

I had to miss my Spanish lesson but it was the last class of the term and I have another lesson today.

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I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus.  Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.  It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1955 …

Symptoms:

1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. (Done that!)

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! (That too!)

3. Causes you to send an e-mail to the wrong person. (yep!)

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. (Ah-ha!)

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. (Done that!)

6. Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished. (Oh,no not again!)

7. Causes you to hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND”. (Hate that!)

8. Causes you to hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.” (Oh No!)

IT IS CALLED THE
“C-NILE VIRUS.”

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Events 16th March

1190 – The Crusaders began the massacre of Jews in York, England. Good christian values

1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines. He was killed the next month by natives. Bad

1621 – Samoset walked into the settlement of Plymouth Colony, later Plymouth, MA. Samoset was a native from the Monhegan tribe in Maine who spoke English. He greeted the Pilgrims by saying, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” He seemed a nice chap

1882 – The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross. Gived me a break!

1883 – Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She was the first woman pharmacy graduate.

1907 – The world’s largest cruiser, the British Invincible was completed at Glasgow.Great work

1908 – China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru.

1917 – Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated his throne. He had to….

1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty. He didn’t care about anyone

1939 – Germany occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress. Good man

1968 – U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre. Sorry-this was out of order

1982 – Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe. Good

1989 – The Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee approved large-scale agricultural reforms and elected the party’s 100 members to the Congress of People’s Deputies. Good

1993 – In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.Their eggs take 4 hours to boil!

1994 – Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium. Good news

1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.Good

Music Events 16th March

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1959, Doo-wop group The Platters scored their only UK No.1 hit with ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.‘ It was immortalised as a petroleum advert

1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ Bank it!

1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’, the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.They are pretty good writers

1968, the posthumously released Otis Redding single ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song. I was so lucky to get a Stax promo copy

1969, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at ‘Pop World 69′ at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England.

1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation. This showed an intensely emotional turbulance

1971, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.These were great  artistes

1972, John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.Silly John. It came back to haunt you
1973, David Cassidy played the first of six sold out shows at the Empire Pool, Wembley. He was a popular guy

1974, during a US tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.

1977, Paper Lace were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero,’ the group’s only No.1. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods scored a US No.1 with their version of the song.It wasn’t a favourite of mine

1991, Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.These events scare me to death when we’re flying

1996, Charles Pope singer with US soul group The Tams died of heart failure. (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).Great track

2003, Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spirit In The Sky.’ The original was better for me

2010, Abba were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis and The Hollies. Abba’s Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad accepted their trophies, in New York.Great stuff

     

Born on this day

1942 Jerry Jeff Walker, US singer, songwriter, wrote ‘Mr Bojangles’ a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
1954,, Jimmy Nail, UK actor and singer, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ain’t No Doubt’). I liked his Crocodile Shoes

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Tuesday 15th April 2014 Tubular Bells

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn  Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw 

CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.

Our friend Eddie was due to catch the plane back to Wales today so we went for to Benidorm Levante for a few hours. The weather was very nice and the place was crowded.  We had a nice walk and met a few friends and chewed the fat. We had a nice coffee and then it was time to get Eddie to the bus station.   We went back to prepare our salads for the lunchtime meal and thehad a lot of Spanish homework to look at.

At 4.30 pm we went off to La Nucia for our last class before the Easter break. We had a very interesting two hours discussing various aspects of life in Britain since the 1980s.

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My inconclusive travel plans 2015

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be
driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family
and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too
much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit
there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin
flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can
get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in.
It’s an age thing.

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A LOVE STORY FOR GOLFERS

An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife’s hand in his and said, “Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there’s something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”

Martha replied, “Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.”

Henry was obviously hurt by his wife’s confession, but said, “I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by ‘good reasons’?”

Martha said, “The very first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn’t pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?”

Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, “I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?”

Martha asked, “And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn’t have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge.”

“I recall that,” said Henry. “And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that. Now tell me about the third time.”

“All right,” Martha said. “So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 73 more votes?”

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 Events 15th May

1602 – Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold. He almost got battered finding the plaice!1768 – Under the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa. How did the Corsicans feel about this?

1856 – Lyman Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born. Wasn’t the road where he lived yellow and brick?

1926 – Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge. I’d have wanted to land also1930 – Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess. Thank the Lord1940 – Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. Men were driven wild…1941 – Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. He had someone nice to go home to…

1948 – Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence. You’d wonder how Israel has survived

1957 – Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Ugh!

1958 – Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.Wow

1970 – U.S. President Nixon appointed America’s first two female generals. They were obviously good at what they did

1970 – Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.Very sad

1972 – Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MDwhile campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.It certainly is a dangerous occupation

1988 – The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years. Good -they could not afford to keep their troops in the country

1990 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.Pardon?

1997 – The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia’s orbiting Mir station.Just another day at the office

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Music Events May 15th

1959, Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’ His first ballad to hit No.1. Not my favourites

1961, Floyd Cramer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘On The Rebound.’ The US singers only UK No.1. The Nashville pianist played on many Elvis Presley hits.One of my favourite numbers

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows in Berlin, West Germany.It was a good place to get experience
1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.Linda was a nice lady

1968, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of ‘Wonderwall’ at the Cannes Film Festival. An oasis link?

1969, John Lennon’s ‘Life With The Lions’ was released on Apple’s avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London’s Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono’s pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage. What a guy!
1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second US No.1 album with ’4 Way Street.‘Good music

1973, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold-out nights at the Speakeasy in London, England as part of their Catch A Fire Tour.I love their music

1976, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black And Blue’, the group’s sixth US No.1 album.
1977, Procol Harum played their last ever concert when they appeared at New York’s academy of music.Did they turn cartwheels in the air?

1981, Former Sex Pistol John Lydon’s band Public Image Ltd performed a show at New York’s Ritz Club posing behind a video screen while the music was played from tapes. They were showered with missiles and eventually booed off stage.I’m sorry but I hated their music and everything they stood for

1982, This years Eurovision Song Contest winner for Germany ‘A Little Peace’ by Nicole was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Her only UK Top 40 hit.Nice song

1982, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. The song gave McCartney his 24th US No.1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.It just shows the difference between those buying music and those criticising

1991, Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richey Edwards carved ’4 real’ into his arm with a razor blade while being interviewed by music paper The NME.Idiot

1992, Barbara Lee of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine.’ I loved that song

1993, Janet Jackson started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, her sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. I don’t remember the song

1993, New Order went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Republic’, featuring the singles ‘Regret’ and ‘World (The Price Of Love).I prefer Blue Monday

1994, Blur scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Parklife’, which went on to spend over two years on the chart. The album featured four UK hit singles: ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘End of a Century’, ‘Parklife’ and ‘To the End’. Parklife is my favourite

1995, Supergrass released their debut studio album ‘I Should Coco’. The album which peaked at No.1 on the UK chart featured their No.2 hit single ‘Alright’. The album title is Cockney rhyming slang for “I should think so”. Does it rhyme?

1997, Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band. It’s quite funny to see rebels becoming establishment in their actions
1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity. He went on to score over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 ‘Strangers In The Night’. His 1969 single ‘My Way’, re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart. The man was a legend and I was a big fan of his music

1999, Rob Gretton manager of Joy Division and New Order died aged 46. He was also a partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the Rob’s Records label and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England. A very influential man

2000, Songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote ‘Johnny Remember Me’, and played keyboards on The Tornadoes.1962 No.1 hit ‘Telstar’. Wrote songs for Heinz, Mike Berry, The Outlaws, Freddie Starr and Screaming Lord Sutch.  This song was a great favourite of mine and John Leyton has been on my show
2000, It was reported that Britney Spears had been crowned the queen of America’s fastest growing youth movement, the teenage celibates. Spears told a German magazine that she intended to abstain from sex until her wedding night. OK. That’s her decision
2001, Brian Pendleton of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). The bands 1974 album Silk Torpedo was the first album release on Led Zeppelin’s own label Swan Song.Not my music but….

2003, Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. Member of the Carter Family, had hits with Johnny Cash, including Grammy Award winning song, ‘Jackson’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and ‘If I Were A Carpenter.’  Good singer

2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.I do like his music

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Born on this day

1918,  Eddy Arnold, US country singer, (1965 US No.6 single, ‘Make The World Go Away’).

1937,  Trini Lopez, singer, songwriter, (1963 US No.3 & UK No.4 single ‘If I Had A Hammer’).

1944, Ian Amey, (Tich), Dave Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’).

1948, Brian Eno, synthesisers, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virginia Plain’). Member of The Winkies, produced U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, John Cale and released solo albums., 1975.

1951,  Dennis Fredericksen, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’).

1953,  Mike Oldfield, UK composer, multi-instrumentalist, ‘Tubular Bells’ was the first album released on the Virgin record label in 1973 and went on to sell over 10 million copies world-wide. 1976 UK No. 3 single ‘Portsmouth’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 albums.

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