Saturday 13th February 2016 ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina


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1977, Julie Covington was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, taken from the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Evita. Covington had been in the 1977 UK TV series based on an all female group called Rock Follies.

The weather was grey, overcast and a bit like Cornwall. I decided to go and have a quick jog before going off to a meeting about the next International Day in La Nucia. I didn’t go too far but enjoyed my half-hour exercise.

It was really a quick photo shoot and then the Alcalde, or mayor, was up and running for the rest of his day. However, I went for a coffee and a chat with Irena and Stefan from BenidormAll

We had met at press briefings on previous occasions but we had never had the opportunity to have a good chat. These guys are really interesting and their website is a really good place to visit if you’re coming over to Benidorm. We had lots of common ground. Anne joined us later and there were even more revelations. It was time well spent and I also received a call from my good friend Dave reminding me that Sunday would be another good sporting day. At the same time that Liverpool play Aston Villa England play their second Rugby Union international. See you tomorrow Dave!

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Failing to Carry the Correct Emergency Equipment

Posted by SpanishVida: 11 Feb 2016 11:00 PM PST

Offence: Failing to Carry the Correct Emergency Equipment.

Failing to carry the correct emergency equipment in the car will result in a fine. The mandatory equipment you must carry are two warning triangles, a reflective vest, and spare wheel, along with the tools to change it. It is no longer mandatory for you to carry spare bulbs or a spare set of spectacles, if you wear them, although it is advisory to do so.

Fine: 80 euro

Reason: In the event of an emergency it is important to be prepared. Warning triangles and high visibility vests save lives in the event of vehicle occupants having to leave the vehicle and move about the carriageway. Having an emergency wheel is also important to ensure you can continue with your journey in the event of one of the most common mechanical issues, a puncture.

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We Didn’t Start The Fire

If you don’t do anything else the rest of the day, do yourself a favour now and just watch/listen to this video. Read the stuff first so you can tell what’s going on….. It’s awesome!

This song and its title was the answer to one question of Final Jeopardy — only one person got it right. Question was (paraphrased): “What 1980’s song do history teachers praise for its educational value?”

I never could understand all the references on Billy Joel’s song — fortunately, with this VIDEO, given the pictures, now I can “see” what my “ears” couldn’t.

Apparently, it’s Joel’s homage to the 40-years of historical headlines since his birth (1949). Wish I could have appreciated the depths of this song when it was released. Twenty years later, I’m in awe of what Joel was able to put into music and lyrics lasting only a few minutes.

Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire.’ Here it is, set to pictures… Very, very cool. Had to share this one. It’s a neat flashback through the past half century. I never did know the words. Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes!

Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time and Google.

Top right gives you full screen….top left lets you pause. Bottom left shows the year. The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.

Anyone over age 65 should remember over 90% of what they see. But it’s great at any age.



Events 13th February

1542 – Catherine Howard was executed for adultery. She was the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII. This seemed a bit one sided to me
1633 – Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition. He had a wonderful brain

1900 – The Anglo-German accord of 1899 was ratified by Reichstag, in which Britain renounced rights in Samoa in favor of Germany and the U.S. It’s no wonder the Samoans want to beat us at rugby

1920 – The League of Nations recognized the continued neutrality of Switzerland.How do the Swiss do it?

1945 – During World War II, the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the German army. Things came to a head in 1956

1945 – During World War II, Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden. Bombing is horrific wherever it happens

1955 – Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.

1960 – France detonated its first atomic bomb. Ugh! I wish we could turn the clock back

1990 – In Ottawa, the United States and its European allies forged an agreement with the Soviet Union and East Germany on a two-stage formula to reunite Germany. I suppose it was the right thing to happen.

1991 – Hundreds of Iraqis were killed by two laser-guided bombs that destroyed an underground facility in Baghdad. U.S. officials identified the facility as a military installation, but Iraqi officials said it was a bomb shelter. Personally, I think there was more going on
2001 – El Savador was hit with an earthquake that measured 6.6 on the Richter Scale. At least 400 people were killed. Horrible

2002 – Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Zero Tolerance won him the award


Music Events 13th February

1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. Reprise Records, later the home of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.It seemed a very eclectic mix of artistes
1965, The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. I’d never heard of the last group
1967, The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of session musicians. I wonder why?

1967, The Beatles released the double A sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’ on Capitol Records in the US. Brilliant
1969, A launch party was held for Mary Hopkin at the Post Office Tower in London, guests included Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Paul McCartney with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman. She was a nice young lady with a brilliant voice
1973, After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas Elvis Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a Lincoln Continental to show his appreciation for all his work.That was really generous

1976, Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phill Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist. He’s quite a good singer is that drummer
1977, Julie Covington was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, taken from the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Evita. Covington had been in the 1977 UK TV series based on an all female group called Rock Follies. This is a really great song
1982, The Jam became the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of ‘Top Of The Pops’, when they performed ‘A Town Called Malice’, and ‘Precious’, their latest double A sided No.1.I don’t easily remember Precious

1989, Michael Jackson fired his manager, Dileo, who reportedly sought a $60 million (£35.3 million) settlement to prevent him revealing Jackson’s lifestyle to the press.Loyalty prevails

1989, this year’s Brit Awards was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood. This was atrocious and I was there to see it. Winners included Phil Collins who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist was Annie Lennox, Erasure won Best British Group, Best British Album went to Fairground Attraction for ‘First Of A Million Kisses’, British Breakthrough Act was Bros, Michael Jackson won International Male, International Female went to Tracey Chapman and U2 won Best International Group. I have to agree with most of these
1993, Founder member of Musical Youth, Patrick Waite died aged 24, of natural causes (hereditary heart condition), whilst awaiting a court appearance on drug charges. Scored the 1982 UK No.1 and Grammy-nominated single ‘Pass the Dutchie.’Sad story about the one hit wonder

1993, Dutch dance group 2 Unlimited started a five-week run at the UK No.1 with the single ‘No Limit.’ This was a really great dance track for disco work
1996, Take That split up, the biggest band of the 90s announced their demise in front of the world’s press at The Hilton in Manchester, the band had achieved 7 No.1 singles & 2 No.1 albums. They released one more single and a Greatest Hits album.Would the world ever get over this?

1997, Michael Jackson became a father when Debbie Rowe gave birth to a baby boy, Prince Michael Jackson Jr. This was a weird series of events
2000, Oasis scored their fifth UK No.1 single with ‘Go Let It Out’. They were very popular at the time

2002, American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Was bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. Released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. Scored the 1980 US No.21 single ‘Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard’, he was also the narrator on the television series. Member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.This was quite a career

2004, Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour. Most would agree this was well earned

2005, Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years. Oasis came second with ‘Wonderwall’ and Kate Bush third with ‘Wuthering Heights’. The rest of the Top 10: No.4, Robbie Williams, ‘Angels’, No.5, The Jam, ‘Going Underground’, in equal 6th, The Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen’ and Joy Division, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, 7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’, 9th, The Stone Roses, ‘Fool’s Gold’ and 10th The Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’. I think you could find better songs on any Beatles album…

2005, U2 were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’, their 6th No.1, taken from their album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’.U2 have often got a serious message in their music

2007, Rod Stewart was paid $1million when he performed at a billionaire’s birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.If you are gigging this is the gig to make.

2008, A fan paid $3,000 (£1,500) for a jewelled bra, which Shakira wore on her Oral Fixation world tour in 2007, in an auction for the pop star’s children’s charity.  She raises a lot of money for the poor in Colombia
2010, Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. Had the 1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’.Sad times

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Born on this day

1919,Tennessee Ernie Ford, singer and TV presenter, who had a 1955 US No.1 & 1956 UK No.1 single with ‘Sixteen Tons’.  Ford died on October 17th 1991.
1920,  Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ as well as ‘Raining In My Heart’, which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

1944, Peter Tork, vocals, keyboards, bass, The Monkees, (1967 UK & US No.1 single ‘I’m A Believer’ plus 10 US & 8 UK Top 40 singles’).

1945, Roy Dyke, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’).

1950,  Peter Gabriel, vocals, Genesis, (1974 UK No.21 single ‘I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe’, left Genesis in 1975). Solo, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Sledgehammer’ from the 1986 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘So’).

1950, Roger Christian, vocals, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).

1951, Rod Dees, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). 1952,  Ed Gagliardi, bass, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’).


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Friday 12th February 2016 Instant Karma


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1970, John Lennon performed ‘Instant Karma’, on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966

What on earth is the UK justice system becoming? A volunteer police officer has used a patrol car to try and stop motor bike thugs. He has been dismissed from the police. He has lost his job as a driving instructor and the thugs seem to get away with their foul behaviour. I’m afraid this would show that Britain is losing the plot.

Perhaps even more shocking is the story being carried in th papers of a 4 year old boy seen on a vile video blowing up a car with three men, allegedly spies, in the vehicle. Whatever the reality and validity of this footage this illustrates the vile depths to which these jihadists have descended. The papers have also descended to new depths with their coverage and maybe this is the conundrum. If the papers don’t report these dreadful events do we all become blinded to what is happening? If the papers must report these happenings then they must not sensationalise the activities of these perpetrators. Personally, I am lost for words that a young father chooses to target his own child in his fight for his outrageous concept of life. These people demonstrate the lowest forms life can offer.

Along a similar theme, Facebook shows a continual collection of photographs of smugly, smiling idiots wielding high-powered rifles and being photographed behind the corpses of such magnificent animals as elephants, tigers, lions and rhinoceros. The only way these caring souls will stop their despicable activities will be to make their activities internationally criminal and whenever they return to the safety of their domain they can be arrested and jailed. I hope this might happen and the keys conveniently thrown away.

We had a nice walk in Alfaz around 1 pm and then went over to walk along the seafront in Poniente. I also bought some new trainers just around the time it started raining. That is a rare event for us. Do I mean the rain or the trainers-You decide!

The boys came for their English lesson and they were brilliant …reading to us, explaining words and chatting in English. Well done chicos!

I finished the day by making the Europe Calling podcast with Anne then going upstairs to watch a wonderful profile on the Ming Dynasty in China followed by Question Time.


New Spanish Driving Laws

Fine: 200 euro

Failing to respect the priority of pedestrians and the fact that pedestrians take precedence will result in a fine and, depending on the potential risk to those pedestrians, the loss of 4 points.

Reason: Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users. Facing a potential collision with a vehicle, the pedestrian will always come worse off, and so they need the most protection.

I’m adding a few articls of particular interest to anyone driving in Spain.

Posted: 10 Feb 2015 01:06 AM PST
“Document checks are currently being carried out across the Vega Baja”
Press release from Chris Poole, the Chairman of the Orihuela Costa Neighbourhood watch Association:Recently I have had a meeting with a local Chief of the Guardia Civil and due to a lot of confusion on this subject I had the opportunity to ask him what documents are required to be carried in a vehicle.

He informed me that the following are necessary:-

1) The driver should be in possession of his Current Driving Licence

2) The vehicle registration book. Inspeccion Tecnia de vehiculos
3) The Permission to drive. (Permiso de circulación). This is the green paper accompanying No 2.

4) A copy of the driver’s NIE form authenticated by a Notary. If the driver in not resident in Spain the Police may wish to see his/her’s passport. A copy authenticated by a Notary will be accepted.

5) The Policia Local may want to see evidence that the owner has paid the Municipal vehicle tax so it is advisable to carry the receipt in the vehicle.

It is not obligatory to carry a copy of the car insurance in the car BUT if you are involved in an accident you will need to show it to any other person requesting to see it. If the Police attend they will also ask to see it. If the vehicle is stopped by the Police and their equipment is not working, they will also request its production. Although there is no offence committed “IT IS THE RESPONSIBLITY OF THE DRIVER TO PRODUCE IT. Failing to do so will mean you having taking it to the Dgtoffice in Alicante.

It is not required to have the papers of passing the Itv as the Vehicle registration book will contain details.  SpanishVida


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE   1930′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s!

First, we survived being born to mothers   Who smoked and/or drank while they were Pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, Tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints!

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps  not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, We would ride in cars with no car seats, No booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm  day was always a special treat.

We drank water From the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends,   From one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?

Because we were Always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, As long as we were back when the Streetlights came on.

No one was able To reach us all day. ……and we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps And then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes   a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.   There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,   No video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s,No cell phones,   No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.   WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth  ..and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt…..and the worms did not live in us Forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, Although we were told it would happen, We did not put out  very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and Knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.   Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years Have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.   We  had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.


Events 12th February

1541 – The city of Santiago, Chile was founded.

1554 – Lady Jane Grey was beheaded after being charged with treason. She had claimed the throne of England for only nine days.They didn’t muck about in those days

1870 – In the Utah Territory, women gained the right to vote. This was quite progressive

1912 – China’s boy emperor Hsuan T’ung announced that he was abdicating, ending the Manchu Ch’ing dynasty. Subsequently, the Republic of China was established.Make way for Mau Tse

1973 – The State of Ohio went metric, becoming the first in the U.S. to post metric distance signs. I’ll bet there are still a few people making mistakes

1973 – American prisoners of war were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.

1993 – In Liverpool, England, a 2-year-old boy, James Bulger, was lured away from his mother at a shopping mall and beaten to death. Two ten-year-old boys were responsible.One of the two who had been given a new identity has been in trouble again. Many believe they should not have had a second chance. I’m afraid this is the way I see it also.

1999 – U.S. President Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice. I found this quite extraordinary

2002 – The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic began at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague. Milosevic was accused of war crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. No Comment

2003 – The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties. The complaint was sent to the Security Council. This area is always a problem

2004 – Mattel announced that “Barbie” and “Ken” were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961. This must have been one of the most awful days in history


Music Events 12th February

1956, Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Memories Are Made Of This’.Tweet Tweet….this would make a good theme for Twitter

1964, The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. Exciting times
1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added Donovan to the label. He was good but not that good

1969, (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice by Amen Corner was UK No.1 – the group’s only UK No.1.Great song

1970, John Lennon performed ‘Instant Karma’, on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966. It might not sound cool but this was not a favourite of mine

1972, Al Green went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Stay Together’, his only US chart topper. Tina Turner took the song to No.26 in 84. It didn’t do much in the UK but always did well in the discos

1977, The Police recorded their first single, ‘Fall Out’ for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios, London. I never heard this single

1994, Celine Dion started a four week run as US No.1 with ‘The Power Of Love’, the singers first US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK. This song really was the business

2000, US blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, spent two years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded ‘I Put A Spell On You’ in 1956, covered by The Animals and Nina Simone. I loved his hit song and he must have been a wonderful boxer

2005, a train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002. A nice gesture

2007, during a press conference at West Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting’s son Joe Sumner’s band, Fiction Plane.This would be interesting

2008, Ronald Isley’s appeal against a three-year jail term for tax fraud was rejected by a US court. The 65-year-old singer of the Isley Brothers argued against being imprisoned in an Indiana jail on the grounds of age and poor health. The court heard he cashed royalty cheques belonging to his brother O’Kelly, who died in 1996 and spent millions of dollars made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes. Isley was ordered to pay more than $3.1m (£1.62m) to the US tax service for “pathological” evasion.



Born on this day

 1915,  Lorne Greene, star of  TV show Bonanza. He had a US No.1 single ‘Ringo’, which made him the second Canadian to have a US No.1 single, a No.22 hit in the UK. Greene died on September 11th 1987.

1939, Ray Manzarekkeyboards, The Doors

1945,  Joe Schermie, bass, Three Dog Night
1951,  Vincent James, Sweet Sensation
1952, Michael McDonald, keyboards, vocals, The Doobie Brothers


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Thursday 11th February 2016 Figaro


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1978, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Figaro’, the group’s third and last UK No.1

We had a very lazy start to the day as we had no morning commitments yesterday morning. We leisurely got dressed and went out for a walk around 1 pm. There were various programmes of interest on TV and I think, on balance, if I were young again, I would probably emigrate to Australia. I think Europe has too many problems for my liking. Australia has its problems but they are very different and there is still time to look at how Australia wishes to develop its future.

The programme I was watching showed how British people are developing their new lives in Australia and there were many people from Liverpool working for the emergency services. They were working in an exemplary fashion and shows the talent the UK is losing as people decide to leave the UK for different challengs.

Around 1pm we went down to Albir and Anne had several shops to visit. Later we walked down to Altea port and met Ian Charman in the Dutch restauant for a nice coffee. We’ll see  Ian tomorrow to make the podcast Europe Calling as Neil is away.

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Offence in Spain: Failing to Give Way.

Failing to give way to another vehicle when that vehicle has priority and forcing them to brake or manoeuvre sharply will result in a fine and the loss of points.

Fine: 200 euro and the loss of 4 points

Reason: Junctions are very dangerous places. Vehicles which have priority and are already moving mix with other vehicles which try to join the flow but at generally lower speeds. Forcing any vehicle to deviate from its course, speed or direction creates a hazard which is dangerous.

Investment Planning

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father, and working in the family business.  When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, He decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune. One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.  Her natural beauty took his breath away.
“I may look like an ordinary guy,” he said to her, “but in just a few years,
My father will die and I will inherit $200 million.”
Impressed, the woman asked for his business card.
Three days later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.


CIMG6187On a bitterly cold winters morning a husband and wife in Dublin were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.”

So the good wife went out and moved her car.

A week or so later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.”

The good wife went out and moved her car again.

A few days later they were again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park….”

Then the electric power went out..  The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, “I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowploughs can get through?”

Then with the love and understanding that all long-married husbands possess, he replied,

“Why don’t you just leave the car in the garage this time?”

The Day’s Music Events 11 February

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on American TV’s ‘Stage Show’ and performed ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Brilliant

1958, English singer Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Story Of My Life.’ The song gave writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.Needless to say he was a Liverpudlian

1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on The Isley Brothers ‘Twist & Shout’ was recorded in one take to complete the album. I think the Beatles version is very different to the Isleys and I like both

1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control.These were exciting and noisy times

1969, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, ‘More Of The Monkees’ jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks. I’m tempted to say it was clever marketing

1973, a local charity raised over £500 ($850) selling bedsheets and pillowcases used by the Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.Strangely enough it would appear to be totally the reverse of how the Stones first hit the headlines in the UK

1978, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Figaro’, the group’s third and last UK No.1. A great song written by my good friend Tony Hiller

1985, The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included Prince for best International Act and Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain, British Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’, British Video was Duran Duran for ‘Wild Boys’, British Comedy Recording Neil ‘Hole In My Shoe’, British Album went to Sade for ‘Diamond Life’, British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham! I agreed with most of this although I’m not so sure about Wham

1987, The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite.’ Anyone else interested in subliminal messages?

1992, Motley Crue fired their singer Vince Neil when he turned up for rehearsals, claiming that he had lost his passion for the band and was now more involved with racing cars. Who could blame them?
1998, the hand-written lyrics to ‘Candle in the Wind’ by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie’s in LA for £278,512. Brilliant

2000, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell appeared in court to give evidence over the dispute with Aprilla Motorcycles. The company were suing the Spice Girls for £1.6 million ($2.72 million) over lost advertising as sponsors for the 1998 Spiceworld World tour. I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want…

‘ 2003, the British Phonographic Industry reported its biggest sales decline in decades, with the biggest slump in a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution by international criminals of CD’s were all blamed for the decrease. With the Internet growing ever stronger this was hardly surprising

2006, Il Divo went to No.1 on the US album chart with their second album ’Ancora.’Wonderful singing

2007, Mika went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album ‘Life In Cartoon Motion.’This guy is very talented
2008, Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006. There had been speculation among divorce experts, based on recent cases, that the settlement could reach £60m. This really was a shame to see their dirty washing being laundered in public

2009, Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. The 60′s girl group best known for their work with producer Phil Spector had the 1963 hit ‘Be My Baby’ which epitomized the famed “wall of sound” technique.Sad times

Birthday Boys and Girls

1935,  Gene Vincent, (born Eugene Craddock), US rock ‘n’ roll singer with His Blue Caps who had a 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single with ‘Be Bop A Lula’. He died on October 12th 1971.
1939,  Gerry Goffin, (songwriter of over 20 US hits with Carol King, including The Shirelles ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, The Drifters ‘Up On The Roof’, The Chiffons, ‘One Fine Day’, Herman’s Hermits, ‘I’m Into Something Good’).

1940, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, (1962 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.3 single ‘The Monster Mash’). The song was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Pickett died of leukemia at the age of 69 on April 25th 2007.
1941, Sergio Mendes, Brazilian singer, (1983 US No.4 & UK No.45 single ‘Never Got Let You Go’).

1946,Ray Lake, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).
1963, Sheryl Crow, US singer, songwriter, (1994 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘All I Wanna Do’, 1993 album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’). Worked as a backing singer on the Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ tour.


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Wednesday 10th February 2016 With a little help from my friends!


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1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session

It was grey and a little cold as the day started yesterday. The doorbell rang for the back of the house and a delivery man was there standing next to a plaque with the number of our house. When I approached to unlock the back door he said, “Stephanie?” I said, “No!” He said, “Number 11?”  I said, “No. You’re standing next to the number indicator!”

He didn’t apologise but got back into his vehicle and supposedly went back to his navigating software. This is not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last. It is pretty obvious that is the SatNav told the delivery driver to climb up the tree outside our house he probably would attempt to do this. I’m afraid people arrive at the back door minus their brains.

The problem is slightly exacerbated by the fact that the front door has a different address to the back door. I can use this to my advantage and quite accept this eccentricity of living in Spain. I haven’t started this idiosyncrasy.  This word itself promotes the idea of eccentricity. I can accept it as it is and, although not eagerly, I await the next driver with his parcel and inability to read house numbers.

Angie came round to visit Anne around 3 pm and I went off to play golf with Paul Melba at Las Rejas. We had a good game and it wasn’t too cold. Later we went to see Lee and Chan at China Garden and we enjoyed a nice Chinese meal including a really good laugh!

Liverpool were playing again and we listened to the commentary with our usual baited breath……………more stress!



 Offence: Driving on a Motorway in a Prohibited Vehicle.

Driving on a motorway in a prohibited vehicle, such as a horse or hand drawn vehicle, a cycle or moped for example, will result in a fine, as will carrying an insecure load which can fall or that compromises the stability of the vehicle.

Fine: 200 euro

Reason: Motorways are designed for fast and safe traffic. Although speed can be a contributing factor to incidents on the roads, motorways are designed in such a manner that they are generally safer at higher speeds than normal roads, with long sweeping curves and flat, straight sections, free from more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cycles, and largely free of distractions. Vehicles which are unable to reach a minimum threshold of speed are banned because as traffic is moving faster, reaction and stopping times are increased and if a slower vehicle is in the path of one moving at high speed there is less time to deal with that hazard.   Source:SpanishVida

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The following are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY:  What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS:     He said , ‘Where am I, Cathy?‘

ATTORNEY:  And why did that upset you?

WITNESS:     My name is Susan!


ATTORNEY:  What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS:     Gucci sweats and Reebok

ATTORNEY:  This myasthenia gravis , does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS:     Yes.

ATTORNEY:  And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS:     I forget..

ATTORNEY:  You forget?  Can you give us an example of something you forgot?


ATTORNEY:  Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?

WITNESS:     We both do.

ATTORNEY:  Voodoo?

WITNESS:     We do..

ATTORNEY:  You do?

WITNESS:     Yes , voodoo.


ATTORNEY:  Now doctor , isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep , he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY:  The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS:      He’s 20, much like your IQ


ATTORNEY:  She had three children , right?

WITNESS:     Yes.

ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?


ATTORNEY:   Were there any girls?

WITNESS:      Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS:     By death..

ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?

WITNESS:     Take a guess

ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?

WITNESS:     He was about medium height and had a beard

ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?

WITNESS:     Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

ATTORNEY:  Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

WITNESS:  No, this is how I dress when I go to work

ATTORNEY:  Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

WITNESS:     All of them.. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY:  ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to?

WITNESS:     Oral…

ATTORNEY:  Do you recall the time that you examined the body

?WITNESS:     The autopsy started around 8:30 PM

ATTORNEY:  And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS:     If not, he was by the time I finished

ATTORNEY:  Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

WITNESS:     Are you qualified to ask that question?


And last:
ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS:     No.

ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?

WITNESS:     No.

ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS:     No..ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS:     No.

ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?

WITNESS:     Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS:     Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.


The Day’s Events 10 February

1763 – The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. In the treaty France ceded Canada to England. They’ll never forget

1840 – Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha. They were a dynamic duo

1863 – In New York City, two of the world’s most famous midgets, General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren were married.

1863 – The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane. Great idea

1933 – Primo Carnera knocked out Ernie Schaaf in round 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Schaaf died as a result of the knockout punch. This set Boxing back many years

1962 – The Soviet Union exchanged capture American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abel being held by the U.S. This is one of these events which have stayed in my mind

1981 – The Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino caught fire. Eight people were killed and 198 were injured.

1990 – South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that black activist Nelson Mandela would be released the next day after 27 years in captivity. At the time I was playing a track called FREE NELSON MANDELLA

1992 – Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, Miss Black American contestant. No comment

1997 – The U.S. Army suspended its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney following allegations of sexual misconduct. McKinney was convicted of obstruction of justice and acquitted of 18 counts alleging sexual harassment of six military women.No comment

1999 – Avalanches killed at least 10 people when they roared down the French Alps 30 miles from Geneva.

2005 – North Korea publicly announced for the first time that it had nuclear arms. The country also rejected attempts to restart disarmament talks in the near future saying that it needed the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States. This country seems to always have these sort of posturings

2009 – A Russian and an American satellite collided over Siberia.


The Day’s Music Events 10 February

1942, Glen Miller became the first person to be awarded a Gold disc, for his ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, single.This is a little known fact

1958, Frank Sinatra started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Come Fly With Me.’A great singer

1962, Henry Mancini went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack to ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s.’This man was a giant in music and responsable for Peter Gunn Locomotion which I love

1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.This sounded interesting….

1968, One hit wonder Paul Mauriat started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Is Blue’, a No.12 hit in the UK.I picked up on this when it was a Radio Caroline powerplay

1968, The Four Tops ‘Greatest Hits’ was at No.1 on the UK album chart, the first No.1 album for the Tamla Motown label.Great music great group

1973, Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ started a six-week run at the top of the charts. I do enjoy his music
1974, record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.Why?

1976, Elvis Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.

1979, Rod Stewart started a four week run as US No.1  with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, his third US No.1 and a UK No.1 hit in the UK. One of the most used Rod tracks for comedy impressions

1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart for the third week with ‘Relax.’ This was the song banned by the BBC and the group didn’t actually play on it
1993, on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey show, Michael Jackson gave his first TV interview for 14 years, live from his Neverland Valley Ranch. I still want to believe the best in Michael Jackson as his music was so good
1997, Brian Connolly singer with the 1970′s Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 47. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright’s Gentlemen who became Sweetshop and then shortened to Sweet.What a great story

2002, Enrique Iglesias started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Escape.’His dad used to be a goalkeeper with Real Madrid and he has a great song

2004, Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading ‘no contest’ to a drink driving charge.  Ross was arrested in December 2002 after tests indicated she was twice over the drink- drive limit. I think there was a lot more to this story

2005, Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million (£53 million) ahead of Madonna came in second place and Metallica third. Very strange hombre but what a guitarist
2005, Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.I think his acting was also in this equation
2008, Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of the year, both for her single ‘Rehab’, and best new artist. The UK singer was not at the Los Angeles ceremony to collect them due to visa problems…..a troubled soul


Birthday Boys and Girls

1914, Larry Adler, mouth organist, worked as a soloist with many of the world’s major symphony orchestras. He played with countless artists from Fred Astaire to George Gershwin and later with Elton John and Sting. Recorded the 1994 tribute album ‘Glory Of Gershwin’. He died on August 7th 2001, aged 87. He appeared at the Hall for Cornwall shortly before the end of his career and fell off the stage.

1929, Jerry Goldsmith. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’ He died after a long battle with cancer on July 21st 2004, aged 75. Very strange that his name sld come up in a random quiz yesterday

1937,  Don Wilson, guitar, The Ventures, (1960 UK No.4 single ‘Perfidia’, 1960 US No.2 single ‘Walk Don’t Run’).

1937, Roberta Flack, US singer, songwriter, (1972 US No.1 single ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, 1973 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’).
1940, Jimmy Merchant, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 & US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’). 1943, Born on this day, Ral Donner, US singer, (1961 US No.4 & UK No.25 single ‘You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until You Loose It’). Donner died on April 6th 1984.

1946,  Clifford T. Ward, UK, singer, songwriter, (1973 UK No.8 single ‘Gaye’). Ward died on the 18th December 2001.

1949,Nigel Olsson, drummer with the Elton John band.

1958, Norman Harris, guitarist, songwriter and producer. He worked with The Delfonics, The Trammps and MFSB. Harris died of a heart attack on March 21st 1987.


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Tuesday 9th February 2016 Please Release Me!


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1967, the film for the latest Beatles single ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was shown on BBC-TV’s Top Of The Pops. It was the first Beatles single not to make No.1 in the UK since 1963, held off the top by Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me.

The weather was lovely but we needed to go up to the garage to sort out the motor problems. We drove home for a bite to eat and then we set off for Anne’s Spanish class in Alfaz del Pi.

Whilst Anne studied I walked round the town perimeter and really enjoyed my walk. I then did a bit of my own homework before going to meet Angie and Paul for a coffee and a chat. We always have long, intense and in-depth discussions and yesterday was no exception. Does it really matter that Liverpool FC pays Daniell Sturridge 180.000 pounds per week for sitting on his backside and claiming injury?  Did it matter that the Liverpool fans’ walk-out from the game against Sunderland probably distracted their heroes? Are the owners penny-pinching the fans? Probably you can see how our conversation went!

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Would You marry Again?
A husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed reading when the wife looks over at him and asks the question….
WIFE: “What would you do if I died? Would you get married Again?”
HUSBAND: “Definitely not!”
WIFE: “Why not? Don’t you like being married?”
HUSBAND: “Of course I do..”
WIFE: “Then why wouldn’t you remarry? ”
HUSBAND: “Okay, okay, I’d get married again.”
WIFE: “You would?” (with a hurt look)
HUSBAND: (makes audible groan)
WIFE: “Would you live in our house?”
HUSBAND: “Sure, it’s a great house.”
WIFE: “Would you sleep with her in our bed?”
HUSBAND: “Where else would we sleep?”
WIFE: “Would you let her drive my car?”
HUSBAND: “Probably, it is almost new.”
WIFE: “Would you replace my pictures with hers?”
HUSBAND: “That would seem like the proper thing to do.”
WIFE: “Would you give her my jewelry?”
HUSBAND: “No, I’m sure she’d want her own.”
WIFE: “Would you take her golfing with you?
HUSBAND: “Yes, those are always good times.”
WIFE: “Would she use my clubs?
HUSBAND: “No, she’s left-handed.”
WIFE: — silence –
HUSBAND: “shit.”


The Day’s Events 9th February

1870 – The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).

1885 – The first Japanese arrived in Hawaii. The first Japanese what?

1895 – Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan. Good bloke

1895 – The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3. I take it the Porkers were a pig breeding centre.

1900 – Dwight F. Davis put up a new tennis trophy to go to the winner in matches against England. The trophy was a silver cup that weighed 36 pounds. This is a major tennis trophy

1932 – America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY. The Jamaicans were still practising

1942 – The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.

1950 – U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. This was the beginning of “McCarthyism.” We only read about this

1953 – The movie “Superman” premiered. Great movie

1960 – The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward. It must be an amazing feeling to be awarded such an accolade

1969 – The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.

1971 – The San Fernando Valley experienced the Sylmar earthquake that registered 6.4 on the Richter Scale.

1971 – The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after mankind’s third landing on the moon. Great stuff

1975 – The Russian Soyuz 17 returned to Earth.

1997 – “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series. “The Flintstones” held the record previously. Bart beat Barney….

2001 – “Hannibal,” the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs”, opened in theatres.


The Day’s Music Events 9 February

1961, The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, for the very first time (as The Beatles), they would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club.Their name would become synonomous with the name Cavern

1963, Paul and Paula US No.1 with ‘Hey Paula’, – No.8 in the UK. We never really knew them

1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV’s ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’;- watched by an estimated 73 million people. The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio. I think they were quite popular

1967, Canadian conductor Percy Faith died aged 67. 1960 US No.1 ‘Theme From A Summer Place’, nine weeks at No.1, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961.This was a great instrumental

1967, the film for the latest Beatles single ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was shown on BBC-TV’s Top Of The Pops. It was the first Beatles single not to make No.1 in the UK since 1963, held off the top by Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me.’ He was a bit special and this was a great song

1972, Paul McCartney’s Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band’s intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p, British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz was the opening act for the tour. This was innovative to say the least
1974, The Love Unlimited Orchestra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love’s Theme’, it made No.10 in the UK.If my memory serves me well they were Barry White’s backing band.

1981, American singer Bill Haley was found dead, fully clothed on his bed at his home in Harlington, Texas from a heart attack, Haley had sold over 60 million records during his career. 1955 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Around The Clock’, and became known as the first Rock ‘n’ Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his blind eye.He had some very unusual rock n roll on his albums
1982, George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million (£5.3 million), ten years after the fundraising concert for Bangladesh.This fantastic work by George Harrison is often overlooked
1985, Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Know Him So Well.’ The song was taken from the musical Chess, written by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from Abba. It gave Benny and Bjorn their 10th No.1 as writers.This illustrates the quality of these songwriters. It was a great song but the singers did a great job

1985, Madonna  No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Like A Virgin’, a No.3 hit in the UK and very big in the discos
1986, Pete Townshend, Chrissie Hynde and The Communards played a charity show at London’s Albert Hall for the victims of a volcanic eruption in Colombia.Good work 1987, winners at this years Brit awards held in London included Peter Gabriel who won British Male Solo Artist, Kate Bush won British Female Solo Artist, Best British Group went to Five Star, British Album was Dire Straits ‘Brothers In Arms’, British Breakthrough Act was The Housemartins, International Solo Artist went to Paul Simon, The Bangles won Best International Group, Best British Video went to Peter Gabriel for ‘Sledgehammer’ and Best British Single was The Pet Shop Boys for ‘West End Girls’.

1991, C & C Music Factory US No.1  with ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’, UK No.3 . I liked this track 
1993, British broadcaster Bill Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69. He conducted the famous Sex Pistols interview on Thames Television on December 1, 1976; when Grundy provoked the band into using obscenities on live TV. The broadcast wrecked Grundy’s television career. He was also the first television presenter to present The Beatles on Granada Television on October 17, 1962.It was a bit silly to invite yobbos onto a TV set, incite them and then look shocked when they came out with their expletives….
1997, Mississippi blues artist Jack Owens died aged 92. In 1995 he appeared in a TV advertisement for Levi’s jeans, showing him seated on his front porch.Brilliant blues

1998, Brit Award winners included All Saints best single and video with ‘Never Never’,
2002, Billboard published the Top 5 selling albums in the world from 2001: Britney Spears’ ‘Britney’, $7m (£4.1m); Shaggy’s ‘Hotshot’, $7.2m £4.24m); Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’, $7.8m (£4.6m); Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid’, $8.5m (£5m) and Dido’s ‘No Angel’, $8.6m (£5.06m) sales.I can’t really say any of this is my taste

2005, winners at this years Brit Awards included The Streets who won Best British male solo artist, Joss Stone won British female solo artist, Best British Album went to Keane for ‘Hopes and Fears’, Franz Ferdinand won Best British Group and Best Rock Act, McFly won Best Pop Act, Scissor Sisters won Best International group and the Best Album award the Brits 25 best song award went to Robbie Williams for ‘Angels’ and Sir Bob Geldof won the Outstanding Contribution To Music award.I’ve highlighted the bits I liked
2009, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for ‘Please Read The Letter.’ Coldplay, (who won song of the year for ‘Viva La Vida’) Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other UK acts to be honoured. John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for ‘Gravity’, Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with ‘Sex on Fire’, Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for ‘Girls In Their Summer Clothes’


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939, Barry Mann, US singer, songwriter. Wrote many early 60′s pop hits including ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’, ‘Walking In The Rain’. Also had the 1961 US No.7 solo single ‘Who Put The Bomp, In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp.’

1940, Brian Bennett, Drums, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’ plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Plus hits with Cliff Richard).
1942, Carole King, US singer, songwriter, wrote many songs with Gerry Goffin, (1962 UK No.3 & US No.22 single, ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’. Her 1970 US No.1 album ‘Tapestry’ has sold over 15 million copies. Became a Grammy award winner in 71.
1947,  Major Harris, The Delfonics, (1968 US No.4 & 1971 UK No.19 single ‘La- La Means I Love You’).

1951, Dennis Thomas, Kool & The Gang, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Celebration’, 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Joanna’ plus over 15 other Top 40 hits).

1960, Holly Johnson, vocals, Big In Japan, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, (1984 UK No.1 & US No. 10 single ‘Relax’ and six other UK Top 40 singles). Solo, (1989 UK No.4 ‘Love Train’ & 1989 UK No.1 album ‘Blast’).
1963,  Dave Rotheray, guitar, The Beautiful South, (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).


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Monday 8th February 2016 When the going gets tough!


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> 1986, Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’, as featured in the film ‘The Jewel Of The Nile.’ The video was banned in the UK because it featured non-musician union members. Boyzone took the song to No.1 in 1999

It had been blowing a gale throughout the night and tables, chairs and garden furniture were everywhere. We had a slower start to the day as I’d had that 10 km walk the previous day. Around 11 am we went down to Cool Fm.  I made the broadcast solo as Neil is in Thailand.

After the broadcast we went over to Poniente where we walked for around 30 minutes before going to see our friend Martin in his bar. We met a few holidaymakers who were ready to chat but I wanted to get home and watch Wales playing Ireland in the rugby international.

Needless to say there was more mayhem to clear as the wind had picked up yet again with the pool full of leaves and rubbish lying in the gardens. Never mind-I enjoyed the rugby where genuine commitment replaced the histrionics of the overpaid and pampered footballers.


Mexican Oysters
A Texan stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico.
While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful.
He asked the waiter, ‘What is that you just served?’
The waiter replied, ‘Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull’s testicles from the bull fight this morning.  A delicacy!’
The cowboy said, ‘What the heck, bring me an order.’
The waiter replied, ‘I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.’

The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, ‘These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.’
The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, ‘Si, Senor.  Sometimes the bull wins’




A man walked out to the street and caught a taxi just going by. He got into the taxi, and the cabbie said, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Brian” Passenger: “Who?”

Cabbie: “Brian Sullivan. He’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happen like that to Brian Sullivan, every single time.”

Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.” Cabbie: “Not Brian Sullivan. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.”

Passenger: “Sounds like he was something really special.”

Cabbie: “There’s more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Brian Sullivan, he could do everything right.”

Passenger: “Wow. Some guy then.”

Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Brian, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Brian Sullivan.”

Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?”

Cabbie: “Well, I never actually met Brian. He died. I’m married to his F****ing’ widow.”


The Day’s Events 8th February

1587 – Mary, the Queen of Scots, was executed. No messing about in those days

1802 – Simon Willard patented the banjo clock. I prefer a watch

1904 – The Russo-Japanese War began with Japan attacking Russian forces in Manchuria.You tend to think that would be like a Kami Kaze exercise of the first degree but they were fierce fighters

1910 – William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. Gin gan goolie….

1922 – The White House began using radio after U.S. President Harding had it installed.This ensures the staff don’t sleep on the job?

1924 – The first U.S. execution to make use of gas took place in Nevada State Prison.Horrible

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne. Her father, George VI, had died on February 6. Keep it in the family….maybe there is no viable alternative?

1963 – The Kennedy administration prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens. They started it by bringing Russia’s missiles to the front door

1974 – The three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after 84 days.Brave guys

1985 – “The Dukes of Hazzard” ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television. They never did manage to open the car doors

1999 – In Sri Lanka, 23 rebels were killed in fighting with Sri Lankan forces.

The Day’s Music Events 8 February

1964, On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Extra police were called in to keep fans away. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed the band for radio.It seems so far away now but they were exciting times

1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.He was a name at the time

1975, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Blood On The Tracks’ his second US No.1 album. I loved Dylan’s earlier work
1975, Engelbert Humperdinck started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits Collection.’Engelbert is class

1983, winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen” and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend. I can’t disagree with any of these
1986, Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’, as featured in the film ‘The Jewel Of The Nile.’ The video was banned in the UK because it featured non-musician union members. Boyzone took the song to No.1 in 1999. I like Billy Ocean and I think his career was a little underrated

1990, Suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds. (1961 UK and US No.1 single ‘Runaway’, plus 9 US and 12 other UK Top 40 singles). It had been rumoured he was to join The Traveling Wilburys after Roy Orbison’s death.How sad is this? He was a great singer with many great hits.

1992, UK act Right Said Fred started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’m Too Sexy’, a No.2 hit in the UK.Not much substance but a good hit

1993, Julian Cope raised over £2,500 for anti-fur campaigners Lynx after selling raffle tickets to win his trade-mark microphone stand.Good man

1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry. Class act!

1998, winners at this years Brit Awards included Finley Quaye who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Female Solo Artist went to Shola Ama, The Verve won British Group and Best British Album for ‘Urban Hymns’, British Dance Act went to The Prodigy, British Breakthrough Act was Stereophonics, Best Selling British Album Act was The Spice Girls, International Male, Jon Bon Jovi, International Female, Bjork, International Group, U2 and Outstanding Contribution went to Fleetwood Mac. During the show Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw a plastic bucket full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. This wasn’t a good idea as John Prescott has a fiercesome reputation for hitting out when necessary

2002, Bob Wooler died aged 76. He was the resident DJ and booker at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the early 1960′s. Wooler introduced The Beatles to their manager,  Brian Epstein. Bob was a personal friend and he was a huge influence on many of us in the Liverpool area. He is often cited on many unusual stories. He gave me a copy of Charles and Inez Foxx singing Mocking Bird on Sue label.
2005, Keith Knudson drummer with The Doobie Brothers died of pneumonia aged 56. Too young

2005, Kylie Minogue was voted the world’s sexiest woman in her 30’s by UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Yep. Many would agree with this choice but is there any mention of Anne Widdicombe.

Birthday Boys and Girls

1946,  Adolpho De La Para, drums, Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’).

1946, Paul Wheatbread, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’). 1

1948, Dan Seals, England Dan & John Ford Coley, (1976 US No. 2 & UK No. 26 single, ‘I’d Really Love To See You Tonight.)’

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.Why do we leave cars worth thousands of rands in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage.


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?

>Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?


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Sunday 7th February 2016 19th Nervous Breakdown!


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1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.

It was a weird day yesterday. I made the podcast with Don and then the Internet eemed to play me up as I tried to put things online. Around midday I decided I’d walk to Terra Mitica which is about 5 kilometres from here. I arranged with Anne to pick me up around 45 minutes from starting.

About an hour into my walk I got a frantic call from Anne to sy she had a problem with her car. I couldn’t believe it. I now had to walk the same distance back home and this took me another hour. I was knackered by the time I got home. I had a shower and then went to pick Anne up.

The grua had arrived and taken the car so we decided to go and watch Liverpool play Sunderland and they duly let us down yet again. From the match we went to the 6.30 pm mass in Benidorm. I reflected on how lucky we had been. Had the car stopped in the mountains yesterday we would really have been in the mire. It became obvious we had been lucky in that the problem with the car had not materialised halfway down the very steep mountains.

After mass we went home to watch a bit of the rugby and forget Liverpool. They don’t deserve the support we give them every week. Not only that but the club has had the effrontery to raise the prices. This was reflected in the fact that many walked out of the ground with Liverpool leading 2-0 at 77 minutes. Did the fans really get what they wanted  as Sunderland managed to pull back the two goals amid the confusion?


My thanks to Rita for sending me the following…

Dear God: Here is a list of just some of the things I must remember
to be a good Dog:

1. I will not eat the cat’s food before he eats
it or after he throws it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish,
crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.

4. The sofa is not a ‘face towel’.

5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s
underwear when he’s on the toilet.

7. Sticking my nose into someone’s
crotch is an unacceptable way of saying ‘hello’.

8. I don’t need to suddenly stand
straight up when I’m under the coffee table.

9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before
entering the house – not after.

10. I will not come in from outside,
and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.

11. I will not sit in the middle of the living
room, and lick my crotch.

12. The cat is not a ‘squeaky toy’,
so when I play with him and he makes that noise,
it’s usually not a good thing.


While visiting the United Kingdom, Winnie Mandela was invited to a cocktail party which was also to be attended by Margaret Thatcher.  When Winnie saw the ex-prime minister on the other side of the room, she barged past everyone, spilling the drinks of several invited guests on the way.  Winnie elbowed her way to Maggie, stood brazenly in front of her and declared,”I hear they call you the Iron Lady!”   “I have been referred to by that name, yes,” replied Maggie, peering down her nose at the impudent upstart.”And whom, may I enquire, do I have the honour of addressing?” asked Maggie icily.
“I am the iron lady of South Africa!” bragged Winnie, waving her fist in the air.
“Oh, yes,” replied Maggie dryly. “And for whom do you iron?”


PARAPROSDOKIANS: “Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.”

“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a type of paraprosdokian.

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why 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. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and 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. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

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

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that 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. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27. A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

28. Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

29. I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila.

30. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

World Events 7 February

1882 – The last bareknuckle fight for the heavyweight boxing championship took place in Mississippi City. Then they started saving up to become more civilised and use gloves!

1893 – Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents. Did we know about this?

1904 – In Baltimore, a fire raged for about 30 hours and destroyed over 1,500 buildings.This sounds pretty awful

1913 – The Turks lost 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.

1922 – DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of “Reader’s Digest” magazine for the first time. This is one great little magazine-worth going to the dentist’s!

1936 – The U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.I had no idea he had his own flag

1940 – “Pinocchio” world premiered at the Center Theatre in Manhattan.Are you sure?

1941 – The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra recorded “Everything Happens to Me”. I’d love to have been there

1943 – The U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days.You could only buy one shoe at a time

1962 – The U.S. government banned all Cuban imports and re-export of U.S. products to Cuba from other countries. It was their own fault. Whose idea was it to allow Russian missiles on the US doorstep?

1974 – The nation of Grenada gained independence from Britain. We’ve still got their television

1977 – Russia launched Soyuz 24.

1984 – Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk. That is seriously brave…Major Tom to Ground Control stuff

1985 – “Sports Illustrated” released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the largest regular edition in the magazine’s history at 218 pages.I can’t think why

1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem of the Big Apple. Then start spreading the news

1986 – Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country. 28 years of family rule ended…….and in 1991 – The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically elected president. It took A WHILE TO SORT THIS OUT

1999 – King Hussein of Jordan died. His son was sworn in as king four hours after the announcement that his father had died. None of this democracy nonsense….keep it in the family

2003 – Nootka Sound, Sandra Bohn was cited for petting a killer whale under the federal Fisheries Act. She was later fined $74.This sounds a bit fishy but you can always rely on the scales of justice


The Day’s Music Events 7 February

On this day 1959, the funeral of Buddy Holly took place at The Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock. As part of his legacy I still love and sing his songs today

1963, The first Beatles single ‘Please Please Me’ was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. I never saw it on that label-just Parlophone

1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York’s JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down. The USA started it in 1957 by sending us Bill Haley. We were just getting our own back

1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years. I‘ll bet they even visited a post office on the Isle of Man

1967, Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees appeared on UK TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops.’ We could barely contain ourselves…

1969, John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stone’s ‘Man Of The Year’. He was on a roll

1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Led Zeppelin II’. Featuring the US single ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to stay on the chart for 138 weeks selling over 6 million copies in the US. I bought both the album and the single on Atlantic

1970, One hit wonders Shocking Blue went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Venus’, making them the first Dutch act to top the US charts. It made No.8 in the UK; Bananarama took the song to No.8 on the UK chart in 86. At the time of the first issue we barely knew the performers. I did read they were Dutch

1976, Slim Whitman started a 6-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his self-titled album. He should have included the song Cool Clear Water as the UK was suffering a drought

1981, Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Celebration’ the group’s first No.1 -a No.7 hit in the UK. This should have got higher as it’s stood the test of time

1981, John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Woman’, an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon’s third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.Great songs

1985, Matt Monro, 60′s UK ballad singer died from liver cancer at the Cromwell Hospital, Ealing, London. 1964 UK No.4 & US No.23 single ‘Walk Away’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 hits including the 1965 hit with his version of The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday.’ His music is revered as much today as it ever was

1987, George Michael and Aretha Franklin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’. Written by Simon Climie it gave Aretha her first UK No.1 almost 20 years after her first hit. Her first UK release-I’ll never love a man as much as I love you-was the best song ever from her for my ear

1989, Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richards ‘Tutti Frutti’, the state’s official rock song. Great song

1999, Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maria’, giving the group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1. Still a very nice looking lady and a great song

2000, English guitarist and singer Dave Pevertt died from kidney cancer aged 56. Had been a member of Savoy Brown and Foghat who had the 1970’s hit singles ‘My Babe’, and ‘Slow Ride’.

2001, U2 played a secret show at London’s Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader. Why was it a secret?

2003, British singer Malcolm Roberts died at the age of 58, after suffering a heart attack. He was found collapsed at the wheel of his car in a car park in Addlestone, Surrey. Had the 1968 UK No.8 single ‘May I Have The Next Dream With You’. He was a very nice looking guy with a brilliant voice

2004, Queen’s single ‘We Will Rock You’ topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band’s classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. Two absolutely wonderful songs

2005, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4 viewers in the UK. The 1983 video, which depicts the singer as a werewolf and a zombie, beat videos by Madonna and Robbie Williams. I think it is my all-time favourite

2008, Amy Winehouse was told she could not perform at this year’s Grammy awards ceremony because her US visa application has been rejected by the embassy in London. The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last year. Thus proving you cannot have your cake and eat it

Birthday Boys and Girls

1924, Dora Bryan, comedienne, (1963 UK No.20 single ‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle’).

1934,  Earl King, New Orleans Blues guitarist. King died on April 17th 2003 aged 69. He wrote ‘Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll’).

1934,  US sax player King Curtis. Stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home on 13th August 1971. Worked with John Lennon, played on The Coasters ‘Yakety Yak’.

1948, Jimmy Greenspoon, organ, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’).
1949,  Alan Lancaster, bass, Status Quo, (left in 1984, 1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ plus 50 other UK Top 75 singles since 1968).
1962, Garth Brooks, country singer, (1991 US No.1 album ‘Ropin’ The Wind’ spent 70 weeks on the US chart, 1994 UK No.13 single ‘The Red Strokes.’ Biggest selling artist of the 90′s with over 60 million sales).


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Saturday 6th February 2016 ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly


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1981, Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. Had the 1968 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. Worked for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks and television themes, including two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The weather was nice but just a little cold as I set off to meet my friend Roberto. We were going to walk and talk in our two languages for the best part of three hours and we both get a lot in terms of language and exercise.

I got back home around 12.30 am and had a nice coffee before getting changed to go on a trip to Guadalest with Anne. We were going to visit Spanish friends Alicia and Jose in their restaurante Can Pinet.

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Today is the day I make my podcast with Don Woods and here is today’s content set by Don…………The song I’ve sent you this week is one I wrote for David Alexander back in the day….it’s close to the anniversary of his sad passing…and I know he was very popular in Spain.  It is called “Let’s Keep It Simple” which he recorded and put it on his album celebrating his marriage to Penny Page…..I wrote a pot of stuff for them both…including the title track of the album…great guy..I miss him.

It’s been a busy week….top of the range songwriter Barry Mason is coming to do a show at our weekly Cheshirecats rock and roll nights which we put on every Wednesday.  I’ve put a band together to back him consisting of Derek Green on bass (ex Del Renas)….Tony Cavanagh on drums…myself on guitar and a young genius called Paul Rowbottom on keyboards…because Barry sings in some very strange keys and we are working with songs arranged by the great Les Reed it is a major challenge to say the least …so we have been rehearsing and we’re getting there….should be a great show and a feather in the cap of our organisation.
And this week it was nice to see Lee Curtis who brought his band along and Brian “Griff” Griffiths of The Big Three turned up (he’s on holiday from the States) and did a spot…so it’s all happening at the moment.

Also on the music scene I read in the paper that Van Morrison has been knighted…I know the guy is a great musician and has a big following but…knighted?   I like his music but he’s got no stage personality….so you may as well sit at home and listen to one of his CDs…..I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again …when is Ken Dodd going to receive his knighthood?…he has to be the greatest entertainer in history…and has given so much to show business….I don’t know how they come up with the names….(I wont mention Sir Jimmy Savile…and Sir Rolph Harris)

There’s been a lot of complaints about parents parking outside schools when dropping their children off…it has been suggested by some empy headed politician that the teachers should be given the power to slap a parking ticket on offending cars….oh!…that’s a good idea…that will go a long way to help teacher parent relations….most people are fine but you’ll always get the odd one who doesn’t consider anyone but their stupid selves…that’s a given…not to mention the aggression which the teachers are not paid to endure.  On top of all this a head teacher was interviewed on breakfast TV by the unbearable Piers Morgan who was asking really intelligent questions like “Are you happy to make disabled people have to park some distance away and have to struggle to get their kids into school”…which is about the level of Mr.Morgan’s intelligence….the whole point is to prevent the loss of life of a youngster….it only takes some fool in a hurry to back over a kid then everyone will jump on that bandwagon.

A possible answer would be to have a proper contract drawn up with the rules and regulations of the school which the parents must sign….if parents break the rules they are in breach of contract.

I had to laugh at a documentary on BBC4 about the rock band Uriah Heap….two of the original members were reminiscing about the old days…so funny.  They said they were travelling first class everywhere and throwing big parties and didn’t realise that it was coming out of THEIR money….they made an album called “High and Mighty and decided to promote it with a photo session in the revolving restaurant at the top of a mountain in Switzerland (the one in the James Bond film) and invited the press to come along and enjoy the “free” travel and booze…when they got to the photo session a fight broke out amongst the band members so there was no photo session….now THIS is rock and roll.
That’s what these young hopefuls don’t realise….the record companies give you nothing…it’s YOUR money you are blowing.


Please take a minute or two to watch this video of a lesser known part of the 9/11 attacks in America. This shows something I had not seen and just shows how many wonderful people exist in this world. This is almost the American equivalent of the D-Day landings in Europe and I wonder why we haven’t seen this video before. These guys were heroes. Here’s the video.

World Events 6 February

1778 – The United States gained official recognition from France as the two nations signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris. The French could see the US had potential

1843 – “The Virginia Minstrels” opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City. It was the first minstrel show in America. UK had a fabulous Black and White Minstrel Show

1899 – The U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty between the U.S. and Spain. I think Spain also spotted the US potential

1900 – The Holland Senate ratified the 1899 peace conference decree that created in international arbitration court at The Hague. It is needed

1932 – Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. Can you believe this…was the final Greenland v Iceland by any chance?

1937 – K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. What an achievement

1952 – Britain’s King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him. Sorry butI don’t believe in such succession ….nothing to do with gender but just ask why does it happen and is it fair?

1971 – NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Which was nearest the pin?

1985 – The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange. I’ve read a lot about water….kidology is involved

1987 – President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became the oldest U.S. President in history. I don’t think enough respect is given for his achievements

1999 – King Hussein of Jordan transferred full political power to his oldest son the Crown Prince Abdullah.  …….keep it in the family

1999 – Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton’s impeachment trial.

1999 – Heavy fighting resumed along the common border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.Always an area of contention

2000 – Russia’s acting President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian forces had captured Grozny, Chechnya. The capital city had been under the control of Chechen rebels.It was weird the way the USSR broke up

2000 – In Finland, Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen became the first woman to be elected president. Well done

2000 – U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York. She has proved to be terrific…

2001 – Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister.


The Day’s Music Events 6 February

1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon’s school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.This was not the Beatles but the embryo of the group

1965, The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. The song was also No.1 in the UK for the duo who were not related in any way. It didn’t make any odds to anyone.

1965, The Rolling Stones second album ‘Rolling Stones No.2′ started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.  I’m Stones fan

1981, Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. Had the 1968 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. Worked for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks and television themes, including two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  I loved the single and the Man from Uncle was one of those series with very 70s sounding music and I visited his grave in Palm Springs cemetery.

1982, Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Model / Computer Love’, the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. A great track and I bought the 12″ version
1982, The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Centrefold’, the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. Another brilliant track by a successful group with an album which I didn’t listen to.

1982, Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalised after being attacked after a gig in Belfast. Bad news

1986, Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey’s mother and sister were held at gunpoint by terrorists in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.Terrifying

1988, Tiffany started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Could’ve Been’, a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when she was 13. Sorry but this was just too predictable

1990, over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. This was an absolutely weird event

1998, American singer and guitarist Carl Wilson from The Beach Boys died aged 51 after a long battle with lung cancer. He sang lead vocal on ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Good Vibrations,’ and ‘I Can Hear Music.’ Wilson sang backing vocals on Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’ I loved the Beach Boys and they wouldn’t have been the same group without him

1998, Austrian singer Falco (Johann Holzel) was killed in a road accident after his car collided with a bus. He scored the 1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ making him the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single. I’d forgotten about this tragic happening.

2001, Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a “tell-all” book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.

2005, Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Like Toy Soldiers’, the rappers 6th No.1, taken from the album Encore. The track featured samples from ‘Toy Soldiers’ by Martika and ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’ by Paul Simon. It’s ingenious at times but sometimes difficult to understand how the original talent gets changed
2007, An exhibition of Kylie Minogue’s stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in central London. The display at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed her changing image from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees she wore as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours and the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.I have to admit that I have been a fan of her music but some of her stuff lately has become very mundane.

2008, a Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears’ manager, after her mother made the request to the court. I found this all too weird

Birthday Boys and Girls

1941, Dave Berry, singer, 1964 UK No.5 single ‘The Crying Game’.
1942, John London, session bass player. He worked with The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. London died on February 12th 2000.

1945,  Bob Marley, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 & UK No. 15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

1946,  Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright lll, Kate is the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s. Died of cancer on 18th Jan 2010.

1950, Mike Batt, songwriter, The Wombles, (1974 UK No.3 single ‘Remember You’re A Womble’) composer of ‘Bright Eyes’ 1979 UK No.1 single for Art Garfunkel. Discovered UK singer, songwriter Katie Melua.
1950, Natalie Cole, US singer, (1989 UK No.2 single ‘Miss You Like Crazy’), Natalie is the daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole.

1962, , Axl Rose, vocals, Guns N’ Roses, (1987 US No.1 album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ spent 158 week’s o the UK chart. 1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’).


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Friday 5th February 2016 Sax Maniac!


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1957, 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK.

The weather was cold and dank and more like Cornwall. We discussed the weather whilst making our podcast and we know this area needs the rain. Let-s hope it comes today. Barcelona has not had rain for so long it has become the longest drought period for 91 years.

My guest could not attend to make the podcast with me and Anne very kindly stepped in to fill the gap. She did a very good job and added the views of a housewife and mother who has to fit in her daily routine to understanding the political situation in a new country. Believe me this is not an easy job for anyone as Spain struggles to find a new Government.

I had to spend much of the afternoon in thr studio vefore eating a late dinner. After a snooze I went up to La Marina with Anne on a fruitless mission to sort out my telephone. If the truth be known I just wasn’t in the mood.

 SAM_2177 SAM_2125 SAM_2011Rudy Pompilli died on 4th February 1976. As he was a non-smoker it’s sad to see he might have died from passive smoking which is similar to the fate that befell Roy Castle in the UK. With Bill Haley and his Comets, he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Rock Around The Clock’ and Pompilli released one solo album, Rudy’s Rock: The Sax That Changed the World. He got me thinking about the successful careers of the frontmen in showbizz who might have got nowhere without the aid of these unsung heroes.

The sax is a wonderful instrument and I remember such strong sax influences as the hits by Duane Eddy. He was a great guitarist and I had no idea who was his sax player. Do I take the easy way out and just gloss over this fact or shall I google it?  There’s another dilemma. Do I need a capital G or is the verb now to google. To google or not to google that was the question! Duane Eddy’s wife has apparently verified that he had various sax players with such names as Jim Horn, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson. Probably these were great careers but not really known to the masses.

Sometimes the backing group would thrive on their own as did The Shadows with and without Cliff Richard. The Tornados managed their hit without Heinz as a frontman. If you google that one you’ll end up with cans of beans on your screen remembering that Beanz Meanz Heinz. Incidentally, Heinz did play bass with the Tornados and the Tornados had backed Billy Fury  and John Leyton on a tour in 1962 when they did not even have their own spot as they were not well-known before Telstar.

I was reading about Heinz and was saddened to read he had died in March 2000 after being confined to a wheelchair through Motor Neurone Disease. He was 57 years old and his last performance was given from his wheelchair in a social club in Hampshire.

Following the cycle of life I conclude by looking again to Rudy Pompilli. He was loyal to Bill Haley staying with him for 19 years. Within a few months of joining the Comets he became the band’s most visible member after the charismatic owner of the kiss curl, Bill Haley. He was named The Sax Player of the year in 1957 by Down Beat magazine. His cousin Al Pompilli had also played with the Comets. I’m sure you will know many good guitarists and singers whose names do not trip off the tongue but you will know class when you see it. You probably guessed I liked the music of Bill Haley and the Comets!


Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:

”Dr. Jones, at your cervix.

In a Podiatrist’s office: ”Time wounds all heels

.At a Car Dealership: ”The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

On a Plumber’s truck: ”We repair what your husband fixed.

On another Plumber’s truck: ”Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.

On a Church’s Bill board: ”7 days without God makes one weak.”

At a Tyre Store ”Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an Electrician’s truck: ”Let us remove your shorts.

In a Non-smoking Area: ”If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”

On a Maternity Room door: ”Push. Push. Push.

At an Optometrist’s Office: ”If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”

On a Taxidermist’s window: ”We really know our stuff

.On a Fence: ”Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!

Outside a Car Exhaust Store: ”No appointment necessary. We hear you coming

In a Vets waiting room: ”Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

In a Restaurant window: ”Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: ”Drive carefully. We’ll wait.

RADIATOR SHOP: ”Best place in town to take a leak.”


An old guy was in Morrisons the other day, pushing his cart around, when he collided with a young guy also pushing his cart.

He said to the young guy,  “Sorry about that.  I’m looking for my wife and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going..”
The young guy says, “That’s OK.  It’s just a coincidence.  I’m looking for my wife, too.  I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.

The old guy said, “Well, maybe we can help each other.  What does your wife look like?”
The young guy says, “Well, she is 24 years old, tall, with blond hair, green eyes, long legs, big boobs and she’s wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra.  What does your wife look like?”

The old guy said, “Doesn’t matter.  Let’s look for yours.”

World Events 5 February

1782 – The Spanish captured Minorca from the British. The British were sunbathing

1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.Big deal!

1861 – Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine. Then he visited a few piers to sell it

1900 – The U.S. and Britain signed the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, which gave the U.S. the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not the right fortify it. Doesn’t this sound a bit pretentious?

1924 – The BBC time signals, or “pips”, from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour. They are a comfort when you are in a different land

1953 – The Walt Disney’s film “Peter Pan” opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
Disney movies, music and books. Great childhood memories for most of us

1962 – French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence.Tres bien

1982 – Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland. Good

1997 – Switzerland’s “Big Three” banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families. This was a very good move

1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release. I liked him as a boxer and wanted him to do well until he started showing the other side to his character

2003 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441. We are still living through the aftermath


The Day’s Music Events 5 February

1957, 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK. Not a bad crowd for a first visit

1962, The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill. I wonder whether Pete Best had an inkling of what was to come?

1966, Petula Clark had her second No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘My Love’, (it made No. 4 in the UK). I don’t really know this song

1967, The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for ‘Penny Lane’ around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane. Why on earth did they not film in Penny Lane itself?

1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud between the News Of The World and The Stones.

1969, The Move were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blackberry Way’, the group’s only UK No.1. They did quite well with Flower’s in the rain and Fire Brigade

1970, David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson’s first appearance with Bowie. All good memories

1972, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Telegram Sam’, the group’s third UK No.1 and taken from their album The Slider. I remember it well

1976, American saxophonist Rudy Pompilli died of lung cancer aged 52. Although not a smoker himself, it is believed he contracted the disease through second hand smoke. With Bill Haley and his Comets, he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Rock Around The Clock’, Pompilli released one solo album, Rudy’s Rock: The Sax That Changed the World.It’s another sad pop memory. I saw him but never knew his name
1977, Mary MacGregor started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’, it made No.4 in the UK. Nice cute song
1983, Toto went to No.1 on the US singles with ‘Africa’; a No.3 hit in the UK. Another favourite of mine

2000, American singer Doris Coley from The Shirelles died of breast cancer aged 58. This is really sad

2004, Janet Jackson’s right breast became the most searched-for image in net history, Jackson’s breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet. This was, of course, a complete accident

2006, The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger’s microphone turned down during the song “Start Me Up”. The money would have been quite good

2007, Producer Phil Spector won $900,000 (£459,000) after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 (£216,000) from his pension and did not repay a $635,000 (£324,000) loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a film aimed at improving Spector’s image. As part of the settlement, she dropped a counter-claim of sexual harassment.
What a bizarre series of events
2008, Amy Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video apparently showing her smoking a crack-cocaine pipe. I love her voice …..otherwise…

Birthday Boys and Girls

1935,  Alex Harvey, vocals, guitar, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single ‘Delilah, 1975 album ‘Next’). Harvey died on February 4th 1982.

1941,  Barrett Strong, US songwriter. Wrote many Motown hits with Norman Whitfield including, ‘Money’, ‘War’, ‘Ball Of Confusion’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’.


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Thursday 4th February 2016 ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’


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1965, The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Also a US No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century

The weather was a bit grey until around midday. I always have plenty to do so I usually just get on with my admin.

The BBC News told us that the Zika virus has now been transmitted by sexual contact in America. Brilliant! The previous day we had been told that it was a virus impossible to transmit person to person. So which clever editor allowed us that one day of freedom from worry? You’ll remember I took issue with the fact that tourists were still being encouraged to book thir passage for the Olympic Games. Is there no cut-off point between money and honesty?

A BBC programme is looking at the work of the Housing Officers. With all the various immigrants and refugees due to arrive in the future this programme already depicts the depravity in which some people live. Hoarders seem oblivious to their impact on others. Drug-takers are obviously oblivious. Then there are just dirty people.

I really find it very difficult to understand how people can have such non-existent standards in which to keep their family homes. The tendency is to walk past people in the street and feel that they are very much like ourselves. This programme really highlights such differences and reminds me of my short few months working as a Supplementary Benefits Officer with the DHSS in Birkenhead. It gives great credibility to my feeling of gratitude for what I have been given in life.

Crime in the UK has become ridiculous. According to the Daily Mirror in just one year, there were 57 unlawful killings – more than one a week – by suspects allowed to walk free while awaiting trial for other crimes.  Offenders on bail also committed an average of two rapes a week and a sex assault on a child almost every two days. In total, 44,595 suspects who had been released by the courts were convicted of a crime – including more minor offences such as criminal damage. This amounts to a staggering 122 a day, or one every 12 minutes.

On this day 2 years ago I  played my guitar for my good friend Tom at his birthday bash at the Moli in Alfaz. It is nice to be able to play for friends and we enjoyed our Indian meal with friends old and new. I’ll let the pictures tell the tale….


Two Travelling Angels

………. stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.  The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.
As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,  ”Things aren’t always what they seem”
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.  After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.  When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.  Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.  The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused.  The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die..
 ”Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.  Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.”  ”Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife I gave him the cow instead.  Things aren’t always what they seem.”
Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until sometime later…
Events 4th February
1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America. Roles have since been reversed
1789 – Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. By George!
1824 – J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public. I used to have a pair of them
1904 – The Russo-Japanese War began after Japan laid siege to Port Arthur. It seemed ridiculous that Japan was the aggressor
1936 – Radium E. became the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically.This is beyond my brain and it seems to have been a good commercial proposition that the world has used for war
1945 – During World War II, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a conference at Yalta to outline plans for Germany’s defeat. Three great names
1948 – Ceylon gained independence within the British Commonwealth. The country later became known as Sri Lanka. Britain used to import large quantities of tea from Ceylon. Is that still happening?
1957 – Smith-Corona Manufacturing Inc., of New York, began selling portable electric typewriters. The first machine weighed 19 pounds. They were wonderful machines which are now almost extinct
1968 – The world’s largest hovercraft was launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight. These were very interesting when they first came along
1976 – An earthquake in Guatemala and Honduras killed more than 22,000 people. What awful statistics
1985 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s defence budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the “Star Wars” research program. I don’t think everyone was sold on the validity of this project
1993 – Russian scientists unfurled a giant mirror in orbit and flashed a beam of sunlight across Europe during the night. Observers saw it only as a momentary flash.
1997 – President Milosevic of Serbia apparently surrendered to the will of his people 1998 – In northeast Afghanistan, at least 5,000 people were killed in an earthquake that measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale. Dreadful
2000 – Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider’s far-right Freedom Party. European Union sanctions were a result of the action.
2003 – Yugoslavia was formally dissolved by lawmakers. The country was replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
Music Events 4th February
1965, The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Also a US No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century. This really is a great song and one early successful version was by the DJ Jimmy Young
1967, The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. We all remember the hits
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles recorded ‘Across the Universe.’ John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease. These are two names to remember for pop trivia
1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement. They were a cut above others
1975, American jazz, blues, songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordon died aged 66. Known as “The King of the Jukebox”, between 1942-1950 he scored eighteen No.1 singles and fifty-four Top Ten hits on the US R&B chart. He was another of those artistes whose work is known but not always remembered
1978, Abba started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘The Album’ their third No.1 LP. Class act
1978, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Staying Alive’. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. Who doesn’t like this and who certainly doesn’t remember it?
1978, ‘Up Town Ranking’ by Althia and Donna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It was the Jamaican duo’s only hit making the teenagers One-hit Wonders. Quite good and a worthy hit but what was it all about?
1982, Scottish singer Alex Harvey died of a heart attack while waiting to take a ferry back to shore after performing a concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys. In an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he suffered a second heart attack, this one fatal.Another very sad pop story
1983, Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent’s house at her parents’ home in Downey, California; the coroner’s report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa.  In 1975 – In Playboy’s annual opinion poll; its readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year. This was a terribly sad event as Karen was such a talented and attractive lady. This needed to show everyone how serious Anorexia is as a problem to young people
1984, Culture Club started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Karma Chameleon’ the group’s 5th US Top 10 hit, also a UK No.1- Good song
1984, Eurythmics scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release ‘Touch’, featuring the singles ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, ‘Who’s That Girl’ and ‘Right By Your Side’. I loved these singles
1995, Celine Dion started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Think Twice’. The song peaked at No.95 on the US chart. ‘Think Twice’ received an Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the Year in 1995. I don’t remember this song
1999, American soul singer Gwen Guthrie died of cancer aged 48. Sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Madonna and wrote songs for Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack. Had the 1986 R&B No.1 ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent’.I liked this single
2000, Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members of Abba had turned down a $1 billion (£0.58 billion) offer by American and British consortium to reform the group. “It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn’t for us,” band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Good for them. Maybe they had made enough money
2001, Atomic Kitten started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Again’, the group’s first UK chart topper. The song was written by Andy McCluskey from OMD. I like this single
2003, Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for ‘endangering an aircraft’ on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from Los Angeles to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin. Why do these popstars put themselves above the law?
2004, police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line. British Transport Police said ‘he was setting a bad example.’ Thank goodness there are others in positions of authority that see popstars as people of privilege who should set a good example to young people
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the Australian album charts with her debut release ‘Spirit.’ Lovely singer
Born on this day
1941,  John Steel, drums, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’).
1944,  Florence Larue, The 5th Dimension, (1969 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Aquarius’).
1947,  Margie and Mary Ann Ganser, vocalists for The Shangri-Las, who had a 1964 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with ‘Leader Of The Pack’. Margie died of breast cancer on July 28th 1996.
1948,  Alice Cooper, (Vincent Furnier), singer, Earwigs, Alice Cooper Band, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘School’s Out’).
1975, Natalie Imbruglia, actress, singer, (1997 UK No.2 single ‘Torn’, 1997 UK No.5 album ‘Left Of The Middle’).


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