1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
Yesterday was a travelling day and we left Los Alcaceres around 11 am for a nice leisurely drive back to La Nucia. The roads weren’t too busy and they are all good roads between the hotel Costa Narejas and La Nucia. It’s virtually motorway all the way down and, taking the AP7, the tolls are about 14 euros each way. It is probably be the best way to travel although you can get to the area using the N322.
Data released this week relating to the end of year census, reveals that the registered population of Spain decreased by 404,619 people in 2013, now standing at 46.7 million people, a loss of almost 3 million people in 10 years.
Of the immigrant population, the Institute of National Statistics reveal that, with the exception of the Chinese, all foreign national groups are decreasing, the biggest fall being within the British population, with 87,000 registeredBrits having left last year.
Of the registered 546,000 registered foreign residents, the Chinese population has increased by over 3,500 inhabitants, whereas there has been a reduction in Romanians, the second largest group, of 74,000 people. The Romanian population decline is seen as of somewhat more significance than the British drop however, as a lot of the British population had second homes in Spain, whereas the decline in the Romanian population is believed to be due to the “lack of occupational expectations”.
The Valencia region has been hardest hit by the decline, with 118,000 foreigners having left, some 29% of the entire national total, and combining with the regions of Andalucía and Madrid, the three are collectively responsible for 52% of the entire loss. SpanishVida
No matter how much I try to keep fit and no matter how well I try to feed myself there is always the chance of a micro bug or a bite from an insect or food poisoning etc that can affect my health. But there is a lot I can do to help myself. The basics are to get enough sleep, to get enough exercise, to exercise my mind, to keep myself clean and to clean my immediate environment. Did I mention my teeth? Of course we need to keep the teeth and gums clean. Whatever hangs around the mouth after a meal can eventually turn nasty and needs to be cleaned quickly and appropriately.
Some people don’t seem to look in the mirror. This gives us an indication of how we’re doing. Don’t just use a mirror for vanity purposes but have the occasional peep at the things we can change. Once the girth is getting fatter it takes ages to get that under control again. For me it was beginning to run haywire so out went the potatoes, the cheeses, the cakes, the biscuits, the cream and dairy produce. Yes, it’s difficult and I don’t want to be a slave to it. Of course I’ll have an occasional treat but just look at the world of fruit and vegetables lying in the stores everywhere for you to try and enjoy. Yes. I can drink too many milky coffees and it is a social occasion. A shandy or beer or even water can be the alternative. Of course I still have a coffee but I was drinking around six cups a day. I’ve got that under control and there are ‘plenty of alternatives. Do I practise what I preach? Well, I’ve done my Spanish homework and now I’m off for a long walk…..
Sense of Freshness…. A while ago a new supermarket opened in Vancouver, Washington. It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain. When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mowed hay. In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions. When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying. The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies…. ……I don’t buy toilet paper there any more. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Drum Problem There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.
One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.
A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions.
The third person offered the neighbours plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a book; a fifth gave the neighbors books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback; a sixth person gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of these attempts worked.
Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked, “I wonder what’s inside the drum?”
Events 24th April
1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis. Was this a marriage of convenience?
1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain. Why no name? 1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba. Big mistake if it was now…..
1915 – During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians. Humans are wonderful aren’t we?
1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later. Sorry, but I say leave Ireland to the Irish 1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.Big moment in history1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.” …but not in a wheelchair
1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Great man 1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Nice to see somebody taking the necessary responsibility
1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts. I thought their soldiers wore them 1974 – David Bowie released “Diamond Dogs.” Who let the dogs out?
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced. Seems a lifetime ago 1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing. They were the vanguards for change 1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. Wow
1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.When will we ever learn?
2003 – A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons. Ugh!
Music Events April 24th
1955, Perez Prado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo’ the instrumental was the theme from the film ‘Underwater’ where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to ‘Cherry Pink’.Well, we now know the King of Mambo
1959, Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.I love this song
1961, Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte’s album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing harmonica on the track ‘Calypso King’; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording. First time I’d read this
1961, Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaway’, also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of ‘From Me To You.’Great artist and a sad loss
1965, Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the ‘star prize’ of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly ‘Melody Maker’ informing it’s readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on ‘Ticket To Ride.’ I wonder what he did with it?1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Game Of Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart guitarist in the Mindbenders went on join Hotlegs and 10CC. I think he is still living here in Spain
1968, The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. I bet somebody felt like the Decca man who turned down the Beatles
1968, Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.He never mastered the art of parking 1968, Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.’ At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1. What a claim to fame for ‘Satchelmouth’
1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote ‘Without You’, with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit ‘Come And Get It’ was written by Paul McCartney. This is so sad and I covered almost every part of this story…. unknowingly 1976, ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney’s fifth No.1 after The Beatles……… and still going strong
1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.It’s nice to think they were still friends
1979, Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.I should think so too although there was always sweet Georgia Brown
1982, Status Quo scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ’1982′.Kiss principle
1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22- year old Kerrie McCarver.Glutton for punishment
1995, Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single. The Gallaghers were coming
2003, The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, ‘All The Things She Said’, No, 2, Coldplay, ‘Clocks’ and No.1 Christina Aguilera, ‘Beautiful.’ …but did this reflect overall taste?
2007, Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. ……..do I detect fanaticism?
2007, The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year’s fastest-selling new release. Hype or quality?
Born on this day
1942, Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.31 single ‘The Way We Were’, 1980 UK & US No.1 single ‘Woman In Love’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles and 4 other US No.1′s). 1945, Doug Clifford, drums, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’). 1947, Glenn Cornick, bass guitar, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 and US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’). 1947, Ann Kelly, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’). 1948, Steve York, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’). 1951, Nigel Harrison, British bass player with Blondie from 1977-82. Also a member of Silverhead. . 1960, Paula Yates, presenter on UK music TV show The Tube, ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.