Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 2003, Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger’s 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see his son receive the award.
The weather was grey and dull yesterday but it wasn’t cold. I went off to my Spanish class in La Nucia and we spent the next few hours wrestling with aspects of Spanish grammar. We are getting near the end of term and we have just one more class before Christmas. The weeks seem to have accellerated and here we are ending our first term. We will have a meal together to mark the end of this year and Christmas will dominate in the next few weeks.
Facebook had a circular advert in which you were invited to share the message that you like Christmas. The thrust of the message is that there are quite a few people who are trying to get the message across to the UK public in particular. We like Christmas and we’re fed up with people and officials trying to stop the Christmas message. The trouble is that Britain is no longer a Christian country. It is multi-faith and it was always intended to be so after Margaret Thatcher copied the policies put in place in the UK by Ronald Reagan. I cannot really understand why the Thatcher government completely ignored the advice of Enoch Powell, one of their own colleagues, who foresaw much of what has come to pass. I also think the current government do not see the dangers posed by the Muslim faith. I hope I am wrong in this matter.
The funeral for Nelson Mandela has thrown up some unusual sights. Apparently, Barrack Obama has come out best for his speech which seemed to hit the right note with most of the crowd. I felt David Cameron was foolish for taking a picture of himself with other dignitaries. It’s just my opinion but I think it was inappropriate. Sadly, he seems to be hell bent on making himself appear trendy. Meanwhile, the South Africans have become the laughing stock of the world after an Alan Partridge interpreter took to the stage to offer signing for the deaf during the Nelson Mandela ceremony.
A court in Málaga has declared the Ryanair hostess calendar as illegal, as they have deemed it unlawful and unfair to use “women as mere objects” in their advertising of the Irish budget airline, by exploiting women in this way, and have been ordered not to repeat the campaign in the future.
The case was brought to court by a consumer association in December, 2012, which was considered under Article 3 of the General Law on Advertising, in which the question was not a “macho, feminist, or Puritan” consideration.
In the view of the Judge, the use of the female body in this way falls under the “captatoria”, and that “a mere object and observed” which is absolutely disconnected “between the image used and the product being promoted”, in this case, the human female body being used as a tool to sell air tickets.
The court did agree that there was no doubt as to the charitable purposes of the calendar, with proceeds going to a Polish association dedicated to the care of children with cystic fibrosis, but, according to the court, it is also “obvious” that this element “masks” a marketing campaign on behalf of the company, for their commercial gain.
In this respect, the court believes that the calendar uses the female body as a lure to sell tickets, showing the stewardesses in positions deemed “clearly sexually inviting” and incurring discriminatory treatment because when the 2014 calendar was launched, along with the picture of a man wearing a swimsuit, that picture was accompanied by a phrase confirming the fact as false.
Ryanair, who have the right to appeal, issued a statement saying, “We have instructed our lawyers to appeal this ruling regarding last year’s (2013) cabin crew charity calendar, which raised over 100,000 euros for a Polish charity, the TVN Foundation, to help sick children in Poland”. The company also pointed out that is is the advertising of the calendar that has been banned, not the calendar itself. SpanishVida
daughter, countless hours of peekaboo and other games slowly
took their toll.
One evening she smacked her bare toes on the corner of a
dresser and, grabbing her foot, sank to the floor. I rushed
to her side and asked where it hurt. She looked at me
through tear-filled eyes and managed to moan, “It’s the
piggy that ate roast beef.”
1792 – In Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn. Two of the all-time greats. A bit like the Crafty Cockney coaching Phil the Power Taylor
1800 – Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.
1805 – Henry Wells was born in Thetford, VT. He was one of the founders of the American Express Company and he teamed up with William Fargo to form the Wells Fargo Company….and I saw their wagons on cowboy films…
1863 – Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was born. His most known work is “The Scream.” ….wasn’t he chief of a team of painters known as the Munch Bunch…?
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London. He uttered the immortal words…”Testing 1-2″
1899 – George Grant patented the wooden golf tee. Remember these?
1901 – The first radio signal to cross the Atlantic was picked up near St. John’s Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi. I think it came from Cornwall but I forget the village…it’s where Cable and Wireless are based…Porthcurno?
1912 – The Mother’s Day International Association was incorporated with the purpose of furthering (or fathering?) meaningful observations of Mother’s Day.
1915 – The first all-metal aircraft, the German Junkers J1, made its first flight. If it was built in Germany it would be reliable
1937 – Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat “Panay” on China’s Yangtze River. Japan apologized for the attack, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.
1946 – A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate to be the site of the UN’s headquarters. The land was offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Nice one John my old son.
1951 – The U.S. Navy Department announced that the world’s first nuclear powered submarine would become the sixth ship to bear the name Nautilus.
1955 – It was announced that the Ford Foundation gave $500,000,000 to private hospitals, colleges and medical schools.Good work
1955 – British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft. I remember the first one crossing the Channel
1963 – Kenya gained its independence from Britain. I wish Britain had kept all their long distance runners
1982 – 20,000 women encircled Greenham Common air base in Britain in protest against proposed cite of U.S. Cruise missiles there. There was definitely a Greenham Common look..
1983 – Car bombs were set off in front of the French and U.S. embassies in Kuwait City. Shiite extremists were responsible for the five deaths and 86 wounded. Total of five bombs went off in different locations. The end never justifies these means…
1997 – Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal,” went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
1997 – The U.S. Justice Department ordered Microsoft to sell its Internet browser separately from its Windows operating system to prevent it from building a monopoly of Web access programs. Fair enough
2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court found that the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was unconstitutional. U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush the next day. Let’s face it…..there were some happy Americans…
2000 – Timothy McVeigh, over the objections of his lawyers, abandoned his final round of appeals and asked that his execution be set within 120 days. McVeigh was convicted of the April 1995 truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Fedal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, that killed 168 and injured 500. I feel no compassion for someone this wicked..
2001 – In Beverly Hills, CA, actress Winona Ryder was arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue for shoplifting and possessing pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription. The numerous items of clothing and hair accessories were valued at $4,760. This is a form of illness I don’t understand
1957, Still married to his first wife Jane Mitcham, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year old second cousin Myra Gale Brown.This probably wouldn’t be the outrage today it was then
1957, Al Priddy a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley’s version of ‘White Christmas’ The station management said, ‘it’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas’. This would be ridiculed today almost as bad as Radio 1 not playing Cliff Richard
1962, The Beatles played two shows at the Cavern Club, Liverpool at lunchtime and then again that night.Making the pennies
1963, The Beatles were UK No.1 with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the group’s third No.1 -first US No.1 and this year’s UK Christmas No.1.Good song
1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 fine for drug offences. Three psychiatrists agreed that Jones was an extremely frightened young man with suicidal tendencies. Sadly, they would be proven correct
1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tears Of A Clown’…..also a No.1 hit in the UK.Great intro..
1981, The Human League had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ The Christmas hit of 81, the biggest seller of 1981 and Virgin Records first No.1 UK single. The group’s singer Phil Oakey disliked the song so much that it was relegated to the last track on their latest album’ Dare’.Phil, I cannot understand why you disliked the song
1985, Dionne Warwick received a star on ‘Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame’.She deserved this
1985, Scottish keyboard player Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor’s Harley Street waiting room in London. Co-founder of The Rolling Stones (Stewart was the first to respond to Brian Jones’s advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group). Stewart was dismissed from the line-up by the band’s manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, in May 1963 but remained as road manager and piano player. He played on all The Rolling Stones albums between 1964 and 1983, except for Beggars Banquet.He was one of the truly unsung heroes of the pop world
1987, George Michael US No.1 with ‘Faith’. Good song
1998, A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at £10,000-I wish I’d had one…’ ‘
2003, Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger’s 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see his son receive the award. His dad was a fitness fanatic and schoolteacher which helped form Mick’s uniqueness
2007, Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner died at the age of 76 at his home near San Diego, California.- is credited by many music historians with making the first rock ‘n’ roll record in 1951. He didn’t come over too well in his relationship with Tina as portrayed in the relevant films
2007, A copy of John Lennon’s book, A Spaniard in the Works, which contained a lock of Lennon’s hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for £24,000. Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasow, the Fab Four’s hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, “To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx.” The strands of hair and book had been expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000.
2008, the town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. - police were concerned the street signs might be stolen by fans.Sounded like a good idea…did it go ahead?
1915,Frank Albert Sinatra, US singer, actor, made his first record in 1939. First singer to encounter ‘pop hysteria’. Sinatra died on 14th May 1998.
1938, Connie Francis
1940, Dionne Warwick
1942, Declan Clusky, The Bachelors…he’s been on my show and the podcast is on my website
1943, Grover Washington Jr
1943, Mike Smith, Dave Clark Five-died on 29th Feb 2008 from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64
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