The weather was nice and hot again but I had to create a podcast with Don in the morning. We had a good chat and the podcast is on the website. Next, it was a question of sorting out the marketing side of the podcasts but the internet was horribly slow. I had time for a swim before it was time to practise my guitar. Then after a rest I went down to watch Liverpool play West Ham. It was like watching paint dry for me although West Ham were certainly up for the game. Ugh! Forget the rest…..we had to walk up the Poniente promenade before going home as Liverpool had depressed us.
We have been re-jigging the podcasts somewhat and the number of listeners and visitors to the various sites has definitely gone up a gear. In the podcasts I am trying to highlight matters of interest which seem to be out of focus on mainstream TV and radio. For example, British Chief Constables are admitting they have lost the battle to stop binge drinking. Werll, why would they ever be able to defeat the influences of the TV and the Internet? Every day the soaps in Britain extol the virtues of the demon drink. I like a drink so I am not an opponent of alcohol. I asm an opponent of abuse.
Every soap seems to be based around alcohol so for a few hours every day the UK public see the Woolpack, Queen Vic and Rovers Return in scenes where everyone is drinking and usually getting a little heated. We all accept the authenticity of the public house as a focal point for socialising but the rise of home drinking excels in Emmerdale where it would seem there is an invisible elastic band from the door handle to the bottle on the sideboard. It’s almost a staple moment that someone enters the set and sprints to pour themselves a drink. Are we thjat different? I don’t feel that need but then again I keep myself busy.
Now the dust has settled on the referendum (or has it?) perhaps David Cameron will look at what the UK has really been showing the world. The UK has become a leaderless society where the MPs steal via their expense accounts, minority groups have been allowed to practise peadophilia because the police and social services were afraid to upset the politically correct brigade and the Home Secretary has allowed the frontiers to become almost like the gates of Butlins. Those that live within can go down to any town centre and be confronted by thugs and drunkards-in some areas round the clock. Wake up and smell the coffee Britain. Enoch Powell was right. Mary Whitehouse was right You just hide your head in the sand and let everyone else suffer whilst you build up your assets.
Meditation is one of those things that we all want to do, but for a lot of us, the chatter of our busy minds can make sitting down to meditate an exercise in frustration rather than relaxation. Here are five top ways to get your practice going.
Following the Breath
This is an excellent technique for beginners. Ancient, powerful and effective, by simply watching your breath, you give your mind something to focus on in a relaxed way. Get yourself in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin to observe the sensations of breathing. Pay attention to how it feels as you draw air in through your nose, down into your lungs and back out again through your mouth. You don’t need to control or force your breathing in any way. Just watch. If your mind wanders — and it will — don’t worry or criticize yourself, this is normal in the beginning. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing and continue. Full article
World Events 21st September
1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.
1931 – Japanese forces began occupying China’s northeast territory of Manchuria.
1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.
1938 – A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.
1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.
1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
1964 – Malta gained independence from Britain.
1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1976 – Orlando Letelier, former foreign minister for President Salvador Allende of Chile, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, DC.
1981 – Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.
1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
1982 – Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.
1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1996 – John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.
1998 – The videotaped grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the Monica Lewinsky case was made public.
The Day’s Music Events 21st September
1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. In the evening they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool with Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, admission price was 3 shillings (15 pence).
1963, Bobby Vinton started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blue Velvet’. The single became a hit in the UK 27 years later when it reached No.2.
1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single ‘Hush’
1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Harper Valley PTA’.
1969, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Nash, Desmond Dekker and Jackie Edwards all appeared at London’s Empire Pool Caribbean Music Festival.
1970, Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Band Of Gold’
1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ was aired. Presented by Bob Harris
1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby’, the singers first and only US solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the UK.
1974, Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’ The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder.
1980, during a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer.
1981, Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Prince Charming’.
1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Virgin’, ten months after its release. The album spent a total 152 weeks on the UK chart.
1985, With the help Of heavy MTV exposure ‘Money For Nothing’ gave Dire Straits their first US No.1 single.
1991, Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘On Every Street’.
1991, Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a 12-hour period.
1996, The Fugees scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘Ready Or Not’. The chorus in the song is based on ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)’ by The Delfonics. The Fugees previous single ‘Killing Me Softly,’ was so successful that the track was ‘deleted’ and no longer supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the Top 20 to make way for the next single ‘Ready or Not’.
1923, Jimmy Young, UK singer (and BBC radio presenter until 2003).1934, Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, 1947, Don Felder, guitar, vocals, The Eagles