Friday 29th August 2014 ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

It was a hot one yesterday and I had an early swim as we were taking the little people to the Bio Park in Valencia. It was about a 90 minute drive to get there and it was a roasting hot day.Firstly, we went to see Richard and John who were busy working on their new academy in Valencia. Here are the pictures…


However, we were soon off to see the animals in the Bio Park. It’s a lovely setting and I’ll give you the pictures to see just how well the animals are kept in the park.


This situation in Rotherham is dreadful. The pathetic efforts of the man interviewed on BBC TV showed that these people heading up social services do not really have an idea what has been going on. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright  apologised for the failings of Rotherham Council during the time he led children’s services – but Labour has called for his resignation. I should thinks so too. If it were 4 children it would be four too many. This is 1400 children and dismissals of those who had been in charge would be seen as a responsible response. Far too many incompetents have been promoted way above their capabilities and too many systems have been shown to be inadequate. It has been suggested he headed a school of thought that they could not confront ethnic misbehaviour. Why? Misbehaviour is what it is whatever colour or creed might be involved. I’ll also add a controversial comment. Is it just a coincidence that Jimmy Saville’s behaviour also came from Yorkshire?


I read an interesting article in the Guardian last year

Care homes up and down the country are doing their utmost to fight negativity and challenge ageist stereotypes with a whole range of initiatives, such as Care Home Idol, trips to football matches and a chart-topping band of pensioners.

Earlier this year, the Alzheimer’s Society’s published its Low expectations report, revealing the poor image that care homes have. The study showed less than a third of the public believe people with dementia are well treated in care homes, and 70% of adults said they would be “scared or fairly scared” at the prospect of relocating to a home themselves..

The gist of the article was a catalogue of good practices in the UK care homes which are not getting the publicity they deserve. I wonder if the Zimmers are still performing? The last I heard they were into Heavy Metal and were making a video for ‘You’ve been framed!’


An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by……. The last quote fits everyone..

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered¦….not yelled!

Meanness don’t just happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply,

Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


Was Spain really ready to accept change? I really didn’t see the ban on Bullfighting remain unchallenged and the following might explain what is happening.


I had noticed that Bull-fighting was back on TV so I am re-reading information again. From the 1st of September 2013, Bull fighting returned to Spanish TV, with José Antonio Morante de la Puebla, who is recovering from a revenge attack by a bull, and Alejandro Talavante taking to the ring after a break from television screens for over a year.

In a statement, the broadcaster had said that the return was “part of the philosophy of the RTVE Corporation to recognise the national fiesta in response to its cultural, economic and social development in Spain”.

The return of the bulls to TVE is possible through an agreement reached last year with the Mesa del Toro, which involves the transfer of rights to broadcast the tournaments, “This means that bullfighters, and livestock and businessman José María Garzón transferred their broadcasting rights to facilitate transmission via TVE, who only faced the costs necessary for the technical deployment for retransmission”, explained TVE.

After a 5 year break, it had been September, 2012, when bull fighting was last seen on TV, with an average audience of 1.2 million viewers and a 12.7% audience share. In context, this weekend last year, the biggest audience watching Spanish television chose Antena 3, with 3.6 million people tuning in to watch the Formula 1, a record 35.5% of the audience share. Source:SpanishVida

Last year my Show was coming…17th September -Alfaz Casa de Cultura


World Events  29th August


1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.Muy mal

1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. I  think this was also the first year when money wa given to UK public education

1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain. Only until 1999

1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati,OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. He gave his name to Long John trousers

1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.Sold in Chinese eateries ever since

1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapsed killing 75 workers. The bridge was being built across the St. Lawrence River above Quebec City. Tragic

1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris. I bet it was a wonderful occasion

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. Good

1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. Good use

1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space. Welcome home

1973 – U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.Sorry Richard but….

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq. Oh yeah?

1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev. Great

1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. Glasnost

1997 – Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Horrible

2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles. There may be trouble ahead


The Day’s Music Events  29th August

1959, The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. Isn’t it great to see the humble origins but should they have been more loyal to Pete Best?

1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’. Why not their own music?

1970, Edwin Starr  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK.  This is an all-time favourite song

1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday.  I loved his guitar playing

1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. Ugh

1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world.Great 80s hit

1981, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’. Great music

1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand

1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died-I was born under a wanderin’ star  1987, Los Lobos  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.The group was based in Madrid

1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. He seemed a nice young man

1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.

1996, Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier. Strange brotherly love

1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66. I didn’t know the name

1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5′, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949. Love it

2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He wasn’t the only one

2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing. What a very sad life she led

2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found. His music is sorely missed -he was a genius



Birthday Boys and Girls

1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,
1945,  Chris Copping, Procol Harum
1958,  Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,

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Thursday 28th August 2014 Soul Man


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.    1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-

The weather has definitely turned hotter again. Anne had to get out early to go to the doctors and it was already roasting by 8.30 am. I watched a bit of TV. I switched over from the Spanish news to watch the ITV Breakfast show. There were too many adverts. I tuned in to BBC Breakfast and there were two very pompous guests boring the pants off me. I tuned in to BBC 2 and there was a very relaxing show discovering the walks around the Scottish coasts. It was stunning and it shows what will be separated from the UK if the NO vote wins the day. There were literally miles and miles of unblemished coastline and the explanations of various strategic points was excellent. It mad a nice change from the important news that Simon Cowell is back on the judging panel for the X Factor.

For the third time this week we set off to see the chocolate factory in Villajoyosa and for the third time it was packed out. Only 5o can go each tour so we had to make a quick decision and back off. We decided to cut our losses and go and hit some golf balls at Las Rejas instead. When we got back from this I swam for half an hour when we got home before eating then resting. Was that everything done for the day? No, sir. By 6 pm we were up and running and taking our guests up to Guadalest. They loved their visit and their reactions energized us. We got our second wind and enjoyed another great visit to one of the Costa Blanca’s gems.


I am always interested to see whether the world has learnt anything from the previous year.  I had written this time last year.

Like everyone else, I’m just hoping the world will get Syria sorted out. I suppose the Americans will take the lead but at least the UN might be showing a little backbone. Quite frankly, I am amazed that nobody has snapped back at Mr Putin. The Americans are not the world’s police force but they can be relied on in times like these. I don’t think enough people realise the debt of gratitude we owe them. As expected, it would seem the UK will back America but it’s about time China and Russia showed a little moral fibre and showed they want to be part of the world community. The Assad regime has acted monstrously and it is imperative they are stopped in their tracks. Let’s hope it’s an appropriate strike hitting strategic targets with no ground troops becoming embroiled.

I could have written those words five minutes ago. This would seem to show us that we have learnt absolutely nothing in the past year.


Here’s an updated letter doing the rounds……
Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing the UK ‘s economy. Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.  You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Ten million job openings – unemployment partly fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car. Ten million cars ordered – Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university – Crime rate fixed?  Oh yeah!

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week ….. and there’s your money back in duty/tax etc It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

Also… Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education. Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.  Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out. Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria? And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow?

This was the show coming on 17th September at the Alfaz Casa



World Events  28th August

1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.What did Della wear, boy?

1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.Good
1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire. Great work by William Wilberforce
1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I. They would be
mates in the next big one
1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. Brave ladies
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1947 – Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain. He died the following day at age 30. Tragic
1955 – Emmett Till was abducted from his uncle’s home in Mississippi. Two white men had brutally murdered the black teen-ager after he supposedly whistled at a white woman.Devil’s work
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. Wonderful man
1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second. What a swimmer
1973 – An earthquake hit an area southwest of Mexico City killing 520 people and injuring 1,000 more. Bad
1981 – John Hinckley, Jr. pled innocent to the charge of attempting to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity. No comment
1986 – Jerry Whitworth, a retired Navy warrant officer, was convicted for his role in a Soviet spy ring. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000. Stupid punishment
1988 – At an air show in Ramstein, West Germany, an Italian Air Force jet collided with 2 other jets and then plunged into a crowd. 70 people were killed. Dreadful
1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.Cheek 1990 – 27 people were killed and 350 injured when a tornado struck in Will County in Chicago. Dreadful
1995 – A mortar shell killed 38 people in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The act triggered NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage. Diana was used by Charles
1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.UK soon to follow?
2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes. Wonderful effort



The Day’s Music Events  28th August

1961, Joe Dowell US No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart’. But not Elvis1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’. Great song

1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’  US No.3 -UK  No.26 I love this song

1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.History made

1966, nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000.

1967, The Kinks, Dave, Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival Of Music in Hastings, England. Tickets 10 shillings-ong>value for money 1968, Simon and Garfunkel UK No.1 album with ‘Bookends’. I loved it

1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again’, I love this

1968, working at Trident Studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Dear Prudence’. They built the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George played guitars, while Paul plays drums to compensate for Ringo, who had quit The Beatles on August 22. Not one of my favourites

1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. Classic rock 1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names. What a loss

1988, Kylie Minogue set a new UK record when her debut album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain with sales of almost two million. Great talent

1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘River Of Dreams.’ Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title.Love it 1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat  No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’. I love this

1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-bloomin cheek!

1997, Gina G was taken ill during a flight from London to Glasgow when she suffered an allergic reaction to a flu treatment and had to be rushed to hospital.

1998, Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. Good riddance

2005, Art Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car.

2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’-I like this track

2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with front man Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. You can’t choose your family


Birthday Boys and Girls

1939,  Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes 1943, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs 1943, David Soul, actor, singer 1946, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road,

1949,  Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers 1949, Martin Lamble drums, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). Killed on 14th May 1969 when the bands van crashed on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. 1951,  Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds

1961, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim 1965, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards) 1969,  Mary McCartney, a daughter to Paul and Linda McCartney Mary was named after Paul’s mother (who he mentioned in the song ‘Let It Be’).

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Wednesday 27th August 2014 Have I the Right?


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.

The heat has been building over the past few days and yesterday was no exception. The north-west of Spain is unsettled but we had all kinds of warnings for the Mediterranean coast. We started off slowly and spent a bit of time watching TV and spotting the words that crop up all the time. This exercise exacerbated the following paragraph I spotted in the Daily Mail…..”Over the past two decades the traditional English word ‘marvellous’ has been gradually replaced by the US cliche ‘awesome’ as the most characteristic emotive word in today’s speech.”

I really think many youngsters have been brainwashed for far too long. Just about everything in America has become ‘awesome’ and if anything is designed to annoy any English speaker who has been weaned on grammar it is this word. If the word isn’t bad enough the people chosen to act on TV and use this word are usually far from awesome. The use of the words are often drowned out by totally inappropriate rapping music. Moreover, if you might feel these are usually harmless words then do yourself a favour by looking at the words in these rapping songs. They are often horrible. If you are interested Google the charts and then find the words on Google for yourself.

We had our swim around 11 am and then we had our lesson on the use of pronouns. It is often from a very innocuous lesson that a teacher realises how difficult learning a small part of grammar can be for speakers of other languages……never mind, it was soon to be time for our siesta. After our rest period we went off to our new secret beach in Villajoyosa. The waves were quite big and it was rough enough to enjoy the boogie board.



World Events  27th August

1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II. God save the King, eh?

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly. Tres bien

1828 – Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina. They would produce some excellent footballers

1859 – The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.  Good

1889 – Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.  Just as well others didn’t get wind of it 1

889 – Boxer Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche. Oh Dear!

1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” was published for the first time.Aaaaaaaaghaaaaaghaaa!

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris. Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.  Was this just a one-off or a serial?

1939 – Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.  Thank God for Winston Churchill and millions of brave men!

1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.  Good

1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.  But was it worth the money?

1979 – Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.  This was a horrible event

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.  Extremely sad

1985 – The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed. Great achievement

1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard. Fair enough

1991 – The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence. Good for them

1992 – Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.  It could be happening again

1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.  I think this is fair

1998 – In New York city, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-’Owhali appeared in a U.S. Federal Court to face charges of bombing attacks at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was one of two suspects released to the U.S. by Kenya.  If he was guilty he deserved severe punishment

1999 – The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.  Did they take any cats with them?

2001 – The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B “Predator” aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft “may have crashed or been shot down.”   Why should this be a surprise?

2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  Good

If you use gas for heating or cooking you should be aware of a local scam, that keeps resurfacing time and time again. Yes, it’s the old gasman knocking at the door, flashing an official looking badge at you and telling you that they need to check your installations.

However, be aware that the gas company will never send out their technicians without first contacting you so if you are approached, just don;t let them in and never pay them any money. If they become pushy, call the police.

Lazy Employee

The owner of a large factory decided to make a surprise visit and check up on his staff. Walking though the plant, he noticed a young man leaning lazily against a post. “Just how much are you being paid a week?” said the owner angrily. “Three hundred bucks,” replied the young man. Taking out a fold of bills from his wallet, the owner counted out $300, slapped the money into the boy’s hands, and said, “Here’s a week’s pay — now get out and don’t come back!” Turning to one of the supervisors, he said, “How long has that lazy bum been working here anyway?” “He’s not an employee,” said the supervisor. “He was just here to deliver a pizza!”






The Day’s Music Events  27th August

1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.Female drummer Honey Langtree..

1965, On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”    I suppose it was a lop-sided encounter

1966, The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.

1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.  I think Brian Epstein needs some recognition for his part in the Beatles story

1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin played two shows at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Haven.

1977, The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One-hit Wonders. The song was vdery catchy but a bit cheesey

1982, During a North American tour Queen appeared in Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1983, Barry Manilow appeared at Blenheim Palace the British stately home.

1988, ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson. George Michael’s achievemnts became overshadowed by his behaviour

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.

1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. Eric has had some awful moments in his life In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time. What a sad loss

1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold at an auction for $87,000, (£47,220). Was this really worth the money?

1993, This years UK 3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads, Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead, The Boo Radleys and Shampoo. Good bill

1994, Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with ‘On Bended Knee’. Very good group

1999, The Charlatans, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared at The Carling Reading three day festival, England, tickets, £78.Value for money

2000, Percussionist Richard Jaeger died. Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters. A lesser-known name

2001, Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, the group’s final UK No.1. Good

2004, Winners at this years Kerrang! awards included The Darkness for best British band and best live band, best band on the planet award went to Metallica. Green Day were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, Lostprophets won the best single for ‘Last Train Home’ and best album went to Muse for ‘Absolution’. Not my scene

2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England. Almost quicker to name those who didn’t play!

2006, The Rolling Stones played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, England on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Oh yeah?

2006, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deja Vu.’

CIMG7335        Birthday Boys and Girls   1937,  Phil Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single ‘Kites’). Gentle Giant.

1942,  B.J. Thomas, singer, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.38 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’).

1942,  Daryl Dragon, The Captain and Tennille, (1980 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Do That To Me One More Time’).

1945,  Malcolm Allured, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1947,  percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Died on 6th December 2002.     . Lifestyle blog Follow Me on Pinterest

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Tuesday 26th August 2014 ‘I Got You Babe’


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.

We’re looking after the little people and they had been watching Barcelona beat Elche lat on Monday evening. Nevertheless, they got up and worked with me on their English as soon as they’d had their breakfast. Next we had a swim and went off to see Willy Wonka in the Chocolate factory. There was a really big queue and we couldn’t get in so we went exploring along a secret beach we know in Villajoyosa. We had a lovely time and the weather was getting hotter by the minute.

We decided to go to La Marina and see what bits and pieces we could get our boys for their new venture….their Academy. We visited a really nice store and found some nice accoutrements for their premises. Then, with my arm twisted firmly up my back, we took the little people off to MacDonalds where they had already decided what they wanted to eat. There was a queue but we bi-passed the crowd waiting to be served and used the new technology to order from the touch screen. The order arrived very quickly and the staff were exceedingly friendly. For the purist…I had a bottle of water but had my salad when I came home to prepare salads for Anne and myself. Writing this early in the evening I am now preparing to go and watch Liverpool play Manchester City. Will this be another  season of agony?…….Written later……….Yes it will. We lost and I think City were the better side.


Farmer John

Farmer John once lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week.So Farmer John called the local police station to complain, “You’ve got to do something about all these people driving so fast and killing all my chickens,” he said to the local police officer.

“What do you want me to do?” asked the policeman.
“I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the policeman had the Council erect a sign that said:

Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said, “You’ve still got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing’ sign seems to make them go even faster!”>That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and said, “Your signs are no good. Can I put up my own sign?”

In order to get Farmer John off his back said “Sure. Put up your own sign.
The phone calls to the Police Station stopped, but curiosity got the better of the Officer, so he called Farmer John, “How’s the problem with the speeding drivers. did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did and not one chicken has been killed.
The policeman was really curious and thought he’d better go out and take a look at the sign. He also thought the sign might be something the Police could use elsewhere, to slow drivers down..
So he drove out to Farmer John’s house.
His jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign.

‘Slow down and watch out for chicks!’


PRESBYTERIAN:    When you rearrange the letters:   BEST   IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER:       When you rearrange the letters:   MOON   STARER
DESPERATION:       When you rearrange the letters:    A   ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES:    When you rearrange the letters:   THEY SEE
  THE MORSE CODE:   When you rearrange the letters:    HERE COME DOTS
 DORMITORY:    When you rearrange the letters:   DIRTY ROOM
SLOT  MACHINES:   When you rearrange the letters:   CASH LOST IN ME
 ANIMOSITY:  When you rearrange the letters: IS   NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS:   When you rearrange the letters:   LIES – LET’S RECOUNT
 SNOOZE ALARMS:   When you rearrange the letters:   ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S
  A DECIMAL POINT:   When  you rearrange the letters:  I’M A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES:   When you rearrange the letters: THAT   QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:   When you rearrange the letters:   TWELVE PLUS ONE
MOTHER-IN-LAW:   When you rearrange the letters:   WOMAN HITLER


Soak Your Feet in the Ocean

A New York retail clerk was suffering from aching feet.
“It’s all those years of standing,” his doctor declared.
“You need a vacation. Go to Miami, soak your feet in the
ocean and you’ll feel better.”

When the man got to Florida, he went into a hardware store,
bought two large buckets and headed for the beach.

“How much for two buckets of that seawater?” he asked the

“A dollar a bucket,” the fellow replied with a straight

The clerk paid him, filled his buckets, went to his hotel
room and soaked his feet. They felt so much better he
decided to repeat the treatment that afternoon. Again he
handed the lifeguard two dollars. The young man took the
money and said, “Help yourself.”

The clerk started for the water, then stopped in amazement.
The tide was out.

“Wow,” he said, turning to the lifeguard. “Some business you
got here!”


Unlock Stiff Muscles in Minutes

Done properly, a few simple stretching movements can ease your back pain and provide long-term relief.

Here are a few exercises I recommend that have worked wonders for many of my patients:

Lying Knee-to-Chest Stretch – Lie on your back and keep one leg flat on the floor. Use your hands to bring your other knee into your chest. Repeat with the other leg.

Lying Crossover Knee Pull Down Stretch – Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Bring your foot up to your opposite knee and with your opposite arm gently push your raised knee down toward the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

Shoulder Stretch – Stand in an open doorway. Raise your arm to a 90-degree angle ººwith palm facing out. Now press your hand and shoulder against the wall and doorjamb. You should feel the wall against your armpit. Slowly increase the tension as you push forward. Hold for a 10 count. Then repeat with the other arm.

Reverse Shoulder Stretch – Stand upright and clasp your hands together behind your back. Keep your arms straight and slowly lift your hands upward.

Hip Flexors – You need to do this stretch, particularly if you sit all day at work. Sitting all day puts pressure on the hip flexor muscles. This is a major cause of minor low back pain. Stretching your hip flexors muscles several times a week will prevent this kind of lower back pain.

Stand in a modified runner stance, with right foot forward and left foot back, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your hips and keep your back and hips in straight alignment.

Push forward with your hips, while maintaining your erect posture. Slowly, push your hips forward only until you feel a comfortable level of tension. Hold for a 10 count. Switch sides by reversing your leg stance and repeat.   Al Sears, MD



The Day’s  Events  26th August

 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. The main man

1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”He might have a neck strain on the way

1743 – Antoine Lavoisier was born. He was the chemist that proved that the union of oxygen and other chemicals is used in burning, rusting of metals and breathing. Clever man

1873 – Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible. Very great inventor

1883 – A two-day eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa began. The tidal waves that were associated with the eruption killed 36,000 people when they destroyed the island.Such devastation litters history

1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government. Dios mio

1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.Bully

1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.

1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.  I’ve seen the pictures

1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.

1974 – Charles Lindberg died at the age of 72.

1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.

1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.  He even promised to publish the results a year early

1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.

1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

1998 – U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


World Music Events  26th August

1963, Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.  Warra great night!

1965, Sonny & Cher  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.  He became Mayor of Palm Springs, Calif

1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Conman?

1967, Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening ‘Festival of the Flower Children’ at Woburn Abbey, England. Plus DJ’s John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost £1.

1970, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

1973, 10cc made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour. Comprising of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had written and recorded together for some three years before assuming the 10cc name. I love their music

1977, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Golden Earing, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind, Racing Cars, John Miles, Graham Parker, The Enid, No Dice and Frankie Miller’s Full House all appeared at the 17th three day Reading Festival, England. A three day ticket cost£7.95.

1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’.

1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’. He thoroughly deserved this accolade

1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.  He later died in a bizarre skiing accident

1993, A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern in Liverpool sold for £16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1994, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh from The Eagles had formed. Miller spent five months in a coma. He then entered rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

1995, Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Country House’ and won a media battle with Oasis for the No.1 position.

2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list. I can’t see this myself as all the others have improved over their lifetime

2004, US Cinematographer David Myers died after suffering a stroke. He worked of various music films including Woodstock, Elvis On Tour, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie.

2004, Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm.  I liked her single Gloria

2005, A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Lennon-Harrison song, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards. Oh Yeah?

2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.






Birthday Boys and Girls

1940, Nik Turner, Hawkwind,

1941,  Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948,  Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers,

1948,  Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson,
1954,  Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).

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Sunday 24th August 2014 He’ll have to Go


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2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

It was another fine day but I had work to do in my studio all morning. The rain did come later in the day and it’s the first rain I’d seen for months. It was quite heavy but it didn’t last for long and I did manage to get a swim. However, first I had a podcast to make with Don Woods. Here is the detail….

Cliff….oh dear…the witch hunt continues…as usual no charges – probably no real evidence…yet he’s all over the papers….guilty before he’s even spoken to.

I think we are all getting a bit sick of all this….I’m not a fan of Cliff as you know (he just wont go away) BUT he has got a bit of a rough ride ahead of him and I do feel for him….his faithful fans are buying his record in an attempt to get it to the top of the charts….the whole thing is a disgrace and all this trial by media needs sorting out…preferably by a judge who can keep awake.

Jon Culshaw is back on the tele….I am a massive fan…I love impressionists (your mate Paul Melba being a top rater) and Jon Culshaw is the best…he is so funny and talented.

I’ve always found impressionists to be really entertaining especially live….give me a good one as opposed to a good singer any day.  He was on Aled Jones’s Sunday morning programme (which is excellent) and he was brilliant.

There’s a new celebrity challenge programme reared its head called “Tumble”…and involves celebs doing acrobatics (after weeks of training) live….seems to me to be an accident waiting to happen….the panel of judges mark them on their efforts…and soon the public will be able to vote by phone…like the public know what they are talking about….which will make a few bob for ITV….can’t see the point myself…another dud…I didn’t think anything could be worse than “Splash”….but I was wrong.

 You’ve gotta laugh in this country….everyone is moaning about the intended increase in train fares….the authorities reckon it’s to maintain the tracks etc…and the companies only get 3p in the pound profit….so why create another service which will cost BILLIONS?…that’s a lot of 3ps….and where’s the money coming from?… wonder the new high speed service has suddenly gone quiet….keep building fellas while nobody is noticing….and hope the farmers don’t see you ruining their land.

 The song I have attached is called “Beatle City” which I was commissioned to compose around the mid 80s by the then Merseyside County Council.  They wanted it to be called by the title but I felt it was cashing in a bit….but when you get a big order for a vinyl 45 you go along with their wishes….I talked them into creating their own label thus becoming the first council to release a record….they sold it in the libraries and souvenir shops etc and it sold very well…the B side was a rocker called Merseybeat Memories which mentioned a load of old groups.

I don’t think I have a copy of the 45…..MIGHT BE WORTH A FORTUNE NOW!!!!


What is it with eggs? First they’re bad for you and now they are good for you. Who starts the ball rolling? I) remember the fuss when Edwina Currie pointed out that Salmonella poisoning can be caused by eggs. The egg producers were up in arms that an MP should warn the ‘public. Well, there’s no Edwina involved and the research is coming from America. Is the idea really to get more attention for the egg `producers?

Whichever way you look at this surely the simple answer is that too much of anything can give us problems. I can remember relatives and friends going to work on an egg for donkeys’  years if you’ll pardon the pun. We even had little marks on the eggs to ensure quality. I’ll keep on with my eggs in the various ways we have them. I think a lot of the research misses out on the bits that go with the egg. If the egg is eaten with lots of other fatty foods then I expect a few problems would exist. However, if the eggs are eaten as part of a healthy salad diet then I doubt whether more than six a week will cause lasting problems. I suppose, that will be until we get the next bit of research!


Here’s a French joke if you can speak the language

L’institutrice demande : Quand je dis «je suis belle», quel temps EST-ce ?
- Le passé, madame.



All the girls had ugly gym slips

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

Nearly everyone’s Mum was home when the kids got home from school

Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces

All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . . And they did!

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone’s dream car… And people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yes, I remember that’?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

…. still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko?

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Coca Cola in bottles.

Blackjacks and bubble gums.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

Hi-Fis & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Adding Machines.


Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going ‘Eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘chickenpox’?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a catapult?

War was a card game?

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange – flavoured chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived DURING A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!


Remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty.. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome ?”

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”

“Don’t go any further.. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class.. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh, really! What did he say?”

He said: “Who the hell did your hair?”


The Day’s Events 24th August

 0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.

1572 – The Catholics began their slaughter of the French Protestants in Paris. The killings claimed about 70,000 people. Horrible statistics

1680 – Colonel Thomas Blood died. He was the Irish adventurer that had stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.

1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol. Very constructive

1880 – Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy electric train.tGreat

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”

1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.

1963 – John Pennel pole-vaulted 17 feet and 3/4 inches becoming the first to break the 17-foot barrier.  Watch out Sergei Bubka

1968 – France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. Horrible

1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon. Horrible man

1985 – 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country. Change was a-coming

1989 – “Total war” was declared by Columbian drug lords on their government.

1990 – Irish hostage Brian Keenan was released. He had been held in Lebanon for 1,597 days.  Great day

1991 – Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.

1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95″ went on sale. Great news for usw

1998 – The U.S. and Britain agreed on the Netherlands as site for the trial of two Libyan suspects for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.  terrible event

2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.

2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.  Necessary info

2005 – The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

The Day’s Music Events  24th August

 1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2′.This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.
1968, The Incredible String Band, Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Family, Fairport Convention, Blossom Toes, Pretty things, Deviants, Blonde On Blonde and Free all appeared over two nights at The Roundhouse in London.  Good gig
1974, Paul Anka with Odia Coates No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(You’re Having My Baby’, Anka’s 24th US top 40 hit. It made No.6 in the UK.
1975, Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.  This is a classic and that’s why!
1980, Iron Maiden Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Gillan, Gillan, Pat Travers Band and Rory Gallagher all appeared at the 20th National Rock Festival Reading Rock 80, England. Advance tickets £12.50. Good billing
1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon.What a loss to the world of music
1983, The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.
1985, Huey Lewis and the News No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’.As featured in the movie ‘Back To The Future’.
1987, Donny Osmond released his first single in 10 years ‘I’m In It For Love’, (Donny now shaves and has taken to wearing black leather). Quite a change from the long haired lover from Liverpool
1989, The Who perform “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.  Great show
1990, This years three day UK Reading Festival kicked off, featuring, Faith No More, The Cramps, Inspiral Carpets, Pixies, The Fall, Jesus Jones, Ride, Dinosaur Jnr, The Wedding Present, Billy Bragg and others, a three day ticket £35.
1995, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker presented this weeks UK TV Music show ‘Top Of The Pops’, guest’s included Oasis, Blur, Bjork and The Charlatans. Strange man
1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London’s Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.
1998, Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’ Quality work

2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

Born this day

 1944, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic,
1945, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1948, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist,
1955, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’).
1956, Matt Aitken, part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014 I Want to Break Free


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years

The weather was fine at the start of the day but the weather map for Spain yesterday showed rain and storms for much of the north-east of Spain. Would it come down this far?

I haven’t commented about the murder of the American journalist because I have still been thinking about it.  Firstly, I salute the bravery of the journalists who bring us the news from such dangerous places. Then I lament the way the event has been reported. Maybe it’s just where I have seen the information but there has been no real mention of the fact that this killing was in cold blood and cannot be anything but an act of murder yet the politicians speak of tracking down the perpetrator to prosecute him.. I cannot find any compassion in my heart for such a cold-blooded act. I am not a violent person yet this inspires such revulsion and anger within me I don’t like my feelings. I cannot understand the mentality and madness of people who want to kill others in the name of any religion and I just feel terribly sad and helpless about what is going on in the world today.

I do believe in God but I cannot understand such aspects of any religion. I suppose all I can do is pray for peace and try to keep my bit of the world as peaceful as possible.  I really don’t know where the world would be without the Americans right now and I just hope President Obama and his allies have the strength and courage to do what needs to be done to stop this carnage in the middle east.


Spare a thought for all the brave firefighters around the world and especially here in Spain. They are constantly fighting enormous fires and often these are started deliberately. Who on earth would want to do that? Maybe when the Olympic Games Programme for the Opening ceremony was planned they didn’t really think of such fires when including Prodigy in the Opening Ceremony. Why pick on Prodigy? Wasn’t their song about starting fires?


The ‘other’ laws of nature

Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

6. Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

8. Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

9. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

11.. Law of the Theatre & Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

12. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

13. Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

14. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

15. Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

16. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

17. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking – A closed mouth gathers no feet.

18. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

19. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better.. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.


The Day’s Events 23rd August

 1838 – The first class graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, MA. It was one of the first colleges for women. Well done ladies

1839 – Hong Kong was taken by the British in a war with China. I say old chap

1858 – “Ten Nights in a Barroom” opened in New York City at the National Theater. It was a melodrama about the evils of drinking.Constant theme down the years

1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. Not worth the paper it was written on

1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite. Any tornadoes?

1983 – The U.S. announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile. Wow

1990 – President Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a group of Western detainees that he referred to as “guests.” He told the group that they were being held “to prevent the scourge of war.” He was a horror story

1996 – U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.Good 1998 – Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers. In New York City it was illegal to carry to possess a toy gun that looks real or is painted black. No guns

1998 – Boris Yeltsin dismissed the Russian government again.

1999 – Rescuers in Turkey found a young boy that had been buried in rubble from an earthquake for about a week. Fabulous





The Day’s Music Events  23rd August

 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office.

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ It’s marvellous what two chords can achieve

1965, security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance. They were good

1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided ‘Yellow Submarine – Eleanor Rigby Great value

1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ No.1 in the UK. Great track

1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘I’m Still Waiting’, the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme. Did Arnold like it?

1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. From the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Wonderful

1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want to Wake Up with You’. Good song

1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival in England. Good gig

2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years……..

2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band’s drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine.

2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Born this day

1938, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).

1942, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). With Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene Pitney. The pair also co-wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio commercial, with the lyric ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.’

1947, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’).

1949, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single ‘Jessie’s Girl’).

1951,Jimi Jamison, Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single ‘Eye Of The Tiger’).

1953,  Bobby G, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK top 40 singles’).

1954, Mark Avsec, keyboardist, songwriter, Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’). 1959, Edwyn Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, Orange Juice, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rip It Up’), solo, (1995 UK No.4 single ‘A Girl Like You’).

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Friday 22nd August 2014 Hound Dog


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn Follow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw     CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2003, Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.

It was a cloudy start to the day and we watched a bit of TV as we made a slow start to the morning. The police programmes are always interesting and Humberside Police seem very proactive in their attempts to enforce community policing. It makes me smile when they say they have put more bobbies on the police as if this was a new initiative. For the younger readers I add that society has been told since the 1970s that more bobbies on the beat will have more of an impact on community behaviour than watching overweight police officers drive round in circles. One friend who was in the force explained how he could not manage all the problems on his patch single handed.

Where have all the bikes gone? It’s better that bobbies are seen on the beat but I guess the problem is their bikes would be nicked if they needed to run after a suspect. Why not answer this with a mandatory 5.000 pounds fine for anyone caught in possession of police bikes. The softly, softly approach just doesn’t work and the police have to be backed up by a very solid judiciary. The more I read of the current judgements the more I am convinced that all judiciary have social work certificates. I know when I went to do my first degree in Plymouth the lefties were always trying to add on a year’s social work certificate to many existing degrees.  I can remember a world without social workers. Can you? Personally, I think they create more problems than they solve!


Our Mayor, el alcalde, is a doctor who seems to embrace the concept of holistic medicine and includes the environment in his management. We have a number of roundabouts which have fountains and which are quite upmarket. It makes the town look very nice and most of the visitors approve. The older Spanish moan that it will cost us more in our community charges and I suppose there will be an increase. However, you get what you pay for and this is one of the most up and coming towns in Spain. In fact, the Brownlee Brothers who are the world Triathlon Champions come here to train in our sport centre.


A husband walks into a posh store to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife.He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price …..….. the more sheer, the higher the price. Naturally, he opts for the most sheer item, pays the $500, and takes it home. He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.  Upstairs the wife thinks (she’s no dummy), ‘I have an idea…… ….. it’s so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on, but I’ll do the modelling naked, I’ll return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself.’ She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose. The husband says, ‘Good Grief! You’d think for $500 they’d at least iron it!’

I can’t believe I produced our show last year on 17th September Alfaz del Pi!

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World Events  22nd August

1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry V II.  There’s still rivalry between Yorkshire and Lancashire

1572 – Earl of Northumberland was executed for treason in York, England. They didn’t muck about in those days.

1642 – The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors. This was not a long war.

1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.  He just happened to be passing by!

1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.  They were flexing their muscles

1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup. They were lucky!

1910 – Japan formally annexed Korea.  Remember this was only 1910

1911 – It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy. Was she still smiling?

1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England. Good, eh?

1941 – Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.

1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition. Good for her. There should never have been segregation.

1968 – Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America. Good

1972 – Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games. Good

1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. Good

1985 – 55 people were killed in a fire aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway in England. Where was this?

1991 – Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners’ coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him. It’s the way they do things there

1998 – Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was currently serving sentence for the December 8, 1980 murder. Horrible man

2000 – It was announced that all 118 crewmembers aboard the Kursk submarine were dead. The Russian vessel had sunk on August 4. Sad event

The Day’s Music Events  22nd August

1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie,  . In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the ‘Love Me Tender’ song recorded for the film.  Not the best ever movie

1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, (it was shown on 17th October 1962). I wonder was I there?

1963, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bad To Me.’ A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein.Good song

1964, The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1, it made No.3 in the UK.  Good song

1964, During a North American tour The Beatles appeared at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver, to over 20,000 fans. The Beatles set at the time was just 29 minutes long. tickets cost £5.25.  Money for old rope

1965, The Beatles, on tour in North America, performed two shows at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. Between performances, The Beatles were visited in their dressing-room by Carl Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.Meeting of minds

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the BBC TV Simon Dee show. How is Simon?

1968, Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums and John playing bass. The split was coming

1969, The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for their final ever photo session. Three shots from this session (by Ethan Russell) formed the front and back covers of the Capitol compilation album Hey Jude. Yoko Ono and a pregnant Linda McCartney (she was to give birth to daughter Mary six days later) appeared in some photographs with The Beatles.There comes a time for things to end 1970, Bread went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, it made No.5 in the UK.

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’. great Album

1971, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary all appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.Nice n easy

1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London’s Electric Ballroom. In the audience: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett , The Slits and Captain Sensible. Don’t you just love it?

1979, Led Zeppelin released In Through the Out Door, their last album of original material, ‘Fool in the Rain’ was released as a single in the US. 1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 and also a No.1 in the UK. Good disco 1990, Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He also wrote music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.  Talented man

1992, Sting and Trudie Styler held their wedding reception, (the couple married on 20th August 1992), after The Troggs had played a set, all three members of The Police got on stage and played a couple of numbers.Nice wedding

1997, U2 played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England on their Pop Mart tour.

1999, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell scored her first UK No.1 solo single with ‘Mi Chico Latino’ the second single from her debut solo album Schizophonic. Quite a nice song

2002, Corrs drummer, Caroline Corr married long-time boyfriend Frank Woods in a candlelit church on Mallorca. Nice, nice, nice

2003, Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.He ain’t nothing but a hound dog

2009, Soul singer Johnny Carter, who was a member of doo-wop groups The Dells and The Flamingos, died aged 75. Carter who was famed for his falsetto vocals, was one of the few artists to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two acts.  great name


Birthday Boys and Girls

1920, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist, (1951 US million selling album ‘I’m In The Mood’, 1964 UK No.23 single ‘Dimples’, 1989 album ‘The Healer’). Hooker died on 21st June 2001.

1938,  Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist, (1957 US No. 27 single ‘Susie Q’).

1939, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).

1945,  Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies, (1969 US & UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Sugar’) and The Cufflinks, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Tracy’). 1946,, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’).

1956,  Chris Biondo, guitarist, producer with Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums

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Thursday 21st August 2014 Whole Again.


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2002, Atomic Kitten were facing legal action after sacking Andy McCluskey, the songwriter who wrote the bands first No.1 ‘Whole Again.’ The band were about to be dropped by Innocent records when they recorded the song that became a huge hit. The girls then wanted a bigger share of royalties, which McCluskey had turned down. Under the original deal each girl got 4p from the sale of one single

The weather has been very kind to us yet again and we went down to Benidorm to get a few jobs done early in the morning yesterday. The town was packed and there seems to be a lot more Spanish here this year.  We had a really good walk around town before going back to Terra Mitica where I had a jog. This was nice as there was nobody about and everywhere looks so nice right now.


These are supposedly genuine answers from 16 year olds in their exams……

Q. Can you n ame the four seasons?
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar
Q. How is dew formed
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire
Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed
Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election
Q. What are steroids
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs
Q. What happens to your body as you age
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental
Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery (So true)
Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A. Premature death
Q. What is artificial insemination
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow
Q. How can you delay milk turning sour
A. Keep it in the cow
Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. The abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity.  The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O,U 
Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie
Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?
A. Nearby
Q. What is the most common form of birth control
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium
Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section’
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome
Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.
Q. What is a terminal illness
A. When you are sick at the airport.
Q. What does the word ‘benign’ mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight
Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head. Once a Arab boy reaches puberty, he removes his diaper and wraps it around his head.

World Events  21st August

1680 – The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dios mio

1841 – A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton. Was he from Venice?

1888 – The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. The name lives on

1923 – In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner. Heavens above!

1940 – Exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds that had inflicted by an assassin.The world was already shrinking

1971 – Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women’s Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament. I don’t remember her name. Is she still on the circuit?

1983 – Philippine politician Benigno Simeon Aquino was assassinated as he got off the plane in Manila. De-planed. Maybe he just get off the plane?

1984 – Clint Eastwood was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.I walked on it!

1986 – In Cameroon, a nation in West Africa, toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake. The gas killed more than 1,700 people.Dreadful

1988 – An earthquake on the Nepal-India border killed over 1,000 people.AS above

1989 – Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton. What did it get for the money spent?

1991 – The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin. What was really going on?

1992 – Randall Weaver, a neo-Nazi leader, opened fire on U.S. marshals from his home inIdaho. Weaver surrendered 11 days later ending the standoff. During the standoff a deputy marshal, Weaver’s wife and his son were killed. Bad man

1993 – NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million. Personally, I think it’s a huge waste of money

1995 – In Jerusalem, Israel, a bus bombing by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) killed four and wounded more than 100. Bad

1997 – Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history. Better to be safe

2002 – In Pakistan, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament. I suppose he paid himself as well


The Day’s Music Events  21st August

1961, Elvis Presley started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Something For Everybody’ his sixth US No.1 album.Little bit too much ing

1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. She was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier.That song is much loved

1965, The Rolling Stones started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Out Of Our Heads’ the group’s first US No.1 album.I liked their early stuff
1966, On their last ever US tour The Beatles performed in two cities due to a cancellation due to rain the previous day. First they performed at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then they flew to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch Stadium, where they performed under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain. It was this gig that convinced Paul McCartney that The Beatles should stop performing live. It’s not much fun playing in the rain

1968, Tommy James and The Shondells returned to the UK No.1 position for the second time with the single ‘Mony Mony’. Don’t forget they didn’t tour here

1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Carousel Theatre in Framingham, Massachusetts.OK

1971, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite, (and second from the bottom on the bill) Queen all appeared at the Tregye Festival Truro, Cornwall, England.Who would have guessed the future?

1976, The Rolling Stones, 10CC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia and Hot Tuna all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire, England, tickets £4.50. Good gig
1983, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone had a four-hour brain surgery operation, after being found unconscious in a New York Street where he had been involved in a fight.

1997, Former Stone Roses drummer Alan Wren was jailed for seven days after being rude to a top Manchester Magistrate. He was before the court due to having no car insurance and lost his temper after being quizzed about his earnings. Temper tantrum

1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, shifting over a million copies on the first day of release. They were on a roll

2000, Survivor filed a lawsuit against TVT Records after they released a soundtrack to the TV show ‘Survivor.’ Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan said, “It’s unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band, someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses our name and takes away everything we have worked for.” I agree with his sentiments

2002, Atomic Kitten were facing legal action after sacking Andy McCluskey, the songwriter who wrote the bands first No.1 ‘Whole Again.’ The band were about to be dropped by Innocent records when they recorded the song that became a huge hit. The girls then wanted a bigger share of royalties, which McCluskey had turned down. Under the original deal each girl got 4p from the sale of one single. Greed is always lurking

2005, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden’s “music Nobel prize”, in 2001. Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence. I love synthesizers

2005, McFly were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be OK’, the group’s 4th No.1Nice lads

2006, A man surfing the Internet in America foiled three men who broke into a Liverpool shop in Liverpool, England. The man who had logged onto a site streaming live footage of Mathew Street and a forthcoming Beatles festival saw the men smashing a window of a shop and climb inside. He phoned Merseyside police who arrested the men. Great thinking batman

2008, Paedophile and ex-pop star Gary Glitter returned to Thailand after being refused entry to Hong Kong. Chinese authorities informed the UK Foreign Office they had barred Glitter from entry. He was earlier deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls. He flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok after refusing to fly to the UK, and had made a plea for medical treatment after saying he was suffering a heart attack. Be sure your sins will find you out

2008, Drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. Worked with Elvis Presley (‘Little Sister’), Patsy Cline (‘Crazy’), Roy Orbison (‘Pretty Woman’), Johnny Cash (‘Ring Of Fire’), Tammy Wynette (‘Stand By Your Man’). Was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry. He can be heard on over 18,000 recordings. What a brilliant career


Birthday Boys and Girls

1904,  Count Basie, bandleader. Worked with Frank Sinatra as well as his own Count Basie band. Died on 26th April 1984.
1938, Kenny Rogers, singer, (1977 UK No.1 single ‘Lucille’, 1980 US No.1 & UK No.12 single ‘Lady’, plus 15 other US Top 40 hits).

1941,  Tom Costello, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

1944, Jackie DeShannon singer, (1969 US No.4 single ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’).

1952,Joe Strummer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982 plus 15 other UK top 40 singles). Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. He died on 22nd December 2002.

1954, Nick Kane, The Mavericks, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).

1954, Steve Smith, drums, Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’).

1957,  Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 with ‘Frankie’).

1968,  Dina Carroll, singer, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’).

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Wednesday 20th August 2014 ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1969, After finishing ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album……

I was looking at a couple of stories in the news which suggests common sense is going out of the window as school authorities flex their muscles. One lad was kept out of school to go on a family holiday with grandad who is terminally ill. School managers have fined the parents. Another school has fined a mother who has a large family to care for after she kept her child who has been fighting cancer away from school. I think these schools are wrong and it’s about time they rethink their policies. Children must be educated but in such circumstances cut a little slack for the parents….


Last year I was writing after the furore about the then recent 5% hike in train fares in the UK I had been  astonished to recap on my blog for the previous year when I had written…..”The PM  is already under pressure over poor poll ratings and he faces the biggest backlash over astonishing 11.2 per cent rail fare rises faced by commuters. How on earth can he or anyone else expect the public to be happy when wages are not rising and these prices are allowed to rise far above the rate of inflation? This is the bit the PM doesn’t understand when he says, “We’re all in this together!”  So, in effect, the public are now being overcharged three years running. A season ticket from Kent into London costs over 5, 000 pounds per annum. 


The athletics have finished and I can relax a bit more. I found myself even quite interested in people I didn’t know. There were some great field events with Russian ladies pole vaulting great heights, Russian ladies throwing the hammer out of the stadium and Russian ladies hopping, stepping and jumping a very long way. The Russians don’t seem to have a black athlete on their team whereas the British team would have very little chance of medals without their wonderful black athletes.  

Some events are very colour dominated and the sprints highlight the fact that a black athlete has more fast twitch fibres in their muscle composition. I would have thought we all start even but this is obviously not the case. Even Mo Farrah will have something in his genes that allow him to make the most of his wonderful talent. I think there is an obvious job for the sports scientist to undertake.


A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.  ‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh!
You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them!  TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter.  Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER?  They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL!  You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never!  Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind?
Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’
The wife stared at him. ‘What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’  The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’


World Events  20th August

1641 – Scotland and Britain signed the Treaty of Pacification.  Good

1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska. To the north?

1866 – The National Labor Union in the U.S. advocated an eight-hour workday. That was a start

1866 – It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier. Good. It was time to build a nation

1882 – Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow.I love the atmosphere of this music

1885 – “The Mikado”, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City. Another great piece of music

1914 – German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. This would involve Britain by way of a pact

1918 – The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War I.

1939 – Johnny Weissmuller married Beryl Scott. Was her real name Jane?

1940 – France fell to the Germans during World War II. It would be wise for France to remember her allies from time to time

1953 – It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.Not good news

1955 – In Morocco and Algeria hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting. As above

1955 – Col. Horace A. Hanes, a U.S. Air Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet. Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour in a Super Sabrejet. That is a brave man

1955 – Bo Diddley made his first appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York City.Did it really take this long?

1968 – The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization. I remember the name Alexander Dubcheck

1977 – Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. I wonder if any extra terrestrials heard it?

1985 – The original Xerox 914 copier was presented to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented the machine.Did he copy the idea?

1986 – Patrick Henry Sherril, postal employee, killed 14 co-workers in a shooting spree at the post office in Edmond, OK.What is it about July and August? Is it the heat?

1988 – Eight British soldiers were killed by a landmine while in a military bus in Northern Ireland. The mine belonged to the Irish Republican Army. What did it prove?

1989 – British conservationist George Adamson was killed by bandits in Kenya. Adamson was 83. He was a very good man

1989 – In London, a pleasure boat sank in the Thames River killing 51 people. This was a very sad event

1991 – A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power. I liked Gorby

1995 – 348 people were killed in a train incident in northern India. Tragic

1998 – Canada’s Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government’s consent.Mais oui

1998 – U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden. Why don’t the UK and the USA just keep out of Afghanistan?

1998 – The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.It was justifiable


The Day’s Music Events  20th August

 1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Star & Garter Hotel Windsor, England. You have to start somewhere

1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (later to join Velvet Underground), all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young producer – guitarist Jimmy Page.I loved the records from this lable and if my memory serves me well. the Faces had been on Decca. Maybe the initial idea was for the Stones to join this label?

1966, The Beatles, touring America for the last time, were forced to cancel and reschedule their performance in Cincinnati’s open-air stadium, Crosley Field. Heavy rain (and no cover provided) made electrocution a virtual certainty if The Beatles had attempted to perform. I don’t think that is rocket science. Was there no Health and Safety in place?

1968, The University of Tennessee reported that a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered acute hearing damage.Maybe it depended on who made the music?

1969, After finishing ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album…… This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios. End of an era

1977, The Brotherhood Of Man had the No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Angelo’, their second UK chart topper.My good friend Tony Hiller was the man behind all their hits and is a wonderful gentleman

1977, The Emotions started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, it made No.4 in the UK.Good song

1983, The compilation album ’18 Greatest Hits’ by Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart.Good little album

1983, Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.Good bill

1986, Rick Allen drummer with Def Leppard made his first live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a car accident, when they appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England. He has done fantastically well to still be drumming
1988, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Roll With It’. This is a favourite of mine

1988, Iron Maiden, Kiss, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses and Helloween all appeared at this year’s ‘Monsters Of Rock’ Festival, Castle Donington, England. Two rock fans died while ‘slam dancing’ as Guns N’ Roses played.I’m not a heavy metal fan but t looked a good gig

1990, Aerosmith appeared at the Marquee Club London. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam.Wow

1992, A US Doctor filed a $35m lawsuit against the Southwest Bell phone company. He alleged that his wife died because he could not reach 911 due to all lines being jammed by demand of Garth Brooks concert tickets. What was his real agenda?

1997, BBC TV aired the documentary ‘Oasis; Right Here Right Now’, with the group talking about their troublesome last year plus performances of three new songs from the Manchester band. Why do TV Producers always migrate to the bands who cause trouble?
2000, Craig David started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut release ‘Born To Do It’. He is a good singer

2000, Spiller went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Groovejet’. The Italian DJ and producer mixed the track based on an old 1970′s hit ‘Love Is You’ by Carol Williams, with new vocals by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. This sound interesting

2003, Madame Tussauds in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: ‘That was extraordinary. Unfortunately extraordinarily bad.’ ‘Do you really think that you could become a Pop Idol’ Well then you’re deaf.’ ‘Thank you. Goodbye and That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen.’How to make a God!

2004, A man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after years spent trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-out of Adams which stood at the foot of the bed and posters on the bedroom walls.I’m sorry but the posters would have to go.Teenage or twenties infatuation yes……within a marriage…!
2006, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Twickenham Stadium on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Feeder and The Charlatans also appeared. They do a great live gig
2006, Christina Aguilera went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Back To Basics’ the singers third UK release. Also a No.1 album in 13 other countries.  Class act

2007, The funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson was held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. Peter Hook and Stephen Morris – two members of first Factory signing Joy Division, and later incarnation, New Order attended along with Happy Mondays front man, Shaun Ryder. I wasn’t a fan of his but I acknowlege his innovatory thinking

2008, The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father’s name to endorse a US presidential candidate ‘appalling’. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks ‘presumptuous’. ‘Even I would not presume to say publicly what I ‘know’ he thought or felt,’ she added. I think she was right


Birthday Boys and Girls

1924,  Jim Reeves, US country singer. The first country singer to crossover into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’,1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’). Reeves was killed in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog.

1931, Paul Robi, The Platters, (UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Died of cancer on 1st February 1989.

1934, ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. Died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell.

1940, John Lantree, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Have I The Right’).

1941,  Dave Brock, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’). 1946,  Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Computer Love / The Model’). 1947, Born on this day, James Pankow, Trombone, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).

1948, Robert Plant, singer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Plant had the 1983 solo hit single Big Log. Also a member of The Honeydrippers, (with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love. Had the Grammy award winning 2007 album Raising Sand with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
1949,  Phil Lynott Irish singer, songwriter, bass player, Thin Lizzy. (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’). Lynott died on 4th Jan 1986 of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.

1952,  Doug Fieger, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’). Died of cancer on 14th Feb 2010.

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Tuesday 19th August 2014 Crazy


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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1988, ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley’s, ‘Hound Dog’ were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889

Better weather has been following us. As we flew to the Basque Country the rain arrived on the Costa Blanca and Bilbao enjoyed the sunshine. We spent four nice days with hotter than normal weather and then, as we flew back, the weather turned again. It has been nice here on the Costa Blanca today but it has not been too hot. We had lots of catching up to do for the first part of the day. Anne’s car needed to be taken to the garage and then we both went to collect Tinker from the cattery. He is a real talker and has driven the cattery owner mad with his constant chatter. The minute we arrived he directed his remarks to us as we drove home and didn’t draw breath along the way. He reminds me of someone I know!

Incidentally, I like the cattery which is situated up in the mountains at Finestrat. It is quite high altitude with great views all around and a nice ambience of quite happy animals…until Tinker arrives! Today, they had ponies in a small paddock, dogs in the kennels and the cats in their part of the operation.

I have to upgrade my Dropbox. It is a useful service and I can drop things into different locations around the internet. However, I don’t like to see the word upgrade. It normally implies more unnecessary work. It’s just a s bad as the Windows or Microsoft upgrades which are predetermined by these companies to arrive at their pleasure. Even worse is getting a call in the middle of the night from Vodafone. This can wake me up and is usually their promotional material. I think this is an invasion of my Human Rights….

Here are a few more pictures from the Basque Country….

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For people who feel the need to go out and do their cardio training, and I was one of them in previous days, here is an important piece of information.

In a study titled, “Why do individuals not lose more weight from an exercise intervention at a defined dose? An energy balance analysis“, researchers found that weight loss from cardio was always lower than predicted (using a standard calories in vs. calories out approach).The article, published in Obesity Reviews (Vol. 13 Issue 6), explained that cardio doesn’t work for FOUR reasons:
a)  Some people eat more when they start a cardio program
b)  Calorie burning at rest often decreases with cardio
c)  Calorie-burning lean muscle tissue is often lost (can cause reduced metabolic rate)
d)  Cardio programs cause you to do less activity over the day


I made a new podcast with a very interesting artiste exactly one year ago today. Mark P. Wirtz is an Alsatian born 3 September 1943 in Strasbourg. He is a pop music record producer, composer, singer, musician, author, and stand-up comedian. As a producer, Wirtz’s most famous output is from the mid to late 1960s, when he worked at Abbey Road Studios with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, under contract to EMI. Wirtz is chiefly known for the never-completed A Teenage Opera concept album, from which only four songs were ever finished before a concerned EMI pulled the plug on the project. (RPM, with Wirtz’s direct involvement, pieced together all surviving songs from the unfinished project and issued it on CD).

Mark told me how he’d come to England at the age of 16 and he has had a most wonderful career with a nice podcast interview with me to explain it. It was difficult to make as Mark’s phoneline in the States kept crashing and I had a lot of editing to complete. Here is the link to the podcast.


Chemistry Lesson

This was a story told to us by our chemistry professor at school. A student wished to make some potassium hydroxide solution (aqueous) and decided to throw a large lump of
potassium into a bucket of water.Out of the corner of his eye, the professor observed what
the student was about to do and hurried over. After confirming this was what was intended, he asked the student to first stir the water in the bucket for five minutes
before adding the potassium.Puzzled, the student followed after him to ask the purpose
of this action.

“It will give me time to get away!” said the professor!



The Day’s Events 19th August

1692 – Five women and a clergyman were executed after being convicted of witchcraft in Salem, MAI saw the film

1812 – “Old Ironsides” (theUSS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigateGuerriere east of Nova Scotia. It’s Ironic that Cromwell was called Ironsides

1848 – The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald. Yippee

1856 – The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden. I love ‘connie onnie?

1871 – Orville Wright was born. Orville and his brother Wilbur were the first people to have a successful sustained and controlled flight of an aircraft with a motor. I thought Orville was a puppet with Keith Harris

1883 – The French dress designer Gabrille “Coco” Chanel was born.  Class act

1909 – The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I wonder what tyres were used

1919 – Afghanistan gained independence from Britain. This is a problem country and Britain should have learnt its lesson-leave well alone

1921 – Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. Roddenberry’s first career was as an airline pilot. Later, he created the TV series Star Trek. I’ll bet his teachers thought he had his head inn the clouds

1934 – Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer. Bad news for the world

1942 – About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties. Brave men who gave their livdes for our freedom

1955 – Severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Diane, in the Northeast United States, claimed 200 lives. These events are ongoing

1960 – Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow. Scapegoat

1960 – Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth’s orbit by the Soviet Union. Planet Earth has been going to the dogs ever since

1962 – Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history. I didn’t even know his name

1978 – 400 people were killed in a theater in Abadan, Iran. Moslem extremist set the fire.Sickening

1980 – 301 people died in a fire aboard a Saudi Arabian airliner. Dreadful

1981 – Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.

1981 – The final episode of “Charlie’s Angels was aired on ABC-TV. Boo hoo

1986 – 20 people were killed in a car bomb explosion in Tehran. Iran initially accused “American agents”, however they later executed an “Iraqi agent.” Dangerous country

1987 – 16 people were killed by gunman Michael Ryan in Britain. It was the country’s worst mass killing. …again happening in August!

1991 – Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later. Quick exit

1999 – In Belgrade, thousands of Serbs attended a rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslavia’s President Slobodan Milosevic. Good

2002 – A Russian military helicopter crashed after being shot by rebels in Chechnya. 119 people were killed. Very sad but success for the rebels

2004 – Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.


The Day’s Music Events 19th August


1964, The Rolling Stones played the second of six shows at the New Theatre Ballroom, Guernsey in the Channel Islands.Exciting times in the islands

1964, The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130. Playing 12 songs which made up their repertoire for the entire tour: ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘You Can’t Do That’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘If I Fell’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Boys’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’. Supporting acts were The Righteous Brothers, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, and Jackie DeShannon. I’ll bet the Beatles loved being with these other acts

1967, The Beatles scored their 14th US No.1 single with ‘All You Need Is Love’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithfull and Walker Brother Gary Leeds all sang backing vocals on the track. That’s quite a line up

1971, Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police. So you cannot blame the band for this

1973, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married in Malibu, California. Kristofferson had just enjoyed a number 1 country hit with ‘Why Me,’ which included Coolidge on backing vocals. The couple divorced near the end of 1979. I suppose six years is quite an achievement!

1974, The Three Degrees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When Will I See You Again.’ The girl group’s only UK No.1. They were Prince Charles’ favourite group of the 70′s.lovely ladies

1977, The Sex Pistols started an undercover UK tour as The Spots, (an acronym for Sex Pistols on tour secretly). Louts
1978, The Commodores started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’ These are lovely sentiments

1979, American Rockabilly singer Dorsey Burnette died from a heart attack at his home in Canoga Park, California. He wrote ‘It’s Late’, a hit for Ricky Nelson and Shakin’ Stevens.Great songs

1988, ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley’s, ‘Hound Dog’ were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889. What an achievement
1989, Bros appeared at a sold out Wembley Arena, London.Not good

1999, A TV ad featuring the late Linda McCartney urging a boycott of fishing was banned by the Advertising Clearance Centre in the UK. It was a bit pie in the sky

2000, Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, James, Toploader, Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Beth Orton, Joe Strummer, Feeder, Dandy Warhols and Coldplay all appeared at this years V2000 festival in Staffordshire, England. Not much for me
2001, American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61. She had the 1964 US No.6 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss’), later covered by Cher. I loved the original song

2001, British boy band Five scored their final UK No.1 single with ‘Let’s Dance.’ Their 3rd and final No.1 was taken from their album Kingsize. Fair enough

2001, A man was arrested at the V2001 festival at Chelmsford, Essex, England after clambering onto a stage and running towards Kylie Minogue, who was performing. He was later charged with breach of the peace. Idiot

2003, A man from Nottinghamshire who sent threatening emails to S Club singer Tina Barrett was jailed for six months. 41 year-old Steven Hindley, showered the singer with roses, chocolates and teddy-bears. But when the messages were ignored, he began to mention threats to the band, including a potential sniper attack. One email begged Miss Barrett to visit him at his home, claiming he was the victim of an incurable brain-tumour and had just three weeks to live. Smitten

2005, A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Great accolade

2007, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The King.

Born this day

1940, Ginger Baker, drummer, Cream, (1966 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’). Ginger Bakers Airforce.
1940,Johnny Nash, singer, (1972 US No.1 single ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Tears On My Pillow’).

1940, Roger Cook, songwriter, as a member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). Cook has had more than 80 top 30 hits, including ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’, ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ , ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.’

1943, Billy J Kramer, singer, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children’).
1945,  Ian Gillan, vocals, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’, 1973 US No. 4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’).

1951, John Deacon, bass, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’). 1

980,  Darius, singer, 2001 UK TV’s Popstars contestant, who became famous for his rendition of Britney Spears ‘Baby One More Time’. (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Colourblind’).

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