I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. Abraham Lincoln
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein All great truths begin as blasphemies.
Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1957, American crooner Andy Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Butterfly’, the US singers only UK No.1 and the first of 40 hit singles from 1957 until 2002 on the UK chart.
There were a lot of interesting retirements in the Premiership this weekend. For Liverpool it was a special salute to Jamie Carragher who was finishing a distinguished career with his one club. He, like Ryan Giggs for Man United, has been an exemplary player for young lads to copy. Elsewhere, we know enough of the managers coming and going as Michael Owen also retired from professional football. It was also nice to see the debut of 17 year old Ivy at Liverpool. …..and what about the game at West Brom 5-5?
Neil Colbourne had to rush off to the UK last week and Barbara Baker stood in for him on my Europe’s Calling Sunday podcast. This is where we have a look at what the papers are saying and we try to relate the news we are reading to what we believe is right or wrong.
AS he staggered off the pitch at the Parc des Princes last night, David Beckham looked an emotional wreck. His career had scanned three decades but it was time to say a tearful adieu to Paris — and professional football. With nine minutes remaining, the fourth official indicated that it was time for Becks to leave the field and nearly 45,000 Frenchmen rose to salute this guy from the other side of the Channel.
The alleged price fixing in the oil markets and the alleged evasion of taxes by Google are seen from a female perspective. Is it still incredible that people are around who do not use the Internet? Barbara is one of the few who still have a resistance to the modern technology.
A British father, 53, has become the first man in the world to have his prostate removed to beat cancer the dreaded flaw which struck Angelina Jolie. It was discovered he was carrying the BRCA2 gene during clinical trials at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after testing positive for the rogue BRCA1 gene which is linked to breast cancer
British cleaners and Portuguese manual workers are among new suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation, The Mail on Sunday has learned. Maddie disappeared from the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz in Portugal when she was on holiday with her family. Meanwhile, a couple have been imprisoned after police uncovered a crime ring involving the smuggling of babies from Morocco into Spain for sale. The married couple were sentenced to two years prison and fined €3,240 for their involvement in the purchase
of a baby from Ceuta. Could there be a link?
Following a successful move, the Consulate in Alicante is already offering consular support British nationals in cases ranging from serious detentions to stolen passports and welfare cases.
The telephone number is 965 216 022 but before calling or visiting the Consulate, a wealth of useful information can be found on the website www.gov.uk/world/spain.
Those who need to visit can find the consular offices on “La Rambla” in Alicante. The address is Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-32, on the sixth floor.
The British Consul Paul Rodwell said, “Feedback from British nationals has been overwhelmingly positive. My team worked very hard to make this move happen and I am confident that we can now offer better support to vulnerable British nationals who need our assistance.
“Being a very busy Consulate, I strongly recommend that people call us or visit the website first before taking up their time making a trip to see us, as the vast majority of enquiries can be settled over the telephone or by visiting www.gov.uk/world/spain.” SpanishVida:
We were proud that no one had fallen out on our company’s first long hike. Completely exhausted, we sprawled on our bunks, too tired to move — except for one private. He showered and was ready to go out on the town. We asked him why he wasn’t knocked out like the rest of us. “You know the truck that was with us in case anyone fell out?” he replied. “Well, somebody had to drive it.”
1) If it rings, put it on hold.
2) If it clanks, call the repairman.
3) If it whistles, ignore it.
4) If it’s a friend, take a break.
5) If it’s the boss, look busy.
6) If it talks, take notes.
7) If it’s handwritten, type it.
8) If it’s typed, copy it.
9) If it’s copied, file it.
10) If it’s Friday, forget it!
1303 – A peace treaty was signed between England and France over the town of Gascony. Why?
1506 – In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty. Don’t you think this is sad?
1520 – Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico. Hard guys these Mexicans
1690 – England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II. Good1774 – Britain’s Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. Naughty Americans
1775 – North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence. Good
1784 – The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland.Good1830 – The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde. I thought his name was Parker
1874 – Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. This name has lasted
1875 – The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established. Scales of Justice?
1899 – Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour. I wonder how they caught him. Did a cop run after the car?
1902 – Cuba gained its independence from Spain. Vale
1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the “Spirit of St. Louis.” The trip took 33 1/2 hours. Brave man
1930 – The first airplane was catapulted from a dirigible. Strong elastic
1932 – Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat. Brave lady
1939 – The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the “Yankee Clipper” from Port Washington, New York. Magic moments
1941 – Germany invaded Crete by air. Ugh!
1942 – Japan completed the conquest of Burma. Ugh!
1978 – Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles. An amazing lady
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs. Long lens
2010 – Five paintings worth 100 million Euro were stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Sacre bleu
Music Events May 20th
1957, American crooner Andy Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Butterfly’, the US singers only UK No.1 and the first of 40 hit singles from 1957 until 2002 on the UK chart.This man had a wonderful voice
1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.We’ve all used pseudonyms at some time or other
1961, Cliff Richard made his TV debut on the UK ITV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ He has been a shining example of a great role model
1964, Rudy Lewis of The Drifters died aged 28 under mysterious circumstances the night before the group was set to record ‘Under the Boardwalk’. Former Drifters backup singer Johnny Moore was brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording session.I don’t remember ever reading this before
1965, Jackie Trent was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Where Are You Now (My Love)’. Producers Tony Hatch’s fifth No.1 was sung by his future wife.They made a very sucssful partnership
1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally arrived in the middle of the set, a fight broke out, with Townshend hitting Moon on the head with his guitar. Moon and Entwistle quit the band, (and rejoined a week later).They were very shy and retirng lads and often attended the local vicarage tea parties
1967, The Beatles new album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ had a special preview on the Kenny Everett BBC Light program, ‘Where It’s At’, playing every track from the album, (except ‘A Day In The Life’ which the BBC had banned saying it could promote drug taking). Any talk of Payola?
1967, The Young Rascals started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin’, it made No.8 in the UK. The group named themselves after a US comedy TV show.This was a great, laid-back summer song
1968, The Beatles, armed with a bunch of new songs after their visit to India, met at George Harrison’s home in Esher, Surrey. They taped 23 new songs on George’s 4-track recorder, many of which would end up on The Beatles’ next two albums, (the White Album) and Abbey Road. The demos include: ‘Cry Baby Cry’, Revolution’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Blackbird‘ and ‘Child of Nature’ (a Lennon song that became ‘Jealous Guy’). The Beatles were certainly influenced by the Maharishi
1969, While watching a baseball game in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Peter Cetera of Chicago was set upon by four Marines (because they didn’t like the length of his hair). They broke his jaw, resulting in the singer spending two days in intensive care.This was a really horrible case of bullying
1972, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘Metal Guru’, the group’s fourth and final No.1. They also had the UK No.1 album with ‘Bolan Boogie’.Very popular but I had mixed feelings about it
1978, Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘With A Little Luck’, his sixth solo US No.1. A great talent but I don’t know this song
1978, The Buddy Holly story film was premiered in Holly’s hometown, of Lubbock, Texas. I loved this guy’s music and I love the story
1989, Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey’ by Ferry Aid started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was recorded to raise funds for the Hillbsbourgh Football victims, Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians all featured on the recording.None of us will fully realise the depth of feeling in what happened at Hillsborough
1989, Jason Donovan started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with his debut album ‘Ten Good Reasons’. Not my scene but good pop music
1995, Don Henley from The Eagles married model Sharon Summerall. Guests included Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting and Sheryl Crow.Quite a wedding list that should have produced good gifts for the happy couple
1995, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their versions of ‘Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover’. Actors Green and Flynn had performed the song in the UK drama series Soldier Soldier.I think the series sold the song as it was a really popular show
1997, U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night On Earth’. Apart form major traffic jams a passing Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window trying to avoid a cameraman. I’ll bet it was Bono’s idea
1998, The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Mourners in attendance included, Tony Bennett, Faye Dunaway, Tony Curtis, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Sophia Loren, Bob Newhart, Mia Farrow and Jack Nicholson. I think he would have been very chuffed with his send off. His was a great career
1998, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to hospital in London after suffering a heart attack during a band rehearsal. Drummers do work hard but often play hard too
2001, S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stop Movin’, their 3rd UK chart topper. Good pop music
2005, Kylie Minogue had a cancerous lump removed from her breast at St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The singer had been due to begin the 20-date Australian leg of her current worldwide Showgirl tour in Sydney.For my money, not only is she a great talent she is a very brave lady
2006, Heavy metal monsters Lordi became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song Hard Rock Hallelujah won in Athens. The band won the Eurovision public vote after singing their heavy rock anthem dressed in horror costumes. I saw this and they were very good. Not really my kind of music though
2007, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z started a 10 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Umbrella’ which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No.1 in the UK making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’.Congratulations
2008, The US Congress passed a resolution designating May 13th as Frank Sinatra Day to honor his contribution to American culture.Good move
2009, Michael Jackson delayed the opening four nights of his This Is It UK tour at London’s O2 arena. Concert promoters AEG Live said the delay was necessary because the singer needed more time for dress rehearsals. The first show, on 8 July, was pushed back by five nights. Three other July dates would now not take place until March 2010.This suggested to me that he was not very well
1942, Jill Jackson, Paul and Paula, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.8 single, ‘Hey Paula’).
1944, Joe Cocker, singer, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, plus 8 other UK Top 40 singles, 1982 US No.1 single with Jennifer Warnes ‘Up Where We Belong’).
1946, Cherilyn Sarkasian, (Cher), singer, Sonny & Cher, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’), Solo, (1991 UK No.1 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’, 1998 UK No.1 & 1999 US No.1 single ‘Believe’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1947, Steve Currie, T Rex, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Currie died on 28th April 1981.
1952, Warren Cann, drummer, Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 single ‘Vienna’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1955, Steve George, Mr Mister, (1985 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘Broken Wings’).
1958, Jane Wiedlin, guitar, vocals, The Go-Go’s, (1982 US No.2 single ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Our Sealed’) and solo (1988 UK No.12 single ‘Rush Hour’).
1961,Nick Heyward, guitar, vocals, Haircut 100, (1982 UK No.3 single ‘Love Plus One’) & Solo.