“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”
Success is the best revenge.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – ANDREW CARNEGIE
The weather is glorious and we’re heading for a day with bureaucracy. We always dread these days when we need to get pieces of paper stamped but at least we know what’s likely to happen now. Let’s take a deep breath and venture forth. Have we got everything? Three copies of my grandmother’s birth certificate, a pound of self-raising flour etc……..
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The average state pension for retirees in Spain rose to 886.40€ a month at the start of August, data released by the Ministry of Employment and Immigration showed today. This represents a 3.5% increase from a year ago.
The ministry said that overall state pension – including those for disabled persons, orphans, widows and widowers – was at 781.34€ per month, representing an annual increase of 3.4%.
Some 8.7 million pensions were being paid out in Spain at the start of August, up 1.6% annually, with retirement pensions amounting to 5.2 million of the total.
Earlier this year the Spanish government introduced the harshest spending cuts since Spain returned to democracy following the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975 in a bid to cut its gaping budget deficit. Measures introduced include a suspension on pension payments beginning next year and a pay cut for public sector workers.
You have a thousand reasons to visit Benidorm, although this week there is one that particularly stands out: the Electrobeach Festival, an event that brings the very best from the electronic music scene and also gives you the chance to enjoy the fabulous temperatures that caress this city, its beautiful historic quarter and its beaches and coves.
This fun, refreshing and incredible music festival will give you a different, refreshing view of electronic music through various events taking place in different locations around Benidorm.
If you wish, you can start by taking a stroll along the road known as El Carrer dels Gats, around the Church of San Jaime, built in the 18th century, and the mirador of the castle, or stretch out on the Playa de Poniente or Playa de Levante beaches, or the Mal Pas and Ti Ximo coves. Do whatever takes your fancy, but above all get ready to squeeze every last drop out of the Electrobeach Festival.
From the night of 26th August to Saturday 28th, Electrosunset will be bringing together all the Electrobeach festival-goers to welcome in this first edition at El Mirador Park, a space which offers spectacular views of the city and where a selection of artists will be performing to get the event underway.
The main day at the festival will be Friday 27th August. The line-up for Electrobeach will bring together several world icons of electronic music in the city´s sports complex. Sven Väth, the brains behind the Cocoon label, will take time out of his busy schedule to visit Benidorm. Carl Cox, one of the world ambassadors for techno, will be at Electrobeach on his only date in the Peninsula in the summer of 2010. The line-up will also feature Richie Hawtin, who will present his latest work.
On Saturday 28th Electrobeach will prepare a completely different day´s events, since the programme will be spread over several venues around the city, very close to one another, creating a very special night of sets that will turn each venue into a kind of stage at the same event.
Gifts From The Heart
According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert
came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The
water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he
could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his
teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to
the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and
thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young
man returned to his village with a happy heart.
Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He
spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become
stale because of the old leather container. The student
challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why
did you pretend to like it?”
The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted
the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of
loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”
I think we understand this lesson best when we receive
innocent gifts of love from young children. Whether it’s a
ceramic tray or a macaroni bracelet, the natural and proper
response is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because
we love the idea within the gift.
Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally. Unfortunately,
most children and many adults value only the thing given
rather than the feeling embodied in it. We should remind
ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and
purity of feelings and expressions of gratitude. After all,
gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart.
la chapa cha’-pah (noun)
For more information and examples, visit the SpanishDict.com entry for la chapa.
55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”
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.
1873 – Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible.
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.
1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government.
1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.
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.
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.
1990 – The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
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.
1996 – Barbara Jewell asked U.S. President Clinton to clear her son’s name in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Richard Jewell was later cleared by the Justice Department.
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.
1965, Sonny & Cher No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.
1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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.
1972, Looking Glass started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brandy You’re A Fine Girl’, it didn’t chart in the UK.
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
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’.
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.
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. B
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. 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.
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
2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.
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’).