Thursday 30.9 Flowers In The Rain

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Truth: seek it, speak it, expect it, respect it and live it!

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Albert Einstein

The Amount of Mental Peace in your life is directly proportional to the amount of truth in your life. ….!!!!!


We  had the General Strike yesterday and it would appear to have been well supported with sporaqdic outbursts of violence notably in Barcelona. In Valencia, Manchester United robbed the home team of three Champions League points having been outplayed for most of the game. Sir Alex made his substitutions and the two substitutes combined to get the vital goal. Ronnie Woods is on breakfast TV with a new album and tales of his painting. He is a very good painter and he showed us his work on Charlie Watts and Jimi Hendrix. He says that some of his good work came when he was stoned but he saw more clarity in his later work when he was rid of his drug problem.

The weather is absolutely lovely again and we were up with the lark to go and feed next door’s animals. Their owners have had an emergency and needed to rush away. With a little trepidation we opened the gate to be welcomed by a large American bulldog. That was a challenge and a half………..Let’s get the weather…….

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Word of the Day

atreverse ah-treh-verr’-seh  (pronominal verb)

to dare, to venture


¿Cómo te atreves a pegarle?How dare you hit her?

¡Anda! Atrévete pedirle bailar.Go on! I dare you to ask her to dance.

For more information and examples, visit the entry for atreverse.

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1399 – Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.

1777 – The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.

1787 – The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.

1846 – Ether, an experimental anesthetic at the time, was used for the first time by Dr. William Morton at Massachusetts General Hospital.

1861 – Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. was born.

1868 – Spain’s Queen Isabella was deposed and fled to France.

1882 – In Appleton, WI, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating.

1935 – “The Adventures of Dick Tracey” debuted on Mutual Radio Network.

1935 – “Porgy and Bess” premiered in Boston.

1938 – The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain, and France allowed Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.

1946 – An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.

1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.

1954 – The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.

1954 – Julie Andrews made her first Broadway appearance in “The Boy Friend”.

1955 – Actor James Dean was killed in a car accident at the age of 24 near Cholame, CA. Dean’s mechanic, who was also in the vehicle, eventually recovered from his injuries.

1963 – The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.

1966 – Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.

1971 – The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.

1980 – Israel issued its new currency, the shekel, to replace the pound.

1983 – The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.

1984 – 107 Moslem extremists were sentenced to prison for their actions after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.

1987 – Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.

1989 – Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.

1992 – Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.

1993 – About 10,000 people were killed in India when an earthquake that measured 6.4 hit the southern part of the country.

1993 – U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell retired.

1994 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.

1997 – France’s Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the persecution and deportation of Jews the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.

1998 – Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.” The law went into effect January 1, 1999.

1999 – In Tokaimura, Japan, radiation escaped a nuclear facility after workers accidentally set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction.

2003 – The FBI began a criminal investigation concerning the possibility that White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer.
Music Stuff September 30th
1960, The Beatles performed at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
1964, The Who appeared at the Town Hall, Greenwich, South London.
1965, EMI Records launched the budget priced ‘Music For Pleasure’ label, selling the albums in grocery stores for 12/6d each.
1965, Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.
1967, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK. Former Radio Caroline DJ Tony Blackburn was the first presenter on air. The Move’s ‘Flowers In The Rain’, was the first record played.
1972, David Cassidy UK No.1 – ‘How Can I Be Sure.’  It was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.
1972, Pirate station Radio Caroline started broadcasting again and continued to broadcast until the MI Amigo sank in March 1980.
1977, Mary Ford died from cancer after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days. One-half of the husband-and-wife musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford.
1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John had their second UK No.1 from the film ‘Grease’ with ‘Summer Nights.’
1984, UK station Capitol Radio launched ‘The Network Chart’ show hosted by David ‘Kid’ Jenson.
1984, The music division of Thorn EMI once said to be the greatest recording organisation in the world reported a world-wide loss of almost $5 million during the last six months.
1993, Kate Pierson from The B-52’s was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at ‘Vogue’s’ New York City offices.
1995, Mariah Carey made chart history when ‘Fantasy’, made her the first female act to enter the chart in pole position.
1995, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Fairground’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts.
1999, Chris de Burgh’s web site was closed down after countless obscene messages were posted on the guestbook.
2000, Toploader started a 18 date UK tour at Rock City Nottingham.
2002, Hear’say announced they had split up. ….. 2 UK No.1 singles but had lasted less than two years.
2003, An auction of the contents of Sir Elton John’s London home raised more than £1.4 million. An oil painting, entitled Madison Square Park, sold for £67,200, and a 19th Century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer, painted by James Northcote in 1817, fetched £55,200. Sir Elton sold off the items so he could redecorate his home in a more modern style.
2007, Country music singer Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.
2007, Sugababes UK No.1 – ‘About You Now’.

Birthday Boys and Girls September 30th
1933, Soul singer Cissy Houston, and mother of Whitney Houston. .
1935, Johnny Mathis, US singer
1942, Frankie Lymon, singer, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers,
1942, Gus Dudgeon, producer. Best known for his work with Elton John. Also produced David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading

1946, Sylvia Peterson, The Chiffons
1947, Marc Bolan, guitarist, UK singer, songwriter, T Rex


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Wednesday 29.9 Your Mother Should Know

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Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. – John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890

A minute’s success pays the failure of years. – Robert Browning, 1812-1889

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. – Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929


Please be aware we have a general strike in Spain today. It is unsure how strongly this event will be supported but news is now available of flights disrupted at Alicante and other airports.  Story

The trade unions here are claiming 70% support for the General Strike across the country . They are also claiming that more than 10 million people are not working today and it would appear that there is a strong feeling that this strike is justified. I have just been watching pictures of running battles with flag carrying strikers and police in several places and pictures of flag carriers in El Corte Ingles in Castellon. Pickets would seem to be concentrating their action on car factories, bus stations and food distribution points in the large cities of the country.

We enjoyed another good night in the Cat’s Whiskers in Albir. The whole point of the evening is to provide a venue where, once every week, people can enjoy some old songs and some old memories. It was very nice to meet up with quite a few of my old listeners from OCI who had come to see me last night. I also met a couple from Liverpool who were able to remember some of the old folk songs sung around the Mersey in the 60s. We had a great tradition with the Spinners at Gregson’s Well running at the same time as the Cavern and the Iron Door to name just two places where you could enjoy your different kinds of music.

The Cavern didn’t only have beat groups and had started as a Jazz venue influenced by Lonnie Donegan amongst others. The change to Merseybeat was over many months and there were quite a few arguments with the jazz purists before the Beatles and others were allowed to play there. Ultimately, money talks and it was always the new trend that would bring in the m oney to pay the bills. Certain groups, notably the Swinging Blue Jeans, were already playing Jazz and they turned their attentions to Beat music as the trends demanded.

We had a tremendous amount of rain yesterday afternoon then the sky cleared and we had a pleasant evening. It did seem to go dark a lot earlier. Let’s get the forecast….

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A farmer named Sid was overseeing his stock in a remote moorland pasture in  North Yorkshire when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the farmer, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”

Sid looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing stock and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASApage on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany .

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored.
He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry
and, after a few minutes, receives a response.   Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the farmer and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Sid.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the back of his car.

Then Sid says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Member of Parliament for our Government”, says Sid. “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”  “No guessing required.” answered the farmer. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of  pounds worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living -or about cows, for that matter.  This is a herd of sheep. …now give me back my dog!————————————————————————–

Word of the Day

la necedad neh-seh-dad’  (noun)

stupidity, foolishness, crassness


Es una necedad lo que dijo.It’s sheer stupidity what she said.

Los niños decían necedades durante toda la película.The children talked foolishness throughout the movie.

For more information and examples, visit the entry for la necedad.

The known benefits of taking vitamin C now include mood improvement, according to a new study by researchers from Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH). In a double-blind clinical trial, patients at the hospital experienced a significant and rapid improvement in their moods shortly after taking vitamin C.

Published in the journal Nutrition, the study adds to the growing body of evidence about the vital role vitamin C plays in regulating hormone levels, particularly those like Serotonin that affect mental and emotional well-being. And according to researchers, most people have dismally inadequate intake of the vital nutrient.

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The phenomenal power of the human mind

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.



1758 – England’s Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.

1789 – A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.

1829 – The first public appearance by London’s re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.

1940 – The radio quiz show “Double or Nothing” debuted on the Mutual Radio Network.

1943 – U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marchal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson.

1962 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.

1967 – The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.

1977 – Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.

1978 – Pope John Paul I was found dead after only one month of serving as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

1984 – Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world’s most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem.

1988 – The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.

1990 – “Millie’s Book” by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the U.S.

1992 – Magic Johnson announced that he was returning to professional basketball. The comeback ended the following November.

1993 – Bosnia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.

1994 – The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.

1995 – Three U.S. servicemen were indicted on rape charges concerning a 12-year-old Okinawan girl. The men were handed over to Japanese authorities.

1998 – Hasbro announced plans to introduce an action figure of retired U.S. General Colin Powell.

Music Stuff September 29th
1956, Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30

1960, Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.

1963, the first night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Mickie Most and The Flintstones kicked off at the New Vic, London.
1967, The Small Faces appeared at the Royal in Tottenham, London, admission was 7/6.
1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. John (playing organ) and Paul (playing bass), then completed ‘Your Mother Should Know’.

1971, Gilbert O’Sullivan made his live debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Also on the bill, Sweet, Dave Edmunds Rockpile and Ashton Gardner & Dyke.

1976, Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.

1979, Boney M scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Oceans Of Fantasy’.

1979, The Police – first UK No.1  ‘Message In A Bottle’ .

1989, While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band for an hour. He also donated $100,000 to a barmaid’s hospital bill.

1990, Maria McKee UK No.1-‘Show Me Heaven’

1992, American singer, songwriter Paul Jabara died from lymphoma related to AIDS at the age of 44. He wrote Donna Summer’s Oscar and Grammy Award-winning hit ‘Last Dance’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘The Main Event/Fight’ and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, ‘It’s Raining Men’ with Paul Shaffer.

1999, receivers were called in to concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith’s empire after suffering losses on a series of shows. Goldsmith was awarded the MBE after his work on Live Aid.
1999, The Manic Street Preachers were given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland’s T In The Park festival.

2002, UK Pop Idol winners Will Young and Gareth Gates No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles ‘The Long And Winding Road.’
2002, ‘Elvis Presley 30 No1 Hits’  No.1 on the UK album chart.

2004, Keith Moon’s five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
Birthday Boys and Girls September 29th

1907, Gene Autry, America’s singing cowboy.
1935,  Jerry Lee Lewis, US singer, keyboards,

1939,  Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter. 1968 US No 8 single with Bobby Hart, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’. Wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby-Doo Where Are You.’ Sold over 40m record.

1943, Manuel Fernandez, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘Black Is Black’). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single

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Tuesday 28.9 Hey Jude

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“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” ~ Buddha

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, expect it, respect it and live it!


They were saying today that the Ryder Cup golfers don’t play for money but obviously pride is at stake. Colin Montgomery who captains the UK team has promised to keep the lid on his explosive temper. All sounding good. However, you can only play for no money when you’ve got enough money to do so. Also, why has Monty got a bad temper after all these years of making good money at the top of his game. I thought it was supposed to be a great way of relaxing…….

The  IMF has declared the UK on the road to recovery and Ed Milliband has distanced himself from Gordon Brown’s style…….wasn’t he one of Gordon’s advisers?   It’s cooler and fresher today. Let’s get the forecast….

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New research out of the Cancer Research Centre at Southampton General Hospital’s School of Medicine in the U.K. has found that watercress, a superfood vegetable, works to reduce levels of the key growth factor that causes tumor growth. According to researchers, regular consumption of watercress works the same as — if not better than — conventional anti-cancer drug treatments, except without all the harmful side effects.

“Watercress has the ability to turn off HIF1, a signal sent out by cells calling for blood supply,” explains Dr. Nicholas Perricone, an anti-aging specialist, concerning the study. “Scientists have been looking for anti-angiogenesis agents for years because if we can turn off the blood supply, we can kill the cancer. And it looks like watercress can do that.”

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Three friends married women from different parts of the world…..

The first man married a Filipino.
He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning.
It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.

The  second man married a Thai.
He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking.
The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from Britain.
He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal.
He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher. He still has some difficulty when he passes water.


Word of the Day

la cucaracha koo-kah-rrah’-chah  (noun)



La cucaracha es un insecto repugnante.Cockroaches are disgusting insects.

¿Es verdad que las cucarachas pueden sobrevivir una bomba atómica?Is it true that cockroaches can survive an atomic bomb?

For more information and examples, visit the entry for la cucaracha.

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48 B.C. – Pompey the Great was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.

551 B.C. – Teacher and philosopher Confucius was born. He dedicated most of his life to teaching, starting at the age of 22 when he opened his first school.

1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.

1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

1687 – The Turks surrendered Athens to the Venetians.

1781 – During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown, VA.

1850 – The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

1850 – U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.

1915 – The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.

1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.

1939 – During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.

1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.

1961 – “Hazel” premiered on NBC-TV.

1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.

1972 – Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1978 – Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.

1984 – Bob Hope showed outtakes of his 34 years in television on NBC.

1985 – Rioting erupted in London’s Brixton district that lasted for two days. The incident occurred after a black woman was shot by a police officer during a raid on her home.

1987 – Mehdi Hashemi was executed for treason in an Iranian prison. Hashemi had at one time been a close aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

1989 – Ferdinand E. Marcos died in Hawaii, in exile, at the age of 72.

1991 – In response to U.S. President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.

1992 – In Nepal, 167 people were killed when a Pakistani jetliner crashed.

1994 – 900 people were killed when an Estonian ferry capsized in the Baltic Sea.

1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.

2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 billion applications downloaded.

Music Stuff September 28th
1962, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles’ third and final “Riverboat Shuffle”.

1968, American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure aged 42. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, ‘That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’

1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968.
1974, Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973.
1974, Canadian singer Andy Kim  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Gently’, it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies ‘Sugar Sugar’.

1980, The Police  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’

1985, Kate Bush scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Hounds Of Love’
1991, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia.
1991, Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

1991, Garth Brooks No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Ropin’ The Wind’.
1994, R&B singer Bobby Brown witnessed a fatal drive-by-shooting in Roxbury, New Jersey.

2002, Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.
2002, Tina Turner’s hometown, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.

2004, Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.
2007, The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian.
2008, Kings of Leon No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Only by the Night’ the bands fourth studio album.

Birthday Boys and Girls September 28th

1902, Ed Sullivan, TV host, The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra.

1938, Ben E King, Benjmin Earl Nelson, The Drifters
1943, Nick Nicholas, Steppenwolf

1946, Helen Shapiro, UK Singer, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘Walking Back To Happiness’).

1953,  Jim Diamond, singer, songwriter

1960, Jennifer Rush, singer

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Monday 27.9 ‘I Am The Walrus’

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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, expect it, respect it and live it!


Very sad news this morning showed a group of cyclists who had been enjoying their ride when a young uninsured motorist ploughed into them causing fatalities. To a motorist, it can be a bit frstrating to be stuck behind a large group. This is not the first accident of its kind and motorists need to remember how frail the human body on a bike really is when up against the speed and durability of a car. Cycling is big on the continent and it is not unusual to see groups of thirty riders out on a training run.

In Spain we have a huge corruption case in the courts concerning backhanders paid to authorities in the various departments of Marbella. 95 people are facing charges dating back to 2006 and it will make headlines for weeks to come. This would seem to be a common activity here in Spain but please nevfer think corruption couldn’t be happening in Britain. Half of the British Parliament has just been totally discredited and this was only what we got to hear about. Politicians in general are a rum lot and it would be more of a surprise to find there was no corruption.

Britain has its new leader of the Labour Party and David has found brother Ed is now adopting the role of the leading light in the family. It’s going to be an interesting development in British politics because their father, Ralph, was a Polish Jew who fled the Nazi invasion of Belgium in 1940. He was one of the leading Marxist theorists of his generation – and a fierce critic of the Labour Party. Their mother, Marion Kozak, is also a well-known figure on the British left. With so much cosiness in British politics I think it will be healthy for the nouveau Labourites to know they have a challenger to their comfy surrounds where they had hitherto been able to fiddle willy nilly. I would keep an eye on this one. Although the new leader has said that he is his own man I ha e a feeling he might share a more sympathetic ear with the unions. Maybe this is necessary as long as it doesn’t lead to strikes and disruption to the already precarious economy. Ed called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a “tragic error” and said he would have voted to give weapons inspectors more time had he been an MP at the time. What will their parent’s influence be?

Their father died in 1994, a few weeks before Tony Blair became Labour leader, but had viewed with unease his sons’ part in creating what would become known as New Labour. More to the point maybe, their mother Marion, an early CND activist and human rights campaigner, is a leading member of the Jews for Justice for Palestinians group. She remains in the Labour Party, and is thought to have been a greater influence on their political development than their father. If you believe, as I do, that parents of politicians retain their influence then recall the background to Barrack Obama……..

Hercules continue to surprise in the top flight of Spanish football with a 2-0 win over Sevilla suggesting their win over Barcelona was not the total fluke people thought it was. The English Premiership continued its weird and wonderful season with Man Utd drawing at Bolton, Gerrard Houllier’s Aston Villa beating Wolves and Stoke beating Newcastle. Dickinson’s Real Deal this weekend would appear to be with Man City.

The Formula 1 is far from over with Alonso winning in Singapore. Hamilton had another crash and Button finished 4th. I wouldn’t like to bet on this one but my gut feeling is with Alonso and he is on a roll.

The weather is nice but has certainly turned fresher and more manageable. Let’s get the forecast for the province of Alicante…..

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Chance of Rain
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Iris’s Challenge –

(1) Is an English pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963, although the youngest of the group was fifteen-year-old and already a veteran actor, with experience on the British soap opera, Coronation Street.

(2) Their first hit was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 13 in the US in 1964. They never topped the British charts again. They had two number 1 US Billboard Hot 100’s, these were aimed at a US fan-base, with the lead singer exaggerating his Manchester accent; the band was not fond of either song and they were never released as singles in Britain.

(3) They were signed to the MGM label, a company which often featured the musical performers they had signed to record deals in films. They appeared in several MGM movies, including “When the Boys Meet the Girls” (1965) – and “Hold On!” (1966). they also starred in the film “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” (1968)

(4) They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Commercial success proved elusive after the late ’60s and the group had recorded their final album, “Rock N Roll Party”. This however was eventually shelved by MGM, and two members left the band in 1971.

(5) The band reunited in 1973 to headline a hugely successful British invasion tour culminating with a standing-room-only performance at Madison Square Garden and an appearance on The Midnight Special before finally splitting.

(6) The lead singer of this band went on to have rolls in Married… with Children, Quantum Leap, My Two Dads, Dave’s World, Too Close for Comfort, Laverne & Shirley and Easy Street, and he has a recurring role on As the World Turns, an American television soap opera. Another member of this band manages sound systems for the Queen Elizabeth and Festival Halls on London’s South Bank. Two other member went on to start their own music company Pluto Music


Word of the Day

bailar bai-lar’  (intransitive verb)

to dance; to move, to wobble


No le gusta bailar esta música.He doesn’t like to dance to this music.

Esta mesa baila mucho This table wobbles a lot


Estos zapatos me bailan These shoes are too big for me.

Baila al son que le tocan She always goes with the flow


Eating Out

Two attorneys went into a diner and ordered two drinks. Then
they produced sandwiches from their briefcases and started
to eat.

The waiter became quite concerned and marched over and told
them, “You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here!”

The attorneys looked at each other, shrugged their
shoulders, and then exchanged sandwiches.


Word of the Day

el estante ehs-tan’-teh  (noun)

shelf, bookshelf


Puedes dejar esos libros en la segunda repisa del estante.You can put those books on the second shelf.

Nuestra cocina no tiene estantes suficientes.Our kitchen does not have enough shelves/cabinets.

For more information and examples, visit the entry for el estante. I know-you’ve got two today!



1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.

1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.

1854 – The steamship Arctic sank off Cape Race, Newfoundland, with 300 people onboard. It was the first major disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.

1938 – The League of Nations branded the Japanese as aggressors in China.

1939 – After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.

1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.

1959 – The Japanese island of Honshu was hit by Typhoon Vera. Nearly 5,000 people were killed.

1962 – The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.

1964 – The Warren Commission issued a report on the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. The report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.

1968 – The U.K.’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.

1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.

1986 – The U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.

1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls.

1990 – The deposed emir of Kuwait addressed the U.N. General Assembly and denounced the “rape, destruction and terror” that Iraq had inflicted upon his country.

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.

1996 – The Taliban seized control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and hanged the former president Najibullah.

1998 – In Germany, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder was elected chancellor. The election ended 16 years of conservative rule.

2001 – In Zug, Switzerland, an armed man killed 14 people and himself after entering the local parliament.

2002 – In Senegal, over 1,000 people were killed when the ocean ferry MS Joola capsized.

2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.

2009 – Polish-French film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a United States arrest warrant. He had fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Music Stuff September 27th

1963, singing her new single ‘Love of The Loved’ which was written by Lennon and McCartney Cilla Black made her debut on TV’s’ ‘Ready Steady Go!’

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.

1972, Rory Storm singer from UK 60’s group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.

1978, Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album ‘Slowhand”

1979, Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When ‘Something in the Air’ by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969 it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, he was sixteen years old at the time.

1986, 5 Star scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘Silk And Steel’.

1986, Lionel Richie started a two run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

1987, Dolly Parton’s TV show ‘Dolly’ was shown for the first time on American network ABC.

1990, Marvin Gaye’s name was added to Hollywood Boulevard’s ‘Walkway Of Fame’ in Los Angeles.

1998, The Manic Street Preachers scored their first UK No.1 album with their fifth album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.
2000, U2 played a show from the rooftop of The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, (which they own). Over 4,000 fans gathered on the streets below.
2009, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Celebration‘ the singers third ‘Greatest Hits’ album.

Birthday Boys and Girls September 27th

1943, Randy Bachman, Guess Who

1944, Shane Fenton, (Alvin Stardust), UK singer

1947,Barbara Dickson, singer, actress

1947,  Meat Loaf, (Marvin Lee Aday)

Iris’s Challenge -Herman’s Hermits

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Sunday 26.9 Oh Pretty Woman’.

Ping list
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, excpect it, respect it and live it!


It’s cooler today with a very pleasant 24 as a high. The football was interesting with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all losing. We had a nice morning with sunshine and clouds about and my show was buzzing with a great response from the listeners. A big thank to all involved and Jo from Davy and Jo’s Bar won the meal at el Guitarra in Villajoyosa. Let’s get the forecast…….

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Degenerative mental diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia continue to ravish the lives of millions around the world. And to make matters worse, the financial burden of caring for dementia patients now tops one percent of the entire world’s gross domestic product (GDP). But there are ways to help prevent and treat serious mental decline, including simply eating lots of cinnamon.

Dr. Richard Anderson, a diabetes expert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discovered several years ago that cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels by improving the quality of insulin in the body. But more recently, he found that cinnamon also helps to stop the formation of Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.  Article


Captain’s Log

The first mate on a ship decided to celebrate with a bit of
stowed-away rum. He got so drunk that he was still a little
drunk the next morning. Later in the day, when the first
mate had sobered up, he looked in the ship’s log. He read
the captain’s entry for the day: “The first mate was drunk

“Captain, please don’t leave that in the log,” the mate
said. “This could add months or years to my becoming a
captain myself.”

“Well, is it true?” asked the captain, knowing full well it

“Yes, it’s true,” admitted the mate.

“If it’s true, it has to stay in the log. That’s the rule.
If it’s true, it goes in the log. End of discussion!” said
the captain sternly.

Weeks later, it was the first mate’s turn to make the log
entry. The first mate wrote: “The ship seems to be in good
shape. The captain was sober today.”


Iris’s Challenge

(1)This band’s story began in the late 50s when as they came together from various bands in the Salisbury area. They had already given up their regular jobs as painters or car mechanics to become full-time musicians.

(2)The lead singer had been a policeman before and as a Cadet was first on the scene of a car crash on April 17, 1960 that killed Eddie Cochrane and seriously injured Gene Vincent and he salvaged Eddie’s Gretsch guitar. It was kept at the police station for a few weeks before being sent back to Eddie’s family in the USA.

(3)In summer 1964, the British songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley became interested in recording them. The band was set up in the studio to make recordings with Joe Meek, this proved unsuccessful and they eventually gained a recording contract with Fontana Records.

(4)Between 1965 and 1969, the group spent more weeks in the UK Singles Chart than The Beatles. Two of their single releases sold in excess of one million copies each, and they reached Number One in the UK with the second, but the group never gained much popularity in the US. The Rolling Stone Record Guide, published in 1979, does not list the group at all.

(5)In September, 1969, the lead singer left the group for a short-lived solo career. He also played a motorbike gang leader, in the Marty Feldman film, “Every Home Should Have One”. The rest of the band re-formed and continued releasing records, until they broke up in 1972.

(6) In the 1990s they started performing once more, this time with their one-time lead singer. He had become a Justice of the Peace in Cheshire until he retired from the bench in 2008 due to his ailing health. He continued to perform with his band up until his death on 9 January 2009. He had been suffering from prostate cancer since early 2001


1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State.

1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.

1950 – U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.

1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower’s heart attack.

1960 – The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.

1962 – “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS-TV.

1964 – “Gilligan’s Island” premiered on CBS-TV. The show aired for the last time on September 4, 1967.

1969 – “The Brady Bunch” series premiered on ABC-TV.

1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.

1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.

1984 – Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.

1985 – Shamu was born at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Shamu was the first killer whale to survive being born in captivity.

1986 – The episode of “Dallas” that had Bobby Ewing returning from the dead was aired.

1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.

1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.

1991 – The U.S. Congress heard a plea from Kimberly Bergalis concerning mandatory AIDS testing for health care workers.

1992 – 163 people were killed when a Nigerian military transport crashed shortly after takeoff.

1993 – The eight people who had stayed in “Biosphere II” emerged from their sealed off environment.

1995 – The warring factions of Bosnia agreed on guidelines for elections and a future government.

1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a U.S. astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.

1997 – In Indonesia, a Garuda Airlines Airbus crashed killing 234 people.

2000 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.

2000 – Slobodan Milosevic conceded that Vojislav Kostunica had won Yugoslavia’s presidential election and declared a runoff. The declared runoff prompted mass protests.

2001 – In Kabul, Afghanistan, the abandoned U.S. Embassy was stormed by protesters. It was the largest anti-Amercian protest since the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11.

2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

2001 – In New York City, hundreds of people began the process of filing for death certificates for family members still missing in the ruins of the World Trade Center. At the time more than 6,300 people were still missing.

Music Stuff September 26th

1937, American blues singer Bessie Smith died aged 43 after being involved in a car accident while traveling along Route 61 outside Memphis, Tennessee. Her 1923 song ‘Downhearted Blues’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.

1960, Connie Francis No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Heart Has A Mind Of It’s Own’.
1964, Roy Orbison No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Oh Pretty Woman’.

1965, at the end of a European tour Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon and was sacked from The Who.
1968, The Sallyangie a group featuring 15 year-old future Tubular Bells star Mike Oldfield and his sister Sally appeared at The Cousins folk Club Soho London.

1968, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was fined £50 with 100 guineas cost after being found guilty of possession of cannabis.
1969, Fleetwood Mac, East Of Eden, Family, Edgar Broughton Band, Grisby Dyke and Glass Menagerie all appeared at an all night indoor festival at The Pavillion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, John Peel hosted the night.

1981, Genesis scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Adacab.’

1987, Michael Jackson No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Bad’.

1987, Whitney Houston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’.  1992, Belinda Carlisle No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Best Of Belinda volume 1’

1997, the Irish Independent Radio Commission placed a ban on radio stations playing any songs by Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana. It was seen to be giving her an unfair advantage during the current election campaign she was involved with.

1998, Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want You Back’. The first solo release from a member of the Spice Girl

1999, The Times published the most powerful people in the UK pop business, No.5 Jim Moir, controller Radio 2, No.4, The UK Top 40 chart, No.3 Paul Berger, chairman, Sony Music, No.2 Edger Bronfman, chairman. Seagram, No.1 Ken Berry, President EMI Music.

1999, The Dixie Chicks No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fly.’

2003, English singer, songwriter Robert Palmer died of a heart attack aged 54 in Paris France. He was a member of Vinegar Joe and Power Station (with Duran Duran members Andy Taylor and John Taylor with drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson).

2003, a report published on requests by artists to venues of their backstage requirements revealed……Barry Manilow requested that the air temperature in the auditorium be kept at a regular 65 degrees.
2007, A charitable foundation set up by Shakira donated $40 million (£19.6 million) to help victims of natural disasters. The money would go towards repairing damage caused by an earthquake in Peru and a hurricane in Nicaragua. A further £2.46 million would be spent on health and education in four Latin American countries.

Birthday Boys and Girls September 26th

1925, Marty Robbins, US Country singer

1943,Georgie Fame

1945, Bryan Ferry

1947, Lynn Anderson

1948, Olivia Newton-John,
1951, Stuart Tosh, Pilot

1954, Cesar Rosas, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘La Bamba’).

Iris’s Challenge  Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


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Saturday 25.9 ‘Lonely Teardrops’

Ping list
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, excpect it, respect it and live it!

This week goes down in history as the most bizarre health news weeks in the history of the mainstream media. I’ve noticed more truly strange and illogical health stories this week from the conventional press than ever before, and I’ll share a few of those with you below.  Full article


Word of the Day

la frontera fron-teh’-rah  (noun)

border, boundary, bounds


Como controlar la frontera entre los EEUU y México es un sujeto pellagudo.How to control the border between the US and Mexico is a touchy subject.

Su ambición no tiene fronteras.His ambition knows no bounds.


A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Enzo, has cheated him out of 10 million bucks.
His bookkeeper is deaf.
That was the reason he got the job in the first place.
It was assumed that Enzo would hear nothing that he might have to testify about in court.

When the Godfather goes to confront Enzo about his missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language.

The Godfather tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the 10 million bucks is that he embezzled from me.”

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Enzo where the money is.

Enzo signs back, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

The lawyer tells the Godfather, “He says he doesn’t know what you are talking about.”

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Enzo’s temple and says, “Ask him again!”

The lawyer signs to Enzo, “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him..”

Enzo signs back, “OK. You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Bruno’s backyard in Woodbridge !”

The Godfather asks the lawyer, “What did he say?”

The lawyer replies, “He says you don’t have the bottle to pull the trigger


1492 – The crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land.

1493 – Christopher Columbus left Spain with 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was truly just the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.

1725 – Nicolas Joseph Cugnot was born. He was the inventor and builder of two steam-propelled tractors. They are considered to be the world’s first automobiles.

1847 – During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey Mexico.

1890 – Mormon President Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto in which the practice of polygamy was renounced.

1919 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

1933 – Tom Mix was heard on NBC Radio for the first time. His show ran until June of 1950.

1956 – A transatlantic telephone-cable system began operation between Newfoundland and Scotland.

1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.

1973 – The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.

1978 – 144 people were killed when a private plane and a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 collided over San Diego, CA.

1983 – 38 Irish nationalist guerillas shot their way out of prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1983 – A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.

1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba was the only dissenting vote.

1991 – The U.N. Security Council unanimously ordered a worldwide arms embargo against Yugoslavia and all of its warring factions.

1992 – In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley. He had sought a divorce from his biological parents.

1992 – The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.

1998 – The death toll due to Hurricane Georges rose to 307 after the storm passed through Caribbean.

2002 – In Karachi, Pakistan, seven people were killed and another were wounded by gunmen in the offices of a Christian welfare organization.
Music Stuff September 25th
1954, Elvis Presley released his second single on Sun Records, ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight,’ a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
1964, The Temptations begin recording ’My Girl’ which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.

1967, The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song ‘The Fool on the Hill’ at Abbey Road, London. John and George played harmonicas, Paul played a recorder and recorded his lead vocal and Ringo played drums.
1968, Welsh singer Mary Hopkin No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Those Were The Days’. Hopkins had signed to The Beatles Apple label after appearing on UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.

1970, the first episode of The Partridge Family was shown on US TV, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.

1975, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and was two words into the line, “….my heart is crying” when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. Wilson died on 21st January 1984. Van Morrison wrote the song ‘Jackie Wilson Said’, covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

1975, Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.

1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session.

1993, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince started a two week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Boom! Shake The Room’. Featuring Will Smith who was a rapper and actor starring in TV show The Fresh Prince of Belle Aire in 1993.

1999, Oasis singer, Liam Gallagher was stopped by customs officials at Heathrow airport and made to pay £1300 after not declaring a fur coat he had bought in America.

2000, Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion “meaningless”, Osbourne went on to say “Let’s face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.”
2006, ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by the Scissor Sisters was at No.1 on the UK singles chart

Birthday Boys and Girls September 25th

1943, Gary Alexander guitar, vocals, The Association
1945, Onnie Mcintyre, Average White Band
1947, John Fiddler, Medicine Head
1955, Zucchro, (Adelmo Fornaciari), Italian singer
1968, Will Smith, actor, singer, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


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Friday 24.9 Johnny Remember Me.

Ping list
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

Harbouring anger is like stabbing yourself with a razor sharp knife, and waiting for your enemy to bleed to death.” ~Kenny Ray Morgan~

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”


A group of us were having a discussion about the high pregnancy rates amongst young girls in the UK. The comparison was made between UK and Sweden where the rates are very low. The point was made as to why this was so. Apparently Sweden doesn’t give a free flat to young single mothers…..

My own thought involves the constant barrage of urgency and advice given on programmes like Waterloo Road and Grange Hill. It would appear from others’ comments that peer pressure is unnecessarily advanced on such programmes raising the perennial question does the tv create the problem or reflect the reality that exists.

I offer the following thought. If you accept the premise that a hypnotherapy tape can be used for good then surely if a tape or cd with bad words is played the subliminal influence must exist. Pop music is played all day and every day. This morning I heard a newish offering from Katie Perry which sings very nicely, “let’s go all the way……

The music is very acceptable and the voice is very nice. Most young girls might accept this and probably sing the words over and over to thesmselves. Isn’t this exactly what the hypnotherapy tape does? I think you can find many other examples for yourself and this has been going on for years. One banned song was Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and there is an onomatopoeic aspect thrown in for good measure. The song was well received by the public and I’ll bet there were some that were well aware of what the song really meant. Maybe the high pregnancy rates is one price you pay for your freedom.

It belted down last night for some really heavy weather and today it’s as clear as anything. Let’s see whether the forecast has a pattern….

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The world of conventional body care products is filled with gimmickry. Products that claim to be “natural” or even “organic” on the front label are often not. And some of the chemical toxins that go into conventional body care products would make your head spin if you really knew what they were. (Yes, even on “baby” products…)



Word of the Day

auxiliar owk-see-lyar’  (transitive verb)

to help, to assist, to aid


Mi coche no arranca; tengo que llamar a mi padre para que me auxilie.My car won’t start; I have to call my dad so he can help me.

Su abuela necesita una enfermera para auxiliarla con su recuperación.His grandmother needs a nurse to help her with her recovery.

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Dear Reader,

Dr. Dean Ornish wants you to toss out your t-bone steak.

Why? Because a new study shows that your risk of dying by any cause is higher if you follow a low-carb, high-protein diet, such as the Atkins plan.

As you may know, Ornish is a diet “guru” who says the only way to good heart health is to follow HIS diet which allows no more than 10 percent protein.

In other words, it’s the anti-Atkins diet. With emphasis is on the “anti.” Because it’s not enough for Dr. Ornish to promote his diet and leave it at that. He’s a man on a mission to snatch that t-bone off your plate and replace it with a soy burger.

In a recent article titled “Atkins Diet Increases All-Cause Mortality,” Dr. Ornish discusses a “major study” from Harvard.

Thing is, he leaves out a couple little details that I’m sure he’d rather you not know about.

And by “little details” I mean “HUGE details.”

Hollywood ending

Once again, Harvard researchers went to the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study–a combined total of nearly 130,000 subjects. They crunched numbers from a food frequency questionnaire given to each subject, followed up with medical data–24 years of data on women and 20 years for the men.

Their conclusion: “A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low- carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.”

If Dr. Ornish had written this script, that’s probably the exact ending he would have dreamed up, as he and his dietary devotees walk off into the sunset (carefully stepping over the bodies of those poor saps who dared consume protein).

In his article, Dr. Ornish complains that many studies have misled the public. They show that the Atkins diet is good for weight loss and modifying heart disease risk factors, such as bumping up HDL. But all of that is pointless, he says, if you don’t include measures of disease and mortality.

Well, fair enough. But he doesn’t mention triglycerides. Studies have shown that triglycerides are often lowered by following Atkins. And the triglycerides factor is arguably much more important than HDL.

He also doesn’t note that this Harvard study isn’t clinical research. So, in other words, it’s not one of those “gold standard,” placebo-controlled studies that mainstreamers are always gushing about.

Nevertheless, he gushes about the results as if they provided The Last Word in the low-protein diet debate. But he doesn’t mention two very important details: 1) These subjects simply answered a few questions about their dietary habits at the beginning of the study–they weren’t necessarily following any strict diets, and 2) Researchers didn’t track dietary changes as the years went by.

Dr. Ornish also doesn’t mention that subjects whose diets were identified as animal-based and low-carb were found to be less likely to exercise compared to those who followed low-protein diets.

And finally, he doesn’t mention that subjects in the high- protein group were THREE TIMES more likely to be smokers.

Hmmm…do you suppose smoking and lack of exercise might contribute to all-cause mortality?

When your argument only holds water if you leave out major details, it’s obvious you’ve got no argument at all.  Source


1869 – Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

1880 – Sarah Knauss was born. She was the world’s oldest person when she died at 119 years old on December 31, 1999.

1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.

1938 – Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1953 – The discovery of the antibiotic tetracycline was reported.

1955 – U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.

1957 – U.S. President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.

1960 – The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.

1963 – The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty that limited nuclear testing. The treaty was between the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union.

1976 – Patricia Hearst was sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in a 1974 bank robbery. An executive clemency order from U.S. President Jimmy Carter set her free after only 22 months.

1977 – “The Love Boat” debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

1991 – Jack Mann, a British hostage, was set free by Lebanese kidnappers. He had been held captive for more than two years.

1991 – Theodor Seuss Geisel died at the age of 87. The children’s author is better known as Dr. Seuss.

1994 – Ten Haitians were killed when a firefight erupted between U.S. Marines and a group of armed Haitians in Cap-Haitian.

1995 – Three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the PLO.

1996 – The United States, represented by President Clinton, and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.

1998 – The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.

2003 – Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – The USS Crommelin stopped the fishing boat San Jose. The Coast Guard team found 26,000 pounds of cocaine.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Music Stuff September 24th
1961, John Leyton  UK No 1 with ‘Johnny Remember Me.’ The UK singers only UK No.1 and producer, Joe Meek’s first No.1 hit.

1962, Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family.

1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York.

1967, Traffic made their live debut when they appeared at Saville Theatre in London, featuring Steve Winwood.
1967, Filming continued for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent with the shooting of the ‘Your Mother Should Know’ ballroom finale. With The Beatles all dressed in white suits and shoes, gliding down a glittery staircase as 160 members of Peggy Spencer’s dance team swirled round about.

1975, Rod Stewart  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sailing’. The song became a hit after it was used in a TV documentary series.

1983, Billy Joel No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tell Her About It’, the former boxers second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1983, UB40 scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Labour Of Love.’

1984, Culture Club had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Karma Chameleon’, which stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and became the best-selling single of 1983. The harmonica part was played by Judd Lander, who had been a member of Merseybeat group The Hideaways in the 1960s.

1988, Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’, the first a-cappella record to be a No.1. It made No.2 in the UK.

1988, The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ after the song was used on a UK TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.
2000, Madonna No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Music’, the singers seventh UK No.1 album.

2000, Mariah Carey and Westlife started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Phil Collins 1984 hit ‘Against All Odds.’

2006, Scissor Sisters topped the UK album and singles charts. The New Yorkers’ second album, ‘Ta-Dah’, entered in the top spot, while the single ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ spent a third week at number one.

Birthday Boys and Girls September 24th

1931,  Anthony Newley, UK singer, actor,

1933, Mel Taylor, drums, The Ventures

1940, Barbara Allbut, The Angels, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.50 single ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’). The Angels were the first white girl group to have a US number one hit

1942, Gerry Marsden, Gerry and the Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ 1965 US No.6 single ‘Ferry Across The Mersey’).

1942, Born on this day, Linda McCartney, (Linda Eastman). Wife of Paul, photographer, animal rights campaigner, launched her own brand of vegetarian food.

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Thursday 23.9 Make It Easy On Yourself’.

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Reading is no substitute for action.

He who knows he knows nothing, knows more than he who doesn’t know he knows nothing – old Chinese saying

Experience is the opposite of being creative.If we don’t ge lost we’ll never find a new route.


I’m listening to a programme about accidents and there’s a lady lying in hospital after being knocked off her bike. She’s lying in hospital in agony and her husband is telling the reporter she has been told many times she should wear a helmet. The next scene shows her husband at the bedside telling her off for not wearing her helmet. There’s a time and place for everything…….

My immediate reaction to last night’s football was to feel bad for Liverpool who lost to lowly Northampton in the Carling Cup. However, I thought again and I am glad we are having these upsets. Fot years on end Liverpool fanshave enjoyed the thrill of winning and it’s about time things were shared. Newcastle have been in the doldrums and they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Well done. West Brom beat Man City so again well done.

I think you have to have relatively bad times in order to become hungry again for the good times. It should be a good feeling for the Cobblers in Northampton where the rugby club has probably taken a rather fair share of the glory days in recent years.

Elsewhere in sport, the fiasco of the Commonwealth Games rambles on. India is not ready to host the Games and I wouldn’t want to go. The organisers wanted to give the chance to India to show they can host such an event. The regime can host a nuclear bomb but they have difficulties coping with their own poverty and really haven’t coped well with organising these Games. Meanwhile, their neighbours, Pakistan, have hardly graced the game of cricket. Quite the reverse. They have disgraced the game and the team has let the country down…………Northampton….ugh! Let’s get the weather forecast………

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The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.

They say you can best determine the character of a celebrity by the character of their fans. By that measure, you’d be shocked to learn about Lady Gaga’s fans. After a recent article I posted criticizing the superstar musician for wearing a dress made out of raw, dead animal flesh and stating that she was a negative influence for children and teens, we received an impressive flood of the most hateful, vitriolic and profanity-filled feedback I’ve ever witnessed.

In unleashing this torrent of emotive grunts that had virtually nothing to do with what I actually wrote, Lady Gaga’s fans only proved me right. She is a destructive influence on our nation’s youth, and her own fans act out the very same dysfunctional, divergent thought themes that Gaga promotes through her music and contrived persona. Story


1 .  Two blondes walk into a building……….you’d  think at least one of them would have seen  it.

2.  Phone answering machine message – ‘…If you want  to buy marijuana, press the hash  key…’

3.  A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only  Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, ‘Well, I  can clearly see you’re  nuts.’

4.  I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other  day but I couldn’t find any.

5.  I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him  50 quid that he couldn’t reach the meat off the  top shelf. He said,
‘No, the steaks are too  high.’

6.  My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong  currant pulled him in.

7 .  A man came round in hospital after a serious  accident. He shouted, ‘Doctor, doctor, I can’t  feel my legs!’
The doctor replied, ‘I know you  can’t, I’ve cut your arms  off’.

8.  I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a  muscle.

9. Two  Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly.. They lit  a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for  all that you can’t have your kayak and heat  it.

10. Our  ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his  van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police  say that he topped himself

11.  Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing  out of his head.
Doc says ‘I’ll give you some  cream to put on it.’

12.  ‘Doc I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass  of Home’
‘That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.  ‘
‘Is it common?’
‘It’s not  unusual.’

13. A  man takes his Rotteweiller to the vet. ‘My dog is  cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for  him?’
‘Well,’ said the vet, ‘let’s have a look  at him’
So he picks the dog up and examines his  eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says,  ‘I’m going to have to put him down.’ ‘What?  Because he’s cross-eyed?’
‘No, because he’s  really heavy’

14. Guy goes into the  doctor’s. ‘Doc, I’ve got a cricket ball stuck up  my bottom.’
‘How’s that?’
‘Don’t you  start.’

15. Two  elephants walk off a cliff…boom,  boom!

16.  What do you call a fish with no eyes? A  fsh.

17..  So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says  to me ‘Can you give me a lift?’
I said ‘Sure,  you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for  it..’

18. Apparently,  1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are  5 people in my family, so it must be one of them.  It’s either my mum or my Dad, or my older brother  Colin, or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu.  But  I think it’s Colin.

19. Two  fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other ‘Your  round.’ The other one says ‘So are you, you fat bas—d!’

20.  Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was  drinking battery acid, and the other was eating  fireworks. They charged one and let the other one  off.

21. ‘You  know, somebody actually complimented me on my  driving today. They left a little note on the  windscreen. It said, ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was  nice.’

22.  A man walked into the doctors, he said, ‘I’ve hurt  my arm in several places’
The doctor said,  ‘Well don’t go there  anymore’

23.. Ireland ‘s  worst air disaster occurred early this morning  when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into  a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have  recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that  number to climb as digging continues into the  night.


Minds are like parachutes; they only work when they are open – Unknown


63 B.C. – Caesar Augustus was born in Rome.

1713 – King Ferdinand VI of Spain was born in Madrid. He was king from 1746 to 1759.

1779 – John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying “I have not yet begun to fight!”

1846 – Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

1897 – The first recorded traffic fatality in Great Britain occurred. It happened 2 years before the first fatality in the U.S.

1912 – “Keystone Comedy” by Mack Sennett was released.

1930 – Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier.

1939 – Sigmund Freud died in London. He was recognized as the founder of psychoanalysis.

1952 – The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.

1953 – “The Robe” premiered in Hollywood a week after its premiere in New York. The 20th Century Fox movie had been filmed using the Cinemascope wide screen process.

1957 – Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.

1964 – The new ceiling painting of the Paris Opera house was unveiled. The work was done by Russian-born artist Marc Chagall.

1973 – Overthrown Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power. He had been overthrown in 1955. His wife, Eva Duarte, was the subject of the musical “Evita.”

1991 – U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq’s secret nuclear weapons program. The find in Baghdad triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.

1993 – The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.

1993 – Blacks were allowed a role in the South African government after a parliamentary vote.

1999 – Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a restaurant. On July 10, 2000, Van Damme was given three years probation and fined $1,200.

Music Stuff September 23rd
1957, The Crickets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film ‘The Searchers.’

1961, The Shadows debut album ‘Shadows’ started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.

1965, The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach.’Make It Easy On Yourself’.

1966, The ‘Rolling Stones 66’ 12 date UK tour kicked of Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by The Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner and Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers. Both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience.
1967, The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Letter’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
1969, the Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. Russell Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story went worldwide.

Mac Davis started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me’, it made No.29 in the UK.

1974, Robbie McIntosh founder member of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party, (after he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine but was actually pure heroin).

1978, 10cc had their third and final UK No.1 single with ‘Dreadlock Holiday.’ The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.

1980, Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley had collapsed in New York’s Central Park while jogging, two days before and was told to immediately cancel the US leg, but flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. This was the last time Marley ever appeared on stage performing,

1989, Milli Vanilli No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’singer Shaggy scored his second No.1 UK single when ‘Boombastic’ went to the top of the charts for one week. Also a US No.1.

2001, Kylie Minogue No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ -charted at No.1 in 40 countries.

2006, Neil Young was named artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year.

2007, James Blunt scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘All The Lost Souls.’

Birthday Boys and Girls  September 23rd

1930, Ray Charles

1943,  John Banks, The Merseybeats

1943, Julio Iglesias

1943, Steve Boone, The Lovin Spoonful

1943, Toni Basil, US singer actress and dancer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Mickey’). Basil worked as David Bowie’s choreographer on his Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 and on his Glass Spider tour of 1987.

1949, Born on this day, Bruce Springsteen, US singer, songwriter, ‘The Boss


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Wednesday 22.9 ‘I’m Into Something Good

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Give me the strength to do the impossible with limited resources, limited time, and extreme effort. I am good. I am competent. I will succeed.

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, excpect it, respect it and live it!


How can the Indians feel they would be able to host the Commonwealth Games with such a shambles on offer? They might have enough money to have a nuclear bomb but their facilities are atrocious and they don’t appear fit to be the hosts to the games. However, this should have been spotted six months ago and the Games switched elsewhere. Who in their right mind would want to compete in such an atmosphere?

Why do governments round the world refuse to give the priority needed to research Dementia properly. It is also quite interesting to see it appearing in  today’s press and TV both in the UK and on American media. Obviously, it is possible to man a concerted attack on governments but money is needed now to research this problem. Why should people who have paid their taxes die in such miserable circumstances when cash is always available for other causes?

The weather has become changeable again with yesterday being absolutely lovely. I even managed a swim. Let’s get the weather forecast……

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1. You  accidentally enter your password on the microwave..

2. You haven’t played solitaire with real  cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of  3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you…

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use  your mobile  phone to  see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your mobile phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11.  You start tilting your head sideways to smile.

12.. You’re reading this and nodding and  laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14.  You are too busy to notice there was no 9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a No 9 on this list.



Word of the Day

el sobre soh’-breh  (noun)

envelope; packet, sachet; clutch bag; bed


Abri el sobre para encontrar una carta de aceptación.I opened the envelope to find an acceptance letter.

Mi hermana me compró un sobre rosado para hacer juego con mi vestido.My sister bought me a pink clutch to match my dress.

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What a surprise.  The Russians probably knew about this long  ago

1. To remove a bandage  painlessly,  saturate  the bandage  with vodka.
The stuff dissolves  adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking  around bathtubs and  showers,
fill a trigger-spray  bottle with vodka, spray the  caulking,
let set five minutes and  wash  clean.  The alcohol in the vodka  kills mold and  mildew.

3. To clean your  eyeglasses,  simply wipe the   lenses with a  soft,
clean cloth dampened with  vodka.  The alcohol in the   vodka cleans the glass and kills  germs.

4. Prolong the life of  razors by filling a cup with  vodka   and letting your safety  razor  blade
soak in the alcohol after  shaving.  The vodka disinfects the  blade and prevents  rusting.

5. Spray vodka on wine  stains,  scrub with a brush, and  then blot  dry.

6. Using a cotton ball,  apply vodka to your  face  as an astringent to  cleanse the skin and tighten  pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka  to a 12-ounce bottle of  shampoo.  The alcohol cleanses the  scalp,removes toxins from  hair,
and stimulates the growth  of healthy  hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce  trigger-spray bottle with  vodka  and spray bees or wasps  to kill  them.

9 Pour one-half cup  vodka  and one-half cup water  into a Ziploc freezer  bag and freeze for a slushy,  refreshing ice pack for  aches,
pain or black  eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used  mayonnaise  jar  with freshly packed  lavender  flowers,  fill the jar with vodka,  seal the lid  tightly
and set in the sun for  three  days.   Strain liquid through a  coffee  filter,    then apply the tincture  to aches and  pains.

11. To relieve a fever,  use a  washcloth  to rub vodka on your  chest and back as a  liniment.

12. To cure foot  odor,  wash your feet with  vodka.

13 Vodka will  disinfect  and alleviate a jellyfish  sting.

14. Pour vodka over an  area affected with poison  ivy

to remove the urushiol  oil from your  skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka  over an aching  tooth.  Allow your gums to absorb  some of the alcohol to numb the  pain.



1656 – An all-female jury heard the case of a woman murdering her child. The jury in Patuxent, MD, voted for acquittal.

1776 – During the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British.

1789 – The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.

1792 – The French Republic was proclaimed.

1862 – U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

1903 – Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone.

1914 – Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.

1927 – In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long-count” fight.

1949 – The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.

1955 – Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

1961 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.

1964 – “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” debuted on NBC-TV.

1966 – The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.

1980 – A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.

1986 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.

1988 – Canada’s government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian’s during World War II. They also promised compensation.

1990 – Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.

1991 – An article in the London newspaper “The Mail” revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the “fifth man” in the Soviet Union’s British spy ring.

1996 – Robert Dent, in Australia, became the first person to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent was suffering from terminal cancer.

1998 – The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia’s nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.

1998 – U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to “end all nuclear tests for all time”. He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.

Music Stuff September 22nd

1958, Connie Francis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with, ‘Carolina Moon, Stupid Cupid’, the singers second UK No.1. The song was written by Neil Sedaka.

1958, after receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.

1962, The Springfields (Dusty Springfield her brother Tom and their friend, Tim Field) had ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles,’ enter the US Top 20 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.

1964, Herman’s Hermits were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song ‘I’m Into Something Good’, the group’s only UK No.1.

1966, Jim Reeves was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Distant Drums’.

1973, Wizzard were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Angel Fingers’ their second UK No.1 single.

1979, Gary Numan had his second and final UK No.1 single with ‘Cars’.

1981, American composer Harry Warren died aged 88. Wrote over 800 songs including ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, (a hit for The Flamingos and Art Garfunkel), ‘You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby‘, ‘Jeepers Creepers‘, ‘That’s Amore‘ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo

1984, Echo And The Bunnymen, Spear Of Destiny, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Redskins and The Chameleons all appeared at the first York Rock Festival, York, England.

1990, Garth Brooks album ‘No Fences’ entered the US album chart. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold over 13m copies in the first five years of release.
1991, Bryan Adams made chart history when ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’, had its twelfth consecutive week as the UK No.1 single.

1999, Diana Ross was arrested on Concorde after an incident at Heathrow Airport. The singer claimed that a female security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated by rubbing her hands down the security guard.

1999, Screaming Lord Sutch’s Official Monster Raving Loony Party honoured his memory with a two-minute scream at a pub in Ashburton, Devon.

2001, ‘A Tribute to Heroes’ was aired commercial-free on most of the major US TV networks. The live program was organised to raise money following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all performed.
2005, Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy’s House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.

Birthday Boys and Girls  September 22nd

1953, Richard Fairbrass, singer, Right Said Fred

1956, Debby Boone, US singer.

1957, Nick Cave, Australian singer, songwriter

1960, Joan Jett, The Runaways, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.4 single with the Blackhearts, ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’). 1965, Born on this day, Adam Cairns, guitar, vocals, Therapy? (1993 UK No.9 single ‘Screamager’).

1982,  Billie, UK singer, actress, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Because We Want To’). Once married to former Radio 1, Virgin radio DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans.

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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

In Life: “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”

Truth: seek it, speak it, excpect it, respect it and live it!


Living in a tourist area tends to have each year punctuated by the various friends and neighbours who  visit you. We look forward to the arrival and the time in between the visits dissipates within the first few hours together. You usually have lots of events and memories to discuss and enjoy over very special meals. Later comes the sadness of leaving each other until the next visit. It is a ritual and we all tend to have our special memories from each visit.

Spetember heralds the next phase of our existence and often we can find an e-mail waiting to be read from a friend who has been unable to visit. There, I’ve just described my last 24 hours and we now relax and look to see what happens next. A very heavy downpour and a rumble or two of thunder kept me company yesterday……let’s get the forecast……

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If you’ve ever wondered about the true mental sickness of the entertainment industry, look no further than Lady Gaga. She rose to fame and has become a teen favorite by pumping out tunes like “Love Game” where she belts out lines such as “Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick.”

Seriously. This is the stuff your teenage kids are piping into their brains through their iPods, by the way.

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Meditation is one of those things that we all want to do, but for a lot of us, the chatter of our busy minds can make sitting down to meditate an exercise in frustration rather than relaxation. Here are five top ways to get your practice going.

Following the Breath

This is an excellent technique for beginners. Ancient, powerful and effective, by simply watching your breath, you give your mind something to focus on in a relaxed way. Get yourself in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin to observe the sensations of breathing. Pay attention to how it feels as you draw air in through your nose, down into your lungs and back out again through your mouth. You don’t need to control or force your breathing in any way. Just watch. If your mind wanders — and it will — don’t worry or criticize yourself, this is normal in the beginning. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing and continue.  Full article


1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.

1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.

1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 – Japanese forces began occupying China’s northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.

1938 – A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.

1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.

1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1964 – Malta gained independence from Britain.

1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.

1976 – Orlando Letelier, former foreign minister for President Salvador Allende of Chili, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, DC.

1981 – Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.

1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1982 – Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.

1984 – General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.

1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.

1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

1996 – John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.

1998 – The videotaped grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the Monica Lewinsky case was made public.

Music Stuff September 21st

1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. In the evening they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool with Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, admission price was 3 shillings (15 pence).

1963, Bobby Vinton started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blue Velvet’. The single became a hit in the UK 27 years later when it reached No.2.

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single ‘Hush’

1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Harper Valley PTA’.
1969, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Nash, Desmond Dekker and Jackie Edwards all appeared at London’s Empire Pool Caribbean Music Festival.

1970, Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Band Of Gold’

1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ was aired. Presented by Bob Harris

1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby’, the singers first and only US solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the UK.
1974, Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’ The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder.

1980, during a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer.

1981, Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Prince Charming’.

1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Virgin’, ten months after its release. The album spent a total 152 weeks on the UK chart.
1985, With the help Of heavy MTV exposure ‘Money For Nothing’ gave Dire Straits their first US No.1 single.

1991, Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘On Every Street’.

1991, Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a 12-hour period.

1996, The Fugees scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘Ready Or Not’. The chorus in the song is based on ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)’ by The Delfonics. The Fugees previous single ‘Killing Me Softly,’ was so successful that the track was ‘deleted’ and no longer supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the Top 20 to make way for the next single ‘Ready or Not’. 

Birthday Boys and Girls September 21st

1923,  Jimmy Young, UK singer (and BBC radio presenter until 2003).

1934,  Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet,

1947, Don Felder, guitar, vocals, The Eagles

1967, Faith Hill, singer
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