The object of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘Holy $hit, What a Ride!!!’” — Mavis Leyrer
Good judgment comes from experience… Experience comes from poor judgment.
It’s a much better day today with about 10 degrees. I wrote this at 9 am this morning but it has been very grey since I got back home. I went to have my teeth cleaned and I am really lucky with my teeth. I have cleaned them regularly throughout my life and they were due for their MOT. The weather forecast need a quick check……
12° C | 7° C
14° C | 7° C
13° C | 5° C
12° C | 5° C
11° C | 8° C
We have family flying in yesterday and, although we’re not at our sunniest, we are certainly more fortunate down here in the south of Spain. Please don’t think for one minute that all of Spain is warm. The whole of the peninsula is suffering with cold weather and snow and ice. The weather in parts is very similar to Cornwall and I must point out that very often even Newquay is a lot warmer than most of Britain.
1016 – English King Edmund II died.
1700 – 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day. I suggest this shows a great deal of organisation on the part of the Swedes
1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.Good
1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France. It’s a funny old world
1835 – Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. He wrote “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” under the name Mark Twain. What a brilliant mind.
1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz Mexico declared war on France. I can’t say I blame him
1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope. I studied all this as a younger man and it was always about Russia not wanting to be landlocked in winter..
1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.Good
1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.Good
1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.This was a massive event at the time
1939 – The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.
1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. I used to love the I love Lucy show in which they starred
1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds. I’m surprised these are not more common occurrences
1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape. Good
1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.Good
1981 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. Good
1982 – The motion picture “Ghandi” had its world premiere in New Delhi. Great man. Good film
1989 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assebly in New York City. I think he should have been allowed to speak
1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland. He has tried to be a good peace negotiator
2001 – For the first time in its history, McDonald’s teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from its Animal Alley. Anything to make money despite people being aware how certain foods are not good for children to eat.
Music Stuff November 30th
1954, Nat King Cole played the first of six nights at Harlem’s Apollo in New York.What a great voice this man had
1959, Adam Faith was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘What Do You Want.’ The singers first of two UK No.1′s. This man was multi-talented with Judo Black Belt and later as a newspaper columnist, actor in Budgie etc…
1963, The Beatles second album ‘With The Beatles’ became the first million selling album by a group in the UK.
1968, Glen Campbell No. 1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ This was a huge hit in the UK
1969, David Bowie, The Graham Bond Organisation and Dusty Springfield all performed at a fund raising show in London for youth magazine ‘Rave.’
1969, The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.What a bill this was….
1971, Sly And The Family Stone No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Family Affair’, it peaked at No.15 in the UK. This, in my opinion, was a hit via the discos.
1974, Elton John started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits’. He was under-rated at this time
1985, Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Your Man’, the duo’s third UK No.1, a No.3 hit in the US. The weird thing at this time was the size of George Michael’s female fan base….
1997, Chumbawamba’s Danbert Nobacon was arrested by Italian police for wearing a skirt and was detained in police cells overnight. Now that’s one for Brave Heart fans!
1999, Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment at the age of 61. The American guitarist and violinist was part of the 50′s duo Don & Dewey. He also worked with Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and Johnny Otis.
1999, Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London’s Albert Hall performing ‘It’s A Sin’ with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance. Anything for a bit of publicity, Elton. The Boy Scouts have got enough problems already
2001, the first Top of the Pops UK Awards were held in Manchester, with categories voted by viewers of the BBC show.
2002, High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Oliva and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames was said to be worth £15m. Fair enough, George. I think he was pretty shrewd,
2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone, and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. Fair enough
2005, police were investigating claims that Michael Jackson was trafficking drugs to feed his 40 pills-a-day habit. The singer was suspected of flying antidepressants and painkillers from the US to his current home in Bahrain. I think the police just wanted to nail him..
2006, the sale of Syd Barrett’s final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 and two bicycles over £10,000. The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders and books. The sale catalogue described Barrett – who quit Pink Floyd in 1968 – as a man with a “total disinterest in materialism.” This guy was at peace…
2008, Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Greatest Day’, their 11th UK No.1. Taken from their 2008 album The Circus. This was a brilliant concept well executed.
Birthday Boys and Girls November 30th
1924, Allan Sherman, singer, (1963 US No.2 &UK No.14 single ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’). He died on 21st November 1973 aged 49.
1929, Johnny Horton, singer, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’). Horton was killed in a car crash on 5th November 1960. 1929, , Dick Clark, host of US TV’s longest running music show American Bandstand.
1937, Frank Ifield, singer, (1962 UK No.1 single ‘I Remember You’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1937, Paul Stookey, vocals, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’).