“Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” -Thomas Jefferson
Good judgment comes from experience… Experience comes from poor judgment.
“Take time to learn, It is a sign of greatness.
Take time to think, It is a source of power.
Take time to plan, It is the first step to fulfillment.
Take time to work, It is the price of success.
Take time to dream, It is the fountain of achievement.
Take time to act, It is an expression of belief in oneself.”
I have received the following……
Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching – it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.
1835 – Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales. I remember more of Danny Kaye’s interpretation!
1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production. It’s mnd-boggling to see what robots are now doing…
1913 – The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA. That was a bit slow off the mark wan’t it?
1919 – Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.Well done, missus.
1925 – The Locarno Pact finalized the treaties between World War I protagonists.
1934 – Sergei M. Kirov, a collaborator of Joseph Stalin, was assassinated at the Leningrad party headquarters.
1942 – In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect. This seemed a bit earlyif the cause was imminent war
1943 – In Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30, 1943. The previous meeting called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.
1952 – In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed. I suppose it was wonderful but I find these areas difficult to understand.
1955 – Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S. This really makes me feel good to be a male and white at that!
1959 – 12 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity. But for how long?
1973 – David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel and its first prime minister, died at the age of 87.
1981 – 180 people were killed when a chartered Yugoslav DC9 jetliner crashed into a mountain while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica….dreadful
1984 – A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California’s Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing. Well. We know things can be flown on remote…….
1987 – NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.’s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.
1989 – East Germany’s Parliament abolished the Communist Party’s constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
1990 – British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel…..“Hello, mate. What are you doing down here?”
1991 – Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
1993 – In Minnesota, 18 people were killed when a Northwest Airline commuter plane crashed.
1997 – Michael Carneal, 14 years old, fired upon a morning prayer group at Heath High School in West Paducah, KY. Three students were killed and five were wounded. Carneal pled guilty but insane and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years. These people should never get a minute’s freedom. The victims would never get another chance.
1998 – Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date. Isn’t this the company that is responsible for vast oil spills?
1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, performing ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing ‘You Send Me’. I would love to have been there.
1958, The Teddy Bears were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’ The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father’s tombstone.That’s a lovely memory
1960, Singer Bobby Darin married actress Sandra Dee.Wasn’t she in Grease?
1961, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey.These were amazing gigs and the Tower was around the same stature as Blackpool.
1964, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed. He was given Star treatment..
1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig.They were worth every penny..
1966, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home.’ It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca records its first million selling single by a British artist. He’s had an amzazing career
1973, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Top Of The World’, their second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. A beautiful song.
1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening ‘Today’ show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: ‘You dirty bastard…you dirty fucker…what a fucking rotter!’ Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993. Fancy this bunch of talentless louts replacing the wonderful combined talents of Queen. You must have been joking.
1981, keyboard player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet. This was probably a wise move
1982, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album was released. It became the biggest selling pop album of all time and was a phenomenal success.
1984, Jim Diamond was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘I Should Have Known Better.’ The song was displaced after one week by Band Aid’s charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single, but instead buy ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘This is the measure of one good guy..
1987, a Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film ‘The Wall’ to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content. Sorry, teacher. You showed an amazing lack of judgement. Showing any film that undermines your own profession is weird to say the least.
1989, Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine….why do musicians not see these dangers like the rest of society?
1990, Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Ice Ice Baby’. The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1 ‘Under Pressure’.I quite liked this track
1997, Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds.Well-I’ll be blowed!
2006, an Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig – with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.The tea being present would indicate a different kind of pot!
2008, Wham’s Last Christmas was the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society put the 1984 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, just ahead of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. The Pogues came third with Fairytale of New York……..
Birthday Boys and Girls December 1st
1930, Matt Monro, UK singer.He died on 7th February 1985.
1934, Billy Paul, (1972 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.12 single ‘Me and Mrs Jones’).
1936, Lou Rawls, US singer, (1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’). Rawls died from lung cancer on 6th January 2006 aged 72.
1938, Sandy Nelson, US drummer, (1962 UK No.3 & US No.7 single ‘Let There Be Drums’). Worked with The Teddy Bears, Gene Vincent. Lost his left foot in a car accident.
1944,Bette Midler, singer, actress, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’). Worked with Barry Manilow, starred in the film ‘The Rose’ based on the life of Janis Joplin.
1946, Gilbert O’Sullivan, singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.1 single ‘Clair’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Alone Again Naturally’, plus 13 other UK Top 40 singles).