Mon 31.01.2011 That’s The Way, I Like It

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

Never confuse “activity” with “productivity”. Unknown
It’s been down to the seafront for a very brisk walk. As it was raining I wasn’t hanging around!  Next, it was time for a study period of the Spanish language I am trying to learn. It’s grey and cold sio let’s see when this will cheer up………

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Tottenham have taken a leaf out of London neighbours Chelsea’s book and made a huge late bid for a Spain striker.

Athletic Bilbao’s Ferando Llorente is the object of Harry REdknapp’s affections and reports are circulating that a £26m bid has been lodged with the Basque club. Llorente has risen to prominence over the past 12 months, shining both for club and for country. With 12 goals to his name in La Liga this season, the 25-year-old  sits behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Villa in the goalscoring charts and his physical staure and aerial prowess makes him ideally suited to the Premier League.

The size of Spurs bid highlights the growing concern at White Hart Lane over their striking options. With Robbie Keane having played his last game for the club and Roman Pavlyuchenko disillusioned on the substitutes bench, the Londoners are left with just two orthodox front men in Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe.

With 36 hours of the transfer window left, Spurs may yet have to increase their massive bid if they want to land Llorente.


1606 – Guy Fawkes was executed after being convicted for his role in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I. I could have told him there would be fireworks as a result of his actions

1747 – The first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital. This is where you’d meet seamen

1858 – The Great Eastern, the five-funnelled steamship designed by Brunel, was launched at Millwall. He also built bridges

1876 – All Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations. Did they have reservations?

1893 – The trademark “Coca-Cola” was first registered in the United States Patent Office. Bit early for the song

1917 – Germany announced its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.Oh dear

1929 – The USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico. It’s a wonder he chose that country

1946 – A new constitution in Yugoslavia created six constituent republics (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia) subordinated to a central authority, on the model of the USSR. It probably seemed a good idea at the time

1950 – U.S. President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb. Not good

1958 – Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite.

1971 – Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon. Brave men

1971 – Telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-established after 19 years.Bonne

1983 – The wearing of seat belts in cars became compulsory in Britain. Clunk click every trip as Sir Jimmy would say

1990 – McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia. The Russians have been putting on weight ever since

1995 – U.S. President Clinton invoked presidential emergency authority to provide a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy. This one seemed to slip by unnoticed

1996 – In Columbo, Sri Lanka, a truck was rammed into the gates of the Central Bank. The truck filled with explosives killed at least 86 and injured 1,400. Dreadful

2000 – An Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the ocean off Southern California. All 88 people on board were killed. These events make me very nervous about flying

2001 – A Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988. This is still ongoing

Music Stuff January 31st
1953, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes’. The American singer and television personalities first hit – Como was a seventh son of a seventh son. He was also a very accoplished performer. His best song for me was Delaware
1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78’s. I never collected 78s as they were before my time and far too brittle

1963, Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan were at No.1 on the UK single charts with ‘Diamonds’. I have made a podcast with Jet Harris
1964, The first night of a UK Package Tour kicked off at The Public Hall in Preston Lancashire with John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Rolling Stones, Jet Harris and Mike Sarne.These were great value for money shows
1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’. Strawberry Fields is in Liverpool and the video should have been made there

1968, Love Affair were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Everlasting Love’. Singer Steve Ellis was the only band member to perform on the recording. I don’t care. I still love the disc

1970, American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 US No.16 single ‘Baby Scratch My Back’. The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs. Great Bluesman
1970, The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want You Back’. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1’s for the group. It made No.2 in the UK. Happy Days

1976, Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘Mamma Mia.’ Queen’s single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen’s single contains the famous “mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go” line. What great memories

1976, Alan Price, Sailor, Roy Wood and Chris Spedding all appeared on UK television pop show Supersonic. Was Spedding on his bike?
1976, UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll Winners included; best album ‘A Night At The Opera’, by Queen, best single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen, best band Queen, musician Mike Oldfield, female singer Maddy Prior, Steeleye, Span, new band Rainbow, bore of the year The Bay City Rollers. They got the last part right as well

1976, ‘The Best Of Roy Orbison’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. I am a big fan of Roy Orbison
1976, The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Rollercoaster’ the group’s second US No.1. Another great funky sound. I was really into funk at the time being a big James Brown fan
1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of a accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30. 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Another sad piece of pop trivia
1978, Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’.
I love the sig tune for this show and the voice of Bob Harris
1981, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with ‘The Tide Is High’, the group’s third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. Everyone seemed to love Debbie Harry

1983, The Maisonettes had the No. 1 UK indie single with ‘Heartache Avenue’. Great track
1987, Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with ‘Graceland’, the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks. Another fine single

2003, Robbie Williams topped a chart based on UK album sales from the past 5 years. The ex Take That singer had sold 9.7 million albums in Britain, an average of more than 5,000 every day. The Corrs were in second place with 5.8m sales, Westlife in third with 5.1, Madonna in fourth with 5m and The Beatles in fifth with 4.7m. All these were great acts

Birthday Boys and Girls January 31st
1946,  Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single with ‘If You Leave Me Now’). Kath accidentally shot himself dead on January 23rd 1978. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.
1951,  Harry Wayne Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).
1951,  Phil Manzanera, guitar, Roxy Music
1952, Curley Smith, drums, Jo Jo Gunne, (1972 UK No.6 & US No. 27 single ‘Run Run Run.)’
1961, Lloyd Cole, vocals, guitar, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

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Sunday 30.01.2011 Tutti Frutti’.

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Never confuse “activity” with “productivity”. Unknown
——————————————————————————————-It’s a cold start to the day but the skies are blue. I didn’t like the red sky out to sea suggesting a bit of rain later in the day.I’m off to do my show at and Andy Murray’s off to do his job in the Australian Open. It will not be an easy game for either as they know each other’s game. They’ve known each other since they were children. In fact they used to share their Farley’s Rusks. Good luck, Andy

Man United were lucky again yesterday with Michael Owen repaying the faith shown in him by Alex Ferguson. Everton earned a replay at Stamford bridge and Crawley Town put one over Torquay to become the fifth non-league team since the war to progress to the next round of the FA CUP. In Rugby Union, Exeter provided the shock of the day by beating Leicester Tigers.

What It Means

Five-year-old Becky answered the door when the census taker
came by. She told the census taker that her daddy was a
doctor and wasn’t home, because he was performing an

“My,” said the census taker, “that sure is a big word for
such a little girl. Do you know what it means?”

“Sure! Fifteen hundred bucks, and that doesn’t even include
the anesthesiologist!”

Word of the Day

el hedor eh-dorr’  (noun)

stench, stink


Él suelta un hedor permanente.He has a permanent stench about him.

Al momento de salir la casa surge un hedor naúseabundo.The second we left the house a nauseating stench arose.



1649 – England’s King Charles I was beheaded. They didn’t muck about in those days

1790 – The first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne. Whay aye mon. I never knew this fact

1798 – The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. Mathew Lyon won with an immobilisation pin

1847 – The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. Was the grass going to be greener?

1889 – Rudolph, crown prince of Austria, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Marie Vetsera, were found shot in his hunting lodge at Mayerling, near Vienna. Not a good idea to take a mistress

1900 – The British fighting the Boers in South Africa ask for a larger army. no comment

1911 – The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer “Terry.” Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba. Well done

1933 – “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955. Come on. Give Tonto a break

1933 – Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.Trouble brewing

1948 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist. A wonderful man

1958 – Yves Saint Laurent, at age 22, held his first major fashion show in Paris.Oooh la la!

1958 – The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet. An amazing feat

1964 – January 30 – The U.S. launched Ranger 6. The unmanned spacecraft carried television cameras and was intentionally crash-landed on the moon. The cameras did not return any pictures to Earth. Bit of a costly trip

1972 – In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as “Bloody Sunday.” I watched a very compelling film on this subject only two nights ago. Why do they show these things at off-peak times?

1979 – The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return. He had been living in exile in France. Oh dear. I think people have forgotten what happened in Iran. Which countries will follow?

1989 – The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was closed. They’ll be back

1994 – Peter Leko became the world’s youngest-ever grand master in chess. I love this game but don’t have the time to play very often

1996 – Gino Gallagher, the reputed leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, was shot and killed as he queued for his unemployment benefit. no comment

1997 – A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion. This is a strange scenario

2002 – Slobodan Milosevic accused the U.N. war crimes tribunal of an “evil and hostile attack” against him. Milosevic was defending his actions during the Balkan wars. He, of course, was a saint

2002 – Japan’s last coal mine was closed. The closures were due to high production costs and cheap imports. Does anyone really think this is a great job? Would I like to work down a mine? No thank you
Music Stuff January 30th
1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. A standard for all rockers

1959, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 single ‘One Night / I Got Stung’ a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title ‘One Night of Sin)’ a revival of the Smiley Lewis’s R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1. I think Elvis earned his stripes with the US public for his spell in the army

1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ reached the top. The song peaked at No.4 in the UK. Great song
1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins’. The group’s second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon. I’d no idea Sonny Bono wrote the song
1967, The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. Why didn’t they use Liverpool?
1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. They’d already reached the dizziest of heights

1970, Edison Lighthouse were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).’ In February 1970, Tony Burrows became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television’s Top Of The Pops fronting three different acts in one show: Edison Lighthouse (who were number one that week), White Plains, and Brotherhood of Man.This is a fantastic bit of pop trivia so well done Tony

1972, Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers. Take the politics away and the Irish should have their own country

1975, The Bee Gees begin recording ‘Jive Talkin’, which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’.” I care not as I loved practically every Bee Gees song
1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)’ the duo’s fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK. Good song
1982, Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios Desert Island Discs his selections include, Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, John Lennon’s ‘Beautiful Boy ‘and Little Richards ‘Tutti Frutti’. Are we surprised?

1988, during a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records. This was really quite sad as they really didn’t achieve what Gerry and the Pacemakers had achieved, did they?

1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with ‘Need You Tonight’. Love it

1988, Tiffany was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the singers only UK No.1 single. The song was a hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1967.
I didn’t totally love this song
1991, 22 years to the day that The Beatles played live on the roof of their London offices, Manchester band James played a live set on the roof of Manchester’s Piccadilly radio station attracting several thousand on-lookers. Not quite as good as the Beatles

1999, After spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time.’ Not a favourite of mine
1999, in the NME readers poll results the winner of ‘The pop personality that you would like as your doctor’ was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia. Oh Yeah

2000, Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rise’. The song used a sample from Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ giving Dylan his third UK No.1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds version of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’. All great songs and I love his work

2010, Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his “influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work”. A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. He is an inspirational singer

Birthday Boys and Girls January 30th
1928,  Ruth Brown, US singer, (1957 US No.25 single, ‘Lucky Lips’), Atlantic Records top selling artist of the 50’s.
1936, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single ‘A Walk In The Black Forrest‘). He died of cancer on 29th June 1998.
1941, Joe Terranova, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘At The Hop’).
1947,Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces, (1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with ‘Itchycoo Park’ plus the 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’) and Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single with ‘Natural Born Bugie’). He died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
1951, Phil Collins, drums, piano, vocals, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t Dance’ plus six UK No.1 albums). Solo, (1988 UK & US No.1 single ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ plus six other US No.1’s and four UK No.1 solo albums). Acting roles include Oliver, Buster and Miami Vice, also worked with Brand X.

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Saturday 29.01.2011 Stranger on the shore

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If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar

I enjoyed my show at Cool but it’s all go now as I am playing my guitar at Danny’s at 4pm. I’ll get the weather for you then have to move on-very quickly. Let’s pass this on first-……..
I bet you are surprised at that. For most of the time you are being asked to speak Spanish, aren’t you? Not on this occasion though because your ability to speak English is actually very helpful, so come along and use it. Where and why?

Well, Alicante Speakers Club – part of Toastmasters International – urgently needs more natural English speaking members to help our Spanish members – who already speak English – to improve their English speaking skills by listening to natural English. Don’t worry, you are not being asked to teach English.

So how can this help you as well? Just imagine if you are asked to “say a few words” at a wedding, a dinner, a presentation at a society or group that you belong to, or to have to say something at your Club or Association meetings. How would you feel? What would you do? Exactly! Speaking in public is recognised as one of the biggest fears many people have. Even talking to small groups is often seen as really frightening and to be avoided at all costs! So, just how do you get over that fear of speaking in Public ?

The answer is to come – as our guest – to an Alicante’s Speakers Club meeting (part of Toastmasters International, with over 250,000 members in 106 countries). “Why a Speakers Club? What happens? What will it do for me?” Just by watching and listening you will see how to overcome this fear about speaking in public and be able to “say a few words“. You see how the Club works and what we do that can be useful for you.

You won’t be asked to take part or do anything at all unless you want to. You will be in an environment of safety and support. Members have the benefit of helpful and constructive feedback on any talk or speech they give to be able to learn and gain confidence, speak with clarity, persuasiveness and enthusiasm

Over 85% of our Club members are Spanish, and they want to practice and improve their English speaking skills. So you will also have a great opportunity to meet new friends and integrate into the local culture and society too. We urgently need ‘native’ English speaking members to be able to help all our members to improve both their speaking and their English skills by being able to listen to natural English.

Also, for you, being able to express yourself clearly means you can get your ideas across to others, be better understood and gain more confidence to speak out, and influence or change, those things that really matter to you, your family and your life.

Come and visit our website at: to learn more about the opportunities that Alicante Speakers Club can offer you. You can also call me, John Chocqueel-Mangan, Vice President of Education, direct on 966 196 634 or 664 824 479.

We meet, with the kind permission of: EL CORTE INGLES in the Espacio Cutural del Corte Ingles, (5th Floor), A. Federico Soto 1-3, Alicante, on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. This is a comfortable, modern and convenient well known venue in the City with on-site-multi storey car parking, with ample shopping opportunities too!

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1728 – John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera was first performed at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, London. Great show

1820 – Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

1848 – Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland. Aye, laddie, ye’ve got the best clocks

1856 – Britain’s highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross, was founded by Queen Victoria. Brave men and women

1886 – The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented. What a brilliant invention…..few too many on the planet

1916 – In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time. Bad news

1940 – The W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company displayed the first tetraploid flowers at the New York City Flower Show. What on earth are they? I hope they’re not like the Triffids

1963 – Britain was refused entry into the EEC. How did they ever manage without Britain?

1979 – U.S. President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations. Could only be good

1987 – “Physician’s Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci’s Mona Lisa was caused by a “…facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.” How on earth would they know this? Pure conjecture!

1990 – Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor. What a misdemeanor!

1996 – French President Jacques Chirac announced the “definitive end” to nuclear testing. Tres bien!

1996 – La Fenice, the 204 year old opera house in Venice, was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.

1998 – A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta. A very contentious issue

1999 – Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s Princess Diana. I still have my suspicions

January 29th: On this day
1942, BBC radio aired a new program ‘Desert Island Discs’ presented by Roy Plomley, which went on to become the longest running UK radio show. This was a show which went up a gear when the right guest arrived.
1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier. Das vas gut
1967, Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience. He must have been inspired because he is sensational
1968, The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas. 
 The police charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification after the show.
1969, Fleetwood Mac had their only UK No.1 single with the instrumental ‘Albatross.’ But what a number 1. I love this track.

1972, the triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Organised by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. George Harrison struck me as being  a wonderful guy and he was the inspiration for the later events organised by Bob Geldof

1977, Gwen Dickey former backing band for The Temptations, went to No.1 on the US singles chart as Rose Royce with ‘Car Wash’, a No.9 hit in the UK. Good track
1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event. This should be a good indication as to how involved music is in the happenings all over the world

1982, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Julie’, the Welsh singers third UK No.1. Barry Manilow covered the song in the US. Good track
1982, flying Back from Cannes, France, Gary Numan made a forced landing after running low on fuel at an RAF base outside Southampton, the press ran stories that he had in fact crash landed on the A3057. I am in admiration that he was able to fly a plane

1983, Australian group Men At Work went to No.1 on the British and American singles and album charts simultaneously with ‘Down Under’ and ‘Business As Usual’. The last artist to achieve this was Rod Stewart in 1971. Good on yer sports

1989, Marc Almond started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ with guest vocals from Gene Pitney, (who had a hit with the song in 1967. Was guest vocals a bit of a cheek? The song would not have been known without the wonderful Gene Pitney

1992, American blues singer and guitarist Willie Dixon died of heart failure. Wrote the classic songs: ‘You Shook Me’, I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. Great songs
1994, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson was injured when her jeep crashed on a freeway and turned over just outside of Los Angeles, California. Wilson’s 14-year old son was killed in the accident. This was another of pop’s great tragedies
1996, George Michael had the UK No.1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’
2001, a New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD’s released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at No.5, Eva Cassidy at 4, Jimi Hendrix at 3, Bob Marley at 2 and 2Pac at No.1.
My suggested titles:Dead Certs, Dead Good, Gone but never Forgotten

2006, Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’. The Sheffield-based bands album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history after shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week of release. Is this a real test of quality? Which takes more effort -downloading a song or going out to buy a single?

2009, singer-songwriter John Martyn died in hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton. Sadly, I don’t know enough about him
2009, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made the largest ever leap to number one in US chart history, rising 96 places. Her single, My Life Would Suck Without You, rose from 97 to the top of the Billboard chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release. See my comment above
2010, Sly Stone filed a $50m (£30.9m) legal claim against his former manager, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. The 66-year-old funk musician of the 1970s group Sly and the Family Stone, claimed in the Los Angeles Superior Court that Jerry Goldstein diverted millions in royalties to fund a lavish lifestyle. This could never happen, could it?

Birthday Boys and Girls January 29th
1929,  Bernard Stanley Bilk, (Acker Bilk), bandleader, (1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Stranger On The Shore’).
1933,  French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel. 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ Died after a long battle with deteriorating health on 22nd July 2004.
1938, James Jamerson, bass played, The Funk Brothers, died of a heart attack 2nd August 1983 aged 45. Played on many Motown hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha And The Vandellas.
1943, Tony Blackburn, DJ on Radio Caroline and the first D.J. on BBC Radio One. (The first song played was ‘Flowers In The Rain by The Move’).

1943,  Mark Wynter, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single ‘Venus In Blue Jeans’).
1944, Andrew Loog Oldham, the first Rolling Stones manager. Oldham launched the Immediate label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits.
1952, Thomas Erdelyi, (Tommy Ramone), drums, The Ramones, (1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’).
1953,  Louie Perez, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘La Bamba’).
1954, Rob Manzoli, Right Said Fred, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I’m Too Sexy’,

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Friday 28.01.2011 Ready Steady Go!

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar


The following news is good for Spain

27/01/2011. Trends in the portfolio of export orders of Spanish companies improved in the final quarter of the year, according to the export activity data published by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, which also show a large percentage of companies expect their export portfolio to remain stable for the next three months to a year.

We have another grey day. It’s milder but there’s a wealth of cloud over the Med. Let’s get the forecast….

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
Chance of Rain
12° C | 6° C
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12° C | 2° C

Here’s a few laughs to brighten the day…………

Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish.

“I think it’s got epilepsy” he tells the vet.

Vet takes a look and says “It seems calm enough to me”.

Paddy says, “I haven’t taken it out of the bowl yet”.

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Paddy spies a letter lying on his doormat.

It says on the envelope “DO NOT BEND “.

Paddy spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick the Bloody thing up.

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Paddy shouts frantically into the phone “My wife is pregnant and her Contractions are only two minutes apart!”

“Is this her first child?” asks the Doctor.

“No”, shouts Paddy, “this is her husband!”

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Paddy was driving home, drunk as a skunk, suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another.

A cop car pulls him over as he veers about all over the road.

Paddy tells the cop about all the trees in the road.

Cop says “For God’s sake Paddy, that’s your air freshener swinging About!”

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An old Irish farmer’s dog goes missing and he’s inconsolable.

His wife says “Why don’t you put an advert in the paper?”

He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.

“What did you put in the paper?” his wife asks.

“Here Boy.” he replies.

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Paddy’s in jail. Guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his Feet.

“What the hell you doing?” he asks.

“Hanging me self!” Paddy replies.

“It should be around your neck” says the Guard.

“I tried dat” says Paddy “but I couldn’t breathe”.

.. ……………….

An American tourist asks an Irish dive master: “Why do Scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?”

To which the Irishman replies:  “If they fell forwards, they’d still be in the boat.”

The Parking Ticket

Working people frequently ask retired people what
they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day, Sue my wife and I went into town and visited a shop.

When we came out, there was a Policeman writing out a parking ticket.

We went up to him and I said, ‘Come on, man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?’

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.

I called him an “a–hole” . He glared at me and started
writing another ticket for having worn-out tires.

So Bev called him a “s–t head”.
He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.

Then he started writing more tickets.

This went on for about 20 minutes.

The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it
and went home.

We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired.

It’s important at our age.

Word of the Day

el incendio een-sehn’-dyoh  (noun)



Los incendios en las montañas de California han destruído miles de acres de bosques nacionales.The fires in the mountains of California have destroyed thousands of acres of national forest.

No aparques tu coche delante de la boca de incendio.Don’t park your car in front of the fire hydrant.


1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. I’d hate to have to eat worms

1547 – England’s King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI. Edward was really too busy climbing trees to rule the country!

1788 – The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay.Naughty boys

1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight. Good

1871 – France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War. I don’t blame

1878 – The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT. Hello. Who are you calling?

1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba. It is a lovely country

1918 – The Bolsheviks occupied Helsinki, Finland. I hadn’t realised they’d gone into Helsinki

1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion. Was this a good thing?

1945 – During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road. Just as well

1958 – Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor. Bad

1986 – The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed. This was a dreadful incident and we watched the tv pictures in horror

1999 – Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion. I used to drive Volvos and the 970 estate was a brilliant car. I loved it

2002 – Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits.
January 28th: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television.A star was born
1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Go Now!’ the group’s only UK No.1. A fabulous hit on Decca which is every bit as good today

1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion. The Mods were the sworn enemies of the Rockers at this time

1967, The Four Tops appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, The Dakotas, Madeline Bell, The Remo Four and Johnny Watson. Bill Harry from the Remo Four has been a guest on my show and there is a podcast on my site.

1978, The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US.Great music
1983, British Rock & Roll singer Billy Fury died of heart failure. 1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles. His ‘We Want Billy’ (released 1963, with The Tornados) was one of the first live albums in British rock history. Played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. His fan club has a yearly meeting and there are usually a minimum of 1000 people who turn up at the church.
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax!’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn the song remained on the chart for 48 weeks. Maybe Mike Read had a point but the music was certainly very good?

1985, the recording took place for ‘We Are The World’ the US equivalent of Band Aid. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof. A great effort

1994, Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of Wayne’s World II in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Café, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers. Linda was very undervalued for her commitment to her causes

2000, Saxophonist and bandleader Thomas ‘Beans’ Bowles died of prostate cancer aged 73. Played on many Motown sessions including Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Going On’, Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Heat Wave’ and The Supremes ‘Baby Love’ and wrote the melody on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Fingertips Pt. 2,’-another gap in my knowledge and a name to remember

2004, Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction.

2005, English drummer and singer songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer aged 60. Member of Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’) and solo, (1975 UK No.4 single ‘Love Hurts’). Also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. I particularly liked his version of love hurts -the original was Roy Orbison

2008, Madonna topped the list for the richest female musician, according to the Its first-ever list focusing on women in the music industry estimated the 49-year-old banked $72m (£36m) between June 2006 and June 2007. Barbra Streisand came second, with $60 million (£30 million) followed by Celine Dion with $45 million (£23.6)  Is Madonna a musician?
2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).

January 28th: Born on this day
1927, Ronnie Scott, jazz musician. Formed his own nine-piece group in 1953, opened the first Ronnie Scott’s night club in London in 1959. He died on December 23rd 1996.
1941, King Tubby, reggae producer. worked with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett. He was killed on 6th February 1989 after being shot in the street outside his home.
1943,  Dick Taylor, guitar, vocals, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’).
1946, Rick Allen, bass, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’).

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Thursday 27.01.2011 ‘Whisky In The Jar’

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Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain

“Follow you dreams they are the key to your success”
-Dan Corrao-


The weather is atrocious with heavy rain and misty clouds completely obscuring the sea and mountain range. I have had to go to the hospital and interpret for her. Everyone was wandering round trying to keep away from the rain but the one good thing is -it’s mild.

Liverpool put me through the mill last night as Fulham seemed to lay siege to their goal for an equaliser. We’ll take the points if not the performance. Over at Birmingham, West Ham, who had a similar cup tie a few years ago against Liverpool, found themselves thwarted by Birmingham.

Strange happenings at the Australian Open where Rafa Nadal was beaten by fellow Spaniard, David Ferrer. Whichever way, Andy Murray must defeat a Spaniard before he can try to beat Federer. He looks good for a place in the final.

Petrol in England is sky high and we are suffering price hikes here in Spain. Thepoliticians are crafty as this stealth tax is shared by everyone. Sure, we see the prices at the pumps and blame the companies who distribute and sell the petrol. However, the tax component is a nice easy way to build up the funds. It’s the same all over the economy. A bit goes on here and a bit goes on there. In the meantime these blessed bankers are still making their bonuses from our money and the footballers are still being given a lottery win every week.

Let’s get the weather forecast…..

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Chance of Rain
11° C | 4° C
Chance of Rain
13° C | 5° C
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14° C | 5° C
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11° C | 5° C

Leapy Lee sent me the following
This is pretty crazy: This year we will experience 4 unusual dates…. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 ….. NOW go figure this out…. take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL …. 111


1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators began. They were executed on January 31. They certainly wanted change didn’t they?

1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp. He was a brilliant brain

1900 – In China, foreign diplomats in Peking, fearing a revolt, demanded that the imperial government discipline the Boxer rebels. They were a handful those Boxers

1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television. Wow.. and this was the year of the General Strike

1943 – During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhlemshaven. This was a major development in the war

1944 – The Soviet Union announced that the two year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end. This was another key turning point

1945 – Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. Wonderful and well overdue

1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50.

1951 – In the U.S., atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats. Great idea. Flatten your own desert

1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.  I don’t remember this and we would have had news alerts

1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations. How would some of these nations got there?

1973 – The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.Bien

1977 – The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests. I don’t really know where I stand on this one. On balance why should we only have men?

1984 – Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches. Great athlete

1984 – Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games. Greedy so and so

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union. Probably exporting the obesity problem

1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest. What a great boxer but what a mixed-up person

1996 – Mahamane Ousmane, the first democratically elected president of Niger, was overthrown by a military coup. Colonel Ibrahim Bare Mainassara declared himself head of state. Why not? Many others round the globe  have given the example

1997 – It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II. You crafty devils. Let’s have them back s’il vous plait?

1002 – A series of explosions occurred at a military dump in Lagos, Nigeria. More than 1,000 people were killed in the blast and in the attempt to escape. Horrific

2010 – Appled enveiled the “iPad”.

Music Stuff January 27th
1956, Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record. I’ll bet the executives at Sun were pig sick to see how they could have done with that song

1958, Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister. I thought this was a publicity gimmick but he seems sincere
1960, Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Starry Eyed’ written by unknown American songwriter Gary Stites. This is a lovely old song sung by a son of Liverpool.
1961, Frank Sinatra played a benefit show at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Martin Luther King. This was a good move
1962, Joey and the Starlighters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Peppermint Twist, part 1’. The single reached No.33 on the UK chart. It was always felt that the song was stronger than this
1962, The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter (Brian Kelly) again. There were  club secretaries who were like this and they tried to make the acts look small by making them wait for their money or paying in loose change. I was with a great international artist in Cornwall and the same thing happened there.
1966, The Overlanders were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song ‘Michelle’. The group’s only UK hit. Whatever happened to them?

1972, American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson died in Chicago of heart failure and diabetes complications aged 60. Known as the “Queen of Gospel Music” she recorded over 30 albums. Sadly. I was not aware of work
1973, Roxy Music won ‘the most promising new name’, section in the NME reader’s poll. Deservedly, as the band had a great line-up and lead singer which gathered a huge fan base.
1973, ‘Superstition’ gave Stevie Wonder had his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1. I loved this track

1979, Ian Dury And The Blockheads were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, their only UK chart topper. This was a brilliant single

1984, Madonna made her first appearance in the UK when she appeared on C4 TV music program The Tube performing ‘Holiday’. The show was broadcast live from the Hacienda Club in Manchester. This was appropriate

1990, Kylie Minogue had her third UK No.1 single with ‘Tears On My Pillow’, the song was originally a US hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials in 1958. A class act
1994, Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King’s Cross Water Rats. The gig was by invite only. Was this in case of the brothers Gallagher having a punch up ?

1996, Babylon Zoo started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spaceman’, the fastest selling single by a debut artist in the UK, (420,000 copies in 6 days). The song was used for a Levi Jeans TV commercial. The single also went to Number 1 in twenty-three other countries. I liked it…

1996, The Daily Star ran an exclusive story stating that UK boy band Take That were about to split up. How did Britain survive? This was nearly as bad as the Blitz

2002, Spanish-American Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Hero’. His father, Julio Iglesias, had a UK No.1 hit in 1981.His dad also played in goal for one of Real Madrid’s teams
2002, Alan Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Drive.’ I love his music and particularly like the Summertime Blues he performs
2006, Gene McFadden, R&B vocalist and songwriter, best known as half of the Philly soul team McFadden & Whitehead, died of cancer at the age of 56. The duo had the 1979 hit ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, which sold more than 8 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Sad days
2009, Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England. The book included signatures of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The Eagles and Dusty Springfield. The Blue Boar services as it was once known received so many famous guests in its 50-year history that Jimi Hendrix mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries. Well done Beatrice as you obviously had a vision of the future.

Birthday Boys and Girls January 27th
1918,  Elmore James, US blues guitarist, singer, wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Influenced Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Keith Richards. James died 24th May 1963.
1919, David Seville, The Chipmunks, (1958 US No.1 single ‘The Chipmunk Song’, 1959 UK No.11 single ‘Ragtime Cowboy Joe’). Seville died on 16th January 1972.
1930,  Bobby Bland, R&B singer, (1963 US R&B No.1 single ‘That’s The Way Love Is’).
1945, Nick Mason, drums, Pink Floyd, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the US chart. 1979 UK and US No.1 single ‘Another Brick In The Wall, (part 2)’.
1946,  Nedra Talley, vocals, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’).
1948, Kim Gardner, died 24/10/01, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’).
1951,  Brian Downey, drums, Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’).

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Wednesday 26.01.2011 Are You Lonesome Tonight?

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“”Knowing never equals doing” – Mariah Smith

If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar


I went off to my Spanish class and spent two enjoyable hours pondering over the Castellano offered to us today. Very interestingly, the Spanish language is also suffering with the text messaging effect and it is another new set of words to think about. It was very interesting to discuss our collective ideas as to whether the words have been shortened for quickness or for cost.

Here are some examples of Spanish text messaging words. Que haces? means what are you doing and is written as k a cs. House is casa and is written ksa. I really love you is te  quiero mucho and is written tkm. Some of the expressions are very sensible and examples include salu2 which is saludos using the number and s3ado which is estresado or stressed. Just like English text messaging the major part of the exercise is to leave out the vowels and the rest can be guessed. It’s almost like destroying years of teaching and learning grammar and how to spell correctly. It can be argued, of course, that Shakespeare spelt his name in various ways and was understood.Does spelling correctly really matter? For my money it does because it’s a bit like everyone singing off different hymn sheets if we don’t stick to the rules of grammar, spelling and syntax. If, however, it is treated for what it is-a language used on the mobile and not used in e-mails etc-then it doesn’t hurt anybody and it can be cost effective. Let’s check the weather for Alicante. I can tell you I enjoyed a lovely walk from my lesson and the skies are blue and clear. It is a bit nippy in the shade.

Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Here’s a computer hint that has been sent to me…..

Protecting your address book, I got this from a friend(and a very smart one)
Read it and do it. It can do nothing but help you. I did it right away, so should you.
How to protect your e-mail address book

A computer repairman says this is like having gold.

I learned a computer trick today that’s really ingenious in its simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.

This trick won’t keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm has got into your system.  Here’s what you do:

First, open your address book and click on ‘new contact,’ just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email addresses.

In the window where you would type your friend’s first name, type in’A’. For the screen name or email address, type AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA

Now, here’s what you’ve done and why it works:

The ‘name ‘A’ will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1.

This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends.  When it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA, it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered.  If the first attempt fails(which it will because of the phoney address), the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.  Here’ s the second great advantage of this method: If an email cannot be delivered,
you will be notified of this in your In Box almost immediately. Hence,
if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed toAAAAAAA@AAA.AAA could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system.
You can then take steps to get rid of it! Pretty slick huh?  If everybody you know does this
then you need not ever worry about opening mail from friends. DO IT NOW and pass this on to all your friends.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.


1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón discovered Brazil. How could others have missed anywhere so big?

1736 – Stanislaus I formally abdicated as King of Poland.

1784 – In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey. How weird?

1788 – The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in what became known as Sydney. The group had first settled at Botany Bay eight days before. This day is celebrated as Australia Day. All joking aside. This nation is vibrant and proud and very mixed

1827 – Peru seceded from Colombia in protest against Simón Bolívar’s alleged tyranny.

1841 – Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. The Brits were a long way from home whereas the Chinese lived just round the corner

1861 – In the U.S., Louisiana seceded from the Union. Blame the French

1875 – George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth. Painful but better than before

1911 – Inventor Glenn H. Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane. I’ll bet he was a bit apprehensive at first.

1934 – The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City. My favourite album was James Brown live at the Apollo

1939 – In the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s forces, with Italian aid, took Barcelona. The area still has problems relative to these days

1942 – The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.

1950 – India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president. It’s a big country

1961 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the “personal physician to the President”.

1962 – The U.S. launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. The probe missed its target by about 22,000 miles. Near enough for Jazz

1965 – Hindi was made the official language of India. Fair enough

1969 – California was declared a disaster area two days of flooding and mudslides. This is a huge state and four times the size of Britain

1972 – In Hermsdorf, Czechoslovakia, a JAT Yugoslav Airlines flight crashed after the detonation of a bomb in the forward cargo hold killing 27 people. The bomb was believed to have been placed on the plane by a Croatian extremist group. Vesna Vulovic, a stewardess, survived after falling 33,000 feet in the tail section. She broke both legs and became paralyzed from the waist down. A dreadful ordeal

1992 – Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. Good

1994 – In Sydney, Australia, a young man lunged at and fired two blank shots at Britain’s Prince Charles. I’m not a fan but he didn’t deserve this

1998 – U.S. President Clinton denied having an affair with a former White House intern, saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Oh dear

1999 – Saddam Hussein vowed revenge against the U.S. in response to air-strikes that reportedly killed civilians. The strikes were U.S. planes defending themselves against anti-aircraft fire. Remember. Saddam caused most of the problems

2009 – The Icelandic government and banking system collapsed. Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned. This is where our problems were beginning

2010 – It was announced that James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” had become the highest-grossing film worldwide. At the time it was the second highest-grossing film in the United States. Fabulous movie effects

January 26th: On this day
1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. The singers sixth UK No.1. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare. Very loosely!

1963, The Rooftop Singers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Walk Right In’, a No.10 hit in the UK. I loved this song and had a 7″ copy on Philips

1970, Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement playing 2 shows every night at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nirvada. This was quite a commitment
1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single ‘Instant Karma’ all in one day. Not my favourite Lennon track

1971, Elvis Presley played the first night of a 31 date run at The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nirvana. Elvis played a 8.30pm and midnight shows on most days. Happy Days

1973, Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blockbuster’. The glam rockers only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits. Still a popular track today
1974, Mud were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song ‘Tiger Feet’, the group’s first of three UK No.1’s. A rockin good track
1974, Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit ‘Your Sixteen’, a No.3 hit in the UK. Not bad

1977, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a £30,000 royalty cheque to him. Entertainers have a really stressful time. You read every day of the effects of drink and drugs

1986, Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. What a really unlucky life he had
1989, American singer Donnie Elbert died of a stroke aged 52. He had the 1972 US No. 22 & UK No.11 single ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’, ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ and ‘A Little Piece of Leather’. He had a really unusual falsetto voice

1991, Cher made a special video for the troops involved in Desert Storm during the gulf war. Cher’s Video Canteen, featured Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt. I saw a news report which showed how popular this video became
1991, German duo Enigma went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘MCMXC’ featuring the UK No. 1 single ‘Sadness Part 1’. Enigma were German Michael Creut and his wife Sandra. I used this great track for Fr Ignashus
1991, Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo’. It was the third longest No.1 song of all time behind The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ and Simple Minds ‘Belfast Child’. The flamenco guitar solo on the track was performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe. I don’t play this track very often

2003, Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. This sounds like an accident I had in the 80s and it is horrible just sitting and waiting for the impact

2007, The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making £76.2m in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of £67.2m and American country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earnt $110.5m £56.2m in the past year. An interesting insight into who really has talentif you allow me to link income to quality

Birthday Boys and Girls January 26th
1934,  Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, US R&B pianist, (1958 US No.9 single ‘Don’t You Just Know It’, played on Frankie Ford’s hit ‘Sea Cruise’).
1945, Ashley Hutchings, bass, Fairport Convention, UK folk group, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’).

1957, Eddie Van Halen, guitar, (1984 US No.1 & UK No. 7 single ‘Jump’).
1957,  Norman Hassan, percussion, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hit singles).
1958,  Anita Baker, US soul singer, 1986 UK No.13 single ‘Sweet Love’, 1998 US No.1 album ‘Giving You The Best That I Got’).
1963,  Andrew Ridgeley, vocals, Wham! (1984 UK & US No.1 single ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ plus 10 other UK Top 20 h

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Tuesday 25.01.2011 That’s The Way’, ‘I Like It

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If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.  – Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892


My friend Thelma is in agony. She joined a group of walkers who had posted an advert for their event in the clubhouse of their campsite. The story she tells is horrendous from start to finish. It would appear that nobody was properly qualified to take charge of a relatively difficult walk. Moreover, not one member of the group had a mobile phone. To compound the problems, when she had the nasty twist to her ankle they encouraged her to hobble for 2 kilometres to get to the car. The members of the party who went for help got themselves lost. A catalogue of errors. Even worse was to come for the medical people made a mess of putting on the plaster. Get well soon, Thelma.

Morning TV is a time robber. There is no doubt in my mind. When we have things to which we are committed wet up, get out and get on with things. Yesterday was a good example as I was striding down the promenade at 9 am and stayed busy all day. Today has been a different kettle of fish. I have had no commitments and the weather is colder. Am I likely to want to shift myself? Then Anne made the mistake of putting on the TV. A discussion over minor trivia actually became semi-interesting and ‘hey presto’ It’s midday before you’ve cleaned your teeth. Will it stay cold? Here comes the forecast for the Alicante Province……..

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1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries, to curb private warfare. Steady on…

1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I. He also opened a can of worms that is still about today

1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.

1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia. Good tune

1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.

1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service. Happy Days

1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps. Too cold for me

1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. OK

1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television. He was seen as a visionary who would do well

1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda. He was to become one bad man

1999 – At least 1,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit western Columbia. The quake registered 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Tragic

2010 – In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

Music Stuff January 25th

1960, The original cast recording of ‘The Sound Of Music ‘started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.Still not very pop in UK

1964, Phil Spector appeared as a panellist on this week’s UK TV show Juke Box Jury. He was a massive influence around this time
1967, The Beatles made a last-minute remix of ‘Penny Lane’ before the pressing of their next double A sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’. I loved this and I think there was a picture sleeve for it

1969, The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ‘The Best Of’ album. Had they made enough hits?
1975, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit ‘Please Mr. Postman’.This was a little out of character for them but they made a great job of the single

1975, The Tymes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ms Grace’.They were appearing in Birkenhead at the Hamilton just as I was leaving

1984, Yoko Ono donated £250,000 to Liverpool old people’s home Strawberry Fields. This was a nice gesture
1986, US manager Albert Grossman died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde from New York to London. He managed Bob Dylan, (between 1962 and 1970), Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren. Grossman built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records. This was a name I had heard about but his pedigree is evident

1986, Norwegian group A-Ha were at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV.’ Becoming the first ever-Norwegian act to score a UK No.1. They were a very good looking act who are still about even now
1992, Wet Wet Wet had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Goodnight Girl’, it’s four week stay at No.1 was helped by it’s airing in ITV’s Coronation Street’s Christmas disco broadcast. I’m a Corrie fan and I can’t remember this
2001, millionaire pop impresario Jonathan King was charged with a further ten offences of sexually abusing children. The charges dated back to the 1970’s, King was granted bail. What a shame this happened as, in terms of music, he was a genius

Birthday Boys and Girls  January 25th

1915, Folk singer songwriter Ewan MacColl, composer of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ a hit for Roberta Flack in 1971. MacColl died on 22nd October 1989.

1931, Stig Anderson, songwriter, producer and Abba’s manager. Co-wrote some of Abba’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Died of a heart attack on 12th Sept 1997.

1938,  Etta James, singer, 9 US Top 40 hits during the 60’s, (1996 UK No.5 single ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’).

1949,  John Cooper Clarke, ‘Bard of Salford’, Manchester, poet laureate.

1950, Michael Cotten, synthesiser, The Tubes,

1954,  Robert Finch, vocals, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way’, ‘I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).

1956, Andy Cox, guitar, The Beat, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’), Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).

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Monday 24.01.2011 Werewolves Of London

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar


I’m still chuffed about Liverpool’s win but now we have the comments of Andy Gray and co who obviously think the ladies don’t understand the offside rule. Well, many ladies don’t understand the rules and many men are in the same boat. However, the lady in question was a qualified referee and, as such, will have an understanding of the rules. We all know that the officials get it wrong very often. These are usually men and they are criticised every match. Let’s keep things in proportion…..

I don’t like the cold weather and, although it’s bright and blue, the weather is decidedly nippy. I went for a lovely walk along the seafront and enjoyed every minute of it. The sea was quite agitated as was my car which had to go to the garage at the crack of dawn. The exhaust was spewing out white smoke which put the wind up me and I decided to get to the garage toute de suite. Fortunately, Sean from Polop has a brilliant way of helping you with your car problems. It isn’t blatant customer service it’s just a really nice bloke who explains the probles and how he intends to provide the solutions.

Let’s quickly get the weather picture……

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..and another thing

Having trouble sleeping? Maybe your circadian rhythm just needs a little adjusting.

Your circadian rhythm, of course, is your sleep/wake cycle, and it’s largely influenced by light. When darkness falls, your body makes adjustments and hormonal changes that prepare you for sleep until light returns.

With this in mind, California music producer J.D. Moyer conducted a personal experiment.

During the month of June, he and his family turned off all the lights when the sun went down. No television, no computers, no lamps–he even unscrewed the 40 watt bulb in the refrigerator. They used candles if they needed a little light to find their way around or brush their teeth.

Very quickly J.D. and his family started turning in earlier. Sometimes as early as 9:00 PM.

On his blog ( he writes about the results: “In a nutshell: more sleep, better sleep, improved mood, and an entirely different rhythm to both waking and sleeping life.”

For most of us, sticking faithfully to such a schedule might be impractical. For instance, J.D.’s family tried the experiment again in February and found it much more challenging with short days and long nights.

Now J.D. and his family try to strike a balance, following the no-lights policy when they can, but often giving over to the demands of a busy life.

Bottom line: They’re generally sleeping better and feeling better.

J.D. writes: “Since the only thing we have in life is quality of our consciousness, and sleep deprivation so obviously and negatively affects the quality of our consciousness, it makes sense to prioritize sleep.”

Makes sense to me, but I’m guessing the team at American Idol wants their colleague to shut more than the lights…

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson


1848 – James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of ’49.  Well. Do you blame them for trying?

1899 – Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel. I wonder where he got the idea

1908 – In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell. The first Jamboree took place at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead

1916 – Conscription was introduced in Britain.Oh Dear

1924 – The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg. Stop mucking about

1930 – Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round. I never saw this guy but I heard he was amazing

1943 – U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco. I hope the weather was nice

1965 – Winston Churchill died at the age of 90. A great Brit

1978 – A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

1980 – The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China. Where money is concerned money will be made anywhere

1985 – Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff. Obviously, a very capable lady

1989 – Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida‘s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.I feel no sorrow for him

1990 – Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.

January 24th: On this day
1953, Eddie Fisher was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Outside Is Heaven’. American singer and entertainer divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds to marry his best friend’s widow, Elizabeth Taylor, too much unwelcome publicity at the time. Eddie is father of actress Carrie Fisher. My older friends are really into this kind of story. It has a lot of old movie feel to it.
1958, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at No.1 and was Presley’s second UK No.1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the US. This is the music that helped launch the legend
1958, The Quarry Men performed at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles. Nice bit of pop trivia
1962, Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein was to receive 25 per cent of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10 per cent. I would say Epstein was worth his money

1968, Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde’, the singers third and last UK No.1. I can’t really say this was the real Georgie Fame for me

1976, Diana Ross went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Mahogany’, the singers third US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. Not one of her best for me

1979, The Clash released their first single in the US, ‘I Fought The Law’ (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). I think I still prefer the version by Bobby Fuller
1980, A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. Every day workmen added another brick to the wall until it was finished. I think everyone knows another brick

1995, David Cole producer, keyboards, C & C Music Factory died of meningitis aged 32. (1991 UK No.4 single ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’,This is one great track

1998, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’. The longest running-time for a UK No.1 with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. I like this track. I like a lot of Oasis music. Noel lets the band down

2005, Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest. The 57 year-old had the 1970 Top 5 hit ‘Rose Garden’. This is sad

2008, Amy Winehouse was admitted into rehab in a battle to kick her addiction to drugs. A statement from her record company, Universal said she entered the facility “after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors to continue her ongoing recovery against drug addiction.” She has a great voice and is a great talent

Birthday Boys and Girls January 24th
1933, Zeke Carey, The Flamingos (1959 US No.11 single ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel). Died on 24th December 1999.
1941,  Aaron Neville,  1989 UK No.2 single with Linda Ronstadt’ Don’t Know Much’

1941, Neil Diamond, singer, songwriter
1941,  Ray Stevens, singer, songwriter,
1947,  Warren Zevon, singer, songwriter. He had played piano with The Everly Brothers, recorded over 15 solo albums and had the 1978 US No.21 single ‘Werewolves Of London’. He died on September 7th 2003.
1949, John Belushi, actor, singer who played Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues in The Blues Brothers, died of a drug overdose on 5th March 1982.
1955,  Jools Holland, keyboards, Squeeze, Jools Holland Big Band, TV presenter on The Tube and Juke Box Jury

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Sunday 23.01.2011 Red Red Wine

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If you help enough people get what they want, you will ultimately get what you want! Zig Ziglar


It’s another very cold start to the day and around zero in the mountains. Benidorm is around 2 degrees at this moment. Let’s get the forecast ……

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Liverpool won at Wolves and Manchester United march on…..Berbatov is earning his money at last!

The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering
how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door
when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone
who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12.. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death,
the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts
worn by Jewish men.

Word of the Day

romo rroh’-moh (adjective)

dull, not sharp


Un cuchillo romo puede ser más peligroso que un cuchillo con filo.A dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp one.

No pude cortar la leña porque el hacha está roma.I couldn’t chop the wood because the ax is dull.


1556 – An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed about 830,000 people. My God just look at those numbers

1571 – The Royal Exchange in London, founded by financier Thomas Gresham, was opened by Queen Elizabeth I.

1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY. Well done

1920 – The Dutch government refused the demands from the Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany. I think they should have handed him over

1924 – The first Labour government was formed, under Ramsay MacDonald. It wasn’t really that long ago

1937 – In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.”

1943 – Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. Great band

1943 – The British captured Tripoli from the Germans. Fabulous effort from the Brits

1950 – The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

1960 – The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean. I’d quite like to see what it is like at those depths

1968 – North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation’s territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later. That was a long time for the crew to be held captive

1971 – In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees. Was this early signs of climate change

1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War. Well done

1974 – Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” opened the credits of the movie, “The Exorcist”. Great music

1977 – The TV mini-series “Roots,” began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel. Everyone remembers Chicken George

1978 – Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so. Well done

1983 – “The A-Team” debuted on TV. They must have been the best machinery assemblers ever

1985 – The proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time. It was inspired by John and Yoko’s sleep-in. It does concern me how many in the house snooze during the proceedings

1989 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.I like his work especially the clocks that look like pancakes

1997 – A British woman received a record £186,000 damages for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

2003 – North Korea announced that it would consider sanctions an act of war for North Korea’s reinstatement of its nuclear program. That country seems to court trouble

Music Stuff January 23rd

1956, Rock ‘n’ Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.Was this a bit over the top?

1965, ‘Downtown’ made Petula Clark the first UK female singer to have a No.1 on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952. A No.2 hit in the UK.Pet Clarke has had a great career

1966, Stevie Wonder appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.D’you know I hadn’t realised he’d played at the Cavern

1969, Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles (with Billy Preston on keyboards) recorded ten takes of ‘Get Back.’ I’m surprised that took so long

1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the UK single charts. George was the quiet Beatle with a hint of steel

1971, Dawn started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock Three Times’, the group’s first No.1, also an UK No.1.Good song

1974, Alvin Stardust made his first live appearance since changing his name from Shane Fenton.I have a lovely podcast on my site in which we discuss how successfully he reinvented himself

1978, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.How bizarre is this and how tragic?

1980, Marvin Gaye appeared at the Liverpool Philharmonic, England, with Edwin Starr as support. What a great show that must have been

1986, Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. A great singer but involved personal life
1988, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ a No.3 hit in the UK. Good song

1990, Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band’s songs (including Free Bird), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.This is another really sad story

1990, David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, ‘Sound And Vision’ 1990, during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a ‘greatest hits’ running order, organised through local radio stations. This was a good idea
1991, John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for twenty-four solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. Police showed up with guns drawn: once after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, and later because of suspicion that, this being eight days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein…..only in America

1994, Take That went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Everything Changes’. What a phrophetic title
2001, an English coroner criticised the rap singer Eminem’s lyrics as depressing during an inquest into the death of a schoolboy who threw himself in front of a train. The 17-year old boy had printed out the lyrics to Eminem’s track ‘Rock Bottom’ before his death. There is a correlation between some musician’s efforts and the influences they have on young minds. This area needs a lot of research
2005, one of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised £1.25 million ($2 million) for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert. Well done all those artistes

Birthday Boys and Girls January 23rd

1889, Leadbelly, (Hurrdi William Ledbetter), Blues musician, Wrote ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, ‘The Midnight Special,’ once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman. Died 6th December 1949.
1910 Django Reinhardt, jazz guitarist. Badly burned his third and fourth fingers of his left hand in a house fire aged 18. Doctors suggested he play the guitar to keep his fingers flexible, giving him his two fingered guitar style. Worked with Stepane Grappelli and Duke Ellington. Reinhardt died of a stroke on 15th May 1953. 1950, Pat Simmons, guitar, vocals, The Doobie Brothers, (1979, US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’, 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin’).

1950, Bill Cunningham, bass, piano, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’).

1959, Earl Falconer, bass, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & US 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hits).

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Saturday 22.01.2011 Do That To Me One More Time

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It was freezing cold when I left the house this morning but the skies are blue and it will be sunny. Let’s check that forecast

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Perks of reaching 50

of being over 60

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3.No one expects you to run  –anywhere.

4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask, ‘Did I wake you?’

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

7. Things you buy now won’t wear out.

8. You can eat supper at 4 PM.

9..You can live without sex but not your glasses.

10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.

13. You sing along with elevator music.

14. Your eyes won’t get much worse.

15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

18..Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

19. You can’t remember who sent you this list.


Iris’s Challenge –

(1)Was born Robin Peter Smith in Swanley , Kent on 5 April 1939 and attended Swanley Secondary Modern School. When he left school in 1954 he became an assistant cinema projectionist.

(2) In 1956, he gave his first live performance, as a member of “The Hard Travellers” through the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as undertaking National Service; he was a member of “The Country Gentlemen”, “Beat Formula Three” and Peter & The Wolves.

(3) While a member of Beat Formula Three in 1963, he was heard by David Nicolson, an EMI publicist who became his manager. Nicholson suggested he use a stage name, and deducted five years from his client’s age for publicity purposes.

(4) In 1965. His first two singles on this record label, “No No No” and “At This Moment”, proved unsuccessful in the charts. He made two UK television appearances in February 1965, featuring in the shows Scene at 6.30 and Ready Steady Go!

(5) In 1966, his career finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, with a song first recorded in 1964 by the Canadian folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, and a hit in the United States for We Five in 1965. His single eventually hit #2 in the UK and was then released in the US on the Jamie Records label. It did not chart well, however his fourth release, became forever known as his signature song, and it became a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic

(6) Under his managers tutelage the shy star was momentarily transformed into arrogance incarnate and astonished the music press by his suggestion that he had written 80 songs of better quality than those of The Beatles. He also announced that he was better than Elvis Presley: saying “I’m going to make Presley look like the Statue of Liberty . . . I am sexier than Dave Berry and more exciting than Tom Jones . . . and the Beatles are past it”. Unfortunately on 1 January 1995, at the age of 56, he suffered a stroke and his music career was severely weakened by this and in 2001, he announced his retirement from the music industry he died on 8 June 2010, after a long illness, at the age of 71.


1666 – Shah Jahan, a descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur, died at the age of 74. He was the Mongul emperor of India that built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz-i-Mahal. What a fabulous legacy

1771 – The Falkland Islands were ceded to Britain by Spain. Who’d have thought the trouble this would bring in 1982

1824 – The Asante army crushed British troops in the Gold Coast.

1879 – British troops were massacred by the Zulus at Isandhlwana. We still had a lot to learn

1900 – Off of South Africa, the British released the German steamer Herzog, which had been seized on January 6.

1901 – Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for nearly 64 years. Edward VII, her son, succeeded her. She had a good innings

1905 – Insurgent workers were fired on in St Petersburg, Russia, resulting in “Bloody Sunday.” 500 people were killed. This has been a recurring theme throughout history

1917 – U.S. President Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.” America entered the war the following April.

1924 – Ramsay MacDonald became Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister. They really still have a lot to prove

1941 – Britain captured Tobruk from German forces. Big win

1944 – Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.

1957 – The Israeli army withdrew from the Sinai. They had invaded Egypt on October 29, 1956.

1959 – British world racing champion Mike Hawthorn was killed while driving on the Guildford bypass. I think he was both a bike and car champion

1961 – Wilma Rudolph, set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds. Wow

1962 – Cuba’s membership in the Organization of American States (OAS) was suspended. What were they really up to with their collusion with Russia?

1964 – Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia.

1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, debuted on NBC TV. I used to love this show especially The Flower by Henry Gibson

1970 – The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London about 6 1/2 hours later.

1972 – The United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, and Denmark joined the EEC. We’ve had a raging debate as to UK success ever since

1973 – Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970 when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis. I loved the boxing around this time

1983 – Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. He had set a record by winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships. He was a bit special

1984 – Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.

2003 – It was reported that scientists in China had found fossilized remains of a dinosaur with four feathered wings.

Music Stuff January 22nd

1959, Jane Morgan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Day The Rains Came’. Good song

1959, alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’, ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’, ‘That’s What They Say’, ‘What To Do’, ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough’. The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.I loved Buddy Holly’s music

1960, Soul singer, Sam Cooke signed to RCA Records.

1963, The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dance On’, the group’s fourth UK No.1.Great number

1964, The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.Good stuff

1968, during the bands first Australian tour The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with The Small Faces and Paul Jones. Good show
1969, The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’s backing group).

. 1972, David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker.So what?
1972, Don McLean’s album ‘American Pie’ started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart. Classic

1980, this week’s US Top 5 singles: No.5, Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape, (The Pina Colada Song)’, No.4, Smokey Robinson, ‘Crusin’, No.3, Kenny Rogers, ‘Coward Of The County’, No.2, Captain and Tennille, ‘Do That To Me One More Time’, and No.1, Michael Jackson, ‘Rock With You.’
1987, One hit wonder Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jack Your Body’, the first ‘House’ record to top the UK chart.Great bed for radio

1992, Mariah Carey’s stepfather went to court seeking damages, claiming that he had paid for her Manhattan apartment, a car and dental work in her early years on the understanding that she would repay him when she became successful. Was this true?
1994, American actor and singer Telly Savalas died of prostrate cancer aged 72. -trademark line was “Who loves ya, baby?” Great show and great actor

1994, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All For Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Taken from the film ‘The Three Musketeers’.Good song

1994, D:Ream had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, it stayed at No.1 for four weeks. In 1997 the track was adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election.Catchy track
2001, former rubbish collector Mark Oliver was found guilty by a London court of stealing luggage belonging to Victoria Beckham from Heathrow Airport. Police issued a list of the £23,000 ($39,100) worth of clothes, which included 14 pairs of shoes and a miniskirt worth £2,000 ($3,400).
2004, Ryan Adams broke a wrist after falling during a gig at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. Adam’s fell from the stage and suffered a fractured wrist. A fan said, ‘One minute he was on the stage and the next he had disappeared. He went down with a thud and we couldn’t believe he was trying to continue singing’..

Birthday Boys and Girls January 22nd

1931, Sam Cooke, US soul singer . He died on December 11th 1964.
1940, Addie Harris, vocals, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’). She died on 10th June 1982.

1947,  Malcolm Mclaren, manager of the Sex Pistols and solo artist, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Double Dutch’). Died aged 64 from cancer on 8th April 2010.
1962,  Michael Hutchence, vocals, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’) Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney on 22nd Nov 1997 age 37. Hutchence body was found naked behind the door to his room, he had apparently hanged himself.

Iris’s Challenge -Crispian St. Peters

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