“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