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
8° C | 1° C
9° C | 3° C
10° C | 3° C
11° C | 3° C
12° C | 3° C
|Clear||Chance of Rain
30% chance of precipitation
|Partly Cloudy||Chance of Rain
20% chance of precipitation
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.
(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.
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’..
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