“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer
Never confuse “activity” with “productivity”. Unknown
The world is a different place with the sun shining through the windows and it really is a beautiful day on this part of the Costa Blanca. The wonderful shades of blue quite clearly separate the sea from the sky and the mountains are so well defined this morning. The rest of Spain isn’t as warm so let’s see what lies ahead.
A single glass at night could mean a peaceful, uninterrupted night sleep.
NEW Wine for Seniors….I kid you not…New Wine for Seniors
California vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic. It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.The new wine will be marketed as
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
………..I just could not help it.
Word of the Day
rebajar rreh-bah-harr’ (transitive verb)
1564 – The artist Michelanglelo died in Rome. He might have died from a stiff neck….Sistine Chapel?
1913 – The famous French painting “Nude Descending a Staircase”, by the French artist, Marcel Duchamp, was displayed at an “Armory Show” in New York City. Not seen it yet
1930 – Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane. What’s this all about?
1930 – The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.
1952 – Greece and Turkey became members of NATO. There is still a huge divide down the centre of Cyprus to keep the Greek and Turkish communities apart
1953 – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955. I used to be an avid fan of this show. Fabulous entertainment for the family
1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.I remember watching this on TV
1987 – The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.What an absolutely mind blowing decision
1998 – In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons. Let’s hope they’ll never reopen
1998 – In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City. Wicked swines
2000 – The U.S. Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calender-year trade gap in U.S. history. I think this is part of today’s suffering
2001 – FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Why should he be considered for parole?
2006 – American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history. This was kept fairly quiet
1956, The Platters ‘The Great Pretender’, started a two run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No. 5 in the UK.Freddy Mercury would love this song
1959, Ray Charles recorded ‘What’d I Say,’ in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female back-up singers. It became Charles’ biggest hit to date, reaching No.1 on the R&B and No.6 on the pop charts. I have sung this song since the sixties and it’s a great karaoke track
1962, On weekend leave from marine training, The Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show, in full uniform and with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, ‘Crying In The Rain’.This PR stood the talented brothers in good stead
1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, the group’s second UK No.1.Fabulous memories of Ray’s singing and Dave’s guitar
1965, Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’I think John’s song was one of my favourite songs
1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song ‘Good Vibrations’, which went on to become the band’s third U.S. number-one hit. This was one great song
1969, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘Dancing In The Street’, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, No.4, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’, Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations, No.3, ‘Where Do You Go To’ Peter Sarstedt, No.2, ‘Blackberry Way’, The Move, and No.1, ‘Half As Nice’ Amen Corner.’What great songs and memories
1972, 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album. It made Read the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.I don’t think I realised how good he was and what an achievement this was
1980, During an interview Rolling Stone Bill Wyman said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group’s 20th anniversary. Wyman quit the band in 1993. He was only a few year¡s out…
1987, Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, it made No.4 in the UK. Great song which I appreciate more now than when it came out
1998, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London, England. He can’t be quite as bad as he presents himself
2000, An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon’s interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70′s. Does any of this surprise anyone especially if you listen to his songs?
2004, The Rolling Stones topped the Heat magazine rich list having earned £55.3 million ($94 million) in 2003. They still look scruffy!
2006, ‘The Greatest Songs of the Fifties’ by Barry Manilow was at No.1 on the US album chart.Good songs shouldn’t die
2007, Norah Jones scored her third US No.1 album with ‘Not Too Late’, also a No.1 in the UK and over 20 other countries. I haven’t paid enough attention to her work
2008, Carpenters fans were objecting to plans to have pop duo’s former family home in Downey, south of Los Angeles knocked down. The current owners of the house, said they objected to fans looking in the windows and leaving floral tributes. The five-bedroom house was immortalised when it featured on the cover of The Carpenters’ 1973 hit album Now & Then.I think it’s easy to see both points of view
2009, Welsh songstress Duffy won three trophies at this years Brit awards, taking home Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut Rockferry. Kings of Leon won International Group and International Album for Only By The Night, International Male and Female Solo Artists were Kanye West and Katy Perry. British Male Solo Artist went to Paul Weller, Iron Maiden won British Live Act and Elbow won Best British Group. Outstanding Contribution to Music went to the Pet Shop Boys.All good stuff
1933,Yoko Ono, artist, singer, poet and wife of John Lennon. Moved to New York City from Tokyo aged 14. Ono met John Lennon in London in 1966 and the couple married in 1969.
1934, Skip Battin, The Byrds, (1965 US & UK No.1 single’ Mr Tambourine Man’).
1939, Bobby Hart, singer, songwriter,wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You.’ Sold over 40m records.
1941, Herman Santigo, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’).
1952, , Judy Kay Newton, Juice Newton, (1981 US No.2 single, ‘Queen Of Hearts’). 1952, Randy Crawford, US female singer, (1980 UK No.2 single ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’). Crusaders (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single ‘Street Life.)’
1953, Robbie Bachman, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).
1954, John Travolta, actor, singer, (1978 UK & US No.1 single with Olivia Newton John, ‘You’re The One That I Want’).