In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
You create your reality based on your beliefs” Unknown
Deffinition of Insanity…”Doing what you have always done and expecting things to change”.Unknown ——————————————————————————————-
It’s another wonderful day here on the Costa Blanca. As I look down from the mountains to the sea it’s blue skies but hazy towards the Mediterranean. Let’s get the forecast…..
It happens most weeks. A cup upset caused by minnows beating the Premiership club. It is happening with such regularity that the penny will drop one day. Why pay through the nose to these overpaid lords of the pitch? If Crawley can hold the players from the richest club in Britain to a single goal why pay such fortunes to these overrated players.It was Everton’s turn last night and, although they are not the biggest payers in the Premier League, their players will certainly be paid more than Reading’s players.
Well, it’s not just the footballers who are letting the side down. Do you remember all the hype as England beat Australia to win the Ashes? By jeeebers and beejapers, begorrah and oi’ll eat moi hat, did oi see England have been beaten by Ireland at the Cricket World Cup? They’ll be having a wake at Lords tonight and maybe a houlie at Headingley. Perhaps this result was not that unexpected as England had struggled to beat Holland. The Irish had said before the match they had the plan to beat England but this is a terrible defeat. To lose to Ireland at cricket is unthinkable. It is almost as bad as Ireland losing to England in a Riverdance contest!
Events 3rd March
1812 – The U.S. Congress passed the first foreign aid bill. I wonder who were the beneficiaries?
1817 – The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.Nice! nice! nice!
1857 – Britain and France declared war on China. What? England and France together!
1878 – Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of Stenafano. The treaty granted independence to Serbia.
1903 – In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting. Good. This is a horrible activity
1903 – The U.S. imposed a $2 head tax on immigrants. What?
1905 – The Russian Czar agreed to create an elected assembly.He would have had to in the then current climate!
1906 – A Frenchman tried the first flight in an airplane with tires.
1910 – J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father’s fortune for an “uplift in humanity”. He also appealed to the U.S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation. This sounded rather nice…
1910 – In New York, Robert Forest founded the National Housing Association to fight deteriorating urban living conditions. A worthwhile organisation
1910 – Nicaraguan rebels admitted defeat in open war and resorted to guerrilla tactics in the hope of U.S. intervention. It seems easier to use guerilla tactics
1918 – The Treaty of Brest Litovsky was signed by Germany, Austria and Russia. The treaty ended Russia’s participation in World War I. Glasnost?
1931 – The “Star Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as “Defense of Fort McHenry.” It’s a tune that has lasted
1938 – A world record for the indoor mile run was set by Glenn Cunningham. He ran the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds. Roger Banister might have been aware of this
1939 – In Bombay, Ghandi began a fast to protest the state’s autocratic rule. A brave man
1945 – Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Holy party outfits, Batman!
1945 – During World War II, Finland declared war on the Axis. Finland? how many troops did they have?
1956 – Morocco gained its independence. Bien
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy. This was aq weird situation
1973 – Japan disclosed its first defense plan since World War II.
1974 – About 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris. I hate reading such news
1978 – The remains of Charles Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.Who was after what?
1980 – The submarine Nautilus was decommissioned. The vessels final voyage had ended on May 26, 1979. Was Nemo still captain?
1985 – Women Against Pornography awarded its ‘Pig Award’ to Huggies Diapers. The activists claimed that the TV ads for diapers had “crossed the line between eye-catching and porn.” I didn’t see the ads so NO COMMENT
1991 – 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while on approach to the Colorado Springs airport. Dreadful
1991 – Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video. This was horrible to see on TV
1999 – In Egypt, 19 people were killed when a bus plunged into a Nile canal.Dreadful
1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.
Music Stuff March 2nd
1963, The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke. She was a guest on my show and is still singing her Gospel Outreach show.
1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.I didn’t play much of their music
1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan. A great bill
1968, this week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Don Partridge, ‘Rosie’, No.4, Manfred Mann, ‘Mighty Quinn’, No.3, The Move, ‘Fire Brigade’, No.2, ‘Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’, No.1, Esther and Abi Ofarim, ‘Cinderella Rockefella.‘It was a weird number 1
1973, Slade’s ‘Com On Feel The Noize’, entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles. Well done Noddy and the boys
1973, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’ Both classics
1979, The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Tragedy.’ Also today The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US album chat with ‘Spirits Having Flown’, the brothers second US No.1 album. These guys have been so talented and given us so much great music
1984, Nena started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’99 Red Balloons.’ Originally sung in German, ’99 Luftballons’ was re-recorded in English as ’99 Red Balloons’. The song was a No.2 hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a One-hit wonder.How do certain songs become number 1? This was a bit yukky!
1990, Lindy Layton and Beats International were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Dub Be Good To Me.’ Formed by ex-Housemartins Norman Cook, the song was based on the SOS Band’s 1984 hit ‘Just Be Good To Me’ and The Clash’s ‘Guns of Brixton’. This was quite good and more of a disco hit
1990, during a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu. Oragami
1994, The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, due to the content of the songs lyrics. I don’t remember the song or the ban
1999, Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum of £550,000 after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been sacked from the band in 1995. I think he might have been quite chuffed with this money
1999, US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.I wonder how many others in the audience had suffered ear damage?
2000, former Bay City Roller, Derek Longmuir was released on bail on charges of downloading child pornographic images from the internet and keeping indecent videos in his home. What is wrong with these guys?
2000, Tom Jones won the Best male artist at this year’s Brit Awards. Other winners included best singlefor Robbie Williams and ‘She’s The One’, Five won Best pop act, .. Outstanding Contribution went to The Spice Girls. I’ve just put in the most relevant
2001, Stereophonics were forced to change the title of their new album after car manufacturer Daimler Chrysler objected to their use of the copyrighted word ‘Jeep’. The UK title became ‘Just Enough Education To Perform.’I didn’t follow this.. NO COMMENT
2002, TV show ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen.’ Young set a new sales record for a debut artist with over 1 million in the first week. Biggest selling single of 2002.This is probably due to massive hype rather than quality but he is developing
2003, Ray Jackson -Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” Jackson was paid just £15 for the recording session by Stewart in 1971.Isn’t this a question of how much was agreed at the start of the gig? The fact the song was such a hit is secondary to any agreed fee unless he was on a percentage deal.
2008, The Beatles’ engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die. ’This guy needs a bit more attention as it sounds like he was pretty talented at his work
2009, To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.What is the street now called?
1927, Junior Parker, US blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley. Parker died on November 18th 1971.
1942, Mike Pender, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘Needles And Pins’).
1944, Jance Garfat, bass, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).
1947, Dave Mount, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Mount died on 2nd December 2006.
1947, Jennifer Warnes, singer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Joe Cocker).
1948, Snowy White, guitarist, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters. 1983 UK Top 10 hit ‘Bird Of Paradise’.
Ronan Keating, vocals, Boyzone, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Words’ plus over 15 other UK Top 10 singles and 4 UK No.1 albums).