Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. Thomas Paine
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. – Robert Fritz, 1943-present
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. – Sallust, 86 BC-34 BC
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- Today’s Podcast is currently uploading and we have some great songs following our leader, Del Shannon, this morning.
We’ve another really hot day and clear blue skies are everywhere…….actually, it’s a bit too hot! It’s going to be hotter by Sunday.
The British desire to win Wimbledon continues today with Andy Murray taking on a Spanish heartthrob who apparently has one very big admirer. This admirer is Andy’s mum and apparently whenever Andy has practised with this Spaniard with his mum drooling on the sidelines. I saw an interview on this very topic and Andy put his head in his hands and wished he was in another place. I’m sure he will put the British public through the mill again although he was very good against the Frenchman in the last round.
If he does get through this round he will meet Rafa in the semi-finals and he will probably hope that Rafa’s injury might deteriorate. There’s also Federer, Diokovic and others waiting in the sidelines.
There’s no Williams sisters this year but a very good looking Maria Sharapova. I don’t just mean in the aesthetic sense as she is a lovely looking lady but her tennis is wonderful this year. I also think the public vote might be with the German girl who has come back from her horrendous injuries.
I was watching Submarine School last night and it was rivoting. It shows the real life training of submarine captains. These men are so professional and it is they who ostensibly would be defending Europe should it be necessary. It was just like watching a nature film as a giant aircraft hunted the submarine. It was a deadly game of chess as the hunter became the hunted during the Exercises far out to sea.
In order to reach the exercise area on time the submarine had to travel on the surface and many of the crew were violently seasick. Nevertheless this had to be done as there had been a breakdown at the start of the Exercises and the submarine had to return to her berth to be repaired.
These Exercises were a very necessary part of the training, all the more so because it was also an assessment for several would be captains. There are rules to the Exercises but the Rules of Engagement are not always kept by both sides. In fact, they are openly flaunted during the Exercises. When compared with the drivel in the Eastenders show just before it these guys bring a semblance of balance to the TV programming.
A fourteen year old girl from Mijas, Málaga, has been charged with misappropriation for eating a gift of chocolates which was delivered to her house in error.
The teenager was unable to resist the temptation when she opened up the package after it was delivered to her house by courier and found pieces of chocolate laid out inside the box to form the words, ‘Feliz cumpleaños’ – ‘Happy birthday’.
The error in the delivery was discovered when the true recipient contacted the courier service enquiring about a package his wife had sent to his office in Fuengirola. The courier went back to the Mijas address and, despite finding on arrival that half the chocolates had been eaten, took away what remained and they were sent on to their destination. Story
I’m glad I’m not in the UK because I wold have a dilemma over the strike tomorrow. I didn’t strike but can see why the teachers want to strike. However, austerity is there for everyone and it would only erode a little of a rather excellent pension. Therefore, I think the teachers should maybe fight in different ways or fight another day. There usually isn’t much going on in the schools at this time of the year so I don’t really see a lot of harm being done. I think the real time to fight would be after the economy has recovered. To my way of looking at things it looks more likely there’ going to be another dip in the recession in the UK. Just look at the redundancies inn the multiples announced this week. I think that is wherein lies the clue. Also, the Greece situation is helping nobody. Personally, I’d chuck them out of the European Union if they can’t get their finances under control.
Portugal seems to have got the hint and there’s a story brewing about them not pursuing a contracted train deal with Spain. Story
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1236 – Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon took Cordoba in Spain. Something to do for the day
1652 – Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. For how long? 1767 – The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America. Bullies
1804 – Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50. Fair enough
1880 – France annexed Tahiti. Mais oui
1888 – Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England. Cutting edge?
1903 – The British government officially protested Belgian atrocities in the Congo. Good 1905 – Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the country. Many ships were looted. A revolution was on the way
1917 – The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia. How’s that for starters? 1926 – Fascists in Rome added an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure. They were learning
1932 – Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy. Yul Brynner wasn’t there to stop it
1946 – British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism. Still ongoing..
1950 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea. Tactics.. 1951 – The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor. Good
1953 – The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. Good
1955 – The Soviet Union sent tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations. They were kings at this
1966 – The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. Horrible
1967 – Jayne Mansfield, at age 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans. Tragedy
1967 – Israel removed barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem. Good
1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.” The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws. Has society got better knowing we can get away with murder?
1982 – Israel invaded Lebanon. Not good-festers today
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Le Pont de Trinquetaille” was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England. Bon 1995 – The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. Wonderful effort
1995 – 501 people were killed when a department store in Seoul, South Korea collapsed. 900 others were injured. Horrible
1961, Del Shannon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Runaway.’ His only UK No.1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits. A great act with a huge fan base
1964, Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport. Such loyalty….but the Beatles were worth the wait.
1965, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury. Now that’s class!
967, Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a £500 ($850) fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined £100 ($170) and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day. In the light of the previous year which Stone was switched on at this time?
1968, A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park.Who still misses the sixties. They were great years!
1968, The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin. My wife, Anne, worked as a rep for Ogden’s so we knew the time very well! 1969, American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Had the 1968 US No.8 single ‘Here Comes The Judge.’ He acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours. I always wondered why the Pigmeat Markham version got more airplay-now I know!
1969, Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England. Tickets from 5 to 15 shillings. Money well spent
1973, Ian Gillan singer with Deep Purple quit the band at the end of a tour in Japan.
1974, Charles Aznavour was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She’, the French singers only UK No.1. At the time it made Aznavour the oldest living male chart-topper in the UK charts (at fifty years old). He epitomised success for small balding men!
1974, Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only US No.1 single with ‘Sundown’. Good song
1978, Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas.Ouch!
1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles. He was on his way
1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street.” for the forthcoming ‘Live Aid’ fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit. This was a great version of an already very popular song
1985, U2 played in front of 55,000 fans at Croke Park at their home city of Dublin. This is a sort of Irish ancestral home….
1985, UK TV music show The Tube presented a six hour special featuring, Alison Moyet, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Divine, Billy McKenzie and Nona Hendrix.
1985, John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, (£1,768,462) at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. Now this was a vehicle worth paying good money for…..
1988, The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD’s would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry. The Guardian is always right…..
1988, Brenda Richie, the wife of Lionel Richie was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them in bed together. She was released on $5,000 bail and charges against her were eventually dropped. I really cannot say I blame her. Lionel should have known better….
1991, Cher started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Love Hurts’. She’s an artiste who has lasted well
1991, Jason Donovan had his third UK No.1 single with ‘Any Dream Will Do’ a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Donovan was playing the lead role in a new London production of the musical. This was a pivotal song for Jason….
1994, Oasis made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing their new single ‘Shakermaker’. Good music….
1996, It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry. Good idea
1996, Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE and Van Morrison an OBE. George Martin was terrific and was often referred to as a Beatle
1998, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, died of cancer. (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single ‘A Walk In The Black Forrest’). I loved that piece of music
1999, Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a concert at Munich’s Olympic stadium. Jacko was singing ‘Earth Song’ at the time of the accident. I don’t remember this. It’s no wonder he had problems later
2000, Eight men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage. Dreadful
2000, Eminem’s mother went to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million (£5.8 million) civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’. His mum must have been horrified by such loving and caring words…expecially if there was no substance to the line
2002, American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer. Had the 1954 UK No.1 single ‘This Ole House’ appeared in the 1954 movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral. This was a great old song and brought up to date in the 80s by Shaking Stevens
2003, Robbie Williams played his first UK in two years when he appeared in front of 62,000 fans at Murryayfield, Edinburgh. Now that’s putting bums on seats
2003, Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dangerously In Love’, also a US No.1. Just did well at this year’s Glastonbury
1943, Roger Spear, kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toys, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman.’ Died on 18th January1990.
1945, Little Eva, US singer. She was babysitting for Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record a song they had written. It gave her the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Loco-Motion’. She died on April 10th 2003