It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi
–Today’s Podcast is a great journey with the story of the day’s music down the tunnel of time to light up your ears…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day…Do you remember, for example, this day in 2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.
Remember you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clickingthis link.
By the time I’ve cleared all the spam out of my mailbox and just checked the Spam box for mistakes I have wasted maybe 15 minutes of my time. I have got to sort this out. It would be nearly 2 hours a week just sorting spam and junk. That would be 8 hours a month or 96 hours a year. This might seem a bit drastic but that’s almost 2 days and 2 nights of my life sitting in front of computers and wasting my life. Moreover, if I add in the amount of time I surf…….
The serious point is Time Management is a very necessary evil. Most of the time I am reasonably OK with this especially as I have numerous things on the go and need to manage my time. However, it is only when deadlines are set that you realise there are loose edges and a slackness has crept into your working time.
Many of us are not that bothered especially if we don’t have someone on our backs demanding things be done in a certain way. But therein lies the rub. The nearest thing we all have a fair crack at in life is time. Even when writing this I immediately accept that illness and personal circumstances prevail and even in this part of life we don’t have an even share.
We know that money is never even nor distributed fairly. We know that health is not distributed fairly. We can work at improving our circumstances but some are born with their silver spoon in their mouth. Some are born in healthy places. Wherever we are in life we can always compare with better and with worse. By comparing with those who are better off it is possible to motivate ourselves to work harder. When comparing with those who are not as well off as we are we should maybe say a quick prayer of thanks for what we have.
Just look at what we take for granted. We have clean air to breathe. There are many who suffer smog daily. We have access to clean water. It appals me to see African children with no water. Why can’t we build pipes and bring it to them? Of course we could if we had the will. We know it can be done. If we can ship oil we can ship water. There are times of crisis after natural storms etc wreak havoc. We ship water then. Why don’t we just solve the problem by constructing pipelines from areas of plenty to areas of drought? There’s enough in there for a pretty healthy sermon!
In the news today there has been no mention of shipping water to the needy. Instead, the transfer window in soccer is closing and there will be last minute millions spent. But whose is that money being s`pent? We are led to believe that even Manchester United are owing 400 million pounds so where is that money coming from? The banks, we are told, have got to be much more rigid in their lending and there are fewer mortgages available. Seemingly, it is easier to owe 400 million than 40, 000. I may not be the brainiest and I don’t have an economics degree but I think I’d be keeping a closer eye on the 400 million if I needed to regain my solvency.
I feel a change in our weather. Living near the mountains does give us a little more susceptibility to change and I am watching the cloud formations rather carefully as we have the Gota Fria around this time of the year. When the weather has been hot for a long while and the sea has been hot then we only need a blast of cold air and we will have a very heavy downfall like a monsoon. Our gota fria literally means cold drop.
1823 – Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero.
1881 – The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played. They’re still going today
1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures. Clever stuff
1888 – Mary Ann “Polly” Nicholls was found murdered in London. The murder is generally accepted as the first “Jack the Ripper” crime.
1940 – Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh were married. Classic
1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth. We lost our best sprinters
1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.
1969 – The boxer Rocky Marciano died in an airplane crash in Iowa. A legend
1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labour movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike.
1986 – The Admiral Nakhimov, a Soviet passenger ship, collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea. 448 people were killed when both ships sank. Dreadful
1988 – A Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. Fourteen people were killed in the accident that was later blamed on the crew’s failure to set the wing flaps in their proper position.
1989 – Great Britain’s Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced that they were separating. The marriage was 16 years old. Pity
1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf. They were not serious about negotiating in Iraq
1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
1991 – Uzbekistan and Kirghiziz declared their independence from the Soviet Union. They were the 9th and 10th republics to announce their plans to secede.
1994 – A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland. Thank God
1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
1997 – Princess Diana of Wales died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur were also killed.We still miss her
1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target. Does not augur well for the future
1998 – U.S. embassies in Ghana and Togo were closed indefinitely because of security threats.
1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.
1999 – At least 69 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed just after take off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Horrible
1956, The top 10 songs in the UK singles chart were all by American artists including Elvis Presley, The Platters, Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant. Who?
1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the U.S. and for Elvis it would be the last.
1963, the girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. I loved this song
1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit. I loved this as well
1965, Sonny & Cher arrived in the UK for their first promotional visit. He was strange
1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings. Good value
1971, The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties. There were dodgy deals about
1974, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.’ Good advice to take
1974, Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included; Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket. I’m a Stevie Winwood fan
1976, George Harrison was found guilty of ‘subconscious plagiarism’ of the Ronnie Mack song ‘He’s So Fine’ when writing ‘My Sweet Lord’. I never really understood this
1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. Brilliant album
1985, UB40 with guest vocals from Chrissie Hynde had the UK No.1 single with their version of the Sonny Bono song ‘I Got You Babe’ a hit for Sonny & Cher in 1965. Nice cover
1986, After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000. Strange event
1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US.
1990, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier. Nice
1991, Jason Donovan and the original London cast from the show, ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat went to No.1 on the UK album chart. OK
1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Be Here Now.’ The album had sold over a million copies on the first day of release. On a roll
2003, Elton John No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Ready For Love.’ The song was recorded in 1977 and released in 1979, when it reached No.42. It was used by Sky TV for their Premiership football ads,Great track
2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. Sad
2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.
2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing. All good stuff
1939, Jerry Allison, drums, The Crickets
1940, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders
1944, Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia.
1945, Van Morrison, singer, songwriter, Them,
1955, Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Waterboys,