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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.

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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.

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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.


Events 31st August

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


31st August

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

Born on this day

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,

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Tuesday 30th August 2011 Get Down Tonight

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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 and events. Do you remember this day in 1969, two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings. Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. You can listen to the day’s events here whilst you do your work!
The fighting continues in Libya and his family, in general, seems to have been given shelter in Algeria. Analysts were saying on the BBC this morning that he is probably still inn the country and he probably still has a trick or two up his sleeve. They also feel there is still more to come from the Arab world.
Elsewhere it would seem that there were 40 known fatalities caused by Hurricane Irene and there is likely to be more flooding especially in Vermont. The power of nature should never be underestimated.
Yahoo continues to frustrate with the technology causing problems daily. Even when I have written and saved my blog it has changed by the morning and it is really of no use complaining. There is always a patronising or condescending answer which is basically telling me it’s my own fault. After all, I’m only the paying customer.
Our weather looked threatening around 5 pm yesterday. Nevertheless, I had a walk planned and I needed to give my ears a rest from the chemicals in the swimming pool. I have never suffered before but when I went into the surgery the medical staff all agreed it was a bad year for ear problems in the swimming pools. In decided to see what the Internet had to say, bearing in mind it should never supercede the advice given by qualified doctors. There is a likelihood that my earplugs can have caused the problem. Why have I been wearing earplugs? Yes. You’ve got it I was advised by the medical staff that it would be a good idea. You cannot win.
Moreover, it made me think of the times, and there have been many, where somebody has told me one thing and then, in an hour of my need, has sworn blind that the information had never been given in the first place. Thank goodness these days I don’t have to go to meetings where someone sidles up before the meeting to solicit your support at the meeting. Once that support has been promised and given in the meeting the person who had requested that support had been struck deaf, dumb and blind.
This is worth another read
A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain.
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This is interesting.%
After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia :
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.



Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.



Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’
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Events for 30th August

30 B.C. – Cleopatra, the seventh queen of Egypt, committed suicide.

1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.

1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.

1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

1780 – General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.

1941 – During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

1945 – General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.

1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.

1982 – P.L.O. leader Yasir Arafat left Beirut for Greece.

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.

1984 – The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage three communications satellites were deployed.

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1991 – The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.

1992 – 15 people were killed and 31 injured in a Sarajevo market when an artillery shell exploded.

1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
Music Stuff August 30th
1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.
1969, Elvis Presley had the No.1 album in the UK with ‘From Elvis in Memphis’
1969, two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings. Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.1969, One hit wonders Zager and Evans No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’
1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers.
1975, KC and the Sunshine Band  No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’- No.21 in the UK.
1975, guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died ‘ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).
1975, Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album – ‘Atlantic Crossing’
1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’,  No.13 in the UK.
1989, Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.
1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch.
1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.
2003, Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. 

Birthday Boys and Girls August 30th
1935,  John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas.
1939, Born on this day, John Peel, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft.
1941, John McNally, The Searchers

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Monday 29th August 2011 ‘War View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn

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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 and events. Do you remember this day in 1977, when three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. You can listen to the day’s events here whilst you do your work!

Thank goodness the impending doom forecast for East America didn’t wreak total havoc. Of course, there has been death and destruction but I think most will be relieved that the Armageddon in prospect did not materialise. Obama is telling his people to stay vigiland as there may be severe flooding as an aftermath. The other bad scenario was in the Philipinnes where flooding and high winds have also done their worst.

6,000 Police were attending the Notting Hill Carnival in London where the mayor, Boris Johnson, announced to the world that it was London’s chance to heal the wounds of the riots. I am not convinced that a few thousand people wiggling their bottoms in fancy dress really does totally clear the air but it was nice to see that up until today there had only been 58 arrests. Judging by the size of the crowds this is not too bad and down on the same period last year.

Notting Hill also became home to a large number of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in the 1950s and racial tension often arose.  Britain’s first race riots occurred in the area in August 1958.  The Notting Hill Carnival emerged as a unofficial reply to the riots; by 1965 it took to the streets and has grown ever since. Its presence in the last weekend of August sees around one million people joining the party. It claims to be the world’s biggest street festival outside Rio. Although the carnival has seen some trouble in the past, it is a relatively safe event now.  Notting Hill is a rather quiet area for most of the year. The exception to this is Saturdays when Portobello Market is jam-packed with visitors hunting through the antiques market. Let’s hope the day stays trouble free.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was disqualified from the final of the men’s 100m at the World Athletics Championships as countryman Yohan Blake took gold. A controversial dismissal  saw the tantrums of Usain Bolt clearly demonstrate the frustration of the one card system which now rules Athletics for Television. Why an athlete’s whole season should rest on one false move just for the sake of the broadcasters is an absolute joke. In Bolt’s case I might make an exception. In the preliminaries he was almost mocking his rivals whilst playing up to the cameras. This clearly shows the proverb pride cometh before a fall at work.

The power in football has definitely swung away from its money in Chelsea where Abramovitch can only watch and wonder if all his millions will catch the two Manchester clubs. Much as I want Liverpool to do well the facts speak for themselves. City and United are scoring  goals freely and Arsenal and Spurs bore the brunt yesterday. Let’s hope Liverpool can go up another gear.

Here is a nice piece sent by BS

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP)..

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”

And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began. And that’s the truth.


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Our weather is cooling down and we even had a bit of rain yesterday. The day seems a bit cooler but I expect we will get high winds soon as an effect from Irene


Events 29th August

1533 – Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.Muy mal

1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. I  think this was also the first year when money wa given to UK public education

1842 – The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain. Only until 1999

1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. He gave his name to Long John trousers

1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey. Sold in Chinese eateries ever since

1907 – The Quebec Bridge collapsed killing 75 workers. The bridge was being built across the St. Lawrence River above Quebec City. Tragic

1944 – During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris. I bet it was a wonderful occasion

1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. Good

1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. Good use

1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space. Welcome home

1973 – U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.Sorry Richard but….

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq. Oh yeah?

1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev. Great

1991 – The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. Glasnost

1997 – Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Horrible

2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missle able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles. There may be trouble ahead


29th August

1959, The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. Isn’t it great to see the humble origins but should they have been more loyal to Pete Best?
1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’. Why not their own music?
1970, Edwin Starr  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1 in the USa No.3 in the UK.  This is an all-time favourite song
1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday.  I loved his guitar playing
1977, three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. Ugh
1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world. Great 80s hit
1981, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’.1981, The twGreat music

1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand
1986, A mini dress worn by Kim Wilde was sold at Christie’s rock memorabilia auction for £400.  That seems cheap
1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died-I was born under a wanderin’ star
1987, Los Lobos  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.The group was based in Madrid
1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. He seemed a nice young man
1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.
1996, Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier. Strange brotherly love

1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66. I didn’t know the name

1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5′, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949. Love it
2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He wasn’t the only one
2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing. What a very sad life she led
2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found. His music is sorely missed -he was a genius

Born on this day

1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,
1945,  Chris Copping, Procol Harum
1958,  Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,

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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 business of  1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names.

The Americans are having to batten down the hatches as Irene speeds towards the East Coast and heads towards Boston and New York etc. Our hopes and prayers go with them.

In Libya atrocities are being discussed and it looks as though there have been wicked events on both sides. We certainly expected it from Gaddafi but we did not know what to expect from the rebels. Nothing is definite yet but we saw some gruesome pictures on the TV.

It was an interesting day in the Premier League with wins for Liverpool, Everton, Wigan and Chelsea. Predictably, the midlands derby between Wolves and Villa ended in a draw as did Sunderland and Swansea.

Wigan won the Rugby League Challenge Cup and England scraped a win over Ireland in the other code. Keep an eye on the Athleticsw. It is just hotting up and is available on Channel Four.  La Liga is back in Spain and Valencia had an amazing turnaround to win 4-3 at home to Santander.

Neil is here to record with me in a few minutes and we will be sending the show to six locations.  Here’s a letter doing the rounds……

Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing the UK ‘s economy.

Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings – unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car.
Ten million cars ordered – Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage –
Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university –
Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week …..
And there’s your money back in duty/tax etc

It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.  Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

Think about this (more points of contention):

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria?

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


Know Your Onions

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many had died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in his family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).

The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it, he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria and therefore, kept the family healthy.

I heard this story from my hairdresser: she said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu and also many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick (and no, she is not in the onion business).
So the sensible answer would seem to be, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office (under your desk or even a windowsill). Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and none of us contracted the flu. if this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose?  Just a few pennies on onions!!

Now there is a P.S. to this, for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: “Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmers story, but   I do remember that I contracted pneumonia and,needless to say, I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar, placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.

Sure enough, it happened just like that.. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago.They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.”

Here is another point: LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS!!

I have often used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes don’t use a whole one at a time and so save the other half for later. Now with this information, I have changed my habits and buy smaller onions!

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products,makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters of the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up and I wanted to share what I’d learned from a chemist.The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed Ed is one of the brothers and a chemistry expert who is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He’s even developed a sauce formula for McDonald’s.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise.. people are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.Ed’s answer will surprise you, as he said that all commercially made Mayo is completely safe.”It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated- there’s no harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary”, he explained. He said that the pH in mayonnaise is set at an environmental point that bacteria could not survive in
and he then talked about the quintessential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the victim last ate onions and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says that it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors, it’s the onions and/or the potatoes (ever seen a potato go black?  Thought so..)

He explained that onions are a huge magnet for bacteria,especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion and he says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator,It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and exposed to the air for a while and can be a real danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you have put in your hotdogs and burgers at the vendors!)..

Ed says that if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be OK, but if you slice that leftover onion and put it on your sandwich, then you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will take to even begin breaking down.
Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist.
And another point: dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions to cook the next day. They become highly poisonous even if just left overnight and create toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.


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Events 28th August

1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson. What did Della wear, boy?

1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975. Good

1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire. Great work by William Wilberforce

1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I. They would be mates in the next big one

1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. Brave ladies

1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.

1947 – Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain. He died the following day at age 30. Tragic

1955 – Emmett Till was abducted from his uncle’s home in Mississippi. Two white men had brutally murdered the black teen-ager after he supposedly whistled at a white woman. Devil’s work

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. Wonderful man

1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second. What a swimmer

1973 – An earthquake hit an area southwest of Mexico City killing 520 people and injuring 1,000 more. Bad

1981 – John Hinckley, Jr. pled innocent to the charge of attempting to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity. No comment

1986 – Jerry Whitworth, a retired Navy warrant officer, was convicted for his role in a Soviet spy ring. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000. Stupid punishment

1988 – At an air show in Ramstein, West Germany, an Italian Air Force jet collided with 2 other jets and then plunged into a crowd. 70 people were killed. Dreadful

1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.Cheek

1990 – 27 people were killed and 350 injured when a tornado struck in Will County in Chicago. Dreadful

1995 – A mortar shell killed 38 people in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The act triggered NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs.

1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage. Diana was used by Charles

1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.UK soon to follow?

2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes. Wonderful effort


28th August

1961, Joe Dowell US No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart’. But not Elvis
1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’. Great song
1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’  US No.3 -UK  No.26  I love this song
1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.History made
1966, nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000.
1967, The Kinks, Dave, Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival Of Music in Hastings, England. Tickets 10 shillings-value for money
1968, Simon and Garfunkel UK No.1 album with ‘Bookends’. I loved it
1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again’, I love this
1968, working at Trident Studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Dear Prudence’. They built the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George played guitars, while Paul plays drums to compensate for Ringo, who had quit The Beatles on August 22. Not one of my favourites
1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. Classic rock
1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names. What a loss
1988, Kylie Minogue set a new UK record when her debut album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain with sales of almost two million. Great talent
1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘River Of Dreams.’ Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title.Love it
1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat  No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’. I love this
1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’-bloomin cheek!
1997, Gina G was taken ill during a flight from London to Glasgow when she suffered an allergic reaction to a flu treatment and had to be rushed to hospital.
1998, Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. Good riddance
2005, Art Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car.
2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’-I like this track
2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with front man Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. You can’t choose your family!

Born on this day

1939,  Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes
1943, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs
1943, David Soul, actor, singer
1946, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road,
1949,  Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers
1949, Martin Lamble drums, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). Killed on 14th May 1969 when the bands van crashed on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England.
1951,  Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds
1961, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim
1965, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards)
1969,  Mary McCartney, a daughter to Paul and Linda McCartney Mary was named after Paul’s mother (who he mentioned in the song ‘Let It Be’).

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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 1965, On the last  day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles,  attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The  Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an  awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s  personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after,  “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”

Remember you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.

I’ve just been having a chat with Don Woods for a new podcast and I asked him why he thought the riots happened as they did. Don reckons there’s a breed of people called sheeple who just join in without really thinking. I asked Don why there had been such a change since we were growing up and his answer was very succinct. Don’s answer was that we had something to fear when we were at school and we knew the cane was a deterrent.

Our primary school had a headteacher who was the only man who could give us the punishment and he was a man to be feared. We did have a male teacher in the top class and, looking back, it was probably the best thing for me. I would probably have always been mucking about and, although I was never malicious, I would probably have distracted the teacher from his primary reason for being there. Although we could pursue this line a bit further.

Personally, I would advocate nicer kids coming out of schools and colleges rather than well-educated thugs. However, my own ideas would always be challenged by those telling us that we need a workforce to compete in the international markets. There would always appear to be a dichotomy. There would seem to have to be a choice. Why, then, can’t there be both? Why is it seemingly not possible to have well-educated young people coming into the workplace with all the necessary skills and also able to behave in society.

This is where the teachers must have their support. It is their remit to get the kids up to scratch where academic work is required but the parents have their duty to get the children ready for society. There is the requirement of the child to behave in the classroom so that the teacher can get on with the job of teaching but there is also the process of socialisation. Have I always laboured under the misapprehension that the parents must work in tandem with the school to ensure the child knows how to interract with other children? Surely there is little point in an angel in the classroom who then goes out into society and behaves as we have seen in the recent riots?

This must lead to another link in the quest for comprehension as to what has really been going on. It is coming out now that it wasn’t just the teenagers and a few twenties who were behaving so badly. There were thirty and forty year olds who were enjoying the moment. Obviously, we are now a few weeks into the punishment phase now and the bleating hearts are mortified to see sentences being handed out which are quite punitive to say the least. However, this is the medicine that has to be taken for any change to take place. Personally, I’d be very surprised if this alone will serve the occasion. For a start the bleating hearts are winning and the sentences are being overturned. Britain is already forgetting the deaths and the absolute mayhem that was endured. Britain is forgetting that they have an Olympic Games to host and they have to drastically put their house in order. Whilst the legal system is now making money the government seems relatively busy in Libya and it would be the lure of the oil rather than the lure of a more just society that is back driving the government.

Here in Spain there is a little chink in the curtain that dominates the money scene. The footballers have gone on strike and La Liga is already a day’s fixtures adrift. The nub of the matter is that the second division footballers want a safety net for when they don’t get paid by their clubs. The players in this division don’t get the lottery winning wages of the first division every week and the clubs are defaulting on what money should be paid. My sympathies lie with those who are not on much of a wage although in a recession it is difficult for everyone. The players want a safety net to cover times of default. They have just reached their goal…terrible pun…. and the football returns tomorrow. Look at the grounds around Europe and then tell me there is a recession. Manchester United will have their 70.000 paying guests and still not be able to afford the teams’ wages. Do you know of any other business where the banks will throw 400 million+  overdraft their way?

I think many people will acknowledge the grains of truth in my ramblings but we all know there really is no will to change our ways. I’ll turn away from my computer and prepare for another grand weekend of sport. Whatever your team might be…………



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Events 27th August

1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II. God save the King, eh?

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly. Tres bien

1828 – Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina. They would produce some excellent footballers

1859 – The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PAGood

1889 – Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.  Just as well others didn’t get wind of it

1889 – Boxer Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche. Oh Dear!

1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” was published for the first time. Aaaaaaaaghaaaaaghaaa!

1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers. (NFL)   Nice touch

1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris. Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.  Was this just one or a serial?

1939 – Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.  Thank God for Winston Churchill and millions of brave men!

1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.  Good

1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.  But was it worth the money?

1979 – Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.  This was a horrible event

1981 – Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts I don’t remember this

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.  Extremely sad

1985 – The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed. Great achievement

1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard. Fair enough

1991 – The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence. Good for them

1992 – Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.  It could be happening again

1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.  I think this is fair

1998 – In New York city, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-‘Owhali appeared in a U.S. Federal Court to face charges of bombing attacks at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was one of two suspects released to the U.S. by Kenya.  If he was guilty he deserved severe punishment

1999 – The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.  Did they take any cats with them?

2001 – The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B “Predator” aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft “may have crashed or been shot down.”   Why should this be a surprise?

2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  Good


27th August

1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1. Female drummer Honey Langtree..

1965, On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”    I suppose it was a lop-sided encounter

1966, The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.
1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.  I think Brian Epstein needs some recognition for his part in the Beatles story
1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin played two shows at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Haven.

1977, The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One-hit Wonders. The song was vdery catchy but a bit cheesey

1982, During a North American tour Queen appeared in Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1983, Barry Manilow appeared at Blenheim Palace the British stately home.

1988, ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson. George Michael’s achievemnts became overshadowed by his behaviour

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album. 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. Eric has had some awful moments in his life

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time. What a sad loss

1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold at an auction for $87,000, (£47,220). Was this really worth the money?

1993, This years UK 3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads, Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead, The Boo Radleys and Shampoo. Good bill
1994, Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with ‘On Bended Knee’. Very good group

1999, The Charlatans, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared at The Carling Reading three day festival, England, tickets, £78. Value for money

2000, Percussionist Richard Jaeger died. Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters. A lesser-known name

2001, Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, the group’s final UK No.1. Good

2004, Winners at this years Kerrang! awards included The Darkness for best British band and best live band, best band on the planet award went to Metallica. Green Day were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, Lostprophets won the best single for ‘Last Train Home’ and best album went to Muse for ‘Absolution’. Not my scene

2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England. Almost quicker to name those who didn’t play!

2006, The Rolling Stones played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, England on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Oh yeah?
2006, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deja Vu.’

Born on this day
1937,  Phil Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single ‘Kites’). Gentle Giant.

1942,  B.J. Thomas, singer, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.38 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’).

1942,  Daryl Dragon, The Captain and Tennille, (1980 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Do That To Me One More Time’).

1945,  Malcolm Allured, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1947,  percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Died on 6th December 2002.

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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 1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi..

Remember you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.

The UK is having another BBC bash this morning on the overweight problem in the country. There is an estimated half of the population overweight. Yet people seem to have forgotten that Physical Education was not compulsory in the primary schools. Many parents just don’t get their kids motivated away from the television and then throw in too much junk food and you have bad habits by the age of 8 or 9. I remember thinking to myself when I was doing supply teaching in Cornwall that too many of the kids were drastically overweight. Throw into the melting pot that there was often no designated PE teacher plus the fact that there were far too few male role models in the teaching staff and you have a suspicion of instant inactivity.

There is a call to put a tax on junk food. But this is not where the decisions are really made. The parents need to be strong but how can they be if they have already become part of the cycle? How a n overweight person can say they want to lose weight and then still eat junk food is beyond me. How an overweight parent cannot see the same happening to the children and then stay with the same diet is beyond me. The trouble is with the parents in the first instance and I think the UK can now see that too much laxity in the early years cannot be offset by merely blaming the teachers.

I can’t see Libya settling down too quickly with snipers around everywhere and scenes like the wild west. Let’s just hope Gaddafi doesn’t embark on a scorched earth policy.


Unlock Stiff Muscles in Minutes

Done properly, a few simple stretching movements can ease your back pain and provide long-term relief.

Here are a few exercises I recommend that have worked wonders for many of my patients:

Lying Knee-to-Chest Stretch – Lie on your back and keep one leg flat on the floor. Use your hands to bring your other knee into your chest. Repeat with the other leg.

Lying Crossover Knee Pull Down Stretch – Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Bring your foot up to your opposite knee and with your opposite arm gently push your raised knee down toward the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

Shoulder Stretch – Stand in an open doorway. Raise your arm to a 90-degree angle ººwith palm facing out. Now press your hand and shoulder against the wall and doorjamb. You should feel the wall against your armpit. Slowly increase the tension as you push forward. Hold for a 10 count. Then repeat with the other arm.

Reverse Shoulder Stretch – Stand upright and clasp your hands together behind your back. Keep your arms straight and slowly lift your hands upward.

Hip Flexors – You need to do this stretch, particularly if you sit all day at work. Sitting all day puts pressure on the hip flexor muscles. This is a major cause of minor low back pain. Stretching your hip flexors muscles several times a week will prevent this kind of lower back pain.

Stand in a modified runner stance, with right foot forward and left foot back, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your hips and keep your back and hips in straight alignment.

Push forward with your hips, while maintaining your erect posture. Slowly, push your hips forward only until you feel a comfortable level of tension. Hold for a 10 count. Switch sides by reversing your leg stance and repeat.   Al Sears, MD

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Events 26th August

55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. The main man

1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.” He might have a neck strain on the way

1743 – Antoine Lavoisier was born. He was the chemist that proved that the union of oxygen and other chemicals is used in burning, rusting of metals and breathing. Clever man

1873 – Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible. Very great inventor

1883 – A two-day eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa began. The tidal waves that were associated with the eruption killed 36,000 people when they destroyed the island. Such devastation litters history

1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government. Dios mio

1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany. Bully

1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.

1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.

1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.

1974 – Charles Lindberg died at the age of 72.

1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.

1990 – The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.

1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.

1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.

1996 – Barbara Jewell asked U.S. President Clinton to clear her son’s name in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Richard Jewell was later cleared by the Justice Department.

1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

1998 – U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.



26th August

1963, Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.

1965, Sonny & Cher  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.

1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1967, Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening ‘Festival of the Flower Children’ at Woburn Abbey, England. Plus DJ’s John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost £1.

1970, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

1972, Looking Glass started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brandy You’re A Fine Girl’, it didn’t chart in the UK.

1973, 10cc made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour. Comprising of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had written and recorded together for some three years before assuming the 10cc name

1977, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Golden Earing, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind, Racing Cars, John Miles, Graham Parker, The Enid, No Dice and Frankie Miller’s Full House all appeared at the 17th three day Reading Festival, England. A three day ticket cost£7.95.

1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’.

1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’.

1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.

1993, A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern in Liverpool sold for £16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1994, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh from The Eagles had formed. Miller spent five months in a coma. He then entered rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

1995, Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Country House’ and won a media battle with Oasis for the No.1 position. B

2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list. 2004, US Cinematographer David Myers died after suffering a stroke. He worked of various music films including Woodstock, Elvis On Tour, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie.

2004, Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm.

2005, A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Lennon-Harrison song, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards

2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.


Born on this day

1940, Nik Turner, Hawkwind,

1941,  Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948,  Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers,

1948,  Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson,
1954,  Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).



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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 1991, Rick Griffith, died after being forced off the road by a van he was attempting to pass on his Harley Heritage Softail motorbike. He designed album sleeves for Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane and designed countless Rock posters. He was another of those lesser known names in pop music. Remember you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sports shirt.  Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me: “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”

“It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?”

He yelled back: “Manchester United.


I’ve had a busy schedule podcasting to my heart’s content this week. I have just had a chart with Cathy Humphreys from the Post and there is a lot in the news locally. We have had another unsavoury incident in Albir. This is a very pleasant market town and we can do without incidents like the one you’ll here Cathy talking about. I suppose it is a reflection on just how lucky we are living her. Practically always there’s a nice story to counterbalance anything sinister and the paper is full of good advice and nice community news. If you can’t get the paper then read it online or listen to Cathy’s podcast at this link.

I took my friends Tom and Thelma down to the Bus station in Benidorm and it was roasting hot at 9 am. Poor Tom suffers in the heat and was already beginning to leak a bit. We said goodbye and then watched the weather forecast to see what would be waiting for them i9n Liverpool. It would be raining and dismal and they probably welcomed the respite from the heat and a bit of water to go with it……for about five minutes!

Eric’s podcast is already up and running with the Alfaz Fantasy Football and we didn’t really talk about Arsenal who had a big game last night. Arsene Wenger has a big problem on his hands and I’ll bet the boardroom are his biggest problem for on the pitch his youngster did him proud last night. Well done Arsenal.

Back here in Spain the La Liga footballers are on strike. Personally, I don’t really have a lot of sympathy with their cause as I believe this has to be the start of a backlash against footballers’ wages. I think it’s immoral to see the money they are earning at this time of recession and I don’t know why the paying public supports this greed. I firmly believe it is a big ingredient in the world’s financial woes when one man can earn in a week for playing fooball the money that could keep a village in Africa in water for a year. I base that claim on the advert running in the UK asking for 2 pounds per month donation for water to help in Africa. Rob Daniell’s explains the situation here.


Thanks Ian H for the following….

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.  He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.  An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow ?


The Elephant and the Fly
Author: Remez Sasson

A disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest.
The disciple was disturbed by the fact that his mind was in
constant unrest.

He asked his teacher: “Why are most people’s minds
restless, and only a few possess a calm mind? What can one
do to still the mind?”

The teacher looked at the disciple, smiled and said: “I
will tell you a story. An elephant was picking leaves from
a tree. A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his ear.
The elephant waved it away with his long ears. Then the fly
came again, and the elephant waved it away once more.”

This was repeated several times. Then the elephant asked
the fly: “Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can’t you
stay for a while in one place?”

The fly answered: “I am attracted to whatever I see, hear
or smell. My five senses, and everything that happens
around me, pull me constantly in all directions, and I
cannot resist them. What is your secret? How can you stay
so calm and still?”

The elephant stopped eating and said: “My five senses do
not rule my attention. I am in control of my attention,
and I can direct it wherever I want. This helps me to get
immersed in whatever I do, and therefore, keeps my mind
focused and calm. Now that I am eating, I am completely
immersed in eating. In this way, I can enjoy my food and
chew it better. I control my attention, and not the other
way around, and this helps me stay peaceful.”

Upon hearing these words, the disciple’s eyes opened wide,
and a smile appeared on his face. He looked at his teacher
and said: “I understand! My mind will be in constant
unrest if my five senses and whatever is happening in the
world around me are in control of them. On the other hand,
if I am in command of my five senses, able to disregard
sense impressions, my mind will become calm, and I will
be able to disregard its restlessness.”

“Yes, that’s right,” answered the teacher,” The mind is
restless and goes wherever the attention is. Control your
attention, and you control your mind.”


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Events 25th August

1718 – Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans. Which is why there is French spoken there

1814 – The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces. Very clever

1875 – Captain Matthew Webb swam from Dover, England, to Calais, France making him the first person to swim the English Channel. The feat took about 22 hours. It’s easy to forget how good this was

1920 – The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome. Brave

1921 – The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany. This was pre Hitler

1941 – Soviet and British troops invaded Iran. This was in reaction to the Shah’s refusal to reduce the number of German residents. You can see Britain was involved everywhere around the world

1941 – Allied forces invaded Iran. Within four days the Soviet Union and England controlled Iran. As above

1944 – Paris, France, was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation. Merci mes amis

1946 – Ben Hogan won the PGA in Portland, OR. It was his first major golf title.Great player

1967 – American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell was assassinated by a sniper.

1972 – In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced. Good use of technology

1978 – The Turin shroud believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ went on display for the first time in 45 years. I wonder..

1981 – The U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about Saturn. The craft came within 63,000 miles of the planet.  Is that near?

1983 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a $10 billion grain pact. It is needed

1987 – Saudi Arabia denounced the “group of terrorists” that ran the Iranian government.  A troubled area

1988 – Iran and Iraq began talks in Geneva after ending their eight years of war. Both countries had been troubled areas

1990 – Military action was authorized by the United Nations to enforce the trade embargo that had been placed on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait. Not good times

1992 – It was reported by researchers that cigarette smoking significantly increased the risk of developing cataracts. This is a new one on me

1993 – Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was indicted by a federal grand jury for terrorist activities, one of which was the World Trade Center bombing. There was definitely collusion from other parts of the world

1993 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time high.

1998 – A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet. That’s why I like podcasting



25th August

1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his brother’s baby-sitter). Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach No.1.It’s not the only song written with a baby-sitter in mind

1960, The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Apache’. The first of five UK No.1′s for Cliff Richard’s backing group. An all-time favourite

1961, After playing a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Liverpool, The Beatles played aboard the Merseyside riverboat M.V.Royal Iris’ supporting Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. Tickets cost 8/6. They were great gigs on the Royal Iris
1962, Little Eva went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Loco-motion’. The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song was offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter record it who took it to No.1. 1 There you go!

1967, Bobbie GentryNo.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ode To Billy Joe’, a No.13 hit in the UK.  Great song ..Talahassie Bridge

1970, Elton John made his US live debut when he kicked off a 17-date tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. In the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell.  That might put him off

1970, Emerson Lake and Palmer made their live debut at The Guildhall, Plymouth, England. A place for common men

1973, Donny Osmond  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’ his third and last No.1. Tab Hunter also had a hit with the song in 1957. His was a nice version

1973, One hit wonders, Stories started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brother Louie’. Hot Chocolate who had a No.7 hit with the song in the UK wrote the song. I loved this song

1973, Bobby Darin performed his final concert, at the Las Vegas Hilton. He died at the age of 37 on December 20th 1973 following open-heart surgery. I hadn’t realised he hied so young

1979, 25 years after his first UK No.1 single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ his first No.1 for eleven years.Well done, Cliff

1979, The Knack t No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Sharona a No.6 hit in the UK.  Another favourite

1989, The Sugarcubes, New Order, The Pogues, The Mission, House Of Love, The Swans, Pop Will Eat Itself, Green On Red, That Petrol Emotion, Billy Bragg and The Wonder Stuff all appeared at the three day Reading Festival in England. Good gig

1990, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ by Bombalurina was the UK No.1 single. Bombalurina was childrens TV presenter Timmy Mallett with a remake of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit.  I even liked this version

1994, Take That kicked off a 36 date sold out UK tour with 3 nights at the SEC Glasgow. During the tour the group played 9 sold out nights at London’s Wembley Arena.  They would get stronger

1995, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Neil Young, Green Day, Hole, Paul Weller, Soundgarden, Beck, Foo Fighters, Ash, Deus, Gene all appeared at this years UK Reading festival, a three day ticket cost £60.  Good bill
1999, Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist Bonehead had left the band.  I wonder why!

2000, Academy Award-winning film score composer and record producer Jack Nitzsche died of a heart attack. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Walker Brothers.  Big name

2000, Oasis, Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, The Bluetones, Muse, Eminem, Beck, Stereophonics, Blink 182, Slipknot, Placebo, Pulp, Eminem, Rage Against The Machine, Gomez, Limp Bizkit, Embrace and The Wannadies all appeared at Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds festival in England.  Sounded a good event
2001, American singer, actress Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas aged 22. The small Cessna plane crashed a few minutes after take off killing everyone on board with exception to four passengers who were pulled from the wreckage but later died.  A great loss

2002, Eva Cassidy No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’, the singers second UK No.1 album.  Another great loss

Born on this day

918, Leonard Bernstein. Composed music for 1957 ‘West Side Story’, ‘On The Waterfront’, conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25.
1942, , Walter Williams, The O’Jays,
1950,  Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille,Aug 2009.

1951,  James Warren, The Korgis,

1955,  Elvis Costello, (Declan McManus)

1961,  Billy Ray Cyrus, US singer,

1987,Amy MacDonald, Scottish singer/songwriter. (2008 UK No.1 with her debut album ‘This Is the Life’).


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Thank you to Ian and Bridget at El Faro in Calpe for a wonderful night last night. The food was excellent, the company was scintillating and I’m told the music was well received. It must have been roasting hot in the kitchen so many thanks.

The world seems to think Gaddafi is over but he is still about.  Libya is in a mess but the people we are seeing on TV are certainly apparently ready for a change which they have been saying is long overdue. The fact still remains that it’s what comes next that really matters. For the rest of the world we need to remember that Saddam’s legacy was to light all the oil wells and I would expect Gaddafi to do the same.  This is the problem with ridding the world of any despots.

I was just watching the Wright Stuff on Channel 5 in the UK and they were discussing the issues of children understanding sexuality. An older lady rang in to the show to say that she thought six year old children were not able to understand what gay means. She was then asked whether six year olds can understand heterosexual behaviour. The presenter was trying to trap the caller into saying heterosexual relations with mum and dad can be explained but gay sexuality cannot be understood at the age of six.

Herein lies the problem. For me, the presenter was trying to curry favour with the younger morning audience which might have a tendancy towards a greater acceptance of the word gay. The older caller was in the net and finding it difficult. However, it came down to rules in a parental home. Whether young gay people should have the same acceptance of young heterosexuals.

For me this TV show trivialised a really difficult problem for a lot of older people. We have been brought up in a very different way and some things are not ready for a quick fix change. During the recent riots in the UK the blame was laid squarely on the rioters first but their parents second. This is the point. If parents have rules like no snogging in the house when teenage guests are invited into the home then that should be the rule for one and all. It isn’t a question of being gay or not being gay. It would appear that the parent has a right to have his/her rules as long as they are known and agreed. Certainly, as in my case, if I did not want to accept my parents rules then I had to stand on my own two feet elsewhere. My dad didn’t like long hair for starters. He had just come out of the army and I can understand his dilemma. The world was changing.

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0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.

1572 – The Catholics began their slaughter of the French Protestants in Paris. The killings claimed about 70,000 people. Horrible statistics

1680 – Colonel Thomas Blood died. He was the Irish adventurer that had stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.

1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol. Very constructive

1880 – Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy electric train.t Great

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”

1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.

1963 – John Pennel pole-vaulted 17 feet and 3/4 inches becoming the first to break the 17-foot barrier.  Watch out Sergei Bubka

1968 – France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. Horrible

1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon. Horrible man

1985 – 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country. Change was a-coming

1989 – “Total war” was declared by Columbian drug lords on their government.

1990 – Irish hostage Brian Keenan was released. He had been held in Lebanon for 1,597 days.  Great day

1991 – Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.

1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95″ went on sale. Great news for usw

1998 – The U.S. and Britain agreed on the Netherlands as site for the trial of two Libyan suspects for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.  terrible event

2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.

2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.  Necessary info

2005 – The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.


—————————————————————————————– August 24th

1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2′. This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.
1968, The Incredible String Band, Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Family, Fairport Convention, Blossom Toes, Pretty things, Deviants, Blonde On Blonde and Free all appeared over two nights at The Roundhouse in London.  Good gig
1974, Paul Anka with Odia Coates No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(You’re Having My Baby’, Anka’s 24th US top 40 hit. It made No.6 in the UK.
1975, Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.  This is a classic and that’s why!
1980, Iron Maiden Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Gillan, Gillan, Pat Travers Band and Rory Gallagher all appeared at the 20th National Rock Festival Reading Rock 80, England. Advance tickets £12.50. Good billing
1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon. What a loss to the world of music
1983, The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.
1985, Huey Lewis and the News No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. As featured in the movie ‘Back To The Future’.
1987, Donny Osmond released his first single in 10 years ‘I’m In It For Love’, (Donny now shaves and has taken to wearing black leather). Quite a change from the long haired lover from Liverpool
1989, The Who perform “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.  Great show
1990, This years three day UK Reading Festival kicked off, featuring, Faith No More, The Cramps, Inspiral Carpets, Pixies, The Fall, Jesus Jones, Ride, Dinosaur Jnr, The Wedding Present, Billy Bragg and others, a three day ticket £35.
1995, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker presented this weeks UK TV Music show ‘Top Of The Pops’, guest’s included Oasis, Blur, Bjork and The Charlatans. Strange man
1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London’s Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.
1998, Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’ Quality work
2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

Born on this day

1944, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic,
1945, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1948, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist,
1955, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’).
1956, Matt Aitken, part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.

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“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw —————————————————————————————— 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, 1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On

I had finished my blog when suddenly everything went up in smoke and disappeared into the Internet. I’ve got a busy day so I have to crack on. I’ll be back…..

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We have another very hot day ahead ———————————————————————————————- Events 23rd August 1838 – The first class graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, MA. It was one of the first colleges for women. Well done ladies 1839 – Hong Kong was taken by the British in a war with China. I say old chap 1858 – “Ten Nights in a Barroom” opened in New York City at the National Theater. It was a melodrama about the evils of drinking.Constant theme down the years 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. Not worth the paper it was written on 1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite. Any tornadoes? 1983 – The U.S. announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile. Wow 1990 – President Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a group of Western detainees that he referred to as “guests.” He told the group that they were being held “to prevent the scourge of war.” He was a horror story 1996 – U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.Good 1998 – Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers. In New York City it was illegal to carry to possess a toy gun that looks real or is painted black. No guns 1998 – Boris Yeltsin dismissed the Russian government again. 1999 – Rescuers in Turkey found a young boy that had been buried in rubble from an earthquake for about a week. Fabulous —————————————————————————————– August 23rd: On this day 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office. 1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ It’s marvellous what two chords can achieve 1965, security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance. They were good 1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided ‘Yellow Submarine – Eleanor Great value 1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ No.1 in the UK. Great track 1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘I’m Still Waiting’, the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme. Did Arnold like it? 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. From the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Wonderful 1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want to Wake Up with You’. Good song

1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival in England. Good gig

1996, the father of Noel and Liam form Oasis Tommy Gallagher was jailed for one month by a Manchester Court for driving while disqualified. ….Why am I not surprised?

2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years……..

2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band’s drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine.

2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Born on this day 1938, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’). 1942, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). With Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene Pitney. The pair also co-wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio commercial, with the lyric ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.’ 1947, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). 1949, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single ‘Jessie’s Girl’). 1951, Born on this day, Jimi Jamison, Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single ‘Eye Of The Tiger’). 1953, Born on this day, Bobby G, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK top 40 singles’). 1954, Mark Avsec, keyboardist, songwriter, Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’). 1959, Edwyn Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, Orange Juice, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rip It Up’), solo, (1995 UK No.4 single ‘A Girl Like You’). Web Directory Share Ping list Celebrities Blogs Celebrities blog Music Source 1 music source 2

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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 1963, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bad To Me.’ A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein.

We have a new granddaughter today and her name is Bianca. She was born on the same day as my late father’s birthday. Jimbo would have been well into his 90s now but he would love to have been here for this arrival. Isn’t it weird how these things happen?

I went o bed with the sound of the rebels firing their guns in Tripoli and I woke up with the same noise. Has Sky TV no concept of overkill? Just how much joy do we need to see over death and killing? The anchorman was asking the questions from the safety of his studio whilst the female reporter was explaining how snipers were killing people in the exact same place where she was reporting from. How stupid is that? Do we need her to be standing in such an open situation and why doesn’t Health and Safety become an issue?

Never mind there’s always Syria to move the SKY TV circus on and there’s trouble brewing again in Israel. Sure, we have to know these things but why is there a need for explicit detail and 24 hours of non-stop gung ho firing of shots into the air.

Stoke and Norwich shared the spoils yesterday and Man City laboured a little to defeat Bolton……United tonight.

Here’s one of those questions from the Television…

Six kings of England have been called George, the last one being George the Sixth. Name the previous five. EXTRA CREDIT: Using your fingers, count from 1-5.
I caught the following on SpanishVida……..

Thursday 25th August marks the anniversary of a solemn day in the history of Torrevieja.

All official records of the incident were removed and destroyed, though many still remember, through the loss that they themselves suffered, or at least their immediate ancestors, when on August 25, 1938, Italian aircraft based in the Balearic Islands launched a terrifying attack on the town.

Numerous people died, and many more were injured, including many innocent civilians, children, even babies. It has been described as a terrorist attack against civilians.

Reports from the day state that the aircraft seemed to deliberately hit a queue of people waiting outside the fish market, whereas other bombs fell on homes and on a football pitch.

There have been many attempts to have a memorial built, mostly by the United Left party, but it is one of those Civil War atrocities that a lot of people would much sooner ignore. However, right or wrong, it is not for us to judge, but it is for us to accept that history happened and we should never forget anybody who suffered the loss from any incident like this.

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Events 22nd August

1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry V II.  There’s still rivalry between Yorkshire and Lancashire

1572 – Earl of Northumberland was executed for treason in York, England. They didn’t muck about in those days.

1642 – The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors. This was not a long war.

1762 – Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper. Well done

1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.  He just happened to be passing by!

1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.  They were flexing their muscles

1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup. They were lucky!

1910 – Japan formally annexed Korea.  Remember this was only 1910

1911 – It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy. Was she still smiling?

1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England. Goodo

1941 – Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.

1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition. Good for her

1968 – Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America. Good

1972 – Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games. Good

1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. Good

1985 – 55 people were killed in a fire aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway in England. Where was this?

1990 – Angry smokers blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage. How short-sighted

1991 – Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners’ coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him. It’s the way they do things there

1998 – Mark David Chapman said that he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed. Chapman was currently serving sentence for the December 8, 1980 murder. Horrible man

2000 – It was announced that all 118 crewmembers aboard the Kursk submarine were dead. The Russian vessel had sunk on August 4. Sad event




August 22nd: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender. In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the ‘Love Me Tender’ song recorded for the film.  Not the best ever movie
1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, (it was shown on 17th October 1962). I wonder was I there?

1963, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bad To Me.’ A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein. Good song

1964, The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1, it made No.3 in the UK.  Good song

1964, During a North American tour The Beatles appeared at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver, to over 20,000 fans. The Beatles set at the time was just 29 minutes long. tickets cost £5.25.  Money for old rope
1965, The Beatles, on tour in North America, performed two shows at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. Between performances, The Beatles were visited in their dressing-room by Carl Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.Meeting of minds
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the BBC TV Simon Dee show. How is Simon?
1968, Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums and John playing bass. The split was coming

1969, The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for their final ever photo session. Three shots from this session (by Ethan Russell) formed the front and back covers of the Capitol compilation album Hey Jude. Yoko Ono and a pregnant Linda McCartney (she was to give birth to daughter Mary six days later) appeared in some photographs with The Beatles.There comes a time for things to end

1970, Bread went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, it made No.5 in the UK.

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’. great Album

1971, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary all appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.Nice n easy

1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London’s Electric Ballroom. In the audience: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett , The Slits and Captain Sensible. Don’t you just love it?
1979, Led Zeppelin released In Through the Out Door, their last album of original material, ‘Fool in the Rain’ was released as a single in the US.

1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 and also a No.1 in the UK. Good disco
1990, Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He also wrote music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.  Talented man
1992, Sting and Trudie Styler held their wedding reception, (the couple married on 20th August 1992), after The Troggs had played a set, all three members of The Police got on stage and played a couple of numbers.Nice wedding

1997, U2 played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England on their Pop Mart tour.
1999, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell scored her first UK No.1 solo single with ‘Mi Chico Latino’ the second single from her debut solo album Schizophonic. Quite a nice song
2002, Corrs drummer, Caroline Corr married long-time boyfriend Frank Woods in a candlelit church on Mallorca. Nice, nice, nice

2003, Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.He ain’t nothing but a hound dog

2003, Blur, Beck, The White Stripes, Doves, The Streets, The Libertines, The Darkness, Junior Senior, The Sleepy Jackson and The Thrills all appeared at this years UK Carling Reading weekend festival. Not much for me

2009, Soul singer Johnny Carter, who was a member of doo-wop groups The Dells and The Flamingos, died aged 75. Carter who was famed for his falsetto vocals, was one of the few artists to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two acts.  great name

Born on this day
1920, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist, (1951 US million selling album ‘I’m In The Mood’, 1964 UK No.23 single ‘Dimples’, 1989 album ‘The Healer’). Hooker died on 21st June 2001.

1938,  Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist, (1957 US No. 27 single ‘Susie Q’).

1939, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).

1945,  Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies, (1969 US & UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Sugar’) and The Cufflinks, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Tracy’).
1946,, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’).

1956,  Chris Biondo, guitarist, producer with Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums

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