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