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 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.”
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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…………
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
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
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.’
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.