Saturday 31st March 2012 ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1973, Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ a hit single for Johnny Mathis in 1957

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something special. We decided to go and explore the trails around the Indian Canyons at the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. It was roasting hot but we got to the reservation which is not really very well sign-posted and the directions on the maps from the Tourist Authorities were quite misleading. We eventually arrived at around 12.30 and then started walking the trails until 3pm.

We found many lizards and humming birds but we didn’t see anything else although we were informed squirrels, kangaroo rats and pumas were around. We did, however, meet many really nice people including a lovely young Aussie lady who lives in San Francisco, a gentleman from Minnesota who was most informative about the plants and a lady with a service dog. These dogs help sufferers from conditions like extreme stress. I also had quite a thrilling meeting with one of the Indian rangers who told me about his family traditions. He also told me that John Wayne actually spoke some of their language!

Did you know Cadiz is the oldest city in Western Europe? I was listening to various podcasts I was going to feature on today’s podcast shows. Whilst I’ve been away I’ve been looking through my collection and featuring a very diverse range of great shows including all my various guests that I’ve had over the years. I have to admit to having a great deal of pride when listening to all the different people who I’ve been lucky enough to have as my guests.
Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:
“Dr. Jones at your cervix.”**************************In a Podiatrist’s office:
“Time wounds all heels.”**************************On a Plumber’s truck:
“We repair what your husband fixed.”


On another Plumber’s truck:
“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”


On a Church’s Bill board:
“Seven days without God makes one weak.”

At a Tyre Store
“Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an Electrician’s truck:
“Let us remove your shorts.”


In a Non-smoking Area:
“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”


On a Maternity Room door:
“Push. Push. Push.”


At an Optometrist’s Office:
“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”


On a Taxidermist’s window:
“We really know our stuff.”


On a Fence:
“Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!”


At a Car Dealership:
“The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”


Outside a Car Exhaust Store:
“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”


In a vet’s waiting room:
“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”


In a Restaurant window:
“Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”


In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

“Best place in town to take a leak.”


Sign on the back of a Septic Tank Truck:
“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”


According to official figures released by the police, 40,000 people descended on Alicante on Thursday, a figure considerably lower than the 100,000 that the unions claimed, to support the general strike across Spain protesting against labour reforms.

The protesters marched through the streets and blocked access and egress to a number of buildings in what was a largely peaceful protest.


Local police officers in Alicante have arrested a 33 year old man and a 23 year old woman, accused of shoplifting clothing valued at over 1,500 euro.

Officers spotted the suspicious looking woman making numerous trips to a car parked close to a loading bay and went to investigate. They found the man with a large quantity of clothing, with no proof of purchase, believed to have come from a number of high street stores. The female then returned once more and was found to be carrying a bag that contained goods believed to have been stolen and a device commonly used to bypass shop security alarms.


A court in Alicante has remand the alleged ringleader of a stem cell scam campaign in custody, without bail, but has released two women also arrested in connection with the case.

The three people were arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of forgery and fraud in stem cell treatment as part of the case opened by the court No. 3 of Alicante, which has been declared secret, for alleged fraud and document forgery of a hypothetical stem cell process.

MORE COMPANIES SUPPORTING EARTH HOURAs Earth Hour 2012 is recognised on Saturday, more support than ever before is being given to the global campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and how we can all do our bit to conserve energy.

The Bonaire commercial mall in Valencia is the latest to join with the likes of Habaneras in Torrevieja and major landmarks across the globe, that will switch off lights and as much power as possible at 20:30, local time, on Saturday night, when everybody is encouraged to join in the campaign and save some energy for an hour.




Events 31st March

1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights. I would have been with her

1854 – The U.S. government signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The act opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakotade to American trade. They certainly need Anerican help now

1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened. Monsieur Eiffel did a good job

1900 – In France, the National Assembly passed a law reducing the workday for women and children to 11 hours. That was good of them

1904 – In India, hundreds of Tibetans were slaughtered by the British. Horrible

1921 – Great Britain declared a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike. Pity the miners weren’t properly appreciated

1939 – Britain and France agreed to support Poland if Germany threatened invasion. This is why we have strong ties with Poland

1949 – Winston Churchill declared that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the U.S.S.R. from taking over Europe. He was probably right but h can we ever achieve peace

1959 – The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) began exile by crossing the border into India where he was granted political asylum. Gyatso was the 14th Daila Lama.

1966 – An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City. People power

1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit. What do we all need that’s on the moon?

1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry. This is probably why the world’s in a mess today

1986 – 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in Los Angeles. Terrible

1998 – For the first time in U.S. history the federal government’s detailed financial statement was released. This occurred under the Clinton administration.

2000 – In Uganda, officials set the number of deaths linked to a doomsday religious cult, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, at more than 900. In Kanungu, a March 17 fire at the cult’s church killed more than 530 and authorities subsequently found mass graves at various sites linked to the cult. Why does religion cause such problems?

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 31st March

1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. I hated the 78s

1958, Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n’ roll classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’ single was released.Great track

1960, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, his third No.1. The song which was recorded live at the Bristol Hippodrome was a music hall novelty song. I loved his cheerful delivery

1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia. Whoever bought it got his fingers burned
1972, The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously. Don’t let me down…..

1973, Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ a hit single for Johnny Mathis in 1957. Both versions were good.

1976, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me.’ The group’s first of three UK No.1′s.My friend Tony Hiller wrote the song

1984, Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the film with the same name, a No.6 hit in the UK.Good track

1986, O’Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a heart attack, aged 48. Had a hit in 1962 original version of ‘Twist and Shout’, (later covered by the Beatles) and the 1968 UK No.3 single ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ and 1969 US No.2 single ‘It’s Your Thing’.I loved their version of Twist and Shout

.’ 1990, German and Italian production team Snap! had their first UK No.1 single with ‘The Power.’A favourite of mine

1994, Madonna appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman from New York City. The network had to delete 13 offending words from the interview before the show aired. Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He declined and stuffed them into his desk drawer.Why don’t media people put her in her plac? She’s good at what she does but has no manners

2001, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room.  It was reported that Whitney called in her lawyers to plead with the hotel management not to call the police. The suite was so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.Disgraceful

2007, A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.What an event!
Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1934,  Shirley Jones, singer, actress, The Partridge Family, (1970 US No.1 single ‘I Think I Love You’, 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Breaking Up Is Hard

1937, Herb Alpert, trumpet, vocals, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’). Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home.

1944,Rodney Bainbridge, bass, The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’).

1946, , Al Nichol, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

Friday 30th March 2012 It’s My Party View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’, a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’

We spent an interesting day in the desert yesterday. We went to Desert Springs to see a house built by one man in an area which has become very famous for its hot springs. Again, there is another similarity with the Costa Blanca as we have curative waters and Thalassotherapy Centres down by the Mar Menor. This particular house was built by a Dutchman called Cabot and he started a Trading Post with the Indians and also developed the curative springs. Our visit was greatly enhanced by a really good guide who explained everything in a most interesting way. We also met a few other tourists who told us about an oasis in the desert not too far away. We travelled for a few miles looking for this oasis. Fortunately, my Spanish came in use and I found a lovely young Spanish lady who pointed us in the right direction.


In twenty random raids, a total of 65 people have been arrested in Torrevieja, all accused of crimes of audiovisual piracy, seizing illegally copied CD´s, DVD´s and a range of computer equipment, as part of a crack down on intellectual property in the area.

Those arrested were brought before court number 2 in Torrevieja, where a full investigation is now being carried out. Additional arrests have not been ruled out by investigators who are seeking to crack down on so called “looky, looky” street traders who sell the illegally copied and distributed materials.


A mobile exhibition featuring the works of Antonio Gaudí visited Torrevieja this week, allowing children and visitors to marvel at some of the architecture and artwork of one of Spain´s most famous artists.

Visiting until Saturday 31st March, trips to the exhibition had been organised by local schools, enriching their educational experience with some of th cultural history of the works of an artist famous for the overall look of locations such as Barcelona, as well as one of the fountains in Torrevieja centre.


Subject: Interesting?

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an
entire class. That class had insisted that Gordon Brown’s socialism
worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class
on Gordon’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will
receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an
A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and
more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied
little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who
studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard
decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame
and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study
for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that
socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great,
the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the
reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that.
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2013 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all
applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the
wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must
work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government
does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work
because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the
other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody
else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the
end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?

I’ve told you about the bananas and now here’s the lowdown on cucumbers.1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?  Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?  Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?  Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!


Events 30th March

1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. There would be others

1814 – The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris. They’d had enough of him..

1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.

1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.

1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas. Notice the use of the word ruffians.

1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil. I bet he made a few bob

1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars. Was this enough I ask myself…

1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meagre pay for government jobs. Good for them

1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships. A sound investment

1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland. Let the Irish govern Ireland

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million. Not worth such stupid money

1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.This has always been a bad area

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 30th March

1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the US singles chart. Good.

1963, The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay £345,000 to the writers.I couldn’t see the connection and I like both songs independently of one another

1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, ‘It’s My Party.’ The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a US No.1.She is still touring

1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’, a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’ It wasn’t quite Hendrix
1967, The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. This album cover is regarded highly by music critics
1974, John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, the singers first of four US No.1′s. Denver was killed in a plane crash on 12th October 1997.He is sadly missed

1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London, they begin a weekly residency at the club in June.
1985, Phil Collins No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night’, his second US No.1- No.4 in the UK.Great song

1991, Chesney Hawks started a five-week run at the UK No.1 position with his debut single ‘The One And Only. The song was featured in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ in which he appeared with Roger Daltrey. The song was written by 80s singer Nik Kershaw. I hadn’t realised who’d written the song

2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.We all change during our lifetime

2003, Room 5 & Oliver Cheatham started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Make Luv.’ The track was used in TV ads for Lynx deodorant, and was a reworking of Oliver Cheatham’s 1983 hit ‘Get Down Saturday Night’. I did like that track

. 2004, Timi Yuro, died from throat cancer aged 62. Was just 18 years old when she reached No.4 on the US charts in 1961 with ‘Hurt.’This is a superb song

2007, a man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.” The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh. What a weird event this was
Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1913,  Frankie Laine, singer
1930,  Rolf Harris, singer, artist, TV presenter, (1963 US No.3 single ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Two Little Boys’ and 1993 UK No.7 ‘Stairway To Heaven’).

1942,  Graeme Edge, drums, Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ & 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).

1945,  Eric Clapton, guitarist, singer, songwriter, The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’). Derek and the Dominoes (1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’). Solo, 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’).
1950 Dave Ball, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).

1954, Lena Lovich, US singer, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’).

1955, Randy VanWarmer, singer, songwriter, (1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). He died of leukaemia on January 12th 2004.

1962, MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell), 1990 US No.1 album ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’, record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart.1990 UK No.3 single ‘U Can’t Touch This’.

1964, Tracy Chapman, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’, 1988 US & UK No.1 self-titled debut album).

1968,  Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer, (1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.

1979,  Norah Jones, US singer, (2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’, plus two other No.1 albums).

Thursday 29th March 2012 Rock Me Amadeus View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts.

I was very priviliged today as I was a guest at a talk given by a former submariner in the US navy. I hadn’t any prior knowledge and I didn’t know, for example, that all submariners were volunteers. Is this still the case? I have no idea. Jack Woods joined at age 17 and studied to get up through the ranks and told us about his involvement in WW2. He did his training in a WW1  boat and his stories of his part in the war were spellbinding. Jack was in no way bragging about his career and gave us very meaningful insights into the role played by the US submarines in the Pacific theatre of war. He was quick to tell us how lucky he feels to have survived the war and his submarine was lucky not to have been sunk when they were hit by a kamikaze plane. I felt a lot better for listening to Jack’s account of his war service and it was very evident how much the other ex-service personnel respected his career.
Two businessmen in the centre of  Wallingford
were sitting down for a
break in their soon-to-be new shop…As  yet, the shop wasn’t ready,
with only a few shelves set up.
One said to the other,
“I bet any minute now some pensioner
is going to walk by, put their face to the window,
and ask what we’re selling.”No sooner were the words out of his mouth
when, sure enough, a curious old woman walked to the window,
had a peek, and in a soft voice asked,”What are you selling here?”One of the men replied sarcastically,
“We’re selling  ass-holes.”

Without  skipping a beat, the old dear said,
“Must be doing well… only two left.”




Events 29th March

1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon. It was a bit like the Boat Race only with troops

1848 – Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam. Cold or what?

1913 – The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget. There’s always money for wars

1936 – Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar. Another example of the Europeans causing havoc

1967 – France launched its first nuclear submarine. I still don’t like nuclear power

1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.

1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973. Fantastic achievement but what came next?

1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975. Nice

1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy. OK but what comes next?

1987 – Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. Those are a few fans

1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana. Sorry, Bill. You run with the hares and hunt with the hounds

1999 – At least 87 people died in an earthquake in India’s Himalayan foothills. Really sad

2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO. This is why NATO is now getting a little less organised

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 29th March

1963, The Shadows had their fifth and final UK No.1 single with ‘Foot Tapper.’  I love this tune

1964, The first night of a UK tour kicked of at The Coventry Theatre with The Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Mojos. The Mojos were a great group

1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut. Nasty
1966, Fans mobbed the Walker Brothers as they entered a hotel in Cheshire resulting in two of the group being concussed. The group were in the UK for a tour and TV appearances.They were popular

1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sounds a great festival

1975, Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade’, the group’s only No.1.Great song in the discos

1975, Led Zeppelin had all their six albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week with their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1.What success
1980, Mantovani, (Annunzio Paolo Mantovan), Orchestra leader died aged 74. Born in Italy his family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He recorded over 50 albums for Decca records, including Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, both reached No. 1 in the UK. In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released over 40 albums with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top Ten. His biggest success was with the album Film Encores, which made it to No. 1 in 1957. 1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s album ‘Tapestry.’ This guy was an absolute giant
1981, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Rosemary Clooney hit ‘This Ole House’, the Welsh singers first of four UK No.1′s. A very good rock n roller
1985, Jeanine Deckers, The Singing Nun, died aged 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Dominique’ sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song. Deckers wrote about her financial difficulties in a suicide note, and in a great irony, the very day of her suicide and unknown to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000 (571,658 Belgian francs).Was this not one of the saddest pop stories?

1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts. Along with Kraftwerk and the Goombay Dance Band….

1986, Cliff Richard and The Young Ones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ In aid of Comic Relief, a re-recording of his 1959 No.1, with the cast of the TV show ‘The Young Ones’.One of those songs that transcends age differences

1999, The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.The Internet is the way forward

2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’. Come on, Phil, you can afford this

2005, Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.I hope he has fully recovered

2007, U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. The rock star and campaigner, 46, was not entitled to be called “Sir” because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer’s new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). This is a rather silly moot point in my opinion
2007, ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’ This is a wonderful pedigree
Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1942, Eden Kane, singer, 1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You’, brother of Peter and Robin Sarsted.

1943,Chad Allan, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).

1943, Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis) 1981 UK No.12 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Chariots Of Fire.’

1945, Speedy Keen, drums, vocals, Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air’).

1946,  Terry Jacks, singer, songwriter, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun’), also a UK No.1 hit for Westlife in 1999.

1947, Bobby Kimball, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’). 1949, Dave Greenfield, The Stranglers, keyboards,

Wednesday 28th March 2012 Caroline View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1964, Radio Caroline started broadcasting from the former Danish ferry ‘Fredericia’ in the North Sea off the coast of England.

We went out getting information for our next few days as we are venturing a little further and we’re going to look at various locations where the Indians have a great presence.  Another similarity between the Costa Blanca and the Coachella Valley is that there is a land issue which flares up every now and then. A lot of the land is owned by the Indians and every now and again there will be a hike in the ground rent which can’t always be traced back to the Indians who own the land. Very often its greedy agents in the middle who pocket sizeable profits without disclosing the fact that only a small percentage goes to the Indians.
Changing the subject….I loved the theme tune to Radio Caroline by the- The Fortunes which I bought on Decca. Caroline DJ Tom Lodge recalled that “we started playing Caroline about the same time as the Fortunes first hit single came out, which was “You’ve Got Your Troubles”, in July 1965, and which reached no. 3 in August. It seems that our playing “Caroline” was not as an official theme tune, but we just liked to play it because it was about us. I think it simply grew into the position of theme tune. We never received a directive that this was our theme tune. It is more that some of us would play it.” After the Mi Amigo went aground in January 1966, ‘Caroline’ by ‘The Fortunes’ was played at the daily close down. The theme continued to be used throughout Caroline’s offshore radio days.
The song was written by Tony Hiller and was the Fortunes third release, on Decca in March 1964. It was not deleted by Decca and has reportedly sold several million copies over the years although it has never charted. It remains well known as Radio Caroline’s principal theme throughout the stations history. The Fortunes originate from Birmingham and were originally a trio of Glen Dale and Barry Pritchard on vocals and guitar, Rod Allen on lead vocal and bass known as the “The Cliftones”, they later added David Carr on keyboards and drummer Andy Brown. The group have undergone a number of line-up changes, but are still playing today, although only with Barry Pritchard. Tony Hiller is still working and writing beautiful songs. He is a lovely friend and here is the link to our work together.
To cheer us up-The Great Tommy Cooper
1. Two blondes walk into a building ……. You’d think at least one of them would have seen it.2. Phone answering machine message – ‘…If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key…’3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, ‘Well, I can clearly see you’re nuts.’

4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn’t reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, ‘No, the steaks are too high.’

6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.

7. A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, ‘Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs!’ The doctor replied, ‘I know you can’t, I’ve cut your arms off’.

8. I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a muscle.

9. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it.

10. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.

11. Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his head. Doc says ‘I’ll give you some cream to put on it.’

12. ‘Doc I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home’. ‘That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.’ ‘Is it common?’ ‘It’s not unusual.’

13. A man takes his Rottweiller to the vet. ‘My dog is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?’ ‘Well,’ said the vet, ‘let’s have a look at him’.
So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says, ‘I’m going to have to put him down.’ ‘What? Because he’s cross-eyed?’ ‘No, because he’s really heavy’.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me ‘Can you give me a lift?’ I said ‘Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it..’

16. Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It’s either my mum or my Dad, or my older brother Colin, or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it’s Colin.

17. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other ‘Your round.’ The other one says ‘So are you, you fat git!’

18. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

19. ‘You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice.’

20. A man walked into the doctors, he said, ‘I’ve hurt my arm in several places’. The doctor said, ‘Well don’t go there anymore!

21. Ireland’s worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.



I thought it would be nice to show you a couple of pictures we took on our walk this morning. We are right on the edge of the valley here but you can still see the mountains and the windmills are everywhere. This is a very windy part of the Coachella Valley and is ideal for the new energy windmills. It is very similar to our part of the world where the wind suddenly crops up from nowhere, howls for a couple of hours and then drops again. The leaves from the trees get everywhere and there’s a big sweep needed after the event. The roads are also strewn with the palm offcuts. If you click on the photos you’ll get a better idea of what I mean.


In a food and drink exhibition taking place in Barcelona, where the stars of the show are such delights as liquid salt, gin and tonic flavoured ice cream and chorizo sausage and cream, a new energy drink has also been launched by a locally based manufacturer.

The energy drink, “Ferri Water”, with added caffeine, will give that much needed buzz with the freshness of water. Although being sold at the same price as most soft drinks, the new blend has the colour, texture and flavour of water, the caffeinated content mean that the liquid buzz is not suitable for pregnant ladies or children, but will help those who can handle the drink to “stay afloat and awake in all situations”.


Events 28th March

1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. This is still a problem even today

1547 – England’s King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI. Keep it in the family…jobs for the boys

1788 – The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay. They’re still there!

1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight. Goodo

1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba. They must have gone off cigars

1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea. Good idea

1918 – The Bolsheviks occupied Helsinki, Finland.

1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion. I’m not too sure about these things. Why Iceland?

1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games. Good idea

1958 – Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor. Bad news. Use wind farms as much as possible

1999 – Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion. I drove Volvos for many years and loved my 760 estate

2002 – Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits. That’s business

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 28th March
1958, Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,
The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. On most days the acts played two shows.What a line-up!

1964, Madame Tussauds, London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honoured.They did deserve this accolade

1964, Radio Caroline started broadcasting from the former Danish ferry ‘Fredericia’ in the North Sea off the coast of England. I loved listening to Caroline. The theme song was written by my friend Tony Hiller
. 1970, Simon and Garfunkel were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Only Art Garfunkel sang on the track. This is a pop classic

1974, Delta blues singer and guitarist Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup died of a stroke at the age of 69. He wrote ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘My Baby Left Me.’An influential man at the time

1976, Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, appearing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer. He was going to make an impact.

1981, Blondie started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s fourth US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. Blondie was synonomous with Debbie Harris
1981, Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon.Almost a pop classic -the song not this version

1982, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, “John Lennon.”I can understand why any popstar would be worried after what happened to Lennon

1987, Mel and Kim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘Respectable’, giving the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman their second UK No.1.This was
1995, Singer Jimmy McShane died of Aids. He had the 1985 UK No.3 single and European hit ‘Tarzan Boy with Italian dance outfit Baltimora.This is sad as I loved the song but never knew the singer

1999, French act Mr Oizo went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flat Beat.’ The tune was used in a Levis jeans ad.Cute song

2000, Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Not very nice for him

2001, The artist formerly known as both Puffy and Puff Daddy said in an interview on MTV he now wanted to be known as P. Diddy. In August 2005, he changed his stage name to simply “Diddy.” How trite can you get?

2001, it was reported that singer songwriter James Taylor and his wife Caroline Smedvig were expecting twin boys, carried by a surrogate mother who was a family friend. Good luck to all concerned especially the children
2005, after playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.It would help a few bank accounts

2006, Tina Brown the sister-in-law of Whitney Houston sold pictures taken in her bathroom to the National Enquirer claiming Whitney Houston had been taking crack cocaine. I hope she did this intending to help a troubled soul
Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1941, Charlie McCoy, Area Code 615,1970 theme for UK BBC TV Music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, ‘Stone Fox Chase.’

1945, Chuck Portz, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

1948, John Evans, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).

1949, Sally Carr, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’).

1954,  Reba McEntire, country singer, sold over 30 million albums during her career. 2009 US No.1 album ‘Keep On Loving You’, her 26th studio album.

Tuesday 27th March 2012 Stop! In The Name Of Love.’ View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1964, The British invasion continued to make it’s way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.

We had a slightly less hectic day today. The weather is getting hotter again and it was already about 60º when we went for our walk around 8.30 am. The afternoon was spent looking round the back streets of the town we hadn’t really seen before. Monday is a quieter day and we sat and had a look at the world going by as part of our relaxed afternoon.
Why Parents Drink:
The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick. So he dialed the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper. ‘Hello ?’ ‘Is your daddy home?”Yes, he’s out in the garden,’ whispered the small voice.’May I talk with him?’The child whispered, ‘ No.’ ; So the boss asked, ‘Well, is your Mommy there?’ ‘Yes, she’s out in the garden too’& The boss asked; ‘May I talk with her?’ Again the small voice whispered, ‘No.’ Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, ‘Is anybody else there?”Yes ,’ whispered the child, ‘a policeman…’ Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May I speak with the policeman?’ ‘No, he’s busy , ‘ whispered the child. ‘Busy doing what?’ ‘ Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the police dog men. ‘ Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’ ‘It’s a helicopter’ answered the whispering voice. ‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.’The search team just landed a helicopter’ ‘Asearch team?’ said the boss. ‘What are they searching for?’ Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle…’ ME-

I was sent the following and I have checked its authenticity…..
The Netherlands, where six per cent of the population is now Muslim, is scrapping multiculturalism:
The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads:”The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people.  In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role.  With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.The letter continues:”A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens.
It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands.The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants.
For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants who ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner;”It is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants”The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress.

More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering, Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013

Holland has done that whole liberal thing, and realized, it may be too late, that creating a nation of tribes will kill the nation itself.


Muslim immigrants leave their countries of birth because of civil and political unrest “CREATED BY THE VERY NATURE OF THEIR CULTURE.”

Countries like Holland and Australia have an established way of life that actually works, so why embrace the unworkable?

If Muslims do not wish to accept another culture, the answer is simple;



Events 27th March

1794 – The U.S. Congress and President Washington authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.  Good idea


1814 – U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama. Sorry. I felt sorry for the Indians

1836 – In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution. Bad

1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH. Somewhere planned for the Osmonds

1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City. It would be needed

1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn. All we needed was the wine

1884 – The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York. Just look at how this has developed

1899 – The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi. Brilliant

1900 – The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa. We’ve paid for wars ever since

1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan. Nice

1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration. A little known fact

1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France. When I visited Brittany there are still many French who have never forgiven the British for this

1944 – One-thousand Jews left Drancy, France, for the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Dreadful

1944 – Thousands of Jews were murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania. Dreadful

1958 – The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the moon. Why?

1964 – An earthquake in Alaska killed 114 people and registered 8.4 on the Richter ScaleThis was a big quake

1968 – Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash. Sad, after all his space travel

1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system. Bit late….

1977 – About 570 people died when a KLM 747 and a Pan Am 747 collided with each other on a foggy runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Just reflect on the magnitude of these deaths and apparently the traffic controllers were allegedly engrossed in a football match

1992 – Police in Philadelphia, PA, arrested a man with AIDS on charges that he may have infected several hundred teenage boys with HIV through sexual relations. Horrible

1995 – Maurizo Gucci was shot to death outside his office in Milan. Needless

1997 – Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.

1997 – In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides. I’m not happy with this

2006 – Zacarias Moussaoui testified in his federal trail that he was the supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on September 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. How can anyone plan such murderous actions?

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 27th March

1958, CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.Which comes first, the new player or the new disc?

1959, English pianist Russ Conway was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Side Saddle.’ The only solo instrumentalist to achieve two consecutive No.1 hits. I didn’t know this. Wasn’t he coached by Winifred Atwell?

1964, The British invasion continued to make it’s way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.I’ll bet this has never been bettered

1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love.’  Great memories

1966, During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.How Cool is this?

. 1967, Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London’s Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry And The Pacemakers.I’ll bet this was a good show
1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for ‘Michelle’, the most performed song in the UK in 1966.This was a great achievement
1968, The Bee Gees kicked off a 24-date UK tour at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Also on the tour, The Foundations and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.Another great show
1968, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lady Madonna’, the group’s 14th UK No.1 and final No.1 on the Parlophone label. I love the guitar rif on this song
1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, ‘Burning Love,’ a No.2 hit on the US chart and No.7 in the UK. Still a great song

1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel, Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988.She must have liked great guitarists. I could imagine her criticising his leads

1982, former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997). Very sad

1982, The Goombay Dance Band scored their only UK No.1 with ‘Seven Tears’, making them the second German act to score a UK No.1, (Kraftwerk being the first).I liked both of these songs

1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot. Any crowd would attract attention ,,……but U2
1993, Hot Chocolate went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Their Greatest Hits’ album. Good band

1997, The Spice Girls had the UK No.1 single with ‘Mama / Who Do You Think You Are.’ Will Smith held the US No.1 position with ‘Gettin’ Jiggy With It’- Two good sounds.

2000, Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 70′s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK No.1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.’ This is one of my all-time favourite songs

2005, Tony Christie started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Definitive Collection’. This was almost 30 years after his last album chart appearance due to his Comic Relief No.1 single with comedian Peter Kay.He has a great voice and did a podcast with me-it’s on my website

2008, X Factor winner Leona Lewis became the first British woman to top the US pop chart for more than 20 years with her single ‘Bleeding Love.’ Kim Wilde was the last UK female to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with her 1987 cover version of the Supremes hit ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’. Petula Clark was the first, with her 1965 track ‘Downtown’, while Sheena Easton’s ‘Morning Train’ – released in the UK as 9 To 5 followed in 1981. All of these artistes are brilliant

Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1934,  Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer– died 3rd April 1990. 1947, Andrew Brown, The Herd,(1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’)

1950, Tony Banks, keyboards, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 single ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t Dance’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles & 6 UK No.1 albums).

1959,  Andrew Farriss, keyboards, INXS, 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’, 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’
1962, Derrick McKenzie, drums, Jamiroquai, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘Deeper Underground’).

1970, Mariah Carey, singer. Carey is named after ‘They Call The Wind Mariah’ from the musical ‘Paint Your Wagon’.

Monday 26th March 2012 The Love I Lost View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.- Elbert Hubbard

Russ Phelps, Killer Copywriter / Marketing Maven
“I write the words that make the whole world buy”


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1950,  Teddy Pendergrass, soul singer. One time member of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Died on 13th Jan 2010 at the age of 59 following a difficult recovery from colon cancer surgery.

There are many similarities between the Coachella Valley in the California desert and the Costa Blanca in the South East of Spain.
The Sunday morning rastro or market is the tradition in both areas. We have the El Cysne Rastro near Benidorm and one of the biggest Sunday venues here is the College of the Desert which is about a 40 minute drive from Palm Springs. There are stacks of stalls to visit and a lot of the produce duplicates what we have in Spain. Pets are a bigger market and they are obviously far more pampered than in Spain.There was a fabulous duo playing in the centre of the market with lots of really good Spanish and Mexican influence. My friend and colleague Peter Dee used to play a great number called Dos Aguas and they did this brilliantly. They both played guitar but one had a two headed electric which sounded really good. His mate played the Pan Pipes and they were there last year so I felt I knew them. Here are some pictures to help us get in the mood.

TANJOOBERRYMUTTSBy the time you read through this you will understand “TANJOOBERRYMUTTS”. And only then will you be ready to take on China !Believe me… you WILL understand!!!

Here goes…

The following is a telephonic exchange between maybe you
as a Hotel guest & room-service in China …

Room Service: “Morrin. Roon sirbees.”

Guest: “Sorry, I thought I dialled room-service.”

Room Service: ” Rye , Roon sirbees…morrin! Joowish to
oddor sunteen?”

Guest: “Uh… Yes, I’d like to order bacon & eggs.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?”

Guest: ” …..What??”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?!?… Pryed, boyud, pochd?”

Guest: “Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry..
Scrambled, please.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai dee bayken? Creepse?”

Guest: “Crisp will be fine.”

Room Service: “Hokay. An sahn toes?”

Guest: “What?”

Room Service: “An toes. ulai sahn toes?”

Guest: “I…. Don’t think so..”

RoomService: “No? Udo wan sahn toes???”

Guest: “I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what
‘udo wan sahn toes’ means.”

RoomService: “Toes! Toes!… Why Uoo don wan toes?…
Ow bow anglish moppin we botter?”

Guest: “Oh, English muffin!!! I’ve got it! You were saying
‘toast’… Fine…Yes, an English muffin will be fine.”

RoomService: “We botter?”

Guest: “No, just put the botter on the side.”

RoomService: “Wad?!?”

Guest: “I mean butter… Just put the butter on the side.”

RoomService: “Copy?”

Guest: “Excuse me?”

RoomService: “Copy.. tea… meel?”

Guest: “Yes. Coffee, please… And that’s everything.”

RoomService: “One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken,
Anglish moppin, we botter on sigh & copy… Rye ??”

Guest: “Whatever you say.”

RoomService: “Tanjooberrymutts.”

Guest: “You’re welcome”

Remember I did say “By the time you read through this…

And you do, don’t you!


Amjasa signs a cooperation agreement with the schools and exempts them from payment of water bills

Javea. Thursday, 22nd March 2012. The Muncipal Water Supply Company of Javea, Amjasa, has signed a collaboration agreement with the two secondary schools (or institutos) of the municipality, the IES Antoni Llidó and the IES Number 1. With the signing of this agreement, the municipal utility will stop billing these schools for their water consumption, which amounts to approximately 100 cubic meters per month.

In return, the secondary schools have signed a commitment to incorporate curricular activities aimed at educating the students on the need for rational water use and raising awareness about the comprehensive water cycle from all its perspectives: drainage well system, waste water, purification or desalination systems.

According to the headmaster of the IES Antoni Llidó, Andreu Ros, curricular and extracurricular activities focused on these objectives will be programmed throughout the school year, which will also serve to remind the students of the difficult drought situations that Javea has suffered in the past. The schools will also undertake to conduct regular readings of their water metres as a way to raise awareness against wasteful use, and will also prepare graphs showing fluctuations in consumption during the year.

Ros is very pleased that Amjasa has chosen to become involved in the education of the youth and in raising awareness about responsible consumption, while recalling that although Javea no longer suffers water restrictions thanks to the desalination plant, a little more than a decade ago the town suffered greatly from water shortages.

On his part, the headmaster of the IES Number 1, Vicent Chorro, highlighted the importance of this project, since it will educate some 2,000 secondary students and will become the gateway into their homes and families, where it is hoped to raise their awareness about the importance of sustainability.

Javea Mayor Jose Chulvi highlighted the fact that this agreement was signed on the World Water Day, a day in which to be reminded of “the need to rationalize the use of an increasingly precious good” and warned that “even though Javea no longer has a water supply problem, this does not mean we should splurge.”

Chulvi recalled that eleven years ago the Town Hall made a bold decision: to build a desalination plant without funding from any other public administration; a “future investment” that now allows Javea to be in the position to help other municipalities.

Finally the mayor stressed the importance of opening the plant to the local civic society with guided tours such as yesterday’s visit by 80 school children, as well as the recent visit by professional plumbers.

Present at the signing of the agreement, with an initial term of two years, were also the Councillor for Water, Paco Torres, and the Chairman of the Board of Amjasa, Josep Lluis Henarejos.


Events 26th March

1799 – Napoleon captured Jaffa Palestine. House of Orange?

1780 – The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.

1793 – The Holy Roman Emperor formally declared war on France. Troublemaker

1804 – The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana. Wasn’t it their country?

1898 – In South Africa, the world’s first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated. Very forward thinking

1910 – The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S. Obviously, it didn’t work

1913 – During the Balkan War, the Bulgarians took Adrianople.

1917 – At the start of the battle of Gaza, the British cavalry withdrew when 17,000 Turks blocked their advance. Don’t blame them

1937 – Spinach growers in Crystal City, TX, erected a statue of Popeye.Nice one

1938 – Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.Nice man

1942 – The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland. Sods

1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.Brilliant

1971 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan to be the independent republic of Bangladesh. Good luck

1979 – The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt that ended the 31-year state of war between the countries. Good

1981 – In Great Britain, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gained official recognition. But still would struggle getting the voting system changed

1983 – The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. Yuck

1989 – The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected. The results were posted a week before the vote! Only joking!

1992 – In Indianapolis, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He only served three. Bad

1995 – Seven of the 15 European Union states abolished border controls.

1996 – The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country transform its economy. Who really lent that money?

2000 – In Russia, acting President Vladimir Putin was elected president outright. He won a sufficient number of votes to avoid a runoff election.

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 26th March

1956, Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’ The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.Maybe it happened!

1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes. I wonder how much faulty stuff is still used
1965, The Walker Brothers made their UK TV debut on ‘Ready Steady Go!’ Good songs

1969, Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.Brilliant song

1976, One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. 1970 album ‘Smiling Like I’m Happy.’ Worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King.I didn’t know this singer

1976, Anita Pallenberg the girlfriend of Rolling Stone Keith Richards gave birth to a baby boy, Tara, (he died ten weeks later from pneumonia).How sad is this?

. 1983, Duran Duran went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Is There Something I Should Know’. Their first No.1 . Good song

1985, Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonders records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.It was the right gesture

1988, British reggae band Aswad were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Turn Around.’  Didn’t do much for me

2000, Melanie C scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘Never Be The Same Again’ with Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes from TLC.Instantly forgetable

2004, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62, after being in poor health sustained in a 1966 car crash. Had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.26 single ‘Surf City’, (co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson). They were far bigger in USA than in UK
2006, Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. Simply the best
2006, U2′s The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US. A very nice gesture

Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1917, Rufus Thomas, singer, (1963 US No.10 single with ‘Walking The Dog’ and a 1970 UK No.18 & US No.28 single with ‘Do The Funky Chicken’). Thomas died on December 15th 2001.

1944,  Diana Ross, (Diane Earle), singer, The Supremes.

1948, Richard Tandy, keyboards, vocals, Electric Light Orchestra

1948,  Steven Tyler, vocals, Aerosmith
1949, Fran Sheehan, bass, Boston

1950,  Teddy Pendergrass, soul singer. One time member of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Died on 13th Jan 2010 at the age of 59 following a difficult recovery from colon cancer surgery.

1956, Stephanie Mills, singer, (1980 UK No.4 & US No.6 single, ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before’).

Sunday 25th March 2012 Give Peace a Chance View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.- Elbert Hubbard

Russ Phelps, Killer Copywriter / Marketing Maven
“I write the words that make the whole world buy”


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1969, John and Yoko started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.

I don’t know why I still support Liverpool. They are making me feel less than happy every time they play. They all earn fortunes and some of the players don’t deserve the money they are being paid. I get the impression that they feel the world owes them a living and it is quite acceptable for them to stroll around Anfield whatever the result. On the other side of the coin I saw a Wigan side playing their hearts out for their club. In the past I have had to defend football and explain to those who don’t like the game that a good team can lift countries and communities around the world. I feel less than inclined to do this at this moment in time. If anyone else, like me, is having a bad moment I urge you to click on this link and get a great perspective on life.
It’s been a hot day again and we both felt a little drained. I can’t remember whether this was before or after the Liverpool game!
I went to the Saturday for Sunday mass at the little church in Palm Springs. The 6pm mass is a Spanish mass so this was a chance to get a little practice. I thoroughly enjoyed the mass and the singing got me into a better mood after the rubbish served up by my football team.
I’ve been a busy bee. Amongst other things I have spent the evening scouring the internet for the right contacts to make whilst I am here in America. It is not an easy job but I know the right contacts will be there I just have to find them!
Here are a few labelling classics…..

On  Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) –
“Do  not turn upside down.”
(well….duh, a bit late,  huh!)


On  Sainsbury’s peanuts –
“Warning:  contains nuts.”
(talk about a news  flash)


On  Boot’s Children Cough Medicine –
“Do  not drive a car or operate machinery after taking
this  medication.”
(We could do a lot to  reduce the rate of construction accidents if  we
could just get those 5  year-olds with head-colds off those  bulldozers..)


On  Marks &Spencer Bread Pudding –
“Product  will be hot after heating.”
(….and you  thought????…)


On  a Sears hairdryer –
Do  not use while sleeping..
(That’s the only time I have to work on my  hair.)


On  a bag of Doritos –
You  could be a winner! No purchase necessary.
Details  inside.
(the shoplifter  special?)


On  a bar of Dial soap –
“Directions:  Use like regular soap.”
(and that would  be???….)


On  some Swanson frozen dinners –
“Serving  suggestion: Defrost.”
(but,  it’s just a  suggestion.)


On  packaging for a Rowenta iron –
“Do  not iron clothes on body.”
(but wouldn’t this save  me time?)


On  Nytol Sleep Aid –
“Warning:  May cause drowsiness.”
(..I’m taking this  because???…..)


On  most brands of Christmas lights –
“For  indoor or outdoor use only.”
(as opposed to  what?)


On  a Japanese food processor –
“Not  to be used for the other use.”
(now, somebody out  there, help me on this. I’m a bit  curious.)


On  an American Airlines packet of nuts –
“Instructions:  Open packet, eat nuts.”
(Step 3: say  what?)


On  a child’s Superman costume –
“Wearing  of this garment does not enable you to fly.”
(I don’t blame the  company. I blame the parents for this  one.)


On  a Swedish chainsaw –
“Do  not attempt to stop chain with your hands or  genitals.”
(Oh my God..was there a  lot of this happening somewhere?)


Events 25th March

0421 – The city of Venice was founded. Just one cornetto…

0708 – Constantine began his reign as Catholic Pope.

1306 – Robert the Bruce was crowned king of Scotland. He was a big fan of spiders

1409 – The Council of Pisa opened. Everyone leaned to the lefrt

1609 – Henry Hudson left on an exploration for Dutch East India Co. I’ll bet he found a bay

1669 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupted destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were killed. Just illustrates how long such tragedies have been around

1807 – The first railway passenger service began in England. Obviously, this was not British Rail

1807 – British Parliament abolished the slave trade. Good

1821 – Greece gained independence from Turkey.

1901 – The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day “Week of Nice” in Nice, France. Quality has reigned ever since

1902 – In Russia, 567 students were found guilty of “political disaffection.” 95 students were exiled to Siberia. They would probably be rewarded these days

1907 – Nicaraguan troops took Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.

1919 – The Paris Peace Commission adopted a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor. So this is not a new problem caused by the European Community

1960 – A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time. Bad news

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, AL. Good man

1970 – The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.

1975 – King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew. The nephew, with a history of mental illness, was beheaded the following June. No chance of shooting someone again

1989 – In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei’s new courtyard pyramid. A great pñace to visit

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein launched a major counter-offensive to recapture key towns from Kurds in northern Iraq.

1995 – Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving 3 years. Great fighter but needs to work on social skills

2004 – The U.S. Senate voted (61-38) on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during the commission of a violent federal crime. Thank goodness this vote shows humankind has some hope for the future

Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 25th March

1958, Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. His hair would return

1958, Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Des O’Connor

1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.They would be seen again-
1965, Bobby Vee, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, Heinz and The Zombies all appeared at The Odeon Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland.What a show

1967, The Turtles  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Happy Together’- No.12 in the UK.

. 1967, Pink Floyd played the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours 26 March).

. 1969, John and Yoko started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
. 1972, Lindisfarne started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their debut album ‘Fog On The Tyne.’

1978, Bill Kenny, lead singer of The Ink Spots died. Had the UK No.10 single ‘Melody Of Love.’ ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position on the US chart for 13 weeks.

1978, 20 Golden Greats’ by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever No.1 LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.

1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.I wish I’d been there.

1989, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singers sixth UK No.1, also No.1 in the US. The song was accompanied by a highly controversial music video, which in 2005 was voted the “Most Groundbreaking Music Video of All Time” by viewers of MTV. Maybe most confrontational would be a good title for Madonna?
1989, Mike And The Mechanics went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Living Years’, a No. 2 hit in the UK.Fabulous music

1995, The Comic Relief charity record ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ featuring Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for one week. It is Eric Clapton’s only association with a No.1 hit.This is an amazing fact

2000, former Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir was given 300 hours community service after being caught with a hoard of child pornography including 150 videos and 73 floppy disks. Pervert
2002, Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court ‘I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match’. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yoghurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife.NO COMMENT
. 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

2006, Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died. Pioneered the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty No.1 hits on the Billboard country music charts.I made a brief appearance on the Bakersfield radio in 1994
2007, Proclaimers feat Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. -unofficial Comic Relief charity hit.
March 25th

1934,, US singer Johnny Burnette, (1961 UK No.3 & US No.8 single ‘Your Sixteen’). He was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake, California on 1st August 1964 aged 30.

1938,  Hoyt Axton, US singer, songwriter and actor who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell.. Axton died of a heart attack on October 26th 1999, aged 61.

1942, Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.10 single ‘Respect, 1968 UK No.4 single ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ & 1987 UK No.1 single with George Michael ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 hits). 1947, Jack Hall, Charlie Daniels Band, (1979 US No.3 & UK No.14 single ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’).

1947,Elton John, singer, songwriter, pianist, (Reginald Dwight), 1971 UK No.7 single ‘Your Song’, 1973 US No.1 single ‘Crocodile Rock’ seven other US No.1′s. Biggest selling single of all time with 1997 ‘Candle In The Wind 97′, plus over 50 UK Top 40 hit singles. Sold over 150m records worldwide. He auditioned for prog-rock band King Crimson. Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. Some of the aliases Sir Elton has used checking into hotels include, Prince Fooboo, Sir Humphrey Handbag, Lillian Lollipop, Lord Choc Ice, Lord Elpus, Binky Poodleclip and Sir Henry Poodle. Elton John’s official nickname is Rocket Man – but Rod Stewart calls him Sharon.
Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1949, Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, singer, songwriter, producer and solo artist, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’ and 1979 UK No.12 single ‘Cruel To Be Kind’).

1969,, Cathy Dennis, singer, songwriter, (1991 US No.2 & UK No.5 single ‘Touch Me All Night Long’). Co- wrote ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ hit for Kylie Minogue Alo written for S Club 7, Kelly Clarkson, Brian Kennedy, Celine Dion, Ronan Keating, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears

Saturday 24th March 2012 Girl, You Know It’s True, View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.- Elbert Hubbard

Russ Phelps, Killer Copywriter / Marketing Maven
“I write the words that make the whole world buy”


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

The recession is still taking its toll around the world but here in the Coachella Valley there always seems to be people on the move. Unlike Spain, where the traffic seems to take a break between 2 and 5 pm the cars seem to be on the move around the valley any time and anywhere. There seem to be lots of people eating out and not a great deal of shops up for sale. The price of petrol is high and there is plenty of discontent in the media but I haven’t really heard many complaints at the pump. The President isn’t too popular in this part of the world and seems quite unpopular with the older age group. However, the main thrust of the politics is the Republican voting around the country to find the man who will stand against Obama. Mitt Romney is leading the race and if he wins he really will be a man of the people. His wealth is estimated to be worth all the past seven presidents added together. The giraffes are in The Living Desert and I forgot to post the picture.
A good pun is its own re-word, so here’re sum moor
Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.
A pessimist’s blood type is always b-negative.
Practice safe eating – always use condiments.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.
He used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.
A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.
Without geometry, life is pointless.
When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.
Reading while sunbathing makes you well-red.
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.
When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
A backwards poet writes inverse.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
He often broke into a song because he couldn’t find the key.
Every calendar’s days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted. ‘Taint yours and it taint mine.
The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.


Events 24th March

1379 – The Gelderse war ended.

1545 – German Parliament opened in Worms.

1550 – France and England signed the Peace of Boulogne.

1629 – The first game law was passed in the American colonies, by Virginia.

1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London.

1720 – In Paris, banking houses closed due to financial crisis.

1765 – Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.

1828 – The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was authorized as the first state owned railway.

1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.

1837 – Canada gave blacks the right to vote

1848 – A state of siege was proclaimed in Amsterdam.

1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.

1878 – The British frigate Eurydice sank killing 300.

1882 – In Berlin, German scientist Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ (bacillus).

1883 – The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place.

1898 – The first automobile was sold.

1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1900 – In New Jersey, the Carnegie Steel Corporation was formed.

1904 – Vice Adm. Tojo sank seven Russian ships as the Japanese strengthened their blockade of Port Arthur.
1906 – In Mexico, the Tehuantepec Istmian Railroad opened as a rival to the Panama Canal.

1906 – The “Census of the British Empire” revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world.

1911 – In Denmark, penal code reform abolished corporal punishment.

1920 – The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.

1924 – Greece became a republic.

1927 – Chinese Communists seized Nanking and break with Chiang Kai-shek over the Nationalist goals.

1934 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.

1938 – The U.S. asked that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.

1944 – In Rome, The Gestapo rounded up innocent Italians and shot them to death in response to a bomb attack that killed 32 German policemen. Over 300 civilians were executed.

1946 – The Soviet Union announced that it was withdrawing its troops from Iran.

1947 – The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.

1954 – Britain opened trade talks with Hungary.

1955 – Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” debuted on Broadway.

1955 – The first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.

1960 – A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, “Lady Chatterly’s Lover”, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail.

1972 – Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland.

1976 – The president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country’s military.

1980 – In San Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass.

1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground.

1989 – The U.S. decided to send humanitarian aid to the Contras.

1990 – Indian troops left Sri Lanka.

1991 – The African nation of Benin held its first presidential elections in about 30 years.

1993 – In Israel, Ezer Weizman, an advocate of peace with neighboring Arab nations, was elected President.

1998 – In Jonesboro, AR, two young boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11 and 13 years old cousins.

1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

1999 – In Kenya, at least 31 people were killed when a passenger train derailed. Hundreds were injured.

1999 – NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia’s refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.

1999 – The 7-mile tunnel under Mont Blanc in France was an inferno after a truck carrying flour and margarine caught on fire. At least 30 people were killed.

2001 – Apple Computer Inc’s operating system MAC OS X went on sale.

2002 – Thieves stole five 17th century paintings from the Frans Hals Museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The paintings were worth about $2.6 million. The paintings were works by Jan Steen, Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and Cornelis Dusart.

2006 – In Spain, the Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire.

    Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 24th March

1945, Billboard published the first US LP chart. Nat King Cole was at No.1 with ‘A Collection Of Favourites.’
1956, Les Baxter started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ (a UK No.1 for Winifred Atwell). Baxter had the UK No.10 hit in 1955 with ‘Unchained Melody’.
1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.
1962, The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1965, The Beatles continued filming ‘Help!’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they “dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water”. That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song was also a No.5 hit in the US.
1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England.
1973, Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 in the US.

1973, The O’Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with Love Train.’

1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tragedy’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

1984, The former lead singer of the Commodores Lionel Richie started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hello.’ Also a No.1 hit in the US.
1985, ‘Easy Lover’ by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Bailey was a former vocalist with Earth Wind & Fire. Phil Collins produced, drummed and sang on the track.
1990, Canadian singer Alannah Myles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Velvet’, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1990, Sinead O’Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’, featuring the single ‘Nothing Compares To You. Also No.1 in 13 other countries and six weeks at No.1 in the US.

1992, A Chicago court settled the Milli Vanilli class action suit by approving cash rebates of up to $3 (‘1.76) to anyone proving they bought the group’s music before November 27 1990, the date the lip synching scandal broke. Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and ‘Girl, You Know It’s True,’ selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album.
1997, Singer with Philly soul group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Harold Melvin died aged 57. Had the 1972 US No.3 & 1974 UK No.9 single ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Know’ and 1973 hit ‘The Love I Lost.’

2000, A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 70s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.

2001, A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2002, Gareth Gates became the youngest male solo artists to score a UK No.1 with his debut release ‘Unchained Melody’, Gates was 17 years and 255 days old and had won second place on TV’s ‘Pop Idol’ show. This was the fourth time that the song had been at No.1 in the UK.

2009, Motown drummer Uriel Jones, died aged 74 after suffering complications from a heart attack. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder.
2009, The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a “demonic maniac” when he drinks and “a very dangerous man” around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a “conscious disregard for human life”.

Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1946,  Lee Oskar, War, (1973 US No.2 single ‘The Cisco Kid’, 1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).
1951, Dougie Thompson, bass, Supertramp, (1979 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘The Logical Song’).
1960,  Nena, singer, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’).
1970, , Sharon Corr, vocals, violin, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).

Friday 23rd March 2012-Imagine View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.- Elbert Hubbard

Russ Phelps, Killer Copywriter / Marketing Maven
“I write the words that make the whole world buy”


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

We went out into the desert to visit an amazing shopping complex in the middle of nowhere. All the leading brand names had outlets and people were milling round everywhere. There wasn’t much evidence of a recession here…….I’ll include a picture or two..
..the shopping centre was also very near the highest mountain in California. The other thing you could not help but notice was the great number of Asians who were in the shops. It’s obviously very difficult to be country specific but I’d bet there were many who were in America after the Vietnam and Korea wars.
After a rest and something to eat we went downtown to visit the Palm Springs Museum. The lady on the desk was from Manchester and the displays were well worth the visit. The gallery was pretty packed and I’ll add another photo……
Following the heavy rains of this week, an emergency action team descended on Orihuela Costa town hall to asses and coordinate damage repair to three of the beaches completely destroyed by the flooding.


The beaches of La Zenia, Cala Capitán and Playa Flamenca will need extensive repair to make them ready for the Easter period, but councillor for beaches, Pedro Mancebo, is confident that his team of experts and the 25-strong ground team will have everything back to ‘Q’ standard within 10 to 15 days.


The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, has announced the government team´s intention to table a notion to name two streets in the city after two prominent members of the Torrevieja community who died last week.

In the next meeting of the government, it is to be proposed to name the streets after doctor José Giménez Cañizares, who had been practising in Torrevieja for 47 years; and the president of the alcoholic support group APAEX, Luis Cook Vázquez.


The president of the college of pharmacists in Valencia, María Teresa Guardiola, has announced that the government have paid the outstanding 99 million euro bill, much to the relief of their members and thus averting industrial action once again.

In a statement, the department of health said that the payment was processed last week and would therefore be clear in the accounts of pharmacists by Thursday.


Calls were made for educators, students and members of the public to gather together on Thursday, to make human chains around schools, in a gesture to indicate protecting the educational system from cuts.

Two protests were called for, the first to take place at one in the afternoon, the second at five in the evening. The protest is against cuts in scholarships, dining, books, wages and working conditions for teachers.


Santa Pola will mark a memory of seafaring traditions on Friday, as their very own museum ship opens to the public to experience life on the ocean waves as a fisherman from the town.

The Esteban González opens after three years of painstaking work, including school children and students in workshops, as well as those seeking to gain skills in renovation and tourism work. Donated to the town in 2006, it is hoped that the exhibit will become as popular an attraction as the floating museum in Torrevieja.

The 150,000 euro investment from the town hall is considered money well spent, given that it has now created employment opportunities for 150 people directly involved in the project.

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

1.    Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in   Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he
made a bank that resembled a pig.And it caught on.

2.    Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals.  Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren’t notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

3.    Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids,dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the
left.  And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

4.    Q: Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

5.    Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

6.    Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

7.    Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, performers on stage ‘in the limelight’ were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.

8.    Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez – meaning ‘help me’ –and is pronounced ‘mayday.’

9.    Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

10.  Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
A: In   France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called  ‘l’oeuf,’  which is French for ‘egg.’  When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans pronounced it

11.  Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
A: When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game ‘golf.’ So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’

look at the date.....

Events 23rd March

1026 – Koenraad II crowned himself king of Italy. Something to keep him off the streets

1657 – France and England formed an alliance against Spain.Bullies

1808 – Napoleon’s brother Joseph took the throne of Spain. Something to do for the day

1839 – The first recorded use of “OK” [oll korrect] was used in Boston’s Morning Post.Thanks for that

1840 – The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.

1848 – Hungary proclaimed its independence of Austria.There may be trouble ahead

1857 – Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City. We’ve all seen them the Otis Elevator

1861 – London’s first tramcars began operations. I’ve seen the pictures

1881 – The Boers and Britain signed a peace accord ending the first Boer war.Good

1901 – Dame Nellie Melba, revealed the secret of her now famous toast.

1901 – It was learned that Boers were starving in British concentration camps in South Africa. We’re not without fault

1902 – In Italy, the minimum legal working age was raised from 9 to 12 for boys and from 11 to 15 for girls.

1909 – British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole. Great

1919 – Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.Another of history’s baddies

1925 – The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible’s account of man’s creation.

1956 – Pakistan became the first Islamic republic. It was still within the British Commonwealth.

1967 – Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement. Good man

1972 – Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars. Didn’t he jump a bus across bikes?

1989 – A 1,000-foot diameter asteroid missed Earth by 500,000 miles. Phew

1989 – Two electrochemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, announced that they had created nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature.Too clever for their own good

1998 – Germany’s largest bank pledged $3.1 million to Jewish foundations as restitution for Nazi looting. Long overdue

1998 – The movie “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards.

    Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 23rd March

1961, Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Wooden Heart.’ One of the first songs I learned on my harmonica 1964, John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK. The best was yet to come
1967, At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello. What a great piece of trivia

1969, During a UK tour Stevie Wonder played two shows at the Coventry Theatre in the West Midlands. Also on the bill, The Foundations, The Flirtations and Emperor Rosko. I’ve worked with Rosko

1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

1991, Comedy duo Hale And Pace And The Stonkers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the charity record ‘The Stonk.’ Dreadful

1991, R.E.M. scored their first UK No.1 album with their seventh LP ‘Out Of Time’ featuring the singles ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Shiny Happy People.’ I must play their music more
1995, Alan Barton of UK pop band Black Lace died. Had the 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Agadoo.’ Black Lace represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in which they finished in 7th position. Agadoo earned them the dubious accolade of being voted as the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers for Q Magazine. My friend Dene Michael from the new Black Lace told me about this sad event
1997, U2 were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands fifth US No.1 album.

2005, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay was the No.1 UK single. I made a podcast with Tony Christie

2008, Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including Magical Mystery Tour, Within You Without You and Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.


Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1949, Ric Ocasek, The Cars, (1978 UK No.3 single ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’ 1984 US No.3 & 1985 UK No.4 ‘Drive’ was used as part of the soundtrack for the ‘Live Aid’ concert.

1952,  Dave Bartram, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits).

1953, Chaka Khan, (Yvette Marie Stevens), US singer, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘I Feel For You’), Rufus, (1974 US No.3 single ‘Tell Me Something Good’).

1966, Mark McLoughlin, (Marti Pellow), vocals, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No. 1 single ‘Love Is All Around’ which spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles

Thursday 22nd March 2012 Every Breath You Take View vince tracy's profile on LinkedIn
Vince Tracy | Create your badge

hostgator promo codes

hostgator coupons Share

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.- Elbert Hubbard

Russ Phelps, Killer Copywriter / Marketing Maven
“I write the words that make the whole world buy”


The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1978, The Police signed to A&M Records. The band scored over 15 UK Top 40 hits with the label including the worldwide No.1 ‘Every Breath You Take.’

We had a fabulous time at the Palm Springs Air Museum today and I re-educated myself regarding the history of the American involvement in World War 11. I stood in the Pacific Hangar and the immensity of the Pacific Ocean was never fully understood until I stood and realised the distance between Pearl Harbour and Japan. Obviously, allowing for the fact that the Japanese would have been operating from various locations you can only wonder at how ferocious their armed forces were and how much damage they had created around the Pacific.

The pictures I have added are of the Japanese party that surrendered to the Americans. There are transcripts in the museum which I found tremendously interesting as I was to become a student of Judo and then to become a teacher of Judo. More pictures

The museum is situated at the side of the airport and it is great to see all the planes landing and departing all day. This is a busy airport and this is a great museum. Here’s a  picture taken at the Palm Springs Airport. Let’s see what the weather has been like in Spain

Rain in Spain

With Orange alerts already having been issued, much of Spain woke on Tuesday to a torrent of rain on the coast and a blanket of snow inland, paralysing much of the east of the country, as students were unable to attend schools and colleges and workers couldn´t find routes from their homes, unable to move and even facing recommendations to not even attempt to take to the roads.

For the 24 hour period that the rain lasted, from 5pm on Monday night until 5pm on Tuesday night, Torrevieja registered as being one of the most affected areas in Spain, with a total of 127 litres per square metre of rain falling on the city, resulting in over 200 calls being received by the emergency centre, which then implemented a partial action plan. Emergency services rescued the occupants of 12 vehicles trapped in flood water, including an elderly couple who were trapped in their vehicle at the cemetery, they also cleared over 15 rural roads which had become isolated and assisted in rescues and extractions from 19 homes in Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa alone. The CV-905 road that runs from Quesada to Torrevieja, which is normally affected by rain and still remains an issue despite extensive work that the town planners hoped would resolve historic issues and despite extensive investment in creating trenches for the water to flow into. A number of vehicles lay abandoned, including a four wheel drive car that had attempted to pass another vehicle, not realising it was to drive straight into the storm drain that was hidden by the surface water.

In Orihuela, 41.6 litres per square metre fell, and on the Orihuela Costa, the picture was much like that of Torrevieja, with residential areas finding themselves isolated by rainfall, as water flooded through the streets, cutting off parts of La Zenia, Campoamor and Playa Flamenca. The councillor for tourism and beaches at Orihuela, Pedro Mancebo, made himself personally available to deal with the crisis on the coast, perhaps unaware of the longer history of flooding in the areas, stating that the infrastructures are not ready for this type of inclement weather, and that “this is a situation inherited from the previous government, and the new government will certainly try to remedy the situation as soon as possible to avoid a flooded road as we found today”.

NOTE: You also might be interested in reading one of many historic posts about the weather in the area. Just search weather, or a related term in the search box at the top and you will find lots of stories such as this one from 2005.



This makes you think and also puts things in perspective regarding the price of petrol

Diet Apple Juice 16 oz – £1.29 ……. £10.32 per gallon.

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz – £1.19 ……….. £9.52 per gallon.

Ocean Spray 16 oz – £1.25 ………… £10.00 per gallon.

Brake Fluid 12 oz – £3.15 …………. £33.60 per gallon.

Vick’s Nyquil 6 oz – £8.35 …….. £178.13 per gallon.
Pepto Bismol 4 oz – £3.85 ……….. £123.20 per gallon.
Tippex (White out)7 oz – £1.39 ……. £5.42 per gallon.

And this is the REAL KICKER.

Evian water 9 oz – £1.49 ……….. £21.19 per gallon.

£21.19 for WATER and the buyers don’t even know the source

A  woman, renewing her  driver’s licence  ,
was asked by the woman at  Registry to  state her  occupation.

She hesitated,  uncertain how to  classify  herself.

‘What  I mean is, ‘  explained the woman at Registry,
‘do you have a job  or are you  just a …?’

‘Of course I have a  job,’  snapped the  woman.

‘I’m  a Mum.’

‘We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an  occupation,    ‘housewife’  covers  it,’
Said   the recorder emphatically.

I  forgot all about her  story until one day I found  myself    in  the same   situation.
The  Clerk was obviously a career  woman,  poised,
efficient, and possessed of a  high sounding  title like,
‘Official  Interrogator’ or ‘City   Registrar.’

‘What  is your  occupation?’ she  probed.

What made me say  it?  I  do not know.
The  words simply popped out.
‘I’m a  Research Associate in the field  of
Child Development and Human  Relations.’

The  clerk paused,  ball-point pen frozen  in midair and
looked up as though   she had not heard  right.

I  repeated the title  slowly emphasizing the most  significant words.
Then I stared  with  wonder as my pronouncement was  written,
in bold,  black ink on the  official questionnaire.

‘Might  I ask,’ said  the clerk with new  interest,
‘just what you do in your   field?’

Coolly,  without any  trace of fluster in my  voice,
I heard myself  reply,
‘I  have a continuing program of  research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In  the laboratory and in the  field,
(normally I would  have said  indoors and out).
I’m working  for my  Masters, (the  whole family)
and already  have four  credits (all daughters).
Of course,  the  job is one of the most demanding in the  humanities,
(any mother  care to  disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a  day, (24 is  more like it).
But  the job is more challenging than  most  run-of-the-mill careers and  the rewards  are  more   of a satisfaction rather than just  money.’

There was  an increasing  note of respect in the clerk’s voice as  she
completed the form, stood up and  personally ushered me to the   door

As I drove into our driveway,  buoyed up by my  glamorous new career,
I  was greeted by my lab assistants — ages  13, 7,  and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our  new  experimental model,
(a 6 month old  baby) in the child  development  program,
testing out a new vocal  pattern.
I   felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had  gone on the official records  as someone more distinguished  and  indispensable to mankind than ‘just another  Mum.’    Motherhood!

What  a glorious  career!
Especially  when there’s a title on the   door.

Does  this make  grandmothers
‘Senior  Research  associates in the field of Child  Development and Human   Relations’
And great   grandmothers
‘Executive  Senior  Research Associates?
I  think so!
I  also  think it makes Aunts. Associate  Research  Assistants.’

Please  send this to  another  Mum,
Aunt, And  other friends you  know.  May  your troubles be  less,  Your laughter be  more,    And  nothing but  happiness come through your  door!

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. – Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933

A man and a woman were  sitting beside each other in the first class section of an

The woman sneezed, took
out a tissue, gently  wiped her nose, then visibly shuddered for ten to fifteen

The man went back to his
reading. A few minutes  later, the woman sneezed again, took a tissue, wiped her nose, then shuddered violently once more.

Assuming that the woman might have
a cold, the man was still curious about the shuddering. A few more  minutes passed when the woman sneezed yet again. As before, she took a tissue, wiped her nose, her  body shaking even more than before.

Unable to restrain his curiosity, the man turned to the woman and said, “I couldn’t help but notice that you’ve sneezed three times, wiped your nose and then shuddered violently.

Are you OK?”

“I am sorry if I disturbed you, I have a very rare medical condition; whenever I sneeze I have an orgasm.”

The man, more than a bit embarrassed, was still curious.
“I have never heard of that condition before” he said.

“Are you taking anything for it?”

The woman nodded,  “Pepper.”



look at the date.....

Events 22nd March

    Click Map for Benidorm Weather

The Day’s Music Events 22nd March


1956, While driving to New York for appearances on ‘The Perry Como Show’, and ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, the car that Carl Perkins was travelling in was involved in an accident putting Perkins in hospital for several months. The singer received four broken ribs and a broken shoulder, his brother Jay was killed in the accident.Bad event

1962, The Beatles and The New York Twisters appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. I’d never heard of the other group
1975, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Eyes Adored You’,
1975, The tartan teen sensations Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bye Bye Baby’, the group’s first of two UK No.1′s.Not my music
1978, The Police signed to A&M Records. The band scored over 15 UK Top 40 hits with the label including the worldwide No.1 ‘Every Breath You Take.’ Great band

1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. Also No.1 in the UK. A pop classic
980, The Jam had their first UK No.1 with their tenth release, ‘Going Underground / Dreams Of Children’ the first single of the 80s to debut at No.1.Bob Geldof’s career was taking shape

1984, Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London, England. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera Coronation Street with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video

1992, Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears. During their career they scored 15 UK Top 40 singles and two US No.1′s. Re-formed in 2004.They were good….

1994, Singer, songwriter, producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. Was a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit ‘Free Ride.’ Had the 1978 No.1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote ‘Relight My Fire’ a UK No.1 for Take That and Lulu, collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood. I liked his songs and his music was influential in the UK

2000, Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government’s plans to scrap Section 28. He has always stood up for his beliefs and I like his music
2004, Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.No Comment
2004, A new book claimed that Elvis Presley’s ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he’d found evidence that Elvis’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago. Possibly stretching this just a little bit?
2008, US country singer Alan Jackson was at No.1 on the US album chart with his fifteenth solo album ‘Good Time’. He’s a class act

2009, Lady Gaga Started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Poker Face’, her second UK chart topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries.Good act…


Music Source 1 music source 2

Birthday Boys and Girls

1936, Roger Whittaker, singer, songwriter, (1969 UK No.12 single ‘Durham Town’, 1975 UK No.2 & US No.19 single ‘The Last Farewell’).

1943,  George Benson, US singer, jazz /pop singer, guitarist, (1980 US No.4 & UK No.7 single ‘Give Me The Night’).
1943,  Keith Relf, vocals, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’). Relf died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received while playing his electric guitar at home.
. 1947, Patrick Olive, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits).

1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber, songwriter, producer with Tim Rice, (1977 UK No.1 single by Julie Covington, ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, biggest selling UK single by a female artist, until 1985, taken from musical ‘Evita’).

1948, Randy Hobbs, bass guitarist, Johnny Winter group, McCoys, (1965 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Hang On Sloopy’). Hobbs died on August 5th 1993 from a drug overdose, aged 45.

Music Source 1

Compared with Petrol……
Think a gallon of petrol is expensive?