The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. – William James, 1842-1910
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly. – Marcus Aurelius, 121-180
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, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.
From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.
My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.
Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.
I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.
Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public figure, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.
I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.
As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further.
When you call me, press buttons as follows:
IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALLING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH
#1. To make an appointment to see me
#2. To query a missing payment.
#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.
Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.
#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 to 9
#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.
The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?
Your Humble Client
Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to annoy us and make us mad!
The Argentine Senate committee have approved the notion to expropriate 51% of the YPF oil company, currently controlled by Spain´s Repsol, also opting to fast track the process. The government are still maintaining that no action will be discussed until at least Friday, but the fruit and vegetable sectors are starting to get concerned about losing their revenue as part of sanctions that may be imposed. Meanwhile, the European Union has backed Spain on the matter and the EU postponed planned meetings Argentina this week and the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, who said that he was ‘‘seriously disappointed” by Buenos Aires’ move.
The police have been busy with cars this week. The Guardia Civil have rescued a woman who they found hidden in the false bottom of a car as it tried to pass the border at Melilla. Officers had stopped the Renault Kangoo van at a routine check point, believing the vehicle to be occupied by the only person they could see, the driver, and proceeded to carry out a fingertip inspection. The driver then panicked and attempted to escape in the car, taking the officer, half hanging out of the vehicle, with him. Other officers saw what was happening and gave chase, whilst the driver tried to evade capture. The vehicle was stopped, but the driver managed to escape on foot. Officers then examined the vehicle and found the woman, of African origin, hidden in the false bottom. The officer who was dragged by the vehicle was treated for minor cuts, bruises and concussion. Police believe they will be able to track down and arrest the driver and bring him to justice. Meanwhile, Officers in Huelva found the corpse of an unidentified body in a car that was spotted at the bottom of a ravine. A passerby had spotted the vehicle just off the A66 on the Seville and Huelva border and called the emergency services. The officers discovered the car in a damaged state with the body inside and are now seeking to identify the victim and the details behind the incident.
“I´m sorry, I was wrong and it will not happen again”, said the King of Spain as he responded to the recent criticism of his elephant hunting trip to Botswana. Standing at the doors of the hospital he was being treated it, with a sorrowful tone he addressed the waiting press, telling them that he was also looking forward to resuming his duties as King. Meanwhile, the campaign to have the King removed as honourary president of the WWF is gaining momentum, with more people coming out in support of the notion to drop the elephant killer from being an ambassador for animal welfare.
The title Video Disk Jockey has become an officially recognised job in Spain, as set out in Royal Decree 556/2012, resulting in the Official State Gazette publishing a vocational training course, lasting 2,000 hours, that will cover mixing, recording and sound reproducing and will allow those who qualify to have a recognised certificate in the newly growing field of the entertainment sector. The Royal Decree also notes that by encouraging the qualification it will mean an improvement in the national GDP contribution and lead to an increase in tourism.
Victor Grifols, the President of the third largest provider of blood in the world, has issued a statement that he feels would solve unemployment and debt, by paying people to donate blood. Spain has been suffering depleting supplies for some time and the blood expert says that the country should “smarten up” as it would then become a way of life for many of the countries unemployed. However, the government are not likely to agree to the move and are still quoting that there is a maximum amount of donations that any individual can give in a year, 4 for men and 3 for women, and that it is a constitutional right that the process is voluntary, despite the fact that the company pays 600 million dollars in grants to Americans each year, money that he feels could be welcomed in Spain.
In sporting news, Spain´s synchronized swimming team came second on Wednesday in a competition in London that will award the top three teams a ticket to the London Olympic Games. Spain currently has 96.200 points, slightly behind Russia with 97.800, but ahead of Japan with 92.200 before the final routine on Friday determines the winners. At the same time, the Spanish female water polo team lost to Russia 11 points to 12 in the second round of the Olympic Qualifiers being held in Trieste in Italy, but Spain will now face Hungary in the final game on Thursday.
Events 21st April
753 BC – Today is the traditional date of the foundation of Rome. Ok. So was it Romulus or Remus who had the idea?
1526 – Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi.
1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship. This was quite progressive
1689 – William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland. I’ll bet one of them wore the trousers
1892 – The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park. Bambi?
1898 – The Spanish-American War began. Oh Dear!
1918 – German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I. Anything for a song
1956 – Leonard Ross, age 10, became the youngest prizewinner on the “The Big Surprise”. He won $100,000. I’ll bet he was surprised
1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds. You should have seen the one that got away
1960 – Brasilia became the capital of Brazil.
1961 – The French army revolted in Algeria.Revolting
1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS. Spend money to research how to beat it
1987 – Special occasion stamps were offered for the first time by the U.S. Postal Service. “Happy Birthday” and “Get Well” were among the first to be offered.I suppose they were the obvious ones
1992 – Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years. He was put to death for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys. I think it’s easy to overlook the trauma this decision takes. I don’t think many people would feel comfortable with the execution
1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.Impressive
1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.This doesn’t really register with my brain!
2000 – In Sinking Spring, PA, a man chased his estranged girlfriend through town and then forced her car into the path of an oncoming train. The woman and her 3 passengers were killed. The devil at work?
2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile. Great but what important use to us is the money spent on knowing this
2000 – The 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.Good
2009 – UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.Good
The Day’s Music Events 21st April
1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.I also think this was a great song
1962, Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’, his fifth US No.1 of the 60′s. Also an UK No.1 hit.A great song
1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The band was paid £50 for the gig. It sounds ludicrous by today’s standards but the Stones will probably have a better awareness of their money after a humble start.
1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. If they were only audible to dogs do we have to accept that canines were in the studio to check the output
1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. Fair enough
1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. Heavy Jelly’s career obviously wobb led a bit
1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’, (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him.Good song and a fine sentiment
1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home; four days later she died in Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’, was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album). A very tragic end to her career
1979, Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock On Wood’, it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985. It was an improvement on Eddie Floyd’s song for the disco market but I still liked Floyd’s song
1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.I think we’ve all had times when we could have walked away from something
1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.There was better to come
1990, Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’They’ve remained a popular group
1990, Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. My Goodness. What a crowd!
1990, Sinead O’Connor started a four week stay at No.1 in the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. I saw her in a Range Rover on the Falmouth road in Cornwall in this year
2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Hound Dog.’ Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard. I didn’t know this name
2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.These guys need to learn how to behave like everyone else.
2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hindu Times’, the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry. I can’t remember this song
. 2006, The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.Which suggests that mainstream radio should be playing more country
2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music. This is a nice insight to early influences
’ 2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Had a number of US hits, including ‘The Snake’ in 1968 and ‘Show and Tell’ in 1974.Two great songs
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1947, Alan Wagner, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’.)
1947, James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop), The Stooges, solo, 1986 UK No.10 single ‘Real Wild Child’).
1959, Robert Smith, guitar, vocals, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’