Whatever you can or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. —Goethe
“A walk of 1000 miles starts with the first step” – Ghandi
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly. – Marcus Aurelius, 121-180—————————————————————————————
1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left..
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.
11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’
13. I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you.
14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.
20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.
‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.
‘All the food was slow.’
‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’
‘It was a place called “home”, I explained.
‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, or wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 10.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 10 pm, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people…
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line…
Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers –My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it… I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.
Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1. Sweet cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.. (There were only 2 channels [if you were fortunate])
8. 33 rpm records
9. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with levers
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14.. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age
If you remembered 11-14 = You’re positively ancient!
Calling all businesses, offices, shops, bars, hotels, restaurants, sports clubs and individuals to get out for a 6km walk in the Natural Park in La Mata. “BE NICE DAY” takes place on Sunday 6th May 2012 throught the length of the Costa Blanca. The only Torrevieja event is being coordinated by the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club and all money raised will be donated to AFA Torrevieja, The Alzheimers Association and Caritas.
The walk in the park starts at the information centre car park adjacent to the N332 at La Mata at 1115. It is a 6km walk in beautiful surroundings.
To take part it costs only 5 euros per person, plus you can get sponsorship to help swell the funds for the two charities. For registration and sponsorship forms contact Iain on 966 731 495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come along individually or in teams BE NICE and help raise some much needed funds for two very worthwhile organisations.
BE NICE and be part of the biggest event in the Costa Blanca this year.
I’ve been sent the following
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.’
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.
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The Day’s Music Events 23rd April
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.
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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