Positive thinking enables you to focus on your potential and not your limitations. Unknown
The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the
rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.Unknown
It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more sanely to judge our own, and that we do not think that everything against our modes is ridiculous, and against reason, as those who have seen nothing are accustomed to think. -Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (1596-1650)
It’s nice to remember the good times and I am reading a story which is more than just remembering. It’s the life story of Bert Trautmann who was Manchester City’s goalkeeper many years ago. He had been brought up in the years when Hitler brainwashed the young men of the nation into believing the Aryan Race was superior and other horrible Nazi ideas. He tells us in his book about his very young days and life before the Hitler Youth. He was conscripted and eventually became a paratrooper serving in Russia and his account is very graphic. He tells how he was taken prisoner and served his time as a POW in Lancashire where he was treated extremly fairly as were the German prisoners. In fact, there is one part of the book where at Christmas 1946 the british people invited the Germans into their homes. This is exceptionally well told and certainly brought a tear to my eye. I’v e just got to the part where he signed for St Helens Town FC and I’m almost up to the part where he signed for Man City. I’m enjoying every minute of thi9s book. Sttrangely enough, as a lad I read the autobiography of another famous Man City goalkeeper. His name was Frank Swift.
The day has been wonderful yet agai9n and I am now settling down to watch a bit of TV. I’ve been out practising my Spanish in the shops and we even managed to change an item in Ale Hop in the Marina Centre where two lovely girls were in two minds whether to oblige and change the faulty goods. However, the charm offensive worked and I felt pretty chuffed at the linguistic exchanges made.To get anything changed in Spain is an accomplishment but even more so with the recession biting…..
YOU ONLY NEED TWO……..
TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN’T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN’T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.
Thanks Ian K for the following………
Daddy’s car in the woods
Little Johnny watched his daddy’s car pass by the school playground and go into the woods. Curious, he followed the car and saw Daddy and Aunt Jane in a
Little Johnny found this so exciting that he could hardly contain himself as he ran home and
started to tell his mother. ‘Mummy, I was at the playground and I saw Daddy’s car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to look and he was
giving Aunt Jane a big kiss, and then he helped her take off her shirt. Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his pants off, then Aunt Jane…’
At this point Mummy cut him off and said, ‘Johnny, this is such an interesting story, let’s save the rest of it for supper time. I want to see the look on Daddy’s
face when you tell it tonight.’
At the dinner table that evening, Mummy asked little Johnny to tell his story Johnny started his story, ‘I was at the playground and I saw Daddy’s car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to look and he was giving Aunt Jane a big kiss, then he helped her take off her shirt. Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his pants off, then Aunt Jane and Daddy started doing the same thing that Mummy and Uncle Bill used to do when Daddy was away on the oil rigs.’
Sometimes you need to just shut up and listen to the whole story before you interrupt!
- The Day’s Events 26th May
- 1521 – Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings. You can’t beat free speech
1660 – King Charles II of England landed at Dover after being exiled for nine years. I bet he was glad to be back1670 – A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them. Bien1791 – The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets. Fair enough1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral. Bien1896 – The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned. He wouldn’t last long
1908 – In Persia, the first oil strike was made in the Middle East. Gold dust had arrived in another form
1940 – The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II. Brilliant effort
1946 – A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb. Ugh
1946 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a “close collaboration after the war.” UK and Russia had many ties
1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O. Fair enough
1961 – A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours. Bad news for enemies
1969 – The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing. Amazing work
1972 – The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period. Good news
1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car. Why does anyone want to do this?
1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours. You can only marvel at this. Is he Spiderman?
1991 – A Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard. As I always remark…this really looks terrible but in percentage terms we are always told it is the safest way to travel
1994 - U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record. They have seemingly to improve in recent years
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.” What a ridiculous statement…I’m tempted to say this was a cop out!
1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built. It’s like a floating village -
- The Day’s Music Events 26th May
- 1962, Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stranger On The Shore’; UK No.2…….This is a great instrumental
1964, Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By’, accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass. Great backing for a bizarre voice
1966, The Rolling Stones UK No.1- ‘Paint It Black’…….an OK track
1966, The Beatles recorded ‘Yellow Submarine’ at Abbey Road studios in London. For such a simple song this is so well used
1968, US blue artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record ‘Fever’
1969, John and Yoko began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). Their hearts were in the right places
1972, The first day of the four day UK festival ‘The Great Western Express’ near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python…a good night out1974, At a David Cassidy concert at London’s White City over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers. One fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later. He seems to have disappeared off the radar
1977, Billy Powell singer with The O’Jays died of cancer. They took the name “The O’Jays”, in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay. Great group-nice memories
1979, ‘Sunday Girl’ – Blondie – UK No.1 hit.Saw her on TV this morning
1984, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams US No.1 – ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’, taken from the film ‘Footlose’, UK No.2 Nice song
1991, The Glitter Band, Sweet, Mud, The Rollers and Suzi Quatro all appeared at a Glam rock special bank holiday weekend at Pontins, Hemsby, England. Tickets £55. Good gig
1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley…this was a weird one
1942, Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans
1948, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac
1949, Mick Ronson, guitarist, producer
1949, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music’s greatest star.