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- Sir Winston ChurchillThere are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.
- Mario Cuomo
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This Olympic Games just gets better and better for Team GB. My pundits have been very upbeat and all fears are now dispelled that GB could do the best that could have been dreamt for. There are medals coming from everywhere. Where seating has been involved GB has excelled. Bikes, Rowing and Equestrianism all have elements of sitting. Whereas we are often told sitting is bad for you these sports seem to offer a contradiction. Needless to say there has to be the odd idiot who turns up to spoil the party and one such lout decided to throw a bottle onto the track as the 100 metres was ready to start. As the Sun reported….
Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, is believed to have got past stewards at the Olympic Stadium’s front rank £750 seats…….
The vending machine worker, a former trainee teacher from South Milford, near Leeds, is accused of then hurling the plastic bottle as the sprinters waited in the starting blocks…..Gill-Webb yesterday denied a public order offence as he appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court. Full story……Meanwhile, there’s a new idea in British Educational politics. Physical Education should be compulsory! Story Is anyone else old enough to remember the fact that Sport was taken away from the main part of the school curriculum in the UK? These political hypocrites are now jumping on a very convenient bandwagon which can deflect attention away from the real issues of the day. It’s great to have the Olympic medals but it would be even better to have a healthy nation with less burden on the Health Services. This could have all happened many years ago. The fact of the matter is that when the country needed foot soldiers for war true attention might have been given. These days computers and technology fight wars and the numbers of soldiers needed is diminished. Or is it? Maybe the true battles are ahead in the need to clean up our town and cities from the drug barons and gangsters who currently pollute the streets? Whilst the majority of law-abiding citizens can only watch politicians and do-gooders have allowed more to be spent giving offenders ‘their rights’. It now pays better to break the law and be given the remedial attention often including housing which has never been repaid by a day’s work. Maybe the time has come to reduce the numbers of soldiers but set up a military police corps to look after the streets in our towns and cities!
1787 – The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began. The articles of the U.S. Constitution draft were to be debated.Cheese was on the menu
1879 – The first Australian rules football game to be played at night took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game was to promote the introduction of electricity to the city of Melbourne. Fair enough
1890 – The electric chair was used for the first time when Auburn State Prison in New York executed convicted murderer William Kemmler. I’m afraid it was probably necessary
1914 – Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia. Serbia declared war against Germany. All about treaties
1926 – Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14 1/2 hours. Amazing
1945 – The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed. This is the most horrific statistic you would evedr want to read
1962 – Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth. Pity as they have so many good sprinters
1981 – Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when he had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself. There are some silly rules in golf in my opinion. A bit of commonsense could be an advantage
1985 – The 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing brought tens of thousands of Japanese and foreigners to Hiroshima. I hope it wasn’t too traumatic
1990 – The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait. Sorry but Iraq needed punishing. However, the sad thing is the ordinary person is hit hardest
1994 – Randolph County High School, in Wedowee, AL, was destroyed by fire. The principle’s stand against interracial dating had caused much tension in the school. I disagree with the Principal but it was silly burning the building
1995 – Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing. I hope the pain is easing for the Japanese people
1996 – NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil. I’ll believe this when I see it
1998 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton. Did it really need to take this long?
1960, Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed ‘The Twist.’ The song went to No.1 on the US chart and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go to the top of the charts on two separate occasions. I have a podcast with him and he was a real gent. He was also married to a former Miss World
1964, Rod Stewart made his TV debut on ‘The Beat Room’ as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men. He has had a glittering career
1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film ‘Help!’ which included the title track, ‘The Night Before’, ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’, ‘You’re Going to Lose That Girl’, ‘Ticket to Ride’ and ‘Yesterday’. I love this album
1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It.’ It peaked at No.14 on the UK chart.The band would go on to do bigger and better things
1970, The 10th National Jazz, Blues and Pop four day Festival was held at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex, England. Featuring, Family, Groundhogs, Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, Fat Mattress, Yes, Caravan, The Strawbs, Black Sabbath, Wild Angles, Wishbone Ash and Daddy Longlegs.Good gig
1970, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco and Johnny Winter all appeared at the Concert For Peace at New York’s Shea Stadium. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.This looked like a great gig
1973, Stevie Wonder was seriously injured when the car he was riding in crashed into a truck on I-85 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina leaving him in a coma for four days. The accident also left him without any sense of smell. I love his music and have a lot of time and respect for his work
1974, Abba scored their first US top 10 hit when ‘Waterloo’ went to No.6. The Swedish group were also on their first American tour. They would go on for bigger and better things
1977, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5 ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’, ELP. No.4, ‘Pretty Vacant’, The Sex Pistols. No.3, ‘Angelo’ Brotherhood Of Man’. No.2, ‘Ma Baker’, Boney M and No.1, ‘I Feel Love’ Donna Summer. Great memories
1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna which contained four top 40 US hits. ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, (with Tom Petty), ‘Leather and Lace’, (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’ She has had a glittering career
1982, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ starring Bob Geldof opened in movie theatres in New York. The film was conceived alongside the double album by Pink Floyd’s, Roger Waters.Pivotal moments
1983, Avant-garde musician and former backing singer with David Bowie Klaus Nomi died at the age of 39 of Aids in New York City aged 38. Nomi was one of the first celebrities to contract AIDS.I had no idea of him
1983, ‘The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. I love this album
1988, Yazz and the Plastic Population started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Only Way Is Up’. The song was originally released as the title track to the 1982 album by soul singer Otis Clay. I didn’t really get into this song
1989, Adam Clayton of U2 was arrested in The Blue Light Inn car park in Dublin for marijuana possession and intent to supply the drug to another person. His conviction was waived in exchange for paying £25,000 to the Dublin Woman’s Aid Centre. Does the money lessen the crime?
1990, Ace Of Base made the live debut when they played in Gothenburg, Sweden. I am a fan of their music
1994, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards booked into a private clinic to be treated for nervous exhaustion. Tiring work
2000, Former Boyzone member Ronan Keating started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut release ‘Ronan’. Nice man
2000, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock DJ’. Good track
2001, Whitney Houston became one of the highest-paid musicians in the world after signing a new deal with Arista records, said to be worth more than $100m. I like Whitney
2004, Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Known as ‘The King of Punk-Funk’ James scored the 1981 US No.3 album ‘Street Songs’ and 1981 US No.16 single ‘Super Freak part 1’. In the late 60′s James worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown, working with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Addicted to cocaine, he once admitted to spending $7,000 a week on drugs for five years. Nice music but I don’t really have time for his antics
2006, ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean was at No.1 on the UK and Australian singles chart-brilliant track
1929, Mike Elliot, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’).
1938, Isaac Hayes, singer, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.4 single, ‘Theme From Shaft’, 1998 UK No.2 single as Chef ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’). Hayes was found dead at his home on 10th Aug 2008, aged 65
1958, Randy Debarge, Debarge, (1985 UK No.4 single ‘Rhythm Of The Night’)
.1972,Geri Halliwell, (Ginger Spice), vocals, The Spice Girls, (1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, plus seven other No.1 singles. Left the group on 7th June 1998, her first UK solo No.1 single was 1999 ‘Mi Chico Latino’. Halliwell has scored more UK No.1′s than any other female artist.