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Our weather is glorious and with Britain performing brilliantly at the Olympic Games and Spain gathering a few medals there’s a feel-good factor developing. Ian Thorpe, the great Australia swimmer, made some very interesting observations on Australia’s weaker performances in these games. He started using a Yorkshire accent indicating the achievements of the county at the Games. Then he went on to say some very interesting things. It can clearly be seen there is a relevance between planning for the Olympic Games or any other major sporting occasion .and planning any economic recovery. Very often, as in the case of Australia, there is a surge of enthusiasm at Government level and then, once the Games have finished, the tendency is to not invest for the years ahead in the people who can make the success. Britain had made an incredible impact on these Games make no mistake. However, these athletes buck the trend in the rise in obesity throughout Great Britain. As Thorpe pointed out, although it is obvious, we have less strain on the Health budget with fitter and healthier people. As I mentioned in an earlier blog…Fitness and health via school education programmes and the fitness campaigns at national level had once been tied in to the need for foot soldiers for war. There is a different war nowadays played out by technology and heavy duty bombs. It is time to rethink in many ways. People need to be aware of our raison d’etre. The very fabrics of modern societies need to be reassessed. It’s all very well accepting the sponsorship money of fizzy drinks companies and fat producing food empires and TV moguls who do not care on the impact of their programmes on people’s minds but there are penalties to be paid for accepting the money. Will Governments change? You can bet your bottom dollar as soon as the euphoria of the Games subsides these greedy selfish MPs and Euro MPs will get back to their devious, nasty ways.
I’ll remind myself of my recent trip to Liverpool…
I‘m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old fart receiving it. Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.
Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. Ed. I have to say my life and its experiences make me not believe in the whole anthem thing. I think it’s one thing to have a national tune but to repeat words that just brainwash people is not for me.
Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal , Norma ndy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.
If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. Ed. Sorry but include me in this
If you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are courteous to women. Ed. Sorry but include me in this
Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Ed. Sorry but include me in this
Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies. Ed. Sorry but include me in this
Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.
It’s the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.
Countries needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values. We need them now more than ever. Thank God for Old Farts!
I was taught to respect my elders….It’s just getting harder to find them. Ed. Sorry but include me in this
A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.
She came to the part of the story where first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home.
She read. ‘And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: ‘Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?’
The teacher paused then asked the class: ‘And what do you think the man said?’
One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly…
‘I think the man would have said – ‘Well, blow me down!! A talking pig!’
The teacher had to leave the room.
Have you ever wondered what the difference between Grandmothers and Grandfathers is? Well here it is:
A grandfather always made a morning available when he would take his 7-year old granddaughter for a drive in the car for some quality time – just him and his granddaughter.
One particular Sunday, however, he had a bad cold and just wanted to stay in bed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter out in the car. When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see how her Grandfather was. ‘Well, did you enjoy your ride with Grandma?’
‘Great, Grandpa’ the girl replied, ‘and do you know what? We didn’t see a single tosser, blind bastard, dick-head, Asian pillock or wanker anywhere today, it was great!’
…. Almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?
1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee. Someone had to do this
1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos. Why not Kylie and Jason?
1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.Clever
1934 – Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time. Good place for them
1942 – During World War II, Pierre Laval publicly announced “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.” Nice ally
1945 – The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor 1962 – Andrian Nikolayev, of the Soviet Union, was launched on a 94-hour flight. He was the third Russian to go into space. Brave guy
1965 – Riots and looting took place in the Watts section of Los Angeles, CA. During the week that followed 34 people were killed. In addition, over 1,000 were injured, 3,000 were arrested and over $40 million in damage was done. What did it achieve?
1984 – Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. I can still picture his haircut now
1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Some gaff
1990 – Egyptian and Moroccan troops joined U.S. forces in Saudia Arabia to help protect from a possible Iraqi attack. Good
1991 – Edward Tracey, an American, was released by Shiite Muslim kidnappers. He had been held for nearly five years. Jerome Leyraud was also released. Leyraud, a Frenchman, had been kidnapped three days earlier.Good
1991 – The space shuttle Atlantis ended its nine-day journey by landing safely.Good
1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.Good
1998 – British Petroleum became No. 3 among oil companies with the $49 billion purchase of Amoco. It was the largest foreign takeover of a U.S. company. Big enough to pay for pollution
1962, Neil Sedaka started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, his first US No.1 as an artist. It reached No.7 on the UK chart.He is fabulous and a trained opera singer
. 1964, The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. The band started their set and Daltry appeared back on stage after the fight. Daltry must have been pretty fit
1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”. Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I could have said ‘TV’ or ‘Cinema’, ‘Motorcars’ or anything popular and would have got away with it…” John was a deep thinker and I doubt if he said what he said trying to upset people
1967, The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at this years UK Reading festival. An advance 3 day ticket cost £2. Arthur Brown’s trademark flaming helmet burnt out of control and organiser Harold Pendleton’s father-in-law had to douse the flames with a pint of beer. That alone was worth 3 pounds to see!
1969, 350 special guests were invited to see Motown Records new signings The Jackson Five play at The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills.I’ll bet they loved them
1979, The Knack started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Get The Knack’.It’s good to have the right knack
1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park, England. Also on the bill, The New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren, Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Dukes, Chas and Dave and Fairport Convention. I loved the old and early Zeppelin stuff
1984, Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985. I hadn’t known about this
1999, Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide. I only know a bit of their music
1999, Four music festivals took place in Cornwall, England for the full solar eclipse. James, The Levellers, Van Morrison, Kula Shaker and the Happy Mondays were all appearing at various events.I was down in Cornwall playing at a really good event at Ringwell near Truro
. 2002, Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK. Good music
2008, Karl Wiosna from Graig, near Pontypridd in Wales had his stereo equipment and music collection destroyed after being served with a noise abatement notice, which he later admitted breaching. Environmental health officers were alerted by neighbours who complained about the unacceptable volume Wiosna was playing his Cher and U2 records. Two tape and record decks, a radio and CDs were seized and destroyed by the council, he was also fined £265. Come on Karl, do us a favour
1942, Mike Hugg, drums, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1943, Denis Payton, sax, Dave Clark Five, 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Glad All Over’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Over And Over’, plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles). Payton died on 17th December 2006.
1943, Jim Kale, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1948, Bill Hurd, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Baby Love’).
1949, Eric Carmen, singer, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’). The Raspberries, (1972 US No.5 single ‘Go All The Way’) solo, 1976 US No.2 single, ‘All By Myself’).
1954, Bryan Bassett, guitar, vocals, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).
1955, Joe Jackson, UK singer, songwriter, (1980 UK No.5 single ‘It’s Different For Girls’ and 1982 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘Steppin Out’). 1960, Paul Gendler, Modern Romance (1982 UK No.4 single ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’).