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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
I had reservations about two of the new Olympic Games. I wasn’t sure about the ladies boxing but the little lady with the huge and constant grin has quickly won me over. She is a lovely lady and a really great technically proficient boxer. She was enthralling to watch with her constant aggression and Ali shuffle. The BMX bikes still don’t look right to me. They look as though each rider has borrowed his kid brother’s bike but I have to say….what an event! It is madness and mayhem for about one minute and carnage often happening on the way. The British lad was in the final after breaking his collarbone and being in hospital about 10 weeks before his final. Sadly, he fell off in the final and came to the press interview in a still buoyant mood. He wasn’t cocky in the slightest and spoke very eloquently about his sport. I have to admit the organisation was also quite brilliant and drew the crowds. Tom Daley was very slow to get off the mark but dived well in the semi-finals of the high diving to make the final 12. I was thinking he probalbly went through hell to be on that diving platform and looking down to where his dad had traditionally always been. Although his mum was there it must have been a psychological test for him. He has been an outstanding ambassador for his sport and I’m so glad he got his bronze medal. Also, a fabulous effort by Mo farrah and all the other medallists including more gold for Bolt in the relay
1676 – “King Phillip’s War” came to an end with the killing of Indian chief King Phillip. The war between the Indians and the Europeans lasted for two years. How sad that humans always have to end up killing each other
1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine. My mum had a singer
1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.Isn’t there a product called Listerine?
1877 – Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.Thank you Thomas
1898 – The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. TheU.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.Interesting
1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th. Even I know this song
1944 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. was killed with his co-pilot when their Navy plane exploded over England. Joseph Kennedy was the oldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The tragedies that family have had to endure over the years
1953 – The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb. How do you keep this quiet?
1962 – The Soviet Union launched Pavel Popovich into orbit. Popovich and Andrian Nikolayev, who was launch a day before, both landed on August 15. Brilliant
1973 – Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years. We liked the Bear
1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
1981 – IBM unveiled its first PC. Amazing. I loved it…but not at first
1985 – A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashed into a mountain killing 520 people. This is so frightening
1992 – The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations. It was necessary and still is
1998 – Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims. Good decision
1999 – Hang Thu Thi Ngyuen shot an arrow from a bow with her feet on “Guinness World Records: Primetime” and hit a target that was 16 feet and 5 inches away. Now that is amazing
1960, Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles’ drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply, “The Beatles”. Pete is still drumming and is a well respected musician
1964, The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’ opened in 500 American cinemas to rave reviews. It wasn’t Oscar -winning!
1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes. Great shows
1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London’s West End. The first song they played was a version of ‘Train Kept A-Rollin.’ I wish I’d been there
1971, John & Yoko donated £1,000 to the Clyde Shipbuilders Scottish Union fighting fund who were refusing to stop work at the Glasgow site after being made redundant. This was the measure of the man- he stood by his principles.
1971, During a UK tour Queen played at the Tregye Hotel in Truro, England.Interesting for me as I worked in Truro
1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. The singers only UK No.1, a No.7 hit on the US chart. This was a really popular song in the UK
1973, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers all appeared at the Corral Club in Topanga, California.I would love to have been at this gig
1977, Henri Padovani guitarist with The Police quit the group after nine months leaving them a trio.Tell us more
1978, The Commodores started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’, also No.1 in the UK and becoming Motown’s biggest British selling single. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’What an absolutely wonderful sentiment
1984, As The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed, ‘All Night Long’ live from Los Angeles to an estimated television audience of 2.6 billion people around the world.I love this song
1985, Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43. He had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Sukiyaki’, the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart. I loved his song and what a sad end to his life
1989, The two day Moscow Music Peace Festival was held at The Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Western Acts who appeared included Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and The Scorpions. This was the first time that an audience had been allowed to stand up and dance at a stadium rock concert in the Soviet Union. Previous to this, all concerts had to be seated. This really was a major initiative
1991, Bryan Adams started the fourth of sixteen weeks at No.1 on the UK single chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’. Good song
1996, The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Wannabe’, Los Del Rio were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Macarena’. Great party songs
. 2000, Robbie Williams scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Rock DJ’. He is not always my cup of tea but he is a great entertainer
2003, Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche around central London and was charged with drink driving. Ryan had spent the night knocking back drinks at Browns night-club in Covent Garden with his cousin and a record company executive. After annoying others in the club with rowdiness, and his cousin’s throwing up in the VIP area, bouncers threw Lee out. Police pulled the star over just after 4am on Tower Bridge Road and breath tests showed him to be twice over the legal drinking limit.Does this really merit all the detail we have just read? He acted like a yob.
2009, Guitarist Les Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia. Paul is credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on sale in 1952 and contributed to the birth of rock. He also developed other influential recording innovations such as multi-track recording and overdubbing. In the early ’50s, Paul and his wife Mary Ford had a string of hits including ‘Mockin’ Bird Hill,’ ‘How High the Moon,’ and ‘Vaya Con Dios.’ He was a legend and a pivotal name in the history of pop music
1929, Buck Owens, Jr. American singer and guitarist, scored twenty number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts, pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California. Died March 25th 2006. It’s weird reading about this town as I popped into the local radio there and it was at the back of a supermarket
1941, Craig Douglas, singer, 1959 UK No.1 single ‘Only Sixteen ‘plus nine other UK Top 40 hits.
1949, Mark Knopfler guitar, vocals, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’, 1985 world-wide No.1 album ‘Brothers In Arms’), member of Notting Hillbillies.
1950, Ronald David Mael, Sparks, (1974 UK No.2 single ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’).
1951, August Darnell, singer, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Annie I’m Not Your Daddy’).
1953, Jerry Speiser, Men At Work, (1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).
1954, Pat Metheny, jazz rock guitarist, worked with David Bowie and Gary Burton. Recorded film soundtrack albums
1958, Jurgen Dehmel, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’).
1961, Roy Hay guitar, vocals, Culture Club, (1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single ‘Karma Chameleon’ plus seven other UK top 10 singles’). single ‘Lifted’ plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles).
1969, Tanita Tikaram, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.10 single ‘Good Tradition’).