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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
EDMUND BURKE, speech on the Middlesex Elections, 1771
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought” – Buddha
Far away in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, two prawns were swimming around.
One called Justin and the other called Christian.
The prawns were constantly being harassed and threatened by sharks that inhabited the area.
Finally one day Justin said to Christian, 'I'm fed up with being a prawn; I wish I was a shark, and then I wouldn't have any worries about being eaten.'
A large mysterious cod appeared and said, 'Your wish is granted.'
Lo and behold, Justin turned into a shark.
Horrified, Christian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old mate.
Time passed (as it does) and Justin found life as a shark boring and lonely.
All his old mates simply swam away whenever he came close to them.
Justin began to realise that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight.
While swimming alone one day he saw the mysterious cod again and he thought perhaps the mysterious fish could change him back into a prawn.
He approached the cod and begged to be changed back, and, lo and behold, he found himself turned back into a prawn.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes Justin swam back to his friends and bought them all a cocktail.
(The punch line does not involve a prawn cocktail - it's much worse).
Looking around the gathering at the reef he realised he couldn't see his old pal.
'Where's Christian?' he asked.
'He's at home, still distraught that his best friend changed sides to the enemy & became a shark', came the reply.
Eager to put things right again and end the mutual pain and torture, he set off to Christian's abode.
As he opened the coral gate, memories came flooding back.
He banged on the door and shouted, 'It's me, Justin, your old friend, come out and see me again.'
Christian replied, 'No way man, you'll eat me. You're now a shark, the enemy, and I'll not be tricked into being your dinner.'
Justin cried back 'No, I'm not... that was the old me. I've changed......... ‘'I've found Cod. I'm a Prawn again, Christian.'
1777 – During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bennington took place. New England’s minutemen routed the British regulars. I have no knowledge of this
1812 – Detroit fell to Indian and British troops in the War of 1812. I have no knowledge of this
1829 – The “Siamese twins,” Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston, MA. They had come to the Western world to be exhibited. They were 18 years old and joined at the waist.I remember reading about them
1858 – A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to U.S. President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.Via Cornwall?
1906 – 1,500 people died in an earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile.Dreadful loss
1930 – The first British Empire Games were held at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event is now called the British Commonwealth Games.A very friendly gathering
1948 – Babe Ruth died at the age of 53.We all know this name
1960 – Cyprus was granted independence by Britain.It would become the object 0f strife between Turkey and Greece
1960 – The free-fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over New Mexico.Inexplicable bravery!
11987 – 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed. The only survivor was four-year old Cecelia Cichan. Horrible statistic
1995 – Voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.They knew when they were well off
1999 – In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.
1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died (probably poisoned by a jealous husband) at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936–1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. I don’t really remember hearing his music
1962, Little Stevie Wonder, (aged 12), released his first single, ‘I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)’, the single featured Marvin Gaye on drums. Is this still available?
1962, Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show up, drummer Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three filled in the temporary vacancy.Pete must have felt awful. It’s horrible being excluded from a group.
1966, During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia playing their set during huge electric storm. That took a bit of guts
1968, The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California. I think this explains why Michael Jackson was so close to9 Diana Ross
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version. Great song
1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend. Joe Cocker was slipped in rather quietly!
1970, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Free, ‘All Right Now’, No.4, Shirley Bassey, ‘Something’, No.3, Hotlegs, ‘Neanderthal Man’, No.2, The Kinks, ‘Lola’ and No.1, Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder Of You’, (his 16th UK No.1). Neanderthal Man was awful!
1970, The final day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring The Kinks, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Ginger Bakers Air Force and Edgar Winter. Weekend tickets, £3. Worth the money
1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis to go solo.They would survive
1975, The Stylistics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, the Philadelphian soul group’s only UK No.1. I hammered the album
1976, Cliff Richard set out on a tour of Russia, starting with a night at the Hall Of The October Revolution in Leningrad. In the vanguard of change!
1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. His first record for RCA, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with 154. Elvis became the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a stamp. In 1960, after completing his national service and flying back to America, he stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. I am an Elvis fan and I find it hard to believe it is so long since his death. He will never be forgotten
1986, Madonna started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’ The singers fourth US No.1, & No.1 in the UK. Also on this day Madonna went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘True Blue’. She certainly pleased the punters
1988, Kiss played at the Marquee Club in London, England on their current 129-date Crazy Nights world tour. They were a bit special
1997, On the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis Tennessee for a 10-minute mourning circuit circling his grave. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd. He’ll never be forgotten
1997, Will Smith started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Men In Black’ taken from the film of the same name. The song won Smith a Grammy in 1997 for Best Rap Solo Performance. A good little number and I like Will Smith
1997, Blur, Prodigy, Beck, Kula Shaker, Dodgy, Foo Fighters, Placebo, James, Ash, Dodgy and Gene all appeared at the two day V97 UK festival in Chelmsford and Leeds, weekend tickets, £50. Not for me…
2000, Alan Caddy guitarist with The Tornadoes died. (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’. The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart). Caddy also played on sessions and worked on arrangements for Spencer Davis Group, Kiki Dee, Pretty Things and Dusty Springfield. We all grew up with Telstar
2005, Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse-riding accident on her country estate. The accident happened when she fell off a new horse in the grounds of her Ashcombe House on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset on her 47th birthday. The singer was treated at hospital in Salisbury, 90 miles (150 kilometres) south-west of London. She needed to take things a bit easier
2007, A fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! was silenced after becoming the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle city council’s night watch team. Brian Turner had tormented neighbours by playing their hit song ‘Last Christmas’ all night at full volume from 1am onwards. Magistrates fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to pay £215 costs. It is a good song
1915, Al Hibbler, (1955 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Unchained Melody’).
1945, Gary Loizzo, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’).
1946, Gordon Fleet, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’).
1948, Barry Hay, Golden Earring, (1974 UK No.7 & US 13 single ‘Radar Love’). 1949, Born on this day, Scott Asheton, drums, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, (1973 album ‘Raw Power’).
1953, James Taylor, Kool & The Gang, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single, Celebration. 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Joanna’, and over 15 other top 40 hits).
1957, Tim Farriss, guitar, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’
1958,Madonna, (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone), singer, actress, (first hit 1984 UK No.6 single ‘Holiday’, 1984 US No.1 ‘Like A Virgin’, first UK No.1 1985 ‘Into The Groove’, plus 6 other UK No.1′s & over 10 US No.1 singles and over 30 other top 40 hits).
Born on this day