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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
We had another fine day with our beautiful sunny weather. After our trip down to Levante I made a podcast with my wife,m Anne, as Neil was competing in a golf tournament. I think Anne enjoyed our podcast which can be found here
Football was back with a vengeance and Chelsea sauntered through their game with Wigan whilst Southampton made Man City struggle for their win. Here in Spain Valencia gained a well-earned point at Real Madrid whilst Barcelona had a comfortable 4-0 win. I can honestly say I was dominated by the football and took just a passing interest. I have a great book to read in Spanish. I have a feeling I am going to find this very heavy going! .
A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband
Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.
‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh!
You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them!
TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter.
Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER?
They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL!
You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never!
Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind?
Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them.
Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’
The wife stared at him.
‘What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’
The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’ ;
1641 – Scotland and Britain signed the Treaty of Pacification.Good
1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska. To the north?
1866 – The National Labor Union in the U.S. advocated an eight-hour workday. That was a start
1866 – It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier. Good. It was time to build a nation
1882 – Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow.I love the atmosphere of this music
1885 – “The Mikado”, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City. Another great piece of music
1914 – German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. This would involve Britain by way of a pact
1918 – The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War I.
1939 – Johnny Weissmuller married Beryl Scott. Was her real name Jane?
1940 – France fell to the Germans during World War II. It would be wise for France to remember her allies from time to time
1953 – It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.Not good news
1955 – In Morocco and Algeria hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting. As above
1955 – Col. Horace A. Hanes, a U.S. Air Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet. Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour in a Super Sabrejet. That is a brave man
1955 – Bo Diddley made his first appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York City.Did it really take this long?
1968 – The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization. I remember the name Alexander Dubcheck
1977 – Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. I wonder if any extra terrestrials heard it?
1985 – The original Xerox 914 copier was presented to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented the machine.Did he copy the idea?
1986 – Patrick Henry Sherril, postal employee, killed 14 co-workers in a shooting spree at the post office in Edmond, OK.What is it about July and August? Is it the heat?
1988 – Eight British soldiers were killed by a landmine while in a military bus in Northern Ireland. The mine belonged to the Irish Republican Army. What did it prove?
1989 – British conservationist George Adamson was killed by bandits in Kenya. Adamson was 83. He was a very good man
1989 – In London, a pleasure boat sank in the Thames River killing 51 people. This was a very sad event
1991 – A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power. I liked Gorby
1995 – 348 people were killed in a train incident in northern India. Tragic
1998 – Canada’s Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government’s consent.Mais oui
1998 – U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden. Why don’t the UK and the USA just keep out of Afghanistan?
1998 – The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.It was justifiable
1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Star & Garter Hotel Windsor, England. You have to start somewhere
1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (later to join Velvet Underground), all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young producer – guitarist Jimmy Page.I loved the records from this lable and if my memory serves me well. the Faces had been on Decca. Maybe the initial idea was for the Stones to join this label?
1966, The Beatles, touring America for the last time, were forced to cancel and reschedule their performance in Cincinnati’s open-air stadium, Crosley Field. Heavy rain (and no cover provided) made electrocution a virtual certainty if The Beatles had attempted to perform. I don’t think that is rocket science. Was there no Health and Safety in place?
1968, The University of Tennessee reported that a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered acute hearing damage.Maybe it depended on who made the music?
1969, After finishing ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album…… This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios. End of an era
1977, The Brotherhood Of Man had the No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Angelo’, their second UK chart topper.My good friend Tony Hiller was the man behind all their hits and is a wonderful gentleman
1977, The Emotions started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, it made No.4 in the UK.Good song
1983, The compilation album ’18 Greatest Hits’ by Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart.Good little album
1983, Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.Good bill
1986, Rick Allen drummer with Def Leppard made his first live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a car accident, when they appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England. He has done fantastically well to still be drumming
1988, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Roll With It’. This is a favourite of mine
1988, Iron Maiden, Kiss, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses and Helloween all appeared at this year’s ‘Monsters Of Rock’ Festival, Castle Donington, England. Two rock fans died while ‘slam dancing’ as Guns N’ Roses played.I’m not a heavy metal fan but t looked a good gig
1990, Aerosmith appeared at the Marquee Club London. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam.Wow
1992, A US Doctor filed a $35m lawsuit against the Southwest Bell phone company. He alleged that his wife died because he could not reach 911 due to all lines being jammed by demand of Garth Brooks concert tickets. What was his real agenda?
1997, BBC TV aired the documentary ‘Oasis; Right Here Right Now’, with the group talking about their troublesome last year plus performances of three new songs from the Manchester band. Why do TV Producers always migrate to the bands who cause trouble?
2000, Craig David started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut release ‘Born To Do It’. He is a good singer
2000, Spiller went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Groovejet’. The Italian DJ and producer mixed the track based on an old 1970′s hit ‘Love Is You’ by Carol Williams, with new vocals by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. This sound interesting
2003, Madame Tussauds in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: ‘That was extraordinary. Unfortunately extraordinarily bad.’ ‘Do you really think that you could become a Pop Idol’ Well then you’re deaf.’ ‘Thank you. Goodbye and That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen.’How to make a God!
2004, A man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after years spent trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-out of Adams which stood at the foot of the bed and posters on the bedroom walls.I’m sorry but the posters would have to go.Teenage or twenties infatuation yes……within a marriage…..no!
2006, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Twickenham Stadium on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Feeder and The Charlatans also appeared. They do a great live gig
2006, Christina Aguilera went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Back To Basics’ the singers third UK release. Also a No.1 album in 13 other countries. Class act
2007, The funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson was held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. Peter Hook and Stephen Morris – two members of first Factory signing Joy Division, and later incarnation, New Order attended along with Happy Mondays front man, Shaun Ryder. I wasn’t a fan of his but I acknowlege his innovatory thinking
2008, The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father’s name to endorse a US presidential candidate ‘appalling’. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks ‘presumptuous’. ‘Even I would not presume to say publicly what I ‘know’ he thought or felt,’ she added. I think she was right
1924, Jim Reeves, US country singer. The first country singer to crossover into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’,1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’). Reeves was killed in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog.
1931, Paul Robi, The Platters, (UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Died of cancer on 1st February 1989.
1934, ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. Died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell.
1940, John Lantree, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Have I The Right’).
1941, Dave Brock, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’). 1946, Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Computer Love / The Model’). 1947, Born on this day, James Pankow, Trombone, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).
1948, Robert Plant, singer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Plant had the 1983 solo hit single Big Log. Also a member of The Honeydrippers, (with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love. Had the Grammy award winning 2007 album Raising Sand with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
1949, Phil Lynott Irish singer, songwriter, bass player, Thin Lizzy. (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’). Lynott died on 4th Jan 1986 of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
1952, Doug Fieger, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’). Died of cancer on 14th Feb 2010.
Born on this day