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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
The PM is already under pressure over poor poll ratings and he faces the biggest backlash over astonishing 11.2 per cent rail fare rises faced by commuters. How on earth he or anyone else expects the public to be happy when wages are not rising and these prices are allowed to rise far above the rate of inflation. This is the bit the PM doesn’t understand when he says, “We’re all in this together!” Meanwhile, here in Spain, there is plenty of coverage about outside the Ecuador embassy in London yesterday. Julian Assange, the Wikileaks man, has been granted asylum. If, as is being reported, he is wanted in Sweden for questioning on sex charges then we should know a bit more about what he has done. He has now been in the embassy for two months will little change of progress seen. He seemed a very nervous man when he called for the end of the FBI investigation into Wikileaks. He also asked for the solider Manning to be released. Manning is accused of being a traitor for passing U.S. secret service files to Wikipedia. The whole event seemed rather farcical. Are the Swedish charges trumped up? We’ll wait and see…….
The Day’s Music Events 21st August
1961, Elvis Presley started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Something For Everybody’ his sixth US No.1 album.Little bit too much ing
1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. She was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier.That song is much loved
1965, The Rolling Stones started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Out Of Our Heads’ the group’s first US No.1 album.I liked their early stuff
1966, On their last ever US tour The Beatles performed in two cities due to a cancellation due to rain the previous day. First they performed at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then they flew to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch Stadium, where they performed under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain. It was this gig that convinced Paul McCartney that The Beatles should stop performing live. It’s not much fun playing in the rain
1968, Tommy James and The Shondells returned to the UK No.1 position for the second time with the single ‘Mony Mony’. Don’t forget they didn’t tour here
1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Carousel Theatre in Framingham, Massachusetts.OK
1971, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite, (and second from the bottom on the bill) Queen all appeared at the Tregye Festival Truro, Cornwall, England.Who would have guessed the future?
1976, The Rolling Stones, 10CC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia and Hot Tuna all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire, England, tickets £4.50. Good gig
1983, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone had a four-hour brain surgery operation, after being found unconscious in a New York Street where he had been involved in a fight.
1997, Former Stone Roses drummer Alan Wren was jailed for seven days after being rude to a top Manchester Magistrate. He was before the court due to having no car insurance and lost his temper after being quizzed about his earnings. Temper tantrum
1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, shifting over a million copies on the first day of release. They were on a roll
2000, Survivor filed a lawsuit against TVT Records after they released a soundtrack to the TV show ‘Survivor.’ Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan said, “It’s unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band, someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses our name and takes away everything we have worked for.” I agree with his sentiments
2002, Atomic Kitten were facing legal action after sacking Andy McCluskey, the songwriter who wrote the bands first No.1 ‘Whole Again.’ The band were about to be dropped by Innocent records when they recorded the song that became a huge hit. The girls then wanted a bigger share of royalties, which McCluskey had turned down. Under the original deal each girl got 4p from the sale of one single. Greed is always lurking
2005, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden’s “music Nobel prize”, in 2001. Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence. I love synthesizers
2005, McFly were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be OK’, the group’s 4th No.1Nice lads
2006, A man surfing the Internet in America foiled three men who broke into a Liverpool shop in Liverpool, England. The man who had logged onto a site streaming live footage of Mathew Street and a forthcoming Beatles festival saw the men smashing a window of a shop and climb inside. He phoned Merseyside police who arrested the men. Great thinking batman
2008, Paedophile and ex-pop star Gary Glitter returned to Thailand after being refused entry to Hong Kong. Chinese authorities informed the UK Foreign Office they had barred Glitter from entry. He was earlier deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls. He flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok after refusing to fly to the UK, and had made a plea for medical treatment after saying he was suffering a heart attack. Be sure your sins will find you out
2008, Drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. Worked with Elvis Presley (‘Little Sister’), Patsy Cline (‘Crazy’), Roy Orbison (‘Pretty Woman’), Johnny Cash (‘Ring Of Fire’), Tammy Wynette (‘Stand By Your Man’). Was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry. He can be heard on over 18,000 recordings. What a brilliant career
1680 – The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, NM. Dios mio
1841 – A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton. Was he from Venice?
1888 – The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. The name lives on
1923 – In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner. Heavens above!
1940 – Exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds that had inflicted by an assassin.The world was already shrinking
1943 – Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese.
1971 – Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women’s Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament. I don’t remember her name
1983 – Philippine politician Benigno Simeon Aquino was assassinated as he deplaned in Manila. De-planed?
1984 – Clint Eastwood was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.I walked on it!
1986 – In Cameroon, a nation in West Africa, toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake. The gas killed more than 1,700 people.Dreadful
1988 – An earthquake on the Nepal-India border killed over 1,000 people.AS above
1989 – Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton. What did it get for the money spent?
1991 – The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin. What was really going on?
1992 – Randall Weaver, a neo-Nazi leader, opened fire on U.S. marshals from his home inIdaho. Weaver surrendered 11 days later ending the standoff. During the standoff a deputy marshal, Weaver’s wife and his son were killed. Bad man
1993 – NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million. Personally, I think it’s a huge waste of money
1995 – In Jerusalem, Israel, a bus bombing by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) killed four and wounded more than 100. Bad
1997 – Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history. Better to be safe
2002 – In Pakistan, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament. I suppose he paid himself as well
1904, Count Basie, bandleader. Worked with Frank Sinatra as well as his own Count Basie band. Died on 26th April 1984.
1938, Kenny Rogers, singer, (1977 UK No.1 single ‘Lucille’, 1980 US No.1 & UK No.12 single ‘Lady’, plus 15 other US Top 40 hits).
1941, Tom Costello, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).
1944, Jackie DeShannon singer, (1969 US No.4 single ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’).
1952,Joe Strummer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982 plus 15 other UK top 40 singles). Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. He died on 22nd December 2002.
1954, Nick Kane, The Mavericks, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).
1954, Steve Smith, drums, Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’).
1957, Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 with ‘Frankie’).
1968, Dina Carroll, singer, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’).
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