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8th March 2017

 

The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Singles By Female Artists In The UK Are...

 

 

8th March was International Women's Day to celebrate The Official Charts Company issued The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Singles By Female Artists In The UK.

 

POS TITLE                                                                           ARTIST YEAR

1 BELIEVE                                                                         CHER 1998

2 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU                                      WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992

3 SOMEONE LIKE YOU                                                   ADELE 2011

4 MY HEART WILL GO ON                                            CELINE DION 1998

5 ...BABY ONE MORE TIME                                          BRITNEY SPEARS 1999

6 THE POWER OF LOVE                                JENNIFER RUSH 1985

7 WE FOUND LOVE                                                          RIHANNA            FEATURING CALVIN HARRIS 2011

8 WANNABE                                                                       SPICE GIRLS 1996

9 THINK TWICE                                                                CELINE DION 1994

10 NEVER EVER                                                                ALL SAINTS 1997

11 CALL ME MAYBE                                                       CARLY RAE JEPSEN 2012

12 HALLELUJAH                                                              ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008

13 PRICE TAG                                                                    JESSIE J FEATURING B.O.B 2011

14 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD                      KYLIE MINOGUE 2001

15 TORN                                                                               NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 1997

16 SATURDAY NIGHT                                                     WHIGFIELD 1994

17 POKER FACE                                                                LADY GAGA 2009

18 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)                                 RIHANNA 2010

19 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU               MARIAH CAREY 1994

20 2 BECOME 1                                                                                 SPICE GIRLS 1996

 

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Time magazine has announced their list of nominees for Person of the Year:

  1. Nigel Farage has been shortlisted for the title of Time magazine's person of the year.

  2. Russian President Vladimir Putin

  3. Singer Beyonce.

  4. US President-elect Donald Trump

  5. Hillary Clinton.

  6. US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles

  7. Russia's CRISPR scientists, who have developed technology that can edit DNA

  8. Turkish Preisdent Recep Tayyip Erdogan

  9. Residents of Flint, Michigan who blew the whistle on lead-poisoned water

  10. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  11. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Time announces the winner of the accolade next Wednesday AND THE WINNER IS...

DONALD TRUMP

POST 119

 

 

FORBES TOP 15 RICHEST FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

I just learnt that Forbes Magazine issue a list of the Top 15 Richest Fictional Characters. This is the latest February 2016

 

  1.  Scrooge McDuck? The Ducktales the Movie. £44.1 Billion

Coming from a humble background, Scrooge McDuck's first job was polishing boots. He then moved to the United States and found a golden rock the size of a goose egg. This began his money-making journey which took him all around the world. The combination of great investments and being extremely stingy has put Scrooge McDuck straight to the top of our rich list.

2. Smaug the Dragon? The Hobbit. £42. 4 Billion

The old wyrm Smaug found his fortune by invading Dale and taking over the Dwarves "Lonely Mountain" stronghold which contained all their hordes of gold, gems and other treasures. 

3. Carlisle Cullen? Twilight Series. £31.5 Billion 

Carlisle received a generous handout from some Italian friends in the 1960s and by making some savvy investments, combined with the huge rate of interest that comes with being immortal, Carlisle managed to accumulate a significant fortune which would not be attainable by anyone who has to worry about dying.

4. Tony Stark? Iron Man Series. £8.5 Billion

Tony Stark accumulated his wealth by building on his adopted father's business, Stark Industries, worth approximately £20.3 billion.

5. Charles Foster Kane? Citizen Kane. £7.7 Billion

Charles Foster Kane was originally born into poverty, but his luck changed when his family was given a mine in lieu of payment for a room. It turned out that the mine was filled with gold and Kane was raised in luxury from then on.

6. Bruce Wayne? Batman. £6.3 Billion

Heir to the Wayne Enterprises fortune (estimated to create $31.3 billion in annual revenue) from the age of 8, Bruce Wayne has spent the majority of his life as a billionaire.

7. Richie Rich? Richie Rich. £3.9 Billion

Richie Rich was the only child and heir to the billionaire businessman Richard Rich Sr. whose business "Rich Industries" was worth an estimated $163.4 billion.

8. Christian Grey? Fifty Shades of Grey. £1.7 Billion

After receiving $100,000 to start up a business from a friend of his late mother, who has seduced him at age 15, Christian went on to build Grey Enterprises Holding Inc. In the second novel it's claimed that Christian earns $100,000 an hour from this business.

9. Tywin Lannister? Game of Thrones. £1.2 Billion

Tywin Lannister was the Lord of Casterly Rock and the head of the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms, owning multiple gold mines across Westeros.

10. Mr. Burns? The Simpsons. £1 Billion

Like many others on our fictional rich list, Charles Montgomery Burns was born into a family of poverty and then adopted by a faceless billionaire in his early childhood, After attending Yale University he soon made his own fortune and went on to purchase the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant where his wealth continued to increase.

11. Walden Schmidt? Two and a Half Men. £8.9 Million

Walden Schmidt made his first million dollars by the age of 19 and went on to create and sell his own start-up internet business for $1.3 Billion.

12.Lara Croft? Tomb Raider. £8.9 Million

Lara Croft was born into a wealthy family and was heir to the family fortune when both her parents had passed away.

13. Mr. Monopoly Monopoly Board Game £8.2 Million

Mr. Monopoly, formerly known as Rich Uncle Pennybags, made his fortune by investing in real estate in Atlantic City. Having then invested heavily in houses and hotels located all around the world, all he had to do was sit back, and with a few lucky rolls of the dice, watch his fortune come in at the expense of others.

14.Lady Mary Crawley? Downton Abbey £7.5 Million

Lady Mary Crawley was already rich in her own right being the eldest daughter of the Earl of Grantham. She then saw her wealth increase to an even greater extent after inheriting her late husband Matthew Crawley's fortune.

15.Jay Gatsby? The Great Gatsby. £6.8 Million

Jay Gatsby wasn't born wealthy and, at the age of 17, dropped out of college to tour the world by yacht with millionaire Dan Cody. During this time he got a real taste of the good life and there was then no going back for him. He built his fortune through bootlegging at the time of Prohibition in the United States.

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TINDER DATING SITE 37 POSSIBLE GENDERS?

 

 

 

Dating app Tinder has introduced 37 options for defining gender, beyond male or female.(Source Vice)

 

Here they are:

 

1              Agender

2              Androgyne

3              Androgynous

4              Bigender

5              Female to Male

6              FTM

7              Gender Fluid

8              Gender Nonconforming

9              Gender Questioning

10           Gender Variant

11           Genderqueer

12           Male to Female

13           MTF

14           Neither

15           Neutrois

16           Non-binary

17           Other

18           Pangender

19           Trans

20           Trans Man

21           Trans Person

22           Trans Woman

23           Transfeminine

24           Transgender

25           Transgender Female

26           Transgender Male

27           Transgender Man

28           Transgender Person

29           Transgender Woman

30           Transmasculine

31           Transsexual

32           Transsexual Female

33           Transsexual Male

34           Transsexual Man

35           Transsexual Person

36           Transsexual Woman

37           Two-Spirit

 

Why is the world so complicated?

POST 097

 

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

               

MANY YEARS AGO

 

 

 

 

 

1              90 years ago:- on 11th Nov 1926 Route 66 was established in the USA. It was one of the most famous highways in the country and was celebrated in popular culture.

2              80 years ago:- on 2nd Nov 1936 the BBC Television Service was launched in the UK

3              60 years ago:- on 5th Nov 1956 the first Premium Bond was sold in Britain (to the Lord Mayor of London).

4              30 years ago:- on 6th Nov 1986 Alex Ferguson appointed manager of Manchester U FC.

5              80 years ago :- on 30th Nov 1936 In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire.

6              60 years ago:- on 5th Nov 1956 long-running television programme What the Papers Say airs for the first time.

7              60 years ago: on 9th Nov 1956 at the Lord Mayor's Show in London, the first Routemaster forms part of the procession, advertised as "London's Bus Of The Future".

8              60 years ago:- on 29th Nov1956 petrol rationing introduced because of petrol blockades from the Middle East due to the Suez Crisis.

9              50 years ago:- 16th Nov 1966 the BBC television drama Cathy Come Home, filmed in a docudrama style, is broadcast on BBC1. Viewed by a quarter of the British population, it is considered influential on public attitudes to homelessness and the related social issues it deals with

10           T0 30years ago:- 21st Nov 1986 the government launches a £20 million campaign to warn members of the public about the dangers of AIDS.

POST 096

25 FACTS ABOUT BARBIE (THE DOLL)

 

 

 

 

 

1              Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. She's named after the daughter of Mattel's co-founders, Ruth and Elliot Handler. Their son's name is Kenneth

 

2              German woman Bettina Dorfmann holds the Guinness Book of World Records for having the biggest Barbie collection in the world. She's been collecting since 1993, and owns 15,000 different kinds.

 

3              A Swiss older lady was the inspiration for Barbie. Ruth Handler was inspired to create Barbie after seeing the 'Bild Lilli' doll in Switzerland, and noticed her daughter liked playing with dolls that resembled older woman, instead of babies.Ruth Handler was inspired to create Barbie after seeing the 'Bild Lilli' doll in Switzerland, and noticed her daughter liked playing with dolls that resembled older woman, instead of babies.

 

4              The first doll wore a black and white-striped bathing suit and was sold for $3.

 

5              Ken and Barbie's relationship was once on the rocks.Things between Barbie and longtime boyfriend Ken fizzled in 2004, causing them to split up after 43 years

 

6              Barbie was never a bride. Though Mattel has debuted bridal editions of Barbies, the split between her and Ken was fairly easy, because the company has never claimed they're married (no messy divorce, no arguing over who gets the Malibu mansion). That doesn't mean imaginations everywhere haven't unofficially made the two tie the knot.

 

7              After her split from Ken, Barbie had a two-year fling with Blaine, an Australian surfer. Surf's up.

 

8              On Valentine's Day, 2011, she and Ken finally got back together. Mattel broke the news on Barbie's Facebook Page.

 

9              A woman named Blondie Bennett spent more than $40,000 on plastic surgery to look like Barbie, and had a side career posing as the doll in toy stores. She's also taking hypnotherapy sessions to make herself dumber, because she wants to be seen as a "plastic sex doll –- and being brainless is a big part of that."

 

10           Barbie's had nearly 150 careers, and has been an astronaut 3 times: 1965, 1986 and 1994.

 

11           Every second, three Barbies are sold around the world. That's almost 24 times the average 4,000,000 babies born in the U.S. each year

 

12           The toy was banned in Saudi Arabia by the country's religious police. An announcement on the site stated: "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West."

 

13           She recently appeared in a spread in the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated's 2014 Swimsuit Issue. It sparked backlash, forcing "Barbie" to write an essay about why she chose to do it, calling for women to be less judgmental and teach girls to "celebrate who they are," whether they're leading a company or posing in a swimsuit.

 

14           The first Barbie® doll sold for $3.00.

 

15           During the first year of her introduction in 1959, 351,000 Barbie® dolls were sold.

 

16           An original 1959 Barbie® doll in mint condition has sold for up to $10,000

 

17           Average number of Barbie Dolls sold annually  94,500,000

 

18           Estimate number of Barbie dolls sold since 1959 1,005,250,000

 

19           Date Barbie first appeared March 9, 1959

 

20           Gross annual sales of Mattel’s Barbie brand worldwide   $1,009,500,000

 

21           She weighs 110 pounds. According to her bathroom scale from 1965, that's what she weighs. That said, Barbie's figure is rather unrealistic: A 1996 study found that if Barbie were 5'7", her measurements would be 32-16-29, and her neck would have an itty-bitty circumference of just nine inches.

 

22           Barbie was named after Ruth and Elliot Handler's daughter, Barbara. In 2002, she immortalized Barbie's hand and footprints in cement on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

23           According to Mattel, the best-selling Barbie doll ever was the Totally Hair doll, which debuted in 1992 — just more proof that America has always been obsessed with hairstyling.

 

24           In 1997, the company debuted Share a Smile Becky, the first fashion doll to come with a wheelchair.

 

25           As of 2015, Barbie can finally wear flat shoes. Mattel's Barbie Fashionistas line features adjustable ankles, so she can rock comfy shoes and her trademark sky-high stilettos.

POST 039

TOP TWENT MOST POPULAR TWITTERS

My website is new and I am desperate to get users to sign up for my Newsletter. I checked out who has most followers on Twitter here, courtesy of  Twitters (the numbers are changing all the time). I am struggling to get any subscribers where as Katy Perry has 93,006,658 followers and even  Kim Kardashian West  has  48,104,726 followers. Looking at the list it appears you have to be a young attractive female with a good music track and video. Totally opposite to what I am. Or am I, would any one notice, you can disguise lots on the internet..

1              KATY PERRY                     93,006,658

2              Justin Bieber                         88,263,478

3              Taylor Swift                          80,985,329

4              Barack Obama                    77,513,755

5              Rihanna                               65,980,799

6              YouTube                               64,086,058

7              Lady Gaga                            63,671,220

8              Ellen DeGeneres                   62,325,982

9              Twitter                                   56,889,819

10           Justin Timberlake                  56,623,263

11           Kim Kardashian West        48,104,726

12           Britney Spears                      47,660,441

13           Cristiano Ronaldo               46,977,136

14           Selena Gomez                      45,807,053

15           15. jimmy fallon                  42,814,354

16           16. CNN Breaking News    42,367,920

17           17. Ariana Grande               41,953,115

18           18. Instagram                       40,418,231

19           19. Shakira                           40,092,072

20           20. Demi Lovato                 38,650,434

 

 

 

35 FAVOURITE SITCOMS

 

POST 012

 

Title

Years

Episodes

1

Father Ted

1995-98

25

2

The Office

2001-03

14

3

Mum

2016

6

4

Only Fools and Horses

1981-2003

64+ 16 Specials

5

Hancocks Half Hour

1956-61

63

6

Bread

1986-91

74

7

Car Share

2015

6

8

Steptoe & Son

1962-74

58

9

Black Adder

1983-89

24+3 Specials

10

Friends

1984-2004

236

11

Til Death Us Do Part

1972-73

54+3 shorts

12

Fawlty Towers

1975-79

12

13

Phoenix Nights

2001-2002

12

14

Sykes

1972-79

68

15

Open All Hours

1973-85

26

16

Bottom

1991-95

18

17

Butterflies

1986-91

30

18

I'm Alan Partridge

1997-2002

12

19

The Vicar Of Dibley

1994-2015

20+6 shorts

20

One Foot In The Grave

1990-2000

42+2 shorts

21

The League of Gentlemen

1999-2002

19

22

The Royle Family

1998-2012

25

23

The Young Ones

1982-84

12

24

Cradle to Grave

2015

8

25

Frasier

1993-2004

264

26

Bootsey & Snudge

1960-63

104

27

The Army Game

1957-61

154

28

Phil Silvers Show

1955-59

144

29

I Love Lucy

1951-57

181

30

Absolutely Fabulous

1992-2004

39

31

Miranda

2009-15

20

32

The Worker

1962-78

35+1 short

33

IT Crowd

2006-13

25

34

Black Books

2000-04

18

35

Motherland

2016

1

                                                                                                                                  POST 009

 

10 CARS & VANS WITH CHARACTER & CHARISMA

1. HILLMAN IMP
2. TRIUMPH HERALD
3. MORRIS MINI MINOR
4. VW BEETLE 1200
5. FIAT 500
6. 1955 CHEVY BELAIR
7. RUBY THE RED AUSTIN 7
8. BRUM
9. AUSTIN A90 ATLANTIC
10. TROJAN BUBBLE CAR

POST 011

 

25 of the 1,000s of RECORDS BANNED BY THE BBC

 

 

1

When I'm Cleaning Windows – George Formby

1936

2

With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock – George Formby

1937

3

I'll Be Home for Christmas – Bing Crosby

1943

4

Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald

1956

5

The Garden of Eden – Frankie Vaughan

1957

6

Teen Angel – Mark Dinning

1959

7

Three Stars – Ruby Wright

1959

8

Tell Laura I love Her - Ricky Valance

1960

9

Ebony Eyes - Everly Brothers

1961

10

In the Hall of the Mountain King – Nero and the Gladiators

1961

11

Johnny Remember Me – John Leyton

1961

12

Tribute to Buddy Holly – Mike Berry and The Outlaws

1961

13

Terry - Twinkle

1964

14

Leader of the Pack - Shangri Las

1964

15

God on Our Side - Manfred Mann and others

1965

16

I Can't Control Myself – The Troggs

1966

17

They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! – Napoleon XIV

1966

18

I Am the Walrus – The Beatles

1967

19

We Love The Pirate Stations _ Roarin 60s

1967

20

Je t'aime... moi non plus – Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

1969

21

Wet Dream – Max Romeo

1969

22

The Cover of Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

1973

23

Love to Love You Baby – Donna Summer

1975

24

God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols

1977

25

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

1987

 

POST 010

 

20 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES BY MOTHER TERESA

 

 

 

1   Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

 

2  Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

 

3   We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

 

4   Peace begins with a smile.

 

5   Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.

 

6   One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

 

7   If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

 

8  Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

 

9   What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.

 

10 There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.

 

11  People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

      If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

      If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

      If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

     The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

     Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

     For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

 

12 There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.

 

13  A life not lived for others is not a life.

 

14  I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

 

15  Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them…For as long as you are green, you can grow.

 

16  Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.

 

17  Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

 

18  Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.

 

19  Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

 

20  We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

 

 

POST 007

 

8  TOP MODEL VILLAGES

 

Feel like a giant for the day in some of the incredibly detailed model villages! Here are our top 8 must see replicas.

 

1.Legoland Windsor, Berkshire, UK

Legoland,  Windsor changed the idea of a model village forever. Instead of buildings made from natural materials or concrete, Legoland uses the childhood favourite building bricks to create towns and cities using 40 million coloured plastic bricks. The interactive system is run on 14 computers and there is 300km of underground cabling operating cars, boats, trains and bridges.

 

2. Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

 This model village is a scale replica that is just one-ninth of the size of its namesake Cotswold village. It’s so true to life that it changes with the seasons – in the summer the cottages even feature greenhouses and miniature patio furniture.

 

3. Lakeland Miniature Village

 Set in the heart of the stunning Lake District in the popular holiday destination of Cumbria, this model village features over 140 buildings, including a replica of Hill Top, the home of beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter. Incredibly, no machinery has been used to craft these replicas – they have all been created lovingly by hand.

 

4. Godshill Model Village

 Godshill Model Village is a one-tenth scale reinvention of two of the Isle of Wight’s oldest villages, Godshill and Shanklin. It’s a cute and quirky replica with details as minute as real thatching on the roof – definitely worth a visit if you’re holidaying in the area.

 

5. Babbacombe Model Village

 Ironically for a miniature attraction, Babbacombe Model Village in Devon is rather large – set in 4 acres of award winning gardens. The village takes a journey through time, with sound and animation added to bring the whole setting to life.

 

6. Bekonscot, Buckinghamshire, UK

 For any model village enthusiast, Bekonscot is the location to start any replica village pilgrimage. It’s the oldest in the world and has had over 14 million visitors since it opened in the 1930s.The site stretches over 2 acres and includes complete towns built in different architectural styles which have been added over time to reflect current construction fashions. There are many parts of the village which date back to when it first opened. Recent additions include moving models which include walking horses at a cider centre and a lady cleaning a window.

 

7. Blackpool Model Village and Gardens

 Whilst a holiday in Blackpool can often leave you feeling dwarfed in comparison to the sky high rollercoasters, a day at Blackpool Model Village and Gardens will leave you feeling incredibly tall! With hundreds of creative village scenes, a gift shop and even an ice cream stand, there’s plenty to keep everyone amused.

 

 

8.0Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Germany

The largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany.

 

POST 005

 

CHILDREN'S BOOK & TV CHARACTERS

 

1              Peter Rabbit & Friends

2              Postman Pat

3              Fireman Sam

4              Thomas The Tank Engine

5              Bob The Builder

6              Bing

7              Peppa Pig

8              Little Princess

9              Roary The Racing Car

10           Noddy & Big Ears

POST 004

 

GENE WILDER FIMS

 

Gene Wilder died 29th August 2016 after suffering dimentia for three years. He was a fantastic actor and film maker. Really funny. Here is a list of his films:

FILMOGRAPHY

 

Year

Title

1967

Bonnie and Clyde

1968

The Producers

1970

Start the Revolution Without Me

1970

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

1971

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

1972

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

1974

Rhinoceros

1974

Blazing Saddles

1974

The Little Prince

1974

Young Frankenstein

1975

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

1976

Silver Streak

1977

The World's Greatest Lover

1979

The Frisco Kid

1980

Sunday Lovers

1980

Stir Crazy

1982

Hanky Panky

1984

The Woman in Red

1986

Haunted Honeymoon

1989

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

1990

Funny About Love

1991

Another You

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.

 

Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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