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JUNE 2017

 

 

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THURSDAY 29th JUNE 2017

 

                I’M SITTING AT A RAILWAY STATION

 

Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall are on a mission to visit all 2,563 railway stations in Britain - but the 'All The Stations' journey hasn't been completely smooth.

 

Railway stations are places we go to and places we pass through, places that are home and far from home, places we whiz through or wait at. They can be functional or baldly beautiful, eerily quiet or frustratingly frantic. Sometimes they sell sandwiches from Costa and sometimes from Pumpkin.

 

But whatever the station’s elemental essence, Vicki and Geoff  want to visit it. The couple are on a 14-week odyssey to see and film Britain’s 2,563 National Rail stations. “We wanted to do something memorable,” says Marshall.

 

They don’t have to get out at every station, but they have to be on a train that stops at the halt they want to tick off. They are also using taxis and lifts from friends to save doubling back on convoluted branch lines. They raised £38,000 on Kickstarter to pay for £745 14-day All Line Rover tickets, video editing and accommodation, plus plenty of cups of tea.

 

Their YouTube videos are feelgood snippets that, like Michael Portillo’s BBC series Great British Railway Journeys, revel in the small joys of our weird island life: arcade machines, ice-cream, niche museums, factories, castles, interesting landscapes, eccentric punters and the simple pleasure of riding the rails.

 

“We wanted to create a documentary series that opens up railways to new audiences and brings to light little-known stations,” says Pipe. “It wasn’t until we started that my mum told me that I had family who used to work on the railways. My great-great-grandad was a signalman at Shippea Hill in Cambridgeshire, the least-used station in Britain.”

 

Marshall adds: “We organised a flashmob at Shippea Hill. It recorded 12 passengers for the previous year, so on 3 June, we got 19 people to journey with us.”

 

After doing southern England, they are tracking north through the Midlands. But the highlights are yet to come. Pipe wants to visit Wemyss Bay in Scotland. “Corrour was a filming location for Trainspotting,” adds Marshall. “I’ve always wanted to go there.”

 

If Portillo ever hangs up his salmon blazer, these two would be perfect GBRJ successors. “Book a ticket, take a ride, explore the world. Do it by rail, because railways are brilliant,” says Marshall. “Isn’t that a Hunter S Thompson quote?”

 

Taken from the Guardian

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools. Life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is… travelling by train to visit the 2,563 railway stations in Britain.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 28th JUNE 2017

 

THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY

 

Summer is filled with music festivals, but this one captures my imagination most.

 

“The Secret Garden Party” is an annual independent arts and music festival which takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England. This location is on part of the grounds of a Georgian farm house and set in ten acres of landscaped garden, bordering a river and with a (swim-able) lake right in the centre of it.

 

The festival is one of the prettiest in the UK, and its interactive art installations, obscure ceremonies and numerous hidden gems dotted around the site play on your adventurous and curious side, keeping you busy all weekend.

 

The festival was launched by Fred Fellowes in 2004 as an alternative to the established mainstream music festivals. Since its inception the festival has increased in popularity and size, growing from one stage and 1,000 visitors in 2004, to more than 15 stages and 26,000 revellers in 2011.

 

In March 2017, it was announced that the 2017 edition will be the last.

 

The Secret Garden Party supports The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which aims to prevent male suicide in the UK.

 

When: Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd July 2017

 

How Much: From £170 + BF (inc. refundable litter deposit)

 

Starting life as a gathering among friends at the bottom of a garden, the Secret Garden Party has grown into one of Britain's best and buzz-worthy independent music festivals. Secret Garden Party is an infectious concoction of incredible live music and arts, community spirit and a welcoming atmosphere. This year's line-up includes headliners Metronomy, Toots & the Maytals and Crystal Fighters, as well as Honne, Jagwar Ma, Wild Beasts, Peaches, Jorja Smith and Kate Nash among many others.

 

The event also includes Secret Parties and unique DJ sets throughout the weekend. This year’s theme "Sweet Dreams…are made of these?" takes a wry look at our universal obsession with ‘celebrity’ and has some fun with it. Expect the Secret Garden Party’s creative team to roll out a cornucopia of fun and games where everyone can be a VIP; fashion shows, lake swimming, boutique camping, boating, fine dining, award ceremonies, hot tubs, dance-off’s, guerilla science, 24-hour A-list parties, game shows, talent shows, pub quizzes, paint fights, mud wrestling and a whole lot more.

There's an abundance of options across the site, oh and glitter. Glitter everywhere.

Genre: Rock, World, Electronic, Reggae, Folk, Dance, House, Alternative.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.  -  Wade Boggs

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… The Secret Garden Party

 

 

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TUESDAY 27th JUNE 2017

 

FIRST ATM 50 YEARS AGO ON 27th JUNE 1967

 

 

Cash will remain a part of our day-to-day lives for decades, the Bank of England's chief cashier has said on the 50th anniversary of the ATM.

 

Victoria Cleland said that although the use of notes and coins in transactions is falling, cash is part of all the Bank's future plans.

 

She pointed out that 94% of UK adults use cash machines.

 

It was 50 years ago on 27.6.1967  that the world's first ATM was unveiled at a Barclays branch in Enfield, London.

 

As a tribute to the golden anniversary, Barclays has transformed the modern-day Enfield cash machine into gold.

 

Ms Cleland said that more than half of UK adults use an ATM at least once a week.

 

Cash was used in nearly half of all transactions and was also important as a store of value, she added.

 

Raheel Ahmed, head of customer experience at Barclays, echoed Ms Cleland's views.

 

"Even though recent years have seen a huge uptake of digital banking and card payments, cash remains a crucial part of most people's day-to-day lives - whether it is paying for groceries or doing the office coffee run - and we're very proud of the role that Barclays has played in the history of the cash machine."

 

The first cash machine came about after some hurried signing of contracts, over a pink gin, between Barclays and Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, who died in 2010.

 

"It struck me there must be a way I could get my own money, anywhere in the world or the UK," he told the BBC in 2007. "I hit upon the idea of a chocolate bar dispenser, but replacing chocolate with cash."

 

There are now about 70,000 cash machines across the UK, and 176 million cards in the UK that can be used to withdraw cash at them.

 

These cards were used to withdraw a total of £180bn from UK cash machines last year.

 

The latest developments aim to make the ATM a "bank branch in a box". Manufacturer NCR said its research showed that 80% of the transactions typically completed inside a physical branch could be completed through a video teller at an ATM.

 

Portugal has the highest proportion of cash machines in western Europe with 1,516 machines per one million residents.

 

Sweden, typical of a Scandinavian shift towards a cashless society, has the lowest with 333 machines per one million inhabitants.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.~ Charles M. Schulz

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…having a pet rock or stone

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MONDAY 26th JUNE 2017

 

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS?

 

I am renowned amongst family and friends for the number of photographs (but never selfies) I take, but even I do not hold as many photographs as Getty Images.

 

Getty Images, Inc. the world's largest photo agency, is an American stock photo agency, with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of stock film footage. It targets three markets—creative professionals (advertising and graphic design), the media (print and online publishing), and corporate (in-house design, marketing and communication departments).

 

Getty own many of the most historical and iconic photographs ever taken. Many of which are used and seen regularly.

 

They have made vast swathes of their library free to use, in an effort to combat piracy.

 

In March 2014 millions of images - including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama – were made available without cost to blogs and social media sites.

 

The photos will be "framed" with a code that links back to Getty's website.

 

Getty said it had made the move after realising thousands of its images were being used without attribution.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

At Age 30 you have spent a month having birthdays

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…taking photographs

 

 

 

 

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SUNDAY 25th JUNE 2017

 

 

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SATURDAY 24th JUNE 2017

 

MIDSUMMER'S DAY

 

June 24th is officially Midsummer’s Day. That’s not to be confused with Midsomer Murders the British television detective drama shown on ITV since 1997 with 19 series of 114 episodes.

 

Astronomically, midsummer is the day of the summer solstice, or longest day, which usually falls on June 20 or 21. When the date of June 24 was set, the Julian calendar was in operation and was a few days out.

 

Midsummer’s Day (June 24) is one of the four Quarter Days in the Legal calendar. The others are Lady Day (March 25), Michaelmas (September 29) and Christmas Day (December 25).

 

Samuel Pepys described Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream as “the most insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw” but he was given pleasure by its “good dancing” and “handsome women”.

 

In 14th century England, Midsummer’s Eve was celebrated on June 23 with bonfires and feasting.

 

In Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Quebec, Midsummer Day (June 24) is a public holiday.

 

In the town of Kuldiga, Latvia, it is marked by people running naked through the streets at 3am.

 

A Midsummer tradition in Finland is for maidens to put flowers under their pillows so they will dream of their future husbands.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”~ Dr. Seuss

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…running naked through the streets of Kuldiga, Latvia at 3.00am on Midsummers ‘ Day

 

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FRIDAY 23rd JUNE 2017

 

COWS GET A WELL EARNED WEEKEND OFF AT WORTHY FARM

 

Since its beginning in 1970, Glastonbury has steadily got bigger and bigger to become the most iconic festival on the planet. Starting with 1,500 at tickets for just £1, Glastonbury now draws over 170,000 to Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset each summer for a celebration of music, art, and culture.

 

Glastonbury Festival founder is Michael Eavis and he came up with the idea for the festival when he sneaked through a hedge with his future second wife, Jean, at the Shepton Mallet Blues Festival to see Led Zeppelin.

 

Despite his success, he still lives frugally – but his motto is ‘live fast and live long’.

 

He reveals he pays himself just £60,000 out of the festival's £32m turnover and gives the rest of his profits away to charity. He doesn't go on holidays abroad and hasn't bought a new car in 14 years. Eavis' take-home salary is less than he pays his top dairy herdsman. Excess cash is given away as he doesn't like to carry profit into the next year.

 

In terms of finances, Glastonbury Festival would have a GDP of nearly £6billion, which would rank it 150th on the global league tables, behind Guinea and above Somalia. Based upon 2015’s small profit of £86,000, the country of Glastonbury would have run a budget surplus of £6.3 million last year. Festival goers to Glastonbury spend an average of £293.24 during their visit, which works out as £21,406.52 on an annual basis. That’s not adjusting for spending patterns, inflation or how all these people would still manage to earn money. Although, on a statistical basis at least, around 0.06% could be employed, as the festival is calculated to have created at least 1,100 jobs in Somerset.

 

It’s also likely to have a thriving property market, as there is plenty more than just your average two-man tent on site. Take the Hospitality Camping area, for example. Tickets start at £420, although prices go right up to £8,995. These premium camping spots afford you a tent with four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and even your own butler.

 

At least 200,000 people – including punters and staff – will attend the event.

 

Here are some more facts and figures about the five-day musical spectacular:

 

135,000 tickets were bought for this year’s event, which sold out in 50 minutes.

 

£238 paid per ticket.

 

900-acres used for the site with a perimeter of 8.5 miles.

 

One million square metres of public camping space.

  

514 food stalls on site.

 

900 shops, including 150 that take card payments.

 

5,000 toilets provided.

 

3,000,000 gallons of water used every year.

 

21 couples plan to have a ‘handfasting’ commitment ceremony.

 

Nine people taken to hospital during the festival’s opening on Wednesday 21.6.17 and paramedics attended a total of 59 incidents.

 

People sitting in the shade with @GlastoFest Pyramid Stage in the distance. Hottest ever day of Glastonbury Festival 21.6.17 – 31C more than 10C (18F) higher than average.

 

A seven-tonne 1957 Heidelberg printing press is used to print the Glastonbury Free Press newspaper.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

‘Live fast and live long’ - Michael Eavis

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is… camping in a muddy field at the end of June to experience Glastonbury Festival

 

Happiness is...a weekend off at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury to lend their fields to festival goers

 

 

 

 

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THURSDAY 22nd JUNE 2017

 

VINYL TREASURES

 

This item is very long for my daily post. It’s taken from the Daily Mirror by James Andrews

 

The past few years has seen a surge in the numbers of rare vinyl records sold as vinyl disks soar in popularity and values have been shooting through the roof too. The top price higher than a house costs.

 

“Vinyl is so on trend and highly collectible, so it doesn’t surprise me that some command seriously high prices," said Will Thomas managing director at LoveAntiques.com .

 

"It’s clear vinyl records that are worth the most are the ones which have been owned by a celebrity or were made in limited numbers, as with most things, the rarer the item is the more valuable it is.”

 

So to find out exactly what you should be looking for in charity shops and the loft, LoveAntiques contacted vinyl specialist and record shop owner Phil Barton.

 

These are the 20 most valuable bits of vinyl you can find right now, according to Barton.

 

1.‘White Album’ by The Beatles originally owned by Ringo Starr - £730,876. Ringo Starr sold his copy of the ‘White Album’, last year at auction for $910,000, which was the first ever to be created - the other Beatles members had the second, third and fourth pressings.

 

2.“That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger” by The Quarrymen - £100,000. The 1958 original is the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe.

 

3."Love Me Do" by The Beatles - £80,500. There is only one known pressing of the one-sided acetate, unedited version with count-in hence the huge price tag.

 

4. “Music For Supermarkets” by Jean Michel Jarre - £10,000 - £30,000. In 1983 Jarre made 1 copy of this album and then destroyed the master tapes, which is why the price is so high for this record.

 

5. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson - £25,000. Only 2 originals have ever surfaced on the Motown label offshoot Soul.

 

6.“God Save The Queen” by Sex Pistols - £12,000. Before they were kicked off the A&M label about 300 of these were pressed making this record very rare.

 

7.“Would You Believe” by Billy Nicholls - £10,000. Only 100 copies of this 60's psych/folk/rock album, pressed in its original guise, were manufactured.

 

8.“Please Please Me” by The Beatles - £7,500. It’s important when buying Beatles albums to check the matrix numbers that are cut into the run off groove. These numbers will allow you to work out which pressing you have. As Beatles albums were made by the million it is often these numbers that make the difference between a £10 vinyl and a £1000 treasure

 

9. “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” by Robert Johnson - £7,000. Only two photographs of him exist and his 78's records are just as rare, especially those released on the Vocalion label.

 

10.“Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m In Love With My Car” by Queen - £5,000. The EMI special edition of the single was also an invite to a company event. For this reason, the 7” record came with matches, a pen, a ticket, a menu, an outer card sleeve, a scarf and an EMI goblet. If you have a complete collection with all of the different items, then this is extremely valuable.

 

11.“Pride” by U2 - £5,000. It was originally pressed in Australia on clear vinyl, coloured vinyl is extremely collectible especially when only 5 copies were made, like with this U2 album.

 

12.“Midsummer Night’s Scene/Sara Crazy Child” by John’s Children - £4,000. The single was pressed on 7” vinyl but for some reason was never released.

 

13.“Latch On/Only A Daydream” by Ron Hargrave - £3,000. There are only six UK copies known to exist hence the high valuation.

 

14.Led Zeppelin’s 1969 first album - £3,000. Led Zeppelin’s first vinyl album is very common, however the initial pressing had turquoise lettering of the band’s name on the front cover. It was swiftly replaced with the now familiar orange lettering.

 

15.“Love Me Do/PS I Love You” by The Beatles - £3,000 250 demo copies of this 1962 7” single contained the misspelling, ‘McArtney’.

 

16.“Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” by David Bowie - £3,000. Only a couple of copies of the 7” single with an unreleased picture sleeve are known to exist.

 

17.“Tinkerbells Fairydust LP” by Tinkerbells Fairydust - £3,000. A slightly obscure British pop group, Tinkerbells Fairydust recorded this bubblegum psych album for Decca, but it was never released. It had extremely unusual packaging and a laminated front sleeve with a mono stereo ‘peephole’ on the back.

 

18.“Erotica” by Madonna - £2,000. Picture discs are also very collectible and when Madonna released this album in 1992, it was quickly withdrawn from sale because the toe-sucking image on the cover coincided with similar stories involving Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Consequently not many were sold so it’s a rare find.

 

19.“Love is Strange” by Wings - £1,500-£2,000. “Love is Strange” was due to be released as a 7” from the Wildlife album, however Paul McCartney changed his mind at the last minute, however a few copies leaked out onto the market and are now valuable records.

 

20.“Tudor Lodge” by Tudors Lodges - £1200. This is their one and only album and was released on the legendary Vertigo label.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

You already possess everything necessary to become great." ~ Native American Proverb

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…a priceless vinyl record in mint condition

 

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 21st JUNE 2017

 

THE LONGEST DAY

 

Today is the longest day of the year and I love it! So much daylight.

 

Each year I make it an aim to be up for the full daylight hours to make the most of them because I complain enough about the dark days in winter. Just a little information about the longest day.

 

The summer solstice on June 21, also known as the longest day of the year, is when Britain enjoys 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.

 

Today, the sun rose at 4:43am and set at 9:31pm - plenty of time for an early morning run or a late drink outdoors.

 

There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer.

 

It might seem like a day to celebrate, but it actually signals the moment the sun's path stops moving northward in the sky, and the change of direction towards shorter winter days begins.

 

But not for a while, the shortest day of the year isn't until Thursday, December 21, known as the winter solstice.

 

The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'. Some prefer the more teutonic term 'sunturn' to describe the event.

 

Astrologers say the sun seems to 'stand still' at the point on the horizon where it appears to rise and set, before moving off in the reverse direction.

 

In the traditional farming calendar, the solstice falls between the quieter period between the planting of crops and harvesting, leaving people who worked the land time to relax.

 

This lull in the farming calendar was why June became a popular month for weddings, and which remains the case today.

 

JUNE 24 is the traditional date for Midsummer’s Day, which is also the feast day of John the Baptist. Midsummer is the period of time centred upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures.

 

So you have to make the most of today fill every daylight hour to get the most from life. Don’t forget after today those nights will start to draw in, boo, hoo, hoo.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If football had not existed, Messi would be a normal guy. Maybe I'm the best player of a sport that doesn't exist and that's why I am a normal guy

 

Happiness is

 

Happiness is…staying awake for the 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight t and making the most of them on the longest day of the year

 

 

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TUESDAY 20th JUNE 2017-06-20

 

SUMMERTIME

 

We are having amazing weather at the moment. The sun shines all the time and temperatures reached 32 degrees. The sky is a deep blue with no clouds. Being June the days are long: Sunrise today 04:38 and sunset 21:33. Hours of daylight 16:55:09. Sunday was the hottest June day for 40 years.

 

The birds, in particularly the blackbirds love the sunny weather and sing melodiously. I also hear wood pigeons and lots of magpies. One blackbird was really noisy giving his warning cries for about 20 minutes early Sunday morning. I went to investigate. He sat in our laurel bush very alarmed. But I could not see why. Then he flew off.

 

Each evening I see vapour trails high in the sky from aircraft travelling north from southern airports. We enjoy outdoor living, eating at the patio table and enjoying the garden.

 

One of my favourite songs summing up these summertime days is George Gershwin’s Summertime.

 

Summertime is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based. The song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin. Here are the lyrics:

 

Summertime,

 And the livin' is easy

Fish are jumpin'

And the cotton is high

 

Oh, Your daddy's rich

 And your mamma's good lookin'

 So hush little baby

 Don't you cry

 

One of these mornings

 You're going to rise up singing

 Then you'll spread your wings

 And you'll take to the sky

 

But until that morning

 There's a'nothing can harm you

 With your daddy and mammy standing by

 

 Summertime,

 And the livin' is easy

 Fish are jumpin'

 And the cotton is high

 

 Your daddy's rich

 And your mamma's good lookin'

 So hush little baby

 Don't you cry

 

So relaxing!

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.~ Charles M. Schulz

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…a sunny afternoon in the height of June summertime

 

 

 

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MONDAY 19th JUNE 2017

 

What I See

 

Brooklyn Beckham, the son of Victoria and David Beckham has a new book of photographs published on 28th June entitled “What I See”. Published by Penguin Random House. The book of 300 photographs is launched with an exhibition in partnership with Polo Ralph Lauren at Christie’s, New Bond Street and will run 27th June until 7th Julyand then move on to Los Angeles.

 

I think it is credit to Brooklyn Beckham that he has found his own niche. That he has not pursued football, music or fashion but something completely different, photography.

 

Being the son of rich parents can spoil you to the extent of destroying any hunger or passion for things in life. But it is credit to him and his parents that he has developed an interest and making a life for himself. Good parenting there, David and Victoria.

 

Proving Brooklyn is taking his art seriously he will take up a place at one of the most prestigious art and design colleges in New York, where he got in on his own, not because of his parents. He was given a scholarship too.

 

Just one thought from me though. He does say “What happens, happens” which on one hand is a brilliant philosophy and one we all would do good to follow.

 

But he still lives in a privileged world. He’s able to follow his dreams and if they don’t work he will not be destitute and on the streets. Also, he may try to ignore it, but because his parents are who they are doors automatically open for him.

 

For the majority of us we have to try to manipulate what happens to improve those happenings to better happenings which usually means giving up the dream in order to earn a living and provide for our families.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

What happens, happens

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…life watching through a camera lens

 

 

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SUNDAY 18th JUNE 2017

(FATHER'S DAY)

 

DAD'S DAY

 

Up until our generation there was a shortage of father’s in mine and my wife’s families.

 

My mum and dad went their separate ways when I was about seven years old and even though me and my dad were inseparable for those 7 years I never heard from him or saw him ever again. After lots of investigations my wife found out he emigrated to Noosa, Western Australia in 1966, and died there in 2001.

 

My grandad – my dad’s dad – was killed down a coalmine in December 1917, 3 days before my dad was born.

 

Throughout my life I missed my dad, even as I got into middle age. I often think about his leaving as a sliding door moment and wonder, in detail, where my life would have gone if he’d stayed around.

 

I have to say I probably would have taken fatherhood more for granted and certainly have been more relaxed about it. I could not bear the thought of my children suffering as I had.

 

As a child and through teenage years I desperately wanted to be part of a traditional family of mother, father and children, like my friends. Almost all my friends had dads at home. There were not so many marriage break-ups around us in the 1950s and 1960s. I was unusual, friends could not understand what had happened to my dad if he was not dead and yet never saw me.

 

I was overjoyed when I became a father and ultimately a grandfather.

 

I was lucky, though, my grandfather – my mum’s dad – was around. We did lots together. A memorable, old fashioned grandson/grandfather relationship. My mum’s younger brother was and still is an inspiration, too.

 

Now of course my daughters are married and have children and it is a new generation of mothers and fathers and long may it stay that way.

 

And this is why I give especial thanks on both Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day. Mothers and fathers are so special.

 

Finally, to prove I am a dad, here’s a few Dad Jokes:

 

Two guys walk into a bar, the third one ducks.

 

Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.

 

We were getting fast food when the lady at the window said, 'Any condiments?' My dad responded, 'Compliments? You look very nice today!'

 

The rotation of earth really makes my day.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

He who seeks more than he needs hinders himself from enjoying what he has. - Hebrew Proverb

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…being a dad or mum or grandparent or guardian

 

 

 

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SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017

 

AMAZING

 

I love finding ‘amazing’ facts I didn’t know and this is truly ‘amazing’, well to me it is.

 

John Newton (1725–1801) was a militant atheist, bully and blasphemer. He was a wild and angry young man. He was press-ganged into the Navy at the age of eighteen where he broke the rules so recklessly that he was publicly flogged for desertion. He was hated and feared by his crewmates and himself became a slave trader.

 

At the age of twenty-three, Newton’s ship encountered a severe storm off the coast of Donegal and almost sank. He called out to God as the ship filled with water and on that day, 10 March 1748, God rescued him. He began a new life. He started to pray and read the Bible. Eventually he joined William Wilberforce in the campaign to abolish the slave trade and became a leading light in that campaign.

 

Newton is best known as the author of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’:

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

 That saved a wretch like me!

 I once was lost but now I’m found,

 Was blind, but now I see.

 

I thought the song was 20th century not 18th.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Amazing things happen when you distance yourself from negativity

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…when your favourite song comes on the radio

 

 

 

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FRIDAY 16th JUNE 2017

 

DEEP SECRET AUTHOR

 

I first became aware of Berlie Doherty in 1991. Our daughter was 13 years old and as now, an avid reader. Her favourite book that year (and is still one of them) was “Dear Nobody” by Berlie Doherty (1991). Berlie Doherty went on to win the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject for that particular book as she had done in 1986 for “Granny Was A Buffer Girl”.

 

Some of my favourite places to be in the world are Derbyshire, the Peak District and South Yorkshire. Berlie Doherty now lives in Edale, Derbyshire. The “Dark Peak”, and many of her other books are set in the Peak District. “Children of Winter “(1985) is loosely based on the story of the plague village of Eyam, and the drowning of the villages of Derwent and Ashopton by the Ladybower Reservoir is recounted in “Deep Secret” (2004). The fantasy picture book “Blue John” (2003) was inspired by the Blue John Cavern at Castleton.

 

I really enjoy “White Peak Farm” which I read over and over again. But my most favourite of all is “Deep Secret”.

 

My first school trip when I was about 8 years old (around 1958) was to Ladybower Dam. I can still feel the excitement to this day. I learned about the village under water, which I found so haunting and still do it so fascinates me. As this is featured in “Deep Secret” it means this book is my most favourite Berlie Doherty book. That visit inspired hours of eerie, imaginative thoughts in my life which were extended by the reading of this book. She so captures the eerieness.

 

The visit cemented my love and appreciation of the area and Berlie Doherty books have extended and expanded that love and appreciation.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…escaping in a Berlie Doherty book, it is as satisfying as walking in the Peak District without the physical effort

 

 

 

 

300 WORDS

 

 

THURSDAY 15th JUNE 2017

 

MY BEST CONCERTS

 

Rolling Stone have published a list of the Top 50 Best Rock Concerts of the past 50 years. This inspired me to put together a Top 21 Best Music Concerts list (as opposed to rock concerts) Mamma and me have seen. We have seen 100s more but a lot of them were (please excuse the word no other word will do) ‘crap’. We had high hopes when booking that where dashed in the seeing. Hundreds of comedy gigs or musicals we have seen are not included.

 

As my memory is bad there are lots of gaps for dates.

 

1971       London Royal Albert Hall -  Neil Diamond

 

1970s     Talk of the Midlands, Derby – Roy Orbison

 

?              Birmingham - Rod Stewart

 

1990       Birmingham - Tina Turner

 

?              Birmingham – Diana Ross

 

1997       Birmingham - Elton John

 

1999       Moderna, Italy, Pavarotti & Friends  Charity concert For War Child Bosnia & Kosovo Featuring: Pavorotti and B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Renato Zero,  Lionel Richie,

Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Boyzone,  Zucchero, amongst many more.

 

?              Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – Nigel Kennedy Experience  

 

Various  Various Locations - Elkie Brookes

 

Various  Various Locations  - Dennis Locorriere  (Dr Hook)

 

2001  & Various other years     London Royal Albert Hall - Diana Krall

 

?              Sheffield Arena – Brice Sprinsteen

 

?              Newark, Nottingham – Raymond Froggat

 

2004to date    Gainsborough/Newark/Many other venues

 

2005       Skegness – Tony Christie

 

2005       Nottingham Royal Concert Hall - The Everly Brothers

 

2015       Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – Paloma Faith

 

2015       Birmingham – Neil Diamond

 

2015       Birmingham – Bette Middler

 

2017       Brighton                - Billy Ocean

 

 

Disappointments

 

1963       Did not see Nottingham Odeon - Beatles & Roy Orbison

 

1985       Not going to Live Aid

 

?              Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – Did see Van Morrison, looking forward so much to this concert but he only stayed on stage 40 minutes, was grumpy no personality and put in no effort.

 

                And that we never saw Freddy Mercury

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

"All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…being in the audience of the best concert in the world ever..

 

 

 

 

600 WORDS

 

Wednesday 14th JUNE 2017

 

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE 50 BEST ROCK TOURS

 

Rolling Stone Magazine has put together a list of what it considers to be the best rock concerts of the last 50 years 1967 to 2017.

 

Obviously with Rolling Stone being American based they tend overall to be American concerts, with a few exceptions.

 

As the list is only from 1967 The Beatles 1964 Carnegie Hall Concerts do not appear. They were brilliant and historic. As was Live Aid, omitted from the list.

 

Mamma and myself  have seen many concerts and so the list has inspired me to compile our list based on UK concerts. But to keep it succinct I will include only the Top 10 or Top 12; after all we have seen some crap too. See tomorrow.

 

- 1967 | WORLDWIDE TOUR | THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

 

  - APRIL 5, 1968 | BOSTON GARDEN | JAMES BROWN

 

  - 1968 | AMERICAN TOUR | BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY

 

- AIRED DECEMBER 3, 1968 | COMEBACK SPECIAL | ELVIS

 

- 1968 | FAREWELL TOUR | CREAM

 

- FEBRUARY 24, 1969 | SAN QUENTIN PRISON | JOHNNY CASH

 

- 1969 | AMERICAN TOUR | IKE &TINA TURNER

 

- 1969 | WORLD TOUR | LED ZEPPELIN

 

- 1970 | AMERICAN TOUR | BLACK SABBATH

 

- FEBRUARY 14, 1970 | UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS | THE WHO

 

- 1970 | WINTER AMERICAN TOUR | NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE

 

- AUGUST 25-30, 1970 | THE TROUBADOUR | ELTON JOHN

 

- MARCH 5-7, 1971 | FILLMORE WEST | ARETHA FRANKLIN

 

- SEPTEMBER 10, 1970 | COOK COUNTY JAIL | B.B. KING

 

- MARCH 11-13, 1971 | FILLMORE EAST | THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

 

- DECEMBER 28-31, 1971 | ACADEMY OF MUSIC | THE BAND

 

- 1972 | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | THE ROLLING STONES

 

- 1972-73 | ZIGGY STARDUST WORLD TOUR | DAVID BOWIE

 

- 1973 | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | VAN MORRISON

 

- 1975 | CBGB | PATTI SMITH GROUP AND TELEVISION

 

- JULY 17-18, 1975 | THE LYCEUM THEATRE, LONDON | BOB MARLEY

 

- 1975-76 | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | BOB DYLAN

 

- 1977 | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | GRATEFUL DEAD 

 

- 1977 | EUROPEAN TOUR | THE RAMONES

 

- 1977-78 | U.S. TOUR | THE EAGLES

 

- 1978 | AMERICAN TOUR | BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

 

- 1979 | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | THE CLASH

 

- 1980-81 | ‘THE WALL’ TOUR | PINK FLOYD

 

- 1983 | ‘SPEAKING IN TONGUES’ TOUR | TALKING HEADS

 

- JUNE 23, 1984 | GLASTONBURY | FELA KUTI

 

- 1984-85 | ‘PURPLE RAIN’ TOUR | PRINCE

 

- 1986 | ‘RAISING HELL’ TOUR | RUN-DMC

 

- 1988-89 | DAMAGED JUSTICE TOUR | METALLICA

 

- 1990 | BLOND AMBITION TOUR | MADONNA

 

- 1990 | SIZZLING SUMMER TOUR | PUBLIC ENEMY

 

- 1991 | EUROPEAN TOUR | SONIC YOUTH AND NIRVANA

 

- 1992-93 | ZOO TV TOUR | U2

 

- JUNE 28, 1997 | GLASTONBURY | RADIOHEAD

 

- 1997 | AMERICAN TOUR | SLEATER-KINNEY

 

- 1998 | AMERICAN TOUR | PEARL JAM

 

- DECEMBER 31, 1999 | BIG CYPRESS | PHISH

 

- FEBRUARY 20, 2004 | THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL | BRIAN WILSON

 

- 2006-07 | ALIVE TOUR | DAFT PUNK

 

- 2008-13 | WORLDWIDE TOUR | LEONARD COHEN

 

- OCTOBER 29-30, 2009 | 25TH-ANNIVERSARY CONCERT | ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

 

- APRIL 2, 2011 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN | LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

 

- 2011-12 | ‘WATCH THE THRONE’ TOUR | JAY Z & KANYE WEST

 

- 2014-15 | ‘ON WITH THE SHOW’ TOUR | FLEETWOOD MAC

 

- 2015 | ‘1989’ TOUR | TAYLOR SWIFT

 

- 2016 | FORMATION TOUR | BEYONCÉ

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.”  MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE (1533-92)

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…relaxing with the latest edition of the Rolling Stone

 

 

                                        

 

 

 

 

200 WORDS

 

TUESDAY 13th JUNE 2017

 

JUST WALKING ON THE WING

 

Last week a daring 88-year-old set a new record as the UK's oldest female wing-walker.

 

Betty Bromage, who lives in a retirement home in Cheltenham, took to the skies over Gloucestershire Airport strapped to the wings of a vintage biplane.

 

The former nurse beat the record she set last year, when she was just 87.

 

She said it was a "bit windy" and a "bit wobbly" but it was great and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

The adrenaline rush from that has to beat just sitting in the retirement home, or playing bingo, or singing “Roll out the barrel”.

 

I, too, would give anything to wing-walk. It is top of my bucket list. I have flown over Ashbourne, Carsington Water and Alton Towers in a Tiger Moth. It was very windy, with a feeling of exhilaration, amazing views but hardly scary.

 

The basicness of the Tiger Moth shocked me; an aeroplane made from plywood, a small engine and a propeller. The plane was so flimsy at the side of the massive jets I had flown in previously.

 

To wing-walk is just one of my hundreds of bucket list entries. Time is running out I need to work on them harder.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. - George Miller

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…being a magnificent man in a flying machine going up diddiety-up and down diddiety-down.

 

 

 

 

200 WORDS

 

MONDAY 12th JUNE 2017

 

WHEN I’M DEAD AND GONE

 

Forbes, the American finance magazine produce many lists throughout the year. One that particularly intrigues me is the Biggest Earners who have died.

 

I think it is amazing that you can die and leave a brand (maybe yourself – Michael Jackson or a character you created – Snoopy) to your estate, probably family and it continues to earn vast amounts of money.

 

What a legacy. Your name and memory is kept alive out there without any other form of memorial.

 

The one’s that impress me are: Charles Schulz (Snoopy creator), Elvis Presley, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel (Children’s book writer) and John Lennon.

 

Bettie Page at No.10 intrigues me. I would not have expected her to be so high on the list. I suppose ot shows beauty is not just skin deep.

 

FORBES LIST OF BIGGEST EARNERS – DEAD PEOPLE

(Published October 2016)

 

1.Michael Jackson, $825 million

2.Charles Schulz (Snoopy creator), $48 million

3.Arnold Palmer, $40 million

4.Elvis Presley, $27 million

5.Prince, $25 million

6.Bob Marley, $21 million

7.Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, $20 million

8.John Lennon, $12 million

9.Albert Einstein, $11.5 million

10.Bettie Page (1950s Pinup & Model), $11 million

11.David Bowie, $10.5 million

12.Steve McQueen, $9 million

13.Elizabeth Taylor, $8 million

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

In 20 years time you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did do - H Jackson Brown Jnr

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…Monday mornings if you are on holiday or retired

 

 

 

400 WORDS

 

SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2017

 

Children’s Book Award 2017

 

The prize is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children, owned and coordinated by voluntary group the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

 

The overall winner of the 2017 CBA Book Award is An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman. It also wins the Books for Younger Readers Category.

 

One by Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan wins the Books for Older Readers category and Oi Dog!, written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field is named the Books for Younger Children’s category winner.

 

The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2017 was as follows:

 

Books for Younger Children:

 

Chicken Nugget, Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Puffin

Oi Dog, Kes Gray and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hodder

Grandad’s Island, Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic

 

Books for Younger Readers:

 

The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to Magical North), Claire Fayer, published by Macmillan

An Eagle in the Snow Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman, published by Harper Collins

The Jam Doughnut that Ruined my Life Mark Lowery, illustrated by Hannah Shaw, published by Piccadilly

 

Books for Older Readers:

 

One Sarah Crossan, published by Bloomsbury

Car-Jacked Ali Sparkes

Mistletoe and Murder, Robin Stevens, published by Penguin Random House

 

The winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Central London on 10th June 2017.

 

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has won the Award for a record fourth time.

 

His novel An Eagle in the Snow is inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II.

 

The former children's laureate  (he was 3rd children’s laureate 2003 to 2005) last won the prize in 2011 for Shadow, the story of boy who is befriended by an army sniffer dog in Afghanistan. Kensuke's Kingdom and Private Peaceful also won the prize in 2000 and 2004 respectively.

 

He was born in 1943 in St Albans, Hertfordshire and worked as a teacher for ten years before leaving to set up  arms for City Children' with his wife Clare. (They were both awarded the MBE for services to youth in 1999.)

 

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Morpurgo, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 300+ works in 1,000+ publications in 25 languages and 55,000+ library holdings.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If a book is well written I always find it too short - Jane Austen

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…the long amounts of daylight giving the long sunny days and long rainy days of JUNE

 

 

 

 

300 WORDS

 

SATURDAY 10th JUNE 2017

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

 

Oh, the Places You'll Go!” is a book written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. It was first published on 22 January, 1990, making it his last book published in his lifetime. The book concerns the journey of life and its challenges.

 

Although an amazing book, I have only just discovered it. Penny Junor, the author, brought it to my attention. In the July edition of Good Housekeeping she gives details of the book in “On My Bedside Table”.

 

It caught my eye because she said, quote: “But I only discovered the book when my second son asked me to read it at his wedding”. I thought that must be some book.

 

The book is really is special, so special I immediately ordered a copy for each of my grandchildren for their “My Life Box”.

 

I had the idea of “My Life Box” after reading that for 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys and the archive type box can even be used as a cradle for the baby. Some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

 

On the birth of each grandchild I have given them such a box but filled with important mementoes of their birth and to get them through life.

 

Things such as: The Times for the date of birth, The Official Singles Chart for day born, and bestselling book chart, the book “On The Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman and a lucky sixpence from 100 years before they were born along with some 20 other items.

 

I have now retrospectively added Dr Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go”.

 

Yes, it had that much of an impact on me.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have - Maya Angelou

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is…Golden Shred marmalade on warm buttered toast

 

 

 

 

300 WORDS

 

FRIDAY 9th JUNE 2017

ONE PERSON’S JUNK AND ALL THAT!

 

One man/woman’s junk is another man/woman’s treasure, as in this BBC news story.

 

A diamond ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 has been sold for £656,750 at auction in London.

 

The jewel was expected to fetch £350,000, but went for almost double that at Sotheby's on Wednesday.

 

The owner believed the "exceptionally-sized" stone was a piece of costume jewellery when she bought it at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, west London, in the 1980s.

 

Unaware it was a 26 carat diamond, she wore it daily for decades.

 

The cushion-shaped white diamond is thought to have been from the 19th Century.

 

Ahead of the sale, the head of the auction house's London jewellery department, Jessica Wyndham, said: "The owner would wear it out shopping, wear it day-to-day. It's a good looking ring.

 

"No-one had any idea it had any intrinsic value at all."

 

Ms Wyndham said the owner - who does not want to be identified - assumed it was not a genuine gemstone because it was in a "filthy" mount and it did not have the sparkle of a diamond.

 

It wasn't until after 30 years of wearing the ring that the owners took it to Sotheby's and a jeweller told them it may be valuable.

 

Car boot sales are full of junk but obviously you can literally find the odd gem. Mostly you see nothing but junk. You cannot understand why 99% was manufactured in the first place let alone bought and its even more surprising that folk then trying to re-sell it at the end of its life. I often do car boots. I love to people watch. Some of the junk I sell I look at the person and think why on earth are you buying that, as I take their hard earned cash.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Try new things. What is something you would normally not do? Get out of your comfort zone to try something different. It can be something simple like taking a new bus route, trying a new food item, picking up a new hobby, or something bigger like studying in a different field, learning a new skill, and travelling to a country you'll never visit. There are no limits (except whatever is illegal and morally wrong of course)!

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…buying a gem at a car boot

 

 

 

300 WORDS

 

THURSDAY 8th JUNE 2017

(ELECTION DAY 2017)

IT TAKES TWO

 

Today I’m focussing on an adult book. Go on treat yourself, you deserve it.

 

Craig Tilstone is a fantastic writer. His third and latest novel was published  20.5.2017 entitled “It Takes Two”.

 

Ben and Abi's first and only date is a disaster waiting to happen. He a clueless nerd and she a beautiful but short-tempered potty mouth, they quickly realise they have only one thing in common - they both want to get back with their exes. With each other's help, they believe they can do just that. 'It Takes Two' is the humorous tale of an unlikely friendship, filled with wacky plans, ill-advised schemes and embarrassing situations. And booze. Shedloads of booze.

 

Laugh away your cares whilst reading some brilliant fiction.

 

The book is available from Amazon as a Paperback at £5.99 and on Kindle

 

Craig’s other two books are: “Baby One More Time” and “The Interveners” both available from Amazon as paperbacks and on Kindle.

 

Craig says, “I studied English Literature at university and followed it with a PGCE in Primary Education. At this point, I was writing solely for the pleasure it gave me, with no other goal or audience in mind.

I then began my teaching career, which served to stoke my passion for writing further.

 

“During a teaching exchange year spent in Saskatchewan, I found a like-minded friend and the two of us wrote a play script together.

 

“It was upon my return to England that I began writing my debut novel. ‘Baby One More Time’ which was over four years in the making, taking so long for the happiest possible reason – the birth of my first child. I chipped away at the novel whenever I could find snatches of time – not easy when juggling the demands of my job with the demands of parenthood!”

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…different things to different people. That's what Happiness is...

 

 

 

200 WORDS

 

WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE 2017

I am major Diana Krall fan. Her latest album, Turn Up The Quiet came out three days before my grandson George’s 1st birthday. The album Wallflower came out 2nd February 2015, two weeks before grandson Ewan was born. And the album Glad Rag Doll came out 15th October 2012, two weeks after grandson Rory was born.

That has to be more than a coincidence.

The only grandchild where no album was released was for Freya born 24th December 2012. But Diana Krall did bring out a Christmas album December 2005. The songs “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was on that album. And seven years later Freya was born and made sure she left hospital and was ‘home for Christmas’ Day 2012.

Ok, I’m grasping at straws, now.

Diana Krall’s latest album “Turn Up The Quiet” was released 5th May 2017 on Decca.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. Like Someone In Love

  2. Isn't It Romantic

  3. L-O-V-E

  4. Night And Day

  5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)

  6. Moonglow

  7. Blue Skies

  8. Sway

  9. No Moon At All

  10. Dream

  11. I'll See You In My Dreams

 

See her in concert at the Royal Albert Hall 27th & 28th September 2017

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Focus on creation. Think about what you can bring to the world and create that.

 

Happiness Is…

 

Happiness is…turning up the quiet

 

200 WORDS

 

TUESDAY 6th JUNE 2017

 

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman took $100.5m (£78.09m) at the US/Canada box office this weekend - the biggest domestic debut for a female director.

 

Jenkins beat the previous record set by Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened with $85.1m in 2015.

 

Wonder Woman, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has received largely positive reviews from film critics.

 

Hollywood is known for its reluctance to hire female directors, especially for blockbuster superhero movies.

 

Top openings from female film directors in North America

1) Wonder Woman (2017) - $100.5m Patty Jenkins

2) Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) - $85.1m Sam Taylor-Johnson

3) Twilight (2008) - $69.6m Catherine Hardwicke

4) Frozen (2014) - $67.4m Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

5) Brave (2012) - $66.3m Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews

 

Wonder Woman is the first female-led superhero film to be directed by a woman.

 

"Globally this property has just resonated with fans," said Warner Bros' distribution chief.

 

"There's something iconic about... the story of Wonder Woman that's hitting the zeitgeist perfectly."

 

Wonder Woman was also number one in the UK, earning £6.18m over the weekend. However, that was not enough to beat Sam Taylor-Wood's £13.5 million opening weekend for Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Relish in the little moments:Having ice cream on a hot day. A kiss with your loved one. Being with your best friend. Soak in all these little moments of life. They are what make up your life.

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…Wonder Woman

 

 

 

 

300 WORDS

 

MONDAY 5th JUNE 2017

 

 

 

Music is amazing and the One Love Manchester: Joy shines through pain at benefit concert held last evening Sunday 4th June proved the fact.

 

The benefit concert held in the wake of the Manchester attack turned into a night of unity, healing and joy for 50,000 music fans.

 

The all-star show was held to remember the victims of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

 

Despite the circumstances, a celebratory atmosphere prevailed as Grande herself returned to the stage.

 

She told the crowd: "I want to thank you for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified."

 

She added: "I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right now."

 

Visibly moved at times, the 23-year-old US singer performed with Miley Cyrus and the Black Eyed Peas, while other highlights were provided by Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher and Justin Bieber.

 

The show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together.

 

Here are eight of the night's most powerful songs and emotional moments:

 

Strong - Robbie Williams

Wings - Little Mix

My Everything - Parrs Wood High School Choir & Ariana Grande

Part of Me - Katy Perry

Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas & Ariane Grande

Don't Look Back In Anger - Coldplay & Ariane Grande

Live Forever - Liam Gallagher & Chris Martin

One Last Time - Ariana Grande

 

Organisers said the night had raised £2m for victims and families through text and online donations, taking the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund's total to more than £10m.

 

On Saturday, Grande announced she is re-releasing her song One Last Time, with proceeds going towards the campaign.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

“Enough is enough” Theresa May 4th June 2017

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…MUSIC!

 

 

 

 

400 WORDS

 

SUNDAY 4th JUNE 2017

 

 

June sees the anniversary of many key events through history. Listed below are a few of them:

 

80 years ago: on 3rd June 1937 Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, married Wallis Warfield in France.

 

80 years ago: on 30th June 1937 the 999 emergency telephone service went into operation in London. It was the first such service in the world.

 

75 years ago: on 12th June 1942 Anne Frank received her famous diary for her 13th birthday. She used it to document her life over the next two years as her family hid from the Nazis.

 

75 years ago: on 25th June 1942 The Daily Telegraph newspaper published the first account of the mass murder of Polish Jews. It reported that Germany had murdered 700,000 already, and that a further 1000 a day were being killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz. It was reported to be ‘the greatest massacre in history’ yet the story was largely ignored; it only made page 5 of the newspaper, and the other newspapers did not even run it.

 

60 years ago: on 27th June 1957 Britain’s Medical Research Council reported that there was a cause-and-effect relationship between smoking and lung cancer. As a result, the Minister of Health said he had a duty to warn the public of the risks smokers faced.

 

50 years ago: on 1st June 1967 the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released by the Beatles.

 

30 years ago: on 11th June 1987 Margaret Thatcher became the only British Prime Minister of the 20th century to win three consecutive terms in office.

 

25 years ago: on 22nd June 1992 Andrew Morton’s controversial book ‘Diana – Her True Story’ was published. It claimed she was deeply depressed and unstable, and had made several suicide attempts.

 

20 years ago: on 12th June 1997 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre opened in London. It is a reconstruction of the original theatre of 1599, located about 230 metres from the original site. (Editor: are there any English Lit. students in your church who would like to write about their visit to the Globe?)

 

15 years ago: on 3rd & 4th June 2002 Queen Elizabeth ll celebrated her Golden Jubilee.

 

15 years ago: on 21st June 2002 the World Health Organisation declared Europe polio-free.

 

10 years ago: on 29th June 2007 Apple released the first iPhone.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Make sure the thing you are living for is worth dying for. - Charles Mayes

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…Trolls – The Movie and Trolls – The Soundtrack

 

 

 

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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