Vince Tracy's Podcasts
Summary: Join chat show host Vince Tracy down in sunny Spain to get a great flavour of what life is like on the Costa Blanca. Vince adds a number of different podcasts ranging from newsy and informative through listener involvement to celebrity interviews. The music is always slightly different although he tends to be choosey about the newer stuff. There´s often a new artist breaking with a new sound and regular guests include Leapy Lee (Little Arrows UK no2), Tony Hiller (writer of United we stand, Save your kisses for me and 17 worldwide number 1 hitsongs) and local celebrities.
Spanish police have arrested five members of a criminal organization accused of illegally selling access to pay-TV over the internet. Last week, a video went viral of a young man sharpening a large carving knife on a Metro train in Madrid. The video alarmed social media users, with many concerned the young man was dangerous ...... man is in fact a 27-year-old professional ham cutter who was on his way to work. Fashion retailer Zara has sparked a heated debate over the representation of children within the fashion industry, after their latest campaign was labelled 'inappropriate' by many social media users. The Home Office secretly channelled £30,000 in grant money to a controversial organisation campaigning to legalise aedophilia in the late 1970s, a former civil servant has claimed. British Airways passengers have spoken of their shock after boarding a plane to Dusseldorf - that ended up in Edinburgh. The flight, BA3271, set off from London City airport at 7.47am and was supposed to head east to Germany. John McDonnell will order Treasury officials to be retrained in Left-wing ‘economic theories and approaches’ if Labour wins power, it emerged ......
So now our Prime Minister is required to stand down by our wonderful government.....if this happens her replacement could be Mr.Blobby Michael Gove...which says it all....and the sheep are out again marching through the streets pretending they know what the the whole shambles is all about....and we were told there was a MILLION of them which was somewhat exaggerated ...I actually admire Teresa for having to deal with the load of morons in Parliament on a daily basis......we knock Donald Trump but he has more about him than the whole of our government put together....he certainly doesn't take any crap from anyone. But we needn't worry....because Uri Geller is going to stop Brexit happening....with his MIND....is it me or is the planet losing its way?.....Uri wants everyone at a certain time to think...all at once..."Stop Brexit"....so that's O.K. then,,,,and this is from his mansion in the Middle East or wherever.....there is no such thing as telepathy.....I can make cards do "unbelievable things" and make things levitate...and read minds etc....they are TRICKS ...it's not magic.....old Uri must be running out of money.....mind you the "million" marchers will probably fall for it....they seem to believe anything. The WW2 Great Escape has been celebrated...when a batch of English P.O.W.s tunnelled out of a German P.O.W. camp....sadly with disastrous results......most of the escapees were captured and shot ...I saw the film which was very good apart from Steve McQueen who was the "cool" American hero jumping over fences on his motor bike....all very dramatic but in the usual Hollywood fashion it didn't happen....but they have got to get in there somewhere....all very entertaining but I think the actual FACTS would have been more educational.............and speaking of films I watched The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman which roughly follows the rise of Barnam and his circus......the film was sensational....one of the best musicals I have seen....the songs were brilliant and were written by two young unknowns.....there were 1500 involved in the making of it and it took 7 years to complete...an absolute triumph. I've just paid my car tax and as always been totally ripped off because I have a diesel car.....despite the fact that I am paying more than everyone else I still have to negotiate the same potholes which our road tax is supposed to cure....plus I am now apparently destroying the planet!!.....I remember we were originally told that PETROL cars are destroying the planet and diesels were the answer....so we all started buying diesel cars and UP rockets the price of this earth saving fuel....then suddenly the big boys weren't selling enough petrol to furnish their fortunes so they announce that PETROL will save the planet....which hasn't gone down so well....SO it is now time to tell us that ELECTRIC is the answer......low road tax (if any) ...free electric hook ups around the country....no pollution etc etc.....give it a few years and ELECTRIC will be dearer that diesel....which I'm sure will make a big comeback when they count the number of unsold diesel cars....and so it goes.....it's like the cigarette companies....they put the price of fags up to encourage people to stop smoking....yeah sure....it stops nothing...all it does is feather their already overfull nests and while people fall for this crap we will have these millionaires who don't give a monkeys about anyone else. The song this week is a tribute to the roof of Wales...Mount Snowdon....I've just come back after a few days in Caernarfon and I enjoy everything about the area......I have climbed Snowdon several times and it is so worth the climb.....I actually wrote the song for my pa Paul Damian and it is a track off our album which includes How To Say Llanfairpwll etc.....but this is my version and it came about on the first time I reached the summit......I s(continued)
Facebook says it removed a staggering 1.5 million videos showing harrowing viral footage of the Christchurch mosque rampage amid criticism of social media giants for failing to block the images SPAIN needs to double the resources it puts into tourism if it wants to keep the sector growing in the face of a slowdown from the major travel markets like the UK and Germany. IRISH budget airline Ryanair has announced extra summer flights to Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca during the peak holiday season. ”During the run-up to the last general election in Spain, political parties used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spread their messages. This year,with a snap general election called for April 28 and local, regional and. The Spanish city of Barcelona is preparing to implement restrictions that would, from 2020 onward, prohibit the most-polluting vehicles from entering into its so-called “ZBE” low-emissions zone. More than 60,700 people turned out to see a soccer game between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Sunday – John Bercow was accused of sabotaging Theresa May's Brexit deal after telling MPs she cannot force them to vote on it again without changing it 'substantially'. ….. which seems fair enough. A devout Catholic mother who said sex education for five-year-olds is 'abuse' has been questioned under caution by police for incorrectly labelling someone's daughter with the wrong gender. A vegan mother-to-be has vented her fury over suggestions from her husband that she should eat meat during pregnancy.
..A lot of money has been raised for Comic Relief for good causes both here and abroad....63 million pounds....which makes a total of 1.3 billion since it began.......I watched the programme on it which was on all night last Friday......it is a great cause and it's good to see where the money goes....but as far as the "comedy" is concerned it's a "relief" when it's over.....it seems a lot of effort goes into various comedy sketches which fall flat......for example there was a spoof of Mamma Mia which was totally unfunny and pointless....plus another featuring a reunion of the stars of Four Wedding and a Funeral which was a complete disaster......or maybe I am missing something.....it would be better if they simply showed the charity sections and left the comedy out.....or find something that is actually funny. What I find a bit unacceptable about all this money being sent to other countries is we have our own major problems like lack of police and lack of money for the NHS.....and the homeless....it's all very nice seeing celebrities getting a bit of publicity for being involved but Africa,for example,is a big country....a LOT bigger than Britain....can they not solve their own problems?....plus the fact we never really know where ALL the money actually goes.....perhaps we should sort ourselves out first. 2.The news has been dominated by Brexit which has totally lost me and the New Zealand killings in a mosque.....the problem with the human race is we tar everyone with the same brush....because certain nationalities have a certain percentage who want to change the world and go to any lengths for their cause we blame them all....the Muslim religion like every other has it's extremists but they are in the minority and the events in New Zealand are not the answer....perhaps if terrorists were severely and loudly disowned by those of the same race people would listen...but this doesn't seem to happen...this would help their cause and perhaps create a bit more understanding.....it seems they want others to sort things out for them...the terrorist in New Zealand will be dealt with by his own nationality for example..... 3.On the sporting front the wonderful BBC decided to fill our Saturday night viewing with football....ALL NIGHT....with coverage of an FA Cup quarter final ...nice for the supporters of Manchester United or Wolves....but I doubt whether the other 99% of the population required this on peak weekend viewing time...which could have been put on another channel....still I suppose it saves the BBC boffins having to use what little imagination they possess .....this was followed by Match of the Day...enough said..........this was after a day of rugby with the six nations which I did watch and enjoyed especially as Wales got the grand slam........and I see the England ladies rugby team did well...they beat Scotland 80 - Nil.........close game eh?....I bet the spectators enjoyed that....all two of them....I do admire the efforts to get ladies rugby and football off the ground but I think it's a lost cause. 4.At last...at LONG last....we have been presented with a show on Sunday night which is worth watching....ITV have excelled themselves...All Star Musicals....which celebs being trained to perform on stage by the legendary Elaine Page....and with John Barrowman as the ideal host and no aunties,uncles and grannies in the wings it was welcome relief from the usual rubbish where so called singers see who can shout the loudest.....however it's the audience who vote for the winner....so why have judges?? 5.Lest we should forget...the song this week is a reminder of the pop stars who formed our youth....some of which have made a comeback since I wrote the song so they are not completely forgotten....the song is taken from my album Stars Over 45 and it is called "The Ballad of The Forgotten Pop Stars"
Former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont twice disregarded requests by the regional police force to call off the unauthorized referendum of October 1, 2017 despite the “climate of tension” in Catalonia..........The pro-independence movement sees the trial as politically motivated and defines the defendants as “political prisoners.” Fifteen years after the 2004 Madrid terrorist attacks that killed 193 people andleft around 1,700 injured, eight of the 18 men sentenced by the Spanish Supreme Court for the massacre remain in prison. In the last six months, the Civil Guard and National Police have broken up two networks that were operating inside Spanish prisons, where their job was to radicalize Muslim prisoners in jail for ordinary crimes. With four elections coming up in April and May, the Spanish government has set up a special unit to fight “hybrid threats” including cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns. SPAIN has become one of the world’s largest fashion exporters, according to new figures. The country outperformed both France and the United Kingdom to take tenth position. In the uk.......Last night's hammering of the Brexit deal will unlock a wave of unpredictable consequences that could delay or even cancel Brexit, trigger a new referendum or election, and even lead to Mrs May's resignation. Paul Mitchell, 27, admitted assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 23,at Birmingham Magistrates' Court today after invading the pitch during the Birmingham derby. Despite an earlier report the lessons had been scrapped the school has insisted the 470-pupils at Parkfield Community School learn about same-sex relationships in classrooms after Easter........ They just need to learn their letters and numbers and be taught to be nice to everyone no matter who they are. Michael Jackson impersonators are 'busier than ever' since an investigative documentary aimed to expose the 'King of Pop' as a paedophile was released.
Scotland has now got its own news channel.....which has cost £32 million....for 6 million people.....the BBC sure know how to spend our licence fee.....what is the point??....England has to suffer the national news (which mainly covers stabbings and murders) and also has local channels (which also mainly cover stabbings and murders).....but the Scots (or some of them) feel they are missing out........believe my guys you are NOT!!......the only news the rubbish BBC seem to cover is Brexit or fan the flames of problems like knife crime.....nothing of which helps in any way......unless they can sensationalise nasty situations and depress us all it's not news....I've actually stopped watching it along with many others.....the media in general should start helping to try and solve situations instead of adding to the doom and gloom with their negative reporting. 2.On the subject of dreadful television....there has recently been a documentary on Michael Jackson's alleged activities...on Channel 4 which I purposely avoided....what purpose does this serve?...the guy is dead....oh yes I forgot there is quite a bit of money a involved....and there are TWO accusers.....which seems to warrant a three hour documentary.....anyone who can get pleasure out of watching this sort of garbage needs help....Jackson was a strange chap but he entertained and was respected by millions....but the witch hunters have to focus on TWO accusers.....let's move on PLEASE!!! Amongst the cookery programmes and reality TV shows we are also subjected to "Family Tree" programmes where lost relatives are found etc.....the only person this is of interest to is the participant.....could I care if they find a Grannie who has been living in New Zealand for the last 80 years and bring her along to meet her huge family?....No. 3.Now let's get one thing straight before we go any further....CATAIN MARVEL WAS A BLOKE!!!.......not a girl!!....he was the alter ego of Billy Batson who turned into Captain Marvel after uttering "SHAZZAM!!".....to my horror and disbelief there is a blockbuster movie out where he is a girl.....I don't mind them intruding into football or even rugby (which gives me the opportunity to watch something else)...but I have to draw the line at Captain Marvel!!....it's like Dwayne Johnson playing Cinderella!!......two of the stars of the film...Brie Larson who plays Miss Marvel...and Samuel L.Jackson were on the Jonathan Ross show...old Sam being his usual happy self and Jonathan trying to inject some comedy into the situation...and failing.....then on comes comedian Seann Walsh and instantly starts apologising for snogging his dance partner when he was on Strictly Come Dancing....it was months ago!!...NO-ONE CARES!!...you're single!!..........you need congratulating mate.....I think Jonathan Ross is well past his sell by date. 4.On the opposite end of the scale to Mr.Ross is someone with talent....a fascinating programme on Andre Previn was shown recently..... an incredible musician who passed away a few weeks ago....he was well known for his hilarious appearance on the Morecambe and Wise show but there was so much more to this man....he won four Oscars for his musical scores in films and originally started as a jazz musician which I didn't know.....he was interviewed shortly before he died and still had a great sense of humour.....what always amazes me about these top class musicians is their ability to write the music for all the instruments in the orchestra.....they actually hear it in their head and get it down on paper....brilliant........it makes the pop music of today look a bit sick. 5.Speaking of great music the song this week is one of my classics.....it is called The Dibber Song and came about from comments Norman Thomas used to make about his gardening problems....a dibber being a gardening utensil for making holes in the soil into which you dr(continued)
...The European Commission (EC) has forecast a 1.3 per cent growth for this year, followed by 1.6 per cent in 2020. The Spanish government will work to make things easier for British residents in Spain, even those without permanent residency status, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Madrid is planning to offer new residency papers to around 400,000 UK nationals if their country crashes out of the European Union without an agreement on the future relationship. SPAIN spends 23.7 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on its state school system, the 10th highest level in the world according to a new ranking. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report showed Spain came ahead of Britain, the Netherlands, the US and New Zealand. NEW figures show Spain invested 0.25 per cent of GDP on public aid in 2017, making it the third lowest-spending country in the European Union. Data compiled by the European Commission showed Spain joined Ireland and Italy in spending the least on public services, including agriculture, exports, social support, and development. SPAIN has the highest proportion of people employed for six months or less compared with 18 European countries, according to the UN’s work agency which said such contracts harm workers. The tourism boom continues unabated in Spain. The month of January set a new historical record for both tourist arrivals and spending: nearly 4.2 million visitors came to Spain, a 2.2% rise from the same month last year, and they spent a total €4.7 billion, 3.6% more than in January 2018. A 17-year-old girl scout stabbed to death on Friday was killed in cold blood as two men walked straight up to her and one of them knifed her in the back, police have revealed. Muslim children have been withdrawn from a school in protest against lessons about homosexuality and gender equality. ......... Ten sailors are facing serious disciplinary action after carrying out sickening sex acts in a country pub in full view of members of the public........... Radio 2 hasn't played a solo Jackson track since last Saturday, when they broadcast his 1979 hit Rock With You
....The European Commission (EC) has forecast a 1.3 per cent growth for this year, followed by 1.6 per cent in 2020. The Spanish government will work to make things easier for British residents in Spain, even those without permanent residency status, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Madrid is planning to offer new residency papers to around 400,000 UK nationals if their country crashes out of the European Union without an agreement on the future relationship. SPAIN spends 23.7 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on its state school system, the 10th highest level in the world according to a new ranking. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report showed Spain came ahead of Britain, the Netherlands, the US and New Zealand. NEW figures show Spain invested 0.25 per cent of GDP on public aid in 2017, making it the third lowest-spending country in the European Union. Data compiled by the European Commission showed Spain joined Ireland and Italy in spending the least on public services, including agriculture, exports, social support, and development. SPAIN has the highest proportion of people employed for six months or less compared with 18 European countries, according to the UN’s work agency which said such contracts harm workers. The tourism boom continues unabated in Spain. The month of January set a new historical record for both tourist arrivals and spending: nearly 4.2 million visitors came to Spain, a 2.2% rise from the same month last year, and they spent a total €4.7 billion, 3.6% more than in January 2018. A 17-year-old girl scout stabbed to death on Friday was killed in cold blood as two men walked straight up to her and one of them knifed her in the back, police have revealed. Muslim children have been withdrawn from a school in protest against lessons about homosexuality and gender equality. ......... Ten sailors are facing serious disciplinary action after carrying out sickening sexacts in a country pub in full view of members of the public........... Radio 2 hasn't played a solo Jackson track since last Saturday, when they broadcast his 1979 hit Rock With You.
When will people realise no-one in business is there to do you a favour....they are after your money EVERY TIME.....we are constantly being warned against scams yet some still divulge their bank account details and get cleaned out....I appreciate a lot of older folk are not computer literate but they should be strongly advised by the media to delete any Emails involving any of your personal details....we are getting ripped off all the time....I was listening to a loan company advertising on the radio prattling on about how they could solve your financial problems....you would think they are doing you a FAVOUR....what you borrow will cost you 50% more to pay back ...some favour!!....if you can't afford it forget it............and the old favourite "We have £10,000 waiting to be paid into your bank....send us the details of your account so we can deposit it".....and because they don't realise you get nothing for nothing they fall for it...and it's goodbye savings......it's a sad situation but not enough time is given to educating the public...the media seem to think baking cakes is more important. Even legal advertising is designed to kid you....I saw an advert for some face cream in Boots the Chemist...."Clinically proved to reduce your wrinkles by up to 5 years"....first off where is the clinic? and secondly "up to" can mean anything....ONE DAY is "up to 5 years"......and then we have "Cruises from £499.99"....this is designed to make initially think you are getting a cruise for £400 instead of one penny short of £500....and "from" means for £499.99 your cabin is probably in the engine room....if you want a window you can probably triple that amount....it is laughable. When I worked in Trading Standards I came across some classic legal scams........one being the receipt of a letter telling you that you have DEFINITELY won one of the listed prizes in the letter (even though you have never entered a competition}....the prizes would range from an expensive car and/or a big sum of cash to,for example,a holiday for two.....the latter would involve a returnable deposit AFTER you have been on the holiday.....this is the one you will have won and when you have paid the deposit you find out that it's a coach trip from Glasgow to Morocco which you are never going to go on....goodbye deposit............another was the indoor TV aerial shaped like a satellite dish "You can have one in every room...and you don't pay satellite fees because you are not receiving satellite programmes.....£15".....everyone rushed out and bought one (or two) thinking that they would get satellite from this ordinary indoor aerial (worth around £5)l....despite what it said in the ad....clever stuff............but the best one was a firm which offered hard porn videos for £10 "while stocks last".....cheques made out to SPC LTD........they had a few in stock and when they had gone they would send the buyer their personal cheque for the refund....the personal cheque included their full name "Sexual Perverts Club"......needless to say not many of the cheques were cashed....genius. On the news front apparently there are too many "white saviours" involved in Red Nose Day....which has raised a billion pounds for overseas charities over the years...this is according to MP David Lammy.....who is black..............TV presenter Stacey Doyle has come under fire from him for publishing her charity work in Africa apparently showing how only "white people" are seen showing where our donations go in Africa.....Lenny Henry has come out in total support of Stacey Dooley so at least some sense is being shown.... Mr.Lammy is probably quite happy to get the publicity as I'd never heard of him until now.....and I wonder how much of his nice salary he donates to the cause?.....perhaps he could supply all these poor kids in Africa with a nice expensive suit each....like the one he was wearing........obviou(continued)
With an unemployment rate of 3.5%, the Netherlands has become a European laboratory for the creation of flexible jobs for young workers. But the shadow of exploitation looms over its ability to attract temporary foreign workers, especially the unskilled ones. Spain is the healthiest country in the world, according to a study of 169 nations by Bloomberg. After climbing six rungs from 2017 and pushing Italy from first spot, Spain now ranks at the top of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which considers several factors that contribute to overall health, such as life expectancy at birth, sanitation and health services Voz agreed to support the Popular Party (PP)’s Juan Manuel Moreno as the new regional premier in exchange for concessions on education, family and cultural issues. ”The number of people who fell ill after eating at the Michelin-starred restaurant RiFF in Valencia has risen to 29, according to the regional health department. This figure includes the 46-year-old woman who died on Sunday morning after dining at the gou rmet restaurant the previous night. Her husband and 12-year-old son also suffered from food poisoning. …...... At night, Ana Valladares can hear termites scuttling around her home in Tacoronte, a municipality on Spain’s largest Canary Island Tenerife. She keeps a box of sedatives in her kitchen to help her cope with the stress. The evil killer worried there was a 'price on his head' and that publishing his name co uld make the situation worse in prison........But the judge said it would be 'naive' to thi nk that inmates in prison would not already be aware of his conviction after his name had already appeared on Facebook, Twitter andGoogle searches. A student who claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants and lamented about the 'Islamisation' of Britain has been kicked out of his university. ..... expressed his controversial opinions during class seminars and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) decided to suspend him after they received several complaints about his behaviour. 'The wife of the head of Stannah Stairlifts who killed a motorcyclist when she failed to stop her Land Rover at a dangerous junction has been spared jail. Acourt heard Andrea Stannah had dropped her children off at school and was heading back to the family's £1million home when she pulled across a dual carriageway in her £47,000 Land Rover Discovery. Hair follicles could in the future be 'banked', cloned and used later in life to treat bald ing by a British company. Millions of adults will be able to have follicles taken from th eir scalp and put into storage, with procedures starting within the next year, the experts hope.
With an unemployment rate of 3.5%, the Netherlands has become a European laboratory for the creation of flexible jobs for young workers. But the shadow of exploitation looms over its ability to attract temporary foreign workers, especially the unskilled ones. Spain is the healthiest country in the world, according to a study of 169 nations by Bloomberg. After climbing six rungs from 2017 and pushing Italy from first spot, Spain now ranks at the top of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which considers several factors that contribute to overall health, such as life expectancy at birth, sanitation and health services Voz agreed to support the Popular Party (PP)’s Juan Manuel Moreno as the new regional premier in exchange for concessions on education, family and cultural issues. ”The number of people who fell ill after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia has risen to 29, according to the regional health department. This figure includes the 46-year-old woman who died on Sunday morning after dining at the gourmet restaurant the previous night. Her husband and 12-year-old son also suffered from food poisoning. …...... At night......can hear termites scuttling around her home in Tacoronte, a municipality on Spain’s largest Canary Island Tenerife. She keeps a box of sedatives in her kitchen to help her cope with the stress. The evil killer worried there was a 'price on his head' and that publishing his name could make the situation worse in rison........But the judge said it would be 'naive' to think that inmates in prison would not already be aware of his conviction after his name had already appeared on Facebook, Twitter andGoogle searches. A student who claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants and lamented about the 'Islamisation' of Britain has been kicked out of his university. ..... expressed his controversial opinions during class seminars and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) decided to suspend him after they received several complaints about his behaviour. 'The wife of the head of Stannah Stairlifts who killed a motorcyclist when she failed to stop her Land Rover at a dangerous junction has been spared jail. Acourt heard Andrea Stannah had dropped her children off at school and was heading back to the family's £1million home when she pulled across a dual carriageway in her £47,000 Land Rover Discovery. Hair follicles could in the future be 'banked', cloned and used later in life to treat balding by a British company. Millions of adults will be able to have follicles taken from their scalp and put into storage, with procedures starting within the next year, the experts hope.
First off a warning to anyone who has one of those Coca Cola embossed glasses in their cabinets.....I decided to have a Bacardi and Coke so I took the glass out and dropped a few cubes of ice in it...as the ice touched the glass it exploded....not racked...literally exploded with bits flying all over the room.....the glass is the type which holds a pint and is quite thick with "Coca Cola" embossed on the outside....if anyone has one or a similar one...throw it in the bin. I watched a very interesting programme on American "fibs".....which looked into the wonderful heroic events in their history and revealed what ACTUALLY happened.....examples of the many items was Paul Revere who supposedly rode across the country on his own and warned everyone of the approaching British.....there is even a huge statue of him ....however ...there was three of them and poor old Paul didn't make it to the end (fell off his horse I think)....and legend also has it that when the British tried to conquer them they were beaten by untrained farmers who bravely took up weapons and won the battle...when it was actually a trained army of Americans and French ....and there was an item with President George W. Bush prattling on about the day they gained independence and rang the independence bell loud and clear......the bell never arrived until 40 years later....and the Statue of Liberty was originally designed for the middle east who couldn't afford it so it was redesigned and sold to America.......it was a very interesting programme which makes you realise why a lot of Americans live in a movie world protected by John Wayne. The BBC have been advertising the arrival of a new series featuring Alan Partridge...played by Steve Coogan....after all the hype I decided to watch it.....I must be missing something....there were a few rave reviews.....I don't think I even smiled...it was awful and that is half an hour of my life I won't get back......similarly this programme followed another half hour "comedy" called Warren....starring Martin Clunes......what I fail to understand is why these popular stars get involved in such rubbish....are they that hard up?....HOWEVER there is one saviour...it is called "Cunk on Britain" and features Diane Morgan as Philomena Cunk discussing the history of the country with top scientists and historians......the fact she knows nothing at all makes it very funny and original so the BBC must have SOME staff with a bit of knowledge about comedy. I also watched a documentary on Walt Disney.....what an incredibly talented man.....the programme went through his life from his humble beginnings to building his amazing empire....what it brought home was the detail and thought behind the cartoons....for example he would have his cartoonists sitting in a room watching a girl dancing and studying the movements of her dress and body....also he would bring animals in to study their movements.....he would even film a stone being thrown through a window then slowing it down to study what actually happens to the glass.....all this knowledge was put into the cartoons....most of which is missed by the average viewer....brilliant stuff.....it makes you realise what a genius he was.......not to mention the musicians who put the music together.....a great programme. I thought I would link the song this week with the American mentality....it is called The Ballad of John Wayne....who is regarded as a hero over here....he won wars as a marine and won the west as a tough cowboy....when in fact he never saw any active service....he did HIS bit on the silver screen......which for some seems to be good enough....so "Get on ya horse and ride" with the Ballad of John Wayne.
Officials at Spain’s conservative Popular Party (PP) are criticizing the prime minister’s choice of date for the snap general election, saying it shows little sensitivity for religious observance. The European Union, just like the markets, is ruling out a financial or budget meltdown as a result of the snap election announced in Spain for April 28. The risk of seeing Spain follow in Italy’s footsteps is creating apprehension among EU institutions, which view Spain as one of the few member states that supports European integration and remains free of extremist parties. The EU remained relatively calm, and was even relieved to a certain extent, when the previous government of Mariano Rajoy, of the conservative Popular Party (PP), was brought down by a no-confidence vote led by Sánchez. Rajoy’s administration had been marked by an unprecedented territorial crisis in Catalonia Of all the foreigners who live in Spain, the British community is one of the most close-knit. Britons tend to recreate on Spain’s Mediterranean coast the life they had in the United Kingdom before they retired – complete with the same traditions, language, restaurants and pubs, and little relationship with the Spanish community. Barcelona has entered the New Year without resolving one of its most pressing issues: rising crime rates. According to the Spanish Interior Ministry, criminal infractions increased by 17.2% in 2018, making the Catalan capital Spain’s leader in rising crime rates. The European Parliament's 'grand coalition' of centre left and centre right parties could lose its majority for the first time in 40 years, it has been reported. The UK Parliament has seen resignations from both Labour and Conservative ranks. Is this the start of a new centre party? Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revoked the British citizenship of 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum, according to a letter from the Home Office to her family today. The UK Business Secretary warned the car industry needs MPs to vote for the Brexit deal today as he scrambled to respond to Honda planning to close its Swindon plant.
I watched a programme about how much the royal family cost the taxpayer....it was very interesting and threw up a few facts I didn't know.....when you see the unbelievable amount spent on banquets for example it is quite staggering.....with the gold cutlery and gallons of wine and champagne and well over hundred guests.....it does beg the question is it really necessary?.....and the royal train which costs 20 grand a trip....not to mention Prince Andrew's helicopter flights to and from his golf games.....apparently the family cost us 70 million a year....and that is just what we know about..........we are then told that knife crime is on the increase and we haven't got the money for more police.....which,after the cuts,we are 22000 short......not to mention the homeless etc.....and all we hear is that the royalty bring people into the country which is good for trade....which I certainly don't go along with......what the programme illustrated to me was the sheer lack of gratitude on their part....they wander around and actually believe they deserve it....and all we seem to get for our money is the occasional royal wave......the only thing missing from that is the two fingers. 2.Our coffee machine went on the blink....a tragedy indeed....so a new one was required.....firstly I checked a few out in Argos and the one I fancied was £112......I then checked out the same model on Amazon.....£55......with free delivery to the door.....and the high street shops are complaining about falling profits ......I wonder why?.....it does pose the question as to how much profit they want to make.....whereas I appreciate there are overheads etc but if you can get the same item for half the price where are you going to go???....no brainer......it's like the music industry in the old days.....it was 10 quid for an Elton John cassette.....the raw materials cost 17 pence......of course there were studio costs etc but whichever way you look at it that is one tasty profit....then along comes modern technology which blows the greedy record companies out of the water.......I remember when I was hawking my "How To Say Llanfairpll...etc" song around the shops.....I offered them a batch for NOTHING...sale or return....they sell them and keep a third of the profit.....Oh no ...one bloke wanted 50%....needless to say the conversation didn't last long.....and boy did Mr.Greedy miss out. 3.I saw your posting on Facebook of Sinatra singing My Way....at the risk of upsetting the nation I have to confess I can't stand Sinatra....or that song.....I have to like an entertainer to enjoy their offerings.....I always found Sinatra's voice to be "dry" and he seemed to like to sing about himself......Start spreading the nooz...I'M leaving today.....Life's been good to ME....MY way...etc....I found him to be a little guy with a big suit who fancied himself as a tough guy...especially when he was surrounded by 6 foot bouncers.....I like Bing Crosby and Perry Como....Pat Boone.....good crooners and nice people.........bit like Robbie Williams...he was obscene when he started out and now we are supposed to accept him as Mr.Family Man......doesn't work with me....can't stand him. 4.I have a good pal who I meet up with in the gym.....he is a retired bobby and ex soldier who did active service in Ireland.....so he has seen it all and to me he is an unsung hero...as indeed is anyone who puts their life on the line.....but strangely he doesn't see it that way.....he says that soldiers are trained to do the job....the real hero is the passer-by who runs into a burning house and pulls people out....not the fireman who is trained to do it...which is an interesting point.....personally I still see them as heroes but he won't have it......... ....Our wonderful BBC treated us to three hours of football last Monday night....followed by two repeated programmes....three hours!!...and cons(continued)
The leaders of three of Spain’s right-wing parties managed to bring out tens of thousands of people on Sunday to Madrid’s central Colón square, to protest against Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and demand that the Socialist Party (PSOE) politician call elections as soon as possible. The latest plan to control immigration comes from Berlin and Paris involves a temporary solution, based on a mechanism for sharing out the migrants arriving from Libya. AN EMERGENCY plan to deal with accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods has swung into action in Andalucia on Monday after a tanker carrying around 30,000 litres of butane gas overturned. Accident and Incident Investigation Commission has published its final report after an incident involving a Ryanair aircraft over the Canary Islands last year left two people injured. TWO groups in Almeria and Axarquia have joined forces to push the Junta de Andalucia for changes to laws affecting homeowners. Both AUAN in Almeria and SOHA (Save Our Homes Axarquia) are working to resolve the issue of ‘irregular’ homes, often bought in good faith in and which face legal uncertainty. A nationwide school strike over climate change has been 'applauded' by the head teachers' union, leaving many furious. The mass walkout called UK Youth Strike 4 Climate currently has students in 38 cities and towns across the country planning to join them on Friday's protest. exceptional circumstances, and where this has been authorised by the headteacher. A young mother is calling for tougher sentences after learning her baby's killer could be released from prison after less than two years........... from Plymouth, Devon, has now launched a campaign to set a minimum 15 year tariff in cases where the offender kills a child through shaking. A businessman has been jailed after he tried and failed to trick a speed camera by attaching a jamming device to the front of his BMW. ...tried to outsmart a police safety camera van parked on the side of the A658 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his laser jamming device last February. London Zoo has insisted keepers could not have foreseen or stopped a fatal attack by a male tiger on its potential mate which unfolded 'in a split second'