30 November 2017

30th November - Thriller is released

November 30th 1982 – Michael Jackson's sixth solo studio album, Thriller is released worldwide. It went on to become the best-selling record album in history with estimated sales of 66 million copies. It produced seven singles — "The Girl Is Mine", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)", and "Thriller".

17 November 2017

17th November - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

On November 17th 1558, Queen Elizabeth I was crowned upon the death of Queen Mary. Here is music by William Byrd - A prayer for the queen - Performed by the Tallis Scholars.

15 November 2017

15th November - Gillette (The Best A Man Can Get)

On this day 15th November 1904 King C Gillette patented the Gillette razor blade. His double edged safety razor with disposable blades was revolutionary and supplanted the straight razor, which needed constant sharpening. Nowadays I use a Mach 3 - even safer and more disposable than the original. The song by Dr.Disrespect - Gillette (The Best A Man Can Get) - is base a one time Gillette Razor advert.

14 November 2017

14th November - Hole Punch Patented

The origins of the hole punch date back to Germany where Matthias Theel registered two early patents for a device designed to punch holes in paper on November 14, 1886 (Papierlocher für Sammelmappen).

A Google Doodle was used on 14 November 2017 to celebrate the 131st anniversary of the hole punch.

Here are the Beatles with A day in the Life which does not mention a hole punch but does mention holes more than once. Quite a favourite word for the Beatles like 'Love' ...
Ah I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

12 November 2017

13th November - Kindness Day

Try A Little Kindness sung by Glen Campbell.

Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November in the UK. It is a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms. World Kindness Day falls on the same day and unites people in kindness globally.

An example of a past celebrations of Kindness Day UK was handing out 10,000 free chocolate bars at London Train stations.

You can make a pledge for the day and find ideas for acts of Kindness to do on kindnessdayuk.com/

12th November - Remembrance Sunday

From Elgar's Enigma Variations - Nimrod

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday of November and ceremonies are held throughout the country in churches, cenotaphs and war memorials.

The poppy is the symbol of the Day of Remembrance because many years ago, among where fallen troops lay, poppies grew from the churned earth. The poppy itself is not a religious symbol and the money donated to the Poppy Campaign is used by the Royal British Legion to support both members of the armed forces and their families.

Remembering is the process of “Bringing the past into the present”… But nobody now can remember what it was like to live in the trenches of WWI.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

On Remembrance Sunday, Scouts are expected to attend and give the troop priority over their other Sunday sporting activities , to dress smartly with poppy and freshly ironed necker, and polished shoes.

Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.

(includes lines from a poem by Siegfried Sassoon called Aftermath)

11 November 2017

11th November - Armistice Day

The First World War, which had begun on 28th July 1914, ended this day, ninety nine years ago, on 11th November 1918.

This war involved the great world powers of the time. Over 9 million combatants died, and many millions more were permanently disabled. Many millions of civilians across Europe and other war zones were killed, injured, and made homeless as a result of the war to end all wars.

Hostilities ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the signing of the Armistice.

The hymn Abide with me is regularly used at solemn events, and is a firm favorite at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall which falls on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. That is Saturday 11 November 2017 this year.

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me…

10 November 2017

10th November - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

 November 10th 1975 - The carrier Ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank with its crew during an early winter storm on Lake Superior.

Canadian Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot recalls ...

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons
more than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the "Gales of November" came early...

9 November 2017

9th November - Berlin Wall demolition begins

The 9th November 1989: The fall of the Berlin Wall ended German separation and started a series of events that led to the Fall of Communism in eastern Europe, and German reunification.
David Bowie - Heroes - from his time in Berlin.

8 November 2017

8th October - BBC Radio Leicester launched

50 years ago, BBC Radio Leicester was launched on 8 November 1967 as the first local radio station in the UK.

 Here are the Earls of Leicester in a car park, not too dissimilar from one in Leicester, performing the old midland song 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down'.

7 November 2017

7th November - October Revolution Day

7th November - October Revolution Day - Earlier in the same year, 1917, the Tsar had been overthrown by a provisional government. But discontent and strikes followed. Then on 7th November (October in the old Calendar) the Bolsheviks used their influence in the Petrograd Soviet to organize the armed forces. Bolshevik Red Guards began the occupation of government buildings on 7th November 1917. The following day, the Winter Palace (the seat of the Provisional government located in Petrograd, then capital of Russia), was captured. So 7th November is the anniversary of the October Revolution and was the official national day of the Soviet Union from 1918 onward. The October revolution of 1917 also marked the inception of the first communist government in Russia, the first socialist state in the world. The Simpsons Go FULL COMMUNIST!