Friday, January 31, 2014

By The Light of the Silv’ry Moon







An Ann Margret Moment







Trivia Bits 31 January


  • In the early 20th Century, cook Mary Mallon became infamous for spreading the disease of Typhoid and became known as Typhoid Mary being the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever.
  • American actor, stand-up comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, and talk radio host Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in 1967.
  • The 2012 Australian television drama series Tricky Business focused on the Christie family and was filmed in and around Wollongong and Sydney.
  • King and Queen Thistle are features in the 2009 British animated pre-school children's television series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.
  • In 1978, China introduced the one-child policy to try and curb the burgeoning Chinese population.
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the final novel written by Charles Dickens. The novel was unfinished at the time of Dickens' death (9 June 1870) and his ending for it remains unknown. Consequently, the identity of the murderer remains subject to debate.
  • The super water slide at the Cita Del Mare hotel in Sicily, Italy, drops sliders into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The black mamba snake is the longest venomous snake in Africa averaging around 2.5 to 3.2 m (8.2 to 10 ft) in length.
  • The second largest city in Canada by population is Montreal in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Windows On The Outside







Quotables 31 January



Thursday, January 30, 2014

An Anita Page Moment







Trivia Bits 30 January


  • Pico Bolivar at 4,978 metres is the highest mountain in the South American country of Venezuela.
  • To visit the Abu Simbel rock temples, you would need to be in Nubia, southern Egypt with the complex a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).
  • English actor, comedian, writer, musician, and director Hugh Laurie plays Mr Watts in the 2012 New Zealand movie Mr Pip based on Lloyd Jones 2006 novel Mister Pip.
  • Emerald is a gemstone, and is coloured green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
  • The official currency of south-eastern European country Montenegro is the Euro.
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding, a 1997 romantic comedy film, starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, and Philip Bosco was directed by P J Proby.
  • The game of Tiddlywinks was invented in the nineteenth century with the modern competitive adult game of tiddlywinks made a strong comeback at the University of Cambridge in 1955.
  • The popular text/chat acronym WEG stands for wicked evil grin.
  • The largest mountain range in the Australian state of South Australia is the Flinders Ranges being a discontinuous ranges stretching for over 430 km (270 mi).
  • Commencing in 2009, the American reality television series Pawn Stars is set in Las Vegas and chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

An Ice-cream Break


Dedicated to all those in South-Eastern Australia with the daily temperature over the next few days being above 40o Celsius






Quotables 30 January



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An Angela Lansbury Moment




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Trivia Bits 29 January


  • Being also known as Cnapan Country House or Cnapan Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast, Cnapan Hotel in Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales, takes its name from the medieval Celtic sport of cnapan, a Welsh name for a Celtic form of medieval football dating back to 1603.
  • Baseball is the sport played in the Japan Series and is the annual championship series in Nippon Professional Baseball and the top baseball league in Japan.
  • Leonard “Chico” Marx was the eldest brother of the Marx Brothers - Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo.
  • English musician, singer and songwriter, Eric Clapton, is known by the nickname of slowhand.
  • Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest freshwater lake, curves for nearly 400 miles through south-eastern Siberia, north of the Mongolian border and is more than 5,000 feet deep (1637m).
  • As at 2013, Australia produces the most bauxite, an aluminium ore and is the main source of aluminium, in the world.
  • The Koutoubia Mosque, or "Bookseller's Mosque", the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco, was named after the bookselling trade practiced in the nearby souk, an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter.
  • Iconic American actress, singer and vaudevillian Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 9122 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to vaudevillian parents Ethel Marion and Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm.
  • The main alcoholic ingredient in the drink Sangria is wine and normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

Daily Serve of Fruit







Quotables 29 January



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bicycle Riding







An Andy Warhol Moment


69190 Andy Warhol's Scars, New York. 1969

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Trivia Bits 28 January


  • Singer Bonnie Anderson was the first winner of the TV show Australia’s Got Talent which commenced in 2007 with the judges being Tom Burlinson, Red Symons and Dannii Minogue.
  • The West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia, was officially opened in November 1978 with a span of 336 metres (1,102 ft) in length, and height above the water 58 metres. The total length of the bridge is 2,582.6 metres (8,473.1 ft).
  • Marie Byrd Land is an unclaimed territory on the continent of Antarctica.
  • The 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe was won by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries.
  • Wiley Post was the first man to fly solo around the world. Fifty thousand people greeted him on his return on July 22, 1933 after 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes - 21 hours less than his previous record, and he was given a ticker-tape parade in New York.
  • The world’s cheapest car the Nano is made by Tata Motors multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge, nicknamed The Coat Hanger, can rise or fall 18cm due to heating or cooling.
  • Polish painter born in 1782 in Austria of ethnic Italian background Franciszek Ksawery Lampi specialized in Romantic depictions of attractive women.
  • Alcoholic drink Cognac is a type of brandy that is named after the town of Cognac in France and typically has characteristics combining nuts, fruit, caramel, honey, vanilla, and/or other spices.
  • In gridiron, Sack is the term used when a player is tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

The Beatles – The U.S. Albums




On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil.

Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 73 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ In what remains one of the world’s top-viewed television events of all time, The Beatles performed five songs on the live broadcast and ‘Beatlemania,’ already in full, feverish bloom in The Beatles’ native U.K., was unleashed with blissful fervor across America and around the world.

The British Invasion had begun.

The new 13 CD box set THE U.S. ALBUMS commemorates the 50th anniversary of these history-making events, spanning 1964’s MEET THE BEATLES! to 1970’s HEY JUDE. The Beatles’ U.S. albums differed from the band’s U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The box set includes the following titles: (Disc 1) MEET THE BEATLES!, (Disc 2) THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM, (Disc 3) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK], (Disc 4) SOMETHING NEW, (Disc 5) THE BEATLES’ STORY, (Disc 6) BEATLES ’65, (Disc 7) THE EARLY BEATLES, (Disc 8) BEATLES VI, (Disc 9) HELP! [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK] , (Disc 10) RUBBER SOUL, (Disc 11) YESTERDAY AND TODAY, (Disc 12) REVOLVER, (Disc 13) HEY JUDE.

These albums were originally issued between 1964 and 1970 by Capitol Records, Apple Records, and United Artists in the United States. These new releases seek to replicate the unique listening experience heard by Americans at the time by preserving the sequences, timings, and artwork found on the albums. Capitol’s engineers in the 1960s took great care to produce what they believed to be the best possible sound for the playback equipment in use at that time. Due to the limitations of the record players of the day, engineers often compressed the sound by raising the volume of the softer passages and lowering the volume for the louder parts of the songs. They also reduced the bass frequencies since too much bass could cause the record to skip. In some cases, reverb was added to the tracks to make them sound more “American.”

The CDs are packaged in miniature vinyl sleeves that faithfully recreate the original U.S. LP releases down to the finest detail, including the inner sleeves. 11 original U.S. albums presented in both mono and stereo. Hey Jude and The Beatles’ Story are in stereo only. A Hard Day’s Night [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude and the U.S. version of Revolver are presented on CD for the first time. Yesterday And Today features the original album cover of The Beatles posing with raw meat and baby dolls. The package also comes with a collectible sticker of the subsequent Yesterday And Today cover art. Also included is a 64-page booklet which includes a new essay examining the U.S. albums and their historical significance, written by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan.

Track Listing:

1 - Meet The Beatles!
1-01 I Want to Hold Your Hand (Mono)
1-02 I Saw Her Standing There (Mono)
1-03 This Boy (Mono)
1-04 It Won't Be Long (Mono)
1-05 All I've Got to Do (Mono)
1-06 All My Loving (Mono)
1-07 Don't Bother Me (Mono)
1-08 Little Child (Mono)
1-09 Till There Was You (Mono)
1-10 Hold Me Tight (Mono)
1-11 I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono)
1-12 Not a Second Time (Mono)
1-13 I Want to Hold Your Hand
1-14 I Saw Her Standing There
1-15 This Boy
1-16 It Won't Be Long
1-17 All I've Got to Do
1-18 All My Loving
1-19 Don't Bother Me
1-20 Little Child
1-21 Till There Was You
1-22 Hold Me Tight
1-23 I Wanna Be Your Man
1-24 Not a Second Time

2 - The Beatles' Second Album
2-01 Roll Over Beethoven (Mono)
2-02 Thank You Girl (Mono)
2-03 You Really Got a Hold On Me (Mono)
2-04 Devil In Her Heart (Mono)
2-05 Money (That's What I Want) [Mono]
2-06 You Can't Do That (Mono)
2-07 Long Tall Sally (Mono)
2-08 I Call Your Name (Mono)
2-09 Please Mister Postman (Mono)
2-10 I'll Get You (Mono)
2-11 She Loves You (Mono)
2-12 Roll Over Beethoven
2-13 Thank You Girl
2-14 You Really Got a Hold On Me
2-15 Devil In Her Heart
2-16 Money (That's What I Want)
2-17 You Can't Do That
2-18 Long Tall Sally
2-19 I Call Your Name
2-20 Please Mister Postman
2-21 I'll Get You (Mono)
2-22 She Loves You (Mono)

3 - A Hard Day's Night (U.S.) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
3-01 A Hard Day's Night (Mono)
3-02 Tell Me Why (Mono)
3-03 I'll Cry Instead (Mono)
3-04 I Should Have Known Better (Mono / Instrumental)
3-05 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You (Mono)
3-06 And I Love Her (Mono / Instrumental)
3-07 I Should Have Known Better (Mono)
3-08 If I Fell (Mono)
3-09 And I Love Her (Mono)
3-10 Ringo's Theme (This Boy) [Mono / Instrumental]
3-11 Can't Buy Me Love (Mono)
3-12 A Hard Day's Night (Mono / Instrumental)
3-13 A Hard Day's Night
3-14 Tell Me Why
3-15 I'll Cry Instead (Mono)
3-16 I Should Have Known Better (Instrumental)
3-17 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
3-18 And I Love Her (Instrumental)
3-19 I Should Have Known Better
3-20 If I Fell
3-21 And I Love Her
3-22 Ringo's Theme (This Boy) [Instrumental]
3-23 Can't Buy Me Love
3-24 A Hard Day's Night (Instrumental)

4 - Something New
4-01 I'll Cry Instead (Mono)
4-02 Things We Said Today (Mono)
4-03 Any Time At All (Mono)
4-04 When I Get Home (Mono)
4-05 Slow Down (Mono)
4-06 Matchbox (Mono)
4-07 Tell Me Why (Mono)
4-08 And I Love Her (Mono)
4-09 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You (Mono)
4-10 If I Fell (Mono)
4-11 Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (Mono)
4-12 I'll Cry Instead
4-13 Things We Said Today
4-14 Any Time At All
4-15 When I Get Home
4-16 Slow Down
4-17 Matchbox
4-18 Tell Me Why
4-19 And I Love Her
4-20 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
4-21 If I Fell
4-22 Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand

5 - The Beatles' Story
5-01 On Stage With The Beatles (Spoken Word)
5-02 How Beatlemania Began (Spoken Word)
5-03 Beatlemania In Action (Spoken Word)
5-04 Man Behind The Beatles—Brian Epstein (Spoken Word)
5-05 John Lennon (Spoken Word)
5-06 Who's a Millionaire? (Spoken Word)
5-07 Beatles Will Be Beatles (Spoken Word)
5-08 Man Behind the Music—George Martin (Spoken Word)
5-09 George Harrison (Spoken Word)
5-10 A Hard Day's Night—Their First Movie (Spoken Word)
5-11 Paul McCartney (Spoken Word)
5-12 Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul (Spoken Word)
5-13 The Beatles Look At Life (Spoken Word)
5-14 Victims of Beatlemania (Spoken Word)
5-15 Beatles Medley (Spoken Word)
5-16 Ringo Starr (Spoken Word)
5-17 Liverpool and All the World! (Spoken Word)

6 - Beatles ’65
6-01 No Reply (Mono)
6-02 I'm a Loser (Mono)
6-03 Baby's In Black (Mono)
6-04 Rock and Roll Music (Mono)
6-05 I'll Follow the Sun (Mono)
6-06 Mr. Moonlight (Mono)
6-07 Honey Don't (Mono)
6-08 I'll Be Back (Mono)
6-09 She's a Woman (Mono)
6-10 I Feel Fine (Mono)
6-11 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (Mono)
6-12 No Reply
6-13 I'm a Loser
6-14 Baby's In Black
6-15 Rock and Roll Music
6-16 I'll Follow the Sun
6-17 Mr. Moonlight
6-18 Honey Don't
6-19 I'll Be Back
6-20 She's a Woman
6-21 I Feel Fine
6-22 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

7 - The Early Beatles
7-01 Love Me Do (Mono)
7-02 Twist and Shout (Mono)
7-03 Anna (Go to Him) [Mono]
7-04 Chains (Mono)
7-05 Boys (Mono)
7-06 Ask Me Why (Mono)
7-07 Please Please Me (Mono)
7-08 P.S. I Love You (Mono)
7-09 Baby It's You (Mono)
7-10 A Taste of Honey (Mono)
7-11 Do You Want to Know a Secret (Mono)
7-12 Love Me Do (Mono)
7-13 Twist and Shout
7-14 Anna (Go to Him)
7-15 Chains
7-16 Boys
7-17 Ask Me Why
7-18 Please Please Me
7-19 P.S. I Love You (Mono)
7-20 Baby It's You
7-21 A Taste of Honey
7-22 Do You Want to Know a Secret

8 - Beatles VI
8-01 Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (Mono)
8-02 Eight Days a Week (Mono)
8-03 You Like Me Too Much (Mono)
8-04 Bad Boy (Mono)
8-05 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party (Mono)
8-06 Words of Love (Mono)
8-07 What You're Doing (Mono)
8-08 Yes It Is (Mono)
8-09 Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Mono)
8-10 Tell Me What You See (Mono)
8-11 Every Little Thing (Mono)
8-12 Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
8-13 Eight Days a Week
8-14 You Like Me Too Much
8-15 Bad Boy
8-16 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
8-17 Words of Love
8-18 What You're Doing
8-19 Yes It Is
8-20 Dizzy Miss Lizzy
8-21 Tell Me What You See
8-22 Every Little Thing

9 - Help! (U.S.) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
9-01 Help! (Mono)
9-02 The Night Before (Mono)
9-03 From Me to You Fantasy (Mono / Instrumental)
9-04 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (Mono)
9-05 I Need You (Mono)
9-06 In the Tyrol (Mono / Instrumental)
9-07 Another Girl (Mono)
9-08 Another Hard Day's Night (Mono / Instrumental)
9-09 Ticket to Ride (Mono)
9-10 The Bitter End / You Can't Do That (Mono / Instrumental)
9-11 You're Going to Lose That Girl (Mono)
9-12 The Chase (Mono / Instrumental)
9-13 Help!
9-14 The Night Before
9-15 From Me to You Fantasy (Instrumental)
9-16 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
9-17 I Need You
9-18 In the Tyrol (Instrumental)
9-19 Another Girl
9-20 Another Hard Day's Night (Instrumental)
9-21 Ticket to Ride
9-22 The Bitter End / You Can't Do That (Instrumental)
9-23 You're Going to Lose That Girl
9-24 The Chase (Instrumental)

10 - Rubber Soul (U.S.)
10-01 I've Just Seen a Face (Mono)
10-02 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Mono]
10-03 You Won't See Me (Mono)
10-04 Think For Yourself (Mono)
10-05 The Word (Mono)
10-06 Michelle (Mono)
10-07 It's Only Love (Mono)
10-08 Girl (Mono)
10-09 I'm Looking Through You (Mono)
10-10 In My Life (Mono)
10-11 Wait (Mono)
10-12 Run For Your Life (Mono)
10-13 I've Just Seen a Face
10-14 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
10-15 You Won't See Me
10-16 Think For Yourself
10-17 The Word
10-18 Michelle
10-19 It's Only Love
10-20 Girl
10-21 I'm Looking Through You
10-22 In My Life
10-23 Wait
10-24 Run For Your Life

11 - Yesterday and Today
11-01 Drive My Car (Mono)
11-02 I'm Only Sleeping (Mono)
11-03 Nowhere Man (Mono)
11-04 Doctor Robert (Mono)
11-05 Yesterday (Mono)
11-06 Act Naturally (Mono)
11-07 And Your Bird Can Sing (Mono)
11-08 If I Needed Someone (Mono)
11-09 We Can Work It Out (Mono)
11-10 What Goes On (Mono)
11-11 Day Tripper (Mono)
11-12 Drive My Car
11-13 I'm Only Sleeping
11-14 Nowhere Man
11-15 Doctor Robert
11-16 Yesterday
11-17 Act Naturally
11-18 And Your Bird Can Sing
11-19 If I Needed Someone
11-20 We Can Work It Out
11-21 What Goes On
11-22 Day Tripper

12 - Revolver (U.S.)
12-01 Taxman (Mono)
12-02 Eleanor Rigby (Mono)
12-03 Love You To (Mono)
12-04 Here, There and Everywhere (Mono)
12-05 Yellow Submarine (Mono)
12-06 She Said She Said (Mono)
12-07 Good Day Sunshine (Mono)
12-08 For No One (Mono)
12-09 I Want to Tell You (Mono)
12-10 Got to Get You Into My Life (Mono)
12-11 Tomorrow Never Knows (Mono)
12-12 Taxman
12-13 Eleanor Rigby
12-14 Love You To
12-15 Here, There and Everywhere
12-16 Yellow Submarine
12-17 She Said She Said
12-18 Good Day Sunshine
12-19 For No One
12-20 I Want to Tell You
12-21 Got to Get You Into My Life
12-22 Tomorrow Never Knows

13 - Hey Jude
13-01 Can't Buy Me Love
13-02 I Should Have Known Better
13-03 Paperback Writer
13-04 Rain
13-05 Lady Madonna
13-06 Revolution
13-07 Hey Jude
13-08 Old Brown Shoe
13-09 Don't Let Me Down
13-10 The Ballad of John and Yoko

Bunches of Roses