They say crime doesn’t pay. Well here is one individual who is finding that out, first hand. I’m not sure that the full sentence will ever be fulfilled but it is good to see that the authorities can and will try to make sure that criminals don’t benefit.
Richie Havens has died, of a heart attack, at the age of 72.
Who can forget the intense and frenetic performance of “Freedom” that he gave, opening the 1969 Woodstock festival.
Seems to me we are losing to many of our music icons. I know that this is selfish of me, that none of us live forever and that we will always have the musical legacy that such as Richie leave behind.
My thoughts are with Richies family and friends.
Thanks to youtube we are able to relive those classic moments so here are a couple of reminders of his talent.
Storm Thorgerson, designer of the iconic album cover for Pink Floyds “Dark Side Of The Moon”, has died at the age of 69.
Thorgersons 40 year career started at Hipgnosis and he was responsible for the album artwork for other Floyd albums e.g Atom Heart Mother, Wish You Were Here and Animals. Much in demand Storm also created the cover art for other artists such as Led Zeppelin’s “presence”, 10CC’s “How Dare You”, Black Sabbath’s “Technical Ecstasy”, Peter Gabriel’s “Scratch”, Muse’s “uprising” and many, many more.
Storm has left the world an enormous legacy.
My thoughts are with his friends and family.
Lets hope that, today, Maggie is given the courtesy and respect that she and her family deserve. Let’s hope that the protesters show some humanity and stay well away from todays funeral.
Margaret Thatcher, Britains first female prime minister has died today, aged 87.
In my opinion she was the best PM that this country has had since Churchill. Her role in reshaping this country, her contribution to the collapse of the USSR, and her anti-union position are just some of the highlights of her career, not forgetting the Falklands Campaign.
We have not had a decent leader since. She was dubbed the “Iron Lady” by a Russian journalist. Shame we haven’t seen any “Iron Men” since she was ousted from power.
Perhaps if she had still had a hand in our government we wouldn’t have been in the economic trouble that we are. Do you think she would have stood for any nonsense from the banks and their money grabbing self serving bosses ?
A Maldives court just sentenced a 15-year-old rape survivor to 100 whip lashings.
It is hard to believe that, in this century, mediaeval barbarism still exists in our world. However, time and time again we are reminded that not all nations practice the same levels of tolerance and morality that we enjoy in the west.
Many times we have considered going to the Maldives for a holiday. This is certainly making me think again, but this time I am thinking about striking them off my wish list.
I received this in an email.
It’s horrific! A Maldives court just sentenced a 15-year-old rape survivor to 100 whip lashings. By threatening Maldives politicians’ precious tourist income we can save this child and stop these outrageous public floggings. Let’s quickly build a one million strong call, then place ads in travel magazines and websites:
Sign the petition
It’s hard to believe, but a 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! Let’s put an end to this lunacy by hitting the Maldives government where it hurts: the tourism industry.
The girl’s stepfather is accused of raping her for years and murdering the baby she bore. Now the court says she must be flogged for “sex outside marriage”! President Waheed of the Maldives is already feeling global pressure on this, and we can force him to save this girl and change the law to spare other victims this cruel fate. This is how we can end the War on Women – by standing up every time an outrage like this happens.
Tourism is the big earner for the Maldives elite, including government ministers. Let’s build a million-strong petition to President Waheed this week, then threaten the islands’ reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law. Sign and forward this email now to get us to a million:
The Maldives is a paradise for tourists. But for women there, it can be hell. Under harsh interpretations of sharia law, women and children are routinely punished with flogging and house arrest if found guilty of extramarital sex or adultery. It’s nearly always the women who get punished, not the perpetrators. A staggering one in three women between ages 15 and 49 have suffered physical or sexual abuse — yet zero rapists were convicted in the past three years.
Winning this battle can help women everywhere, as the Maldives government is right now running for a top UN human rights position – on a platform of women’s rights! Global outrage has already forced President Waheed to appeal the sentence in the 15-year-old’s case. But that’s not enough. Extremists inside the country will force him to abandon further reforms if international attention fades. Let’s tell the Maldives that it stands to lose its reputation as a romantic tourist hot spot unless it changes its attitudes to and laws about women.
If enough of us raise our voices, we can get President Waheed and his MPs to face down the extremists. The president is already on the back foot over this shameful, tragic story – let’s seize this moment to prevent more horrifying injustices against girls and women. Sign the petition, then send this email widely:
Avaaz members have fought many battles in the global war on women. In Afghanistan, we helped protect a young woman who bravely spoke out about her horrific rape; in Honduras, we fought alongside local women against a law that would jail women using the morning-after pill. Let’s now protect the women of the Maldives.
With hope and determination,
Jeremy, Mary, Nick, Alex, Ricken, Laura, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team
Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex (BBC)
Maldives government to appeal flogging of rape victim (Dawn, Pakistan)
Rape victims punished, failed by Maldives justice system (Minivan news, Maldives)
Judicial statistics show 90 percent of those convicted for fornication are female (Minivan news, Maldives)
At the age of 71, Reg Presley, lead singer of The Troggs, has died.
He died at home, just over a year after announcing that he had lung cancer and was calling a halt to performing with the band. This, after 40 years of touring. He had also suffered a number of strokes in recent times.
Reg will be remembered for his performances with 60′s band, The Troggs, with whom he had a string of hits. They contributed much to the soundtrack of my early years seemingly always on the radio and with many appearances on TV. Black and white of course. Their most famous hit was with “Wild Thing”, but they also had success with others such as “Love is All Around”, “I Can’t Control Myself” and “With a Girl Like You”. The Troggs released many singles over the period from 1966 through to 1993 though none were to be as successful as “Wild Thing” which was re-released in various forms including a reggae version.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Reg will be missed but not forgotten. He has, along with the band, left a glorious legacy.
It has been reported that Patty Andrews has died at the age of 94.
The Andrews Sisters close harmonies have given, and continue to give great pleasure whenever I hear them singing. Dated they may be but the songs always make me smile. Here are a couple of tunes to remind you and as a tribute to Patty and the gang.
Well done Tyler for keeping calm and alerting the police and neighbours to the fact that his house was being burgled.
11 year old Tylers calm actions have resulted in the arrest, 10 minutes later, of a suspect who had picked his way through kids Christmas presents and his mums jewelry.
Tyler you are brilliant.