Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

Rock n Roll Trivia


Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses was born William Bruce Rose Jnr but Senior his father left when he was two-years-old and his mother remarried. Rose grew up with his stepfather’s name, Bailey, not knowing of the existence of his biological father. He was a teenager when he learned of his bio father but never met him. He did however adopt the name Rose. After moving to Los Angeles, he started a band called AXL. A friend suggested he adopt that name for himself, which he did, changing his name legally to W. Axl Rose just prior to Guns N' Roses signing their recording contract in 1986. The question is: did the fact that Axl Rose is an anagram for Oral Sex play a role in the name change? He has never said and there is no indication on the net. 

The only guy in ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard is drummer Frank Beard. 

Freddie Mercury, real name Farrokh Bulsara, spent his final months at his home before his death from HIV-related bronchopneumonia in 1991. He was 45. Mercury’s fans would paste messages on the brick wall at the front of the £20million home Kensington and on the door. His partner Mary became sick of cleaning the wall and door. She had the tribute wall cleaned, painted the lodge’s famous green door black, put perspex over it and added signs warning of CCTV surveillance cameras. She also added a warning that “Graffiti is a crime”. 



The house, Garden Lodge, has long been a place for Queen fans to visit because the singer's actual resting place remains unknown. 

Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit, I Write the Songs, wasn’t written by him. 

Before recording "That's All Right, Mama," Elvis auditioned to be a singer in a local band in Memphis and was told by the bandleader, "Stick to driving a truck because you'll never make it as a singer!" 

At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa. 

Bill Wyman & teenbride Mandy Smith 

Stephen Wyman and Patsy Smith. 

Cass Elliot (Mama Cass of The Mamas & Papas) and Keith Moon of The Who died in the apartment of the same singer/songwriter: Harry Nilsson. 

Mama Cass 

Keith Moon 

Harry Nilsson

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

Paraprosdokians (new ones)

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Sent to me by both Graham E and  John W P, thanks guys . . .

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A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected and oft times very humorous.

• If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.

• I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.

• Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

• Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

• I'm great at multi-tasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

• If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

• Take my advice — I'm not using it.

• My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.

• Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.

• Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

• Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

• Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.

• He who laughs last thinks slowest.

• Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?

• I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

• Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

• I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.

• If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

• Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep

• If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

News item:

2 days ago:

Meghan Markle’s nephew has announced details of the special strain of cannabis he has created to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding. Tyler Dooley grows cannabis in Oregon, US – which has been legal in the American state since 2015 – and previously announced that he would be developing a new potent hybrid named Markle’s Sparkle.  Now, days before Markle is due to marry Prince Harry, details of the drug’s price, flavour and effects have been released on Leaf Buyer – an online cannabis dispensary database.In an online description of Markle Sparkle, the website says: “Noble families often inspire their country persons to craft and dedicate products to them.  For a Royal baby, a royal cheddar. For a Royal wedding, a royal weed. Markle Sparkle is a cannabis strain dedicated to the soon-to-be British Royal Meghan Markle.”

After the Wedding . . .


After the wedding – some comments . . . 

Those watching the ABC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding of Harkle will have heard a reference to Queensland gifting Elizabeth and Phillip 500 tins of pineapple when they wed in 1947. Still, it’s not as bizarre as it sounds. Britain was still experiencing food shortages after the end of WW2 and food rationing was still in effect. The gift was distributed by the Palace to schools and hospitals. 

The wedding gift being unloaded in London off the SS New Zealand Star, wrapped austerely in shipping packaging. Queensland didn't just offer up tinned fruit, with the official gift from the Brisbane City Council being a rare pendant of eight black Lightning Ridge opals and matching earrings, chosen to suit the then princess' fair complexion. A cigarette box of Queensland maple was presented to Prince Phillip. Along with silverware, the Commonwealth of Australia also sent over a wedding cake from the Country Women’s Association and icing sugar from a Queensland resident. 

Pamela Hicks, daughter of Lord Mountbatten (the last governor general of India), writing in The Telegraph about the impending marriage of Elizabeth and Phillip: 

“Before we left for the wedding, my parents saw Mahatma Gandhi… and he told my father, ‘I wanted to give princess Elizabeth a present but I have given all my possessions away.’ My father however, knew he still had his spinning wheel and he told Gandhi, ‘If a cloth could be made from the yarn you have spun, that would be like receiving the Crown Jewels.’ And so this was done and we took this present to Britain for the wedding, but Queen Mary [the present queen’s grandmother] wrongly thought it was a loincloth and that it was a most ‘indelicate’ gift.” 

American photographer Margaret Bourke-White's iconic image of Mahatma Gandhi with his spinning wheel and loincloth. 

Oz PM Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Oz’s wedding present to Harkle is a financial donation of $10,000 to the charity organising the Invictus Games, plus a pair of iconic Akubra hats. They will be given their Akubras when they visit Sydney for the Invictus Games in October. 

Some Akubra wearers

On one occasion that Prince Charles visited Australia, he attended a function at Wagga Wagga where he was met by various dignitaries, including the Mayor of Wagga Wagga. Whilst having a cocktail, the Mayor said to the Prince “Your Highness, it’s quite a hot day and yet you have chosen an unusual style of headwear, a fur cap. Isn’t that quite hot and uncomfortable?” The Prince replied “Well, yes, it is actually, but it was Mummy’s idea.” “I’m sorry, Her Majesty told you to wear it?" said the Mayor. “Oh, yes,” replied Charles. “I spoke to her by telephone this morning. She asked me what I was doing today and I told her I was attending a reception at Wagga Wagga. She said ‘Wear the fox hat.’ “ 

Message from Leo M: 

Prince Harry's Bachelor Party - Quote of the Day: 

"It's gotta be weird stuffing money into a stripper's G string when every bill has a photo of your grandmother printed on it." 

Those watching the ABC coverage would also have seen a brief bio on Harry, including a reference to the nude romp in Vegas. In this case what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas because someone had a phone camera: 

Having served two tours in Afghanistan, Apache helicopter pilot Cpt. Henry Wales of the Army Air Corps’ Blues and Royals regiment, as he’s known in the British military, was supported by his brothers (and presumably sisters) in arms. The "Support Prince Harry with a Naked Salute" was initiated by former British Army soldier Jordan Wylie on August 24, one day after the naked shots of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas leaked online. [Facebook via "Support Prince Harry with a Naked Salute"] 


At the end of the wedding ceremony, everyone sang God Save the Queen, except the Queen, she wasn’t singing. 

Shouldn’t she also sing? . . . 

God save our gracious me 
Long live our noble me 
God save me-ee 
Send me victorious 
Happy and glorious 
Long to reign over youse 
God-od save me--ee