HAPPY MAY DAY 2017!

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017! 

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May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!

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May Day is a holiday of traditional festivities celebrating springtime fertility. May Day celebrations usually include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the Feast of Beltane.

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Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo!

The Dude:
It’s all a goddamn fake, man!
It’s like Lenin said: You look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh, you know…

Donny:
“I am the walrus”?

The Dude:
You know what I’m trying to say?

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That’s ex– SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!
V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

Donny:
(to The Dude)
What the f*ck is he talking about?

May Day is an international public holiday celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day” around the world.

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In 1904 the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The date was chosen for “International Workers’ Day” to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on May 4, 1886. May Day has always been a day for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International.

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May Day is one of the most important holidays in the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and Russia. May Day celebrations usually include large parades with displays of military strength.

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“The Chinaman is not the issue here!”

 

From GoHawaii.com:
It’s also Lei Day in Hawaii today!
Hawaiian floral leis are made by braiding seasonal flowers and ferns together.

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Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei

 



 

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I’ve Been Everywhere Man!

I’ve Been Everywhere Man!
And now for a little traveling music…

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Hank Snow “I’ve Been Everywhere!” (1962) produced by Chet Atkins
performed on the National Life “Grand Ole Opry” in 1965:

“I’ve been everywhere, man/I’ve been everywhere, man/
Crossed the deserts bare, man/I’ve breathed the mountain air, man/
Travel, I’ve had my share, man/I’ve been everywhere!”

I’ve Been Everywhere is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959 and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. The song as originally written listed Australian towns. Original singer Lucky Starr released an EP called “Lucky’s Been Everywhere” that contained four different versions: United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The North American version (with cities in United States and Canada) was sung by Canadian Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow RIP (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999 and he became an American citizen in 1958), “I’ve Been Everywhere” was a number-one country hit in 1962 for “The Singing Ranger”. It was also sung by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English and Scottish cities in 1963 and by John Hore (later known as John Grenell) with New Zealand cities in 1966.

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Hank Snow & The Rainbow Ranch Boys: Chubby Wise, Kayton Roberts, Bobby Wright and Jimm Widener

Hank Snow was a gifted songwriter and was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame in 1979. In Canada, he was voted the top country music performer ten times and inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985. A victim of child abuse, he established the Hank Snow International Foundation For Prevention Of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1976.

NOTE: In 1954 Hank Snow persuaded the directors of the Grand Ole Opry to allow a young Elvis Presley to appear on stage. Snow used Elvis as his opening act and introduced him to Colonel Tom Parker. In August 1955, Snow and Parker formed the management team Hank Snow Attractions and signed a contract with Presley but soon Snow was out and Parker had control of Elvis.

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Hank Snow backstage at the Grand Ole Opry – Nashville 1978

Geoff Mack rewrote the song using an atlas supplied to him by his music publisher. Most of the cities in the U.S. version are located in North America, but two are in Central America (Costa Rica and Panama) and three in South America (Barranquilla, Tocopilla, and Argentina):

First verse
Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma, Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo, Tocopilla, Barranquilla and Padilla.
Second verse
Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana, Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa, Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake, Grand Lake, Devils Lake and Crater Lake.
Third verse
Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika, Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica, Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport, Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport, Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina, Pasadena and Catalina.
Fourth verse
Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado, Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chatanika, Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika, Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Sioux City, Cedar City and Dodge City.

The song was covered (and adapted for other countries) by many other artists over the years and most notably the U.S. version was recorded by Johnny Cash for his Grammy winning “Unchained” (Best Country Album) in 1996.

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“Unchained” produced by Rick Rubin

Johnny Cash “I’ve Been Everywhere”

 

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Extra-Credit:
Hank Snow sings “City of New Orleans”

“Good morning America how are ya
Say, don’t you know me, I’m your native son
I’m a train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done…”


 

William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright, actor-Died April 23, 1616

William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright & actor
A great writer and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist
England’s national poet aka the “Bard of Avon”
Died April 23, 1616

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
~William Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’

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The playwright was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Warwickshire market town, and returned there when he retired.

  • Born in 1564, and the earliest record of his writing dates from 1592
  • Wrote around 38 full plays (including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth), 154 sonnets and other works.
  • Words including “assassination”, “addiction”, “generous” and “bedroom” had their first recorded uses in his plays
  • Introduced phrases like “elbow room”, “heart of gold” and “tower of strength” to the English language
  • Acted as well as wrote, and owned a share in the original Globe theatre
  • Died on 23 April 1616, aged 52

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Greg Bell as Shakespeare at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura 1985

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company (original members) performed “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet” on the Caravanserie Stage at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Novato, California 1984-87

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Jess, Adam & Daniel – The Reduced Shakespeare Company Original Members

When we were in college in Santa Cruz we worked for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Performing Arts Department and the Living History Centre (the producers of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire & Dickens’ Christmas Fair) in Black Point, Novato, California.

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Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1984

“And, most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy.”
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 4, Sc 2

In 1989, we traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England as a consultant to Homer “Murph” Swander’s “Theatre in England” (associated with UC Santa Barbara).

We saw 13 plays in 3 weeks at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theaters in Stratford, and at The Pit, the National and Barbican in London. We saw Mark Rylance perform the title role of “Hamlet” in pajamas in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the role of Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet” in The Swan Theatre. We also saw “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “Cymbeline”, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and many other non-Shakespearean classical performances. We even saw Dustin Hoffman perform Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” in London (his first time doing Shakespeare on stage).

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Mark Rylance as the title character in the RSC’s “Hamlet” 1989

NOTE: While in Stratford-upon-Avon, we had the pleasure to meet and drink with many of the RSC actors after the performances at the Falcon Hotel Bar across the street from the theatre. In addition, some of the RSC actors spoke, performed and answered questions at scheduled daytime meetings of our travel group. We also toured Broughton Castle.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival:

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Allen Elizabethan Theatre’s Stage

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Past OSF Performances we’ve attended (only a partial list of course):

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37 Plays! How many have you read? How many have you seen?

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Shakespeare Doodles (thanks http://www.goodticklebrain.com)

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Some Shakespeare Infographics:

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Some Shakespeare Insults:

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Some Shakespeare Humor:

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Shakespeare is buried in the cemetery at the Church of the Trinity in Stratford.

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Church of the Trinity – Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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Up Periscope! My Current Obsession!

Up Periscope! See the world through other people’s eyes!

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Times Square with Vicki Winters @mybigfatmouth

If you’ve been following my Blog you know that I’m currently obsessed with the Periscope App. And why shouldn’t I be? Yesterday in addition to the usual suspects I scope, I watched Vicki Winters (@mybigfatmouth) cruising Times Square in New York City; Anika (@LiterallyAnika) on Go-Pro Gyro-coptering above Dubai and then onboard a party yacht at the Dubai Boat Show; The Who performing LIVE in concert from the sixth row in Toronto, Canada (Thanks @Concertaholics); Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE rehearsing in the studio in West Hollywood, California (@Jay_Rosado_215) and then Sunrise at Stonehenge from inside the circle on the Salisbury Plain in England (Thanks Dan Snow @thehistoryguy) with a handheld and a DRONE CAMERA! Here are some screenshots:

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Gyro-copter Take Off in Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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Gyro-copter Flying Over Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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Onboard a Party Yacht at the Dubai Boat Show with @LiterallyAnika

There’s a 12 hour difference between Los Angeles and Dubai, so Vicki was on in the morning and Anika was on in the afternoon. Then later on in the evening around 6pm Pacific Standard Time The Who LIVE from Toronto!

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertaholics

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertaholics

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The Who LIVE in Concert in Toronto, Canada with @Concertholics

Later on at night, Jay was “slappin’ the bass” in rehearsals with Ms. Lauryn Hill and scoping from the studio. He is a really great musician and they were jammin’!

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@Jay_Rosado_215 with Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE in Studio in West Hollywood

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Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE in Studio in West Hollywood with @Jay_Rosado_215

The Piece-de-Resistance was a Sunrise Scope from Stonehenge, handheld from inside the stone circle (very rare) and a second drone camera airborne along with Q&A from an expert on the World Heritage Site:

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Sunrise at Stonehenge! Thanks Dan Snow! @thehistoryguy

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Sunrise at Stonehenge! Drone Camera! @thehistoryguy

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REPLAY: John Németh “Memphis Grease” Blues LIVE in Pasadena on Periscope:
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It’s National Scotch Day! Have a drink.

Today is National Scotch Day! Have a drink.

National Scotch Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Scotch Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

From Wikipedia: Scotch whiskey, often simply called Scotch, is malt whiskey or grain whiskey made in Scotland. Scotch whiskey must be made in a manner specified by law.

All Scotch whiskey was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whiskey made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whiskey is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whiskey, single grain Scotch whiskey, blended malt Scotch whiskey (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whiskey, and blended Scotch whiskey.

All Scotch whiskey must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years and one day. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whiskey, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whiskey with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whiskey.

As of 23 November 2009, the Scotch Whiskey Regulations 2009 (SWR) define and regulate the production, labelling, packaging as well as the advertising of Scotch whiskey in the United Kingdom. They replace previous regulations that focused solely on production. International trade agreements have the effect of making some provisions of the SWR apply in various other countries as well as in the UK. The SWR define “Scotch whiskey” as whiskey that is:

  • Produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added) all of which have been:
    • Processed at that distillery into a mash
    • Converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems
    • Fermented at that distillery only by adding yeast
    • Distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8% (190 US proof)
  • Wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres (185 US gal; 154 imp gal) for at least three years
  • Retaining the colour, aroma, and taste of the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production and maturation
  • Containing no added substances, other than water and plain (E150A) caramel colouring
  • Comprising a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40% (80 US proof)
National Scotch Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Scotch Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Make mine a single malt neat. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Make mine a single malt neat. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Bunnahabhain - Islay Single Malt Scotch aged 12 years

Bunnahabhain – Islay Single Malt Scotch aged 12 years

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s (Three-Penny) Tavern in Ashland Oregon

“Welcome Adventurers!”

The sign above the front door welcomes you to a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” meets renaissance faire meets an English Pub themed bar and restaurant on the Plaza in downtown Ashland.

Last time I was in Ashland, in October, Oberon’s had just opened, and I only stuck my head in and looked around. So Thursday night, I decided to check the place out while the theatre crowd was busy watching the evening performances.

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Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern in Ashland Oregon – “Welcome Adventurers!”

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

The Front Room has a curved bar and elevated rectangle stage near the front door, with live music performed most nights.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – The Front Room and Bar (the stage is on the right)

The eclectic decor attracts eclectic people. The crowd in the Front Room was mostly local “regulars”. There are trees indoors, twinkle lights, Shakespearian iambic pentameter engraved on the bar, books for reading left on bar tables, and friendly bartenders in cut-off leather vests with overflowing midriffs (muffin tops) serving food & drink!

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Iambic pentameter engraved on the bar!

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – fancy reading material on the bar tables

They have a good selection of beer and ale on tap, and a full bar with a few nice whiskeys. I settled on a Stone IPA (after tasting a dark microbrew) and ordered an English banger off the menu. An Oregon Shakespeare Festival Playbill was on the bar for public reading.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Stone IPA and the OSF Playbill at the bar

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon - English Banger & Stone IPA

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – English Banger w/cheese garnish & Stone IPA

They have a full menu of English pub fare and fancy entrees and are open for lunch and dinner. There are tables for dining in the middle room and a game room in the back.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – hallway to the Dining Area & Game Room in the back

In the back is a Game Room, also for dining, with funky stuff on the walls and games available to patrons.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room Decor

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Games available to patrons

Live Entertainment on the corner stage next to the Front Door provides a close-up experience anywhere in the Front Room and the entrance and bar area gets crowded when there’s a good act. Mostly local performers play here for money, some you might see busking on the streets of Ashland later. One night it was a solo-guitarist playing folk rock, another night it was a duo with a guy in a “Robin Hood” outfit on guitar and a woman in period costume with a Celtic drum playing Renaissance music together. There is usually a hat or can for “tips” on the stage.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Live Entertainment on stage nightly

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Front Room looking at stage & front door (bar on right)

They also have service on the outdoor back patio and street during the day on Guanajuato Lane with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Back Patio on Guanajuato Lane and Ashland Creek

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

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Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern – 45 N Main St, Ashland, OR 97520 (541) 482-2316 http://www.oberonstavern.com

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THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE by George Formby Jr. OBE

THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE by George Formby Jr. OBE

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I’ve got a feeling it’s my lucky day, send me fellers I’m on my way,

Going right up to the top of the tree, so come right in and have a drink with me.

Won’t be long till I make my pile, then I’ll live in the grandest style.

You’ll be a Cotton King? 

No sir! I’ll be the Emperor Of Lancashire.

I’ll have a retinue ten miles long, and an army ten million strong.

Big white elephants, by the score, and a fleet at anchor off the Wigan shore.

Don’t you recognise who I am? You’ve got to give me a big salaam. 

Got to end with a vote of thanks, to the Emperor Of Lancs.

Bow down everyone here I come! Bang that cymbal and hit that drum!

Bow down everyone! Yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire.

Who’s this gentleman flashing dough?

Is he somebody we should know?

Is he somebody? Whoa sir! I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.

Who’s this gentleman talking loud?

Is he one of the usual crowd?

Who’s this gentleman? La-Dee-Dah! I’m the Emperor Of Lancashaw.

Don’t you recognize who you’ve seen? He’s the boss of the whole chabine.

He’s the fellow who broke the bank.

That’s me, I’m the Emperor of Lancs.

Who’s that fellow they’re crowding round?

Who’s that sucker the boys have found?

Who’s that sucker? My dear sir….I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.

I’m going back to my native town, with my millions I’ll knock ’em down.

I’ll have everything in my power and I’ll build a palace on the Blackpool tower.

On my birthday the crowds will cheer, all the fountains will flow with beer.

Blackpool wakes will run all year…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE!

I’ll hold a banquet for fifty score, tripe and onions and whelks galore.

Stewed pigs trotters and mutton shanks…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCS.

Bow down everyone, here I come, bang that cymbal and hit that drum.

Bow down everyone, yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire!

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Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancashire is sometimes referred to by the abbreviation Lancs, as originally used by the Royal Mail. The population of the ceremonial county is 1,449,300. People from the county are known as Lancastrians.

Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancashire is sometimes referred to by the abbreviation Lancs, as originally used by the Royal Mail. The population of the ceremonial county is 1,449,300. People from the county are known as Lancastrians.

Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and by the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.

George Formby Jr., OBE 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961

George Formby Jr., OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961) entertaining the troops in France during World War II

George Formby Jr., OBE (born George Hoy Booth)  26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961

British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films in the 1930s and 1940s. He sang comical songs and played a banjolele. He was popular on stage, screen and records, and became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer at the time. During the Second World War Formby worked extensively for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), and entertained civilians and troops; by 1946 it was estimated that he had performed in front of three million service personnel.

Bow Down Everyone, Yes Sir!  For the Emperor of Lancashire!

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Alien Warning Message: the voice of Gramaha from the Asta Galactic Command

Alien Warning Message Broadcast Live on TV!

On 26 Nov 1977 at 5:12 p.m, a strange unknown voice spoke slowly and deliberately, with a strange inward authority and British accent, calm, serene, never scolding as it overrode, took over, or super-modulated the TV signals from five transmitters that were monitored by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in England. IBA did not detect the intrusion. The message overrode a scheduled newscast read by Ivor Mills on Southern ITV, England and was heard by listeners as far away as Andover, London, Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Southhampton, and Winchester.

“This is the voice of Gramaha, the Representative of the Asta Galactic Command speaking to you:

For many years now you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet earth. We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your worlds so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disasters which threaten your worlds and the beings on our worlds around you.

This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The new age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.

Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. For many years your scientists, governments and generals have not heeded our warnings; they have continued to experiment with the evil forces of what you call nuclear energy. Atomic bombs can destroy the earth and the beings of your sister worlds, in a moment.

The wastes from atomic power systems will poison your planet for many thousands of your years to come. We, who have followed the path of evolution for far longer than you, have long since realized this — that atomic energy is always directed against life. It has no peaceful application. Its use, and research into its use, must be ceased at once, or you all risk destruction. All weapons of evil must be removed.

The time of conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the highest planes of evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this.

You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill. Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning new age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.

Hear now the voice of Gramaha, the representative of the Asta Galactic Command speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating on your world. They will suck your energy from you — the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends giving you worthless dross in return.

Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within, that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you, and you will lead yourselves on to the path of evolution.

This is our message to you our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your earth than your scientists admit. We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light, and will do all we can to help you.

Have no fears, seek only to know yourselves and live in harmony with the ways of your planet earth. We of the Asta Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the planes of your existence.

May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the Cosmos.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Television_broadcast_interruption

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Another answer: Places to stay for Anaheim Convention Centre? Places to stay in L.A., preferably with a pool?

NOTE: This was a question with a very particular requirement, but the information in the answer can be helpful to anyone visiting Los Angeles or Anaheim!

Q: Best places to stay for Star Wars 2015 Anaheim Convention Centre? 

Q: Looking for suggestions of places to stay in L.A., preferably with a pool?

“My son is travelling to California (from Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom) in April 2015 to attend the Star Wars Convention. He and his friends are arriving into LAX around 4 April and leaving the day after the convention on 20 April – the convention runs from 16-19 April….Rather than being stuck out at the convention centre, however, it seems that it takes 2 hours and many changes on public transport to get to convention centre area from Long Beach which is too long. Due to ages of travellers (16-22) hiring a car is probably going to be a no no! Could maybe consider staying in LA for the first part and moving to a hotel near the convention centre for the 2nd part. I’m sure a trip to Disneyland will be on the cards too. My son is blind and has some mobility issues so its useful to bear that in mind. Any info on places/areas to stay and getting around would be very appreciated. Thanks, Emma” ~ Emma T., Jersey, United Kingdom

LAX - Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LAX – Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A: Special Needs Travelers shouldn’t worry about visiting Los Angeles or Anaheim. It just takes proper planning and a good companion. Your son’s blindness and mobility issues shouldn’t prevent him from having a great time in California.

Pico Medical Supply – 6035 W Pico Blvd, L.A., CA 90035 (323) 936-4104 http://www.picomedical.com  If you need a wheelchair (electric or standard), they have the best rental rates. They can also supply other mobility and special needs equipment.

Braille Institute Of America is a good resource if you need information about Los Angeles for the blind. (it’s FREE!) 741 N Vermont Ave, L.A., CA 90029 (323) 663-1111 email: la@brailleinstitute.org http://www.brailleinstitute.org/los-angeles-home-page.html 

Los Angeles Visitor Info: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com

City of Los Angeles Dept on Disability: http://disability.lacity.org

LAX has a Guide for Individuals with Disabilities and provides transportation from gate to curb for Special Needs Travelers 310-337-5005 http://www.lawa.aero

4 April – Arrive LAX Los Angeles International

Free Shuttle to Custom Hotel from LAX, they have accessible rooms if required, and there are places to eat and shop within one block of the hotel. Custom Hotel: 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 jdvhotels.com (310) 645-0400

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Taxi or use Lyft or Uber car service. The Bus Stop is one block away. Journey up Lincoln Blvd to Marina Del Rey, Venice Beach and Santa Monica. (see my other answers for things to do) Culver City has lots of restaurants and things to do as well.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (“the Metro”): Metro Bus & Rail http://www.metro.net – http://www.metro.net/riding/riders-disabilities

Metro strives to ensure that its services (over 200 bus & rail routes) are fully accessible to those with disabilities. To assist those with visual impairments, Metro provides Braille-encoded and large type “Metro Flash Cards” for signaling the correct bus. For information please call 213.922.7023.

Metro is also the primary funding source for Access Services Incorporated, the federally-required ADA paratransit service. This service is offered to individuals whose disabilities prevent them from independently using regular bus or rail service. It’s comparable to fixed-route service and offers 24-hours curb-to-curb service. For information, call Access Services Incorporated at 1.800.827.0829

8 April – 14 April: 6 more days to relocate to another hotel and explore other areas of the city (Hollywood or Downtown L.A. are two good options for destinations, see previous Blogs for details and answers)

Transportation from Los Angeles to Anaheim: Greyhound goes from Union Station via Downtown L.A. to Anaheim for under $20.

Greyhound Bus Lines 1716 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (213) 629-8401 http://www.greyhound.com

14 April – 15 April Disneyland & California Adventure

16 April – 19 April Anaheim Convention Center

Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott and the Disneyland Hotel are good choices and close to the Convention Center and Disneyland

Disneyland Guest Services: 714-781-4565 https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/  Visit the website for “Guests with Disability” info and downloadable guides to the park and services.

Disneyland Fireworks!

Disneyland Fireworks!

Transportation from Anaheim to LAX: return to Union Station via Greyhound and then take the Metro train direct to LAX.

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ADA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008

An Act To restore the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board shall issue minimum guidelines that shall supplement the existing Minimum Guidelines and Requirements for Accessible Design….supplemental guidelines issued under subsection (a) of this section shall establish additional requirements, consistent with this chapter, to ensure that buildings, facilities, rail passenger cars, and vehicles are accessible, in terms of architecture and design, transportation, and communication, to individuals with disabilities.

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SNG CERTIFIED ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL ADVOCATE

SNG CERTIFIED ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL ADVOCATE

Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day! (and it’s also National Donut Day)

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day! Normandy, France – June 6, 1944

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It’s D-Day! Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy!

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Operation Overlord was the name assigned to the invasion of the Continent. The Normandy landing was the first phase, codenamed Operation Neptune, and the amphibious attack was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe, the establishment of a beachhead on the European continent, and it eventually led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.

Map of Normandy Invasion Area

D-Day! A Military Map of the Normandy Invasion Area in France

Remember the Veterans of all our wars today.  

D-Day! View from inside a landing craft.

D-Day! Omaha Beach – June 6th, 1944 – View from inside a landing craft.

USA! The United States of America!

USA! The United States of America!

At Omaha Beach, part of the Mulberry Harbour B is still visible in the sea at Arromanches, a few beach obstacles remain, and the Longues-sur-Mer battery is nearby. A memorial to the American National Guard sits at the location of a former German strongpoint. Pointe du Hoc is little changed from 1944, with the terrain covered with bomb craters and most of the concrete bunkers still in place. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is in Colleville-sur-Mer. Museums are located at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and Sainte-Mère-Église. Two German military cemeteries are also located nearby. The Juno Beach Centre, opened in 2003, was funded by the Canadian federal and provincial governments, France, and Canadian veterans. Pegasus Bridge, a target of the British 6th Airborne, was the site of some of the earliest action of the Normandy landings. The bridge was replaced in 1994 by one similar in appearance, and the original is now housed on the grounds of a nearby museum complex.

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

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It’s also National Donut Day!

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The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

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Randy's Donuts - a Los Angeles Landmark

Randy’s Donuts – a Los Angeles Landmark