>Happy Birthday

>Happy Birthday

Born on this day

1674 Jethro Tull
1853 Vincent Van Gogh
1930 Rolf Harris
1937 Warren Beatty
1940 Astrid Gilberto
1945 Eric Clapton
1949 Sue Book
1968 Celine Dion

Oh, and one other person

General Events

1842 The first surgical operation using an anaesthetic was performed by Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson, Georgia to remove a cyst from the neck of James Venable.

1858 Pencils with attached erasers were first patented by Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, USA.

1867 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. The 375 million-acre territory worked out at less than 2 cents an acre.

1978 The Conservative Party called in the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi to give their image and that of new leader Margaret Thatcher a face-lift.

1979 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

1989 British Airways launched an investigation into how a Boeing 747 had been travelling back and forth across the Atlantic for 3 months carrying a stick of gelignite which police had forgotten to remove after a training exercise.

>I Don’t Like Mondays

>Well certainly not true about Monday 29th March 2010. It was a great day for me- not cycling related. Indeed, I’ve not been near my bike. I was on a course instead of work today. I was doing the first day of a two day MS Access course – learning me how to use the database software. Monday evening I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see The Specials in concert in aid of the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. They were absolutely fabulous.

For 90 minutes or so, it was 1981 again, the beer belly was smaller, there was a message to Rudy. It was all too much too young. It was a master class from a great band. Even Terry Hall managed to make light of his miserable nature. Could the night get better? It certainly could…..

The Play List

One of the group I was with happened to be a Nottingham Forest fan. He seemed to stop smiling when I showed him the text that said Shola Ameobi had scored for the Toon in the big game tonight. The lack of smiles on his face was only matched by the smile on my face when I got texts from Tom, John and Peter telling me Jose Enrique had made it two nil to the Toon.

The result means that if Newcastle win on Saturday and Nottingham Forest lose at Bristol City, we will be promoted back to the Premiership. Get that champagne on ice – if not Saturday, then surely at home to Sheffield United on Monday.

What a fantastic day

Oh and just to make it an even better day, my boss gave me $100 towards the sponsorship target and others at work contributed another $50 this weekend. Thanks to you all – I’m getting nearer that target.