Recent Posts by Koby Gould

….AND ANOTHER TEENAGE SUICIDE…PARENTS MUST RAISE THEIR AWARENESS

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Another heartbreaking teenage suicide:   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/24/teenage-audi-mechanic-committed-suicide-colleagues-set-fire/   ...and still there is so much misunderstanding and mind boggling ignorance about depression! There are still people out there who believe that people who die from the mental illness, depression, are selfish, selfish for dying and leaving their loved ones brokenhearted!   ALL PARENTS MUST TAKE NOTE! In this case, depression was clearly not ...

YOM HA’SHOAH (HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY) 2017: MY THOUGHTS

  http://http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-allies-could-have-saved-4-million-jews-if-theyd-bombed-death-camps-in-1942/     I'm not a fan of Bibi and his speech last night (see link above) did border on political self-promotion but, on the whole, he spoke well and the points he made were valid - quite what the UN knew in 1942, what could have been done etc., I don't know but it's not relevant in ...

DON RICKLES, RIP

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I am gutted!! Don was one of the greatest, funniest comedians of all time, part of the fabric of the golden age of Hollywood, TV, music, of THE entertainment era, one of the VERY few who were allowed, authorised by the Chairman himself, to make fun of Frank Sinatra:   "It's all over, Frank, I know you ...

ROBERT OSBORNE, 1932-2017, RENOWNED, REVERED AND MUCH LOVED MOVIE HISTORIAN, EDUCATOR, EVANGELIST

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"I think we have to have dreams...we need a little Carmen Miranda with all her tutti frutti hats. And we need some Fred and Ginger dancing. We need Gene Kelly hanging off that lamppost. We need to be taken into a fantasy world, and not be afraid to go there occasionally."     Robert Osborne was  -  is ...

‘Psycho’ (1960)

I’m working my way through Hitchcock’s movies….     I watched ‘Rebecca’ a year or two ago, it’s a fav of mine, of course....Mrs. Danvers, horrifyingly played by Judith Anderson, Maxim, the legend Laurence Olivier, Jack Favell, portrayed by the wonderful George Sanders…     I watched ‘North By Northwest’ last week, fantastic! Cary Grant is off-the-scale wonderful, Eva Marie Saint ...

‘NORTH BY NORTHWEST’ (1959)

(BEWARE, SPOILERS!)     Last week, I watched, for the, yes, shock, horror, first time, ‘North By Northwest’ (1959), one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces.     Of course, as is well known, Hitchcock not being awarded a ‘Best Director’ Oscar in relation to any of his movies is one of THE Academy Awards travesties (of which, we know, there are many!).     Hitchcock was ...

‘THE CROWN’ (2016), NETFLIX TV-SERIES (1): OUTSTANDING!!

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Last week, I finished watching Series 1 of The Netflix production, ‘The Crown’. Some days earlier, I was trawling through the Netflix website when I happened across ‘The Crown’ and casually pressed ‘Play’. As the name of the drama suggests, this is a show which throws a spotlight on the Windsors, the British and Commonwealth ...

‘THE CROWN’ (2016), Ep. 9: JOHN LITHGOW’S CHURCHILL – SPELLBINDING!

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I’ve just watched Ep. 9 of 'The Crown' (Churchill's portrait sitting and retirement and The Queen and Prince Philip's 'difficulties).     The acting is superb across the board but John Lithgow steals the show. His portrayal of Churchill is spellbinding, mesmerising and impeccable - the depths to which John Lithgow is able to delve in exposing the ...

‘THE CROWN’ (2016), Episode 7

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I’ve just watched Ep. 7 of 'The Crown': The Queen giving Churchill a dressing down - THE most brilliant scene in any TV drama that I can remember watching.     John Lithgow's acting is staggering.     Claire Foy's portrayal of The Queen, just as it is in every episode, is glorious...so vulnerable, sweet and sensitive and yet so strong, ...

MOZART’S ‘REQUIEM’, PERFECT MUSIC TO DIE TO…?

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Listening to Mozart's Requiem, I could almost believe again that there is a god or something supernatural, something 'not of this world' - this music isn't 'normal' and one gets a sense that Mozart was 'somewhere else' when he composed this (everything he composed, for that matter).     Mozart's Requiem, the perfect piece of music to die ...

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 65 YEARS ON THE THRONE – MY PERSONAL TRIBUTE:

I have just watched Ep. 5 of Netflix’s breathtaking, magnificent production, The Crown’ – This episode is entitled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ but it could just as easily, though less cryptically, have been titled, ‘The Coronation’.     What an accomplishment, to so successfully convey the awesomeness, the weightiness, the power, the 'Heavenly Godliness' of the Ceremony....an incredible achievement ...

GEORGE MICHAEL, RIP

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Although I always worried that George Michael would pass away at a young age, I'm still in shock at the devastating, heartbreaking, tragic news.     This is a 'Michael Jackson moment' though, personally, the news has hit me harder. He was  -  IS  -  one of my favourite musicians...in my humble opinion, he was, literally, a genius. ...

LUCY AHARISH: ALEPPO – “DO WE REALLY NEED A REMINDER”?

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A 'MUST WATCH' vid!!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAj25-XaGeA   Lucy Aharish nails it - what today's Syria tells us about the state of humanity, how it reflects the abject, selfish, impotence of world 'leaders' and the UN, the indelible stain of shameful disgrace on the reputation of today's 'leaders' and the UN, particularly in view of the warnings of the past ...

ANOTHER TRAGEDY: WE MUST ALL RAISE AWARENESS OF DEPRESSION

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….and another….and another….and another, this time, a 49 year old, intelligent, artistic/creative, successful, admired, respected, loved and adored, husband, father, son….the list goes on, of course…close friend, another victim of the horrible, cruel illness - yes, illness - clinical depression, as much an illness and often, as in this latest tragic case, terminal, as cancer.     I ...

A WINDOW INTO ALICE HERZ-SOMMER’S BEAUTIFUL SOUL

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I'm not sure if this blog belongs in the 'LIFE' category or the 'MUSIC' category...so I have put it in both:     I saw this about 3 years ago.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxO3M6rAPw     Alice: what a special lady!     What Alice says, how she says it, what Alice feels and how she expresses what she feels, the look on her face, the depth, her ...

BELIEF IN (A THEISTIC) GOD IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH RATIONALE

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It’s impossible to have a rational debate with someone who invokes the ‘word of God*’. Faith and rationale are not compatible.     Read this:     http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-settler-leader-fires-are-divine-punishment-for-planned-settlement-uproot/     We know (and, by the way, I’m Jewish and I made Aliyah - moved to Israel - in 2012), we know that there are thousands of 'settlers' who share Rabbi Levanon's views and millions ...

THE PASSING OF THE HON. MARGARET RHODES, COUSIN AND ‘SOUL-MATE’ OF THE QUEEN

I hope that non-subscribers to the online edition of The Times (of London) can access this obituary by clicking on this link:     http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/the-hon-margaret-rhodes-8ljn8b96b     Respectful, fascinating, a bit of a tear-jerker. The Queen will be devastated by this loss, her cousin but a close friend, a confidante, someone who knew The Queen so well, someone who The Queen ...

FRIENDS…

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I just have to tweet this photo:       Videos are great, of course, but 'stills' catch a moment...videos can miss the moment, they don't catch them, hold them, they don't suspend the moment like 'stills' do.     Here, my sister, with the dark hair, is catching up with an old friend ('old' as in they go way, way back). ...

RICHARD B. SPENCER: THE REAL FACE OF TRUMP’S AMERICA?

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In a speech recently delivered at the Annual Conference of the ‘National Policy Institute’, President of the Institute, Richard B. Spencer, laid bare his neo-nazi credentials - click on the link and watch the excerpt of his speech. Spencer’s language, his tone and his delivery are truly chilling ("Hail Trump"?%$#@!):     https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/richard-spencer-speech-npi/508379/?utm_source=atlfbcomment     He is basking in what he, ...

IZZY DIX’S TRAGIC STORY: KILLED BY BULLIES

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Teenager Izzy Dix's tragic story has consumed me today - what makes it worse is that Izzy's experience is not unique, it's not even uncommon. It happens, a lot.     Izzy’s poem: ‘I Give Up’:     "I arrive, Happy and fresh, Ready and excited To celebrate the goodness.   I am eager and keen to have a good time. As I smile from the bubbles ...

BULLYING DESTROYS LIVES!

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    Words don't just hurt, they break, destroy and kill.     To bully is to assault.     A child, motionless, silent, in a group which includes a bully is himself/herself guilty by association, is complicit in the assault, is also a bully.     Bullying is a pandemic, a scourge, it affects and destroys the lives of children and teenagers all around the ...

JEWS VOTING FOR TRUMP = TURKEYS VOTING FOR CHRISTMAS

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What now say all ye Jews who voted for Trump* or, if unable to vote, were going around singing his praises? Trump didn't wait long before pinning his post-electoral victory colours to the mast.   https://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/11/13/white-nationalist-who-hates-jews-will-be-trumps-right-hand-man-white-house/214419     Hillary was no saint but Trump and co are in a different class (and that's not intended as a compliment).     The only good ...

SIR JIMMY YOUNG CBE, ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREAT PUBLIC SERVANTS. RIP, BFN…

'The Times' obituary (first paragraph) - SIR JIMMY YOUNG CBE:     'According to the report on his BBC audition, Sir Jimmy Young was not suited to radio. After undergoing a test as a young entertainer in 1947, his agent received a curt letter telling her that “in our opinion, Mr Young has no future in broadcasting”'.     The rest, ...

BREXIT HIGH COURT DEFEAT FOR THE GOVERNMENT: TOO EARLY TO GET EXCITED?

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....and Sterling is loving it!     http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37857785     Now, Gina Miller and her team must hold onto this massive victory, hold on tight and make it count. I hope that, privately, Theresa May is pleased about this though I guess she'll have to appeal the Judgment, she's the PM and has a responsibility, further to the Brexit vote, to ...

PENSIONS REGULATOR’S ‘FINAL DEMAND’ TO PHILIP GREEN AND CO IS ANYTHING BUT ‘FINAL’

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At last, The Pensions Regulator has sent a ‘Final Demand’ to Philip Green and Taveta Investments* for them to make good the ‘hole’ in the BHS Pension Fund.     http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37854657     ‘Final Demand’ is a misnomer. There’ll be a lot more to’ing and fro’ing before the Greens have to put their hands in their pockets and pay what's due, ...

‘FOR THE LOVE OF YOU’ (1975)

An oasis of calm in the midst of all the crazy, scary politico-talk as we approach the 2016 US Election, a beautiful song, 'For the Love of You', music by Chris Jasper and lyrics by Ernie Isley (both songwriters, not just Ernie, members of the legendary 'The Isley Brothers'). This beautiful song is a track ...

LORD FARAGE?%$#@! PLEASE, NO!!!!!

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According to BBC News, Paul Nuttall, "one of the frontrunners to succeed Nigel Farage as the leader of UKIP" wants to see his old boss in the House of Lords. He, Nutall, said that it would be a "fitting tribute to the man who gave us Brexit".     http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37816745     UKIP is sliding further and further away from the ...

MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL: “AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH”

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson's finest hour, the penning of this magical classic, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"*, made all the more magical and classic by Marvin and Tammi.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC5PL0XImjw       Marvin, whose divine musical sweetness and soul was so tangible and transparent, was destroyed by Tammi's tragic death at the horrendously young age of 24  -  she ...

SIR CLIFF RICHARD: HAVE SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE AND THE BBC DAMAGED HIS REPUTATION IRREPARABLY?

Sir Cliff Richard’s treatment by South Yorkshire Police and the BBC was nothing short of scandalous and I sincerely hope that he is successful in his court action against them.   http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37781674   Firstly, it is a violation of a person’s right to privacy and his/her right to be acknowledged as ‘innocent until proven guilty’ when accusations and allegations ...

SALLY BRAMPTON: ANOTHER TRAGIC SUICIDE WHICH, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED

I read this on the BBC News website last night and it upset me to the extent that I could not compose myself enough to be able to ‘write’ a blog. The upset remains but some of it has given way to anger which has enabled me  -  motivated me  -  to blog:     http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37769093     I look at ...

TRUMP USING THE UNESCO VOTE TO BUY HIS OWN VOTES

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Ynetnews:   "The Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump attacks the United Nations and the UNESCO draft resolution on his Facebook page saying, 'This is further proof of the anti-Israel sentiment taking place at the United Nations. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and under my leadership, we will recognize it as such.'"     Buying votes. 'Friends' like him we don't need. ...

ANOTHER CHILD MAULED TO DEATH BY A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER: ENOUGH!!!

NOT AGAIN!! A child mauled by a dog and another child with "life changing" injuries. I guessed a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Did I guess right? Of course, I did!! I'd have been surprised if the killer dog had been a Golden Retriever or a Cocker Spaniel.   All the BS, "It's not the dog's fault, it's the ...

SILENT, CREEPING ANTISEMITISM…

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Unfortunately, there are many people who believe this vile, antisemitic claptrap:   http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Israel-was-created-by-the-Rothschilds-not-God-Labour-members-post-reads-470013     There's a post going around, a photo of Jacob Rothschild, 'quoting him' as saying, "My family is worth 500 trillion (yes, trillion) dollars, we own nearly every central bank in the world (how can anyone believe that? - sadly, millions do!), we financed both sides ...

AN APPEAL TO AMERICANS: PLEASE DO NOT PUT DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

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The current situation vis a vis this election, more precisely the popularity of Trump, highlights a serious US nationwide problem: the dumbing down of US society by people who are happy to have a man like Trump as their President and Commander-in-Chief, happy to have a man like Trump, a man with absolutely no class, ...

ARNOLD PALMER RIP

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Arnold Palmer was exciting golfers and sports fans generally before I had ever heard of golf but I have tears in my eyes as I read the tributes. The man was more than a legendary golfer, he was a legendary sportsman, he was, plain and simple, a legend. Strange, isn't it, that a man who I ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “AND THE BAND PLAYED ON – POLITICS, PEOPLE AND THE AIDS EPIDEMIC” (BY RANDY SHILTS)

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I have just finished reading an excellent book:   "And The Band Played On  -  Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" by Randy Shilts.     The ‘Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic’ part of the title lets you know that this is NOT a fun read! It is a book which had me drowning in a whirlpool of emotions, ...

WILL BILL’S MAGIC, ONE MORE WAVE OF THAT FAMOUS MAGIC WAND OF HIS (DOUBLE ENTENDRE INTENDED) MAKE THAT ‘BEST DARN CHANGE MAKER’ THE NEXT PRESIDENT?

Bill Clinton has still got 'it':   "The Best Darn Change Maker impassioned part of his speech, it's good, it could, in and of itself, be a darn good change maker in the polls:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0NBixxiQDU     Hillary has got to hope that Bill's charisma blinds the voters to her faults. I think, however, that that is a worry - that ...

ANGELA GIBBINS, YOU JUST DON’T GET IT – PRINCE GEORGE LIVES IN A GILDED PRISON!!

An article in The Times (of London) today:   Angela Gibbins, a ‘senior official’ at The British Council, posted on social media a photo of a smiling Prince George (3 years old) with the comment:   “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the (already locked in) innate knowledge that he’s royal, rich, advantaged and will never know any difficulties ...

THE FUTILITY OF ALTRUISTIC POLITICS

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Headline in the UK's 'The Mirror' newspaper:   "THOUSANDS OF TURKEY COUP PRISONERS 'RAPED. STARVED AND HOGTIED'"   http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/thousands-turkey-coup-prisoners-raped-8485304   I 'shared' the 'report' on Facebook with the following accompanying comment:   "If this is true, Britain, Europe, the US et al have to stop it - it can't be allowed to carry on for another day. An hour of this is too ...

MELANIA TRUMP’S SPEECH REALLY FRIGHTENS ME!

Tweet: Jim Stilwell ‪@JimmyHack   "I'd like to thank two of my speech writers, Copy and Paste, for their help in preparing my remarks"     If Melania Trump wasn't a potential 'First Lady', if her husband was not one of two people battling to be the most powerful person in the world, 'keeper of the peace', it would be ...

DEPRESSION: AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS

Mental Health and Invisible Illness Resources:   "I HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS   DON'T BE SURPRISED IF...   I DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE OR REPLY TO MESSAGES STRAIGHT AWAY; I CANCEL OUR PLANS, ESPECIALLY AT THE LAST MINUTE; IT SEEMS LIKE I'M NOT LISTENING OR NOT INTERESTED (BRAIN FOG); I LEAVE EARLY FROM A SOCIAL GATHERING OR PARTY; I SUDDENLY NEED TO LIE DOWN OR REST.   I ...

MY SHIFT FROM THE BREXIT CAMP TO THE REMAIN/STAY CAMP

A real story by a Facebook pal of mine. How the EU Referendum result is hurting him personally:   "The decision to leave the EU is already having an impact on the business community in Cornwall. Last week, I received the news that a prospective new client would be delaying commissioning my services due to their concerns about not ...

ELIE WIESEL Z”L RIP

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A colossal loss. This great man has passed away. Dreadful news kicking off the new week!     We live in a world today which seems oblivious to, and has not learnt from, the depths of depravity to which mankind has sunk in the past and continues to sink to today. Elie Wiesel devoted his life to the ...

“REAGAN & THATCHER, The Difficult Relationship” (by Richard Aldous)

I’ve just finished reading an extremely interesting book, “Reagan & Thatcher - The Difficult Relationship” by Richard Aldous. The protagonists are, surprise, surprise, Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, and Ronald Reagan, President of The United States between 1981 and 1989. Most of us have this idea in our heads, an image, ...

‘CASABLANCA’ (1942) AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SILVER SCREEN

I finally got round to watching "Casablanca" last night. Exquisite! Love it! I knew that Ingrid Bergman was beautiful but I didn't realise HOW beautiful....stunning!! Her eyes and that GORGEOUS smile!! The cinematography, the lighting, the atmosphere...and her clothes!! In that outfit she wears when, with Victor Laszlo, she walks into Capitaine Renault's office, white ...

‘THE ALCHEMIST’ (by Paulo Coelho)

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I’ve just read, again, Paulo Coelho’s classic ‘short story’/novel, ‘The Alchemist’. I read it years ago but in my current state of mind, I was drawn to it again.     Insofar as the style of the novel(la) is ‘fantasy’, supernatural, quasi-religious, ‘The Alchemist’ is not a typical read for me. I usually read non-fiction though I do ...

‘THE KING OF COMEDY’ (1982): MOVIE REVIEW

A movie review - how have I got through the last 33 or 34 years without watching ‘The King of Comedy’? What a delight…that might be the wrong adjective as this is a dark, a black, comedy and it is, at times, excruciating to watch….ok, in the context of masochistic entertainment, MOVIE entertainment, it was an ...

WHY WE ‘HIT’ SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN ‘CELEBS’ PASS AWAY

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This article, ‘red rag to a bull’!     http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/our-public-grieving-over-dead-celebrities-has-reached-insufferab/     As one who, on social media, reports/highlights/comments, often at depth, on the passing of celebs (a word I use as a catchall but which is inappropriate as it cheapens the status of those who are of real substance), I feel that this loud mouth is having a go at ...

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY WISHES TO HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GTwgZWjoJA     Happy Birthday, Your Majesty. May you enjoy many, many more years of good health and happiness.     I must keep this post to Happy Birthday wishes and references to your exemplary reign, tempting though it is to move into politics and talk of the tragic state into which your Britain has been allowed to drift.     Your reign has, ...

A LITTLE KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thk2KJFU2iM   A little bit of effort in the realm of kindness can have a huge effect on people's lives.     I've just been watching Yaf, my wife, slicing some cake, wrapping it lovingly, ribbons and all...she's off to visit a friend who has just come out of hospital. Yaf could have just taken the cake but, no, she ...

“PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!” (a monologue by me, James/Koby Gould, 16 March 2016)

“PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!” :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-aNNP7tk1Q   "Everything is great. Well, on paper it is great. Love is all around, beautiful wife, gorgeous two year old son, doting parents, loving sister, terrific friends - but I feel all alone - great house, good job, cars, holidays…I’ve got it all, I guess. But I haven’t got it all…I haven’t got my ...

‘ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL’, HBO FRANK SINATRA BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY

I must put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, to wax lyrical about a wonderful Frank Sinatra documentary I have just watched on the tele, “All Or Nothing At All”. What with James Kaplan’s magnificent, definitive two-volume 1,800 page biography and now this magical biographical documentary, my addiction to Frank has been powerfully fed ...

THE DEFINITIVE SINATRA BIOGRAPHY: A MASTERPIECE! (by JAMES KAPLAN)

VOLUME 1: 'FRANK: THE VOICE' (in the UK, 'FRANK: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND')   VOLUME 2: 'SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN   Before I began reading what I am now sure is a never-to-be bettered, definitive 1,800 page, two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra, penned by a genius of a writer, James Kaplan, he, Frank, was already my No.1.   I have a wide, ...

I GET SO MUCH MORE THAN PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS FROM RUNNING

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Hardest but most invigorating, confidence-boosting run today: 9km to the Dan Accadia hotel (averaged 5.45mins per km), a spot of breakfast, a coffee at Bell Beach and then 9km back (midday heat, a lot of uphill running) in similar time.     Tiring? I guess so but the adrenalin and the endorphins were so in play that, at ...

VIRGINIA McLAURIN: A BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, LIFE-ENHANCING MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF THE UNITED STATES AND HUMANITY. THE SPIRIT OF MARTIN LUTHER KING IS ALIVE AND IT DROPPED IN TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE FORM OF VIRGINIA MCLAUREN!

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BEAUTIFUL!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYUMpCOVoHY   Regardless of politics, regardless of opinions on Barak Obama as President, this is a beautiful human story. Virginia McLaurin is 106, she's active, she's dancing in The White House with the President of the United States of America and his wife, The First Lady.   Just think for a moment what Virginia McLaurin has seen and witnessed ...

TONY BENNETT, INSPIRATION, LEGEND, WINS HIS 18th GRAMMY AWARD AT THE AGE OF 89. MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS!!

Tony Bennett is 89 years old, he still tours the world and, last night, he won his 18th Grammy award. I'm approaching, with trepidation, 50 years old, I have been bemoaning the ageing process, the speeding up of the passage of time and the relentless skidding towards my dotage.     Tony Bennett was already almost 40 when ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: THE GREAT MAN’S DREAM IS STILL UNFULFILLED

  Martin Luther King Jr. Day:   I never cease to be blown away by Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, the performance by the great, great man, such beautiful words, so 'musically', so 'poetically' and so powerfully, yet gently, lovingly and kindly, spoken. I can't watch/listen to it without tears welling up in my eyes. It ...

MY MUSICAL ‘DEMIGODS’

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Christopher David Tookey, Former Film and Video Critic, 'Daily Mail':   "The one other thing I remember about David Bowie was that he didn't have much confidence in his own voice. He knew that he sounded like Anthony Newley but was relaxed about that. Oddly enough, Newley hated this "imitation" and when Bowie sent him a copy ...

DAVID BOWIE, RIP

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The passing of David Bowie, I know the world hasn't stopped spinning on its axis. I know that time hasn't stopped. The things that cause world leaders to lie awake at night, they were frightening and alarming yesterday and they are just as frightening and alarming, probably more so, today. We all know that but, ...

RIP AND THANK YOU, ROBERT ‘STIGGY’ STIGWOOD

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Robert 'Stiggy' Stigwood - what a life story! What an inspiration!   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4657448.ece   ...from this:   'He left Australia in 1955 and worked his way to Britain, hitchhiking lifts on land and from oil tankers at sea. He arrived in Britain with dysentery and just a few pounds in his pocket. Several jobs later, he and a friend set up ...

MEADOWLARK LEMON, A LIFE WELL WORTH LIVING! RIP…

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Beautiful words.   BBC obituary:   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35191863   'When he was inducted into the basketball hall of fame in 2003 he said his destiny had been "to make people happy".' ' "He was an incredible entertainer and brought happiness and lifelong memories to millions around the world," said Globetrotters chief executive Kurt Schneider.' They really are beautiful words - to want to make ...

TONY BENNETT: IMMORTAL!

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Tony Bennett is the last of the musical GREATS still gracing this Earth. The man is not only a giant of a musician, he is a giant of a man, a painter, a philanthropist, an awe-inspiring survivor, he is the last of the great presenters, the great deliverers, of the most beautiful music (in my ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANK

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Francis “Frank” Albert Sinatra, Hoboken, New Jersey’s local boy made good, whose life was truly a life worth living, a man who brought, and whose life and legacy continues to bring, to billions of people the world over, to generation after generation, extreme pleasure and happiness, is (yes, is!) 100 years old today, 12 December ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘OPERATION THUNDERBOLT (FLIGHT 139 AND THE RAID ON ENTEBBE AIRPORT, THE MOST AUDACIOUS HOSTAGE RESCUE MISSION IN HISTORY)’ by SAUL DAVID

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It’s my guess that a lot of people think that they know what happened in ‘that’ rescue but I doubt that many know it in as much detail as I do now that I have read this terrific book by Saul David.   Saul David:   “…I decided to write it unfolding in real time, with the narrative shifting ...

NEWCASTLE UNITED, ‘SPINELESS’ AND ‘GUTLESS’: HOW DARE THEY!!!

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Crystal Palace 5 : Newcastle United 1   This Sunday Times Match Report (by John Aizlewood) makes for painful reading:   http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/sport/football/Premiership/article1638901.ece   The Report of the game starts:   "ANOTHER game, another spineless Newcastle United capitulation"   and ends with:   "For Newcastle United, another guts-free horror show and an unscheduled training session this morning."   THAT'S what's most frustrating, not a lack of talent/skill but the players ...

A SAD DAY. THOMAS BLATT, SOBIBOR SURVIVOR, HERO, EDUCATOR, RIP

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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4623851.ece Thomas Blatt, survivor of Sobibor extermination camp, hero, educator, man of unimaginable courage. We cannot afford to lose his kind, we need to hear the testimonies - live - first hand. His passing represents another potential nail in the coffin of a bright future, another potential nail in the coffin of a future built on ...

RIP PROFESSOR S. BARRY COOPER – A GREAT MAN!

As many of my Facebook 'friends' will know, I rarely let the passing of a celebrity, a musician, a philanthropist, an accomplished businessman, an actor, an entertainer, someone who has achieved in her/his life and made a difference, added value to the lives of others, go by without 'reporting' it on my 'timeline'. Of course, ...

Keith Michell, RIP

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Keith Michell, actor and writer, has passed away at the age of 88 and it saddens me to report on his passing.   What a career: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4620803.ece   Michell's Henry VIII in 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' was incredible. I was only a kid when I watched it (I don't suppose that was on its original run in 1970) ...

THE BONDS OF RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL KINSHIP v THE BONDS OF HUMAN KINSHIP

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A video interview followed by blog comment:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXGfngjmwLA   I feel a bond with this lady, a lady whom I have never met, and doubtless never will, a bond of love and a bond of kinship. That kinship has two strands, a Jewish strand and a human strand. The interesting question I ask myself is whether the Jewish ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘WINNERS – AND HOW THEY SUCCEED’ by ALASTAIR CAMPBELL

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Matt Parker (Head of Marginal Gains at British cycling):   “Pursuit of excellence has to be relentless, people underplay the amount of time and effort it takes to be the best in the world at anything. It should not, and it cannot, ever be comfortable, because the moment you feel comfortable you stop challenging yourself, so you ...

JONAH LOMU: HIS LIFE, AN INSPIRATION, HIS TRAGIC DEATH, SO YOUNG, A WAKE-UP CALL

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The death, at such a young age, just 40, of rugby union legend  -  icon  -  Jonah Lomu, has really upset and shaken me.   http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/34853536   I know nothing about rugby, I've never followed it (though I do 'get it', I see the 'beauty', the immense skill/talent  -  I love sport and I do appreciate that, in rugby, ...

FRAZIER GLENN MILLER, MURDERER, WHITE SUPREMACIST: EXECUTE HIM OR KEEP HIM ALIVE?

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Frazier Glenn Miller is a white supremacist who has been found guilty of killing three people at two Jewish centres in the US. William Corporon, 69, and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, were murdered outside a Jewish Community Centre and Terri LaManno, 53, was killed outside a Jewish retirement centre. Miller has been sentenced ...

A FEW GREAT TUNES AND VIDS FROM THE 70’S AND 80’S

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu7AR0-FRro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr8jEIQKgZI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU ...thinking "The Wedding Singer" "Do you like A Flock Of Seagulls?" "I can see you do"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGVgfjnLqc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upyrWwstEMY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypadKraAb1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXewIR7Y7cc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATvu5f9vE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks_qOI0lzho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rrTROoZIw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWtCittJyr0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmaVK1E-VKQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

LYNDA BELLINGHAM’S BOOK, “THERE’S SOMETHING I’VE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU”. A ‘MUST-READ’. INSPIRING, UPLIFTING AND LIFE-ENHANCING!

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A book that should be read by everyone who is alive now and who will eventually die, i.e. everyone. A 'must-read'!! Let me first make one thing clear: whilst I did, of course, cry when I was reading this book, predominantly Lynda's journey from her cancer diagnosis to her passing, I smiled more than I cried. ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “GODLESS (HOW AN EVANGELICAL PREACHER BECAME ONE OF AMERICA’S LEADING ATHEISTS)”

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I recently read Chris Hitchens' “God Isn’t Great” (his book IS great!) and Professor Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”, another book which is having an effect on my life. These two books are helping me to navigate the swirling tides.   To those important books, I now add a third book:   “Godless”, How An Evangelical Preacher Became One ...

I THINK THEREFORE I AM…

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...and, for years, it was more a case of "I don't think therefore I am not". I’m misunderstood these days so let me put the record straight. Many years ago, I fell for religion hook, line and sinker. In hindsight, I was vulnerable, I was ‘easy game’. I was ready to fall, I was standing on the ...

THE ASSASSINATION OF PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN AND THE ASSASSINATION OF THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEACE FOR ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS – 20 YEARS ON:

Wow! This article made me cry: http://www.timesofisrael.com/clinton-i-really-loved-rabin-and-he-would-have-made-peace/ When Yigal Amir shot and killed Prime Minister Rabin, he shot and killed an inordinate amount of Israelis and Palestinians. He shot and killed that unique moment and opportunity, unique up to that point in the history of the State of Israel, that unique moment and opportunity for peace. There ...

ISRAEL’S ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY, A MICROCOSM OF SO MUCH THAT IS WRONG WITH ISRAEL’S COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE – IT STINKS!

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The electricity 'industry' in this country is an integrated State-owned monopoly, no competition, no market forces - State officials and those running the company benefit, we, the punters, get screwed. That's all there is to it. It's an archaic, anachronistic set-up, an embarrassment to a country which claims to be progressive, modern, cutting edge economy. 'Progressive, ...

IMAGINE…

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Amongst John Lennon’s most famous words are the following: "Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today...   Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace...   You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not ...

TODAY’S TERROR IN ISRAEL: THERE IS BLAME TO BE APPORTIONED ON BOTH SIDES AND, YET AGAIN, THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS RELIGION

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This is a great article! "The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada": http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/the-roots-of-the-palestinian-uprising-against-israel/410944/ Islam is not the enemy. It is not Islam which is standing in the way of peace. It is extremism on both sides. I am aware of the fact that many of the terrorists attack us without God on their minds. I am aware ...

VATICAN SACKS PRIEST WHO COMES OUT AS GAY: AN ADMISSION OF BIGOTRY (of course, Orthodox Judaism and Islam will be supporting the Vatican on its decision).

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What an ugly, tragic story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34432701 More evidence that the Bible, Old Testament and New, is incompatible with equality and fairness. The Vatican is manifesting bigotry/homophobia (just as Orthodox Judaism and Islam do*  -  we would have seen the same if this Polish priest, Msgr Krysztof Charamsa, had been a Rabbi or an Imam). If British Airways ...

THE WORLD HAS GONE BERSERK (OR, RATHER, MANKIND HAS GONE BERSERK)

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Watch this: https://www.facebook.com/StandWithUs/videos/10153240246827689/?pnref=story This is beyond my comprehension. I am utterly heartbroken and despondent. There is no light on the horizon. Everything is wrong here, 2015 and we are mired in religious war, hatred on both sides (and within each side), politics and irrational belief  which is making people do and believe mad and dangerous things. This ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘I AM JEWISH, Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of DANIEL PEARL’, edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl

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Daniel Pearl, an American Jewish journalist, or a Jewish American journalist (only Daniel would have been able to tell me which) was working for the Wall Street Journal in 2002 when he was horrifically murdered by Islamic extremists, aka evil personified, in Pakistan. He was not an 'observant' Jew (I think I can say that ...

JACKIE COLLINS: WHAT A LIFE, WHAT AN INSPIRATION, WHAT AN EXAMPLE!

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The light that was Jackie Collins' life has sadly gone out: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4562805.ece What an amazing life!! Jackie Collins had ambition and dreams like so many people but unlike many dreamers, she actually focused and pursued the dreams until she achieved them (and she kept focusing and achieving). She lived in a way that tells me that she was ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘THE MARRIAGE GAME’ by ALISON WEIR

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What a great book  -  I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm upset that I've finished it! Alison Weir, the renowned and respected historian, has delivered a delicious, spicy Elizabethan novel, full to the brim with love and romance, a little steamy raunchiness, heartbreak, pathos, religion, politics, jealousy, war, mischief and Machiavellian intrigue and skulduggery. Weir immerses the ...

OPENING MY EYES, OPENING MY MIND: GETTING REAL

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When you have experienced clinical depression and risen from the depths to see daylight again, after many, many years in the darkness, you find yourself a 'specialist' in the field of clinical depression. I'm not saying that the experience gives you the academic knowledge of a consultant psychiatrist but you do gain deep insight and ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘THE GOD DELUSION’ by PROF. RICHARD DAWKINS

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I have no doubt that reading this book has been, for many people, a life-changing experience. I read it because the subject matter and the philosophy of the author, Professor Richard Dawkins, appealed to me as I walk a well-trodden, rocky, winding road. It has been of immense help and has given me enormous clarity. ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “GOD IS NOT GREAT (how religion poisons everything)” by CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

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This is one of the best books I have ever read  -  though I'll have to read it again, and again, to really understand it, to fully appreciate everything Christopher Hitchens 'is' saying. Christopher Hitchens is well-known for his atheism. He is also well-known for keeping 'bad company', e.g. Edward Said and Noam Chomsky and he ...

We Live In A Godless World

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I intended, from the outset, to keep CARRY ON KOBY a religion/politics-free zone. Change of plan. THE world news which is capturing and occupying the hearts of millions around the world: the tragedy of the asylum seekers fleeing today's evil. http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/02/dispatches-why-i-shared-horrific-photo-drowned-syrian-child One thing is for sure  -  we live in a Godless world! As I have said for some time, ...

Book Recommendation: ‘Deconstructing Sammy’ by Matt Birkbeck

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A few weeks ago, I finished reading a great 'autobiography' by one of the, if not 'THE', greatest all-round entertainers of the twentieth century, the legend Sammy Davis Jr. (co-written by Jane and Burt Boyar): http://kobygould.com/book-recommendation-why-me-an-autobiography-and-an-examination-of-the-nature-of-stardom-the-no-1-all-round-popular-entertainer-the-ultimate-song-and-dance-man-mr-show-business-sam/ The (auto) biography takes the reader 'behind the scenes'  -  to a degree, it's a warts 'n all picture of Sammy. ...

‘Victim’ (1961)

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I watched Basil Dearden’s great, powerful movie, ‘Victim’, again last night - it must be 25 years since I last watched it. ‘Victim’ was not a vehicle to showcase and build the ‘matinee idol’ Dirk Bogarde. Dirk had left the Rank Organisation (Film Studios) by the time he starred in 'Victim' and although he had starred ...

‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ (1962): A Movie Masterpiece

I am not steeped in the 'Western' genre but, as a layman, I think this movie is a masterpiece. This is not just a piece of entertainment  -  this is social commentary and US history portrayed on celluloid,  glued together with great characters, an 'edge-of-the-seat' story line, comedy and romance. One only needs to look at the ...

“It Happened One Night” (1934)

Another magical movie, a Frank Capra triumph  -  quite literally: the first movie to grab the 'Big Five' Oscars. 1935 (though a 1934 movie) Academy Awards: 'Best Picture', 'Best Director', 'Best Actor', 'Best Actress' and 'Best Writing, Adaptation' for Robert Riskin. An inauspicious start, legend has it that Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert were NOT the ...

Book Recommendations: “Why Me?” – An Autobiography (and an examination of the nature of stardom): The No. 1 All-Round ‘Popular’ Entertainer, THE Ultimate Song And Dance Man, MR SHOW BUSINESS, SAMMY DAVIS JR.

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"Why Me" is a fascinating, in-depth autobiography, penned by the greatest popular entertainer the world has ever known, and will ever know, the incomparable legend, Sammy Davis Jr. (co-written by Jane and Burt Boyar). It is a fast pace, entertaining, inspiring, emotional, heart rending, oft times desperately sad, roller coaster of an autobiography, an examination of ...

Sir Nicholas Winton z”l, The Personification Of ‘Goodness’. Tissues At The Ready…This Blog Is A Weepy!

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I never met Sir Nicholas but I think it's fair to say that I love the guy. I don't mean a la "I love Fred Astaire" or "I love Mozart"  -  I mean the guy melts my heart. There were floods of tears when I watched this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_nFuJAF5F0 For me, there is an extra poignancy in watching ...

Rabbi Boteach On Last Week’s US Supreme Court Decision To Allow Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 US States

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When I started CARRY ON KOBY, I decided that neither religion nor politics would be the subject of any of my blogs. I don't think I'm infringing my rules by posting this blog as it's more an issue of gay rights than religion per se. Well, here it is... https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmuleyBoteach/videos/10153022077966089/?pnref=story Hear, hear!!! Well said!!! Now, THAT'S how to ...

Book Recommendation: ‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich

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A tornado of a tale, this true story of ambition, entrepreneurialship, focus, commitment, team building, 'brotherhood', success, money, power and collapse runs FAST from start to finish. I must preface this 'critique' by stressing that I'm working on the facts as presented by the author, Ben Mezrich, that it may well be, of course, that the ...

Kirk Kerkorian: What A Life! RIP

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The swashbuckling, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian has passed away at the grand old age of 98. It feels surreal blogging that as he appeared to me to be immortal. He was still doing mega, multi-billion dollar corporate deals in his 90's! Here is The New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/business/kirk-kerkorian-billionaire-investor-in-film-studios-and-casinos-dies-at-98.html What a guy! What a life! He lived it ...

RIP Graham Lord

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So sorry to learn of the passing, at the relatively young age of 72, of the journalist and biographer, Graham Lord. His biography of one of my favourites, David Niven, ('Niv'), is a triumph and I so enjoyed reading it. Of course, Niv's celebrated classic autobiog, "The Moon's A Balloon" is an absolute joy and ...

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade – ALL Israelis who value human rights, freedom and democracy can be proud!

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Stick this in your pipe and smoke it, all you bigots who slam Israel for trampling on human rights. http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-tel-aviv-takes-pride-in-parade/ How many Gay Pride Parades are there in our neighbouring countries?? Do it large in Gaza, do they? This show moves on to Ramallah after Tel Aviv, does it? The LGBT community in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, ...

Book Recommendation: Alastair Campbell’s ‘THE HAPPY DEPRESSIVE: IN PURSUIT OF PERSONAL AND POLITICAL HAPPINESS

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Alastair Campbell's 'The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness' is a great read (and a short one). As I 'wrote' in the Amazon Book Review I posted, his candour and openness is to be commended. Heart on the sleeve stuff. People who suffer from clinical depression will empathise. The millions of people ...

Why I Gave Up Alcohol

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In the aftermath of the tragic premature death of Charles Kennedy last week, his good friend, Alastair Campbell, spoke to Sky News, not only about the personal loss but on the wider issue of creeping alcoholism which is spreading like wildfire throughout the UK. Alcoholism is a disease which hides behind the accepted drinking culture ...

‘Ooh Baby Baby’: 3 Beautiful Versions of a Beautiful Song – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Linda Ronstadt and Seal

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'Ooh Baby Baby', what a beautiful song, co-written by Smokey Robinson (and Pete Moore) in 1965, performed originally by Smokey and The Miracles on, of course, the Motown label. Watch this performance  -  Smokey's voice is exquisite, his vocal control is staggering. Class, class, class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwwsT2Hh1AQ I trust that you enjoyed that... Next up, a sumptuous cover by ...

Senator Joe Biden, A Gilded, Golden, Glamorous Life? NO! He’s A Broken Man Drowning In The Quicksand of Tragedy And Heartbreak

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We all know that illness and tragedy are not selective, that they are happy to destroy anyone and everyone, rich and poor, the 'average Joe' and also, as we learn today, the top Joe. Senator Joe Biden seemed, in the eyes of the 'outside' world, to have it all. In some ways, more than President Obama. ...

The Beauty Of The Miracle Of Life

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I defy anyone to watch this and not to burst into tears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ6Me4zVkwU It's difficult for me to put it into words because as much as I can appreciate what I'm seeing when I watch the video, as much as I can understand the elation, I can't know what they are experiencing. They are experiencing/feeling part of ...

16 Hours Before Dignitas Clinic Suicide: An Emotional Hurricane

I cannot get my head around this photograph: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4451470.ece I believe that what Jeffrey Spector was about to do, in this photo  -  in 16 hours he was going to take his own life in the Dignitas Clinic  -  I believe that that was a matter for him and his family but I don't know how they ...

Wow, Wow, Wow!!! Seal Performing The O’Jays’ Classic, ‘Back Stabbers’

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Last night, I happened to come across this performance by Seal of 'Back Stabbers'. I have never before seen anything like it. What a beautiful performance! I watched aghast, I couldn't mentally digest what I was seeing. The colour 'play', it's magical, the song, of course, is special, the arrangement, orchestration, production/direction, all perfect, Seal ...

George Benson: “This Masquerade”, “Breezin'”

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Relax, get your headphones on, sit back and listen to, and watch, this, George Benson at his very best...the whole concert is off-the-scale terrific ('Absolutely Live In Belfast, Northern Ireland') but here's "This Masquerade" and "Breezin'". As long as I have known music, I have known George Benson, an outstanding guitarist, a beautiful singer and a ...

Cate Blanchett: “I Am Not A Lesbian, But Who Cares Anyway?” Sadly, Millions Of People DO Care!

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Cate Blanchett is currently promoting her latest movie, 'Carol', a lesbian love story, a critically-aclaimed adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 'The Prince of Salt'. She was interviewed by a 'Variety' (movie magazine) journalist, Ramin Setoodeh, and there is a disagreement as to the wording of a particular question. He is saying that he asked her if she ...

Prince Charles Is An Invaluable Asset, A Real Gem, Who Has SO Much To Offer Britain, The Commonwealth And The World

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Prince Charles is "damned if he does and damned if he doesn't"  -  he is caught in the crossfire between the likes of Simon Singh, a campaigner for evidence-based medicine, who said this week: “For him (Prince Charles) this (complementary medicine topic) is ideological and he is on the wrong side of science. I think ministers ...

You Are Not Alone

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I read a lot of inspirational quotes  -  daily  -  and every now and then, one comes along which really speaks to me. One of my inspirations, Andi Saitowitz, posted on Facebook today a quote by inspirational speaker and author, Harvey Mackay: "None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received ...

Don’t Take Each Other For Granted

Such a beautiful yet heartbreaking tribute to Dave Goldberg from Sheryl Sandberg: https://www.facebook.com/sheryl/posts/10155493238390177 It reminds us of what, of course, we all know, that life can change so unexpectedly in an instant and that we must live our lives conscious of that fact. We mustn't be morose, we mustn't let that awareness depress us...on the contrary, we ...

It Really Is Mental!!

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I learnt something about myself today. The 'dawning' came to me via a fairly easy lesson, less than 30 minutes...my emotions? surprised, inspired, very empowered, excited, energised, liberated. What happened? I'm not really one for exercise but I know, particularly as I approach middle age, at 48 years old (well, 'they' say that 50 is the new 40!), ...

My Sixpennyworth

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This ‘OPINION’ section is an addition to my website, an after-thought. Up until now, I have had topic parameters which has forced me to be disciplined in my blogging on CARRY ON KOBY. The ‘LIFE’ section is for my blogs on depression and associated conditions, on positive attitudes, on inspirational stories and other life-enhancing and ...

Billy Paul: ‘Me and Mrs Jones’

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This song!! I love it. The dreamy, soulful, instrumental intro and Billy Paul's special, special, instantly recognisable vocal, his emotional input, his heart and soul, he puts everything into it. The orchestration, the production, I never tire of listening to it. This is a terrific performance on Soul Train. It's one of those songs, you're ...

What does it take to be a winner?

Golfer Jordan Spieth yesterday won the 2015 Masters at Augusta, Georgia: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/golf/32278605 (read how he did it)....and this is what winners do! Leading last year as he went into the 4th and final round of the Masters, he finished as the runner-up. He must have been gutted  -  self-doubt could have set in and made winning in ...

“The most important thing is to know oneself better.” — Spinoza. What do you think is the most important thing?

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A Facebook pal of mine posted the following on Facebook yesterday:   ' "The most important thing is to know oneself better." -- Spinoza. What do you think is the most important thing?'   My response:   "Heavy question! The most important thing (in terms of ourselves)? It took me over 40 years to get close to an answer. I blog a ...

True Grit

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Well, there's another movie that can be crossed off the 'must see' list: True Grit. I really don't know the 'Western' genre and I sat down to watch True Grit with an open mind. Verdict: I loved it. It had everything I thought it would have...plus more. I didn't expect comedy but John Wayne provided it. John Wayne's ...

Katie Hopkins’ message to you if you suffer from depression: ‘get a grip’, buy some running shoes and get some fresh air

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Katie Hopkins, a 'journalist', whose modus operandi seems to be to anger, hurt and shock, she's done it again: she describes depression as “the holy grail of illnesses”, “the ultimate passport to selfobsession”, she says that sufferers should “get a grip” and that “People with depression do not need a doctor and a bottle of something ...

Unearthing the talent within ourselves and our children

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http://www.surfermag.com/the-now/ray-collins/#HBUPdmfsHuiXRzfH.97 What a great story, so inspiring, hidden talent which may never have seen the light of day were it not for serendipity visiting Ray Collins, a colour blind miner in an Australian town which I hadn't heard of before today, Bulli. Ray was forced to give up, to leave, his job because of injury and with ...

Love in the extreme is more powerful than evil in the extreme

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Jan and Antonina Zabinski: heroism which renews my faith in humanity.  http://http://www.jta.org/2015/03/23/news-opinion/world/when-jews-found-refuge-in-underground-warren-at-warsaw-zoo What a beautiful story of selfless sacrifice against a backdrop of unimaginable, incomprehensible horror. Angels, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, harboured 300 Jewish children, taking the risk that the nazis (I never give that word a capital 'N', it doesn't deserve it) would find them, discover ...