Friday, 29 November 2013
Roots,remember that program? Well I can only trace my roots back to the early 1900's when my grandfather who was a Russian Jewish immigrant who landed in Ireland around 1916 on a cattle ship bound for America. Unfortunately he got off the ship in Carlow and it sailed without him (if he had only stayed on I might have got the Letterman Show!!!) His name was Bolano and was changed when he arrived without a passport..Thats as much as I know as he died when my father was 13
Thursday, 28 November 2013
A simple test to let you know if you are Irish or not
How much money would you need to have not to notice a million or two vanish from you bank account????
My friend Geoff Harding posted this on my Facebook. Makes a lot of sense. So I thought I'd post it on my Blog for you bloggers to read. What is this obsession with speed traps at the moment !! the speed limits enforced generally around europe were based on vehicles in the 60/70s. I think its fair to say that all vehicles nowadays are more efficient and able to travel at higher
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
A wonderful short video. Please watch and learn I can only speak personally but Jews living on the Costas live without fear of antisemitism. The Jews have integrated and have been welcomed into society with great ease. Here in Marbella the Synagogue is the first purposely built Synagogue in Spain since the inquisition (see photo). We have fantastic relationship with the leaders of the Marbella Mosque and I think Marbella could be a prime example of how well Jews and Muslims live in harmony.
Do you belive in angels? I remember interviewing Gloria Hunniford when we got around to talking about her daughter the late Caron Keating and Carons belief in angels. Gloria told me when she returned from Caron's funeral a white feather fluttered down just as she put her key in the front door. She said she knew it was a message from Caron. Ever since then she has been receiving messages by finding white feathers. Watch this video and make up your own mind.
IN TODAYS UK PRESS: These type of headlines do nothing to help the struggling real estate sector to recover: The 100,000 British expats whose Spanish homes could be bulldozed any day HERE IS THE READS STORY: Three months after Brian and Lynne Reade(see photo) moved into Zurgena, a neighbour invited them to an emergency meeting. There, the couple from Banbury, Oxfordshire, were told the local government had deemed their home illegal. An immediate halt was called to the development of other properties and planning permission issued on those already built was revoked.
One comes to Spain wants to buy a home, sees one advertised in the real estates window, views, likes, makes an offer, sees a lawyer all cleared as legal, planning permission etc to buy, pays and then months, years later are told that although planning permission WAS granted it now has been revoked and the villa will be pulled down. Is that not like the government giving you a driving licence then years later your stopped by the police , checking your licence you find it's been revoked although you've done nothing wrong? YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP!!
Monday, 25 November 2013
Christian Aid and Trocaire show no concern for the Christians of the Middle East who are being driven from their homes. They are only interested in demonising Israel. Please this Christmas donate to a non biased charity.
Israel brave enough to warn the world of the small print in the deal struck with Iran what is not so strongly publicised is that most Arab countries are against any deal with Iran , notably Saudi Arabia.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
A HOUSE I'VE’VE VISITED IN LAS VEGAS IS FOR SALE WITH A SAVING OF $20 MILLION!
Television presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth has said he believes he is living "on borrowed time" but has no plans to retire yet. I have interviewed Sir Bruce on many occasions over the years, he and his beautiful wife ex Miss World Wilnelia in fact became neighbours of ours when the bought a property in Marbella. I've always found them the most charming couple and was delight when Brucie was awarded the well overdue knighthood. The fun photo is of myself, Sir Bruce and Kenny Lynch another long term friend. I'd love to say it was taken yesterday but it has to be 25 years ago!!!!
Amy Winehouse's dad has ruled out the chance of a Hollywood film being made about the late star.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Please have a look at this video of former Secret Service agent Clint Hill who gives his account of the day John F. Kennedy died and explains why he is still haunted by the killing.
My good friend Bassim Haidar who has a large collection of cars has just purchased this third and only surviving JFK Limo in the world after the one in the Detroit museum.
Friday, 22 November 2013
Do you remember where you were the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated? I remember it well, It was a Friday evening 50 years ago I was 14 and had just arrived at my grandmother’s house for Friday night’s Sabbath dinner, I remember the fuss and sadness but it really didn’t mean that much to me, well it wouldn’t to a 14 year old. Since the assassination there has been many questions asked so I’ve set out 10 of the most asked questions
Thursday, 21 November 2013
I've just posted on my Facebook warning that the content of this photo strip is rather naughty and might offend. I've advised if you want to avoid being offended stay where you are!!!! . I have taken a note of my stat reading up to this point and will be interested to see just how many click onto here...All done in the best possible tasty. Just a little naughty
Michael Caine reveals that he uses Turmeric to keep his mind sharp and keep him looking youthful. I have been a fan of turmeric for many years. Some years ago I was having lunch in the Passion Cafe (one of the best restaurants in Marbella) when a friend of friend of mine arrived holding a small bottle of Turmeric powder, I asked why he came to a restaurant bringing with him the spice he explained the magical healing powers of Turmeric which is believed to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease; prevent the spread of certain types of cancer (prostate, breast, colon); promote wound healing; alleviate arthritis and inflammation; and enhance liver detoxification. He had been taking it for a bad back and said it has in fact ‘worked miracles’
WHAT I READ IN TODAYS UK PRESS: GIBRALTAR: We are just one shot away from military conflict, warns MP amid new standoff MADRID is in danger of sparking a military conflict with Britain over Gibraltar if it does not tone down its actions, a senior MP warned today as the Royal Navy was involved in a new stand-off with a Spanish ship. Sounds like things might even get nastier.
So you think you know all-things Chanukah inside out? Here are seven Chanukah customs you might not have heard of..
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
How many times have we read about sighting of monsters like the Nessy who's meant to live in the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness. Well folks here is proof of such a monster but this time it's from somewhere a far way from Scotland's famous Loch Ness!!! Hundreds of people gathered around as a mystery monster was loaded onto a truck at a location in South-east Asia. Crowds are shown witnessing the bizarre spectacle as the unidentified creature is dug up and hoisted onto the lorry. The footage is reportedly from Vietnam, although some internet users have suggested the people are speaking the Khmer language of Cambodia. The creature, which looks like it is from the sea, has a fin. It has been suggested it is in fact a whale, but how it came inland nobody knows yet.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Spain is risking another diplomatic row after sailing one of its ships into the waters around Gibraltar and refusing to leave. The Foreign Office has summoned the Spanish ambassador to explain the boat's actions, describing the move as an 'incursion'. Spanish ship RV Ramon Margalef entered British waters at around 5pm on Monday and stayed there for 20 hours while apparently carrying out a survey of the ocean. In a statement Europe Minister David Lidington said: 'I strongly condemn this provocative incursion and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated. 'We stand ready to do whatever is required to protect Gibraltar's sovereignty, economy and security.' After moving into British Gibraltar waters the Ramon Margalef was contacted by a much smaller Royal Navy patrol vessel, HMS Sabre, which repeatedly ordered it to leave. Despite the warnings the ship continued its work, with the captain insisting he had permission from Spain to be there and said he was carrying out work of 'European interest'. The conversation between the two ships was recorded back on land by an amateur radio operator. According to The Telegraph, one senior source said: 'I understand that it has got quite heated. The Royal Navy patrol boat is far smaller than the Spanish vessel but it is ramming the probes as the Spanish try and carry out their survey.' Tempers flared around the Rock in August after Spain increased security checks along the border, causing up to six hours of traffic delays in heat of up to 86F (30C). While Spain insists the delays are down to increased smuggling and border crime, Gibraltar believes it is because of an artificial reef it is building in disputed waters. Last week a European Commission ruled that Spain had broken no laws with the checks, but called on Britain to work with Spain in order to resolve the issue. Gibraltar has previously accused accused Spain of sailing boats into British waters, as well as flying military jets across the island, and has even claimed the military shot at a jet-skier as he rode waves near the coast.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Marino House was a home Wendy and myself owned in Dublin. We were both young and successful, Wendy was a top model and I owned clubs and a hotel. I sold the home to the Greek Embassy and it became the official Greek Ambassadors residence.
I have never bought into the whole global warming issue. I have stated many times both here and on my radio shows that I believe global warming is a natural phenomenon and happens in cycles over thousands of years. I am what could be termed a true sceptic. In today’s news reports we see that the global warming debate again raises its ugly head after the devastation brought about the typhoon in the Philippians which has killed thousands and wiping out hundreds of thousands of homes. Now the news today of the Tornado devastation in America’s Midwest. The death toll so far has reached six and one Illinois town is left totally destroyed after massive string of 60 twisters wreak havoc. Listeners to Radio 4's Today programme were given an unmistakable but totally bogus message last week: that catastrophic storms such as Typhoon Haiyan are linked to global warming – and are set to increase. The same claim, which has no scientific basis, was echoed by David Cameron, who said there was 'growing evidence' that warming was responsible for storms. That’s what the BBC and Cameron are saying but what are the scientists actually saying:
THE FACTS1. A study based on data from the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre and the Japan Meteorological Agency shows the number of typhoons making landfall in the Philippines has declined since 1990. 2. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – hailed by greens as the ultimate arbiter – does not agree tropical storms have become more intense or frequent, but says the opposite. Their special report last year said: 'There is low confidence in any observed long-term (40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (ie intensity, frequency, duration).' Its authoritative Fifth Assessment Report added in September there have been 'no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century'. 3. The reason Bangkok is suffering serious floods isn't rising sea levels but the fact the city is built on soft clay – the weight of its skyscrapers is causing subsidence of up to 2in a year. Local expert Anond Snidvongs says: 'The rise in sea level is not that great and climate change only plays a fairly small part – about one-fifth – in the current scenario.' 4. There have been very few Category 5 storms like Haiyan in the Pacific since 1991. A study published this year by the American Meteorological Society states in the North Pacific 'overall tropical cyclone activity shows a significant decrease' since 1998. 5. This year has been the quietest Atlantic hurricane season for decades. No Category 3 or stronger storm has made landfall in the US since Katrina in 2005 – the longest hurricane 'drought' on record. 6. A new study published last week said the rate of sea level rise has diminished by 44 per cent since 2004, to just 1.8mm per year – 18cm (7in) per century. The reason is the 17-years-and-counting global warming 'pause', which was not predicted by computer models. Meanwhile, Japan last week joined Australia in renouncing its target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, said both Mr Cameron and Today seemed 'totally unaware of both the science and changing international realities. Every scientist is adamant that the typhoon has nothing to do with global warming.' The photograph I show of the Polar Bear clinging on for life on a small chunk of ice has been used by the so called global warming experts demonstrating that the ice caps are melting. My question here is ; can’t Polar Bears swim????
Sunday, 17 November 2013
A friend of mine from Dublin emailed this to me: Watching Jonathan Ross show I taped last night Oprah Winfrey & Forrest Whitaker were on. I never knew that white Jews stood alongside Black people in the 60's v KK Klan! During the 1950s and 1960s, Jews and African Americans were closely allied in the civil rights movement, and, indeed, Jews played a prominent role in the leadership of most, if not all, of the major civil rights organizations. As noted earlier, Stanley Levinson, a Jewish attorney, was Dr. Martin Luther King's chief advisor. Kivie Kaplan, a retired Jewish businessman from Boston, served as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was, as well, one of Dr. King's major fund-raisers and financial contributors. Marvin Rich, another Jewish attorney, was the chief fund-raiser and key speech writer for James Farmer, head More than half the white lawyers who made their services available to civil rights demonstrators in the South were Jews. Between half and three-quarters of the contributors to civil rights organizations - including the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), CORE, and Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Con- ference (SCLC) - were Jews. More than half the white freedom riders were Jews. Almost two-thirds of the whites who went into the South during the Freedom Summer of 1964 were Jews including, of course, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman who, along with their black colleague James Chaney, were murdered by racist thugs in Mississippi.
A wonderful program on Friday night the BBC’s Broadway a Jewish Legacy Below is a list (only part) of musicals written by Jewish composers. I couldn’t believe it as each iconic named musical was rolled out one was rolled out
The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) opened a field hospital in Bogo City in the Philippines on Friday, and has since treated some 370 injured people, of which 150 are children, the army said Saturday. IDF medical staff carried out operations with advanced medical equipment, and facilitated five births over the weekend, including one c-section procedure. The hospital was visited on Saturday morning by the Filipino head of the regional district, who thanked the members of the IDF delegation, and toured the field hospital. Last week, the IDF sent a large humanitarian mission to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The mission is being headed by Col. Ramtin Sabati, who commands the National Rescue Unit. The mission also includes Col. Dr. Dudu Dagan, Deputy Chief Medical Corp Officer, who is commanding the hospital. The first baby born at the field hospital was delivered safely on Friday. The mother named the boy Israel. IDF medical staff carried out operations with advanced medical equipment, and facilitated five births over the weekend, including one c-section procedure. The hospital was visited on Saturday morning by the Filipino head of the regional district, who thanked the members of the IDF delegation, and toured the field hospital. Last week, the IDF sent a large humanitarian mission to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The mission is being headed by Col. Ramtin Sabati, who commands the National Rescue Unit. The mission also includes Col. Dr. Dudu Dagan, Deputy Chief Medical Corp Officer, who is commanding the hospital. The first baby born at the field hospital was delivered safely on Friday. The mother named the boy Israel.
The brilliant Bel Mooney posted this today on my Facebook and I'd like to share it with you as I have always been a huge fan of Prince Charles and totaly agree with her sentiments
Local Costa del Sol resident Brett Rosandic posted this , this morning and I have to totally agree with him. I would like to add that as the world seems so mindset on calling for a boycott on Israeli goods sighting human rights abuses against Palestinians, it seems that China is OK!! After all can't we benefit by buying cheap goods in the Chinese supermarkets that have sprung up all over the costas? So, we might as well keep our mouths shut and wear blinkers so as not to be reminded to the human rights atrocities carried out daily in China!!
Dumped in black plastic bags, the chilling sight of 400 bodies buried in a mass grave that lays bare the terrible human cost of Typhoon Haiyan Volunteers in Tacloban in the Philippines arranged the bodies in bags A huge trench had been dug through a cemetery to contain them The vast majority of those buried had not been identified Corpses still lie decaying in the streets while workers rush to remove them before disease begins to spread
These for me are the most upsetting of all photographs to have come out of the Philippines disaster zone
These for me are the most upsetting of all photographs to have come out of the Philippines disaster zone
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Last week I posted a report that Paul McCartney was about to embrace the Jewish faith now we read a report that Simon Cowell is also about to do the same thing...... Music mogul Simon Cowell plans to embrace the Jewish faith of his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who is pregnant with their first child, as well as make a secret trip to Israel, quoting sources close to Cowell. The 54-year-old X Factor creator, judge and producer has Jewish roots - his father Eric was Jewish - but Cowell was raised Roman Catholic. While Cowell has never shown particular interest in religion, the source told The Mirror he is "open to reason on the subject of religion and the faith in which his son is brought up." "But he is naturally inquisitive and really wants to visit Israel so that he can make a more informed decision," the source added.
Ricky Gervais, the British comedian, shared Ms Bachman's comment “what a hunt!” on his own Twitter feed, adding: “Spot the typo”
Thursday, 14 November 2013
It’s that time of year again for the BBC’s Children in Need.
Just received this email from James Birkett British Embassy Madrid.
Children of Peace أولاد السلام ילדי השלום Announced today that team from the Israeli Home Front Command’s Rescue Unit were among the worlds first responders to the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan Children of Peace is a non-partisan, multi-faith charity dedicated to building friendship, trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children, aged 4-17, and their communities.
Israelis and Palestinians show tourists how people can live in peace