Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret broadcasting to the world. Even kids needed a pep talk.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Princess Elizabeth -Oct. 13, 1940
In the dark days of 1940 during the Blitz, a massive relocation campaign had begun in Britain concerning children living in the danger areas of large metropolitan cities. As a result, they were being evacuated to small country villages around England, but also to Commonwealth and Allied countries willing and able to take them.
On October 13th 1940, the 14-year old Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, went before the microphone to deliver a pep talk to the children now away from their homes and scattered, in some cases, all over the world.
Here is that complete radio address from 72 years ago.
Agnew resigns – a preview of things to come.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Washington Week – Oct. 12, 1973
A startling and jarring week, but in reality a dress rehearsal for something bigger to come in the future. Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned over Income Tax Evasion and a criminal investigation to which he plead No Contest. Saying he didn’t want to drag his family and the attention of the country into it, he decided it was best to accept the verdict and resign from office. A sentiment that would be echoed a little less than a year later by Nixon.
Agnew’s vacancy was quickly filled by Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan and it was expected his confirmation would go without a problem.
But the news of this week, ending on October 12, 1973, had mostly to do with the fallout of the Agnew resignation, the continuing investigation over Watergate and how all this would affect the White House.
Even so, there was other news. The new War in the Middle East was deemed not as fierce as the 1967 War, but it was nevertheless intense and a secretly welcome distraction for the Nixon White House who were showing signs of wear from the near-constant gaze of public attention.
But the goings on between Israel, Syria and Egypt were taking a distant back seat to the goings on in Washington – and that was a flat-out fact for this October 12th in 1973, as reported on the CBS Radio program The Washington Week with Neil Strawser.
The Shake Speares or The Shakespeares or Fynn McCool. A Rhodesian Beat/Psych band with an identity problem.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Shakespeares – How Does She Look – 1967
A baffling entry tonight. The Shake Speares, or Shakespeares as they were called for a while, were originally a Beat Group from Rhodesia, who migrated to the UK, and spent a lot of time gigging around the European continent. Had two albums and several singles – none of which really did anything, except in Belgium where they were huge. Reports had it they were an amazing band to see live and there was a point they were almost signed to a label in the U.S. and had plans to do a U.S. tour, which promptly fell through when the manager they had at the time died of a heart attack.
It almost sounds like the story of a band where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and none of it was justified.
True, they were bouncing around with various music genres, and by the time 1970 rolled around they had changed their name to Fynn McCool (for one album released by RCA in the UK) and were decidedly Hard Rock before splitting up and going off in different directions.
Tonight it’s a single from their Psych period – How Does She Look was a moderate hit for the band in Belgium, but it wasn’t issued anywhere else, so it would have to be left up to the inimitable record collector and gem-trudging Album compiler to make the discovery of a band that was undeservedly ignored and sadly underrated. Strangely, The Shakespeares few albums and singles haven’t had official re-issues anywhere – so maybe it’s just a matter of time.
At any rate, there is a sample of The Shakespeares and what you may have missed the first time around, or just getting around to discovering this time.