It’s In The News Today

 

“Some day, when I’m awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight.”

It’s on all the news media today, Legendary singer Andy Williams has died at the age of 84.  I first came across this singer way back in the late 1960s when we were living in Montreal.  Each week, with my two small children, I settled down to watch “The Andy Williams Show”.  Williams has been described as one of the gentlemen of the music world, the last great crooner and has been credited with helping the Osmonds become known, in particular helping the two youngest Osmonds, Donnie and Marie become household names.

He had many hits but my favourite is “The Way You Look Tonight”.  Click here to listen to him singing this on YouTube.

There has been many obits written about the man.  My comment to add to these is ‘Sail safely across your Moon River Mr Williams.  And thank you for all the happy hours and great memories.”

And what else is making the news?

  • The UK Daily Telegraph Newspaper tells us that a Hong Kong property magnate and father Cecil Chao Sze-tsung offers $HK 500 million  to anyone who can ‘woo’ his lesbian daughter.  “I don’t care whether he is rich or poor” said Mr Chao “The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted”.  The queue forms here! and
  • Interpol is on the lookout for a 15-year-old girl who has absconded with her maths teacher.  The pair (he is more than twice her age) was last seen boarding a ferry to Calais earlier this week.  No reward has been offered by this family but a heartfelt plea from her parents for her to come home.
  • In New Zealand – an avalanche has been reported on the Remarkables Ski Field near Queenstown in the south Island.  Details are sketchy at present as the report was only received some 1.5 hours ago.
  • A 68-year-old woman who police allege was part of a multi-million dollar drug syndicate has pleaded guilty to cannabis and money laundering charges.
  • The internet mogul Kim Dotcom has been all over the news here for the past few days.  Today the Prime Minister apologised to him for what he has described as “basic errors” by the Government Communications and Security Bureau.  Apparently the GCSB has no mandate and in fact,  is expressly forbidden to spy on NZ citizens and Mr Dotcom has permanent residency status here.  The US is attempting to have Mr Dotcom extradited to answer a long list of piracy accusations against he and others.
  • From the Calgary Herald we learn that a Victoria, BC teenager who has raised more than $C 1 million for children’s charities requires surgery for a medical condition that is causing her spine to deteriorate.  The surgery available in Canada is likely to leave her paralyzed but the Province refuses to pay for her a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where experimental surgery is being undertaken.  Hard decisions have to be made.

Aren’t we lucky to live in an age when we can read newspapers from around the world and marvel at how crazy this world is?

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
John Lennon 1940-1980

 

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20 responses to “It’s In The News Today

  1. He was soft and mild and pleasant to the spirit. Perry Como too.

  2. Andy Griffith, Andy Williams, two actors from Welcome Back Kotter, Don Grady from My 3 Sons – – 2012 has felt like the year my childhood died. So glad we still have Andy Williams’ music to enjoy.

  3. My mom was always tuned to music shows when they were broadcast on tv. Andy Williams was a regular in our home. When we fear it is only our nation that has lost its collective mind, it is good (or not) to know that it was globally contagious.

  4. Andy Williams certainly was a class act and the very memory of his music makes me feel warm!

  5. The problem with getting old is losing people who make a difference in your life. Andy Williams made a difference. A nice tribute Judith.

  6. Christine in Los Angeles

    Oh, I love that song: it makes me think of “home”. And deep-down-inside, (where it really counts) I’m convinced I can play it on the piano– and sing it, too. In fact, my fingers played it on the table-top, as I read your blog,
    Lovely tribute, darling. His was a lovely voice, and he seemed to have a nice attitude, I think. “Moon River” is my favourite AW song (I bet I could play and sing that, too).
    God bless, Christine

  7. One of my daughters used to be a great fan of Donnie and Marie Osmond. Brings back memories of her teenage years.
    Is the world more crazy than it used to be? Maybe we just are able to get more information about it at an instant.

  8. Hi Judith, I’m afraid it’s another five weeks before I’ll be back home in Wollongong! Life in Berlin is sometimes a bit stressful, but overall we do greatly enjoy our stay here. So far we’ve taken a huge amount of photos but have published only a few of them. Peter and I have to share one laptop and we have no scanner. But we’re very lucky that our little apartment has internet connection. Cheerio, Uta

    • Well I am glad you are both still enjoying your visit. But by the time you return it will be warm again and I am sure you will not enjoy a German winter.

  9. RIP Andy… he was a gentle soul with a golden smile.

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