With all the recent stories about cybersecurity, ransomware and the WannaCry hack, here's Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, in action spraying holy water around a Russian police control centre to protect it from computer viruses.
Cybersecurity comment: Greg Bufithis on the WannaCry ransomware hack - another fine mess caused by NSA spooks
Just taken delivery of tickets to see John Mayall – the Godfather of British Blues – in Norwich in October. Of course he's ancient now (no disgrace, so am I) however at this distance in time we tend to forget just what a huge impact Mayall had on the UK pop, blues and Mod scenes in the first part of the 1960s.
I still have a copy of his 1964-vintage 45 single with Crawling up a Hill on the A-side and Mr. James (about the Chicago slide guitarist Elmore James) on the flip. Growing up as a teenage schoolboy in Scarborough, I was already aware I was living in a small town and needed to get out. The Mayall song Crawling up a Hill, with its lyrics about heading to London town, for a better scene, and the kind of music that won't bring you down, resonated very strongly in me – even if it actually took me another eight years to get there!
By way of a compare and contrast, here's the original Mayall version and a much later (2003/04) version by Katie Melua (which goes for a more laid-back jazzier approach) from 40 years later.
If you've had a bad day today, I feel sorry for you but on this day in history – 11th May 1310 – the Order of the Knights Templar had an even worse day when 54 of their members in France were burned at the stake for being heretics. (Although with hindsight the charges brought against them were nonsensical and owe more to a power struggle with the King of France.) Interestingly, the day the Knights Templars were first arrested – Friday 13th October 1307 – is said to be the root of the superstition that Friday the 13ths are unlucky.
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