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Postby Jimbo » 12 Dec 2018, 14:19

… the very common practice during the first Cold War of condemning the Soviet Union for taking over much of Eastern Europe after the Second World War. This takeover is certainly based on fact. But the condemnation is very much misapplied if no mention is made of the fact that Eastern Europe became communist because Hitler, with the approval of the West, used it as a highway to reach the Soviet Union to wipe out Bolshevism once and for all; the Russians in World Wars I and II lost about 40 million people because the West had twice used this highway to invade Russia. It should not be surprising that after World War II the Soviets were determined to close down the highway. It was not simply “communist expansion”.


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Postby Rorschach » 13 Dec 2018, 11:27

Hermann Göring's brother was a pro-active anti Nazi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_G%C3%B6ring
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Postby The Prof » 13 Dec 2018, 12:11

Interesting read that Wiki link.
and the documentary film mentioned is on something called Veoh and free to watch.

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Postby harvey k-tel » 13 Dec 2018, 12:15

Christmases must've been pretty tense 'round the old Göring house!
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Postby KeithPratt » 13 Dec 2018, 13:24

Slade earn around £500k a year from royalties on "Merry Xmas everybody"

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Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Dec 2018, 13:28

Toby wrote:Slade earn around £500k a year from royalties on "Merry Xmas everybody"


Yep. There was a TV programme a few years back where Noddy quoted the £250,000 royalty cheque every year for that... Jim Lea gets the same..... it's probably more than that now as that was in the past. I believe it was one of the major causes of friction between Holder/Lea and Dave Hill & Don Powell.
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Postby The Prof » 13 Dec 2018, 14:19

Lee Mavers gets something approaching that for the worldwide royalties on There She Goes.

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Postby $P.Muff$ » 15 Dec 2018, 01:31

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And I need to see it.

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Postby KeithPratt » 15 Dec 2018, 10:06

The Prof wrote:Lee Mavers gets something approaching that for the worldwide royalties on There She Goes.


With that amount of money rolling in, I think I would also do fuck all for the rest of my life.

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Postby Butch Manly » 15 Dec 2018, 11:05

Toby wrote:With that amount of money rolling in, I think I would also do fuck all for the rest of my life.


Whereas, Lee did something else. Lee did heroin.
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Postby Sam Stone » 15 Dec 2018, 11:38

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Toby wrote:With that amount of money rolling in, I think I would also do fuck all for the rest of my life.


Whereas, Lee did something else. Lee did heroin.


Seems an awful lot of dosh for just one song and one well known cover version so checked on some Las/Mavers's site.

The consensus there seems to be he's making a lot, lot less than half a million a year even if it is all going in his arm

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Postby Sam Stone » 15 Dec 2018, 11:40

A new biog of famous American illustrator and eccentric, Edwin Gorey, claims he suffered a fatal heart attack when advised of the cost of replacing the batteries in his TV remote control.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 15 Dec 2018, 13:23

Chest compressions were only "discovered" in the 1960s.
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Postby Jimbo » 15 Dec 2018, 13:59

A Brief History of U.S. Interventions:
1945 to the Present
by William Blum

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/ ... BlumZ.html
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Postby Hugh » 19 Dec 2018, 07:34

Alvin Stardust recorded a version of Bruce Springsteen's Growing Up.

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Postby Charlie O. » 19 Dec 2018, 07:42

Hugh wrote:Alvin Stardust recorded a version of Bruce Springsteen's Growing Up.

I wonder if Bowie turned him on to it.
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Postby Hugh » 19 Dec 2018, 08:03

Charlie O. wrote:
Hugh wrote:Alvin Stardust recorded a version of Bruce Springsteen's Growing Up.

I wonder if Bowie turned him on to it.


Seems likely. I found it on an 80 track compilation of songs on the UK label. There are whole worlds of horrors on there, most of them Jonathon King aliases that I don’t dare click on, but also a few early 10cc hits, 2 songs from Genesis’ Genesis To Revekation album and the mighty Beach Baby by First Class.

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Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Dec 2018, 12:37

Tchotchke (pronounced CHAHCH-kuh) is a noun - definition "knickknack, trinket". Tchotchke comes from the Yiddish tshatshke of the same meaning, and ultimately from a now-obsolete Polish word, czaczko.
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Postby KeithPratt » 22 Dec 2018, 19:26

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The budge for The Swarm, a terrible action pic of 1978, was double that of Star Wars at $21 million.

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Postby Charlie O. » 22 Dec 2018, 19:32

The sound effect at the beginning of "Shotgun" by Jr. Walker & The All Stars is not in fact a gun at all, but guitarist Eddie Willis accidentally kicking his amplifier.
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