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Friday, March 28, 2008

Did you hear the one about....?

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  Our sides will surely ache at The Comedy Night here at WBT on April 1st!! SIX seasoned comedians will commemorate the day of trickery with humor that will have us guffawing!

April Fools Day, sometimes called All Fools Day, is the day most of the western world knows is set aside for good hearted pranks, hoaxes, gags, and giggles. The day is generally observed by playing a practical joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April Fool. This custom is thought to have started in France during the 16th century but the British are credited with bringing it to the United States.  The commonly accepted origin of April Fool's Day involves changes in the calendar. At one time, the New Year celebration began on March 25 and ended on April 1. However, in 1582, King Charles IX adopted the Gregorian calendar and accepted the beginning of the new year as January 1. Those who refused to acknowledge the new date or simply forgot received foolish gifts and invitations to nonexistent parties. The butt of such a prank was known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish." In Scotland the person is called a gowk (cuckoo), the symbol of a simpleton.                                      

 It is said: 
"It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt." --Mark Twain
"However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him." -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks." -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer
"Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom." -- Elizabeth Gaskell
"Looking foolish does the spirit good." -- John Updike
"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." -- Mark Twain
"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees." -- William Blake
"A fool must now and then be right by chance." -- Cowper
"It is better to be a fool than to be dead." -- Stevenson
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." -- Mark Twain
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Liverpool pays tribute

Posted by: wbtpress on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 12:26:00 pm Comments (0)

A LIVERPOOL tribute to Buddy Holly took place at the Philharmonic Hall last night to mark the 50th anniversary of the pop music icon appearing on the same stage.

 Making sure she was on hand to see for herself was the singer’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, who traveled to the city especially for the one performance, which featured local talent, old and new.  She told the Daily Post before the show: “People love Buddy’s music.  And I’ve been lucky because I always say my consolation for losing him is that people still enjoy his music, and hear it, and are very happy”

Buddy Holly’s two shows at the Phil on March 20, 1958, are thought to have had a resounding influence on Liverpool’s young musicians of the day who went on to forge the burgeoning Merseybeat sound.

Members of what were to become the Searchers, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and musical theatre impresario Bill Kenwright were among the audience for yesterday’s matinee and evening shows.

Organizer and Holly aficionado David Crosby said: “I just thought it was an occasion worth remembering. Bearing in mind the significance of Liverpool as a musical city and Buddy Holly as an icon of early pop and rock ‘n’ roll music, both were very influential. The influence of Buddy Holly was definitely felt by the Liverpool groups of the late 1950s, particularly The Beatles, who went on to influence pop music in general.”

 

 Mr Crosby, from West Kirby, owned Rox Records, a chain of record shops across Wirral, in the 1970s and 1980s.  For the sell-out tribute show, each act interpreted a song from Buddy Holly’s back catalogue. He added: “The response from the acts was amazingly good. I didn’t think the likes of Pete Wiley or Ian McNabb would be interested, as it’s not their generation, but they love him.”    

The charity show raised money for Cancer Research.         ----Exerpt from Liverpool Daily Post

Monday, March 24, 2008

One of the many raves!!

Posted by: wbtpress on Monday, March 24, 2008 at 1:55:20 pm Comments (0)

WOW! My daughters planned a "surprise night" for my birthday last weekend.
My husband and I are big theater goers so we were excited with their
choice of Buddy.  I have never written a review before, but, I felt the
need to share our feelings about this one-we were totally blown away by
the performers.  It was evident that they love what they are doing and
gave more than 100%.  Their extraordinary talent and enthusiasm - singers
and dancers both- brought new meaning to excellent theater!

Marlene Greene- Cranston, RI

True Love Ways

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