Blind BBC Reporter Gets Best Of Mugger

by Kevin Burton    A blind BBC reporter, retrieved his cell phone from a mugger and restrained the assailant until help arrived, multiple sources reported in late December.    “Wrong blind person, wrong day,” said Sean Dilley, a blind news reporter and project lead for the BBC’s Reframing Disability program.    Dilley was taking a …

Younger McCartney Travels His Own Path

by Kevin Burton    The English singer known professionally as Mike McGear has a birthday today. He turns 79.    Among the greetings and well wishes, he may get a birthday call, or maybe a musical card that plays the Beatles song “Birthday,” from his brother – Paul McCartney.    Peter Michael McCartney created the …

Disaster At Who Concert Still Haunts Band

   I’ve written a lot about the Beatles and Beatlemania, but there is another side to the craziness of rock and roll.    Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the tragedy at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati when eleven people were killed in a stampede to get into a concert by The Who. There was no …

Electrified Hand Holding: British Invasion

by Kevin Burton    The song that launched the British Invasion was released on this date 59 years ago.    “I Want To Hold Your Hand” holds up to this day, but to get the full impact of it you’d have to hear it with ears attuned to the sounds of 1963.    God bless …

Lennon’s Thanksgiving Concert Appearance

by Kevin Burton    On Thanksgiving night 1974, two of England’s best musical exports, John Lennon and Elton John appeared together in concert.    The appearance was Lennon paying off a bet of sorts.     His song “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” had just reached the top of the US Hot 100, something Lennon was …

Still Singing, Petula Clark Turns 90

by Kevin Burton    Did you know Petula Clark has a new single?  Well, it’s her birthday today so let’s help her celebrate.    That’s 90 candles on the cake today for Petula, if you’re counting. She was born on this day in 1932 in Ewell, England. That’s 68 million records sold, if you’re doing …

Hotel Ejects Blind Woman Over Guide Dog

by Kevin Burton     If I ever go back to London, I know where I am not staying.    The Premier Inn in North London ejected a blind woman, her partner and her guide dog, saying the woman “didn’t look blind,” according to published reports.       My information comes from reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes, writing …

Baby Boy’s Vision Saved Thanks To TikTok

by Kevin Burton     Sometimes we get tired of being beat up by the news and decide to go up-beat.    Today we present a second straight day of positive news from the Good News Network. In our first story, a young boy will be blessed to grow up with normal vision thanks to a …

Speaking Of English, Speaking In British

by Kevin Burton    Not smashing, not daft, something mid-table I’d say, to use a football analogy.    I thought I was ready, so I had a go, with middling results.    Every day Merriam-Webster sends me an e-mail to help me watch my language.  A few weeks ago they announced “The Great British Vocabulary …

Personal Data Scattered To The Four Winds

by Kevin Burton    Yes, of course you’re going to do your due diligence, you’ll do what you can. But is this a lost cause already?    I’m talking about the safe keeping of your personal data, personal identifying information. The intimate details of your life.    How much of that information do you truly …