Big Jay McNeely-There Is Something On Your Mind

Big Jay McNeely-There Is Something On Your Mind

Big Jay McNeely-There Is Something On Your Mind

“Rock ‘n’ roll saxophone pretty much begins with Big Jay Mc Neely. He’s the king of the honkin’, squealin’, bar walkin’, flat-on-his-back Blowin’ tenor men -the Number One “real gone guy” of the 50’s. Black & White Blues (the Book)

Tenor saxophonist Cecil “Big Jay” McNeely has been “the king of the honkers” for over 60 years, and he’s still going strong. Born in Watts, California, on April 29, 1927, he formed his own band with jazz legends Sonny Criss (alto sax) and Hampton Hawes (piano) while still in high school. But in late 1948, when he was asked to record for Savoy Records, he abandoned jazz for something more raucous and struck paydirt when his second release, a honked-up instrumental called “Deacon’s Hop,” went to 1 on the national R&B charts in February 1949.

For the next several years, Big Jay, according to The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, “was famed for his playing-on-his-back acrobatics and his raw, hard-swinging playing.” During his act he’d leave the stage, walk across the top of the bar, and sometimes walk out the door of the club, often with a line of people following him. Once, in San Diego, during one such “walk,” he was arrested on the street for disturbing the peace; inside the club, his band kept playing until someone could rush down to the police station, post Big Jay’s bail, and bring him back to finish his song.

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Wild weather – Snow, rain and high seas in NSW

Parts of NSW have experienced their heaviest snow in years – and it’s come in mid-October – as the state shivers through a severe cold change. The weather bureau reported other severe weather events in the state, including eight-metre waves at Batemans Bay overnight and gale force winds on the south coast.

Wild weather – Snow, rain and high seas in NSW

Wild weather - Snow, rain and high seas in NSW


Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”

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Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”


When life gives you lemons ask for a bottle of Tequila and some salt.

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

I miss my ex….  but my aim is getting better.

Remember – Keep Smiling!

It makes people wonder what you’re up to!


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Aloe Vera: The Plant with Miraculous Healing Powers

Aloe Vera The Plant with Miraculous Healing Powers

Aloe Vera: The Plant with Miraculous Healing Powers

Aloe Vera is the best known member of the Aloe family, which includes about 250 species. These lush plants are called “succulents” because their thick, juicy flesh holds so much sap. Most aloe species came from Africa. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) was probably brought from Egypt to India by Arabs. It now grows wild in India’s coastal lands: for example, in Gujarat and Mumbai.
Egyptians have used Aloe for healing for thousands of years. In India, Ayurvedic medicine prescribes it for internal and external use. Aloe is an ingredient in many Western cosmetics and some skin salves. Aloe Vera provides a simple home remedy for minor burns or other skin irritations. The sap is a watery gel in consistency. Pluck and slice open a leaf nearest the ground, then apply the sap to the cut or burn. It should feel cool and soothing. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has several hundred uses for Aloe Vera. Externally, it may be used for:

Acne and related cosmetic problems
Burns including sunburn or scalds
Insect bites or stings
Moisturizing skin and reducing wrinkles

For internal use, Ayurvedic practitioners may make preparations of Aloe to treat:

Digestive problems such as constipation, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome
Kidney stones
Menstrual discomfort
Some practitioners and commercial firms take care to use a variety of plants for internal medications. There is a concern that, as a laxative, Aloe Vera alone is too powerful for most treatments. A few practitioners of herbal medicine may hype much grander claims for the healing properties of Aloe Vera. Generally the wisest course is to seek counsel from the most qualified doctors.



Blood Moon Recipe from Full Moon Feast: Swedish Meatballs

Blood Moon Recipe from <em>Full Moon Feast</em>: Swedish Meatballs

Blood Moon Recipe from Full Moon Feast: Swedish Meatballs


The following recipe was adapted for the Web from Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by Jessica Prentice.


In midautumn, when the air is growing colder and the nights longer, comes the Blood Moon. Also called the Hunter’s Moon by indigenous peoples in the eastern woodlands, it was a time when northern dwellers of many cultures would work to ensure that their store of meat would last the winter. They did this by hunting wild game or slaughtering farm animals. It was a time of year when blood was …Read More: Chelsea Green Publishing


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NSW bushfire reached ‘doorsteps’ of homes

NSW bushfire reached 'doorsteps' of homes.

RESIDENTS whose properties were under threat from a major bushfire on the NSW Central Coast have been allowed to return home.

More than 120 firefighters plus water-bombing aircraft spent Friday afternoon battling a blaze at Pretty Beach and Lobster Beach, near Gosford, after it jumped containment lines.

It has since burnt over 90 hectares of bushland.

At least 20 homes along High View Road were evacuated, as flames fanned by gusty winds headed towards their properties.

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