WHAT’S GOING ON?
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 25th January 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
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GLASONBURY CANCELLED 2021
Glastonbury Festival will not take place in 2021, organisers Michael & Emily Eavis have announced.
The iconic festival was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and its on-going effects mean the 2021 instalment will also not be taking place.
“With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us,” reads Michael and Emily’s statement. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are sorry to let you all down.”
The announcement continues: “As with last year, we would like to offer all of those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year and guarantee a chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022. We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!”
The news comes just over two weeks since organiser Emily Eavis tweeted that the festival wasn’t yet cancelled following Spice Girl Mel B stating that she was told it was, leading to rumours that a Spice Girls may be in the works for the Worthy Park event.
To be honest cancellation of Glastonbury has lots of implications. It is not just losing the Glastonbury Festival and the loss of income for so many artistes. It will also lead to the cancellation of many more festivals. It will mean the loss of income for artistes and loss of opportunity for up and coming potential artistes. And the killing off of the massive economy linked with all the festivals and the village of Glastonbury from the hot dog and fish and chip vendor, to all the other stalls that depend on the Glastonbury Festival for a living. This will leave such a hole in so many people’s finances and lives!
Drake has hit a new streaming milestone
Drake has hit a new streaming milestone, becoming the first artist ever to pass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify.
The feat was confirmed by Spotify to Variety, though Drake had already celebrated the landmark moment, posting an image of himself with a celebratory drink on Instagram.
Drake’s feat shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – the rapper and singer was Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the 2010s, with 28 billion streams.
His 2016 chart-topper One Dance is the platform’s most-played song ever, with 1.97 billion streams, while 2018 single God’s Plan has 1.67 billion plays.
The rapper’s last studio album, Scorpion, also set a one-day global record for album streams with 132,450,203 million plays in its first day of release.
Drake’s lead on streaming is likely to get a further boost in the next few weeks, as he is expected to release his new album Certified Lover Boy this month.
COMPUTER ENGINEER LOSES £200m ON COUNCIL TIP
A computer engineer, who claims he accidentally threw away a hard drive containing a virtual currency worth tens of millions of pounds has promised to give a local council a quarter of the fortune if they help him dig it out of a rubbish tip.
James Howells, 35, says the hard drive of his old laptop contains bitcoins worth about £200m but is languishing in a landfill site in Newport, south Wales.
Howells says both he and the council will benefit if they allow him to dig for it but the local authority is refusing, claiming an excavation would break licensing regulations and cause environmental damage.
“The attitude of the council does not compute, it just does not make sense,” said Howells.
Howells says he threw out the hard drive in summer 2013 when he was clearing out his desk. “I had two identical hard drives and I threw out the wrong one,” he said. “I have to laugh about it now.”
He has repeatedly appealed to Newport city council for help in recovering the machine – and has now offered it a 25% share if workers can pluck it out.
He believes that even after all this time the hard drive would still be in good enough working order. “The outside case might be rusted. But the inside disk, where the data is stored – there should be a good chance that it still works.”
Howells said he had financial backing from a hedge fund to pay for the search so the council would not be out of pocket. And he has a plan.
“The way the landfill operated in 2013 was when a general waste bin was full, it was given a serial number, it was dragged off to the open pit and it was buried. It was also given a grid reference number.
“So if I could access the landfill records I could identify the week that I threw the hard drive away, I could identify the serial number of the bin that it was in, and then I could identify where the grid reference is located.”
A spokeswoman for the council said: “Newport city council has been contacted a number of times since 2014 about the possibility of retrieving a piece of IT hardware said to contain bitcoins.
“The cost of digging up the landfill, storing and treating the waste could run into millions of pounds – without any guarantee of either finding it or it still being in working order.
“The council has also told Mr Howells on a number of occasions that excavation is not possible under our licensing permit and excavation itself would have a huge environmental impact on the surrounding area. We have, therefore, been clear that we cannot assist him in this matter.”
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
The TEN best Shakespeare plays of all time
- Hamlet When was it written? 1600
- Macbeth When was it written? 1605
- Midsummer Night’s Dream When was it written? 1595
- Much Ado About Nothing When was it written? 1598
- King Lear When was it written? 1605
- Othello When was it written? 1604
- Twelfth Night When was it written? 1599
- The Tempest When was it written? 1611
- Romeo and Juliet When was it written? 1594
- The Merchant of Venice When was it written? 1596
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
— Wayne Dyer
Happiness is…Shakespeare, or is it?
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A cop just knocked on my door and told me that my dogs were chasing people on bikes. My dogs don’t even own bikes…
Love is…the most precious thing to give.
A time to be…A time not to be.
25th January 1858 Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia.
©2021 Phil M Robinson