You will certainly remember Neverland the ranch that Michael Jackson made famous when it became his main home. He was bought by Ronald W. Buckle for $22 million.
Michael Jackson bought the property in 1988 at the apex of his success and called it Neverland Ranch. It is 2700 acres and is situated a little more than 125 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The name Neverland came from Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up.
To show that he couldn’t grow up himself, Jackson turned Neverland into a kind of theme park. There was a zoo, a theatre, a panoramic wheel and even a train.
Jackson died in 2009 but never returned to live in his Neverland Ranch after the trials for sexual molestations on young boys in 2005.
$22 million doesn’t sound like a lot and it isn’t, they have been trying to sell the property since 2015, initially they wanted to build a memorial to Michael Jackson like Elvis Presley has at Graceland, but Jackson’s reputation is definitely tainted.
When it was first put in the market the asking price was $100 million but it has been going down since. Accidentally the property doesn’t include the theme park and it’s no longer called Neverland Ranch but Sycamore Valley Ranch.
London, Jack White record store opening announced
For those who don’t remember Jack White had become famous with the White Stripes, but meanwhile he has been busy with many projects. One of them is his record stores which are called Third Man and so far are located in Detroit and Tennessee, both cities with an important musical history.
The third shop opens in London and will have a small live music space called ‘The Blue Basement’ and the European offices of Third Man Records, most notably Paul Weller and The Jesus and Mary Chain and a rarity from Manchester legendary group ‘The Magic Roundabout’. You don’t have to go to London to buy them, you can go to their website and buy them online.
The shop and music space will open on 25 September in Soho, at 1 Marshall Street in Soho, London W1F 9BA. It should be an interesting project, and at least this time not founded by some multinational.
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Bridge Over Troubled Water
I once had a friend called Harry, and I can only wish that if you are going through a time of extra stress, that you find such a friend as Harry. Harry was a good listener and responded with empathy to whatever misery was being offloaded onto him. He had learnt to cope with his own difficulties, by cultivating a calm contemplation of solutions and practising tenacity. If it is not possible to make time for yourself, as Harry recommended, people will inevitably find it increasingly difficult to cope. A job that is over demanding, or caring responsibilities at home, when there is no respite, will take their toll. It is not always possible to set reasonable goals, without considerable social support.It is over thirty years since I last saw Harry, but I remember everything we discussed.
There is a fictional character I like called “Drop Dead Fred”. The 1991 film starred Rik Mayall. Besides over the top comedy, Fred encouraged assertiveness in a young woman, lacking in self-confidence. Faced with her unsupportive mother and faithless husband, she summoned the imaginary friend of her childhood, “Drop Dead Fred” for assistance. Finally, Fred told her that he had to go, when, job done, he had inspired her to be able to cope herself.
Paul Simon was inspired to write the beautiful song “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, which has given comfort to many people in hard times. There are times when we all need a friend.
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