Sunday, December 31, 2006
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
The Royal Mail has announced that it will be issuing six Beatles album covers as a set of special stamps to be released on January 9th 2007.
Albums "With The Beatles" and "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will feature as first class stamps, "Abbey Road" and "Help!" will be 64p and "Revolver" and "Let It Be" will be on 72p stamps.
"Special stamps mark great moments, famous anniversaries and important cultural themes," said Julietta Edgar from Royal Mail. "They are miniature pieces of art and history rolled into one and this year's stamps promise more stunning images."
Other special stamp sets due out in 2007 include British Army uniforms, UK inventions which changed the world, the Queen's diamond wedding anniversary, and the Scout Association's centenary.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I hope everyone had a good Christmas (those of you who celebrate it)! Let us all know what Beatle-related gifts you got by voting in our new poll.
You'll find the poll in the sidebar on the right of this page.
Here are the results of the last poll: "Which of these 'love' songs do you like best?"
The winner was "It's Only Love" with 16%. I was surprised by that result - I think "It's Only Love" is a great song but I didn't expect it to be so popular.
The full list:
It's Only Love 16%
And I Love Her 13%
P.S. I Love You 13%
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away 13%
Can't Buy Me Love 10%
She Loves You 10%
Love Me Do 6%
Love You To 6%
All You Need Is Love 6%
Real Love 6%
Sunday, December 24, 2006
What can you buy for the Beatles?
What do the Beatles want to give you? Here are the surprise answers.
If the Beatles had their private wish, they’d give all their fans a very special present this Christmas: John, Paul, Ringo and George would appear casually together on television and have it transmitted around the world by Tel Star. On this show, they’d talk to those who love them and say, “Merry Christmas” in the way only those four can say it, by music. Their wish for the fans this Christmas and in the coming year is “Happiness” spelled with a capital H.
At Christmas, the Beatles spend the holidays with their families. This year, for the first time, Paul will be at his farm. But Ringo, George and John will be at home with their wives and parents. John’s aunts will be with him and Cyn this year. Though George recently bought a home in India, he will be with Pattie in England.
Last year was a joyous time for each Beatle. John bought presents for all his friends and wrapped them in gorgeous colored paper. The boxes looked so beautiful stacked around his house that John couldn’t bear to give them away. Instead he left them all over his house, gazing at them from time to time, glad to see Christmas around the Lennon house all year long. He and Cyn bought John Julian a 20 foot stuffed dog. On Christmas Eve, John invited eight of his special friends over to view the film “Miracle on 34th Street”. This is a movie about Santa Claus which is often shown on American TV. John gets a great kick out of this flick and he wants to show it again this year.
In 1964, George bought Pattie a ring anticipating their February marriage. It wasn’t an engagement or wedding ring, but Pattie adored it, just as she adores everything that George buys her. Ringo’s present to George last year was a huge mahogany cabinet in which George stores his guitars.
How The Beatles Shop For Xmas
Ringo is the most extravagant of the four. He can’t resist buying everything that strikes his fancy for his many friends. Also at Christmas Ringo gets great satisfaction from doing things for the poor and needy. It’s a little known fact that the last time Ringo was in the hospital for his tonsillectomy, he counted the children in the ward and, upon his arrival home, sent get-well toys to each of them. When he buys for Maureen, it’s not unlike Ringo to get her a custom sports car. He can hardly imagine purchasing anything less for his very much loved wife.
George, when it comes to Pattie, is also overboard. He always buys her gifts that no woman would ever need. To George, a useful gift is useless.
John gets great pleasure from buying funny presents for all his friends. His imagination runs rampant and all his friends eagerly await his thoughtful purchases. Last year they were disappointed because John kept them all. Maybe they’ll have better luck this year.
Paul lets Jane help him Christmas shop. As he tends to be the most practical Beatle, Paul spends a great deal of time choosing each gift with care. His buys range from the extremely practical to the unheard of objects that delight the receivers.
Gifts That Will Please The Beatles!
TIGER BEAT recently asked several of the Beatles’ closest friends what they would buy each Beatle if they had unlimited money to spend. Here’s what they decided upon:
For John: An ancient wall safe that plays a medley of Beatle songs if a burglar attempts to crack it.
For Ringo: Fifty turtle-neck sweaters in all colors or a new ring made out of a chip from the Hope Diamond.
For Paul: Eight or nine horses for his farm.
For George: A new recording studio built into his home to surprise him.
What Fans Can Give The Beatles
Surprisingly enough, the Beatles keep most of the gifts fans send them. Naturally, John and Ringo give many of the toys sent John Julian and Zak to Children’s Hospitals, but only after the boys have enjoyed them.
If you’re a fan who wants to send the Beatles a gift, here are some suggestions the boys will appreciate:
For George: Records that he can’t buy in England.
For Ringo: Stuffed animals for Zak. Ringo also enjoys them.
For John: Books that he can’t obtain in England with your personal message written inside.
For Paul: Don’t send him Christmas gifts. Wait for the wedding.
Whatever the Beatles do this Christmas, you can be sure it will be joyous and full of cheer. How wonderful it would be if we all could spend this very special time close to the Beatles, whom we all love very much.
From Tiger Beat, January 1967
Thanks to Katie for sending me this article
Friday, December 22, 2006
I received the code for this new "Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows" video in the latest newsletter from TheBeatles.com.
Also from the newsletter: On the 27th December 2006 at 10.30pm, the BBC are broadcasting "IMAGINE...The Beatles In LOVE", an in-depth look at the creation of LOVE - the music and the show. Preview here.
Don't miss the new Beatles LOVE page at the BBC website.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The FBI has released the final surveillance documents on John Lennon to a university historian who has waged a 25-year legal battle to obtain the secret files.
The 10 pages contain new details about Lennon`s ties to leftist and anti-war groups in London in the early 1970s.
But nothing indicates that government officials considered the Beatles star a serious threat, historian Jon Wiener told the Los Angeles Times.
The FBI had unsuccessfully argued that an unnamed foreign government secretly provided the information, and releasing those documents could lead to diplomatic, political or economic retaliation against the United States.
The newly-released documents include a surveillance report stating that two prominent British leftists had courted Lennon in the hope that he would finance "a left-wing bookshop and reading room in London" but that Lennon gave them no money. Another page states that there was "no certain proof" that Lennon had provided money "for subversive purposes."
"I doubt that Tony Blair`s government will launch a military strike on the US in retaliation for the release of these documents," Wiener said.
"Today, we can see that the national security claims that the FBI has been making for 25 years were absurd from the beginning."
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Ringo Starr is making a documentary about his life.
The Beatles legend is tired of hearing myths and lies about himself and has decided to reveal the truth.
He said: "It's an anthology we are doing on me."
The 66-year-old drummer, who battled alcoholism after The Beatles split, will film the programme and speak to the people who know him best in the music industry.
A source told Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "To most of the general public, Ringo is still the Liverpudlian who simply got lucky by hooking up with Lennon and McCartney at the right time.
"Less is generally known about Ringo's story. He is speaking to people such as Beatles producer Sir George Martin in the film, and it is hoped people will go away with a better understanding of him."
Ringo was once described by the late John Lennon as the "heart" of The Beatles.
The documentary is set to be broadcast on British TV next year.
(C) BANG Media International
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Click here to find out what the Beatles want for Christmas!
Christmas Tree pictures:
Beatles Christmas Fan Club Record, 1963:
The Beatles 1963 Christmas Show:
A winter drawing by John Lennon:
Beatles Christmas Fan Club record, 1964:
Ringo Starr's "I Wanna Be Santa Claus" album cover:
John Lennon's Christmas card to Cynthia:
John's 1968 Apple Xmas card:
John and Yoko in Santa Claus costumes:
More Christmas pictures:
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tomorrow is December 8th, which as you probably all know is the 26th anniversary of John Lennon's death. Unfortunately I won't be able to update tomorrow, so for now, here are a few pictures of John, with lots more to come at the weekend.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
John Lennon's former mistress May Pang and widow Yoko Ono have finally made peace after an impromptu reunion in Iceland.
Pang, who had an 18-month affair with the former Beatle during her time as his personal assistant, had been icily received by Ono over the past 20 years. But the two love rivals managed to bump into each other at a hotel in Reykjavik on what would have been Lennon's 66th birthday (09 Oct 06).
Pang says, "By chance we were both staying in the same hotel on John's birthday. I went up to her and sort of said hello and I wished her well on her project, as she was unveiling a sculpture in Reykjavik.
"It was so funny because Iceland is neutral territory - it's where the politicians have had all those summit meetings. So it was quite fitting for us.
"I sat back down again and she came round again.
"She spotted me and started waving wildly at me, saying, 'Hi, hi, hi!'"