Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Mimi on John

This is a quote from John's Aunt Mimi. I had never seen it before, so I thought I'd post it here for you to read.



“It makes me livid when people make snide remarks about John’s millions and ask what he ever did for Liverpool. To set the record straight, he gave away one-tenth of his income every year secretly to a charity for spastic children. He didn’t make a big fanfare about it. It was just something he wanted to do without fuss. If people have the chance to make money, they would be mad not to. The secret is to make sure it doesn’t ruin your life and make you swollen headed. John still cared deeply about people and about the world. In his last letter to me, there was one paragraph that summed it all up. It read, ‘So many people are dying so young from getting cancer or some other such horror. I count my blessings, Mimi. Believe me.’” - Mimi Smith, February 1981

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Leaving England

This is apparently the last ever photograph of John Lennon taken in England before he left the UK for the final time on August 31st 1971.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

Beatle Kids Poll

Here are the results of the last poll: "Did you receive any Beatle-related gifts for Christmas?"

"Love" CD 22%
Books 17%
Calendar 17%
T-shirts/other clothing 13%
Other Beatles memorabilia 9%
Other Beatles/solo Beatles CDs 9%
DVDs 9%
None/don't celebrate Christmas 4%


This month's poll:

Which of the Beatles' children is your favourite? To help you make up your mind...

John's Kids

Julian




Sean



Paul's Kids

Heather (his adopted daughter)



Mary



Stella




James



Beatrice



George's Kids

Dhani



Ringo's Kids

Zak



Jason



Lee




You can find the poll in the sidebar on the right of this page.

Which Beatle Is Your True Love?


Congratulations! John is your true love! John is clever, witty, quick and also generous, caring and loyal.
Take this quiz!

See all my quiz results here!

George Tells You All About Meditation

An article I typed from a 60s magazine, about George Harrison and meditation.

From "Datebook", May 1968

George Tells You All About Meditation




When DB's publishing director Art Unger was in London with The Beatles recently, he was invited by George Harrison to talk about Transcendental Meditation.

"We've got to get the meditation message across to all young people!" George told me in London recently. All of the Beatles are still involved with the Yogi Maharesh Maharishi and Transcendental Meditation.

"Then it must be explained more clearly than it has been up till now," I said, "or the kids will simply feel it's some sort of mystic mumbo jumbo."

"Well, Art," George volunteered, "let's clear it up for them!"

So, the following day, George and Pattie Harrison visited me at the Mayfair Hotel and for three solid hours we talked and talked and talked about life, after-life and meditation, exclusively for teenagers everywhere and especially for 'Datebookers'.
Here are some of the highlights of that taped conversation...exactly as George spoke the words.

- Art Unger


Religion and Meditation

* Transcendental Meditation is not a substitute for religion; it is part of religion really. In actual fact, in every religion they've had some form of meditation. Christ said, "seek the Kingdom of Heaven that lies within". Well, transcendental meditation takes you to that state which is the Kingdom of Heaven within. It's within everybody. It takes you to a level of consciousness that is absolute; that isn't subject to the relative states of consciousness, like good and bad, black and white. And all those things that are equal and opposite to each other.

* If somebody was a Catholic and he wanted to meditate, then it would help him understand Catholicism. Same for Jewish people. Whatever religion it is, meditation will help you to understand better what your religion means.

* The thing in my life is to get the maximum energy, happiness and all those things. We're all living now, and whatever life we lead, it could be better. And transcendental meditation is a way of tapping a source of energy that's inside us all, enabling us to get the maximum out of life.

Getting Started

* How do you get started meditating? Well, you've got to be taught by an instructor, which makes it rather difficult. You just can't read a book about it and then go and do it, because you won't be doing it right. But in a way, it's good that it's taught like that because you get instruction that gives you some sort of experience and then you talk to the person – the instructor – about the experience, and based on the experience you get the next instruction. So it's all taken step by step. But that's why it's so effective, because it's taken individually for each person.

* There are various forms of meditation and in the States there are quite a lot of people, either who've been there and set up organisations or who are still there now. Particularly in New York. There are about four or five swamis in New York who all teach meditation. It may not be exactly the same as the meditation we're doing, because it's not from the same teacher. But in its own personalized way, it'll be very similar. The whole thing is to get to the same place. And obviously, there are a few roads all leading to the same place.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

George's Cats

This post was inspired by a thread on one of the George Harrison forums I belong to. These pictures show that John wasn't the only cat-lover in the Beatles! I'm not sure how many cats (or other pets) George had in total during his life, but the two that I know of were named Corky and Josstick. [An article that mentions Josstick (in the second last paragraph)]



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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

John Lennon interview about peace and Kyoko



An interview from Denmark

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

John Lennon to promote Scottish tourism

North Highland Tourism Operators Ltd have launched a new website http://www.northhighlandsscotland.com using John Lennon's connection with the Scottish Highlands to attract visitors to the area.

Here is the direct link to the page that mentions John (including a picture of his cousin, Stanley Parkes with a memorial stone in Durness). http://www.northhighlandsscotland.com/content/johnlennon.asp

New book by Julia Baird

Here is a link to an article from the Daily Mail about a new book by John Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird.

All you need is love: The John Lennon story

The book is called "Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon" and is published on February 8 2007. [Buy it from Amazon.co.uk]

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Beatles on American TV before Ed Sullivan!



January 3 1964 - Footage of the Beatles performing a concert in Bournemouth, England is shown on The Jack Paar Show.

Friday, January 19, 2007

New Icons

I've been busy making some more icons that you can use on forums/blogs/Myspace etc. Feel free to take as many as you want.






Click here to see all my other icons and animations

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A doorway into Cavern's glorious past

Jan 17 2007

The Cavern turned 50 yesterday. Kate Mansey went along for the party

By Kate Mansey, Liverpool Daily Post


LIVERPOOL'S immortal Cavern Club celebrated its 50th birthday in style yesterday by announcing a string of similar clubs will open across the globe.

Buenos Aires, Adelaide and Tokyo already have their own versions of the Cavern Club.

But the influence of the Mathew Street venue will spread even further after owners confirmed they had inquiries from 42 countries about opening Cavern Clubs in exotic destinations, including Dubai and Shanghai.

The new venues were just part of a raft of plans designed to move the Cavern business model forward in the 21st century.

Full story from icLiverpool here - includes quotes from John Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird, and info on the new Hard Day's Night Hotel.

New link

I updated the links section with a link to my Beatles page on Myspace. You're welcome to add me as a friend if you want.

www.myspace.com/louise29

Artwork

Two drawings by John Lennon that sold at auction this week:



A drawing from 1967



Watercolour of a bird from 1952 (aged 11)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

More fanlistings...

I've joined a few more fanlistings:





See all my fanlistings here!

Friday, January 12, 2007

New banners

I added some new banners that you can use to link to my blog.

Changes

I've finally upgraded "Sing My Heart, Speak My Mind" to the new version of Blogger. It shouldn't make too much difference to you, but you might notice one or two slight changes. I can now give 'labels' to every post, for example. (Scroll down to the 'Categories' section under the Latest Poll in the sidebar to view all the posts that have the same label).

If you find any errors/broken links, etc, please let me know!

Paul, George and Ringo pictures

Since I posted some John pictures yesterday, here are a few of Paul, George and Ringo.