About two dozens of Czech and foreign artists Monday decorated with the famous Lennon Wall in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, with new pictures and inscriptions of "love and peace".
The wall, which is the outer side of the park garden opposite the French Embassy building, was a memorial to singer-songwriter John Lennon.
Since the 1980s, it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles' songs. In the past years, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Prague and was seen as a symbol of global ideas such as "love and peace".
The artwork, namely "Meet Art", was co-created by artists from the Czech Republic and those from Slovakia, Serbia, Canada and Sultanate of Oman. Some tourists also contributed their talents. They painted the entire wall with one of the motifs of "All you need is love", title of the Lennon's famous song.
The action aims to return the previous role to the Wall and make passers-by to write their own poems on the wall instead of dirty words and vulgar pictures, said the organizers.
ohn Lennon's iconic round glasses could sell for more than $20,000 at Omega Auctions (Image: Omega Auctions)
A pair of John Lennon’s iconic round glasses could sell for over $20,000 when they go up for auction in the U.K next week.
The glasses will be offered at Omega Auctions on March 26, as part of a dedicated Beatles sale featuring memorabilia and rare records.
They originate from the private collection of Barry Finch, a designer who worked with The Beatles in the late 1960s as part of a Dutch art collective known as ‘The Fool’.
Lennon gave Finch the glasses in 1967, as the pair collaborated on ideas for the inner sleeve artwork of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The former Beatles beatkeeper appeared to confirm a 20th solo album was in the works on guitarist Steve Lukather’s Facebook page.
Lukather, who plays in Starr’s All-Starr Band, posted a photo of the group in a recording studio. Starr posted a photo of the pair together on Twitter and wrote “In the studio again with the great Steve Lukather what a guy. Peace and Love.”
The 78-year-old drummer signed a publishing deal with BMG in 2018 that gives the company rights to his solo material and the few tracks he wrote with The Beatles. His last album was 2017’s “Give More Love,” which features the single “So Wrong for So Long." Paul McCartney, Starr’s former Beatles band mate, recorded on two of that album’s tracks. Rock and Roll legends Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Jeff Lynne and Peter Frampton also helped out on that project.
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Whether you go by total record sales, number of hit singles, or overall hysteria levels, The Beatles have been the band to top since the early ’60s. In particular, their album sales (now nearing 185 million copies) set a mark we doubt anyone can beat.
Once they went their separate ways, each former member of The Beatles scored multiple No. 1 singles on their own. However, when the band was together, you find the Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo handling most of the lead-singing duties on the band’s top hits.
In George Harrison’s case, it took until Abbey Road (The Beatles’ last studio record) to get the lead vocal on a No. 1 (“Something,” which George wrote). As for Ringo, the closest the band’s drummer got was No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts as lead vocalist.
Bu if you look at the Fab Four’s 20 chart-topping hits, you find something unusual: John Lennon and Paul McCartney can claim an almost equal number of No. 1 hits on lead vocals.
“THE MAGIC THING about Liverpool is that it isn’t in England,” said Margaret Simey author and politician.
So perhaps it is unsurprising then, that when The Beatles played Dublin in 1963 John Lennon declared on behalf of the whole band: “We’re all Irish”.
In the years that followed Lennon would record ‘The Luck of the Irish’ and ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, while Paul McCartney sang: ‘Give Ireland back to the Irish’.
The Liverpool-Irish influence on John and the other Beatles is best understood once you realise that in the middle of the 19th century there were more Irish-born people living in Liverpool than in Limerick or Derry.
Liverpool had the fourth highest population of Irish born people of any city in the world, coming only after Dublin, Cork and Belfast.
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Aren’t modern supercars gaudy? Roaring through Knightsbridge, brazen paint jobs startling the pigeons. Such a far cry from the coachbuilt class that used to count for a custom finish.
In the good old days, going bespoke meant commissioning something elegant from your local coachbuilder. Maybe a nice open-top body for your Bentley or some special leather for your Aston. Perhaps a maroon-on-silver finish, if you were feeling bold. But a flamboyant amber wagon with a bed in the back? Absolutely not.
And certainly not a Rolls-Royce. That’s like painting a moustache on a picture of the Queen. Or re-coating Tower Bridge in lime green. How can a car project the stoic understatement of the British establishment when its shell is the colour of mustard?
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