A friend's nine year old daughter is doing a half-term project: The Life Of John Lennon.
I ask her what she knows about Lennon.
"He was shot by Mark Chapman. We found the video on YouTube."
She has to draw a picture of a Lennon album cover. We find her the Plastic Ono Band cover as a tree is preferable to a close-up of Lennon's face or a full-frontal luxuriously-pubed John and Yoko.
The schoolteacher has asked for the children to bring in Beatles and Lennon CD cases to hang on a tree, presumably a Yoko-style tree of peace. This is unlikely to be a success.
I ask the girl what she knows about Lennon's upbringing. What does she know about his mother?
"She was killed by an off-duty policeman."
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