Sunday, June 06, 2010

Give Peace a Chance

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."


  1. Where does she stand on the dirty-weekend-with-Brian-Epstein question?

  2. Anonymous1:21 PM

    My 9-year-old is doing a project on the life of Jim Morrison.

    Not really.

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  4. Blimey I didn't know that! Apparently Julia was Lennon's MUSE. I can't see him liking that Origin of Symmetry Album.

  5. The teacher bless her comes over as rather 'half baked' the way he died was unfortunate. Shame the teacher hasnt concentrated on Lennons bigger picture of his contribution to the Beatles and musics history.

    Then again. . .depends on the 9 year olds interest to someone who is history than today alive and breathing. . .Puff Daddie, Snoop Dog, M&M's, Lady GaGA etc. Imagine your grand child of tomorrow being set a project on said artists.

  6. She has to draw a picture of a Lennon album cover.

    Back in the day they would have lit bonfires and held a public record burning.

  7. This is just the place to resurrect the story of Lennon exchanging waves with George Formby from the top of the Blackpool bus.

    Formby was a part-time special constable.


  8. Tim - I think the Life of Cliff Richard would have been more applicable. Or maybe not???

    Bob - "He was known as the Lizard King".

    Rog - The Life and Times of Muzzzzzzze.

    Chazza - She's a fan of Miley Cyrus. As she should be. Lennon is granddad rock.

    MJ - The Nazis burned his illustrations, too.

    Christopher - Blimey. And George Harrison was a massive Formby fan. He went everywhere with his little ukulele in his hand.

  9. Simon Cowell would have been an interesting project.

  10. Vicus - They tried to cover it up but some bastard leaked the news. I'm sure you lit a candle or two, as did I.

    Scarlet - Yes. Where did he come from? What was his upbringing? What the fuck does he do?

  11. Ha ha

    Hilarious what they teach them at school nowadays.

  12. It was Jesus in my day. Now it's someone who was bigger than Jesus.

  13. Reminds me of The Once & Future Mrs Swipe and my visit to the Strawberry Field memorial in Central Perk, NYC, US of A.

    The following is an extract from our conversation as we looked back from the Park across at the Dakota Building:

    The O & F Mrs S: So, where exactly did John Lennon get shot then, Bob?

    Me: In the chest.


    wrod vcrecifificatoin: psyclut. There's no answer to that...

  14. It was in the back about 30 times from the footage I've seen on youtube. Hollywood, eh?

  15. My blog was mysteriously removed overnight.

    What's worse is that my Gmail account says "account temporarily disabled" so I can't get into my Gmail either to correspond with any of you.