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The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Over the next few weeks we will probably posting a lot of items such as pictures, stories and little tidbits about Liverpool.

We enjoyed our tour of Liverpool so much.  A must see place, so much to see and experience.  I advise to wear flats for a more convenient and healthier meandering of the city centre.  I am pleased to report that most of the attractions are closed together.

The above statue ensemble of The Beatles was a popular tourists and visitors attraction.  Many wanted to take photos, as we did, and also take selfies with Paul, George, Ringo and John.

We were busy photographing everything that we were late joining the ‘talk’ about The Beatles.

We heard though that Ringo Starr used to live at Liverpool 8, an area in Liverpool which used to be notorious for its poverty and vandalism.

Apparently Ringo when living in Liverpool never had an indoor toilet.  He was from a very poor family.

It just goes to show that when Lady Luck smiles at you, she also grins and have a laugh.  This is so true in Ringo’s case.  He was a replacement drummer for the band originally occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe and even Pete Best.  Ringo was not the best drummer in the world but he joined the band just before it took off stratospherically.

In an interview, Ringo said that he did not really miss anything in Liverpool. 🙂  However, he made used of Liverpool 8 and even made an album about it.  The number 8 is inscribed in the heel of his shoe in his statue.

Regarding John Lennon, his statue is clasping a few acorns.  It appears this has something to do with his and Yoko Ono’s hope for world peace.

Apparently John and Yoko sent a couple of acorns to each of the 123 world leaders in the spring of 1969.  They hoped that the acorns are planted for world peace.

Our tour guide said that only two world leaders accepted the challenge.  They were Golda Meir of Israel and Pierre Trudeau of Canada.

Please, Please Me, The Beatles first hit in England!

 

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.

Vera

Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again

Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

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Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.

Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it.  I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL

Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.

The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.

All seats were taken  ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.

I was  quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already.  We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!

It was very realistic.  the opening scenes was surprising,  seeing  women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.

It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing  live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.

I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol  Nice!

The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.

But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to  Jon Jon Briones.  He makes  Miss Saigon the hit it is.

His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him.  He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.

It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.

Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.

Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim),  has that vulnerability required for her role.  Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!

Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.

Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.

I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.

Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,

Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war .  Its theme  was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

I grew up in the 1960s and was lucky to see the Beatles in concert in London. John Lennon was my favourite. 

As Christmas Day now here in the UK, his song and words still echo down time , a wish for all conflict  & poverty to end

We are all human..all one Race, why not Peace to All

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

(Happy Xmas Kyoko
Happy Xmas Julian)

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas (war is over)
For weak and for strong (if you want it)
For rich and the poor ones (war is over)
The world is so wrong (if you want it)
And so happy Xmas (war is over)
For black and for white (if you want it)
For yellow and red ones (war is over)
Let’s stop all the fight (now)

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas (war is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (war is over)
A new one just begun (if you want it)
And so happy Xmas (war is over)
We hope you have fun (if you want it)
The near and the dear one (war is over)
The old and the young (now)

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Xmas

Madonna Talks….

images (2)I love Madonna.  I remember all her songs in the 80s.  In fact they are my favourite ones.  I love Material Girl, Crazy for You and Like a Virgin.  Madonna was what the 80s was all about, big hair, bright blue, if rather garish, eye-shadows, big shoulder pads, huge tinkling earrings, lots of chunky bracelets, pop socks, and many more.

Yes, I grew up or sadly became older with Madonna.  But she is an icon and I am not! LOL

Let’s hear from our icon, who is still going strong in the 21st Century.

I always thought I should be treated like a star.
– Madonna
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Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as sheep.
– Madonna
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Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in shit detectors.
– Madonna
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Everyone probably thinks that I’m a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I’d rather read a book.
– Madonna
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Having money is just the best thing in the world.
– Madonna

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I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, OK.
– Madonna
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I am a survivor, I am like a cockroach, you just can’t get rid of me.
– Madonna
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I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God.
– Madonna
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I have the same goal I’ve had since I was a little girl. I want to rule the world.
– Madonna

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I think that everyone should get married at least once, so you can see what a silly outdated institution it is.
– Madonna

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At a recent Hello! issue, Madonna was quoted:

“Love does change your life. What we also have to understand is happiness lies in our own hands, not someone else’s.”

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Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.
-Madonna

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When I get down on my knees, It is not to pray.
– Madonna
(When I get down on my knees, I find it hard to get up again. LOL)

 

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