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Plans for a permanent memorial to George Harrison at a community hospital in Oxfordshire are under way. Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is undergoing an £8.7m upgrade after campaigners fought to keep it open.

A spokeswoman for the late Beatle's family said it was in talks with the hospital's League of Friends to "create a lasting memorial to George Harrison within the proposed redevelopment". Harrison lived in the town until his death in 2001. The spokeswoman added: "It will very much be something to support and aid the local community rather than a statue or plaque." A petition started by resident James Lambert in 2012 to erect a statue in the town was halted after a response from the star's widow, Olivia. Mr Lambert said: "The Harrison family were reticent to have a more formal landmark, but what better initiative to get involved in than the redevelopment of Townlands. "It's great news, and it will be very welcomed and embraced by the whole of Henley.

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Living in Japan is often a magical mystery tour. Many things are counter-intuitive: the most popular attraction in a nation with 17 World Heritage Sites is Tokyo Disney Land; and the Hakone Open-Air Museum has more than 300 items by Picasso. So, in this vein, it was perfectly reasonable that the only (official) John Lennon museum in the world was located in Omiya, about 40 minutes from either Shinjuku or Tokyo stations.

John never set foot in Omiya, so let’s deal with the 900-pound walrus in the room: General Manager Junichi Mizusawa told me that he was always asked why the museum wasn't located in Liverpool, London, New York or even Hamburg – cities which have varying degrees of legitimate connections. According to Mr. Mizusawa, in the late 1990s, the Saitama Prefectural government was developing a large area of land near Omiya Station. The centerpiece of this project was Saitama Shintoshin(Stadium). It was thought that the stadium would bring in weekend crowds for concerts, sports events and business exhibitions, details

A new report has emerged that reveals some of the stars who will be featured on the recently-announced CBS special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the night The Beatles first performed on the legendary TV variety program, The Ed Sullivan Show.

 According to the Australian television blog TV Tonight, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both will appear on the show, which is titled The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. In addition, John Lennon‘s and George Harrison‘s widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, reportedly will be featured on the program, as will pop superstars Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars,Pink and Katy Perry.  TV Tonight claims that an Australian cable TV executive revealed the lineup while announcing the special. As previously reported, The Night That Changed America will feature today’s top artists performing the sam details

Around 300,000 residents were evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March, 2011 after a deadly earthquake and tsunami caused equipment failures at the site and led to the release of radioactive material.

McCartney is currently touring Japan, and he met with 10 survivors of the Fukushima disaster after inviting them to watch his concert at the Tokyo Dome on Monday night (18Nov13). The Beatles star shook hands with the lucky attendees and listened to their stories, while also insisting he hopes his music can help the country heal. He says, "At this time, we are focused on a lot of the problems that Japan has had, particularly in the last year or two. So, I always like to think that our concerts can have a healing effect, that they can help people through crises."

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Yoko Ono has been slapped with a breach of contract lawsuit from a disgruntled designer amid allegations she blocked a licensing deal for JOHN LENNON-branded products.

Larry Myerson claims he was approached about licensing the late Beatle's artwork for Bag One Arts Inc., the company Lennon's widow Ono created to promote the late icon's work, by representative Susan Valero in 2007. He spent the next two-and-a-half years creating and developing a vast collection of items from "pet products to jewelry and everything in between" for the line, and poured more than $55,000 (£36,700) into the venture, which won rave reviews from Valero at a trade presentation in 2008. He was also allegedly referred to as a "licensee" in an email from Bag One's vice president Lynn Clifford, but according to the legal papers, Myerson was subsequently informed that Ono would not approve his licensing agreements because he had been in business for less than three years.


It’s been over forty years since the Beatles recorded their last music video. But a previously unseen clip of a cover of Words of Love by Buddy Holly is set to delight and intrigue fans. The video was recorded live at the BBC Radio studios a year before the band released the song on the album Beatles for Sale.

The video, which mixes psychedelic animations with black-and-white footage, features the Fab Four as they perform on stage and in the recording studio. The boys are seen driving in a van through the countryside, in the city and and watching fireworks, with a glimpse of the Queen Mother. The video also evokes Beatlemania, with screaming fans and a girl passing out after glimpsing her idols. She also reveals that she used to take the band's castoff clothing to give to fans. She said: 'I didn't steal them but if a shirt was ripped and they didn't want it, I'd go round there and take it. I'd always say to Louise Harrison [George's mother] 'Can I have that?' and I'd just cut the shirts up and send them out.'


Some families form a special bond through a common interest  --  whether it's over a meal, a sport or a hobby. In the case of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Jere Hester and his family, their bond is a love for all things related to the Beatles.

After all, it was the music of the Fab Four that connected Hester with his then-girlfriend Theresa Wozunk, who later became his wife. And when they gave birth to their only child, Ella, the couple introduced to her to the Beatles' music and she got hooked -- it led her on the path towards being an aspiring musician. How the Liverpool legends touched the lives of Hester and his family forms the basis of his recently-published book, "Raising a Beatle Baby." Both a personal memoir and a travelogue, the book documents such things as Hester's love for the music from his youth; the trip that he, Theresa and Ella (who was then 8) took in London and Liverpool in 2005 to visit several Beatles-related sites, including Ringo Starr's former house; and Ella's brush with fame when she met Paul McCartney at a details

YOKO Ono has invited Sydney to collaborate with her on eight art works, starting today. "I would like you to join me and show your creative power in these works," the artist, activist and widow of Beatle John Lennon said at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia yesterday.

The works are the "participatory" pieces in Ono's first major Australian survey exhibition, War is Over! (if you want it). They include Wish Tree For Sydney, in which visitors to the MCA can write their hopes on slips of paper and tie them to a eucalyptus sapling on the gallery's sculpture terrace. In My Mummy is Beautiful, paper and pencils are provided for visitors to write special messages to their mothers and pin them on the gallery wall. "This was inspired by the fact that my mother passed away and I could not say anything to her now," Ono said. "I would say 'I'm sorry I didn't understand what you were going through'." Another participatory work is Play It By Trust, where two people play with an all-white chess set.


Photographer Harry Benson’s career spans six decades with work that includes some of the most influential figures in popular culture and politics, but it was a nearly missed chance to shoot the Beatles that launched his career. 

The Glasgow-born journalist got his start shooting weddings in 1949, but it wasn’t until 15 years later that his career skyrocketed. “The Beatles were going to Paris and I was going to Africa to cover a news story,” Benson said in an interview with CBC News on Thursday. “I took myself for a serious journalist and I didn’t want to cover a rock 'n' roll story,” he said. Benson did, however, take the Beatles assignment at the insistence of an editor at the London Daily Express newspaper, and the timing could not have been better. vShortly after he took a photo of the Fab Four mid-pillow fight in their Paris hotel room – the photograph he described as the defining image of his career – their hit song I Want To Hold Your Hand became the band’s first U.S. c details

The former Beatle has published a letter written in October to the Russian president about the Greenpeace protesters. Paul McCartney has posted a letter he has written to Vladimir Putinonline, which urges the Russian president to release the 28 Greenpeaceactivists and journalists who were arrested after a protest at an oil-drilling rig in September.

Posting on his personal blog, the former Beatle expressed his hope to have the "misunderstanding resolved" and requested that the protesters, who face charges of hooliganism, be home in time for Christmas. He assures that Greenpeace are peaceful protesters, stating that "non-violence is an essential part of who they are". Originally sent on 14 October, McCartney, who expresses his concerns in a polite and restrained tone, shares his concerns that the Arctic 30, who were this week moved from Murmansk to pre-trial detention centres in Saint Petersburg, are being "portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that the details

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