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Businessman Terry Riley  is  behind a  multi -million pound  plan  to transform Southport’s  once legendary Kingsway  Casino site into a landmark  building. The Visiter can now  exclusively reveal that the  Crosby businessman  plans to  build a state-of-the art  apartment complex with  leisure and retail  facilities.

 Mr Riley, who has acquired  the Promenade site through  his Ascot Property Group, is  now on  the cusp of a project  thought to be in the region of  £10m. The old casino was  demolished after a   fire  in  2010.  Although  planning  permission was previously  granted for a hotel, apartment  complex and retail site,  APG  will submit fresh plans to  Sefton.  Stuart Howard, head of  property at APG,  said:“We   intend  to redesign the  previously proposed  scheme and build a  multi million pound  landmark  development,  details

Pandora Media Inc., the biggest Internet radio service, was sued by major record labels for failing to pay for using music recorded before 1972. The companies, including Capitol Records LLC and Sony Music Entertainment, filed the copyright infringement lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday because federal law doesn’t protect recordings made before Feb. 15, 1972. New York courts have enforced ownership rights stemming from before that date, according to the suit.

The labels accused the Oakland, California-based music streaming service of “massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation” of thousands of recordings including iconic songs such as the Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “This case presents a classic attempt by Pandora to reap where it has not sown,” the companies said. Pandora has been fighting in court over how much it has to pay to stream music. In a details

Reading the Beatles - Sunday, April 20, 2014

At the pressconference at JFK airport, on virgin soil, they do their by-now fully developed thing: four mouths in a row, four bobbing heads, four sets of speculative-aggressive eyes. Unnerving polyphonic comedy. The atmosphere in the room is boisterous, the questions fatuous. How much money do you expect to take out of this country?

How many are bald, if you have to wear those wigs? Are you for real? “Come and have a feel.” That could only be John: the spark-jump into rhyme, the louche challenge. George, meanwhile, looking darkly French as he sometimes does, is warding off idiot black magic with a totemic cigarette. Two days later they’re onThe Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles in black and white, glimmering weirdly. Paul and George are sexual stick men; John, bandy-legged rock-and-roll portal, is meatier, bouncing on shit-kicker thighs; Ringo, the absurdist Beatle, syncopates his hair and stirs his drum kit with a distant smile, as if details

A POP art legend will help Mumbles celebrate a four-day festival of art, music and literature next month. Sir Peter Blake, best known for designing the iconic sleeve to the Beatles album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of the guests appearing at the Mumbles Marvellous Weekend, being held in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle.

The event has been put together by the village's traders' association, who hope it will not only provide a boost for business, but also bring a buzz to Mumbles. Paul Whittaker, chairman of Mumbles Traders' Association, and festival curator, said: "We have been planning this for about 18 months, and you could not get a better venue than Oystermouth Castle. "Traders have been working with other organisations to make this happen, and we have tried hard to keep the price down and make it accessible to all. "We hope it will drive tourism into the village, and build on the successfully jubilee event we held two years ago. But we also hope it will build on the atmosphere and vibe that is unique to Mumbles. There has been a lot of enthusiasm for it details

Brand on the run are back on the road - Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Rutles are back with their unique blend of music and humour. The irreverent songwriter and satirist Neil Innes talks to Chris Bond. THE RUTLES have probably had more comebacks than the great Frank Sinatra, although according to the band this really is it. “Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time.”

For the uninitiated (where you have been all this time?), The Rutles are an affectionate, and at times hilarious, pastiche of The Beatles conceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes for Idle’s comedy series Rutland Weekend Television during the mid-1970s. What started life as a one-off sketch turned into an hour long TV special, All You Need Is Cash, and spawned two albums as well as a touring schedule that’s still going strong today. Charting the career of Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry (Innes, Idle, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey) the 1978 “rockumentary” featured cameos by luminaries like Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Paul Simon. All You Need Is details

We’re talking about life’s ‘if onlys’ when Mike McCartney drops his astonishing bombshell. He hates the word ‘if’. ‘It’s the most stupid, little two-letter word in the world,’ he says. ‘Why have the word? If that bird [he points to a crane flying past his home in the Wirral] came crashing through the window and put its beak into your neck, you’d be dead.’

Which is true, but not very likely, so I don’t think it’s on account of random birds smashing into windows Mike has such an antipathy for the word. Mike, now 70, is the lesser-known brother of that very famous McCartney, Sir Paul. He also had a crack at showbusiness, and has a gold disc to show for his efforts on the wall of his home. The framed disc is for Lily The Pink, a silly party song he released with his group, The Scaffold, in 1968, which went to number one for four weeks, earning him enough cash to buy this house. Paul, of course, has platinum discs and awards linin details

A Trove of Old Film Footage, Now Online - Saturday, April 19, 2014

In days of yore – or at any rate, from the dawn of cinema into the 1960s or so – going to the movies was more than just settling into a plush seat with nearly a gallon of soda and a truckload of popcorn, and then getting blasted against the wall with insanely overamplified sound.

You’d get a cartoon or a short feature, and a few decades back you’d also get a newsreel. Sometimes it was actual news, although the growth of television rendered such films beside the point. Often it was a soft feature – footage of a celebrity wedding, a daredevil stunt, an exotic sports event or perhaps an interview with a music or film star. In Britain, the newsreel persisted into the mid-1970s, and the champion producer of these films, British Pathé, has been uploading its newsreels to its own YouTube channel for several years. Now the company has announced that its uploading is complete: it has posted about 85,000 film clips, from the 1890s through 1976, that cover events of all sorts from all details

Sir Paul McCartney is encouraging people to try a vegetarian meal rather than the traditional fish option this Good Friday. The former Beatle, who is wearing an "Eat No Fish" t-shirt for the campaign by charity PETA, said:

"Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me. And something inside me clicked. “I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.” And just for fun here's a few fish-themed

Carp Buy Me Love

Eel-eanor Rigby

Hake Days a Week

Carry That Skate

Fixing a Sole

I've Just Seen a Plaice

Maxwell's Silver Hammer(head Shark)

Twist and Trout

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It was about six months ago when the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million.

Ono purchased the co-op apartment that occupies a former horse-stable and has a private entrance and garage in 1995. Back in November the Observer reported Ono filed a lawsuit alleging that the sale of her space was unnecessarily impeded by the building's co-op board who sought to block potential buyers with young families from latching onto the unit. The 5,700-square-foot space has four windowed exposures, plenty of wooden posts and beams, an elevator, library, and greenhouse. Ono's sale leaves her solely as the proprietor of her long lived-in Dakota apartment, which she shared with John Lennon.

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"I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews" is now on CD, six radio interviews conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-72. Beatles fans have had an embarrassment of riches competing for their entertainment dollars over the past few months thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four invading (and conquering) America in 1964

— special magazines (People), a TV concert (“The Night That Changed America”), books (“The Beatles Anthology”), DVDs (“A Hard Day’s Night” reissue) and CDs (“On Air — Live at the BBC, Volume 2”). Not to mention myriad online offerings. It’s hard to believe all of the cultural shifts the Beatles led from the mid-1960s through the end of the decade, a scant six years or so. And then the Beatles were no more. The breakup was announced in April 1970, around the time “Let it Be,” the last official Beatles album, was released. And it’s fair to say that in the ensuing 50 years, Beatlemaniacs (forgive me for using a term as worn out as &ldq details

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