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SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's cell phone was hacked into "for years" by a private detective working on behalf of disgraced tabloid the News of the World, a court heard on Friday (01Nov13).

The Beatles legend was first targeted in 2002, as his relationship with Heather Mills progressed towards marriage, and the surveillance continued until at least 2004, a jury at London's Old Bailey was told. Prosecution lawyer Andrew Edis QC told the court, "Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were the subject of phone hacking for years. I refer you back to the wedding ring story in 2002. (The newspaper was) still hacking (in 2004)." The sensational allegation has come in the first week of the high-profile 'phone hacking' trial arising out of the scandal that closed the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid in 2011. It is alleged some senior staff at the newspaper commissioned a private investigator to access cell phones of the rich and famous to listen to their voicemail messages.

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BBC drama to re-imagine The Beatles story - Friday, November 01, 2013

Andrew Knott, best known for appearing in The History Boys both on stage and screen, is to star in a BBC drama that imagines what would have happened if The Beatles had been turned down by George Martin.

Called Sorry Boys You Failed the Audition, the BBC Radio 4 drama has been penned by Ray Connolly, who wrote the films That’ll Be the Day and Stardust. In the drama Knott plays John Lennon, with Stephen Fletcher as Paul McCartney, Luke Broughton as George Harrison and Daniel Crossley as Ringo Starr. It is set in 1962, the year the band auditioned for George Martin at Parlaphone Records. By this time the group had been turned down by every other record company, and the drama imagines what would have happened had Martin, played by Jonathan Keeble, done the same.

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The former Beatles star said getting rid of the Triyoga Centre, which is used by a host of celebrities including actress Sadie Frost and TV chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools, would be an "unforgivable mistake".

In a statement sent to the Camden New Journal, Sir Paul and Miss Shevell, who uses the centre, said: “Triyoga is as much a part of Primrose Hill as the hill itself. It is an invaluable resource to the local community. To think that it might be lost to the area is an unforgivable mistake.” The yoga centre, which is currently housed in the Leeder House building, Erskine road, in the affluent North London area, could be turned into new offices and homes. However, the planning application by Durley Investment Corporation, which is posted on the council's website, has prompted a number of objections.

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The Beatles are getting their first mention in Encyclopedia Britannica in 50 years. Next February 2014, also the 50th anniversary of the group’s arrival in America, the EB has a feature on the group in their annual Book of the Year. It’s the first time since 1964. Martin Lewis, Beatles expert, wrote the entry which can be found at

The annual volume, that surveys the most significant world events of each year, deemed the group’s global breakthrough in 1964 sufficiently noteworthy to merit a report in its Book Of The Year for that year.  But the Beatles have never warranted a second “Special Report” in that prestigious book.  Nor to the best of recollections have any other popular entertainers had a second bite of the Britannica cherry. I’m told this is rather unusual for many reasons. The Encyclopedia Britannica primarily covers topics such as geography (26%), biography (14%), biology and medicine (11%), literature (7%), physics and astronomy (6%), religion (5%). details

Reviewing an album of lullabies may seem unusual for us at Something Else! Reviews. However, music fans who are also parents can agree on two things: one, it’s important to introduce your baby to quality music early; and two, you and the child need sleep!

In recent years, more music labels have recognized this market, catering to moms and dads who may want to hear more than “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Rockabye Baby.” The latest edition in the Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Starseries, Lullaby Versions of John Lennon, allow parents to expose their little one to Lennon’s music while still soothing her. All tracks are instrumental and rearranged to calm babies — and even their parents. Unlike similar children’s albums, this one moves beyond the music box template. Instead, it incorporates slight percussion and a fuller sound. What makes Lullaby Versions of John Lennon stand out, however, is its choice of tunes. Yes, obvious tracks like &ldquo details

Five friends who were photographed by Ringo Starr during The Beatles' first trip to the US almost 50 years ago are to finally meet their idol, after being reunited and recreating the drummer's snapshot.

Now in their 60s, the group came forward after Starr appealed for details of the five teenagers in a Chevrolet Impala whom he snapped with his personal camera when they sided up to his limousine. Having caught only a brief glimpse of him during the 1964 tour, they are now due to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, next month to watch Starr in concert and reminisce with him about Beatlemania. The trip was arranged by NBC after the group appeared on the Today show to reconstruct the photograph, which appears in a new book by Starr, and to recall skipping school to see him. “When Ringo rolled down the window, of course we were so excited,” said Suzanne Rayot, now 66. “He said 'hello, love'. I didn't know who he was saying that to – but I hoped it was me”.

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John Lennon's first home was sold to a US buyer for nearly half a million pounds. The red-bricked terrace house,  in Wavertree , where the former Beatle lived with his parents and grandparents, went at auction for a whopping £480,000.

The sale of number nine Newcastle Road was held at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, and  attracted a handful of potential buyers, including a few international bidders. The three-bedroomed home had a top guide price of £250,000 but went for nearly twice that after a two bidders, one on the floor and one on the phone, became embroiled in a bidding war. But it was an anonymous US bidder on the phone that took the lot. Jason Doll-Steinberg lost out after the price soared way above what he wanted to pay. He travelled all the way from London to try and buy a piece of Beatles history.

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McCartney stuns café chef - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Beatles legend, and well-known vegetarian, had finished filming British music show Later… with Jools Holland Monday when he stopped into the Fortify Café in Maidstone,Kent.

According to UK newspaper The Sun, the singer treated the entire TV crew to a meat-free lunch, purchasing 12 sandwiches, roasted peppers, hummus, falafel, frittatas and several sweets. Chef Sian Sheridan told the outlet he was shocked to have a celebrity guest. “I made sure everything was perfect. I couldn’t believe I was making Paul McCartney’s lunch,” he gushed. According to the paper, the bill tallied approximately £120, a drop in the bucket for the musician, worth approximately £680 million, according to the Sunday Times.

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It looks like Fair Lawn’s now famous “Kids in the Car” are going to get to meet Ringo Starr after all. “How great that they found these people!” The Beatles legend said in a statement released Monday morning. “And how cool to now know a little of their story and what that moment was like from their perspective.

Right now I'm off in Latin America on tour and I won't be back until November when we play two shows at the Palms in Las Vegas. I look forward to meeting them when I get back. See you in Las Vegas! Peace & love, Ringo”  The release from Starr’s publicist went on to say that the tour will wrap in Las Vegas at the Palms on Nov. 22 and 23rd “where Ringo will meet them.” The friends in the photograph are Charlie Schwartz, Bob Toth, Gary Van Duersen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe and Matt Blender, who died in 2011. They cut class at Fair Lawn High School to try to see The Beatles at Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964. The picture is featured in Starr’s new book, “PHOTOGRAPH.&rdq details

A new graphic novel about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will debut in Italy as part of the 10th anniversary of the country's Rolling Stone magazine. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker's Dark Horse Comics/Panini Comics collaboration,

The Fifth Beatle, will hit shelves next week (beg28Oct13), three weeks before its official release date in mid-November (13). The graphic novel chronicles the early years of the Beatles, seen through the eyes of their manager Epstein, and follows the band's success story to the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Fifth Beatle will be available outside Italy on 19 November in a hardcover, oversized library format.

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