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‘YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER’ – Melissa from Australia Asks…

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We’ve all been busy here in the office Instagramming our summers, sharing some of our favourite memories from our holiday travels. We love how a photo can show so much in one image – happiness, a beautiful view, friends and family. So with that in mind, we loved finding out the answer to Melissa’s question this month!

Melissa asks: “Of all of the photographs that you have taken, which is your favourite?”

Paul replied…

“That I’ve taken? [pauses to think] Hmmm, it’s probably the one of Linda on the cover of ‘Wide Prairie’. It’s a really nice picture of her wearing the Fair Isle sweater.”

For fans less familiar with Wide Prairie – a posthumous solo album from Linda McCartney – it was compiled and produced by Paul, who also sings backing vocals and plays a variety of instruments. The album provides a personal glimpse into the varied aspects of Linda, from ‘Cow’ and ‘The White Coated Man’, where she stands up for animal rights, to the fun feel of her reggae-inspired ‘Seaside Woman’.


PAUL AND NANCY AT JIMMYS RESTAURANT IN ASBURY NJ

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Paul and Nancy had dinner Sunday at the landmark Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park.
“He said tell the chef that everything was excellent,” said waitress Bernadette Kozlowski.

He ate a vegetarian meal at Jimmy’s. McCartney and Shevell were part of a party of six that included members of Shevell’s family. Shevell is a graduate of J.P. Stevens High School in Edison.

Bernadette Kozlowski and Maureen Beaver of Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park stand at the table where Paul and Nancy dined on Sunday,Sept 3

“Everybody was fine, nobody was running up to him,” said Maureen Beaver, manager of Jimmy’s. “A few tables saw him and recognized and went over and said hello. The cutest thing was when he was leaving, a couple at the bar, they went ‘Ohh ohh ohh!’ and Paul McCartney went, ‘Ohh ohh ohh!’ He was very down to earth. A very nice person.”

The Shevells have Asbury Park roots: the former Harry and Mina Walters of Asbury Park are Nancy Shevell’s grandparents, and are also broadcaster Barbara Walters’ aunt and uncle. Harry Walters, a native of England, started a dry goods store on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, which grew into the Walters Department Store. He also owned stores in Long Branch and Freehold. A daughter, Arlene Walters, married Shevell, formerly of Edison. Nancy Shevell is their daughter. Nancy Shevell’s family operates the Elizabeth-based New England Motor Freight company, whose trucks one often sees on Jersey highways, and she was a board member of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

 

Jimmy’s is the place where the stars dine in Asbury Park. Joe Pesci, Vincent Pastore, Ray Liotta, Danny DeVito and Bruce Springsteen have all been to Jimmy’s. The McCartney appearance is a special one, Beaver said. Yet, the former Beatle was given his space. “We don’t have young kids in here – it’s not like Justin Bieber and they all go crazy,” Beaver said. “It’s older people and they’re not going do that to him.”

Paul’s One on One Tour comes to the area starting with Sept. 11 and 12 shows at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“I said it’s an honor to meet you,” Kozlowski said. “He said, ‘It’s an honor to meet you.’”

 

 

 

 

Weekend at Red Farm in NYC.

 


STELLA ON HER FATHER’S STYLE, HER FRIEND ORLANDO BLOOM AND LAUNCHING MENSWEAR

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Stella passed on a question about her favourite menswear designers, admitting she’s “not as up to speed as I could be”. Instead, she says she’ll “focus in on what feels right, and it’s very instinctive’” Case in point, the portrait of her father, Paul, hanging in her spacious headquarters in one of the dodgier corners of Notting Hill. “That man has been a big influence; and The Beatles and music in general. Just because of my heritage and being British.”

Growing up as pop royalty, the male dressers who shaped McCartney’s childhood were a little more colourful than those of your average girl raised in east Sussex state schools during the 1970s and ’80s. Not many people can say their dad’s wardrobe inspired a generation of rebellious male mod dressers in the 1960s, or reminisce about house visits from Michael Jackson. “Yeah, but when Michael came round he didn’t have one glove on and a rhinestone T-shirt. He was just Michael,” she points out, an admirable attempt at trivialising the incredible. “I was always fascinated with his hair because he had this oil in it,” she digresses. “But yeah, I definitely had a madly varied roomful of people surrounding me growing up, and, juxtaposing that, I had fairly normal people in there. I think that has influenced how I approach my work.”

One of those who started out normal was Orlando Bloom, a teenage friend who happened to become one of the world’s biggest actors. “I’ve known him forever and we always stayed friends. As both of our careers skyrocketed, we became totally fabulous and now we’re fabulous friends,” McCartney says, deadpan wit intact. While Bloom, now 40, found fame playing elves and pirates, McCartney, now 45, was conquering fashion, taking the helm at Chloé in 1997 just two years after graduating from Central Saint Martins and then establishing her own brand with Kering in 2001.

Her empire, which includes 51 stores worldwide, has flown the flag for sustainable fashion since day one, an ethos her men’s line now follows: no fur, no leather, and heavy use of organic and regenerated materials. When she debuted the collection for spring/summer 2017 in November last year, dedicating it to ‘the men in my life’ and hiring Abbey Road Studios for the launch, Bloom was quick to adopt her quirky, bohemian men’s offering.

“He was naturally drawn to it and it suits him,” she says, “as he’s quite hippy at times and not so tailored. It makes sense with his mix of Britishness and West Coast surfer dude.” Distilled into key wardrobe pieces, the Stella McCartney menswear line epitomises the new wave of amalgamated formal and streetwear, with nods to her British-American upbringing courtesy of her late mother Linda McCartney’s New York roots. (Aside from Bloom, early fans include Harry Styles and Pharrell Williams.) There are distorted classics like a jacket in Prince of Wales check that’s been cropped and hooded, or the upbeat, rather political slogan M+NMO, meaning ‘Members and Non-Members Only’, knitted into homespun-style tops.

“Stella’s one of the most authentic people I’ve ever known,” says Bloom. “What I love about her new menswear is the street-style elements of the daywear, which pull in the best of Brit and global youth culture but then add her touch of sophistication. Her suits have both that Savile Row quality and unique detailing that set them apart.”

It would have been easy, McCartney says, simply to draw on the formal tailoring education she experienced with Savile Row’s Edward Sexton while doing an apprenticeship there during her time at Saint Martins, but she chose instead to shift things up. “I don’t know if the man I want to dress is having to wear a suit every day. I’m not sure that’s modern,” she argues. “When was the last time you wore a suit? I want to encourage men to wear one because they want to, not because they’re going to get a picture of themselves taken in the street at a fashion show, or for work, or at a wedding or a funeral.”

Conquering the British menswear market – which is predicted to grow by 22.5 per cent in the next four years to reach sales of £17.3bn thanks to a new generation of natural-born male shoppers – isn’t a bad base to build from. “It’s a very British thing to have this irreverence and be a bit sarcastic,” she says of her approach, referencing again the boldness of Paul McCartney’s Sgt Pepper uniform – now reincarnated in his daughter’s children’s collection – contrasted by the dressy tunics he still wears, which have often been custom-made by her.

“I look at what he and my mum wore and people around me at the time, who happened to be well-known artists, and I feel maybe men have lost a little bit of that eccentricity,” McCartney says. “It’s become a little more segmented. There’s the “fashionista” or the really conservative person. How do you encourage the two to meet?” Ask Bloom and the reality might be closer than you think. “What social media around the world has done for men is to allow them to embrace their own sense of style, something which wasn’t always the case,” he says. “I think men now see through fashion as a uniform and are embracing the fact it can represent who they are, and how they wish to be.”


VIDEO SHOWS WHEN THE BEATLES PLAYED SECRET SOUTHPORT GIG

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In 1963, The Beatles came to Southport to play a six-day run at the Odeon Cinema on Lord Street.

The shows featured a setlist including She Loves You, I Saw You Standing There, and Twist and Shout and during the run, from August 26-31, the band were filmed for a BBC documentary called Mersey Sounds.

In a letter made public by Sir Ron Watson, Charles R. Preston of the Little Theatre revealed much of the background story of the visit. He wrote: “The concerts were very lively affairs with scores of screaming fans, and the BBC, who wanted to make a short Beatles’ film, approached the Southport Dramatic Club to see if it could provide a daytime venue in complete confidence to so avoid the usual noisy stake out by the fans.

“Very few members of the Southport Dramatic Society were aware that the Little Theatre was to be used for the making of the film and the scenic artist Arthur Nugent who acted as floor manager and myself acting as his assistant set the stage with a grey velour curtain set with a small low rostrum for Ringo Starr’s drums upstage left.
“It’s this setting which is still invariably shown by the BBC when they need a short Beatles’ clipping for a news item.
“The Beatles arrived at 10am and changed into their collarless suits whilst their equipment was set up. The film recording started with ‘Love Me Do’ but as John Lennon had a sore throat I was sent to Boots for pastilles before work could continue and he could reach the top notes.

“The film took all day and finished about 5.30pm. During a break I recall sitting in the stalls with Ringo Starr who admired the theatre and asked how one went about joining the Club. Sadly, he never did!”
That venue was one of a number the band played across the town, including the Glen Park club, the Cambridge Hall, the Queen’s Hotel and the Kingsway.
Sadly, most of those venues no longer remain – the Kingsway was burned down, the Queen’s Hotel is now a residential building and the Odeon has become as Sainsbury’s superstore.