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ON THIS DAY: THE BEATLES FILMING A PERFORMANCE LATE SCENE EXTRA AND SCENE AT 6.30 PROGRAMMES

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The Beatles had a break from their Autumn Tour, and spent the afternoon at the Granada television studios in Manchester filming a performance and interview for the Late Scene Extra and Scene At 6.30 programmes.

They mimed to two songs: their forthcoming single I Want To Hold Your Hand and its b-side This Boy. The backdrop of the stage set contained enlarged fictitious headlines from the Daily Echo.


ON THIS DAY: JOHN RETURNED HIS MBE TO THE QUEEN

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On this day: John Lennon returned his MBE to the Queen, as an act of protest against the Vietnam war.

John’s chauffeur Les Anthony returned the insignia of the award to Buckingham Palace in the morning, also delivering handwritten letters to the Queen, prime minister Harold Wilson, and the secretary of the Central Chancery, explaining his actions.

The letters were written on notepaper headed Bag Productions, the company Lennon had recently set up with Yoko Ono.

Your Majesty,
I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.With love. John Lennon of Bag


PERTH FANS GET A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH PAUL

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Paul will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth on Thursday, November 30.

While the venue is yet to be revealed, fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking the music icon the question they have always wanted to ask.

They then have to upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with @FrontierTouring and @PaulMcCartney plus #AskPaulAUNZ in the caption. The post needs to be set to “public”.

Paul will perform nearly three hours’ worth of his greatest moments from the past 50 years of music — described as “dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives” — at nib Stadium on December 2.

The competition closes on Monday, November 27, at 2pm Perth time.

Winners and their guests must be in Perth during the day of the Q&A.

Frontier Touring will notify winners of the location and timing of the special event.


GERMAN POLICE PRESENT STOLEN JOHN DIARIES

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German police presented on Tuesday diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to late Beatle John Lennon that were stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin.

   

German police presents stolen diaries and other items belonging to John Lennon that were recovered, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany. Police arrested a man in Berlin on Monday suspected of receiving the 86 stolen items, which include Lennon’s last diary that ended on the day he was shot and killed in New York on Dec. 8, 1980.

“This day contains the entry that on that morning John Lennon and Yoko Ono had an appointment with Annie Leibovitz to take a photo which I think is world famous,” Berlin prosecutor Michael von Hagen told a news conference.

The Leibovitz portrait of a naked Lennon curled up around Ono on their bed ran on the January 1981 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Hagen rejected suggestions that Ono might have lent or given away the objects: “The diaries especially … were also treated by Yoko Ono as something sacred. And the idea that she would have given away three original diaries, especially the one that ends on the very day Lennon died, can be completely ruled out.”

Carsten Pfohl, head of property crime for Berlin police, said investigators had found one of the pairs of glasses and a receipt in Lennon’s name hidden in the trunk of the car of the accused on Monday.

Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono’s former driver and then taken to Turkey and were only brought to Berlin in 2013 or 2014. Another suspect lives in Turkey, they said.

The Berlin police was alerted after they were found by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house, which had previously valued the objects at 3.1 million euros ($3.64 million), ($1 = 0.8519 euros).