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YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER – WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

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Irene’s question sent in the from the USA: What do you do to relax?

Paul: “Thank you for asking, Irene. So, horse riding is one of my favourite ways to relax. I have a farm in the country where I love to ride. I have a horse called Moonstar, who is great. I’ve ridden him for years, so we know each other very well. It’s always a great relaxation to go out into the fields and the woods. I can go out for about two hours and trek around. It’s a big farm with some fabulous trails, a lot of which I made. It used to be my hobby when I had time on my hands. I would go out into the forest, take my Land Rover and then pull my chainsaw out and clear some paths, normally following animal paths like deer. Or some tracks had been made by forestry workers years before when it had overgrown. So I’d make them into horse trails. Which is always very exciting when you’ve finished and you’ve joined one trail up to another.

“I also love just watching TV. I’m a big TV watcher! I know a lot of people watch series on iPads, I’m not so big into that. I prefer just easy television and Nancy makes fun of me for it. She says, ‘Paul will watch the “anything department!”’ And she’s right! In America, I will watch the infomercials…”

PM.com: “Like on the shopping channel?”

Paul: “Yeah! I say, ‘Yeah well, I’m like a tourist, so this is all new for me!’ Whereas it’s a boring shopping channel for Nancy. For me, I think it’s kind of exciting. I end up watching the craziest programmes. I just switch around a lot and then get hooked. I end up watching something you wouldn’t imagine I’d watch! I have to resist buying everything: ‘I need a can of that!’ DiDi Seven. There’s some stuff called DiDi Seven. It cleans everything! ‘I need some of that!’ Nancy will say, ‘…Are you sure?’

“It’s relaxing! It’s nice to escape and sometimes a bit of easy TV is great. You don’t have to think about anything! You know, I’ve been thinking all day, either in the studio or in the office. Meeting with you guys. Doing things like answering questions, having meetings about this and that. So, I get home and just flop, turn the TV on, just flick around. I love things like ‘Gogglebox’. And some of the comedy shows like ‘Would I Lie To You?’ All the British shows like that. They’re just such good programmes.”



BUILDER FROM OLDHAM COULD BE £10,000 RICHER AFTER FINDING PAUL MCCARTNEY “MAGIC PIANO” DRAWINGS IN SKIP

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Paul´s ‘magic’ psychedelic drawings go to auction

A builder could be £10,000 richer after finding papers in a skip that included sketches Paul McCartney commissioned for his psychedelic piano.

Andy Clynes, 54, from Oldham, was overseeing a development at a mill near Manchester when the papers were thrown out with other waste.
He took them out of the skip and stored the papers in a box in his loft for around 20 years until deciding recently to see what they are worth.
An auction house is now selling the highlight of the find, the sketches and designs for the Beatle’s so-called “magic” piano.
More of the papers from his find will go under the hammer in a separate sale later this year at Omega Auctions, with the total expected to fetch £10,000.

I picked them out of the skip. “The case burst open as it was thrown in. It was raining and I just picked up what I could.” I imagine there was a lot more there but it was damaged.”
– Andy Clynes

The papers document a handwritten list of commissions for 1960s art collective BEV.They include commissions for The Kinks – the collective worked on their album cover Sunny Afternoon – Lord Snowdon, Guinness heir Tara Browne and Sir Paul. Collective member Dudley Edwards painted the psychedelic motifs on to the star’s piano in 1967.
Mr Clynes, a buildings site contract manager, picked up the papers around 1999 while converting a mill into a wine bar.
To this day, he does not know why they were there.
“It could have been an art studio at some time or another,” he said.”I’ve had them for 20-odd years. You put things away and forget about them and then something triggers your mind.”I haven’t planned what I’ll do with the money yet but I was surprised about the value.”

One of the items included in a list of commissions says “to paint Paul McCartney’s piano”.
Mr Clyne said: “I Googled ‘Paul McCartney’s piano’ and when I looked at the drawing it was very similar.”
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather described the papers as a “rare find”.”It’s fantastic that such an important archive was recovered and even better for our vendor that it should prove a lucrative decision to save them from the skip,” he said.

“The designs of BEV encapsulate the optimism, excitement and free spirit of collaboration that ensures that the late 1960s endure in the popular consciousness even to this day.”

The sketches and designs for Sir Paul’s piano are expected to fetch up to £2,000 in the Beatles vinyl and memorabilia sale at Omega Auctions on March 24.


UPDATE ON GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2020

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Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage will remain dark in June, as the festival becomes the latest event to be cancelled due to coronavirus.

Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to appear, alongside Diana Ross and Dua Lipa.

“We’re so sorry that this decision has been made,” a statement said. “It was not through choice.”

Just six days ago, organiser Emily Eavis said she had “fingers firmly crossed” the event would go ahead.

But after the government advised people to avoid mass gatherings on Monday, cancellation became increasingly likely.

Organisers took the decision before 1 April, when festival-goers were expected to pay the remaining balance of their £270 tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR SAID THE NEW BEATLES DOC WILL BE SO DIFFERENT FROM “LET IT BE”

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From the January 2019 announcement that Peter Jackson was working on a new Beatles documentary, we started hearing the narrative that it would be an answer to Let It Be (1970), the contentious doc produced by Michael Lindsay-Hogg from early ’69 Fab Four sessions.

Digging into 55 hours of unused footage — and more than twice that amount of audio material — Jackson said he’d found a different side to what we’ve considered the most bitter of Beatles days. According to the director, the footage would change everyone’s conception of those sessions.

“I was relieved to discover the reality was different to the myth,” Jackson said. “Sure, there’s moments of drama — but none of the discord the project has long been associated with.” For those who recalled the George Harrison-Paul McCartney flap in Let It Be, this claim sounded interesting.

Jackson wasn’t the only one who’s made these claims. Along with Paul, Ringo Starr has gone on the record saying the Fab Four was doing quite well when it appeared otherwise.

Before there was the Let It Be album and film, The Beatles aimed to return their roots as a four-piece band in what they called the Get Back sessions in January ’69. Lindsay-Hogg planned to film their rehearsals and eventual return to the stage for a live performance.

But the Fab Four got in their own way before that happened. (They did, nonetheless, perform for the last time on the roof of the Apple building.) Lindsay-Hogg caught some ugly moments between Paul and George on film for all to see. And George quit the band briefly during this period.
Yet the surviving members of the group seem to remember things differently these days.

In a release announcing the premier date of Jackson’s doc (titled The Beatles: Get Back). Ringo spoke of how happy he was to see the other side. “I’m really looking forward to this film,” he said. “There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”
Paul McCartney said the doc showed ‘the truth’ about Beatles sessions. “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together,” Paul said. “The friendship and love between us comes over. It reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”