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Interview by Houston Disc Jockey Buddy McGregor at Cliveden House in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The Beatles shooting the Buckingham Palace scenes for their second film, ‘Help!’ on May 10th. 1965

Q: “Quite a race was run on the lawn here at the Astor mansion today, and the Beatles did win, as I told you earlier. And I have Paul and John here. You ran a very good race.”

PAUL: “Thank you very much. Thank you.”

Q: “Had you ever done this before?”

PAUL: “Not since school, you know. Done a bit since… I haven’t done any since, I mean. I’ve done some now, you know.”

Q: “This was quite a long course out there.”

PAUL: “Well, yes. Fifteen furlongs, I’d say.”

Q: “There was a lot of good running back there. Do you think you did your share?”

PAUL: “Well you see, the best team won.”

Q: “John, do you have any comments?”

JOHN: “No.”

Q: “Thank you. John, Americans aren’t…”

JOHN: “Aren’t they?”

Q: “…aren’t acquainted with the term ‘spanner.’ It’s a wrench, isn’t it?”

JOHN: “Wrench, monkey wrench. Yeah.”

Q: “And so your new book called ‘Spaniard In The Works’ is really a play on the word ‘spanner.'”

JOHN: “Yes. We’re playing about with spanners. (laughs) Just me laughing.”

Q: “Does it have anything to do with a monkey wrench?”

JOHN: “No. It’s just about a fella. There’s just a drawing of him with cars, you see. It’s nothing about cars. He’s a Spaniard working on a farm.”


Q: “What is that?”

JOHN: “It’s a whopper.”

Q: “Oh. We call these popsicles at home.”

JOHN: “We call them, uhh… what do we call them? …Lolly ices.”

PAUL: “Lolly ices. I was gonna say icicles, but we don’t.”

JOHN: “We call some of them Jerry.”

Q: “Yours is red and his is yellow, and Ringo’s is yellow.”

RINGO: “Guess whose one’s got the bellow.”

Q: “Ringo just joined our little group. Good seeing you. I wanted to ask about your car, Ringo. It’s a beautiful thing. What’s it called?”

JOHN: “Arthur.”

RINGO: “It’s called Nigel. It’s called a Facel Vega, actually.”

Q: “Doesn’t it have a Chevrolet engine?”

RINGO: “I don’t know. It’s got an American engine whose name I will not say… unless they give me a free engine.”

JOHN: “Yeah, I’ll mention it too if you give me a free engine.”

Q: “John, the rocks that you and Paul got from our trip this morning. We went down to…”

JOHN: “It was me and George that got the rocks.”

Q: “Oh I’m sorry. It was George.”

JOHN: “Paul’s already got rocks… in his head.”

Q: “We went down to the pub at lunchtime and there were some little bushes and hedges around the front of the pub and what do you think surrounded them?”

JOHN: “I dunno. More little bushes and hedges?”

Q: “No. All those rare rocks that we thought we had a scoop on.”

JOHN: “Oh that’s lousy. What happened? Maybe somebody else had been down there plucking them.”

Q: “They’re all over the place up at the pub. Are you looking forward to this (American Tour) trip?”

BEATLES: “Yeah.”

RINGO: “Can’t wait to get to Houston, man.”

JOHN: “Yeah. Let’s go to Houston.”

Q: “John, have you heard about our Astrodome?”

JOHN: “No, thanks.”

PAUL: “Yeah, I have. It was on the Early Bird link the other day on the television.”

RINGO: “That’s right.”

PAUL: “And it said, ‘Howdy Europe, Yeah!'”

JOHN: “Oh, was that it?”

PAUL: “That was it.”

JOHN: “Oh it was great, that.”

Q: “And the scoreboard lit up and said ‘Howdy.’ When they hit a home run, it goes crazy. It flashes lights and does all sorts of tricks.”

PAUL: “It has a mind of its own.”

Q: “Pretty much. Pretty much.”

JOHN: “Pretty polly.”


Q: “The Beatles are eating… lollysicles. Is that right?”

RINGO: “Lolly ices.”

Q: “Which is what we refer to as popsicles in America.”

RINGO: “Do you? Why? ‘Cuz they’re made of ice.”

Q: “I really don’t know why we call them popsicles.”

JOHN: “I mean, they’re not made out of POPSICS, are they?”

Q: “No.”

PAUL: “Lemonade pop, made into an icicle. Pop, sicle.”

RINGO: “Well that’s figured that out then… Well, why is it lolly ice? ‘Cuz it’s lolly with ice. And it’s lolly ice.”

JOHN: “Well, what’s lolly?”

RINGO: “You don’t know what a lolly is? Everybody knows what a lolly is.”

JOHN: “Well, we’ve made the LP then. Shall we go?”


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For one week in August, Abbey Road Studios is opening the doors for a rare glimpse inside the world’s most iconic recording studio. Abbey Road: Open House is part of Abbey Road Studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations, taking guests on a specially curated journey through the studios’ history.

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to explore all three of the original recording rooms made famous by artists from Dame Shirley Bassey, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush to Oasis, Kanye West, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean and discover the stories that made Abbey Road a legend.

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A consignment for Ewbank’s upcoming single-owner film poster collection is so large that the auction house has had to delay the auction by a week in order to complete cataloguing it.

But the size of the Michael Armstrong collection, now set for May 7th, is not its most important feature, as Ewbank’s partner and specialist Alastair McCrea reveals.
“The outstanding factor is its condition. Michael Armstrong was the longstanding and final projectionist at The Regal cinema in Wymondham, Suffolk before it closed in 1993 and he retained all of the promotional posters and lobby cards in first class condition. So unlike other posters and cinema memorabilia, they have not been damaged in any way by changing hands from collector to collector.”

Expected to fetch a hammer total of around £50,000, the 320-lot sale includes dozens of single lots comprising 25 sets of Front of House cards, each set with eight cards in it, as well as press books, movie brochures and, of course the film posters themselves. In all, it makes up thousands of single items.

And there are some real rarities among them, as McCrea reveals.
“You don’t often see original posters for the three Beatles films, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Yellow Submarine, so that is rare enough in itself, but in this case the fine condition makes them turning up together an outstanding opportunity both for film poster collectors and Beatles fans.”

The Beatles Yellow Submarine, British quad poster, estimate £700-£1,000 :

The rage of film genres is also mind boggling, from Westerns and war films to comedy and horror. The titles read like an A to Z of film classic from the 1960s onwards.

The late Michael Armstrong was such a film fanatic that when the local cinema closed in his hometown of Wymondham, Norfolk in 1993, he opened his own mini replica, complete with its recycled fixtures and fittings, by converting the garage at his home.

Michael then went on to establish The Regal Experience, a sell-out Sunday afternoon film show that attracted many of the stars who appeared in the films to visit, including Virginia McKenna. The events were used to raise money for charity.

He was also known in Hollywood where he travelled to film conventions, meetings stars like Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons and Richard Kiel, who famously played Jaws in the Bond films – he even visited some of them at their homes.
Highlights published so far include posters for the 1967 British horror flick Quatermass and the Pit (estimate £700-1,000), The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine (estimate £700-1,000), The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (estimate £500-800), The Beatles’ Help! (estimate £500-800) and the Hammer horror classic The Brides of Dracula (1960) (estimate £400-600).


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One-Two-Three-Four: The Beatles in Time by award-winning author Craig Brown.
ONE-two-three-four is such a clever title from a very clever writer.
The musical ‘count in’ is used by musicians the world over and the Beatles were no exception from Hamburg’s seedy clubs to The Cavern … and from the Liverpool Empire to the Hollywood Bowl to the final goodbye on the Apple rooftop.
It also sums up the four unique individuals who loved each other and together became the greatest band the world has known.
This Beatle book with a difference by Craig Brown was released in hardback to mark 50 years since the group split in April, 1970.

Now Craig’s a paperback writer as the book is receiving favourable reviews all over again.It’s been the ideal ‘must read’ during lockdown and is a Sunday times best seller .
He is on a Beatle pilgrimage of sorts allowing us to thumb a lift with them on the long and winding road of anecdotes
Craig is the master of re-telling a tale: author of 18 books; a critic for national newspapers and broadcaster he has also been a columnist for Private Eye magazine for 32 years.
For his latest tome he has already won one major literary prize – The Baillie Gifford Award for his multi-layered account of the Fabs in all their glory.
It is certainly a refreshing take on the Beatles story peppered with humour, poignancy and some never-heard-before revelations.
In a recent interview Craig, 62, said the whole Beatle story is “endlessly fascinating”.
He added: ”There’s a sociological backdrop, the curious phenomenon of fandom – the array of intesrting weirdos in their orbit. ”The book is 600 pages but could have been ten times the length.”Craig regards exhaustive chronological biographies as “boring.”
So he does not offer day-by-day account but skips in and out of the magical history story with brief chapters here, there and everywhere sitting alongside more in-depth analysis.
There are 150 chapters in all and more than 50 illustrations.
Beatles fans are used to new films and book biographies emerging every year but this one stands out for originality.
Craig uses a vast amount of source material as shown in the seven pages of acknowledgements.

One Two Thee Four: The Beatles in Time (Paperback)
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