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February 9, 2015

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Poem: Rewinding The Thread

February 9, 2015

Memory is

the first traitor

 

It is such a waste

to undo the syntax,

to untie the tender meanings,

to try to catch the logic

that meant little then

and nothing now;

to wonder what

was meant.

Was there a

design back then,

that leaves no traces?

 

Memory is

the first traitor

 


Yet Another Beatles Anniversary

February 9, 2015

Three years before they went to America for the first time, and 54 years ago today, the Beatles (with Pete Best, not Ringo Starr, on drums) played the first of their 292 gigs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

One of the lucky few at their first performance was Alex McKechnie, then a 16-year-old message boy in a printing factory. “It was atmospheric though not very crowded,” said McKechnie, now a director of the annual Mathew Street festival. “They were sarcastic, always acting the goat and cracking jokes.”   Unlike other bands at that time, they wore leather bomber jackets and Cuban heels.  McKechnie added: “They would count in the songs by banging their heels on the hollow stage – they created a lot of excitement in the room. They weren’t like any other band on the circuit.”