Friday, 27 November 2015



Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney Write to David Cameron

London – As world leaders prepare to head to the climate conference (COP21) in Paris, Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney have written to David Cameron urging him to include meat reduction in the new global climate agreement.
In their open letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Meat Free Monday campaign, the McCartney family highlight how intensive meat production is a major contributor towards global environmental devastation and climate change. 
The family have been promoting Meat Free Monday since 2009: The campaign encourages people to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week.  With increasing evidence of the negative environmental impact of the global meat industry, they say that, “meat reduction is now more important than ever”.  
According to new research from the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, UN member countries can reduce their carbon emissions by up to 2% per year by going meat free one day a week.
The McCartney family also point out that their proposals can be implemented quickly and would have almost immediate environmental and health benefits.
In a video message released today alongside the letter, Paul McCartney encourages people to take up the idea. “Talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea,” he said. “If enough of us do it, it could really make a big difference."
For more information about the campaign, and for details about how to join Meat Free Monday at the People’s March for Climate in central London this Sunday, please visit

Open Letter to Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to you on behalf of Meat Free Monday, a campaign launched in the UK in 2009. The aim of Meat Free Monday is to condense some complicated issues into a simple and effective message: to ask people to have at least one meat free day a week to help protect the planet and our future. 
Massive meat production creates harmful greenhouse gases and depletes precious resources, including land, water and energy, to increasingly unsustainable levels. It is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change and is also a major factor in loss of species and biodiversity – if present trends continue, over the next 100 years there will be a global mass extinction of species. With increasing evidence of the growth of the global meat industry having alarming environmental consequences, meat reduction is now more important than ever.  
Next week you and other world leaders will meet in Paris for the COP21 to try and reach an ambitious global climate deal that keeps global warming well below 2 degrees. A simple but significant environmental action that the UK and other countries can take, with the added benefit of improved health, would be to endorse Meat Free Monday.
Reducing demand for meat, even by a relatively small amount, would have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, according to new research by the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, UN member countries can reduce their carbon emissions up to 2% per year by implementing Meat Free Monday.
There are a number of simple ways to encourage meat reduction, many of which have already been adopted in different countries around the world:
- Have schools, universities and hospitals go meat free one day a week
- Serve more meat free meals at government offices and during official government functions
- Encourage restaurants to promote Meat Free Monday options on their menus
- Support businesses to get involved
The proposals we are making can be implemented quickly and would have almost immediate environmental – and health – benefits.
We strongly urge you to include Meat Free Monday initiatives in the UK climate action plan for Paris. One day a week can make a world of difference.
Yours sincerely,
Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney

Video transcript:

Hello there. Paul McCartney speaking … to you.
If you heard that meat production was one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, what would you do? Would you just ignore that fact, or would you want to do something and want to find a solution?
Well, we encourage people at Meat Free Monday to not eat meat on a Monday – or any other day of the week – just one day makes a real difference!
The idea has been taken up by schools, universities, governments – all around the world – and they’re enjoying it! People are enjoying it and it is going to make a big, big difference.
So we urge you to talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea. Because if enough of us do it, it could really make a big difference.
Thanks for listening.


Ken Scott, who worked as an engineer for The Beatles and producer for David Bowie, is to give to his first public talk as visiting senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University next month.

He will be discussing his life and sharing his memories of working with some of the biggest names in rock and pop.
Mr Scott joined Leeds Beckett University as a visiting senior lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts in September.
Beginning at age 16 working in the tape library at Abbey Road studios, Mr Scott was soon promoted to assistant engineer.
His first session was on side two of the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and he eventually took over the helm as recording engineer on ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and the ‘White’ album.
He worked with a string of other big names in popular music including Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, the Hollies and Procol Harum before moving to independent studio Trident.
For his work at Trident he received three Grammy nominations for best engineered pop album, a Clio Award for ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke’, and millions of record sales with artists such as Elton John, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson and America.

His worked in music production with artists including David Bowie and Supertramp, before he became manager for the band of Frank Zappa alumni Missing Persons.
Mr Scott went on to receive more gold and platinum awards from around the world with acts including Level 42 and Duran Duran, as well as his work with George Harrison and the George Harrison Estate.
He published his co-written biography, ‘Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust’, in 2012, and he will be drawing from this as part of his presentation.

Mr Scott said: “My presentation is about how I started in the music business, what got me started and continues through my work with The Beatles, Jeff Beck and David Bowie.

“The audience get to hear how some classic recordings were made through multi-track breakdowns and stories. I finish up with some of my views about modern day recordings, during which I often become very passionate and attempt to instil that passion in the audience.”
Andrew Fryer, Head of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University, added: “We are honoured to present this very special event as we welcome the legendary Ken Scott to the School’s growing community of internationally-known practitioners and researchers.
“As someone who has made a global impact on the music industry as a recording engineer and producer, Ken has been an inspiration to many of us during our careers and we are all looking forward to gaining further insight into his unique expertise.”
The ‘From Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust with Ken Scott’ talk will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday December 9 in the James Graham building lecture theatre B at the University’s Headingley Campus.

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Ringo and Barbara Bach have been together nearly 35 years – so what's their secret to marital bliss?
As it turns out, it comes down to one of the Beatle's oft-quoted lyrics: Love is all you need.
"I love the man, and that's it," one-time Bond girl Bach, 69, says of Ringo, 75, in the new issue of People.
Adds her husband: "There's no escape ... I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met] – and I'm beyond blessed that she loves me and we're still together."
Having been together for three-plus decades of rock 'n roll romance, they've accumulated a lot of "stuff" along the way. And now that the couple has settled in L.A., they're cleaning out their closets for a good cause.
Ringo and Barbara are putting their priceless memorabilia and possessions – from a guitar John Lennon gave Starr to an outfit Bach wore in The Spy Who Loved Me – up for bid Dec. 3 - 5 with Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

"It's time to let go," says Ringo of their belongings, the proceeds of which will benefit Bach's charity, the Lotus Foundation.


UNICEF Kid Power school in Boston
Olivia Harrison visited Boston, Massachusetts in early October to address the 60th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees and visit with children who participated in the groundbreaking UNICEF Kid Power ( program last spring. During her visit, she met with local UNICEF leadership in Boston and served as the closing keynote speaker for the UNICEF meeting that brings together senior UN officials and UNICEF leaders from more than 40 countries around the world.
In her speech, she spoke about her experience with UNICEF and what she learned from George about philanthropy. She encouraged the group of 75 attendees to continue to come up with new and lasting ways of motivating people to support UNICEF’s work to put children first around the world, much like George used the Concert for Bangladesh and the copyrights from his Living in the Material World album for the higher good. She closed her speech with a reference to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and the Fund’s newest investment in UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives using the world’s first wearable-for-good™.

UNICEF Kid Power logoFollowing a standing ovation, Olivia traveled to the Morse School in nearby Cambridge, Mass. where she had the opportunity to meet students from one of the 216 schools in the Boston area who participated in UNICEF Kid Power ( earlier this spring. Students from this school, and its sister school – the Kennedy Longfellow School – took more than 50 million steps in March 2015, which equates to 17,721 miles walked. Their steps unlocked 4,296 therapeutic food packets to help save malnourished children around the world, and one classroom from the Morse School took first place amongst all the schools that participated in UNICEF Kid Power month in Boston.
Upon arrival at the school, the students welcomed Olivia and other UNICEF Kid Power local sponsors. They broke into small groups to discuss elements of the program and how they were inspired to get active and save lives. The students shared creative ways that they increased their activity every day, including taking the stairs on the way to school, starting a walking club and playing games that make them move. The students thanked Olivia and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF for bringing UNICEF Kid Power to their school. They noted that they hope to participate in the program again next spring.
This year, families in the U.S. can also join the UNICEF Kid Power team through the generous support of Disney, Star Wars: Force for Change and Target. For more information about the program and how to bring UNICEF Kid Power to a school near you, please visit
Olivia addresses the 60th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees
Olivia addresses the 60th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees.
UNICEF Kid Power school in Boston
Olivia with the children at the Morse School.
UNICEF Kid Power school in Boston
Olivia with the children at the Morse School learn about Kid Power.
UNICEF Kid Power school in Boston
(from L to R) Jonathan Clyde, Caryl M. Stern (CEO of UNICEF) and Olivia Harrison.


Rock & Folk – Decembre 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Ringo is looking to part with some 1,300 items between now and early December, through Julien’s auction house. Beatle’s treasures include Ringo’s copy of the UK’s first pressing of the White Album, numbered “No. 0000001.”
“It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album,” says the posting on Julien’s website. “Ringo tarr has stated that he kept this album in a bank vault in London for over 35 years.”
the current bid for the White Album copy is $20,000.

A Beatles Yellow Submarine Jukebox that is one of only 100 built. The Apple authorized Rock-Ola jukebox has a 100 CD capacity and has a starting bid of $7,500.

An upholstered chair featuring cover art from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has a starting bid of $150.

There’s also a press archive of vintage press clippings, newspapers, and magazines. “The press archive was compiled and gathered in this trunk by Ringo’s mother Elsie Starkey as she witnessed the global spread of Beatlemania,” says the description on the auction listing. The starting bid on this is $1,000.
All of Ringo’s auctions are open for bidding now on, and end December 3rd at 10am, Pacific Time. Proceeds from the auctions will go towards The Lotus Foundation, a charity that was founded by Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach. 

Monday, 23 November 2015


Paul and Nancy were seen enjoying a romantic Autumnal stroll in New York
Heading for a spot of lunch at the Surrey Hotel's Cafe Boulud, Paul appeared to be in high spirits as he chatted to Nancy.

Strolling through the Big Apple's sunny streets, they, looked the picture of happiness as they enjoyed some quality time together in Manhattan.

Paul and Nancy were clearly enjoying their day out, as Paul even stopped to joke around with members of the public outside the restaurant entrance.

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