Tuesday, August 14, 2012

" She Was Just Seventeen, You Know What I Mean...And The Way She Looked Was Way Beyond Compare...!"

 Years and years ago....when I should've been conjugating verbs... devouring Henry 8th's wives ( sorry, a list of )... grappling with Pythagoras.....2 friends and I legged it out of school.
Up Princes Street to the Town Hall we ran, belting to the Crosville buses, as we stuffed our school panama hats in our satchels,  rolled the waists bands of our skirts down as low as we dared, slicked on pale pink lipstick.... ( EEK!)....
THEN we boardedg a bus to the Wirral, dismounted at Birkenhead, caught the famous Ferry Across The Mersey to...yes, the iconic Cavern Club!
And last week, it all flooded back!!

IN A NUTSHELL: Rolf Harris has had a thriving Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool ( www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/)  and we visited it on Friday.
THIS was an Eyeopener of an exhibition...beautifully and ( you can't help but think) most lovingly presented.
Rolf's vigour/energy, his vibrant colours/his paintings are prolific...Wildlfe, Landscape, Cityscape, Australa, London, Places and People...including his beloved daughter, Bindi, immortalised as Vermeer's "Girl With Pearl Earring"..... AND of course, the Queen, somehow exceedingly approachable in Harris's ( nevertheless, exceedingly) respectful portrait......as if she were merely a friendly elderly neighbour or someone's Aunty...in her green dress and best pearls, on the occassion of her 80th Birthday...

BUT ONE PAINTING ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqXrq4TqDHg )  brought those very particular memories: 2 girls standing outside the Cavern...OK, not L'pool's original Cavern, but a newer one, created in memory of all those "Groups": Beatles, Faron's Flamingoes(!), Merseybeats, Swinging Blue Jreans ( or WAS it Genes??)and of course my favourite ( after Beatles, of course) ..Billy J. Kramer and his fabulous Dakotas...!

****I can't blog without mentioning the fantastic Games! We've been enthralled as have most folk I know.
AND Jacques Rogge said it all, calling them: " Happy and Glorious". A triumph for so many.
AND I'm missing them already.****
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely Swinging Blue Jeans, I still have their autographs. Saw them along with the Beatles when they called in at the Swan Hotel in Tenbury. susan

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