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On my 39th Birthday, 22nd June 2014, at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo

On my 39th Birthday, 22nd June 2014, at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo

On my 39th Birthday, 22nd June 2014, at the Cinnamon Grand (Previously The Oberoi), Lobby, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
It’s been a while since I even felt like celebrating my birthday. This year I actually had a ‘Happy’ Birthday for a change. I don’t know why, but I guess I made myself feel happy that day. And it was a pleasant day.
June Pictures 026 B'day for BlogWent out for dinner with my baby sister, at ‘Echo’, connected to Cinnamon Grand. Had a nice evening.

30 years ago…

On my 9th Birthday (22nd June 1984), with my sister, at our home, (SLHC) New Delhi

On my 9th Birthday (22nd June 1984), with my sister, at our home, (SLHC) New Delhi

On my 9th Birthday (22nd June 1984), with my sister, at our home, at the Sri Lankan High commission residence, in New Delhi, India
June Pictures 018 My 9th B'dayOn my 9th Birthday (22nd June 1984), at our home, with kids from the Sri Lankan High commission, in New Delhi, India
June Pictures 019 (22nd June 1984)On my 9th Birthday (22nd June 1984), with my sister, at our home, at the Sri Lankan High commission residence, in New Delhi, India

20 years ago…

On my 19th Birthday (22nd June 1994), in front of our house (SLHC), New Delhi

On my 19th Birthday (22nd June 1994), in front of our house (SLHC), New Delhi

On my 19th Birthday (22nd June 1994), in front of our house, at the Sri Lankan High commission residence, in New Delhi, India (the 2nd time we went to live in Delhi)

Back to the Present day

Two days after my 39th Birthday (24th June 2014), In front of our house, 56, Siripura,

Two days after my 39th Birthday (24th June 2014), In front of our house, 56, Siripura,

Two days after my 39th Birthday (24th June 2014), In front of our house, 56, Siripura, SL.
Boy, I’ve put on sooooo much weight since then.

Other June B’day’s …
June B'days (2014)Billy Wilder, Meryl Streep and Cyndi Lauper (Born on 22nd of June), share birth date with me. Also see my post BW: THE BILLY WILDER BLOGATHON: Love in the Afternoon to see other famous personalities born on the 22nd of June.

Angelina Jolie & Hugh Dancy (Born in June, 1975), share birth month & year with me.
June B'days (2014) tooOther Celebrities born in the month of June …
Artist (Impressionist art/Painter) – Paul Gauguin, Artist (Sculptor) – Paul Landowski, Actor – Charles Coburn, Musician (Music Composer) – Cole Porter, Author – George Orwell, Actor – Peter Lorre, Stage Artiste/Dancer – Josephine Baker, Actress – Rosalind Russell, Actor – Errol Flynn, Actress – Jessica Tandy, Actress – Paulette Goddard, Actor – Robert Cummings, Musician (Music Composer/Song Writer) – Frank Loesser, Actress/Singer – Susan Hayward, Actress – Jane Russell, Actor – Louis Jourdan, Actress/Singer – Judy Garland, Film Director – Sidney Lumet, Actor – Tony Curtis, Actress/Singer – Marilyn Monroe, Poet – Allen Ginsberg, Film Producer – Robert Evans, Film Director – Jacques Demy, Actor/Writer – Gene Wilder, Actor – Morgan Freeman, Musician (Singer/Song Writer) -Paul McCartney, Film Critic – Roger Ebert, Author – Salman Rushdie, Actor – Peter Weller, Actor – Richard Lewis, Actress – Phylicia Rashad, Actress – Kathy Bates, Actor – Leonard Whiting, Actress – Isabella Rossellini, Actor – Liam Neeson, Actress – Kathleen Turner, Musician (Saxophonist) – Kenny G, Film Director/Screenplay Writer – Mani Ratnam, Actress – Frances McDormand, Singer – Prince, Actor – Michael J. Fox, Singer – Boy George, Actress – Sarika, Singer – Paula Abdul, Actor – Rupert Graves, Actor – Johnny Depp, Actor – Vincent Perez, Actress – Nicole Kidman, Actor – Chris O’Donnell, Actor – Josh Lucas, Actor – Jean Dujardin, Model – Heidi Klum, Adventurer/Television personality – Bear Grylls, Actor – Adam Garcia, Actor – Zachary Quinto, Actress – Zuleikha Robinson, Actor – Daniel Brühl, Actor – Dominic Cooper, Actress – Zoë Saldana, Actor – Kevin Bishop, Actor – Jason Schwartzman, Musician (Sitar player) – Anoushka Shankar, Sportswoman (Tennis Player) – Anna Kournikova, Actress – Natalie Portman, British Royalty – Prince William, Actor – Paul Dano, Actress – Sonam Kapoor, Singer – Lana Del Rey, Actress – Sonakshi Sinha, Actor – Michael Cera, Actor – Eugene Simon ….
Paul Baby….and many many more.

Nuwan Sen (JUNE 2014)

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STANLEY KUBRICK, THE BEATLES AND THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Originally posted on MOVIES & MUSIC CAFE

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It’s now been an incredible 15 years to the day that Stanley Kubrick went up to the great editing suite in the sky. He is regarded as one of the best directors of all time, with some incredible work under his belt. There are some stone wall classics in his arsenal, including the likes of A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, he missed out on the opportunity to direct one film to rule them all.

Before 2001 became a success, Kubrick had directed the equally celebrated Dr Strangelove with Peter Sellars. It’s a well known fact that , and John Lennon in particular, were big fans of Sellars. They obviously saw Dr. Strangelove and fell head over heels for it’s anarchic humour.

At the time, Lord of The Rings was doing the rounds amongst rock’s establishment. Many a hippie was in love with Tolkein’s book of fantasy, including the likes of Led Zeppelin. It seems John Lennon also had a penchant for Hobbits and Orcs because he approached Kubrick to direct a film adaptation of Lord of The Rings featuring the fab four.

Apparently Lennon’s plan was for himself to play Gollum, Paul to play Frodo, Ringo as Sam and George Harrison as Gandalf! Weird right? Unfortunately for , and perhaps luckily for everyone else, Tolkein, instead of saying “yeah, yeah, yeah” said “no, no, no” and the idea was scrapped.

Here are some pretty funny and awesome movies posters made up by some talented artists…

dean reeves

Dean Reeves

mike groves

Mike Groves

shane parker

Shane Parker

Here was what I (Nuwan Sen) posted as a comment on Tom Ford’s blog :-

Yes, I first heard about  wanting to do a version of the Lord of the Rings around the time LOTR was being made (thus just around the beginning of this century).
A pity it was scrapped, for I would have actually liked to see a 60′s version with .
Kubrick might have made a more surreal fantasy tale, without modern technology, sans CGI.
Nice tribute here to one of my favourite directors ever.
A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey are two of favourite movies ever.

Beatle News  # 33:  George Harrison ()

George Harrison 25th Feb 2014 (NS)

  • 1943 – George Harrison is born in Liverpool, UK
  • 1958 – By George Harrison’s 15th Birthday, he is a member of the band Quarrymen (The future Beatles). After Harrison’s friend, Paul McCartney; whom Harrison befriended in 1954, having met on a bus to school; became a recent member of the skiffle group (Quarrymen), which was formed by John Lennon, Harrison too joined, earlier, in February 1958, itself.

 

  • 1963 – Please Please Me makes it to no.1 in some of the music charts

 

  • 1964 – Three days after The Beatles return to UK, from the United States, on George Harrison’s 21st Birthday, they finish recording Can’t Buy Me Love at Abbey Road. George Harrison receives 50 sacks of mail, for his Birthday, some of which were sent to his parents house in Liverpool, and the rest to the Beatles Fan Club, at Monmouth Street, in London.

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Beatle News  # 32 : Ringo Starr gets hitched

  • 1964 – The Beatles take the train to Washington DC from New York, due to a snow storm that hit the east coast. Then the fab four give a press conference, late afternoon, at the Washington Coliseum. In the same venue, their first American Concert takes place, that same evening. After the concert, the band attend a Cocktail/Reception in their honour, hosted by the British Ambassador, Lord Ormsby-Gore, at The British Embassy, in Washington DC, USA.
  • 1965 – Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox at Caxton Hall, London, UK.

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Beatle News  # 31 : The Beatles in New York

Fab Four arrive in New York 1964

  • 1964 – The Beatles leave London’s Heathrow airport on board Pan Am Boeing 707 for New York.

Beatlemania hits the U.S. as soon as the Fab Four arrive in New York, USA, 50 years ago today. The Beatles, who were met by 3,000 screaming fans as they touched down at John F Kennedy Airport, were the first British band to conquer the American charts.

(Also see  # 19 : The Beatles final concert tour, which was in USA as well, in August 1966)

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Beatle News  # 30 : Sunday, 26th of January, 2014

2014 – This Sunday, at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, The Beatles were awarded with the Life Time Achievement Award. Added to which, Paul McCartney bagged the award for Best Music in Film (previously known as the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video) for his song, ‘Live Kisses’. The two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, performed the song ‘Queenie Eye’ together on stage (‘Queenie Eye’, is a song from McCartney’s solo album NEW, released in 2013). Besides that Ringo Starr did a solo on stage as well; the song ‘Photograph’, from his 1973 solo album RINGO.


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(* Special Note: Unfortunately I did not get to watch Grammy Awards, in fact it’s been a while since I last saw the Grammy’s anyway. Heard about the winners and the show only later.
Plus, The Beatles receiving the Life Time Achievement Award, don’t you feel it’s a bit late in the day? They should have been awarded this at least three decades ago.)

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Beatle News  # 29 : George Harrison gets Hitched

George Harrison & Pattie Boyd on their Wedding day

George Harrison & Pattie Boyd on their Wedding day

  • 1966 –  George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd, at the Leatherheads and Esher Register Office. Brian Epstein & Paul McCartney were the best men. Soon after which, the couple fly to Trinidad for their honeymoon.
The Bungalow where Pattie Boyd and George Harrison lived (1965 - 1970) in Esher

The Bungalow where Pattie Boyd and George Harrison lived (1965 – 1970) in Esher

  •  2014 (news i) – The re-release of 13 Beatle Albums (released between 1964 and 1970), are due in USA, ahead of the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first American concert (which took place on the 11th of February 1964 at the Washington Coliseum, Washington DC). The 13 Albums will be sold in unison as a ‘Collectors Edition’ box set.
Beatles box set (2014)

Beatles box set (2014)

  • 2014 (news ii) – The two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform for this years Grammy Awards, but it’s not confirmed whether they shall perform together or separately.

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Beatle News  # 28 : The Beatles in Paris (Part-II)

Sylvie Vartan & The Beatles (Olympia 1964)

Sylvie Vartan & The Beatles (Olympia 1964)

  • 1960 – Stuart Sutcliffe joins ‘Johnny & The Moondogs’ (The future Beatles).
  •  1964 – The Beatles appear, alongside French singer, Sylvie Vartan, and other French stars, at The Olympia Theatre for a three week engagement. The show opens on Friday, 17th of January, 1964.

While in Paris, the Beatles stayed at the five star George V hotel, and had an upright piano moved into one of their suites, so that they could continue writing songs there. It was whilst here that Paul McCartney wrote Can’t Buy Me Love.

  • 1968 – The Beatles (minus George, who was away at the time), attend a reception for ‘Grapefruit’, a band managed by Apple.
  •  1969 – US release of Yellow Submarine on Parlophone.

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Beatle News  # 27 : The Beatles in Paris (Part-I)

The Beatles pillow-fight in Paris (1964)

The Beatles pillow-fight in Paris (1964)

  • 1964 – Three of the Beatles (John, Paul & George) fly to Paris (from London Heathrow) on Tuesday, 14th of January, 1964, to appear at the Olympia Theatre for a three week engagement. Ringo followed a day later, on Wednesday, 15th, having been fog bound in Liverpool Airport. On Wednesday morning, while waiting for Ringo to arrive, the other three Beatles, take a stroll down Champs Élysées.
The Beatles in Paris 64'

The Beatles in Paris 64′

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Beatle News  # 26: John Lennon’s 33rd Death Anniversary

  • 1965 – The Beatles perform at Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, UK

This is the 6th day of The Beatles final British tour, which started on the 3rd of December, 1965, at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema. The Beatles perform in various venues around the United Kingdom, for 10 days, culminating on the 12th of December, 1965, at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema.

  • 1967 – EP release of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour on Parlophone (Record Company label) in the United Kingdom.
Annie Leibovitz's photograph of Lennon & Ono, just hours before John Lennon was shot dead (8th December1980)

Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Lennon & Ono, just hours before John Lennon was shot dead (8th December1980)

 

  • 1980 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono, pose for a photo shoot, in their apartment, by Annie Leibovitz, for the Rolling Stones magazine. Leibovitz promises Lennon that the (above seen) picture would make the cover of the Rolling Stones, and she left their apartment at around 15:30 hrs (3:30 pm), in the afternoon. Hours later, at 2250 hrs (10:50 pm), John Lennon was shot dead, by a fan, Mark David Chapman; a 25-year-old security guard from Honolulu, Hawaii; in front of The Dakota, the building which housed Lennon & Ono’s apartment, in New York, USA. He was 40 years old.

(Annie Leibovitz was the last person to photograph John Lennon professionally)

  • 1983 – On John Lennon’s 3rd Death Anniversary, David Bowie; who had befriended Lennon in the mid-1970s, and had last seen Lennon in Hong Kong; performed a tribute to Lennon in his (Bowie’s) final show of his Serious Moonlight Tour, at the Hong Kong Coliseum, in Hong Kong.

 

  • 2000 – A bronze statue of John Lennon is unveiled in Havana, Cuba.

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Also see Lennon Births
Beatle News # 22 : John Lennon B (Tomorrow, That Month)
Beatle News #8 …& Brett Whiteley (This Day, That Month)

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