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Beatles Day

It's billed as "Liverpool's Own Red Nose Day," and the only thing not wearing a moptop wig will be Ringo's severed head. Apparently...

Published on July 16th 2008.


Beatles Day

THEY said we'd have toupee for Culture year, but we never thought they meant this.

In a city where the jokes never stop, 2008 wouldn't be complete without “Liverpool's Own Red Nose Day”. You've got it! Beatles Day.

Organised by Summer Pops bigwig Chas Cole and chums, Beatles Day is so much more than a CMP concert of Merseybeat acts at the arena, compered by Ricky Tomlinson.

Indeed, every man, woman and child is being urged to don a £5 Beatles wig – proving to the rest of the world, once and for all, that Liverpool is a progressive place no longer rooted in the distant past of the 1960s.

Why wait for International Beatles Week, part of the Mathew Street Festival in August, for a Beatles beano when you can have one now? (Unless someone knows something we don't.)

No chance. Organisers say July 10 is an auspicious day in the calendar of fabbery. The 44th anniversary - not the 40th or the 45th - but the 44th anniversary of the Mopatops landing back in Britain after a tour of the US. And there is much planned, such as:

  • Imagine that! Pass the laughing gas and a moptop wig as you Helter Skelter around the arena as part of a moptop fun run.
  • Imagine that! Arriva bus drivers handing out the selfsame wigs to passengers, for a jolly good jolly around Liverpool on the 68.

  • Imagine that! The city council’s chief executive Colin Hilton saying it's about time the city had its very own Beatles Day, and adding: “We want everyone from street cleaners and dinner ladies right through to traffic wardens and office staff to don a moptop.”
Some people have been heard on the radio saying that such an event sets the city back, but they probably don't realise it is for charity and cannot be criticised in this way.

And with Council Leader Warren Bradley, his oppo Joe Anderson and all the Mirthy-side MPs donning wigs for hilarious photo opportunities, the clear message to the cynics has to be: If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for you.

Beatles Day July 10: Or, as Jim Royle might say.....

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43 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Rev. J. C. FlannelJuly 9th 2008.

Is he the Gaunty that works as a careers adviser at Liverpool Hope University?

Paul Riot-Now!July 9th 2008.

We should have a Leon Kay Day. Everyone wears a frowning mask and we go about complaining about everything and writing angry letters to the press. (We'd have to excuse the students the last bit as they have difficulty writing)

Prof. ChucklebuttyJuly 9th 2008.

My word, that surrealisthairybeauty doesn't half go on. Keep it short and simple is my motto.

TonyJuly 9th 2008.

Rusty Spike has nailed it. Almost. But here's a few questions....What's the basis for this charidee event? Promoter Chas Cole's CMP web site says all profits will go to charidee. Howe does he define profit?Then it says all proceeds go to charidee.So which is it?And what are the proceeds?What do they include?Is Chas getting paid for this or not?Who else is taking their fee out of all this then? Who provided the wigs? At what cost? What's the profit in the £5 sales? What did it cost to make them?What's the rake-off for those taking part? And what proportion of the revenue raised is actually going to charidee?Are the books going to be open to public inspection? After all, it is the public who are being asked to make this event a success with their hard-earned dosh.If not open and transparent, why not?And finally, is anyone, anywhere, ever going to challenge any of this self-serving, self-righteous, self-promoting nonsense that infects Liverpool so much?

DigJuly 9th 2008.

Thanks for the watch. It worked a treat. I regained those 5 minutes. Strangely the watched vanished when the minutes had elapsed.

Big-Hearted ArthurJuly 9th 2008.

It is obviously the lunatic fringe that is responsible for this madcap idea! Why can't we have an Arthur Askey day? He was much funnier than The Beatles, as well as being highly controversial, he was nearly shot by the BBC for swearing on the wireless during the War!

RingoJuly 9th 2008.

You're thinking of Granty, the Beatles Editor at the Echo

DigJuly 9th 2008.

To answer your other question Prof I'm not related to Doc Green. I'm curious to know who that is and why you thought I'm related to him. I fear I'm missing a joke somewhere there.

Alistair SimJuly 9th 2008.

Who? Chas Cole or Ricky Tomlinson?

DigJuly 9th 2008.

That is just a rumour London thank you. I know my father is God. (Short for Gordon). I am known to friends and family as Dig or Digga Prof. No relation to Doc Green and more likely to break the law than join it. Shouldn't tell you all my real nickname is Digga. How do I know somebody here isn't one of my mortal enemas?

DigJuly 9th 2008.

I have just wasted about 5 minutes of my life reading that and I'll never get it back. Thanks Prof.

DigJuly 9th 2008.

Did anybody listen to Gaunty on Talk Sport 10/07/2008? He said The Beatles are overrated. Compared them to a 60's version of Girls Aloud! Also, apparently us Scousers need to get a life for celebrating 'Beatles Day'.I'm sure he didn't believe a word he said though. I am sure he enjoyed winding people up to get a few calls into his pokey little show. Silly insignificant little man!

tonyJuly 9th 2008.

Agreed!

DigJuly 9th 2008.

Talk Sport is a magic button in my car and Gaunty is the voice that eminates from the dashboard when I press said button. Actually I think I ran over somebody called Gaunty and now he's stuck behind the engine. The cheeky scamp likes to wind people up. That's why I knocked him over.

London RoadJuly 9th 2008.

So does Dig not know who his dad is, or is that just a rumour?

Prof Y. ChucklebuttyJuly 9th 2008.

To the paragraph creator, apologies and gratitude. My first career being a Jam Miner working on the Rasberry seam for fifteen years until I was forced to retire with Sticky Finger, I am not too adept at all this technology. To my "fan" who said there is not a satirist to touch me, wrong I am afraid. I cannot play a note on the satire. However I do a play a mean bongo.But Dig, I fear is owed the biggest apology for wasting 5 minutes of your life. Fear not, I will compensate you. I will send you my old wristwatch which always runs 5 minutes slow. Pop it on and bob's your uncle. By the way Dig are you related to one of our faculty? You are not Dig, son of Doc Green are you?Don't on any account go to my Capital of Custard site or you will waste many hours of your life and the bloke in the pub only has so many dodgy watches for sale.Hello Tony P hope you can assist in the campaign below.A Statue of Frankie and a Knightshirt..er hood for T-Rex, Now!

What a shameJuly 9th 2008.

I have been a Beatles fan all my life, adore 'em, but this sort of stunt is actually putting me off them, and I never thought that could be possible.

Professor Stanley UnwinJuly 9th 2008.

Deep joy! An authenticode celeberation of the Capitalode of Culturlode!

Toxtech TerrorJuly 9th 2008.

He's a cross between Alan Partridge, Jeremy Clarkson and David Brent. And not funny.

DigJuly 9th 2008.

Altough I felt that particular blog wasted 5 minutes of life I feel I must say you are still one of my all time heroes Prof.

Paranormal paragraph creatorJuly 9th 2008.

Blimey! Can I get off to Asda now?

Jim McCabeJuly 9th 2008.

Thank you, Margaret. The cheque is in the post.

realistfairlyscepticalJuly 9th 2008.

This isn't the letters page of Smash Hits c.1977, surrealistfairybeauty

Margaret RutherfordJuly 9th 2008.

I hear that it was all a bit of a shambles. The bands having to lug their PA equipment around the streets, being ordered off the roof of the Echo Arena for health and safety reasons. So ill-thought out as well as making the city look like a laughing stock. Well, well, well.

Prof. Y ChucklebuttyJuly 9th 2008.

Evenin' all. Dig, soon as I saw your name, I thought ahh Dig son of Doc Green. I have only heard the name once before, Doc's Lad, and it's unusual but I suppose on this thing you just use it as a pseudonym. To answer you question, Doc was lecturer and expert in "blue lamp" technology, law of physics and all that. I don't pretend to understand. The Dig I knew joined the Police but never really progressed.Anyway that's that solved.

Tony PJuly 9th 2008.

Indeed. Fantastic to see Prof Chucklebutty now addressing a different audience (well maybe only a little different) but hopefully his blog will continue via liverpool subculture. Can I be the first to say that he has probably been the single best thing to come out of Capital of Custard so far? Long may he continue...

aliJuly 9th 2008.

i see the echo's coverage of this troubled event - they blamed the weather for things going wrong, omitted to contain any mention of how much was raised and who got paid for what, never mind how many wigs, at a crisp fiver were sold. methinks we should be told....

Stinker MurdochJuly 9th 2008.

Trisha said

Margaret RutherfordJuly 9th 2008.

Jim McCabe is right about everything. And his grammar and punctuation are exemplary. That student bloke on the other rant about litter could learn much from him. As could Chas Cole.

Prof Y ChucklebuttyJuly 9th 2008.

Anyone want to help raise money for paragraphs?I think I should have used the HRT editor sorry.

Jim McCabeJuly 9th 2008.

Is this supposed to be a highlight of 2008? Beatle wigs; "tribute" bands on the ferries & roofs; yeah,yeah,yeahs, ad nauseam? Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this supposed year of culture designed to showcase the city's current cultural offerings more than what's gone before? This is truly pathetic. It's bread & circuses stuff, too. What better to distract attention from the city council's bumbling, cack-handed & downright corrupt running of Liverpool than to exhume the Merseybeat corpse? I'm just glad I won't have to be in the city centre today.

P. McCartneyJuly 9th 2008.

Good to see that the hugely underrated Beatles are finally being recognised on Merseyside. We cannot afford for this seminal band to drop off the musical radar in Liverpool.Special thanks go to Ricky Tomlinson, long may he remain out of obscurity and in the public eye, representing everyone in Liverpool with his scruffy, tramp-like visage.

surrealistfairybeautyJuly 9th 2008.

its me again a lovely fragrant 30s brunette film star type in a field of dead wheat hair and bald scallies who are constantly rude and jealous of me. apart from the tracksuit trevors another thing about here that is profoundly itch making is this worship of the beatles with their happy clap along simple songs not as infuriating as football and gerry and the pacemakers isnt liverpool wonderful why are you not smiling love attitude but galling when you think of bands like magazine, gang of four, sparks, joy division, even some early echo bunnymen - woefully under recognised with their glacial cold ironic emotional loners songs. you are seen as a weirdo here if you dare say the beatles are over rated just because of the hype and as they are from liverpool and get this we celebrate them for their liverpoolness but they dont live here do they? they had the money so they could get out. its not them as individuals i object to i think ringo seems a pretty decent quiet guy who was spot on on jonathan ross! but its just too much is made about them and their music like football is here. i am a surrealist artist so i dont do mainstream unless i happen to like it ... i like it... no help me sir the pacemakers are chirping scouse like happy men laugh at everything the world is wonderful tunes ...

Ted RayJuly 9th 2008.

Who the heck is Chas Cole?

toriblareJuly 9th 2008.

To the people who just don't get what the Proff is on about, your wasted 5 mins could be worth a few bob in the future. When we all look back over the year of so called Culture, The Proff will be one of the highlights of the year.I've already got my Proff stories ready to sell to the News of the World.Sadly he is not Mayor yet, but when he is I know my stories will be worth more!As someone keeps saying,Keep on keeping on Proff

Rusty SpikeJuly 9th 2008.

Well, that's it then. All the ballyhoo about Capital of Culture and how we've shown 'em southern nancies a thing or two about de arts, and how The Pool has shown that gunslinging Klimt he can stable his hoss for a while, and Bryn Terfel has them weeping in the aisles with You'll Never Walk Alone. Mind you, I thought that was a low note for culture, like. Then we really feck the whole thing up with a kind of mass hysteria with an infantile plan for all citizens to don mop-top wigs. Even the bloody polticians have fallen for this rubbish - mind you, they would, it gets their picture in the papers and takes the heat off the row about their extravagant expenses. It beggars belief that after so much has been achieved to get shut of that old 'All Scousers are Plant Pots' line that some half wits have come up with this - and I don't give a fig that its for charity. Lots of things can be done for charity. But this is the pits. I bet Macca is guffawing. Why not get everyone rustling up a scouse pie while yer at it or hire a stall at Paddy's Market for the day and flog off shell suits and trainers. The southerners and other natives of the British Isles will be double up with mirth - not laughing with Liverpool but once again laughing at it. Where's that bloody cruise ship that was in town recently? Wonder if there's any jobs in the galley...

Very drollJuly 9th 2008.

Isn't EVERYBODY the Beatles Editor at the Echo?

Jamie OliverJuly 9th 2008.

I might join you, Dig.

Mr TJuly 9th 2008.

Pah, Liverpool been celebrating Beatles day for the last 40 years.Get a new band! ;) ;)

TrishaJuly 9th 2008.

I dont think Arthur Askey bought in the money to Liverpool the way the Beatles have done.

Elsie and Doris WatersJuly 9th 2008.

Oooh, Professor Chucklebutty, you are a card an' no mistake!

DigJuly 9th 2008.

That last blog was a rather enjoyable and enlightened 5 minutes. Thanks Prof you have restored the balance to my universe. All is forgiven. Apart from not reading my other entry correctly. In that particular entry I invited a lady to rub my veg for luck not me rubbing a horses veg! Anyhow lets visit various blogs, rub horses veg and put the Capital of Custard to rights over a Cains finest in The Old Post Office. Sounds like a plan. I might just do that tonight as I have a day off tomorrow from my Japanese slave masters.

DigJuly 9th 2008.

Even though I'm not a big Beatles fan I recognise the part they play in the history and present of this city. I'm sure there will be plenty of people celebrating and enjoying Beatles Day. Even tho I'm not going to be one of them I think there's enough fans around the world to make Beatles Day a success today and for years to come.

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