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N.Z. Vs France 2nd Test
Men on Monday
morning in the public bar -
a funeral in town today.
A good man from what they say -
here every morning, opening time.
Jack was that sort of man.
A local tells the barman
"Make sure you wear that tie
the day I die."
It's that sort of day -
a good man dead,
men in dark suits in town today.
And late now, the hearse has gone
off to the city cemetary,
an hours slow drive away.
We wont be seeing Jack again.
Nuclear Fallout over ANZUS
On the 8th June 1987 the New Zealand parliament passed the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act. The legislation was passed in the wake of continued French nuclear testing on the Pacific island of Mururoa and with a backdrop of the cold war, the Reagan era. It would have far reaching consequences in respect to NZ's relations with the U.S. and Australia with whom New Zealand had a military alliance (ANZUS). As the Americans had a "neither confirm nor deny" policy regarding the nuclear capability of their vessels they were concerned that the legislation meant the end of the ANZUS alliance. The heavy breathing from Washington became intense as Prime Minister David Lange was portrayed in the world's media as "The Mouse that Roared".
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
release date: june 1st, 1967
"a decisive moment in the history of Western Civilization"
It's 40 years now since the release of The Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was a decisive moment in Western popular culture. The album cover was also innovative, one of the first to fold out with lyrics printed on the inside. The front cover was a collage of famous faces including, W C Fields, Diana Dors, Marlon Brando, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan and Karl Marx. Mae West originally refused to be included exclaiming "What would I be doing in a 'Lonely Hearts Club'?" but later accepted. Former Beatle Stu Sutcliffe is there as is George Bernard Shaw. The album also fueled speculation that Paul was dead, a popular rumour at the time.
*The flower arrangement on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's supposedly suggests a funeral
*The photo on the back show Paul facing away from the camera while the other three Beatles are facing forward.
*Various lyrics are supposed to allude to Paul's death in a car accident:
"Wednesday morning at five o'clock" (the time of his accident)
"Nothing to do to save his life..."
"He blew his mind out in a car, he didn't notice that the lights had changed."
*On the Abbey Road album cover Paul is barefoot.
*In Strawberry Fields John allegedly utters "I buried Paul".
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