Thursday, 2 June 2011
Please Please Me was the debut album by The Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of singles "Please Please Me" (number one on most lists but only number two on Record Retailer) and "Love Me Do" (number 17).
Of the album's fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon/McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called "[their invention of] the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments."
George Martin, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, owners of the London Zoo, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have The Beatles pose outside the insect house for the cover photography of the album. However, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer, and instead, Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square. Martin was to write later: “We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. It was done in an almighty rush, like the music. Thereafter, though, The Beatles' own creativity came bursting to the fore". In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the then-planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let it Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used in 1973 for The Beatles' retrospective albums 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 . Another unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot was used for The Beatles(No1) (also released in 1963).
Dunno about you but, I really have taken to Pauline Quirke as Hazel in Emmerdale. Pauline has recently announced that she will be leaving Emmerdale. Pauline will be leaving the role of Hazel Rhodes on the ITV1 soap at the conclusion of this year. She will then be taking on the sitcom Birds of a Feather in a stage version in 2012. She explained that she was asked to stay on until Christmas and then in 2012 she would be doing a tour of Birds of a Feather on stage. Adding that she thought the time was good to resurrect the three old girls so the tour will start next spring. But she will stay on at the Woolpack steps until the end of December.
She had originally been contracted to appear just a year and then her contract was extended to the end of 2011 an Emmerdale spokesperson explained, so Hazel will be around for quite a few more months of drama. Hazel currently is tied into an assisted suicide storyline in the soap as she has said to Jackson, her son that she would aid him in dying since he has repeatedly stated his desire to die due to his current state of paralysis.
Doctor at Large was a television comedy series based on a set of books by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of newly qualified Doctors. The series follows directly from its predecessor Doctor In The House, and was produced by London Weekend Television in 1971.
Writers for the Doctor at Large episodes were Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Bernard McKenna, Geoff Rowley, Andy Baker, Jonathan Lynn and David Yallop, as well as George Layton (under the pseudonym of "Oliver Fry").
The plot revolves around newly qualified Doctor Michael Upton as he tries to make a start in his profession. He obtains a series of jobs, including working in Otolaryngology and as a General Practitioner, before returning to St Swithin's Hospital (where he received his training) as a Junior Registrar. Notable events also include Upton's (and other young doctors) pursuit of women.
The first six episodes, from "Now, Dr. Upton" to "Congratulations, It's A Toad", were recorded in black and white due to the ITV Colour strike.