Saturday, 7 June 2014

Rhodesia


This also appears at my Facebook page. It's assembling various allusions to this place, and how it's presented many times in different works.

"In fact that was why I started to grow a moustache. It was pretty embarrassing, because around that time you knew your pictures would get winged off to teeny-boppery magazines like 16, and it was pretty difficult to have a new picture taken with a big fat lip. So I started to grow a moustache - a sort of Sancho Panza - mainly to cover where my lip had been sewn.

It caught on with the guys in the group: if one of us did something like growing his hair long and we liked the idea, we'd all tend to do it. And then it became seen as a kind of revolutionary idea, that young men of our age definitely ought to grow a moustache! And it all fell in with the Sgt Pepper thing, because he had a droopy moustache."

PAUL MCCARTNEY ~ Anthology
Contrary to decades later claims that McCartney's hair growth inspired all other Beatles to grow moustaches, we see George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon without any facial hair at all here in the Daily Express from the 25th NOVEMBER 1966.. The claim why McCartney grew a moustache is tragically out of date with the cause of it, the Moped Accident of 26th December, 1965. (It takes almost a year for him to grow it.) In the article itself, The Family Way is titled All in Good Time. McCartney has had 6 days since his 19th November return from Africa to begin composing the soundtrack.



Lindsay Anderson's Part II of a 3 part tale. (If .... / O Lucky Man / Britannia Hospital)
O Lucky Man (1973) A briefcase in Malcolm McDowell's possession links him to secret funding of wars against revolutionaries in Africa.

Michelangelo Antonioni's Part III of a 3 part tale. (Blow Up / Zabriskie Point / The Passenger)
The Passenger (1975) A briefcase in Jack Nicholson's possession links him to secret funding of wars against revolutionaries in Africa.

Mal Evans (Beatles Personal Assistant and Road Manager)
(1976) A briefcase in Mal Evans' possession goes missing after he is killed. The briefcase may contain a diary that exposes something happening with, or to Paul McCartney in Africa 1966.

O Lucky Man shows McDowell in fake moustache in its opening scene, showing he has stolen from someone he should not have and must receive JUSTICE
The Passenger shows Nicholson in fake moustache when he returns from Africa after assuming the identity of another man who turns out to be an arms dealer.

In the article just next to The Beatles, we see that there's Tory Opposition to Harold Wilson's intention to rush the Rhodesian issue to the UNO.
On the 11th NOVEMBER, 1965 The Rhodesian Government, led by Prime Minister Ian Smith, had illegally severed its links with the British Crown. Mr Smith made the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) after days of tense negotiations with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Under Mr Smith's system there will be white minority rule, where 220,000 white Rhodesians will enjoy privileges over nearly four million black Rhodesians. Both Rhodesian opposition parties - the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) and the Zimbabwe African People's Union (Zapu) had declared breakaway governments. Zapu National Treasurer Jason Mayo gave a statement before leaving London - where he has been in exile - to set up his rival government in Lusaka, Zambia.

"Treason and rebellion have been committed. The lives particularly of four million unarmed Africans are in jeopardy," he said. The Kenyan Government has offered support to "our African brothers in Southern Rhodesia", but did not refer specifically to Zanu or Zapu.
A full year later, this was still going on and making headline news.

MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS
Season 3 - 1972

In episode 28 of the series, entitled "Mr and Mrs Brian Norris' Ford Popular" (I've always called it the Kon Tiki RA 1 / RA 2) we witness the unfortunate explosion of Mrs. Niggerbaiter.

Mrs NB: Ooh, he's a clever little boy - he's a clever little boy. (gets out a rattle) Do you like your rattle, eh? Do you like your rattle? Look at his little eyes following it, eh? Look at his iggy piggy piggy little eyeballs eh... oo... he's got a tubby tum-tum. Oh, he's got a tubby tum-tum.

Son: (whilst Mrs NB is talking) Mother, could I have a quick cup of tea please. I have an important statement on RHODESIA to make in the Commons at six.

(Sound of an explosion out of vision. Cut to reveal Mrs NB's chair charred and smoking. Mrs NB is no longer there. The upholstery is smouldering gently.)

Mrs Shazam: Oh, Mrs NB's exploded.

Son: Good thing, too.

Mrs Shazam: She was my best friend.

Son: Oh, mother, don't be so sentimental. Things explode every day.

Mrs Shazam: Yes, I suppose so. Anyway, I didn't really like her that much.

(Captain Marvel is also known as SHAZAM.)

In this same episode, at the very end RINGO STARR appears, but never gets to say a word.



In the very next episode (29 - The Money Programme) we are off to AFRICA. Where we follow the adventures of 4 explorers. John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman; some in fake moustache. Carol plays a character named Brian. John plays a character named Betty.
Eventually, Inspector Baboon of Scotland Yard's Special Fraud Film Director Squad, Jungle Division shows up. The Fourth Explorer (Carol Cleveland) is gunned down for merely saying "Baboon of the Yard!"

Inspector: Shut up! (shoots her) Right, Akarumba! I'm arresting you for impersonating Signor Michelangelo Antonioni, an Italian film director who co-scripts all his own films, largely jettisoning narrative in favour of vague incident and relentless character study . . .

We then get a long discourse on Antonioni's films. Blow Up (1966) is not addressed because it fades out before he gets there.



  • In O Lucky Man, when Malcolm McDowell is allowed into the secret society, where the first person he's introduced to is a club girl named LINDA, and he witnesses a live sex show with a girl named JUDE, he is also introduced to a man named Harry Wilson. (HAROLD WILSON) And then of course, Malcolm gets embroiled unwittingly in dangerous dealings down in Africa. That is, after he has replaced the personal assistant of a man whose personal assistant accidentally dies. But he's already replaced a man who has gone missing and been accused of stealing from Imperial Coffee, the company he works for.
In both "If ...." (1968) and "O Lucky Man", Malcolm McDowell starts out the film with a moustache. In fact, at the beginning of O Lucky Man, his moustache is much in the style of Sancho Panza.
In "The Passenger" the man who Nicholson finds dead, and assumes his identity, doesn't have a moustache, but Nicholson wears one anyway.

Why was MAL EVANS murdered?
Because he was dispensable. He is portrayed like a gentle giant, lovable but dumb. A big lug. But the Beatles did not ensure he'd be taken care of financially, or remain in their circle forever (SEE ALISTAIR TAYLOR) He is the man who cannot keep his mouth shut. He kept a diary. He messes up in 1966.

NOVEMBER 8TH, 1966

John Lennon says he's tripping on LSD for 3 days after his return from Spain (6th November). He insists he went to Yoko Ono's exhibition the night before it opened, on November 9th, 1966. So do others. Even those who ran the advertisements and the exhibition itself that clearly said it was the 8th November it opened.



Paul McCartney leaves for France the 6th November, 1966. He insists he met Mal Evans underneath a clock in Bordeaux, France on the 12th November, and then proceeded to venture to Spain, Rome, Africa and back again in a time frame that does not allow that journey to be taken.

Mal Evans insists he met McCartney on the 8th November (which would be correct) at a theatre in Bordeaux, France. He insists Lennon is not back from Spain even by the 8th November, confirmed by a phone call to London from France. Even though Lennon was shown arriving at Heathrow on the 6th. Mal Evans makes no mention of Jane Asher on this trip. McCartney says she's in Africa near its end.


Who messed up in those stories. All 3 of them do. But who is the one that provides the true hole that story falls into.
MAL EVANS. He's half telling the truth, and half telling a lie. He messed up.




Moustaches all round!



Let's go back to Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam. Captain Marvel at one time was more popular than DC Comics Superman. This caused DC Comics to get quite irate, but that's another story. Do The Beatles have any mentions of Captain Marvel / SHAZAM in their songs?

Why YES they do! In John Lennon's tale of "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" ("The Beatles" 1968)

Deep in the jungle where the mighty tiger lies
Bill and his elephants were taken by surprise
So Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes, zap!
All the children sing

Hey, Bungalow Bill
What did you kill, Bungalow Bill?

Now of course we know the tiger is not indigenous to Africa. It's a cat synonymous with Asia. But you can still find them in Africa, sometimes as pets, or in zoos, on reserves and so forth. But let's just stick with the tiger as a cat not usually found in Africa.

ZAP as a phrase turns up numerous times in Beatles folklore. It even shows up in a Kenneth Anger film.

3 comments:

  1. You start off with comments made by Paul McCartney and then state that the comments were made on November 25th,1966. Considering the last sentence - " And it all fell in with the Sgt Pepper thing, because he had a droopy moustache." - there's no way he could have said that in 1966, 7 months before Sgt. Pepper came out. November 25th, 1967 maybe ?

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    1. The article from The Daily Express is 25th November, 1966.

      The quote from McCartney comes from Many Years From Now. He's recalling his moped accident, and the moustache growth as a collective memory, when the accident was in December 1965, and the moustache doesn't show up until November 1966. In between, despite this scar on his lip that caused him such worry, he's posing for photos, filming "videos", going out on tour, for at least 6 months before this seems to start bothering him. When interviewed in June 1966, he suggests by the words he uses, that the accident's just happened. And it hadn't.

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    2. Correction/; Quote comes from ANTHOLOGY.

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