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Monday, December 05, 2005

What Is A Beatle Project?

Thursday night dressed to kill, to the launch of the new Cumbria Film Office at Rheged, near Penrith. The occasion was graced by the usual combination of arts bureaucrats, soap-opera starlets and The Great & The Good (the Renaissance Man & the Cineaste among them). I was about to narrow my eyes & pour myself a stiff canape when something quite unexpected happened. A rather blowsy presence of great power in that world emerged from the crowd and breathed 'Are you with the Beatles Project?' What, I wondered in my best Judge Cockle-Cantley, is a Beatles Project? And should I be with it/them? For a moment it rather looked as if I should be. I demured, which was obviously the wrong answer. The blowsy presence wafted elsewhere. But it kept on happening. People wanted to know was I with the Beatles Project? Now I should point out that I'm not in appearance a lovable 20-something Scouse moptop with a collarless suit, so heaven knows what delusion the assembled throng were labouring under. My mission that night was to press the flesh and press the charms of the local film festival I'm involved with, so this bizarre obsession with a popular beat combo of the 1960s was rather counter-productive. The Renaissance Man, for reasons unexplained, thought that I'd probably been mistaken for Fairport Convention's bass-player. And no, I can't see the resemblance either. By the end of the evening I was none the wiser . . .


Blogger Lampy said...

Mr Justice Cocklecarrot, from Beachcomber I presume?

No idea about the Beatles project though, maybe some plan to clone John Lennon, who knows.

5/12/05 11:13 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

Summats up ... It's Actually the Dylan Project go to http://www.dylanproject.co.uk/
Nick you could pass for at least 3 of these guys ... my money's still on Peggsy.

6/12/05 9:31 am  
Blogger Nick said...

Cocklecarrot, Cocklecantley . . . I'm obviously losing track of things. I thought the latter was a regular draw in the pages of Private Eye (apparently a promising satirical periodical, very popular with the young people).
And it was definitely the Beatle Project, not Bob . . . though I'm flattered to be thought of in the same breath . . .

6/12/05 6:56 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

Nope - pretty certain that looking at the bearded members and Peggsy's height and general imposing presence it's fairly easy to see just why you might be taken for the whole of THE DYLAN PROJECT. Maybe the person who asked you got mixed up?

7/12/05 3:30 pm  
Blogger boudica of suburbia said...

You should have asked. It will nag at you for many moons doncha know.


9/12/05 3:22 am  
Blogger Nick said...

B, obviously I should've . . . Renman: being mistaken for an entire group of ageing rockers (Steve Gibbon??!!) is, I suppose, some sort of compliment . . . just so long as I don't open my mouth & try to sing.

9/12/05 9:14 am  

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