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Happiness Is A Nice Thread
12 August 2019
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@William Shears Campbell said

I wasn't referencing you at all.  I'm confident you're not that stupid crazy.  You strike me as an intelligent sane person.  

Thank you. I do hope I am. john-lennon-salute_gif

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How long's the drive, @Beatlebug ?  

About four hours? Five? I'm not sure, it's pretty long. It's further west than our usual stomping ground which I've referenced here before. We might switch out at some point.

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I'm sure many here know this photograph, taken by Burk Uzzle at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, 50 years ago this week, it became one of the defining images of the '60s when used on the cover of the soundtrack album of the film in 1970.

The couple seen hugging are Nick Ercoline and Bobbi Kelly, behind them lying on the ground under a blanket to the right is their friend who'd driven the car, Jim "Corky" Corcoran, a Marine who was just back from a tour in Vietnam.

Nick was 20 while Bobbi was 19. They were reasonably near and heard on the radio to stay away, that it was turning into a disaster, the three looked at each other and the two other friends they were with decided this a "moment" and they had to go; and the next morning all five piled into Corky's mother's car, got as close as they could before abandoning the car and continuing on foot.

And so we have this iconic image of them.

I look at pictures like this and I wonder what happened to people in it.

Two years later, in August 1971, Nick and Bobbi married, and 48 years later are still married, with children and grandchildren.

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I like that. It reminds me of John's line in his last interview:

I'm really talking to the people who grew up with me. I'm saying "Here I am now. How are you? How's your relationship going? Did you get through it all?"

There's something quite beautiful about knowing the couple from that iconic image were not just passing strangers, and that they built a life together, and that they got "through it all".

They're attending the 50th anniversary event this weekend (at which Ringo's playing) but as Bobbi says:

We're really not the couple on the cover anymore. We're Grammy and Papa now.

Sadly Corky passed away last September, but Nick and Bobbi Ercoline are still going strong, and still together.

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Should you be interested in the story in their own words, more here and here.

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Wow, what a touching story! I've always loved that picture, mostly for him sleeping on the ground with all that chaos around him. 

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Oh, this is a great one.

Binman Ben Bird struck up a friendship with one of the elderly ladies on his route of eight years, Dorothy Ballad (known as Mercy). Their weekly collection coincided with her 100th birthday, and he'd promised to surprise her when she reached the landmark...

...and he did!!! What a beautiful gesture and moment!!!

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15 August 2019
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The US Passport, I love the over-patriotism that is completely normal in America whereas in any European country it could be considered borderline fascism.

 

Every time I'm in passport control and I see a person holding a US passport I love seeing the dopey bald eagle looking like it's scored the winning touchdown in the Superbowl or something...

 

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15 August 2019
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Not sure how that fits this thread, @AppleScruffJunior; more a comment for the philosophy or derail thread. Don't see how, as you call it yourself, "the over-patriotism that is completely normal in America whereas in any European country it could be considered borderline fascism," is not something to discuss and debate? Especially in the age of Trump.

This thread is meant for uncontentious posts that will make people smile rather than, as I'm feeling now, wanting to point out all those things wrong with your view which would derail the thread.

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15 August 2019
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I think, RN, ASJ was saying how she loves that the over-patriotism in the US of A is completely normal, and it gives her a chuckle? That's my understanding of it.

I found it mildly amusing too, so personally I agree with the placement of the post in this thread, though I totally understand why you don't.

 

To stay on topic before this thread inevitably gets derailed...

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16 August 2019
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Oh yeah I like it in a cutesy way. Especially that bald eagle, it’s the freedom bird.

 

Anybody wants to talk about fascism in the US in the philosophy thread, well it’s been such a sh*t show in there recently, that’ll you definitely get some response. 

 

Happiness: I don’t know if I’ve said this before but if the whole reincarnation-lark is true, I want to be a middle-class American, in my mid-50s, travelling through Europe, they always seem to be having the best time.

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16 August 2019
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AppleScruffJunior said
The US Passport, I love the over-patriotism that is completely normal in America whereas in any European country it could be considered borderline fascism.

 
Every time I'm in passport control and I see a person holding a US passport I love seeing the dopey bald eagle looking like it's scored the winning touchdown in the Superbowl or something...
 

Ha! America is so extra... of course, I'm rather extra myself so it suits me... john-lennon-salute_gif heart

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Having just come from the derail thread I suggest you check there for your post @mja5768

I'm trying to understand what's going on atm

Oh, by the way, this post was made by The Hole Got Fixed!

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The young couple next door to me have just made a sex tape.........

Obviously they don't know that yet

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Ron Nasty said
Not sure how that fits this thread, @AppleScruffJunior; more a comment for the philosophy or derail thread. Don't see how, as you call it yourself, "the over-patriotism that is completely normal in America whereas in any European country it could be considered borderline fascism," is not something to discuss and debate? Especially in the age of Trump.

This thread is meant for uncontentious posts that will make people smile rather than, as I'm feeling now, wanting to point out all those things wrong with your view which would derail the thread.

  

A bit harsh......All countries stamp their personality upon their passports. The Bald Eagle is the US symbol.....You'd expect it to feature. US citizens are allowed to feel pride in their country ...a country that was heavily involved in the defeat of the fascism you predictably throw in the pot.

The French EU passport has its own distinctive Bordeaux-red colour......The Crowing Rooster is their choice of national animal.....I'll give them credit that the French 'fasces' in their emblem predates Mussolini's......(Interestingly for a time the French Flag was pure white).  Most passports have a coat of arms and or national animals....Ours is a lion and a unicorn......The Aussies have two animals that can't walk backwards....(retreat).

If a passport can bring happiness to its citizens I reckon it's done its job.

Relax..Be happy. 

They say life is either a tragedy or a comedy.....It's up to us to decide. 

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@Wigwam I believe that discussion has been taken to the derail thread rather than being continued here.

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Happiness is probably not this cat's expression

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Happiness is completing 3 Beatley films in 2 days (Yesterday , Help !, Backbeat)ahdn_ringo_09

Actually maybe not that happy, for two of them made me shed some tears *sensitivity overload*

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I still have 'Yesterday ' to look forward to........

Not out here until the 28th....Only Cam copies have appeared on my box so I've studiously avoided all publicity..So far.

Soon I'll be able to say 'Im going to see Yesterday tomorrow'

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ScarlettFieldsForever said
Happiness is completing 3 Beatley films in 2 days (Yesterday , Help !, Backbeat)ahdn_ringo_09

Actually maybe not that happy, for two of them made me shed some tears *sensitivity overload*

  

Pardon my ignorance, but what is Backbeat? ahdn_george_01

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50yearslate said

ScarlettFieldsForever said

Happiness is completing 3 Beatley films in 2 days (Yesterday , Help !, Backbeat)ahdn_ringo_09

Actually maybe not that happy, for two of them made me shed some tears *sensitivity overload*

  

Pardon my ignorance, but what is Backbeat? ahdn_george_01

  

Backbeat is a film that was released in the early 1990s. It is a fictional account of the band's Hamburg days.

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