John Lennon – The Misunderstood Beatle

While watching Monday night football, on an uneventful evening on December 8, 1980, I was nursing a hangover, when I heard Howard Cosell interrupt the game with a news flash. John Lennon was shot in New York City? Could that be true? It was true. Later, he was pronounced dead. I was in shock. Then my brother, Mark, telephoned me with the news. We both were John Lennon fans.

The Beatles, the fab four of the 60s, were each given character descriptions or nicknames adopted by their fans. John was the smart one, Paul was the cute one, George was the mysterious one and Ringo was the funny one.

I always felt John Lennon’s character description or nickname, should have been dubbed the “misunderstood Beatle,” because he seemed to always stir up controversy concerning his beliefs. He couldn’t quite make his comments clear, and the media didn’t help.

Take for instance, the comment he made on March 4, 1966, when he said, “the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” What he meant was that more people would go see the Beatles, than go to church on Sunday. Which may have been true. He generalized a wee bit by laying the blame on America, when he meant England.

Lennon was interviewed for the London Evening Standard by Maureen Cleave, who was a friend, and made an off-the-cuff remark regarding religion. Lennon said, “Christianity, will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first– rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

On August 11, 1966, The Beatles held a press conference in Chicago, in order to address the growing furor.

Lennon: I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a journalist friend (Maureen Cleave), and I used the word “Beatles” as a remote thing, not as what I think–as Beatles, as those other Beatles, like other people see us. I just said they are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way, which is the wrong way.”

Reporter: Some teenagers have repeated your statements–“I like The Beatles more than Jesus Christ.” What do you think about that?

Lennon: Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact, and it’s true more for England than here. I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.

Reporter: But are you prepared to apologize?

Lennon: I wasn’t saying whatever they’re saying I was saying. I’m sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don’t know quite what I’ve done. I’ve tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I’m sorry.

John Lennon returned to the subject later that year, when he told Look magazine that, “I believe Jesus was right, Buddha was right, and all of those people like that are right. They’re all saying the same thing–and I believe it. I believe what Jesus actually said–the basic things he laid down about love and goodness–and not what people say he said. If Jesus being more popular means more control, I don’t want that. I’d sooner they’d all follow us even if it’s just to dance and sing for the rest of their lives. If they took more interest in what Jesus–or any of them–said, if they did that, we’d all be there with them.

Although there was little reaction to his statement in England, Christians elsewhere embarked upon a massive campaign to destroy Beatle albums and other paraphernalia. The Archbishop of Boston admitted that he was probably right, but many still refused to forgive him.

I can relate to his controversial statement, because I have made similar statements, such as, when I drive by a gambling casino on a Sunday, I’ll say–“look at all those cars–try to pack them in a church parking lot.” Of course, my meaning was that gambling is more popular than Jesus. I hope that isn’t the truth–here in America. Am I in trouble for saying that?

All this didn’t bother Lennon, he continued using religious remarks in his songs, one was God, released in 1971. The lyrics are as follows:

God (words and music by John Lennon)

God is a concept

By which we measure

Our pain

I’ll say it again

God is a concept

By which we measure

Our Pain

I don’t believe in magic

I don’t believe in I-ching

I don’t believe in bible

I don’t believe in tarot

I don’t believe in Hitler

I don’t believe in Jesus

I don’t believe in Kennedy

I don’t believe in Buddha

I don’t believe in mantra

I don’t believe in Gita

I don’t believe in yoga

I don’t believe in kings

I don’t believe in Elvis

I don’t believe in Zimmerman

I don’t believe in Beatles

I just believe in me

Yoko and me

And that’s reality

The dream is over

What can I say?

The dream is over

Yesterday

I was a dream weaver

But now I’m reborn

I was the walrus

But now I’m John

And so dear friends

You just have to carry on

The dream is over

THE END

Once again, Lennon was misunderstood. He was put off by many Christians. I always understood the style of Lennon. I felt he was reaching out to question things we dared not ask. He was a buffer between reality and make believe. Some considered it threatening. I considered it harmless. Although he did say “I don’t believe in Jesus.” And he did say, “I don’t believe in bible.” Maybe he should have left them out of the song, at least to avoid controversy and save his career.. But, Lennon was Lennon, and he didn’t care. He was saying he has the freedom to say what he wants to say, or sing what he wants to sing. I’m sure it hurt his career. Paul McCartney’s career only blossomed. Not intending to leave out George and Ringo. Their careers remained stable.

I always thought a more fitting song for John Lennon would have been–Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, written and performed by a fellow musician and friend, Eric Burdon. He, also, authored a book under the same title.

In 1973, Lennon wrote and sang the song, Imagine, a very critical– but popular song. It questioned the existence of heaven and hell and no religion, too. This, too, was angered by Christians. His message was clear to me. He was simply stating, if there wasn’t any of these things he’s imagining, the world would live in peace–as one. What would there be to fight about? There would be no wars. Many wars are about religion. The song is all about imagination. He’s not a terrorist wanting to blow up the world. The lyrics are as follows:

Imagine

(words and music by John Lennon)

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

THE END

Lennon was always the outspoken one. Some say he was a hypocrite when he preached about love and peace–not war. In 1969, he demonstrated his beliefs in his penned song, Give Peace A Chance, after his departure from The Beatles, during his solo career.

He defended many rights and causes. He was an anti-war activist. His beliefs were misconstrued and often he was taken as a socialist or communist. President Nixon wanted him deported. Lennon stood up and fought for his right to stay where he loved to be–in New York City, U.S.A. Sadly enough, it was also the place he was killed by a deranged fan.

During his solo career, Lennon wrote and sang songs of rebellion with his political views. He would socialize with antiwar leaders, such as, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and others. Lennon and his friends organized a concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in December of 1971, dubbed the “Free John Sinclair” concert. Sinclair was a local antiwar activist who was serving ten years in the state prison for selling two joints of marijuana to an undercover cop. Lennon appeared onstage along with Phil Ochs, Stevie Wonder and other musicians, plus antiwar radical Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers. There was 20,000 in attendance; two days after the concert, the state of Michigan released John Sinclair from prison. During this time, a song written and sung by Lennon was released, entitled John Sinclair.

In 1972, Lennon released an anti-sexism song, entitled, Woman Is The Nigger of the World, implying that as black people were discriminated against in some countries, so were women globally. The lyrics are as follows:

Woman Is The Nigger of the World

(words and music by John Lennon)

Woman is the nigger of the world

Yes she is…think about it

Woman is the nigger of the world

Think about it…do something about it

We make her paint her face and dance

If she won’t be a slave, we say that she don’t love us

If she’s real, we say she’s trying to be a man

While putting her down, we pretend that she’s above us

Woman is the nigger of the world…yes she is

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave of the slaves

Ah, yeah…better scream about it

We make her bear and raise our children

And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen

We tell her home is the only place she should be

Then we complain that she’s too unworldly to be our friend

Woman is the nigger of the world…yes she is

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave to the slaves

Yeah…alright…hit it!

We insult her every day on TV

And wonder why she has no guts or confidence

When she’s young we kill her will to be free

While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb

Woman is the nigger of the world

Yes she is…if you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave to the slaves

Yes she is…if you don’t believe me, you better scream about it

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

THE END

On a happier note, in 1971, Lennon, also, wrote and sang the song, entitled, Happy Xmas. This became a holiday favorite. It’s questionable why he left out Christ in Christmas. But “X” is the Greek symbol of Christ.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. His killer is still imprisoned, as he should be. The music world was robbed of this musical genius. I sure miss his works and imagination. If it weren’t for his outspoken beliefs, he may have still been with us today. It may have been what killed him. But just imagine (I wonder if you can)–then there never would have been a John Lennon.

A Few Important Things to Know Before Using Disposable Adult Diapers

Adult diapers, also known as adult briefs, are one of the most widely used absorbent incontinence undergarment products today. While both adult men and women are vulnerable to incontinence problems due to many reasons like diabetes, aging and obesity, women adults have seemed to be at higher risk of incontinence due to pregnancy, childbirth, and other health conditions.

While searching for adult diapers, you will find they are available in different types including disposable adult diapers and pull ups (absorbent underwear). Disposable diapers are mainly designed for the adults who are suffering from mobility issues or who are living under a supervision of a caretaker.

These disposable adult diapers come with side tabs which can be refastened. They are very easy to change; one may not need to even take off their clothes to replace the diaper. Diapers can be changed while lying down or sitting on a chair. They are more suitable for overnight protection for adults with different severity of incontinence. Pick one with a high absorbent feature if you are suffering from severe incontinence.

Some of the most important things about disposable adult diaper you should know before using one

Disposable diapers for adults, both men, and women are leak-proof. They are made with a material which is comfortable to the skin. Wearing a disposable diaper is a great alternative to medication for people suffering from incontinence. These diapers are a great aid for those people who go out, stay overnight, travel further and walk confidentially in public places. No matter where they go, disposable diapers will make them feel relaxed both inside and outside of the home.

  • One of the major benefits of using a disposable diaper is that you need not squirm around the person for a longer time.
  • The absorbent disposable diapers are available in a wide color range and in many different styles to choose from. As the market of adult diapers is set to grow by 48% by the year 2020, the diaper manufacturing companies in the USA are putting in more efforts to make their product line, adult diapers, more comfortable and more fashionable.
  • Disposable diapers for adults are available in all different sizes. You can quickly check the size printed on the packaging of the product and ensure you shop for the right size. You can shop disposable diapers for adults in both online and offline marketplaces. You just need to make sure you choose the best fit.
  • While wearing the diaper, the tapes should be comfortably tight to your belly. Try inserting a finger between the tape and the belly part to confirm if it is secure. Don’t wear it too tight.
  • If you are in the need to wear disposable diapers all day long during summer months, chances are you may get rashes on your skin. To avoid this, you can apply a diaper rash cream around the genital area and choose a good quality diaper. Make sure to change diapers as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Disposable adult diapers aren’t just for incontinence

The moment someone utters the word ‘adult diaper’, the first thought hitting their mind is that a wearer is an old person having the issue with bladder control and thus suffering from incontinence. But in reality, adult diapers have no dependency on the age factor. People from middle age group and young ones also use disposable diapers, and this includes the ones who don’t have a bladder control issue.

Apart from incontinence and mobility issues, there are many other conditions where disposable diapers can be a best alternative over conventional undergarments. For instance, if you are going to a place where there is no quick access to bathroom, you want to continuously drive your vehicle without making frequent stops (quite a common scenario for commercial vehicle drivers) or if you are in a midst of gambling and just can’t leave your table. NASA has also designed disposable diapers for its astronauts using the maximum absorbency garment.

As discussed above, disposable adult diapers have plenty of usages. Wear one with dignity and live a worry-free life!

The Top Travel Destinations in the World

Singapore is the vibrant and energetic city where the East meets West with the traditional and modern. It is one of the world’s financial centers and famous for world-class shopping, modern architecture and delicious cuisine. The Lion City offers a unique experience for every visitor from colourful ethnic festivals to lively nightlife. Singapore the city has many other highlights like the Singapore Zoo, the famous Night Safari and the tropical theme park, Sentosa Island. This city has a fantastic tourism infrastructure and great public transport making it an ideal holiday destination and the perfect gateway to other South East Asian destinations.

Thailand is a country of beauty and mystery that attracts many travellers to its island resorts and busy cities. The culture, food and warm hospitality of the locals keep tourists coming back for more. The two most popular beach resorts are:

Pattaya located on the Gulf of Thailand 150 km south of Bangkok. Known as the ‘Thai Riviera’ and one of South East Asia’s best beach resorts, resort Pattaya attracts more than a million tourists annually from all over the world. Set along the 4km beachfront, Pattaya is renowned for high standard hotels, shopping, seafood restaurants, assorted international cuisine, water sports and its vibrant nightlife. The southern section of the bay becomes very lively and entertaining at night with many bars, nightclubs, shopping stalls and local food vendors. A day trip cruise to outlying islands such as Coral Island is a very popular activity where water sports, restaurants and quiet beaches can be enjoyed.

Phuket, the “Pearl of the South”, is Thailand’s largest island (48 km in length, 21 km wide) lying in the Andaman Sea off the country’s southwestern coast and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Phuket Town is in the south-east part of the island, the international airport is in the north and the most popular beach resort towns are on the west coast. As one of Asia’s premier beach resorts, Phuket still retains its own distinct culture from Chinese and Portuguese influences. The island offers visitors warm tropical weather, beautiful white sandy beaches with warm clear water, pristine forests, shopping in up-market stores or traditional markets, many bars and restaurants, enchanting nightlife and friendly locals. Phuket has also been voted one of the World’s Top 5 retirement destinations by Fortune Magazine.

Las Vegas, USA is the largest city in the state of Nevada with a population of over 500,000 people. The city has become a stand-alone holiday destination in its own right with many amazing hotel and casino complexes located along the famous Las Vegas Boulevard or “The Strip”. Many of the hotels have created a fantasy-like atmosphere with names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and far-away destinations. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” also boasts some of the biggest names and stage productions in entertainment including music stars, magicians and the Cirque du Soleil productions. And just a few hours away there is one of the natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon. Even if you are not a gambler there is a lot to do in Las Vegas!

Paris, France is located in the north of the country on the river Seine. It is widely recognised as being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities. Paris is highly influential in culture, art, fashion, food and design and is regarded as the most popular tourist destination in the world. Central Paris is officially divided into 20 districts (arrondissements), numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral from the centre of the city. Each arrondissement has its own unique character and attractions. The area north of the river, known as the Right Bank, includes the tree-lined Avenue des Champs-lyses, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum. The area south of the river, known as the Left Bank, showcases the city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower.

Dubai is an amazing place to visit, a city of contrasts, where East meets West and old meets new. Situated on a coastal strip bordered by majestic desert and calm blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai offers year-round sunshine and a unique Arabian experience of fantastic scenery, world-class shopping, luxurious hotels and fabulous dining. Dubai has been transformed from a small fishing village to a modern vibrant city where celebrities holiday and the Dubai skyline competes to be the world’s biggest, brightest and tallest. In the 1990s, Dubai launched an ambitious campaign to become one of the world’s top tourist destinations supported by a huge program of hotel building and the launch of its Emirates airline. Today, Dubai is known for its man-made islands in the shape of palm trees and the map of the world and the reputation as an international shopping destination. It makes for a perfect stopover destination when travelling between Asia and Europe.

Sydney, Australia is the largest city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales with a population of just over 4.25 million. Sydney is a European settlement, having been founded by the British as a penal colony on 26 January 1788 which is celebrated as a public holiday, Australia Day, with major festivities around the country. Sydney’s large, safe and beautiful natural harbour was the reason that the original penal settlement was established in the area. In 1788 the first fleet, with 1400 convicts, soldiers, administrators and their families, arrived in the area now known as Circular Quay located between the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. By 1840, convict transportation to Sydney had ceased and in 1851 gold was discovered leading to a huge population boom. By 1925, Sydney’s population had reached 1 million inhabitants. Sydney has an international reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. It is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, with one third of its population born overseas. Sydney was the host of the very successful 2000 Summer Olympic Games, which raised the city’s global profile.

Going From Amateur Boxer to Coach

Someone told me that if a person has had a couple of fights, they can lead others through boxing training. Certainly having ring experience helps, but that’s not the only requirement for being a boxing coach.

A boxing coach develops fighters’ skills, technique, physical strength, stamina and mental game in order to be the best they can be in the ring. A boxing coach fills many roles depending on the fighters they train: psychologist, friend, cheerleader, taskmaster, mentor, parental figure, etc. The coach has to be observant in regards to the strengths and weaknesses of their fighters, and develop methods to help their fighters improve.

The boxing coach also has to be aware of their fighters’ competition. They need to formulate plans to help their fighters overcome any challenge the competition may bring.

If you are already attending a boxing gym, some of the best training to become a coach is to pay attention to what your coach, as well as other coaches communicate to fighters about boxing technique. Being observant about what works and doesn’t work in the ring is beneficial to learning how to coach.

Roles Of A Boxing Coach

A coach in a boxing gym many hats.

Parental figure

This is especially true if the coach is training kids and/or teenagers. He or she may serve as an extra parental figure or the only one (depending what’s going on in the youths’ lives at home). The coach may also act in this capacity towards some adults who may be in need of having their confidence built up. Another part of being a parental figure is to protect others from harm. Sometimes, the coach has to make the decision whether or not their boxer should continue fighting in a match, especially if the boxer has been injured.

Drill sergeant

Even the best of boxers need someone to stay on them to train and remain focused on what they are doing. A coach can serve as an accountability partner to make sure the boxer is not slacking off on what they need to do to win fights.

Cheerleader

Boxers need a person to keep them up when it looks like things are going south, especially in the middle of a match. Before the match, the coach will encourage their fighters to do their best, give it their all, and win the bouts.

Matchmaker

In amateur boxing, the coach has a big influence on getting fights for their boxers. They are right in the “war room” before bouts, trying to get the best matchups possible for their boxers.

Being Part of the Corner

Besides learning technique as part of boxing training, another good way to learn more about the sport is be part of a boxer’s corner during bouts. According to USA Boxing, two corner people can be in the boxer’s corner along with the coach.

The number one rule about working in the corner is to remember that the coach is the only person who should be talking during the rest period in between rounds. The boxer will be tired after each round. It is the job of the corner persons to prepare the boxer to go back out and do battle when the bell rings. The coach is the general who gives the battle plan. Too many voices coming at the boxer in the short minute of rest is confusing to the boxer.

Supplies needed most often in the corner are: water, petroleum jelly, towels, icepacks, an end swell (a flat metal object used to reduce swelling on the boxer), gauze and tape.

What you do to assist the boxer in the corner between rounds depends on what the coach dictates. The coach may need someone to make sure a bucket — for the boxer to spit into — is placed between the boxer’s feet once they sit down in the corner. The boxer will need to have some sips of water. Someone needs to be responsible for placing the stool in the corner as soon as the bell rings to end the round. The boxer is going to need to have sweat and perhaps blood wiped off of them. Regardless of what is required in the corner, all corner persons have to be attentive and ready to work.

I was at a casino watching the fight of a boxer I know. The coach was in his corner along with a guy who was helping with conditioning the boxer outside of the gym. When the boxer dropped his opponent right before the bell rang, the conditioning coach jumped up and down in happiness. Problem was, the boxer was back in the corner and needed to be looked after. Fortunately, another guy I knew jumped into the corner to help the coach with the boxer.

Receiving a Coach’s License

Coach’s clinics are usually held by the LBC (local boxing council). In order to obtain a coach’s license, interested persons must attend a clinic, take a test, and pass it. There is a fee for the coach’s license, which is usually given out at the clinic or mailed to individuals later. A background check must be filled out as well.

There are four levels of coaches in USA Boxing. Level 4 coaches are the people who work with Olympic-level boxers. Usually, a coach on this level is the person who will preside over the clinic. Level 2 and Level 3 coaches can volunteer on regional and/or national levels. In order to qualify for these levels, coaches should have the experience of coaching and working the corner at USA Boxing, Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves, PAL (Police Athletic League), NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association), or Armed Forces Championships. Level 1 coaches are qualified to work with amateur boxers in the local gyms in the area where they reside. They can also work the corners at sanctioned amateur matches.

The clinics last anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on how many people are in attendance, and how much material has to be gone over. I suggest before going to any coach’s clinic, contact USA Boxing to get a copy of their most current rule book regarding coaching. Review it before going to the clinic because it will tell you what you need to know.