Meanwhile, i've just seen this on the BBC's Home Page:
Surviving Beatles invited to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary - May.
The Beatles in Israel for Israel's 60th - now that would really be something. And yes, they are terribly popular here. I've only been teaching their music for the last four months to the kids in Jaffa, haven't I?
And taken the opportunity to tell them all about Liverpool and what it was like suddenly waking up in that town and finding England changed for ever in the early 60s.
Brilliant idea and would do such a great deal for relations between the two countries.
I remember hearing Paul sing this not so long ago in Manchester:
The Independent must have seen my blog, as you'll see from the headline:
My family visited Israel for the first time in 1964, just before the Fab Four were apparently banned. I was a small child, but remember Israel as very austere, serious and a place where children were seen, but not heard. Family was all, as it is now, but then it was much more the conventional family as known to the Brits in the 50s, and which was beginning to disappear with the onset of Beatlemania in the Liverpool where I went to school.
If Holocaust Memorial Day can lead to a birthday visit to Israel by the Beatles, then who's not to say that there's a God in heaven and all's right with the world.