Ringo visits the Octopus' Garden

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Ringo Starr, the punchline of every Beatles joke, appeared at the Chelsea Flower Show to review the Octopus' Garden, inspired the song he wrote and sang for Abbey Road. But we all like Ringo, right?

Ringo Starr adds the final touch to Octopus's Garden

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Pete Best
 

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Oh, and if you're not a Ringo fan, this actual quote might change your mind:

Ringo: I wrote "Octopus's Garden" in Sardinia. Peter Sellers had lent us his yacht and we went out for the day. We told the captain we wanted fish and chips for lunch. And so when lunch time came around we had the french fries, but then there was this other stuff on the plate - "Well, whats this?" - "It's a squid..." Anyway, we ate it and it was okay, a bit rubbery... I stayed out on deck with the captain and we talked about octupuses. He told me that they hang out in their caves and go about the seabed finding shiny stones and tin cans and bottles to put in front of their caves like a garden. I thought this was fabulous...

Sounds like quite the littered seabed... :) :roll:
 

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Tony, this is so cool, not only because of Ringo (whom I always thought was cute in a sort of sad-puppy-dog way).

For starters, I'm delighted that someone finally mentioned Peter Sellers, who was my main crush -- next to the Beatles -- throughout my adolescence. I believe that the tie-in with Ringo is that they both starred in a weird, funny film called THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN, somewhat confusing but basically about the lengths to which people will go for money. Sadly acknowledging the fact that in real life Sellers was an insufferable, abusive husband and father (which I and lots of others didn't find out until after his death) -- like him or not as a person, he was IMHO one of the most talented, versatile British actors who ever lived, over and above the Inspector Clouseau character which was just one of several dozen remarkable roles he brought to life.

Secondly, I love the Pete Best reference! I've always wondered what happened to that guy.... talk about "it might have been"! (Hoo boy, have I ever dated myself!)

Thirdly, one of the things I liked (and still do) about Ringo is that he never seemed to be "full of himself" the way some celebrities are. I recall him in the role of Mister Conductor in the PBS kids' series SHINING TIME STATION. He was absolutely delightful, and even George Carlin -- more of an adult-oriented comic -- who later replaced him couldn't reproduce Ringo's gentle, amiable interpretation of the character (nor his charming Liverpool accent).

Fourth, I couldn't believe anyone remembered Cilla Black either! As I recall, she was a one-hit wonder of the British Invasion era, with a very beautiful rendition of "You're My World". Later eclipsed as a pop icon by the more popular (and justifiably so) Dusty Springfield, Cilla nevertheless did justice to a very lovely song.

Finally -- who the heck cares if Richard E. Grant, Princess Michael of Kent, and Jerry Hall were there anyway? The important thing is.... so was ALAN RICKMAN! :heart:

PS: Why on earth did that reporter pan YELLOW SUBMARINE? For its time, YS was artistically innovative, loads of fun, and for cryin' out loud, it was Beatles music!

Tani
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Obligatory Minimum Squiddage :nautilus: :octopus: :squid: :meso:
 

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three thoughts: it took starr and harrison's normalcy to counterbalance lennon......i guess youre a fan of dr. strangelove.......even sexier than me? :lol:
 

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WK -- I did a couple of photoshops of your face on Alan Rickman's body, but I deleted my posts... :) Was just too easy. Thanks for the softball though! :lol:

Yeah, Peter Sellers is an interesting character to me. I don't know a lot about him beyond his Clouseau roles but it seems he was much more than that. And he seemed to hang out with the Rock n Roll crowd of the late 60's / early 70's... also didn't know he was so.. "difficult".
 

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TaningiaDanae said:
I couldn't believe anyone remembered Cilla Black either! As I recall, she was a one-hit wonder of the British Invasion era, with a very beautiful rendition of "You're My World".
One Hit Wonder? I wish. That irritating woman is never off the telly on Saturday nights here. With an insincere and plasticised face she presents 'Blind Date', a 'lorra, lorra laughs'. It's another good reason to go to the pub early. :yuck:

I'm a fan.

Apologies for lack of cephs!
 

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tonmo said:
Yeah, Peter Sellers is an interesting character to me. I don't know a lot about him beyond his Clouseau roles but it seems he was much more than that.
"Dr. Strangelove" and "Being There" are well worth your time. Sellers also contributed a great cameo to the Michael Caine/Dudley Moore comedy "The Wrong Box," in which he uses a kitten as an ink-blotter.

...also didn't know he was so.. "difficult".
Hoo-boy, was he ever.

Cheers,

Stu Sutcliffe
 

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Hmmm.... maybe we oughta re-name this thread "Group Therapy for Veterans (and Veterans-at-Heart) of the Sixties". :)

Kiboko: One of the things I liked best about John (my all-time favorite Beatle) was his lack of "normalcy". I used to have copies of IN HIS OWN WRITE and A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS, and unfortunately had to discard both due to mildew damage, but they were excellent examples of Lennon's bizarre brilliance in writing and art (as well as music). When he was murdered, I felt as though I had lost an old friend -- as did many others of our era. On the other hand, it was pretty depressing a couple of years ago to see a photo of Paul on the cover of AARP's "Modern Maturity" magazine -- not that Paul didn't look good, but just the shock of seeing the one-time teen heartthrob as the main subject of a magazine for us retired folks over 50! (Talk about feeling Over the Hill....)

Yeah, DR. STRANGELOVE was fantastic! I don't remember what came first, the film or Henry Kissinger, but I'm convinced that one of them was mimicking the other (just not sure which was which).

Regarding your question re who is sexier: IMHO it is sexy to be smart. So given that all cephalofans are smart, and given that all TONMOers are cephalofans, ergo it follows that all TONMOers -- regardless of age, nationality, or gender -- are major hotties. Q.E.D., S.P.Q.R., and all that.... :wink:

Tony: Sorry you didn't post the Kiboko/Rickman collage for us! Betcha WK would've looked kinda cute in long black Prof. Snape robes.

Phil: I had no idea Cilla was still among the living, let alone hosting a cheesy "reality show" in her homeland! It's too bad she was reduced to an annoying telly hostess, because after "You're My World" she could've had a reasonable singing career if she'd wanted to. Then again, better her as a host than Ann Robinson -- irritating is one thing, terrifying is quite another. :shock:

"Stu": Nice of you to come back from Rock & Roll Heaven just to post on our Message Board.... :lol:

Ditto to your recommendations of BEING THERE and DR. STRANGELOVE. Other Sellers films of note include THE MOUSE THAT ROARED, ONLY TWO CAN PLAY, THE PARTY, and HEAVENS ABOVE, to name just a few. Would you believe, I actually saw THE WRONG BOX in a first-run theater? (Once again, I have dated myself in the extreme.) Peter did smaller roles in several other films, one of the strangest being Clare Quilty in LOLITA (the original 1962 version with James Mason and Sue Lyon). If I'm not mistaken, the Quilty character didn't even appear in the Nabokov novel, but was tailored for Peter as a "foil" for Mason's Humbert Humbert.

Oh, and by the way: SQUID!

8)
 

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Hello Tani and other Sellers fans

Quilty was definitely in Nabokov's book. Both films were surprisingly true to the text. Nabokov is probably my favorite writer. TONMO has referred only to writers I like, particularly Melville and Nabokov.

My favorite Sellers film, although I haven't seen nearly half of them, is The Party, but I love silliness. So anything from his early years with Spike Milligan makes me happy as a clam. I knew there was a way to bring this to invertebrates, if not octopuses.

Melissa
 

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Melissa said:
Hello Tani and other Sellers fans

Quilty was definitely in Nabokov's book. Both films were surprisingly true to the text. Nabokov is probably my favorite writer. TONMO has referred only to writers I like, particularly Melville and Nabokov.

My favorite Sellers film, although I haven't seen nearly half of them, is The Party, but I love silliness. So anything from his early years with Spike Milligan makes me happy as a clam. I knew there was a way to bring this to invertebrates, if not octopuses.

Melissa
Hiya, Melissa!

Oops -- thanks for the correction re Clare Quilty. Good to know somebody who's actually read LOLITA, because from what I've heard it is very worthwhile from a literary standpoint, over and above the shock value (for its time, anyway). I haven't read it, but I remember a magazine article, when the '62 film was released, mentioning something unusual about the Quilty character vis-à-vis the book versus the film. Maybe it was that CQ wasn't as major a character in the book as he was in the film? I'd be curious to find out what it was, regardless.

Remembering Peter is impressive enough, but remembering Spike Milligan is positively awesome! A long time ago, WBAI or another of the "alternative" radio stations here played a couple of GOON SHOW recordings, and they were hysterical (e.g., one was supposedly about the first men to climb Mt. Everest from the inside....) Listening to them, it's easy to see where the MONTY PYTHON crew derived their inspiration.

And now, I am Happy as a Clam (thanks, Melissa!) to bring this thread back to cephs -- through the magic of Six Degrees of Separation. Thusly:

  • 1. One of the Goon Comedians was Jonathan Miller, who was also a medical doctor.

    2. Jonathan Miller also hosted a PBS series on the nature of illness.

    3. PBS also broadcasts excellent nature shows.

    4. Like PBS, the Discovery Channel is known for its nature shows.

    5. The Discovery Channel recently aired an encore of THE FUTURE IS WILD, in which some of the "future species" have evolved from cephs.

    6. POLL for FUTURE IS WILD Viewers: Which bizarre, outrageous creature do you think is most likely to repopulate the planet millions of years from now?

    (a) Swampus
    (b) Rainbow Squid
    (c) Squibbon
    (d) Mega-Squid
    (e) Cher
 



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