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Liverpool and Beatlemania

On a Saturday morning in September took the train to Liverpool, a major port on England's west coast and the UK's seventh largest city, to learn more about John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles are history now -- it seemed most of the people on the train, judging by their clothes, were fans of Liverpool the football club, who would play Crystal Palace at home in a Premiere League matchup that afternoon. The British are proud of football, or soccer, as global sport that was born and raised here in Englad, and its played on recreational fields everywhere. But the sport is big money and team owners attract the world's best players with huge salaries. Liverpool's manager is German (Jurgen Klopp) and perhaps their best player is Egyptian (Mo Salah).


Our weekend trip included a special tour inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney; a visit outside the famous Cavern nightclub, a basement bar on a narrow, twisty street where the young group that would become the Beatles played nearly 300 times, often twice a day at lunchtime and evening gigs; and a visit to a really good museum called The Beatles Story (there are countless tourist attractions in Liverpool tied to the Fab Four, but this one is quite good and worth the price).


What did we learn?


  1. John and Paul grew up near each other, but came from markedly different backgrounds.

  2. The cavern ...

  3. Paul has a brother ..

  4. Liverpool --- big ports, amazing library.


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