Sunday, 1 July 2018

Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Corgi Yellow Submarine - Pre Order Now

Available for pre order Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Corgi Yellow Submarine

Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus CC42418

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
  • BBFC Member Pre Order Price £20.25 + postage
 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)

Corgi Yellow Submarine CC05401

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
  • BBFC Member Pre Order Price £20.25 + postage
 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)


Magical Mystery Tour Bus is 1:76 scale and measures 145mm in length.

Yellow submarine measures 134mm in length.

Expected release date is October 2018 but this is subject to change without notice.

BBFC members when ordering please include your membership number in the order notes.

Prices exclude P&P at the following rates:

UK: £3.20 for one model, £4.25 for both models
Europe: £6.85 for one model, £12.40 for both models
World Zone 1: £9.20 for one model, £16.10 for both models
World Zone 2: £9.90 for one model, £16.75 for both models
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Paul has been busy- Karaoke, new album, walking in the park

It has been a two weeks tracking Paul McCartney.  He's been in the news since June 9th with so many different things.

June 9: Paul toured Liverpool with James Corden surprising fans at every corner.  In town to film a Car Karaoke segment for CBS,  Paul even visited his old house on Forthlin Road, going inside for the first time in years.

Later that same day, he gave a concert to a lucky 50 people in the Philharmonic Pub debuting a song that he said would be on his new album.

June 10: Paul's Facebook and Twitter accounts started dropping visual hints about the new album with a series of images daily all week.

June 16: Paul gives a private concert at his nephew's wedding reception.

June 18: Paul's birthday! Happy 76th Paul.  The internet was flooded with birthday wishes for Paul.

June 19: Paul officially announces that a double A side single from his new album would be released on June 20 with the full Album, titled Egypt Station, to be released in September in multiple formats.

June 20: As promised, the two singles were available on multiple outlets to download.  'I Don't Know' is a ballad and 'Come on to Me' is a more energetic tune with a catchy beat.  The full album will contain these two songs with 12 more.  The album artwork and the title are from a painting Paul did years ago called "Egypt Station."

June 20: Paul and his wife, Nancy, were spotted strolling through Hyde Park enjoying the weather and, no doubt, the buzz about his new songs.

On the same day, in an interview in Variety Magazine, Paul is quoted saying he will be doing some mini-gigs in July!  No hints were given as to where these gigs will be, so keep your eyes and ears open for news about these.  He also gave some insight into the remastered White Album that will come out with the 50th anniversary of its release.
 
June 21: This Thursday (technically early Friday morning) on The Late Late Show hosted by James Corden, the Car Karaoke segment filmed by Paul and James on June 9th will be aired.  Available in CBS, it won't be viewable by all countries, but as soon as a version shows up on YouTube we will provide the link.  Below is a teaser that hopefully everyone can see.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

George Martin Bio Part 2 - Coming Soon!

The BBFC have been notified that the second volume of George Martin's biography will be available soon.  We will review it as soon as our review copy arrives, but here are the details. We are also working to try to arrange an interview with the author.  Watch for details.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Issue 66 is on its way to you!

The second issue of 2018 is in the post!

We have been working hard to make the magazine even better than in the past, and we've been receiving loads of positive feedback.

Please let us know if you like the changes, and if you have an idea for something you'd like to see us write about, let us know.  We have an exciting new series starting in our December issue.

Non members can order a copy from our website here.

Issue 66 (June 2018) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day in The Life 
  • Coming Up - Forthcoming Events 
  • Media Watch 
  • When was the last time you played that? 
  • The Beatles NOT for Sale 
  • Meeting a Beatle 
  • Apple Scruffs - How I Love You 
  • Lennon and Cheap Trick 
  • Paperback Writers 
  • Beatles Boots Try Some, Buy Some - New Releases
  • Politics of John Lennon - Part 2 
  • Wings Over Wembley 
  • Offers and Discounts 
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Preview Review- Maharishi and Me: seeking enlightenment with The Beatles’ guru


The following review is just a sample the content that is in the June issue of the magazine which will  be published in just a few weeks.  Members get four issues a year.  Join here.




Maharishi and Me: seeking enlightenment with The Beatles’ guru
Susan Shumsky
Skyhorse Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2268-2 (RRP $26.99)

Susan Shumsky is well-placed to write a book about the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – she was a pupil of his for over twenty years and immersed herself in his teachings, his method of meditation (Transcendental - TM) and in his Spiritual Regeneration Movement. In 1966 a teenage Susan, like many of her peers, left home and headed to the hippy scene in Oakland, California. There she began to indulge in the sex and drugs lifestyle, trying LSD and similar mind-expanding drugs in search of something deeper and more meaningful. During this time, she met someone who suggested that there was another way and within days she chanced upon Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda just as George Harrison had during the filming of Help!. This book and encounter was to change her life. Susan then was introduced to Transcendental Meditation and her lifelong spiritual journey began.

“This memoir will raise the veil to uncover how Maharishi captivated me, transformed me and then released me to find self-empowerment in my own spiritual pathway.” Shumsky does not hold back. This is a ‘warts and all’ account of her direct experience with Maharishi and his methods of teaching, his manipulation of his students and staff and his personal foibles. But all throughout she maintains a strong regard and respect for Maharishi as a spiritual teacher (guru) and a man.

Shumsky makes a clear point that the methods practiced by Maharishi may seem cruel and uncaring but were intended to free his students from their egos. “Once we let go of ego attachment, we become our own guru and miracle maker.”

A significant portion of the book and accompanying images is devoted to the Beatles’ experience at the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh. It must be stressed that the author never met the Beatles but her stories about them in India come from known sources and, more interestingly, from people who were there, people other than the ones we have already heard from. One can’t help but wonder that her publisher asked Shumsky to add these stories to make the book more appealing to a wider audience. Well, it works. Shumsky covers the episode with Alexis Mardas, aka ‘Magic Alex’, and the now-identified woman he probably collaborated with to discredit Maharishi, leading to John and George and their wives leaving the ashram abruptly. Without giving too much away, Shumsky’s account of the Beatles’ time in Rishikesh is an eye-opener and one that every Beatles fan should read and consider carefully in light of the author’s experience of meditation and Maharishi’s methods.

As to the contemporary negative views of Maharishi and his teachings, Shumsky rightfully points out that it had always been the case that gurus came from the Brahmin caste in India. Maharishi did not. Also, the teaching of meditation to achieve a higher spiritual status was intended to be provided with no charge. Maharishi was heavily criticised for his focus on Western pupils who were very willing to pay sometimes quite large sums of money to learn from him. But…”Maharishi transformed the world by introducing and popularising meditation into Western culture.”

Her recall is astonishing; the level of detail in her descriptions of the events spanning from 1966 to the present implies she kept a diary although nowhere in the text does she state this. The reader must take it on trust that she recalls these events and those that she was told about accurately. The chapters are presented chronologically which is a big help in following the complicated machinations of her spiritual journey. Most of the chapters start with one of Maharishi’s sayings which, for me, gives so much more insight into his actual teachings then I have hitherto encountered before. Some years ago, I underwent a weekend training course and subsequent follow-up sessions in TM near Marylebone Station in London and although the Maharishi was still alive at the time, I was never privy to any of his teachings.

In this book Susan Shumsky presents an intense insight into TM and Maharishi in an easily understandable manner. This book is a joy to read.

Terry Bloxham