Abbey Road, London. It’s special. It’s special because it houses the famous zebra crossing that the Beatles walk on the cover of their fantastic album, titled, of course, Abbey Road.
Can you imagine, how many fans, from England and all around the world, speaking all different languages, but sharing the same love for the Beatles, have crossed the street posing like one of the Fab Four?
Now… Did you know that Damian Lewis actually grew up on Abbey Road and not far from the zebra crossing?
He tells on Times Talks London:
And the sweetest story Damian has to tell about his childhood on Abbey Road is one that I think you will all love!
“My brother and I had a pretty expansive fantasy life. We had two bikes, very ’70s bikes, at least in London, called Grifters. We invented two characters for ourselves called Bob and Charlie, and we’d go up and down the street and all around the neighborhood solving crimes. That’s what we did.”
And here are the little detectives Bob and Charlie for you 🙂 Cute! Very cute!
THAT is exactly what we did, too, in my neighborhood in Izmir, Turkey — literally thousands of miles away from London, England. It’s just that I didn’t have a Grifter but had a Chopper instead, another ’70s bike!
So, are today’s children like that at all, or it was just us that rode the bikes, wrote the crime stories and solved them?
Damian has also become a Beatles Fan at a young age as he was introduced to their music at school. We learn from a Classic FM news report that, when he made an appearance at the Music For Youth Schools Prom 2013 to celebrate inspirational teachers, Damian told kids: “When I was roughly your age, 11 or 12, I sang in a chamber choir and had an inspirational teacher, Mr Woodgate, who rearranged Beatles tunes. And so, as an 11 year old I was able to sing Eleanor Rigby and I Love Her and other Beatles tunes in four-part harmony, and it’s a memory I treasure to this day.”
And, being a Beatles fan, he says in an interview with US Weekly in 2001, “I used to take my shoes off to cross the street so I’d look like Paul on the record.”
Who would YOU try to look like?
My personal answer: George. Always George! 🙂
Why not finish with a beautiful song from Abbey Road that came to me the moment Henry VIII appeared in the first episode of Wolf Hall? Until that moment, the episode was Cromwell’s personal story. Very, very sad. And, with Henry, came the beautiful manicured gardens, the fragrance of flowers, and THE SUN!