First of all, Heathrow airport is amazing! It puts every American airport I've ever been through to shame. It took maybe 20 minutes to from the moment I entered the building to when I was through security and waiting in the terminal. Unlike O'Hare, which had just two security checkpoints, Heathrow had 6 or 7. It made a big difference.
Anyway, I'm now in terminal 2 in the airport after spending the morning in London. Richard Porter, who attended my Sgt. Pepper talk yesterday, led a walking tour through the business district of the city, highlighting all the Beatle landmarks along the way. The first place he took us was Paul's current office headquarters, McCartney Productions Ltd., in Soho Square.
I find the fake birds on the lamp post on the right side of the picture rather amusing since they're utterly pointless!
He also led the way to Trident Studios, where several Beatles tracks were recorded in the late Sixties.
In the front window was a list of significant songs recorded there. (You can see my reflection in the glass, though my phone is obscuring my face.)
Richard also took us to the London Palladium, where (as I mention in "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties") they played a gig in 1963 that contributed greatly to establishing Beatlemania in the UK.
And then to the site of Apple's headquarters at 3 Savile Row (now an Abercrombie Kids retail store), also the location of the band's "rooftop" performance.
After the tour, I walked over the Lord's Cricket Grounds - along with The Oval, one of the two biggest cricket arenas in London.
I figured since I'm such a big baseball fan that I might catch a game of cricket (baseball's cousin). The cheapest tickets, according to the ground's website, were £699 (about $1,100). A scalper offered me a ticket for just £100 (about $160), but since I only had £3 left, I declined his offer. This, of course, only confirms my allegiance to baseball. (My ticket to see the Milwaukee Brewers game last month set me back just $7, and my MLB TV subscription, which lets me watch any out-of-market game live, cost $40.)
Interestingly, Lord's Cricket Grounds is very near the famous Baker street, home of Sherlock Holmes.
My flight departs London at 9:11pm local time and arrives at 11:10 local time in Iceland. I'm gonna get as much sleep as I can in the airport because I'm heading into downtown Reykjavic in the morning before my return flight to Boston Logan.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.