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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

PPPs Advent Calendar : day 8

Eight eccentric chimney pots
(a postcard of Brighton Pavilion on my studio wall)

Taken using my iPhone and CameraBag/Instant

Where were you 30 years ago today?

It was nearly the end of my first term at Brighton Art School,
I was sitting at a desk in my room at the 'Seafront Halls'
looking out at the early morning view – drainpipes and fire escape.
The radio news-reader said John Lennon was dead.

You can visit more Advent Calendar blogs at:

Fan My Flame

Jamjar Art


Happiness is a bottomless button box

77 Belle

Oodles, noodles, poodles and doodles


The patchwork dress




Art of Textiles

Quad Royal

If you're joining in with the Advent Calendar blog posts please let me know and I'll add your link.

Celia x


  1. you're not going to like this, but I was 13 and probably dreading double maths!

  2. Thirty years ago I was living in a dilapidated loft in NY's SOHO. I woke up one morning and turned on the radio as usual, and heard one Lennon song after the other being played. That was how I learned that he'd been shot the night before.

    Odd that a week earlier, I'd had my only actual sighting of John Lennon, as he got out of a long black car and walked through the Dakota entranceway, carrying a bag of groceries.

    Now I live just a few blocks away from the Dakota.

  3. Just a thimbleful....

    Looking at my diary (I have kept a daily diary since I was 16 - 60 years!!!) I was with George in Verona, it was cloudy & freezing - he was on business and I was along for the ride. It was a Monday, and a saint's day so no shops open and I wandered around going into all the churches in Verona to keep warm!Then in the evening the streets came alive with markets and the passagio and we went for a wonderful meal with G's clients. I never recorded Lennon's death !!!

  4. 30 years ago I was exactly where I am today in Liverpool, John Lennon's home town and not believing what I heard on the news.

  5. I was 15 and in the 5th year at Kings Lynn Grammar School for Girls. I was at the bus stop waiting for the eastern county's bus to arrive when Katherine Smith told me the news!

  6. I was 24, and working for Barclays Bank in the London City Office, I remember not believing the news when I heard it on the radio alarm clock.

  7. I was at secondary school - I don't remember the exact moment when I heard, but strangely I remember the day Elvis died, and the particular image is the green gate we had out onto the street! I think I was standing there when my friend told me the news. Can't beat Frances story though.. Cx

  8. I think I heard about it from the radio before I went to school.
    Oddly I too remember elvis's death more clearly because one of my friends was so upset.
    I hadn't realised that you were in brighton - I lived there for three years and loved it.

  9. I'd just finished work, 22 and very pregnant with my first child.


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