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Drive My Car: A Beatles Festival

May 10, 2021

I was thrilled to hear from my filmmaker friend Chris Purcell about Drive My Car - a Beatles Drive-In Film Festival in the UK! 

Chris’s recent award-winning short film, The Beatles and Us, is on the schedule, alongside A Hard Day’s Night, Looking For Lennon (in which I pop up), and a preview of Simon Weitzman’s long-awaited Here, There & Everywhere. It's all happening on Saturday 17th July from 3pm to 11pm and I have been asked along to share some memories of Liverpool Art College and the early Beatles. Hope to see some of you there!

The inaugural festival (with live music from The Dung Beatles) takes place on Loxwood Meadow, near Billingshurst in West Sussex and kicks off the Loxwood Drive In Movie season, produced by musician, manager and landowner Maurice Bacon (who looks after Kula Shaker and The Mediaeval Baebes).

This year, only 120 cars are permitted to park on the meadow (with space for picnic blankets, folding chairs and so forth), so I am sure it will sell out very quickly. The ticket price is £60 for a car with 4 people (if you're 5 passengers I think you can pay a bit extra). You can also camp onsite if you wish.

For tickets & further info you can check out the website or contact 007866 468632.



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How to measure your head for my leather cap

sketch of John Lennon by Helen Anderson 


A message from Helen about sizing: 
Hats are a bit like jackets and dresses: sizes are supposed to be universal but may vary from one manufacturer to another. I can’t guarantee you a perfect fit, but I can do my best to help.

My cap is available in 4 sizes: Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL). It’s an investment piece, so I encourage you also to invest three minutes to find the perfect fit.

Don’t just guess your size!
John Lennon’s head measured 23.5 inches. He was a size XL (big brain!). Here's how I measured it, back in 1964 - and how you can measure yours now.
  1. Don’t panic if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure handy. You can also use a length of string or ribbon, and then measure it against a ruler.
  2. Place the string or tape around your head about 3mm above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not super-tightly.
  3. I’d like you to measure your head exactly where the cap will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next size up.
Remember: If you have big hair, you’ll probably need the next size up!



You will need to tell me your size at the time you order.


If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?

Email Me!