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  • Places I remember, all my life (3 December 2016)

    Posted on December 3, 2016
    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Places I remember ... Northington water meadows

    Places I remember … Northington water meadows

    On this day in 1965, the Beatles released their sixth studio album, Rubber Soul.  The track list boasts many memorable hits, among them: Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, Michelle …

    In my life

    But it’s track 11 that particuarly interests me. John Lennon was only 24 when he wrote ‘In My Life’ and yet it’s beautiful childhood reminisces sound as if they should have been penned by a far older lyricist.

    It is a gorgeous song, with a lovely piano solo by producer George Martin, who died earlier this year.   To be honest though, I’m most interested in the lyrics:

    “There are places I remember all my life
    Though some have changed
    Some forever, not for better
    Some have gone and some remain

    All these places have their moments
    Of lovers and friends I still can recall
    Some are dead and some are living
    In my life I loved them all”

    Places I remember ... Val d'Allos, France

    Places I remember … Val d’Allos, France

    Power of place

    The importance of place was even more present in early drafts of the song when Lennon made several references to specific locations in Liverpool.

    But anyway, we are left with that fabulous line, “There are places I remember, all my life”.  The relationships between people and the places in which they live, work and have fun are complex but it is safe to say that we are all deeply effected by how and where we live.

    Our surroundings have the power to shape our emotions, actions and thoughts so – as our Chairman, Fiona Reynolds describes so eloquently in her book The Fight for Beauty – people need beautiful places, historic places, places that make your spirits soar, as much as they need material wealth.

    I think John Lennon would have agreed with that.

    Loving places all over the world

    People love places all over the world.  And that’s what INTO is about – helping people to look after the places they love for future generations.  And remember, you can help young people in Africa learn more about the places that matter to them and how they can be involved in their future protection and use by supporting our ‘Encouraging African Youth to Embrace their Heritage‘ Project www.bitly.com/INTOAfrica.  Thank you!

    (I hope you enjoyed the three places I shared with you – well, two really as the first and last are in the same village, where I grew up.   The third is where we lived in France.)

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    Places I remember … Northington Grange

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