Today is the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon's death.
I woke up to the news, and the world stopped. As I lived in Liverpool, people seemed particularly crushed, like losing a member of the family.
Lennon was an important figure because he held fairly open political views, and was not afraid to speak out. And because he was a Beatle, anything he said attracted publicity.
A great shame Lennon was not around to speak out about the terrible injustices that have been waged by the US and the UK in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the way he spoke out about the rape of Vietnam.