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_Paul McCartney, George Harrison and/e Adam Cooper; England/Inglaterra; London/Londres; Chelsea; Chelsea Manor Studios; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; March 30th 1967/30 de março de 1967.

_Photo/Foto: Michael Cooper.


(TOP) George & wife Olivia at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 1981 and (BELOW) George attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 1999. Source for both images: Pinterest.

“Konrad Engbers, the owner of a nursery in the vicinity of Friar Park, recalled the first time George came to his stall in the market. ‘How are things going?’ George asked. ‘A little slow,’ Engbers replied. ‘I’ll give it a little push for you’ George said, and purchased almost every tree he had on hand. Even so, George never expected preferential treatment whenever he returned to Engbers’s stall. He would stand in line and wait his turn. Engbers marveled, “Such a kind man with no airs and graces — a man with a truly big heart.” - excerpted from “Working Class Mystic - A Spiritual Biography Of George Harrison” page 104, Gary Tillery

_George Harrison; England/Inglaterra; London/Londres; Chelsea; The Vale; A Somnambulant Adventure; March 25th 1966/25 de março de 1966.

_The Butcher Cover Photo Session/A Sessão de fotos da Capa dos Açougueiros.

_George Harrison’s smile/O sorriso do George Harrison.

_George Harrison’s tongue/A língua do George Harrison.

_Photo/Foto: Robert Whitaker.

George and Olivia Harrison at the Chelsea Flower Show, which took place 21 to 24 May 1996.

Photo © Nils Jorgensen

“We used to go to the Chelsea Flower Show every year and get lots of ideas and really look at the plants. George was a real plant person. Then we’d go pursuing them for the next year. […] He always thought that if there was a space in a city it should be used for a garden.
[…] He liked being out in nature. […] His passion for gardening really developed [when he moved into Friar Park]. […] We went to a lot of botanic gardens. Wherever we went to, if there was one there we’d go.” - Olivia Harrison, Liverpool Echo, 20 May 2008

The 2008 Chelsea Flower Show included From Life to Life: A Garden for George, designed by Olivia Harrison and Yvonne Innes; a photo and further information, for anybody who may be interested, is available here.

_John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Mal Evans and/e Adam Cooper; The Beatles; England/Inglaterra; London/Londres; Chelsea; Chelsea Manor Studios; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; March 30th 1967/30 de março de 1967.

_Photo/Foto: Michael Cooper.

_Source/Fonte: Solo Beatles Photos Forum.

mistabutton  asked:

Hey koryos, I have a question about human evolution and vegan behavior. I see a lot of vegans today stating that factory farming is wrong and immoral, and that humans are not naturally carnivores bc\ our lack of claws, rough tongue's, digestive tract and a lot of other reasons. And I realize that at one time we were marsupials that ate a lot of fruits from trees and that's most likely what evolved our color vision. So my question is what is you're opinion? I know people have hunted and gathered

n the past but, we have a system that allows for a huge production of meat. But I also realize evolutionarily we are omnivorous. Why do vegans think eating meat is so wrong? Yes they are sentient but we were predominately focused on what can fill out stomachs back then. Should we as a species switch back to fruits and veggies with little to no meat? Or are we better off eating meat? Or at this point is there only preference and no nutritional value going either way? I mean to even have feeling that we are wrong for eating meat says a lot about how far we have evolved. That we aren’t hungry wild animals trying to kill for the next meal but It seems that just a lot of animals successfully evolved that way.

I debated quite a bit about whether or not I wanted to answer this question. I mean, the real answer to this kind of thing I can’t give to you. I can’t tell you what to believe is morally right or wrong, and I don’t honestly think my opinion is much better than anybody else’s. You need to do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

I feel that you may want me, on some level, to denounce “vegans,” as if vegans are just a single, homogenous group with one set of beliefs. That is obviously not the case. Some vegans don’t even keep to their diet because of moral reasons (my own mother was vegan for a short period of her life because- to quote- “it seemed healthy and my friends were doing it”). Vegans, like everybody else, are free to choose what they want to eat and stake out their own moral ground.

Humans can survive on a spectrum of vastly different diets, and it’s only quite recently that we have gained the capacity (in some places) to pick and choose what diet we want. For much of human history we could only choose what the local environment provided to us. That is why traditional diets can range from strict Jain vegetarianism in India all the way to the almost completely meat-based Inuit diet. Vegetarian diets are perfectly feasible in the highly fertile regions of India, where a variety of fruits, grains, and vegetables are readily available year-round. Compare this to the tundra, where there is very little native plant matter, and very little of that is edible.

Of course, today things are quite different, because we have the capacity to transport food all over the world and, theoretically, anybody could acquire the supplies for a vegan or vegetarian diet. Theoretically. This of course ignores the difference in the cost of food in different areas- I again draw attention to the Inuit people, who must pay ridiculous prices to import nonlocal food.

So, what is the ‘natural’ human diet? Whatever you’re eating right now. The concept of ‘natural’ is a weird one to begin with- how are we less natural than we used to be? We’ve been human this whole time, you know. And even if we were to try to revert to some mythical perfect hunter-gatherer diet, it assumes that hunter-gatherers were extremely healthy people that carefully managed their diets, rather than people who were eating anything they could and frequently suffering from malnutrition.

My point is that it is possible for humans to be healthy on a variety of different kinds of diets- and in fact, it would be impossible to make a single diet that is healthy for every person. Consider the prevalence things like food allergies, lactose intolerance, nutritional and developmental disorders, et cetera, as well as different lifestyles. My sedentary lifestyle calls for a different nutritional balance than, say, a professional athlete’s.

While I believe that it is a human right to have access to a variety of foods that can provide healthy nutrition, I don’t believe that anyone has to eat healthy (again, considering that it’s impossible to make one diet that fits everybody’s needs). People should be able to eat what they want, within reason.

So let’s agree that the arguments about whether or not one diet is more “healthy” or “natural” than another are moot in this case.

As far as the morality aspect, again, it’s not something that I can decide for you. You have to answer several questions for yourself: to what extent do I value human life compared to animal life? Is death the same as suffering? How much animal suffering and/or death is acceptable to me? What constitutes suffering, and where I do I draw my lines?

Of course, those are the tip of the iceberg, and it is extremely hard to keep and follow all of your moral convictions in a modern world where so much of what we consume is out of our control. You have to be very rich if you want to only eat what you can monitor or manage from beginning to end.

On the one hand: the meat industry has a huge carbon/methane footprint and it would be great for the environment on a large scale if we could at the very least significantly cut it back. On the other hand: reducing or eliminating meat also cuts millions of jobs, and isn’t feasible everywhere when you consider the costs, both monetary and ecological, of importing nutritionally appropriate greenstuff instead.

I could go on about things like food deserts or commercialization of native foods such as quinoa, but that’s a whole other article. But it is extremely important to remember that just because something is a vegetable doesn’t mean that it isn’t derived from human or animal death and suffering. The palm oil in your peanut butter probably came about via deforestation, causing the deaths of thousands of animals, including orangutans, elephants, and gibbons.

So here is my opinion: I think that it is exceptionally difficult to keep to a diet that causes nobody to suffer. I think it’s everybody’s responsibility to do their research and to do the best they can, based on their region, budget, body, and moral values, to eat sustainably. Unfortunately, much of the control is out of our hands, and in the hands of corporations and their powerful lobbying groups. In all honesty, I think more good could be done if we reduced the power of those groups than if any one person worked on changing their diet. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think critically about what you eat.

Refs and further reading-

Carlsson-Kanyama, A., & González, A. D. (2009). Potential contributions of food consumption patterns to climate change. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 89(5), 1704S-1709S.

Duhaime, G., Chabot, M., & Gaudreault, M. (2002). Food consumption patterns and socioeconomic factors among the Inuit of Nunavik. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 41(2), 91-118.

Fairlie, S. (2010). Meat: A benign extravagance. Chelsea green publishing.

Harrison, M., Lee, A., Findlay, M., Nicholls, R., Leonard, D., & Martin, C. (2010). The increasing cost of healthy food. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 34(2), 179-186.

Ho, K. J., Mikkelson, B., Lewis, L. A., Feldman, S. A., & Taylor, C. B. (1972). Alaskan Arctic Eskimo: responses to a customary high fat diet. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 25(8), 737-745.

Jetter, K. M., & Cassady, D. L. (2006). The availability and cost of healthier food alternatives. American journal of preventive medicine, 30(1), 38-44.

Koh, L. P., & Wilcove, D. S. (2008). Is oil palm agriculture really destroying tropical biodiversity?. Conservation letters, 1(2), 60-64.

Leonard, W. R. (2002). Dietary change was a driving force in human evolution. Scientific American, 287(6), 106-116.

What your organic market doesn’t want you to know: The dark truth about quinoa.“ Salon, 2014.

Sen, C. T. (2007). Jainism: the world’s most ethical religion’. In Food and Morality: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2007 (pp. 230-240).

What if everyone in the world became a vegetarian?” Slate, 2014.

Story, M., Kaphingst, K. M., Robinson-O’Brien, R., & Glanz, K. (2008). Creating healthy food and eating environments: policy and environmental approaches. Annu. Rev. Public Health, 29, 253-272.

_The Beatles; England/Inglaterra; London/Londres; Chelsea; Chelsea Manor Studios; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; March 30th 1967/30 de março de 1967.

_George Harrison’s smile/O sorriso do George Harrison.

_Photo/Foto: Michael Cooper.


George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Barbara Bach at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1999.

Newsreader remembers school friend 

BBC newsreader Peter Sissons went to primary and secondary school with George Harrison. Here he recalls his fond memories of the Beatle.

“I last saw George at the Hampton Court flower show the summer before last. I was ambling around with my wife buying plants and he was ambling around with Olivia buying plants. I didn’t recognise him, he recognised me, because he was practically in disguise, he had his pork pie hat on and his old clothes. We sat down for a couple of hours and had a very, very long chat, one that was very revealing and one which I will always remember because I saw, in a way, the true George.

He was just recovering from the horrific attack on his life in his own home, he was clearly very, very shocked and damaged by that. He came close to death then, just a fraction of a centimetre from the knife killing him. The way he told me about it, this was a man of enormous gentleness and warmth and peace who spent most of his adult life campaigning for people not to hurt each other. And in the middle of the night in his own home he and his wife had to fight desperately to stop this maniac killing them both. I don’t think George could ever really understand that, why someone like him should be singled out in that way. I think that was a really profound shock to find anyone in his own home capable of that sort of evil.

He said what really hurt him most was that one of the policeman told him that when this man was being driven away from the scene… the man kept saying to the police in the car: ‘I did kill him didn’t I, I did kill him didn’t I?’

There was no doubt that this wasn’t anything to do with just inflicting fright, it was an attempt to murder him. I don’t think George could ever really understand that, why someone like him should be singled out in that way, even though of course it had happened to John Lennon.”

Sissons attended Dovedale Road Primary School in Liverpool at the same time as Harrison and fellow Beatle-to-be John Lennon.

“I didn’t know John, George didn’t know John. We only really got to know each other when we went to secondary school. John went to another Liverpool secondary school, Quarry Bank, and George and I went to the Liverpool Institute, now Lipa, the Liverpool institute of the performing arts and that’s where we all met Paul McCartney.

They weren’t products of the 60s, they invented the 60s. They were products of the late 40s and the 50s: post-war austerity. Hardly anyone had a TV set, everybody made their own entertainment and one of the big features of life at Lipa was the annual hobby show where everybody would bring in what they did for their hobby and put it on display.

The whole school was full of pastimes and hobbies, including those of course who were into the guitar. I remember to this day watching these chaps clinking away in the corner with handbooks of chords. They all wanted to be Duane Eddy, they were plinking and plonking away, no one could have told then they would have gone on to do anything. But it was creativity, you made your own entertainment and that’s where they came from.”

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