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Women age differently than men do. In a man, the left ventricle, the one that pumps red blood into the body gets larger, thicker as he gets older; in women, it shrinks. I am now more than a century old, my heart must be just a few carats at this point. There is room there for very little, so what still fits inside means more to me than ever. It means everything. The last 100 years of my immortal life have been a lie, the illusion of control. In truth, I have controlled nothing. I have surrounded myself with fools and flatterers, put my trust in those who could not be trusted. Enemies without, enemies within. It is time to construct something new, something durable. With fortifications of iron, stone and steel, I will not be ruled, I will not be managed.
—  The Countess

Give Peace a Chance

Give Peace a Chance is a song written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. Lennon wrote the song in Montreal Canada, during John and Yoko’s Bed-in in May of 1969.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, 1969.


Knowing that their wedding would cause a huge stir in the press, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to use their honeymoon to help champion world peace. On march 25, 1969, five days after their wedding, the duo climbed into the bed of room 902 at the Amsterdam Hilton and called the media. Having held their first bed-in in Amsterdam, Ono and Lennon staged a second event in Montreal, where they stayed in rooms 1738-40-02 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel .Because of their well known proclivity for appearing in the nude, the press assumed that Ono and Lennon would have sex in front of the cameras. Instead, the two appeared in pyjamas and talked about world peace.

If someone thinks that Love and Peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and Peace are eternal.

~ John Lennon

Photo: John Lennon and Yoko Ono reading The Way Of Life by Lao Tzu at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada, 26 May 1969.