Got our copies of the school photo today and of course we wanted to see if Gooseman had managed to be photographed twice. However he was out of luck, but it’s still quite funny as all the other lads around Lennon are killing themselves laughing, John who started it all is somehow managing to look serious so all the others got the blame from Pobjoy for fooling around. Gooseman didn’t manage to get to the end of the line and be photographed twice, he only managed to get just past half way as he was having trouble getting along the row quickly. But if you look carefully behind Tony Eustance you can just see this pair of eyes and Goosie’s unmistakably curly hair looking between two boys’ shoulders like a chad! Pobjoy made his displeasure felt, I gather! Still, it livened up the boring old school photo.
The photo is so long from side to side with the whole school in it. It wouldn’t be possible to fit it on a computer screen at any reasonable size where you could actually make out any of the faces. The ends of the picture would be poking out of the computer screen at either end! So I have scanned the photo in sections – and marked where all of us Quarrymen are. I also scanned the part of the photo where Goosie is peeping through. Another triumph for Lennon! And on his last day of school too!
Today was the last day of the Summer Term, fantastic! We all assembled in the Hall as usual, a few well-chosen words from Pobjoy followed by a couple of verses of "Quarrymen, old before our birth" then we disappeared over the horizon. We actually got away about three o’clock. We're off until 10th September. I go on holiday this Saturday with Mum, Dad, Bernie & Rosemary, we’ll be driving down to London to see Uncle Jack & Elsie in Essex on the way. We’ll stay Saturday night with them and drive down to Dover then we cross the Channel on Monday morning.
After school I walked down to Penny Lane to NEMS record shop to see if I could get a copy of Johnny Duncan’s “Last Train to San Fernando”, a great record which has even got some country fiddle playing on it. His group are called “The Bluegrass Boys” and they are all English, except from Johnny himself who is supposedly from Tennessee. He was over here in the U.S. Airforce and married an English girl. Unfortunately NEMS are out of stock, I should have tried earlier. They say they will try to get it for me whilst I am on holiday.
Promised Mum I would get my hair cut before we went on holiday so I dropped in to Bioletti’s in Penny Lane to try and get something a bit more stylish than the barber in Woolton can manage, as they only do a “short back and sides”. I noticed that Bioletti has loads of photographs on the wall of customers after their hair has been cut and styled - with a sign that says they are: “all the heads I’ve had the pleasure to know”. What a quaint way of describing photos of hair-cuts! I looked but I didn’t see a photo of Gooseman!