“Yellow Submarine” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr. It was included on their 1966 album Revolver and issued as a single, coupled with “Eleanor Rigby“. The single went to number one on every major British chart, remained at number one for four weeks, and charted for 13 weeks.
It won an Ivor Novello Award “for the highest certified sales of any single issued in the UK in 1966”.
50 years ago, The Beatles premiered their psychedelic full-length cartoon feature Yellow Submarine in London. A star-studded affair at The London Pavilion on Wednesday 17 July 1968, The Fab Four took time out from recording The White Album to see the film, joined by stars like Rolling Stone Keith Richards, model Twiggy and the first public appearance of Yoko Ono with John Lennon.
“In the town, where I was born
Lived a man who sailed the sea
And he told us of his life in the land of submarines
So we sailed up to the sun
‘Til we found a sea of green and we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine!”
“We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine!”
(except for three which I do not claim credit for!)
March is the third month of the year and named after Mars in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March.
The eye … a simply amazing structure among the many in our bodies!! … ‘ The individual components of the eye, he wrote, all have their own nature and they are arranged so that they are in cosmological harmony, reflecting, in turn, the mind of God.’
Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel (Random House, February 25, 2020).
One of the earliest texts on the eye—its structure, its diseases, its treatments—Ten Treatises on Ophthalmology, was written in the ninth century by the Arab physician Hunayn ibn Ishaq. The individual components of the eye, he wrote, all have their own nature and they are arranged so that they are in cosmological harmony, reflecting, in turn, the mind of God.