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Still here, there and everywhere. The Beatles bringing joy 50 years after break-up.

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The Beatles may have broken up 50 years ago, on April 10, 1970. But the music is still bringing happiness around the world, to the generation that were around when the Fab Four were at the pinnacle of their career, and to a new generations who are just making the happy discovery of their pop treasure-trove.

Hospital staff spin “Here Comes the Sun” on their PA system every time a Covid-19 patient is discharged. This is the routine at Mount Sinai South Nassau on New York’s Long Island, one of the hardest hit communities in the world.

Along with 18 year old Billy Eilish, Elton John and Stevie Wonder (and many, many others), a 77 year old Paul McCartney will play at next week’s “One World: Together at Home” online charity special.

Perhaps their anthem “Come Together”, could be reworked for the current situation – “Don’t Come Together”.

Even the unpolished “Yellow Submarine” has found an unlikely new audience as an intergenerational singalong, being sung by neighbours through windows, socially distant, but inextricably linked.

Their music lives on, in times of trouble.

At least the lack of traffic through THAT roadway crossing in London has allowed municipal workers to repaint the famous crosswalk near Abbey Road.

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Their music invaded the US in 1964 when more than two-thirds of Americans still alive weren’t even born. In the UK the band had their first hit with “Love Me Do” in October 1962. So what’s behind their enduring half century legacy as a force in pop music?

They were prolific, they were talented, they were inventive, they had endearing, cheeky personalities. Their music was both tuneful and sometimes profound. They evolved. Their music is as diverse as “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (a pleasant 1960s euphemism for something probably more raunchy) to the psychedelic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, all in a span of 3 years.

Their music somehow embodied the turbulent world events of the 1960s and even had the ultimate flower-power anthem, “All You Need is Love”.

Discovering The Beatles through younger eyes and ears is now widely available as the scratchy vinyl and flickering films of the era are now available in a single YouTube click. You can immerse yourself in documentaries, films and read about the struggles, triumphs, friendships, marriages, breakups and tragedies – still relevant.

It’s only in the last few years that any band has emerged to challenge the enormous world popularity of The Beatles. It only took 50 years, and it came from an unlikely corner of the pop music world – Kpop, the South Korean genre that has exploded onto the world stage in recent years in a technicolour pallet of vivid colour, catchy pop and slick production.

Another boyband, BTS (aka: Bangtao Boys or Bangtan Sonyeondan) has become a new force of joy and hope for a new generation eager to hear the same messages of love, hope and youthful frailty. BTS are RM, Jimin, V, Jin, Suga, J-Hope and Jungkook.

The Beatles were the first band in the world to have three consecutive Number One albums in the Billboard charts in one year. BTS become only the second band in the world to achieve the same result, last year – three Number One albums on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

The comparisons haven’t been lost on the young South Koreans who even channeled The Beatles’ first appearance on American TV screens when the Fab Four appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show (that was on February 9, 1964). BTS performed in the same TV studio half a century later in 2019 on the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”.

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Of course BTS are able to take advantage of the massive reach offered by social media but are also competing against thousands of new acts that have the same worldwide access to reach out to fans, a very different situation from the 1960s when The Beatles had less ‘competition’.

The BTS ‘Army’ (the band’s hugely loyal world fandom) is no-less enthusiastic and are doing their bit to support South Korea’s battles against the coronavirus. When the sold-out stadium concerts for their ‘Map of the Soul’ tour, kicking off in Seoul were called off, the fans donated their cancellation fees to Covid-19 prevention in the country. Local ‘Army’ fandoms are organising fund-raisers in communities around the world to help raise money for hospitals and medical workers, some projects organising food for people who have totally lost their incomes. The power of pop!

Two ‘boybands’, separated by half a century, but their collective music still bringing hope and joy to millions as the world waits out the outbreak, mostly in their homes.

The Beatles’ legacy will be defining a generation’s hopes and fears with luscious and memorable music. Perhaps BTS will be follow in their steps bringing the same sort of hope to a new generation at this disruptive time. Their latest music video has already accumulated 150 million clicks in 6 weeks…

“Look at my feet, look down
The shadow resembles me
Is it the shadow that’s shaking
Or is it my feet that are trembling
Of course I‘m not unafraid
Of course it’s not all okay
But I know
Awkwardly I flow
I fly together with that black wind

Bring it, bring the pain, on yeah
Come on up, bring the pain, on yeah
Rain be pourin’
Sky keep fallin’
Everyday oh na-na-na
Bring it, bring the pain, on yeah”

“ON” – BTS

Let’s finish our ode to The Beatles, who broke up 50 years ago, this week, as we sing along with the staff at Mount Sinai South Nassau and a rendition of “Here Comes the Sun”. As we travel along the long and winding road we all need help at this time, and with a little help from our friends we’ll soon get back to normal soon.

Stay safe and stay indoors.

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50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive in Thailand in early February, more ahead

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The first 50,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Thailand in the first week of February. The upcoming shipment is part of the first lot of 26 million doses on the agreed purchase in October last year. Still, Thailand needs another 35 million doses as the procured vaccines are enough for only 30 million people. The price negotiation for more AstraZeneca doses is currently underway.

According to the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, the vaccine price agreed on the purchase made in October last year is 150 baht per dose. More vaccines are expected to arrive in March and April. He also confirms he would be the first person in the country to receive an inoculation of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Apart from AstraZeneca, Thailand has also ordered the Chinese made Sinovac vaccines, but the delivery might be delayed because the vaccine’s final registration is still pending in China.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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A famous Thai actor has announced he is infected with Covid-19after posting a video on Instagram. He says both him and his mother were tested, but he was the only one with a positive test result.

Techin Ployphet, aka DJ Matoom, says he met an infected but asymptomatic friend on January 9, but that friend didn’t know he was infected until January 19 in which he told Matoom.

Matoom detailed his timeline in the Instagram video which reveals that on January 7, he was at his condominium in the Ladprao area, but then visited Power-Buy at the Central Ladprao shopping centre at around 8pm.

The following day, he went to GMM Grammy in the morning to work and then visited the Banyan Tree Hotel at around 4pm. Then, he went to the Big C supermarket in the Ladprao area at 6pm.

On January 9, he says he checked in to a hotel at 9am and had dinner at a rooftop restaurant in the evening. It was there that he met his then-asymptomatic friend. The next evening he left the hotel and had dinner at a Korean restaurant in the Ari area before going back to his condo.

On January 19, he was again working at GMM Grammy in the morning, and then went to Central Embassy for work at 12:30pm. He visited the FoodLand supermarket at The Street Ratchada at 5pm. Then, that same day, he was notified that his friend had tested positive for the virus, which prompted him to also get tested at Bangkok Hospital that night at 10pm. He says he received the positive results yesterday.

Celebrities and actors who worked with him have now taken Covid-19 tests. One of them is actress Natapohn Taemeeruk,who says her test was negative, but will enter a self-imposed quarantine for 14 days and then will get tested again.

The Banyan Tree Hotel has issued a statement saying that it has closed its rooftop restaurant, called “Vertigo,” for cleaning and disinfection, and will reopen it this Saturday. The hotel says it will also disinfect the entire floor where the actor stayed, and has urged all employees, who were in contact with Matoom, to get tested and quarantine themselves for 14 days.

FoodLand supermarket also announced its closure for cleaning and disinfection and says it will reopen this Saturday. The air-conditioning system of the entire mall is also being cleaned. Employees deemed to be at-risk have also been tested and confirmed negative for the virus.

The CCSA’s spokesman, Taweesin Wissanuyothin, says that it is too early to determine whether Matoom could be considered a super-spreader, but he thanked him for disclosing his timeline in the public interest.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Tomorrow, 13 types of businesses in Bangkok are being allowed to reopen but must have strict disease control measures in place. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration made the decision which would undoubtedly give many businesses some relief as well as potential customers.

Such businesses with restrictions include:

  • Banquet venues, which will need authorisation from BMA for events with over 300 participants
  • Amulet shops and markets
  • Beauty salons, tattoo and piercing shops
  • Fitness centers, but personal trainers and communal steam rooms are not allowed
  • Game Arcades; but all points of contact must be regularly disinfected and facemasks worn at all times.
  • Internet shops
  • Senior nursing homes, but with limited activities
  • Sports venues, except for boxing rings and race tracks, but no audiences allowed
  • Spas, Thai massage shops, excluding massage parlours
  • Gymnasia and boxing venues for training only
  • Bowling alleys and ice skating rinks, but no competitions or audiences allowed
  • Dancing academies
  • Martial art schools, but no tournaments or audiences allowed

Playgrounds, night entertainment venues, cock fighting, fish fighting, child care centres, theme parks, snooker clubs, bull fighting venues, massage parlours, tutoring schools and nurseries, however, are still ordered to stay closed.

The announcement comes after Bangkok saw 14 new cases today, joining 128 other cases reported in Thailand by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Meanwhile, plans for Chinese New Year seem to be on the back burner as the upcoming February 12 holiday has yet to see anything concrete to celebrate the new year. Pattaya city has decided to decorate its streets for the holiday, but like many other provinces, Chon Buri remains as a highly controlled zone, which essentially bans domestic and foreign tourists from entering, despite single digit infections being recently reported by authorities.

The lifting of the measures in Bangkok come after PM Prayut urged the publicto stay away from social gatherings, specifically pointing out political gatherings, which have rocked the streets of the nation’s capital for months.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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