In June 1967, the Beatles made a statement on their latest long playing record: “I read the news today oh boy Four thousand holes in Blackburn, LancashireAnd though the holes were rather smallThey had to count them allNow they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.”What are the facts?On January the 17th. 1967 the Daily Mail stated: "There are 4000 holes in the road in Blackburn Lancashire, one twenty-sixth of a hole per person, according to a council survey. If Blackburn is typical then there are over two million holes in Britain's roads and 300 000 in London." [Were John and Paul inspired to read the Daily Mail because of a reference in “Paperback Writer”? Or was that just a newspaper that they read – I sense a future topic.]The Royal Albert Hall is nearly elliptical in shape with a volume of 3,060,000 cubic feet and holds 5,222 seated patrons plus 500 standing.One might conclude that each of the 4000 holes would have to be 765 cubic feet by volume. But where does it say that the holes are identical? I mean we could have a myriad of hole sizes, some 23 cubic feet, some 1,457 cubic feet etc. Let’s assume that John and Paul were referring to an average volume, which would be 765 cubic feet. Yet we also know that “the holes were rather small”. 765 cubic feet is hardly small.What about the seating? Roughly 1.3 holes per seat would do the trick. Heck, you’d only need an eighth of a hole for each standee. But wait …. How many holes DOES it take to fill the Albert Hall? Just because there were 4000 holes in Blackburn at that time, we must not assume that all were necessary to fill the Hall.John Lennon makes a coy reference “now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”. Is it just insider information? Can we ever know?Let's move forward to modern scolarship: In an article from the June 1, 2007 Lancashire Telegraph:“George Bell is the man in charge of filling Blackburn's potholes.And he reckons that today, rather than the 4,000 in 1967, there are just "a couple of hundred" potholes in the town.”This might imply that the Royal Albert Hall would today be smaller by a ratio of 200 to 4000, or one twentieth of the size it used to be. Perhaps the new holes are 20 times larger, in which case the Royal Albert Hall would be the same size. Should the new holes be the same as the old? The size of any given hole in “A Day in the Life” might be an absolute.Found @ http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/archive/index.php/t-116112.html
How cool is that?
That is "Royale with Cheese" cool.
Thank you, Bryan. I've been waiting for someone to explain to me what Ms. Smartypants meant by this. Showoffs.
Cool!Was about to ask what you meant by the title, but now I don't need to!
I do play video games and I do play Beatles records, but i don't do whatever is espoused here. :) Cool blog though!
hooray, your writings on theater and writing much missed!
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