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Last night we saw some of the "home video" concert - "One World: Together at home". I really love going to live music events and failing that, watching them on the telly. It was a real treat and I particularly enjoyed Lady Gaga, who I've become a very big fan of since seeing (twice) the film, "A Star is born". Then I was delighted to see Paul McCartney. I've been a huge fan since I was about 12 and used to listen to Wings. My Dad also loved Wings and we both thought "Band on the Run" was brilliant. The cover of this album will always remind me of my Dad.
Paul McCartney's Mum was from the Isle of Man. She moved to Liverpool as a single parent and I know someone who's distantly related to him, who told me that the family on the Isle of Man are very musical too and share his mannerisms and looks. Sam (my eldest son) went to LIPA to study music - Paul McCartney set LIPA up at Liverpool Institute for Boys where he went to school along with the late Peter Sissons. He heard that the building was about to be demolished and has always been a great campaigner to save iconic buildings in Liverpool. He teaches masterclasses to the Music students and always presents the LIPA graduates at their graduation, which is small affair, usually held at the Art Deco, Philharmonic Hall. On the morning of Sam's graduation we were walking to the Philharmonic Hall, to be stopped by a car full of people wearing Paul McCartney masks - something I find absolutely hilarious. They asked if Paul was in town - somehow people get wind of when he's in Liverpool and will hang around looking. I got a brilliant photograph of a car load of Paul McCartneys and laugh out loud every time I see it. It was one of the most special days of my life. When I felt I would burst with pride and love. And topped off by seeing Paul McCartney and highly entertained by the antics of the wonderful Woody Harrelson, a LIPA Companion, during the graduation ceremony.