December 7th, 2006


First known recordings at age 12 of Brian's friend Judy Garland

article at website

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Another article from, including closeup photo of label.

Brian Epstein adored Judy Garland. Judy attended parties at Brian's and at Alma Cogan's homes.

The first movie that Brian ever saw as a child was The Wizard of Oz ~ it had an enormous effect on him and opened up his eyes to a whole new world ~ so of course he was particularly thrilled to have Judy as a friend.

...or, as I like to call her, "Liza's mum."

LJ'ers in the Insurance racket?

It just occurred to me that I've got at least three people on my flist whose work involves insurance. I wonder how many others there are?

It also seems that they are the ones who either seem most stressed at work, or have the stupidest things happen with the most clueless insensitive people (not always customers).

I do not envy you your jobs, sweeties.

I guess I won't name the ones I'm aware of,
unless you want to admit it yourselves. ;P

Speaking of insurance... I wonder if we in the U.S. wouldn't be better off with the UK-style government-sponsored free health insurance? There are some scary stories I've heard about it, but perhaps those are perpetuated by rich people who have lost money from the everyday citizens' gain. I really don't know too much about it.