Q: ‘Who’s the musician who’s impressed you the most?’
Mark Ellen: ‘That answer, quite boringly, would be George Harrison. Most musicians are intensely competitive, even Leonard Cohen admits that. But because the Beatles had Lennon and McCartney, George Harrison was no threat to anyone, and he became everyone’s friend. Monty Python, Formula 1 drivers, the Withnail gang, they all adored him.
He turned up once at George Martin’s house, after the music producer had had an operation on his ear. And George gave him a little tiny Buddha, saying it was a spirit that would look after him. Meanwhile, other George looked out of the window, and Harrison had arrived in a £300,000 Lamborghini.
"He stayed true to the Eastern religion he discovered in the 1960s, but he was equally happy meeting his pals in Henley for a pint. Just very happy in his own skin, had achieved everything he’d wanted to, and stayed really funny and charming. It was a great honour to meet someone who had that kind of effect on everyone he met.’
“I love this town. And when you love something, you don’t threatened it, you don’t punish it. You fight for it. You take care of it. You put it first. As your City Counselor, I will make sure that no one takes advantage of Pawnee. If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on strong, it’s because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough. This is my home, you are my family, and I promise you, I’m not going anywhere.”
Little Flint introduces himself, but Mother Flo keeps a protective hold around his waist. Jane Goodall extends the back of her hand, fingers turned away, telling Flo that she intends no harm
National Geographic | December 1965