Friday, 6 November 2009


His Royal Orangeness Karl Willem and PA/PR Gromit and loyal human consort The Nashman marched across the river to the Mala Strana to visit one of the more peculiar relics of the Iron Curtain.

The Lennon wall was just your average wall when in 1980, the year of John Lennon's murder, his face appeared on this wall and so did all sorts of messages and poetry and Beatles stuff. (Back then it was illegal to play Liverpudlian ditties in Prague.) The commies painted over it. Two days later a new Lennon image appeared. The commies painted over it again, two days later a new one appeared. Over and over the Lennonists fought a running battle using paintbrushes against Husák's monochrome lackeys. The Lennonists won and the wall became a monument to the freedom of expression and the nonviolent Czech struggle against totalitarianism.

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