Spam

I run a website for a teddy bear. No really… It used to do quite well, less so now.

Associated with the site is an e-mail address. The teddy bear has, in recent weeks, started getting an awful lot of spam.

One appears a lot. It is a request to invest in a film being made about Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Epstein also managed Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemkers and others. He shaped much of the Merseybeat music scene.

Epstein had his issues, but there is no doubt he made The Beatles. At the time, the contracts he negotiated with record companies etc seemed OK. Looking back, it is clear Epstein lost a lot of opportunities (merchandising for one) but then, who knew?

Anyway, I haven’t invested in the film for several reasons:

  • the mail is addressed to the bear so I should not read it anyway
  • bear has no money
  • I have little money
  • there have already been great books and at least one good tv documentary about Mr Epstein, and I am sure others are not needed. They will probably say ‘based on a true story’ and mangle the facts anyway

It’s amazing to think that Brian Epstein died aged just 32 in 1967. His death, from a drug overdose, has been well documented as to the events but there have always been questions about exactly why it happened.

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