John Lennon and his wife Yoko One never shied from their roles as peace and political activists in the 70’s. The two took part in “bed-ins” and were outspoken advocates of the counterculture movement agains the Vietnam War, going so far as to rent billboards in cities across the country that read “WAR IS OVER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko“. That was in 1969.Fast-forward two years to 1971, Lennon came up with the theme and lyrics to “Merry Xmas (War is Over)”, which saw the songwriter provide an optimistic view of social unity and peaceful change with a holiday flare that witnessed the song skyrocket to the top of the charts and become an annual holiday favorite all over the world.“And so this is Xmas (war is over) For weak and for strong (if you want it) For rich and the poor ones (war is over) The world is so wrong (if you want it) And so happy Xmas (war is over) For black and for white (if you want it) For yellow and red ones (war is over) Let’s stop all the fight (now)”Enjoy a listen to the Christmas standard below. Merry Xmas to all!
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Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Anders Spinalators started out strong, took the lead after the third event and never looked back on its way to winning the 25th Great Race in Wellington Saturday. Temperatures were well into the 90s and it was smooth sailing for Anders and the crew. (see Great Race photo gallery here).Â Usually some adversity strikes and impacts the outcome of the race, and it struck the defending Great Race Champions Dore Enchies this year.The Enchies jumped out to a quick lead and led the first two events, and they were in second after the cross country portion, and that is when disaster struck. In the motorcycle portion of the race, a mechanical failure caused the Dore’s bike to stop running and the rider had to push the bike to the transition line. That put the Enchies in ninth place. They did manage to get back into third before the race ended.Placings after each race.“Everything has to go right,” said Jason Rausch, an Anders team member, after the race.Last year, Anders had a dropped spike, and a problem at the canoe exchange, and they ended up second.“It went real smooth,” said John Anders, team captain. “It was a little hot and that may have slowed times a little.”They both praised their horse that ran well. The run is long for a horse especially in hot weather.“If there is anyone in front of him, he will catch them,” Rausch said.Anders Spinalators takes back the crown.Anders winning time was 44 minutes and 30 seconds. Security State Bank Big Bucks were second at 46:40 and the Enchies were third at 48:30.Anders and Rausch said the hardest thing is getting a team together, and getting people committed to showing up and running, cycling, canoeing or any of the other 13 events.At one time Rausch ran a team but now he runs with the Anders team.Security State Bank Big Bucks finishes second.The Security State team got into second by the fourth event and held that position throughout the race.The race starts with a 360 yard sprint, followed by a three-quarter mile run, and then a cross country run. From there comes the Motorcross motorcycle event, followed by another three quarters of a mile run, then there is the mile and a half horse race, a bicycle run and two one-mile runs. From there there is a two-part canoe race, and the event ends with two running events.Team captains from the first five teams were also on hand to help start the race.The Great Race began in 1977, and took several years off before being revived in 2001.In recent years the Enchies and Anders Spinalators have dominated the race and over the past three years those two teams have finished first and second. The Spinalators won year before last and the Dore Enchies won the previous three. The Dore Enchies, formerly the Commodore Enchies, have won the event eight times since 2001 and in the top three three times. The Anders Spinalators have been in the top three each of the last five years. The Security State Bank Big Bucks have also been in the hunt recently, finishing in the top three two of the last four years.Follow us on Twitter.