#StrawberryGate – Nothing is real news

The internet is a magical place. I mean that in more ways than one. We have never had the amount of information available at our fingertips at a ‘drop of a hat’ as we have in these modern times. Five decades ago, when the Beatles were at the toppermost of the poppermost- information was not as easily accessible, nor was information widely discussed or even known among a vast amount of people of the era. Most relied on what information was given to them via newspaper, radio, TV etc. without much of an ‘alternative’ for news or information. In the 1960’s things like occult symbolism and certain “conspiracy theories” were just not known or talked about (some of them had yet to happen) to the ‘regular’ folk. You couldn’t Google “People on the Sgt. Pepper Cover” for example and get your identification and confirmation/denial/cognitive dissociation fix in an instant. This seems obvious to most of us I think-  it is good to keep things in perspective.

We live in a completely different world now.

Sometimes in my quests for knowledge, I am pleasantly surprised when I find correlations or ‘syncronicites’ that align the Beatles with current events. It happens quite frequently really.  The Beatles were truly timeless entities that go in and out of style, and yet somehow continue their relevance throughout the ages. Somehow, in hindsight- I find the Beatles were seemingly trying to ‘turn us on’ to certain matters all along, in their own way. Maybe they did it just so they could say “ha! told you so!” five, ten decades later, if that was the intent to begin with- or maybe it was simply a way of expressing themselves in covert ways to describe what they were going through at the time, never thinking we would crack the ‘code’ or whatnot.   The past several weeks, I have been noticing quite a few odd syncronicites with current “fake news” type stories, their entails and the Beatles. This particular series of ‘syncs’ started way back to the beginnings of this year- but really started to heat up once the #pizzagate story broke in the weeks leading up to the US election 2016. If unfamiliar with the #pizzagate scandal, SageSigma Unbound has an updated rundown of the controversy here.

If we have learned anything at all from the past few weeks since the presidential election of major revelations and controversy, regardless which “team” you are on- I hope you have learned the value of critical thinking. We need more critical thinkers in this country (USA) as well as around the world.  They just don’t teach us that in school anymore. THINK about the information presented here, and in other “fake news” — (a.k.a. alternative news) articles, and then try to understand another perspective. THINK about what our ‘world leaders’ are telling you, and try to understand another perspective. A well-rounded viewpoint is essential to understanding the world in which we live in. The solution is not censorship… it is critical thinking. Freedom of the press- and freedom of the people to DECIDE for THEMSELVES what is true and what is not.  What is slanted and biased, and what is fair and balanced. Take the information presented here and cross reference it, examine it, pull out information to explore further, do your own research, THINK about it, critically. With that said- I give you my alternative to the alternative news:



Some months ago, I took an interest to a very inquiring post in a popular Facebook group for  “Paul was replaced” enthusiasts where I am an admin. FazedWarus had proposed an inquiry into the origin and meaning of the logo shown on John Lennon’s cap in this now infamous childhood photograph.

John Lennon As Young Boy
“John Winston Lennon” circa 1945 aged ~5.

Although I had seen this photo of young John many many times before, I had never questioned the logo on the cap! “SF”?  What is that supposed to be? John Lennon as a boy attended Dovedale Infants school. That certainly does not fit the “SF” logo… The question eluded me, and I admit- I became a bit obsessed with finding the solution to yet another curious Beatles riddle. With the help of users in the aforementioned group and FazedWalrus we began to go searching for more clues. And while I can only speak for myself, this lead me into a very very deep walrus hole of discovery and actually raised quite a few more pertinent questions.  Another Beatles Forum had brought up the mystery of John’s SF cap before (linked here)  But no real conclusions were found- I was even a bit concerned with the forum moderator who came on an basically said “nothing to see here- this was John Lennon’s school uniform cap- nothing more, nothing less” and then shut down further dialogue on the thread altogether! Who does that?!? This just made me more determined to find the answer.

Dovedale Primary; Lennon, front center. Notice school cap insignias are different

Oddly enough, it seems as though this photograph was not seen by the public until the Anthology sessions produced the “Free As A Bird” video in 1995. (If it was used before that- I have not seen it, I would appreciate any further information).

Free As A Bird Anthology video. LOOK closely, what else do you SEE?

As the story goes, in 1995 Yoko had given Sir Paul 4 different demo tracks recorded by John at the Dakota in 20 years earlier in 1975-1977; Free As A Bird, Real Love, Grow Old With Me, and Now and Then. Nothing is mentioned of the photograph in question on Beatles historical archives online, but one would assume this and other childhood photos used in the video were given at or around the same time to the boys from Yoko’s personal belongings. However, the copyright on the photo belongs to Apple Corps. Apple Corps??  Why would they own the rights to John Lennon’s childhood photo?? Does that even make any sense? It does if this photo was used solely as a prop for the video… right? Was the cap logo manipulated in some way?

The Free As A Bird (FAAB) Anthology video is a treasure trove of ‘Beatle clues’ (Sir Paul’s words, not mine) and oddities. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend doing so.  If you are a thrill-seeker type, get out your magnifying glass and your trusty frame-by-frame software and take this one for a spin! (reversing the song and video is also a good idea for the full effect 🙂 ) Every scene has little hidden gems just waiting for discovery.  Redwel Trabant at BeaconFilms2011 has done a few articles on the interesting tidbits found in FAAB, from the Profumo Scandal to suggestions of Monarch Programming and MKUltra (all possibly related).  Do read his FAABulous insights at the link above.  It certainly seems they were trying to tell us something in this video- I think John’s childhood photo may be a missing piece.

Possible (unconfirmed) sources of John’s childhood cap:

  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Junior school.  Walton, Liverpool

-The school is located In Walton, about 8 miles from Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton. There is not any record of John having attended the school or parish that I can find.

  • San Francisco Seals team logo

sfseals-A minor league team in San Francisco in which the infamous Joe DiMaggio was a player prior to going to the Yankees. DiMaggio was married to Marylin Monroe who is featured on the Sgt. Pepper cover.  The logo for the team is indeed VERY similar to the insignia on John’s cap- but why would John be wearing a California minor league team cap in Liverpool in 1945?

  • Strawberry Field orphanage, Liverpool. Run by the Salvation Army

flag20insignia20shield-This orphanage was a major inspiration for Lennon.  The facility took in children of both genders up to age 5, then girls only over the age of 5. It is said that John as a boy would sneak into the Strawberry Field grounds and play with the children there.

 What if John’s cap in the Free As A Bird Video was manipulated in order to perpetrate another “Beatle Clue” for the overall message/imagery of the video? The Copyright claim of that image (By Apple Corps.) should be a big giveaway- we may indeed be looking at a prop here, rather than an actual historical photograph of a young John Lennon. So let’s take this possible “Beatle Clue” and examine it a bit further. Of course, this is all supposition, but let’s see if we can make any sense out of it.

As mentioned earlier, Redwel Trabant at BeaconFilms2001 has pointed out various references to MKUltra, monarch programming and the Profumo Affair within the frames of the Beatles Anthology “Free As A Bird” (FAAB) video. For those that are unfamiliar, the Profumo affair was a scandal that took place in the UK in the 1960’s that implicated many VIP’s and politicians in a sexual deviance/espionage/extortion scandal that rocked the foundation of London’s aristocratic and political societies. Much like the current #pizzagate scandal in the US, the mainsteam reports of this alleged scandal did not even scratch the surface of the true scale of this incident. Alleged cover-ups ensued, to mask the supposed prostitute-ring of  “programmed” young men and women catering to the sexual whims of their elite clients. The Russians were even accused of spying in the matter, to divert attention away from what was really happening (not that it didn’t have to do with Russian spying- just that again, was a small slice of the complete pie). Doesn’t that sound extremely familiar?  Some further reading on the entirety of the “affair” and the implications it left behind- unchecked, try here or here. All you really need to take with you is that there have been various “conspiracy theories” aka “fake news” reportings on this scandal. Most notable are the alleged ties to a Dr. Stephen Ward who ran an office in close proximity to the home of Dr. Richard Asher, (Jane Asher’s Father- then girlfriend of Paul McCartney) and the two doctors are said to have been possible associates in the aforementioned scandal- and that all of this (and more) has been seemingly logged within the frames FAAB video!

Keeping with that theme, we come to Strawberry Field. There are two “Strawberry Fields” locations. One being the Liverpool Orphanage that Lennon was inspired by to write his classic “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1966. There is also the “Strawberry Fields” memorial in New York City that is dedicated to John Lennon’s memory, and is situated in Central Park  across the street from the Dakota building where John and Yoko resided. Interesting to note how similar the Strawberry Field home in Liverpool as it looked while John was growing up is to the Dakota from the Strawberry fields memorial across the street.

yoko-ono-strawberry-fieldsIs this “Beatle Clue” in the form of an insignia persuading us to look deeper into Strawberry Field(s)?   Why not. Let’s have a go. John Lennon’s will paid special attention to the Strawberry Field orphanage in Liverpool. Although no money or benefits were allotted to his eldest son, Julian- a generous five-figure sum was left to the Strawberry Field facility. That is curious in and of  itself- isn’t it? Then- upon threat of closing the facility some four years later- on what would be John’s 44th birthday- Yoko Ono donated a further $90,000 to help “save” the Salvation Army facility from financial ruin. Source  The Facility closed permanently in 2005 and the building has since been demolished.

It is said that John Lennon would later be inspired to write Strawberry Fields Forever due to the fond memories he had of the orphanage facility in Woolton, Liverpool that he frequented as a boy.  He would love to listen to the Salvation Army band that would play periodically on the grounds, and it has been noted that the Sgt. Pepper costumes and cover concept may have also been influenced by the Salvation Army. I must say, there are some definite similarities.

The Salvation Army has long been rumored to be a Masonic organization, even though it has been denied in the past. It’s founder, William Booth had close associations with Lord Nathanial Rothschild who donated large sums of money to the organization. The original Salvation Army logo can be seen here on William Booth’s shirt (under his sgt. Pepper-styled jacket of course). The current logo- the Red Shield- has been said to be inspired by Lord Rothschild. (Roths-child = Red-shield [German]) .

There is little doubt that Strawberry Field for was very important to John. But why? Simply because of its influences on him as a child? More deserving in that vein than his own son, Julian? Is there more to the Salvation Army/Strawberry Field connection here? I think there is, and the connection comes from a time in John’s life suspiciously close to the age when that ‘SF’ photo would have been taken.  Approximately at age 4/5, or 1944/45. It was at this time that John’s family structure was falling apart.

In 1944 Alfred Lennon (John’s father) returned home after serving (and being detained) in the merchant Navy to find his wife, Julia (John’s mother) pregnant by another man. This unsurprisingly ended their marriage, and arrangements were made with the Salvation Army for Julia to spend a period of confinement at Elmswood, the SA’s maternity home in North Mossley Hill Road. After the child was born, the facility took care of all the adoptive procedures as well. Usually as the complaints later grew in abundance, the babies were reserved to well-to-do clients whom the babies were promised to in exchange for financial contributions before the mothers ever gave birth.  Source  Other children who were not promised to adoptive parents immediately were then sent to various orphanages and other childrens homes like Strawberry Field.

Some first-hand recollections of Elmswood, the maternity house for young-unmarried, poor, helpless mothers are a bit disturbing. Here’s one example:

According to my mother the girls were constantly reminded of their ‘ sins’ and were harassed to give their babies up for adoption.  Mum had a studio photograph of a baby, whom she said was the child of another mother who refused to give up her baby for adoption. Either the child’s name was Jean, or the mother. Another mother jumped from an upper floor window during her time there.
Mum said that the pressure to give up their babies was unrelenting. However, she refused to give me up and eventually returned to her family who were, to a man, aghast at my physical state. Source
Salvation Army periodical featuring their new Elmswood facility, 1940.

As far as the story goes, Julia gave birth to a baby girl on 19 June 1945 named Victoria Elizabeth Lennon and according to the Liverpool County Court records, an application for adoption was made by Pedar Pedersen on 23 July 1945. Bear in mind- this is all still during WWII when Liverpool life was perhaps some of the toughest times in recorded history.

Knowing what we know now about various “projects” like MKUltra, MKOften, Project Artichoke etc. that took place in the US, and supposing that BeaconFilms2011 findings in the FAAB Anthology video are correct, and knowing that other facilities of this nature were exploited by the likes of organized crime (i.e. the Kray Twins) and other deviants (i.e. Jimmy Savile) and even used as “recruiting centers” for MKUltra-styled experiment patients, should this line of questioning be explored further? I’m afraid if I go any further at this point we will essentially have another #pizzagate scandal to contend with. I would never ever want to accuse anyone of the horrendous atrocities like we see in the #pizzagate conundrum- and truly, there is no reason to speculate that outcome in this situation. However, it does bear the question that perhaps the point of this “Beatle Clue” was to ‘turn us on’ to the reality of the depth of this “conspiracy of silence” (John Lennon’s words- not mine). Which does have overlapping traits with the Profumo Scandal and possibly other covert ops that have been discovered in the FAAB video already.

“Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.” -Strawberry Fields Forever

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The Beatles with Jimmy Savile 1964



“It was a fake mustache” Jimmy Savile With the Beatles 1967

And when you do start to dig in deeper into this walrus hole, you find there is no shortage of information regarding the Salvation Army’s allegations into covering up child abuse/pedophilia cases since 1940. Here’s one report from 2013 about an ongoing investigation by the Royal Commission of Australia:

The royal commission found that children who were abused at the Salvation Army-run homes were too scared to report the abuse and were threatened, accused of telling lies and sometimes physically harmed when they did.

It said many former residents did not report their complaints of sexual abuse at the time it was occurring because:
  • They did not think there was anyone to tell
  • They did not think they would be believed
  • They were threatened with physical harm
  • When they did attempt to report the sexual abuse, they were accused of telling lies.

“We are also satisfied that some former residents were physically punished after telling officers or employees of the Salvation Army about their complaints of sexual abuse and this stopped them from disclosing any further incidents of sexual abuse,” the report said.  Source

According to this site Abuselaw.co.uk Strawberry Field in Liverpool has received complaints of child sexual abuse as well. So was John trying to raise awareness in his covert, coded way about this abuse that was happening? If so- when did he discover the abuse? When he was a boy? Later on after being exposed to the entertainment industry? Perhaps we will never know. Maybe we will have to wait another five decades or more until this scandal is exposed completely and we can see the extent of the abuse that seemingly runs rampant within the elite ranks of our society. Perhaps it is all hogwash- sending us into downward spirals of fear and intimidation- engineering our reactions by stirring up the need for censorship, causing distractions from the real issues at hand. All I know for certain is that John wrote a beautiful psychedelic song, that on the surface may seem like nonsense- but put into certain context may contain extreme relevance to today’s current events as well as scandals. A reality that possibly with a little help from his friends, the remaining 3 Beatles and Yoko brought further attention to during the 1995 Anthology sessions via the Free As A Bird Video. I hope that if any of the sexual abuse allegations are true, the abuser(s) receives the full extent of the law swiftly, as well as any of their enablers. It is a difficult subject to discuss- and so, I leave it here to be continued if further information becomes available.

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down, cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t you know tune in but it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad
Let me take you down, cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Always, no sometimes, think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean a “Yes” but it’s all wrong
That is I think I disagree

Let me take you down, cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Comments, concerns, critiques are always appreciated.  Let’s talk about this in the comment section. I would appreciate your thoughts.


12/20/16 Edit:  FOOTNOTE: As I was writing this article, I began to notice repetitions of the number 44.  It stood out to me then, but I didn’t find it too relevant to bring attention to in this article itself.  However, I just realized that this in the 44th article published on this site.  Now the 44 seems much more relevant (for whatever reason). Considering this post was inspired originally by synchronicity,  perhaps the 44 is more significant than previously realized?








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  1. Butterfly on the wall in the FAAB screenshot. (Monarch) Butterfly associated with MK Uktra programming?
    In the FAAB video, the shot of Strawberry Field is immediately followed by one of children running (away?).

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    1. Great observations!
      It’s interesting when you put this context to the song/video things start to “come together” in ways they hadn’t before making the association.
      Interesting indeed… 🙂


  2. Great one again!!!
    I was just researching Salvation Army…in the context of sort of a fraudulent for profit….milking addicts out of there earnings…sort of theme…..at least that is what was reported. How interesting it pops up now!

    44 is a huge number in the media. Its the death number…..deaths door. It represents death and sleep. Here is some 44 deaths door, kill, officer, shooting, cancer, chemo, magick, military, genocide, hidden, brain, mask, clock and “forty four” =144(time)
    gate is 33 and field is 44…kinda interesting if you combine it with straweberry no?


    1. I did see that! I thought the timing of the announcement was interesting- about a week or so after I published this.
      The list of patrons is also curious. (Lady (George) Martin OBE is at the head of the project it seems. Thanks for bringing it up, I will have to do an update on the article.

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