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Thursday's Quote of the Day

10:27 UK time, Thursday, 7 May 2009

"Liverpool. What a name! That's worse than Hicksville" - Billy Joel, recalling how the US "went nuts" for the Beatles back in the day.

"I saw these four guys, working class guys, from a town called Liverpool," recalls the veteran singer, before going a bit off-piste about the city on the Mersey. Liverpudlians may not take too kindly to this comparison to the rocker's hometown, Hicksville, New York. The Monitor has always taken "Hicksville" to be a generic and none-too-flattering term for Smalltown, Anywhere. But has been proved wrong.
More details (The Times)

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