Today Yoko Ono, who was about six months pregnant, checked into Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London. Queen Charlotte’s, if the Wikipedia is to be believed, was founded in 1739 as the “General Lying-in Hospital.” (“Lying-in,” it helpfully clarifies, “is an archaic term for childbirth.”) Those born there include Ringo Starr’s son Zak, as well as such luminaries as Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Alas, no Lennon/Ono baby would begin its life at Queen Charlotte’s; after several weeks of stressful suspense, Yoko eventually miscarried. One wonders what that baby, who was a boy and would have been named John Ono Lennon II, might have been like. But these are idle thoughts for an idle day; real Beatle news is scarce during this period, and perhaps it’s best to just go with the flow and keep the words to minimum.

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