On Waterloo Station and probably elsewhere there is a large poster of John Lennon and Bob Dylan playing electric guitars and promoting the services of a company called Henderson New Star with the words “Imagine if they worked together…”
This annoys the hell out of me. Firstly, the Dylan picture is inverted so that he appears to be playing left-handed, presumably in order to make a more pleasing composition. This is a fraudulent distortion in my book. Secondly, they are using the word ‘Imagine’ because it is the title of John’s well known hit, in all probability without permission from his estate, to promote their services and perhaps give the impression that John (and Dylan) would approve. They most certainly would not. Thirdly, Henderson New Star turns out to be some investment corporation, some sort of fund into which you can buy in the hope of turning £1 into £2 by doing nothing. It is not therefore an enterprise that either Lennon or Dylan would lend their names to.
Had this poster not been protected by glass and in full view of several CCTV cameras I might have been tempted to deface it with a marker pen. All I can do is urge RBP readers and their friends to give Henderson New Star a wide berth.