Around the Web

It was forty-nine years ago (if not quite today): Paul McCartney crosses Abbey Road once again

‘Why did the Beatle cross the Abbey Road?’ To get to the other side for a secret show and to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the album.

🎥@maryamccartney #PaulMcCartney #EgyptStation #AbbeyRoad

A post shared by Paul McCartney (@paulmccartney) on

It was almost 49 years ago when the Beatles released their 11th studio album Abbey Road. The iconic photo on the album cover, which featured John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison crossing Abbey Road in London was taken on August 8, 1969, outside what is now called Abbey Road Studios.

On Monday, weeks before the 49th anniversary of Abbey Road – which is technically on September 26 – McCartney marked the occasion by doing a solo recreation of the album cover (video above).

The singer casually strolled across the famous zebra crossing – which is itself a pilgrimage for The Beatles fans – as people cheered him on. This time, he chose not to go barefoot and kept his sandals on, though he ditched the suit.

For those of you concerned that he didn’t quite recreate the cover because he was walking the wrong way – don’t worry. McCartney’s daughter Mary shared another video of her father crossing the road, this time in the right direction (literally).

Why did the Beatle cross the Abbey Road 🚶🏽‍♂️

A post shared by Mary McCartney (@maryamccartney) on

It wasn’t only to commemorate 49 years of Abbey Road, though. McCartney also happened to be playing a secret show of songs from his forthcoming 17th studio album, Egypt Station at Abbey Road studios.

The nostalgic trip continued inside the studio where McCartney paid a pun-full homage to his James Bond theme Live and Let Die, with his daughter Stella and actress Liv Tyler, who is also rocker Steve Tyler’s daughter. Watch the video below:

Dad get back to Abbey Road... x Stella . @PaulMcCartney @missLivalittle

A post shared by Stella McCartney (@stellamccartney) on

This video comes exactly a month after McCartney drove everyone to tears with the most special episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden on The Late Late Show, where the duo took a trip back to Liverpool, where the Beatles story began.

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai

And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.

A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.

According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.

But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?

Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.

WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.

The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.


To know more about WeWork and its office spaces in India, click here.

This article was produced by Scroll marketing team on behalf of WeWork and not by the Scroll editorial team.