Paul McCartney was in Japan some weeks ago. Having spent a totally Beatlemaniac four years of my pre-teen existence in the U.K., it was nice to see the erstwhile Beatle in such good form.

The occasion also reminded me of the song "Back in the USSR," a 1968 Beatles number. My fellow Beatles lovers will be very familiar with the lyrics of that piece. Just the same, let me remind you how part of it goes:

"Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out. They leave the West behind.