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A view of the small Irish town of Clifden, as it looked in the summer of 1968. From what I can judge from more recent photos things have certainly changed here since then, although it doesn't look drastically different.

I arrived in Clifden, in the district of Connemara on the remote west coast, on a hitch-hike tour around Ireland and Northern Ireland along with a friend. We spent a couple of days renting bicycles to see the surrounding areas across the moors and along the Atlantic coast.

So what about the title, this "John" who had gone? Well, on our first evening in town, when we had gone to the nearest pub to have a pint or two, we got into a conversation with some of the locals. One of them told us it was a pity we didn't get there a few days earlier. We asked him why, so he told us that John Lennon had been there. "He used to sit in that chair", he said and pointed next to me.

I remembered reading in a newspaper a week before that John Lennon had "disappeared" and noone knew his whereabouts. So now we realized he had gone to Connemara for a few days rest, without telling the world. Could anyone imagine Madonna or Bruce Springsteen being unlocated for even 5 minutes anywhere today, in this world of text messages and tweets?

This was scanned from a slide, which explains the poor quality.

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