John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono insists the late beatle's presence is stronger than ever - and she can even see how he would have looked had he lived.

The 72-year-old artist planned to commune with Lennon's spirit by meditating on what would have been his 65th birthday this Sunday (08OCT05), but she already feels he is very much around.

She says, "I think he would have looked very, very fit. He had the kind of face that wouldn't have fallen apart.

"And he was a fine looking man - very handsome. I can see every contour and outline of his face in my mind very clearly.

"Usually on his birthday, I stay in the house and meditate. But this year, more than any other, I feel John is around.

"I feel he is still alive, in his music. It's something I'm experiencing this year that's much stronger than feelings about his death."

Lennon was murdered on 8 December 1980 outside his home in the Dakota building in New York City.