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Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.


Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again

Shy Sunshine

I was hopeful for a long week sunshine but it seems it had had enough for today. The sky, not quite overcast, but not as bright as the last few days. Hopefully it would improve soon as I am hoping to meet up with my daughter-in-law in Edgware for a bit of bonding and see my favourite Nathan and hopefully my son and heir too.

I was hoping to cut the lawn today but the grass is still dewy.

Come on sun and to inspire you to come out, let you be serenaded by no less than my favourite member of Beatles. George Harrison

The Beatles Abbey Road – Ticket To Ride For The Lost Day Tripper

Scores of tourists and Beatles fans  have been turning up at the Abbey Road train station in West Ham expecting to find the iconic zebra (road) crossing made famous by the Liverpool legends.

However the real crossing, featured on the cover of the band’s 1969 album of the same name, is actually 10 miles away in St  John’s Wood, North West London, where the famous Abbey Road (recording ) Studios are located.

To try and attempt to ease confusion, Transport for London (TfL) have created an amusing notice (photo below)  at the West Ham Station featuring some of The Beatles’ most famous song titles. Many tourists smile 🙂

Beatles Rail Notice



Abbey Road Album

Abbey Road Album not from West Ham!

Inside the Mind of John Lennon

435px-John_Lennon_Imagine_1971Always remember this: “A kiss will never miss, and after many kisses a miss becomes a misses.


Being honest may not get you many friends but it’ll get you the right ones.
– John Lennon

“Count your age by friends, not
years. Count your life by smiles, not
― John Lennon

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Imagine there’s no heaven,

its easy if you try,

No hell below us,

Above us only sky


This is such a beautiful song, so idealistic and pure.

But does John Lennon himself, believe in a non-materialistic world?
“Imagine no possession
Imagine if you can?”

But apparently John Lennon’s Dakota apartment in Mahattan was full of fur coats. The room  was kept specially chilled to maintain their beauty and usefulness.


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Christianity will go.  It will vanish and shrink.  I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right.  We’re more popular than Jeuss now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity. (Interview with the Evening Standard – 4 March 1966.

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God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

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Everything is clearer when you’re in love.

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It’s amazing how low you go to get high.


I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person, or God as a thing, or whatever it is.  I just said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.
– John Lennon clarifying his original statement about “We’re more popular than Jesus” statement

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I’m leaving the group.  I want a divorce.
– Announcing he’s left the Beatles


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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

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Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

– John Lennon

The thing the Sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer, it just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.



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Will  the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.
– John Lennon, London 1963
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You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.  And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on Earth.

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Did you know?

*** It was pretty late in life when John Lennon discovered that he had dyslexia.

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*** Without glass, John Lennon was legally blind!

*** At fifteen, John was a big fan of Elvis.

*** Apparently, John hated the band The Hollies. 


Portrait of Beatles member John Lennon. As you see it’s composed of nothing but a flat surface, two filled mugs of coffee, and carefully arranged coffee beans.

Did you know?  John’s favourite food was cornflakes. Portrait of Beatles member John Lennon. As you see it’s composed of nothing but a flat surface, two filled mugs of coffee, and carefully arranged coffee beans.


McDonald Vs Burger King

“After extensive late night straw polls, I can confirm that this is broadly true – and also that Beatles lovers like McDonald’s, whereas Stones fans favour Burger King.”
– Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon restaurant


Interesting.  So Beatles fans, love yeah, yeah a mcDo whilst Stone fans get Satisfaction from a Burger King.

I must say Burger King has a better meatier, bulkier burger but somehow the pancake thin McDonald fills you up as well.

However Burger King and McDonalds have a serious rival with Gourmet Burger.  These burgers are really tasty and posh.  They come in different flavours of meat or even different meats.  You can have buffalo, venison, etc.  I love them.  They are such a treat.


Did you know?

The very first McDonald’s opened in Britain on 1st October 1974.

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