A 'Certain Young Lady's' CII nd BIRTHDAY.

Graham the pipe
15th March 2019, 20:06
Tuesday March 20th 1917 ~ Wednesday March 20th 2019 is one hundred and two years by my arithmetic.

'Her' singing is indelibly etched into my WWII, childhood memories.

Let's hear a resounding cheer ~ from 'ALL HANDS' ~ so that 'she' can clearly hear {in her quiet little, East Sussex village of Ditchling} how much 'she' is loved the world over.

Who are we talking about? You are either too young or too inappreciative of real music if you are not aware that LV is 55 and 'VL' is the one and ONLY Vera Lynn.

(Applause)(Applause)(Applause)

"May your very special day be very special and here's to CIII'.

GGG on behalf of all at SNSN

YM-Mundrabilla
16th March 2019, 02:15
Wonderful!
(Applause)(Applause)(Applause)

tsell
16th March 2019, 03:07
Great memories of Vera, Graham, particularly in wartime, thanks for posting.
One other beautiful lady has a birthday on that day, however, my Sylvia is a little younger having been born in the middle of the 1947 great snowstorm in Yorkshire - 30 years to the day apart.

Cheers,

Taff

vicki_
16th March 2019, 04:43
Hi Taff I am still laughing at your funny story. That's 6 degrees of separation I believe. Your Sylvia is one astute lady. Cheers Vicki_

tsell
16th March 2019, 07:02
Hi Taff I am still laughing at your funny story. That's 6 degrees of separation I believe. Your Sylvia is one astute lady. Cheers Vicki_

SHHH!!![=P]

Taff

Graham the pipe
16th March 2019, 08:25
Glad I'm not alone in my love for this lovely lady ~ thanks for your 'confirmation' gentlemen!

A very happy forthcoming 72nd to {Still} Young Sylvia on her and VL's 'shared day'. Give her an additional 'smacker' on the day, Taff and when she says "What's THAT for"? Tell her it's from the 'Smith Collins' clan, one time all Suvenners now part second generation Yorkshire in the lovely, small, North Yorkshire village of Thorganby.

Have a great weekend 'wherever ye may be'.

GGG

Engine Serang
16th March 2019, 09:06
There'll be Brex-It over the White Cliffs of Dover

Could Mrs May be a Snowflake version of Vera? A slightly hoarse version.

tsell
16th March 2019, 11:18
Glad I'm not alone in my love for this lovely lady ~ thanks for your 'confirmation' gentlemen!

A very happy forthcoming 72nd to {Still} Young Sylvia on her and VL's 'shared day'. Give her an additional 'smacker' on the day, Taff and when she says "What's THAT for"? Tell her it's from the 'Smith Collins' clan, one time all Suvenners now part second generation Yorkshire in the lovely, small, North Yorkshire village of Thorganby.

Have a great weekend 'wherever ye may be'.

GGG

G'day from Oz, Graham,

The old... sorry - Sylvia said to thank you for your kind words and to give you a big kiss from her. Tough titties mate, I don't kiss blokes, but thanks for your thoughts anyway. 💋 (How the hell did that get there? Where is she??)

Cheers,

Taff

Graham the pipe
16th March 2019, 14:59
G'day from Oz, Graham,

The old... sorry - Sylvia said to thank you for your kind words and to give you a big kiss from her. Tough titties mate, I don't kiss blokes, but thanks for your thoughts anyway. �� (How the hell did that get there? Where is she??)

Cheers,

Taff

X reciprocated. Have that great weekend. GGG

vicki_
17th March 2019, 04:02
SHHH!!![=P]

Taff

Still giggling (K)

nick olass
17th March 2019, 10:04
I'm listening right now to this wonderful lady singing 'her', 'White Cliffs of Dover'.


Vera is a national treasure.(Thumb)

Graham the pipe
17th March 2019, 20:01
Some more music for you Nick from 'Our Girl' plus an interview you should find interesting.


Vera Lynn (March 20, 1917) - TV Interview 2010 -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1xYq40yVQg

Video for Vera Lynn at London palladium▶ 9:07

4 Jan 2015 - Uploaded by Ccvanl4
Dame Vera Lynn - 92 years of age in 2010 - looks back on her career. ... a star-studded variety extravaganza ...


Dame Vera Lynn with a Wartime Medley. (A Royal Birthday Gala)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKq9fInGEKE

Video for vera lynn at london palladium▶ 9:13

4 May 2018 - Uploaded by Vaudeville Funtimes
The Queen Mother on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The BBC presents a Royal Birthday Gala.

Dame Vera Lynn performs at 1990 Royal Variety Performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Dwf93z7w8

nick olass
18th March 2019, 01:10
Thank you Graham, I enjoyed all that. (Thumb)

spongebob
18th March 2019, 03:18
Nice to see your post Nick, regards to Joy,

Bob

Graham the pipe
18th March 2019, 08:26
Nice to see two old pals, yes you Nick and you Bob, chatting as in the good OLD days ~ cue VL with an appropriate song:-
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY

We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY

nick olass
18th March 2019, 09:39
Nice to see your post Nick, regards to Joy,

Bob

Thank you Bob, hope you and Pam are well and happy.


Thank you again Graham, smashing stuff....(Thumb)

Graham the pipe
18th March 2019, 11:12
My pleasure, Nick and pleased to hear it's yours too. The 'countdown' has begun, less than 48 hours to VL Day with VE Day following in less than 2 months. Somehow I feel the two are synonymous.

nick olass
20th March 2019, 01:32
A tribute to a lady that brought joy, hope and friendship to so many people........all over the world.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzlFaY0s_QI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_f5NbPOOGE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNB8VbFmlOY


Happy Birthday Vera, enjoy your day.

Graham the pipe
20th March 2019, 11:24
VL being Our Vera and VE being Vernal Equinox.


Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inS9gAgSENE

tugger
21st March 2019, 01:37
I still get tears in my eyes when i hear her sing White Cliffs of Dover. She could have but never left the country during the war.
Tugger

Engine Serang
21st March 2019, 07:52
What a terrible slur on the behaviour of our darling Gracie Fields.

Graham the pipe
21st March 2019, 11:21
I still get tears in my eyes when i hear her sing White Cliffs of Dover. She could have but never left the country during the war.
Tugger


Dame Vera Lynn thanks 'the boys' in Burma as she celebrates her ...


https://www.irishnews.com/.../dame-vera-lynn-thanks-the-boys-in-burma-as-she-celeb...






17 Mar 2017 - Dame Vera Lynn praised the soldiers who kept her safe while she sang in Burma during the Second World War, in a programme celebrating ...

Graham the pipe
21st March 2019, 16:49
What a terrible slur on the behaviour of our darling Gracie Fields.

Sorry but how has 'Our Gracie' been slurred?

Samsette
21st March 2019, 18:51
Our Gracie entertained the troops, from the BEF to New Guinea. As for remaining in Britain during The War - lots of us did - no big deal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeVI1apgT0w

Graham the pipe
21st March 2019, 19:45
Our Gracie entertained the troops, from the BEF to New Guinea. As for remaining in Britain during The War - lots of us did - no big deal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeVI1apgT0w

You are 10 years my senior, 'S', so our wartime years were somewhat different and I certainly had no intention of 'slurring' Gracie, it was just that Vera had a rather special birthday.

Samsette
21st March 2019, 23:05
You are 10 years my senior, 'S', so our wartime years were somewhat different and I certainly had no intention of 'slurring' Gracie, it was just that Vera had a rather special birthday.

Of course you didn't and, I know that. My post was not intended to take anything away from your salute to The Forces Sweetheart.

Graham the pipe
22nd March 2019, 07:52
Of course you didn't and, I know that. My post was not intended to take anything away from your salute to The Forces Sweetheart.

Hi 'S'.

Looking at your CV you've certainly lived an interesting life. What made you opt for Canada as your, I presume, 'permanent' home?

I was in Kent for the first 5 years of my life so watching dog fights, bombers being shot down, 'Dad's Army' and troop movements was just as 'earphones' are to kids here in '19. Was 'weaned' on V's voice, 'puppy love' which never waned.

Have a great weekend.

Kindest you and yours.

GGG

Samsette
23rd March 2019, 00:58
Being nabbed for National Service (another story) and spending it in Germany was a big eye opener for me. It was there that I met up with the Cdn Army and liked what I saw. They were unofficially recruiting out of the Cdn Army Liaison Establishment in London, and after being clear of NS I enlisted with them and never looked back.

Kent was regarded as the front lines in 1940 and beyond, so an exciting place to be - just so long as nothing unpleasant came your way.

Salut, mon vieux.(Thumb)

Graham the pipe
23rd March 2019, 08:23
Being nabbed for National Service (another story) and spending it in Germany was a big eye opener for me. It was there that I met up with the Cdn Army and liked what I saw. They were unofficially recruiting out of the Cdn Army Liaison Establishment in London, and after being clear of NS I enlisted with them and never looked back.

Kent was regarded as the front lines in 1940 and beyond, so an exciting place to be - just so long as nothing unpleasant came your way.

Salut, mon vieux.(Thumb)

My 'schoolboy French' is decidedly rusty so I'll simply say, en Anglais, "Top of a chilly, Surrey morning to you Young Man".

Thanks for the very abridged resume of your interesting life from young to 'not so young'.

Entirely up to you but if you'd like to PM me with your e mail address I'll sent you some 'photographic evidence' which epitomise '44, Kent and me personally.

Au 'voir GGG (Thumb)

Samsette
23rd March 2019, 20:06
Entirely up to you but if you'd like to PM me with your e mail address ..........

Au 'voir GGG (Thumb)

I cannot do that GtP, because I would have to exterminate you - with extreme prejudice.(Cloud)

pat m lawson
2nd April 2019, 21:44
Thank you so much for these memories. I was 7 when the War started, so I remember all of these songs, and all of the things related to the War, both of my parents worked in the Shipyard in Vancouver Washington. Again, through my tears, Thank you, for the memories. (Applause)(Applause)(Applause)

Graham the pipe
3rd April 2019, 07:27
Thank you so much for these memories. I was 7 when the War started, so I remember all of these songs, and all of the things related to the War, both of my parents worked in the Shipyard in Vancouver Washington. Again, through my tears, Thank you, for the memories. (Applause)(Applause)(Applause)

My pleasure, Pat, pleased you enjoyed and that those tears were, I sincerely hope, 'happy ones'?

Kindest to you and yours from a decidedly chilly UK.

GGG

vicki_
7th April 2019, 06:52
What's happening Taff? Just got back from holiday to find your message to which I was blocked from replying??

Ex StevieClarkes
30th April 2019, 16:01
Hello Graham. Re. The War Years.
I suspect that I was too young to appreciate V. L. but I well remember the summer of 1940.
After my father's ship was sunk off Folkestone we moved to a farm in Sussex where a 5 year old was very interested in what was going on in the sky. Not very therapeutic for a shipwrecked mariner though and when a plane came down in the next field with a full bomb load we shifted ship back up North.
All the best. Bert.

granty
30th April 2019, 17:36
Hi ex Stevieclarkes
We may have been Ships passing in the Night I was a Boatman in Shoreham in the 60s I remember in those days the Steyning Lancing Totland Amberly Shoreham Portslade Arundel Borde Bramber Horsted Keynes Balcombe Portsmouth running to Shoreham
Granty

Ex StevieClarkes
30th April 2019, 19:18
Graham,
I was 2/O on Steyning in 1956, no ticket, and did not go to Shoreham. My father was Master on the SS.Henry Moon owned by Brighton Electric Board, managed by S.C. and ran to Portslade power station. Attacked off Dover and sunk off Folkstone on 25th.July 1940 (Black Thursday). There is a book called "Coastal Convoys 1939-1945", The Everlasting Highway by Nick Hewitt which gives a good account of the North Sea trade at that time.

Bert.