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Goodwood Revival 2014 Photos


So another Goodwood Revival has come and gone! I have never seen so many people there as I did this year, it was an epic show. It was wonderful to catch up with familiar faces although I didn’t get my annual Lord March shoulder pat, which was most disappointing…

This years celebrities were the petite and gorgeous Geri Halliwell and the ever grump-tastic Rowan Atkinson who I still adore despite his true Blackadder personality (this was even before he crashed his car, so no excuses!). If you know of more then let me know!

I was looked after beautifully yet again by Sue and the team, who never fail to impress me with their organisational skills and spirit.

Less talk and more pictures! I have more that I will add later! Enjoy!

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Jackie Stewart and Kitten von Mew

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Sue and Kitten with the cheeky grid girls!

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1954 Beechcraft BE50 Twin Bonanza called Eve with a ‘My Oregon Lady’ noseart

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Heard of Benny and the Jets? Meet Kitten and the Vets! These two fabulous gents were signing books at the RAF Benevolent Fund tent. So much hilarity, we went back the next day for more…and a sing song!

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This replica First World War Bi-Plane is part of a project being funded by the famous director Peter Jackson. He is such a massive fan of the aircraft, he had a cameo appearance in one for his film adaption of King Kong.

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Amazing track moment on Sunday. I took all these from the Start Line Grandstand. It was the most wonderful moving exhibit of vintage vehicles I have ever seen! And the 2 Lancaster Bombers were incredible moving!

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Jackie Stewart and Kitten von Mew. He was one cheeky chappie! Glad some things never change!

WW2 Songs and their Origins


Well last time I brought you songs of the First World War and today I bring you a few facts of the origins of these Second World War songs! I was going to go with quite a few quirky ones, but you would be amazed at how many are actually from a lot earlier. Take Quartermaster’s Stores for example…This is actually from the Civil War! So I have brought you some that are definitely WW2 and hope you enjoy the selection…
 
Now, as soon as I mention White Cliffs of Dover, you may be forgiven of instantly thinking of Vera Lynn, but there is 1 major flaw of the song that reminds us that the lyrics were written by an American…’Bluebirds’. These are not native to England and do not resemble Swallows or the like either. Imagine a Robin that has accidentally taken a bird bath in a pot of electric blue ink. That is a Bluebird. Nat Burner wouldn’t have known this as he had never ventured to these shores, but was forgiven as his beautiful lyrical imagery was so strong. Not only that, Swallows (which are navy blue) had been a symbol of love and loyalty for many, many years in Britain. It was a sign that spring when you saw that this delightful bird had arrived and they would always fly back every year. It also felt as if Nat’s Bluebirds were being used as a symbol of the RAF coming back home too.
 
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White Cliffs of Dover Sheet Music from http://www.authentichistory.com

 
Written in 1941 (before America even joined into the fight), White Cliffs of Dover was created to boost morale on British soil. The musical composer was Jewish American Walter Kent who also composed the stunning festive song ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’ Nat was actually born Nat Schwartz, but changed his Germanesque surname to something less so. Nat had been writing songs for stage and screen, including ‘When the Roses Bloom Again’, which you may recognise the likes of Johnny Cash covering.
 
 
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http://www.serviceofsupply.com
Original 1943 lyrics to Blood on the Risers

 
Next is one I remember singing around a Brownie campfire; Blood on the Risers. This song has had so many lyric changes since the original American Paratrooper version. Most of us know the chorus lyrics as “Glory, glory what a hell of a way to die, suspended by your braces when you’re learning how to fly. Glory, glory what a hell of a way to die and he ain’t gonna jump no more!” but in fact the originals were “Gory, gory what a hell of a way to die (x3), he ain’t gonna jump no more!” The “Glory glory” confusion comes in because the tune is for a completely different song (The Battle Hymn of the Republic), in which you would have sung those words. The “Gory gory” version is a funny play on these, which seem to have gotten lost in the campfire versions. There was also a different lyric to the “…suspended by your braces” part that went “With a rifle on his back as he’s falling through the sky.”
 
Although each of the different versions tell the same basic story of a man falling to his death, the original is of a poor Airborne paratrooper that let out his parachute, only for the silk to wrap around his legs, the cord to coil around his neck and the connectors to wallop him over the head. This can also be heard in Episode 9 of Band of Brothers. No one knows who wrote this song, but I like to think that as the rest of the troop were singing “Glory glory Hallelujah!”, there was some cheeky sod at the back making up his own lyrics to make people laugh. Well if that is true, it certainly did the trick and is still sung religiously by the American Airborne troops to this day!
 
 
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From yorku.ca
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square sheet music cover.

 
Recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart (hey, wait! Where you going?!), Harry Connick Junior, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is a beautifully sentimental song. The lyrics spark images of romance, London’s elegant Mayfair district and birdsong…but did you know it was actually written and first performed in France?! This famous ‘English’ song was in fact written in a small fishing village in Le Lavandou, just before the outbreak of war. Eric Maschwitz (born in Edgbaston, Birmingham) wrote the lyrics and Manning Sherwen wrote the melody. Later the same year, Eric became part of MI-6’s sabotage section and even briefly established a resistance organisation in Yorkshire in 1940 before getting posted to New York and then back to London. He was most famous for co-writing the 1937 adaptation of Goodbye Mr. Chips (one of my favourite MGM classics!), of which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Manning on the other hand was American and moved to England in 1938. He wrote many wartime musicals, who’s casts delivered between 235 and 680 performances per play throughout the 40’s.
 
So back to the song…Imagine a small, insignificant bar with Manning at the piano, a resident saxophone player and Eric holding a glass of plonk singing the words. You would be blown away right? Well no one was that fussed to be honest. Well as soon as the Brits heard it in 1940 on New Faces (sung by Judy Campbell), we went crazy for the song and its references to London. It was of course Dame Vera Lynn that really saw sales and heart soar for this song.
 
So there you have it. 3 exceptional songs of WW2 and I could bring you more, but then I would have nowt to write about when I am stuck for ideas! I will bring you others at a later date I promise, but hope you have found this interesting and enlightening!

Ice Bucket Challenge


Yup, I finally did it, in support of Macmillan Cancer Research. I nominated my 2 friends Trampy and Stephanie. I would say it is passing on the love, but I now know what this feels like! All those people who wimped out and just used tepid water…pfff…

Fantasy Maternity Photos


I’m so sorry I have been lackadaisical recently. It has been hard to find the time in which to sit down on the computer and write something!

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Helen and Dai, my wonderful friends from Warwick. Helen, as you can see, is pretty darn preggers and will pop around Halloween time. Not feeling the maternal glow or fond of her temporary Weeble-esque shape, I decided to SHOW her how beautiful she looked by doing a light makeover and photo shoot in my parent’s gorgeous garden. I asked Dai to wear his wedding outfit and wanted the whole thing to have a medieval pre-raphaelite quality as they are so into their medieval and mythical themes. I also adore pre-raphaelite paintings, so it was a good excuse for me too!

So here are the finished pictures that Helen and Dai have kindly let me post up here. Hopefully this will be a good way of their family and friends seeing them too. I just can’t wait to do the baby photos, of which have already been planned!!!

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My favourite! I am very proud of this shot!

My favourite! I am very proud of this shot!

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The wonderful couple!

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Helen in her wedding tiara.
Photos copyright Kitten von Mew. Do not use without prior permission.

Dai in his wedding finery. Photos copyright Kitten von Mew. Do not use without prior permission.

Dai in his wedding finery.
Photos copyright Kitten von Mew. Do not use without prior permission.

Lee Parker Photos – War and Peace Revival


I thought I would make these into a separate post as they deserve their own space. Lee Parker is a wonderful events photographer and helps out at the show each year. He took some photos of my Isis wing dance that I would love to share with you all. He has captured the movement and emotion perfectly. I have also included one singing on the 50’s/ 60’s evening!  The Isis wing act can be seen here.

 

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Performing Kieran’s Band of Brother’s Requiem act in his memory

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All dolled up in the Vintage Marquee on the 60’s evening

War and Peace Revival 2014 Photos


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First World War Exhibit Entrance at War and Peace Revival 2014

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Always lots to gawp at!

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Some vintage stalls were just an old boar….

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This talented lady was crocheting berets. I bought the one she is just finishing here as it matched my Heyday coat!

The civilian tent

The civilian tent

Berlin Border Patrol!

Berlin Border Patrol!

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Hanging out with A Company in the reenactor’s field!

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You weren’t there maaaaan!

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German reenactment camp in the haze of a humid day

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poly-what?! David Burt outside the fabulous NAAFI Wagon!

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The Allo Allo cast! My darling Sue just after she has jumped up and down in greeting. I love the fact she recognises me each year, she is such a cutey!

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Mr & Mrs Mew plus shifty-eyed GI

Most of the War and Peace Revival Entertainment Crew! Swingtime Sweethearts, Scott Elvis, Adam Hoffman, Holly, Myself, Viv the Spiv, Luna Nightingale, Sincerely Yours, Peekaboos, our wonderful dancer friends and Rosy Apples

Most of the War and Peace Revival Entertainment Crew!
Swingtime Sweethearts, Scott Elvis, Adam Hoffman, Holly, Myself, Viv the Spiv, Luna Nightingale, Sincerely Yours, Peekaboos, our wonderful dancer friends and Rosy Apples

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Sincerely Yours and an adorable young follower

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Scott Elvis!

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Mr Mew modelling a rather dashing look in ridiculous heat…but the boy was determined.

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Forget Woody’s Roundup, this is Patton’s version!

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Just reading our favourite military magazine!

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Visiting my wonderful friends at their stall. I look slightly Suffragette-esque!

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The gorgeous Luna at the Heyday stall wearing her ‘Poppy Nipple Hat’

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The staff at the show are always so attentive! Lee Parker either proposing to Luna’s big toe or massaging her foot. I will let you decide the most attractive scenario.

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My new half and half act!

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Taking in the scenery with my darling General Patton

War and Peace Revival 2014


I will be doing a picture post in a while, but thought I would quickly post my performance videos for you whilst you are waiting!

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