Vera Lynn

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Subject: Vera Lynn
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 19:34:29 +1000

The news this morning that Vera Lynn’s “Greatest Hits” release has made her – at 92 – the oldest person to have a disc in the Top Whatever, brought to mind what will surely be an inclusion, her rendering of ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ from circa 1944.  The point I would have been prompted to make here is the improbability of ‘bluebirds’ appearing over the aforementioned cliffs.  However, I find I am anticipated by Wikipedia, which has already made the same point, in  the terms that ‘there are no bluebirds in Britain;  they are an American species’.  What Wikipedia may have overlooked is the remarkable number of transatlantic passerines that have been recorded in recent years on British shores.  The prospect of bluebirds is something to bring Bill Oddie and Mark Cocker to the cliff-tops, particularly as this seems to be a once in a lifetime event when at least 2 bluebirds, quite possibly more, are going to appear.  The prediction that they will appear TOMORROW makes it even more remarkable.  One should, however, temper one’s excitement by recalling Mr Cocker’s advice that such rarities, although welcome fodder to the ticker, are disoriented, wind-blown vagrants whose detection is of little value to science.  

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