More On Overlapping Time
In my ongoing look at overlapping time, here’s a rather lovely example. A singer who has a new album out at the moment first sang when Sigmund Romburg had a hit with The Drinking Song. Dame Vera Lynn was seven when she started, and she’s 100 now. The ‘Forces Sweetheart’ is to have her face projected onto the white cliffs of Dover in tribute.
In 1942’s The White Cliffs of Dover she sang in reference to the RAF pilots in their blue uniforms — the “bluebirds” — who would prevail against Nazi Germany and return home victorious. She was awarded the British War Medal and the Burma Star after the war. The new album makes her the worlds oldest recording star, and even features a new previously lost track.
When future historians come to look back at the British 20th century, it’s likely that they won’t regard people like me as the ‘New Elizabethans’, the term that was bandied about but never really stuck (the idea being to reference Elizabeth II being on the throne, not to enlightened ideas) but as ‘Late Victorians’ due to the fact that we lived (and still live) as Victorians did, in social structure, housing, education and the arts.
But to qualify as a true Edwardian Dame Vera would need to be 101 today, so there are some people around who are still true Edwardians in the 21st century. The last those whose lives could have spanned three centuries have now died – but only just!