‘’ War is nothing but hate. It makes men animals. But love keeps us human.’’

‘’ I always wanted to be a hero. But somewhere along the line I realised i didn’t want to be their hero. I wanted to be yours.’’

‘’ Imagine if mankind reached for the stars instead of trying so desperately to annihilate each other’’

‘’ Believe you’ ll survive another day. And don’t just believe in tomorrow. Believe in next week, and next month,and next year. Believe in survival. Believe in joyful survival.’’

George Devalier.


“I still dream about those boys you know,” she says quietly. “I’ve never stopped wondering how many of them actually made it home.

I wasn’t allowed to take my own camera with me to Burma but after I got home all the boys started sending me their pictures. A lot found it hard to speak about the war and I used to get lots of letters from their families about that. Unless you experienced it you had no idea what it was like.

That’s why it’s so important that schools teach children what it was all about. So we never, ever forget. I’d always tried to imagine I was sitting at home by the fire, singing to people in the same room. But I became a messenger, linking separated people.

It is very humbling that people still refer to me as the Forces Sweetheart. I just saw it as my duty to keep on singing. I thought that tag would disappear after the war and I’d just be another singer. The best thing was being able to chat to the boys. I’d go round the casualty tents, sit on beds and hold their hands. Some used to get quite upset. Many had been away for six years and I reminded them of their sisters, their sweethearts, their wives – the home life they were fighting for.

I was in the air and the news came over. We all gave a cheer and said, ‘Well, that’s it. It’s all over’ and had a glass of champagne. But I remember wondering how many of the boys I’d been singing too had missed out too. So many of them never came home.”

Happy 99th Birthday to the Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn! (March 20th 1917)

English singer and actress Dame Vera Lynn celebrates her 100th birthday on March 20, 2017. To mark the occasion, she has released a new album on March 17, 2017, making her the oldest person to release a new album.

Dame Vera is best known for her 1939 hit song We’ll Meet Again. In 2009, at age 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart.


“Only Forever” Vera Lynn

Vera Lynn with Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of Her Majesty's Forces

Yours (Roig-Rodriguez-Sherr) by Vera Lynn with Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of Her Majesty’s Forces  — Orchestra conducted by Roland Shaw 

Yours ‘till the stars lose their glory
Yours 'till the birds fail to sing
Yours for the end of life’s story
This pledge to you dear 
I bring

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
Halia Meguid
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

A quick and romantic ditty from the ‘30s, requested by my grandma(!). One of my favorite songs, this is a cover of It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie. Enjoy, beauties. x


Be sure it’s true when you say, 'I love you’
It’s a sin to tell a lie
Millions of hearts have been broken
Just because these words were spoken

I love you, yes, I do, I love you
If you break my heart I’ll die
So be sure that it’s true when you say, 'I love you’
It’s a sin to tell a lie

I love you, yes, I do, I love you
If you break my heart I’ll die
So be sure that it’s true when you say, 'I love you’
It’s a sin to tell a lie
British singer Vera Lynn to release new album at 100
Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn will celebrate her next birthday by becoming the first singer in history to release a new album at age 100, her record label said on Thursday. "It's truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, reliving the emotions of that

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? Remember how she said that we would meet again, some sunny day?

“You’ll always be my lily of the lamplight. My own dear Roderich.”

Lily of the Lamplight has got to be my favourite George deValier fic. A scene in Chapter 1, where Gilbert sees Roderich in Berlin for the first time. I was listening to Vera Lynn songs this entire time my heart hurts. 

I tried to incorporate everything I learnt from last term’s classes– Mainly focal points and controlling values and hues. Most of all it’s nice to be able to paint stuff that you feel moved by. :)