Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Whale Meat Again - Vera Lynn

The signature tune of Inuits across the World, or
maybe more appropriate
The Ballard of Bethnal Green by Paddy Roberts
(full and slightly altered lyrics to follow)
 Additionally, on the very day that we were blessed with our record number of 'hits' ever (20,888) we also managed to achieve what may go down as our biggest faux pax as well. Having asked Are Friends Electric on a previous post and described our Saturday meal at Milton Abbas we went on to include an image, not of that beautiful little village, but of another beauty in the form of Gold Hill, Shaftsbury. The appropriate amendment has been made with a promise to 'buck up our ideas' in the future.
Another 737 left
video
Bournemouth International Airport
video
yesterday ETA Buenos Aires 2045
that's the year not the time!
before with passports and visas both in check, along with Dave Foot
we embarked on a foray across the border into Devon with really only
2 ambitions on our minds.
 On arrival at Slapton Sands, and hardly able to see above the sea wall 
let alone through the mist-like rain, young Footy had a distant
 'summer plummage'
BLACK-NECKED GREBE
 in his binocular view before even turning off the engine!
The immediate signs were not good as consulting our fellow observers,
nothing so far had been seen of our first target. Unfortunately, this
PRAWN FISHING BOAT
video
was buzzing up and down the seaway
which may well have been the reason the object of our desire
had not been seen so far that morning.
It was right on the half-hour mark when, yes you might have guessed,
that Dave spotted, and brought to my attention, the first
SPOUT
quite some distance off-shore
(he's very lucky I let him come with me)
 followed by no more than a couple of fleeting glimpses of a small
DORSAL FIN and slight HUMP of the BACK.
The wait for another sighting was becoming tedious so the executive 
decision was made to seek sanctuary in the nearest
cafè, in the hope that the Fishing Boat might move on.
(he was also 'first' to spot the eggs and bacon)
Not usually one for a cooked breakfast, this had to have been in the Top Ten ever!
On our return and after a number of short searches for a Little Gull, that didn't materialise,
we found the Fishing Boat had sailed around the headland into
BEESANDS BAY, START POINT and LIGHTHOUSE
Additionally, a few seabirds including plenty of Gulls,
video
 GANNET
and

FULMAR
had gathered which also helped in finding our quarry,
but better still a solitary
 RED-THROATED DIVER
was an addition to my Year List.
By mid-morning a decent size crowed had also gathered with every eye being
a potential help in spotting the
 HUMPBACK WHALE

 which like an Iceberg
 was best part submerged
 but nonetheless
GREAT VALUE
Humpback Whale Video Footage 
 no pun intended © Dave Foot
Having had our fill, there was one last foray to try and locate the
Little Gull, but again with no luck but in the process did see this
 SHERMAN TANK
complete with plaque, a male
 SHOVELER
 our first
VIOLETs
of the year along with a couple of cheeky


JACKDAW
By mid-afternoon the wind had increased to gale force and the moderate to heavy
rain had become persistent, unfortunate as there was still one small bird we hoped
to see before returning home.
We did brave the rigours of the weather and at the site we were lucky to find
a row of 'overwintering' beach huts to shelter behind.
Additionally, the
video
CIRL BUNTING
video
were in residence
video
managing a few
shots
video
  and
clips.
EntryPageviews
United States
20888 - outdoing, by miles, any other day in our history! 'Thanks' to the Yanks!
United Kingdom
297
Germany
85
France
59
Venezuela
33
Italy
26
Estonia
21
China
16
South Korea
14
Canada
11

THE BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN

I'll tell a tale of a jealous WHALE and a maid of sweet sixteen
She was blond and dumb and she lived with her Mum
On the edge of Bethnal Green
and she worked all week for a rich old Greek
For her dad was on the dole
And her one delight on a Friday night
Was to have a bit of rock and roll. 

Chorus:- To my rit-fal-lah, to my itty-fal-lal
To my itty-bitty-fal-dal day. 

Then one fine day in the Month of May she found her big romance
He was smart and sleek, with a scar on his cheek
And a pair of drainpipe pants
And she thought “with you, I could be so true,
Through all the years to come”
For she loved the gay abandoned way
He chewed his chewing-gum. 

Chorus... 

It started well because he fell for all her girlish charms
But he had some doubt when he caught her out
In someone else’s arms
And he said, “Look here, you know my dear,
This is going just a bit too far
And he went quite white and he sloshed her right
In the middle of her cha-cha-cha. 

Chorus... 

So he went before a man of the law who said, “This will not do
I’ve had enough of this kind of stuff
As I want from the likes of you.”
And she was peeved when he received
A longish term in clink
In a fit of pique she married the Greek
And now she lives in mink.
Chorus...

2 comments:

  1. Brilliant Post....But are'nt they all...
    I've got four Vera Lynn LP's tucked away,
    that belong to my Dad..As far as he was
    concerned..she won the war..on her own!
    And to think..she's just reached her 100th
    birthday...!
    I think every song she sang..she sang with
    a 'porpoise'...Boom! Boom! :).

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  2. 4 Vera Lynn LP's Willie, that has to be a 'RECORD' and at that rate you won't run out of Fruit Bowls! Only us More Senior Citizens are likely to get that joke?? Thanks for your kind words and hope all your Family and Friends have the Blog Link!

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