Monthly Archives: February 2018

Marlene Dietrich and the 2nd World War

In December 1941, the United States entered World War II, and Marlene became one of the first celebrities to help sell war bonds. She toured the US from January 1942 to September 1943 (appearing before some 250,000 troops on the Pacific Coast leg of her tour alone) and was reported to have sold more war […]

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

A farewell to a King

It is said that 305,806 people had filed past King George’s coffin while he lay in Westminster Hall.  Now – the morning of Friday 15th February 1952 had, dawned.  At 9.30am in a cloudy and misty the mile-long cortege began its slow journey from Westminster Hall as Big Ben tolled fifty-six times – once for […]

The King’s last night – laying in State in Westminster Hall

The 13th February had moved into the 14th as people came to say farewell to their King. At 2.00 A.M. the last had left. The Daily Mail of Friday 15th February reported that, on the evening of the 14th the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret had stood for some 10 minutes in […]

A Valentine story in a foreign land in days gone by – and days today

Valentine’s Day is today and I have been thinking over the days what I should being thinking today.   I’ve been thinking of something different for this day and have found something of a different and I’ve come across the cutting from the ‘Mainichi Daily News’.  On a page I found a story that may […]

Queuing to say farewell to the King

For some 20 minutes this evening Queen Mary, the Duke of Windsor, and the Princess Royal stood with bowed heads in the great hall of Westminster near the coffin of the King.  Queen Mary, her white handkerchief held to her face, wept as the ceaseless line of people continued to file down the east side […]

Marlene Dietrich’s ‘boys’ and ‘girls’.

A lot had happened for Marie Marlene Dietrich since her birth in Berlin, Germany on the last Friday in December 1901. War had come and gone – and was back again for the 2nd time.  She had married; given birth to her daughter; parted company but kept in touch with her child’s father.  She has […]