Line(s) of the Day: Merry Xmas (War is Over)

Christmas message

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

Taken from the song Merry Xmas (war is over) by John Lennon and Yoko, with the Harlem Community Choir, in 1971.


Line(s) of the Day #DesO’Connor

Des O' Connor

There’s one indelible memory in my head – the day that changed my life. It was during the Blitz and I was only about ten. Mum said, “Quick, get in the air-raid shelter” and she literally threw my sister and I in and laid over us like a hen with her chicks. Our house had a direct hit and it took four and a half hours to dig us out. 

‘When we got out we were just standing there and my father came round the corner on a bicycle he’d borrowed from somewhere. My mother was crying. I remember the skies were red with fires and my mother said to my father, “We’ve lost everything. Everything’s gone.” He said, “No, I’ve just done a head count. We’ve got everything we’ll ever need.” That moment, I think, changed the rest of my life.

Singer and entertainer Des O’Connor in an interview with Daily Mail journalist Rebecca Hardy.