From The Library: It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 2 October, 2008

Extending from Tuesday’s music of the inter-war period, today Elrik Merlin plays selections from the WWII years and the 1940s in general… a time of war followed by a time of austerity in the UK.

The post-war period also marked a change in British social attitudes, as many wished to carry over the community spirit of wartime into normal life. After the war, the incoming Labour government implemented many of the ideas in the ground-breaking Beveridge Report of 1943, despite the fact that post-war Britain was virtually bankrupt (in addition, US loans were suspended following the Labour win and had to be renegotiated, with stiff terms).

The result was the introduction of the world-leading National Health Service, Social Security and valiant attempts to eliminate Beveridge’s “five giants” of Want, Disease, Squalor, Ignorance and Idleness. Great institutions were founded and major industries were brought into public ownership in a broad, progressive social consensus that was to last across party lines into the late 1970s.

The image above show a poster from 1942 by noted designer and graphic artist Abram Games featuring Finsbury Health Centre in London. The title of this article, It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow, comes from the song of the same name written by Irving Berlin for the 1941 political satire, The Louisiana Purchase. Two versions appear in today’s show: one by Frank Sinatra and the other, a big hit in a Britain looking forward to the future, by Vera Lynn.

• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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