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⬛️ Died 🟥 Movie/TV 🟦 Event 🟩 Purchase 🟪 Drama 🟨 Meals out
72 famous people died (and 2 I knew) | 2 dramas | 11 events | 54 Movies/TV | 8 purchases, 5 meals out
Christine McVie died, aged 79
Christine McVie was an English musician, and the vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, which she joined in 1970. Eight of their songs, including "Don't Stop", "Everywhere" and "Little Lies", appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album.
In 1998, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The same year, after almost 30 years with the band, she opted to leave and lived in semi-retirement for nearly 15 years. She released a solo album in 2004. In September 2013 she appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at the O2 Arena in London, before rejoining the band in 2014 prior to their On with the Show tour.
Irene Cara died, aged 63
Irene Cara was an American singer and actress. She sang and co-wrote the song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (from the film Flashdance), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984. Irene Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film's title song "Fame."
Movie: Bright ★★★★
Movie: The Utah Cabin Murders ★★★
Movie: Ghostbusters: After Life ★★★★
Good film, neat story line, good acting. Watched at home with Jezz.
Movie: My Policeman ★★★★
Being a fan of Harry Styles makes this quite easy to watch. The story line is good and sad. I liked it a lot.
Movie: Insidious: Chapter 3 ★★★
It was ok. Kept us watching throughout. Watched at home with Jezz. He owns it.
Leslie Phillips died, aged 98
Leslie Phillips was an English actor, voice artist and author. He achieved prominence in the 1950s, playing smooth, upper-class comic roles utilising his "Ding Dong" and "He-llo" catchphrases. He appeared in the Carry On and Doctor in the House film series as well as the long-running BBC radio comedy series The Navy Lark. In his later career, Phillips took on dramatic parts including a BAFTA-nominated role alongside Peter O'Toole in Venus (2006). He provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.
Aaron Carter died, aged 34
Aaron Carter was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was the brother of singer Nick Carter, a former singer with the 90s pop boy band Backstreet Boys.
Bill Treacher died, aged 92
Bill Treacher was a British actor. He was best known for portraying the role of Arthur Fowler in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, from 1985 to 1996, and was the first person to be cast for the show.
Movie: There's Someone Inside Your House ★
Movie: Trick ★★★
Slasher gore and not terribly nice but decent enough story line to keep me gripped.
Movie: Wrath Of Man ★★★★
A good film with the typical stereo-typed acting of Jason Statham but I think he plays the parts so well so...
Movie: Mr Harrigan's Phone ★★★★★
Another stunning film. Donald Sutherland is epic, as always but Jaeden Martel, who played Craig, was superb. Excellent storyline... stay compelled throughout.
Movie: Wild Oats ★★★★★
Absolutely superb film - outstanding acting from so many. Shirley MacLaine was excellent, as always but for me Jessica Lange was so brilliant. And Demi Moore was good too and so was Billy Connolly. Great film, good story.
Jerry Lee Lewis died, aged 87
Jerry Lee Lewis was was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, he made his first recordings in 1956 with "Crazy Arms" which sold 300,000 copies in the South, and his 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" shot Lewis to fame worldwide. He followed this with the major hits "Great Balls of Fire", "Breathless", and "High School Confidential". His rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.
Leslie Jordan died, aged 67
Leslie Jordan was an American actor, writer, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr on Hearts Afire (1993–1995), Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace (2001–2006, 2017–2020), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006. One of his best-known onstage performances was in Sordid Lives, where he played Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name. He died from a car crash.
Rishi Sunak becomes the Primer Minister
After only 45 days in the position, Liz Truss is out and the first prime minister of colour and first Hindu prime minister, multi-millionnaire Rishi Sunak is sworn in.
TV series: The Watcher ★★★★★
Oh my goodness... it's another epic one. Binged-watched over two days. 7 episodes that keep you on the edge of your seat. Twists and turns throughout... Very good. And exceptional acting from Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge, Mia Farrow and Noma Dumezweni.
Joyce Sims died, aged 63
Joyce Sims was an American singer and songwriter, whose biggest hit single, "Come into My Life", reached the top 10 in both the US Billboard R&B Chart and the UK Singles Chart in 1987/8.
Robbie Coltrane died, aged 72
Robbie Coltrane was a Scottish actor, comedian and writer. He gained worldwide recognition as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011), and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He was appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama.
Robbie Coltrane gained national prominence starring as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald in the ITV television series Cracker (1993–2006), a role which saw him receive the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in three consecutive years (1994 to 1996).
Angela Lansbury died, aged 96
Angela Lansbury was a was an Irish-British and American actress and singer who played many film, theatre and television roles. With one of the longest careers in the entertainment industry, her career spanned over 80 years, much of it in the United States; her work also received much international attention. Possibly one of her most noteable roles was as Jessica Fletcher in the American TV series, Murder, She Wrote, from 1984-1996.
TV series: Dahmer ★★★★★
Superb acting from Evan Peters who played notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. There are 10 episodes and everyone in it is excellent. The story line is brilliant and apart from the main character, his neighbour Glenda Cleveland played by Niecy Nash is one of my favourite characters/actors.
Loretta Lynn died, aged 90
Loretta Lynn was an American Country singer/songwriter.
Movie: I Came By ★★★★★
A superb, brilliant film starring Hugh Bonnerville, Kelly Macdonald, George MacKay and Percelle Ascott.
Movie: London To Brighton ★★★
Hmm. An ok film. Best bit was recognising landmarks in both London and Brighton... and a couple of actors from other films and TV shows.
Coolio died, aged 59
Coolio, (Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) was an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise, and My Soul.
Movie: The Wall ★★★
Not a bad film. Watched it all the way through. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is fit as.
John Hamblin died, aged 87
John Hamblin was an English-born Austrailian children's TV presenter. He presented Play School on the BBC from 1970 through to 1999.
Movie: Villain ★★★★
Everything you'd expect from a film starring Craig Fairbrass... a little gory, slightly boring story but kept me watching, so.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Today was the funeral of our Queen.
Movie: Killer Elite ★★★★
Great film. Good effects and acting was good (well maybe not everyone, but he's too sexy to critique.
Henry Silva died, aged 95
Henry Silva was an American highly accomplished actor, appearing in no less than 87 movies from 1952 through to 2001. He's probably best known for his character in the 1960s version of Ocean's 11.
Movie: Road Train ★
Queen Elizabeth II died, aged 96
The longest serving monarch in UK's history, and served for 70 years. The Queen of the UK died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland.
Gwyneth Powell died, aged 76
Gwyneth Powell was an English actress and was best known for her role as the headmistress, Mrs Bridget McClusky, in the BBC television series Grange Hill for eleven series between 1981 and 1991.
Bernard Shaw died, aged 82
Bernard Shaw was an American journalist and lead news anchor for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001. I remember him most for his coverage of the Gulf War in 1991, when we watched a lot of CNN. Wikipedia quotes Bernard Shaw as having reported while describing the situation in Baghdad, famously stated "Clearly I've never been there, but this feels like we're in the centre of hell."
Bill Turnbull died, aged 66
Bill Turnbull was an English television and radio presenter and journalist, whose broadcasting career spanned over four decades. He began his career working for radio stations, including Radio Clyde and BBC Radio 4's Today. He presented BBC News 24 and BBC Radio 5 Live before taking on his most notable role as the main male presenter of BBC Breakfast, a position he held for fifteen years between 2001 and 2016. Later in his career, he presented Songs of Praise and a game show called Think Tank, as well as being a presenter on the radio station Classic FM.
Mikhail Gorbachev died, aged 91
Former Soviet leader Mr Gorbachev, who took over in 1985, is best known for opening up the USSR and for his rapprochement with the West, but he was unable to prevent his country collapsing in 1991.
Many Russians blame him and his reformist policies for the country's demise.
Josephine Tewson died, aged 91
Josephine Tewson was an English stage and television character actress, best known for her roles in British television sitcoms, such as Edna Hawkins ("Mrs H") in Shelley, Elizabeth "Liz" Warden in Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995) and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine (2003–2010). She has also appeared in comedy sketches with The Two Ronnies, The Dick Emery Show, Happy Ever After, Terry & June, Clarence and more. Straight acting roles include Coronation Street, Z Cars, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Holby City, Lewis, Doctors and many more.
She was also married to British actor Leonard Rossiter for a short time, 1958-1961.
Went to Michèle's for paella
Jezz and I went to Michèle's for dinner. We had paella, Greek salad & yoghurt, but then had lemon cheesecake with strawberries and cream. Oh, my. I hope Debbie (Diabetic Nurse) isn't reading this. Hehe.
Bruce Montague died, aged 83
Bruce Montague was a British actor, best known for his role as Leonard Dunn in the television sitcom Butterflies. He has also acted in over 300 television productions, including Dr Who, Hollyoaks and the film of George & Mildred.
Duggie Brown died, aged 82
Duggie Brown was an English comedian and actor. He was the brother of actress and singer Lynne Perrie. I grew up watching The Comedians in the mid 70s, and Duggie was one of the cabaret artists who appeared on the show. He was also an actor and appeared on television shows and films frequently. He starred in Brookside, three times in Coronation Street, 1997 and again in 2004, in 2022 he returned to play Ted Spear. In 2006, he appeared as Mr. Cord in episode four of the first series of Hotel Babylon.
Over the years, he has played one-off roles in many long-running television serials, including Crown Court, The Cuckoo Waltz, All Creatures Great and Small, The Bill, Minder, Last of the Summer Wine and Peak Practice.
Brown was one of the original co-hosts of the game show 3-2-1, with Ted Rogers and Chris Emmett. From 1994 to 1996, he was a regular team captain on Barry Cryer's news game show Cryer's Crackers.
Duggie Brown also starred in an episode of The Bill.
Darius Danesh died, aged 41
Darius Danesh was a Scottish singer and actor. He rose to fame on itv's Popstars and Pop Idol. He came third behind Will Young and Gareth Gates in 2002.
Olivia Newton-John died, aged 73
Olivia Newton-John was a British-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number one hits and another ten Top Ten hits. With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists of popular music from the 70s and 80s.
In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world's best-selling albums of recorded music. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: "You're the One That I Want" – which ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time – and "Summer Nights". Her signature solo recordings include the Record of the Year Grammy winner "I Honestly Love You" (1974) and "Physical" (1981), her cover of "If Not for You" (1971), "Let Me Be There" (1973), "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" (1974), "Have You Never Been Mellow" (1975), "Sam" (1977), "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (also from Grease), "A Little More Love" (1978) and, from the 1980 film Xanadu, "Magic" and "Xanadu" (with Electric Light Orchestra). Plus "Heart Attack" (1982) and "Twist of Fate" (from the 1983 film Two of a Kind).
Newton-John was an activist for environmental and animal rights causes.
Bought: Stone Sleeper Paving
And for the garden; 6 x medium sleeper pavings and 1 x large to use as stepping stones on the gravel.
Roger E. Mosley died, aged 83
Roger E. Mosley was an American actor director, and writer best known for his role as the helicopter pilot Theodore "T.C." Calvin in the TV series "Magnum, P.I.", which originally aired from 1980 until 1988, starring alongside the lead role played by actor Tom Selleck.
Archie Battersbee died, aged 12
Archie Battersebee was a boy from Southend, Essex who, on 7 April 2022, lost consciousness, following an incident at home. He had been participating in an online TikTok challenge known as the "blackout challenge". His mother found him and performed CPR, and called an ambulance. On arrival at Southend University Hospital, he suffered a cardiac arrest. A legal dispute began between Archie's parents and an Advisory and Support Service appointed guardian acting for Archie. The High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations were all involved. The Trust argued that Archie's treatment should not continue as he was brainstem dead. Archie's parents argued that he needed more time to heal and that his religious beliefs should be taken into account, his mother saying that "it is for God to decide what should happen to Archie, including if, when and how he should die." The courts repeatedly ruled that Battersbee's treatment should stop, and all appeals by the family against the court's rulings were denied. Life support was finally withdrawn on 6 August 2022 and Archie passed away shortly afterwards.
Judith Durham died, aged 79
Judith Durham was an Australian singer, songwriter and musician who became the lead singer of the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. Their hit singles included: "I'll Never Find Another You," "A World of Our Own", "Morningtown Ride," "Someday, One Day," "Georgy Girl" and "The Carnival Is Over," which is still one of the top 50 best-selling singles in the UK.
Nichelle Nichols died, aged 89
Nichelle Nicholas was an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels. Amongst other recognition awards, in 1992, Nichelle was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her contribution to television.
Meal out: Nik's for Chinese take away
Jezz and I went over to Nik's early evening for a Chinese takeaway. Her treat. It were fab.
Bought: Harbour Slate Water Feature
And then a water feature that was half price. It's powered and not solar, so we're expecting it to be fab.
Bernard Cribbins OBE died, aged 93
Bernard Cribbins was an English actor and singer whose career spanned seven decades. I remember him best as Mr Hutchinson in the Fawlty Towers episode, Hotel Inspectors but he was also incredible in the movie The Railway Children. I grew up listening to his voice as he narrated the original children's TV series The Wombles. I remember his hit singles Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred. And the Carry On appearances in Carry On Jack, Carry On Spying and Carry On Columbus.
Bought: 45 bags of 20KG Berwyn Green Chippings
Next up, was the gravel for the area that once was the grass area.
Bought: Cantilever Parasol
Jezz and I have started to buy stuff for the new Zen-themed garden that he's designing. It's out with the lawn and the grass and in with gravel, stepping stone, water feature, mood lighting and a cantilever parasol for the decking.
Taurean Blacque died, aged 82
Taurean Blacque was an American television and stage actor, best known for his role as Detective Neal Washington on the series Hill Street Blues. He appeared in 144 episodes. He also played the role of Dr Stevens in one episode of the original Charlie's Angels. He was a policeman in the comedy series Taxi and a lawyer in the film Rocky II. In his real life, he had 12 children, two adopted.
Movie: Bloodline ★★★★
Quite a gory movie but it was so good. Seann William Scott is so handsome.
William "Poogie" Hart died, aged 77
William 'Poogie' Hart was an American leading vocalist, composer and song writer for the 70s group The Delfonics. Most famous songs were 'La La Means I Love You' and 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)'.
Ivana Trump died, aged 73
Ivana Trump was a Czech-American businesswoman, media personality, and model. Most known for being Donald Trump's first wife.
Michael Barratt died, aged 94
Michael Barratt was an English television presenter and announcer. He was mainly known for his period as the main presenter on Nationwide from 1969 to 1977.
Movie: Becky ★★★★
Quite a gory horror film but it was good.
James Caan died, aged 82
James Caan was an American actor who was nominated for several awards, including four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. Caan was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Mona Hammond died, aged 91
Mona Hammond was a Jamaican-born British actress. Most known for her roles in the comedy series Desmonds and later in Eastenders.
Had 4th COVID vaccination
Both Jezz and I went to Nescot college car park and had our top-up jab against Covid.
Movie: Wrong Turn (2021) ★★★★
Very good film. Gory in parts but watched it all. Excellent ending.
Frank Williams died, aged 90
Frank Williams was an English actor. He was best known for playing vicars and other members of the clergy, most notably Timothy Farthing, the vicar in the BBC comedy Dad's Army. He also appeared in similar roles in You Rang, M'Lord?, Hi-de-Hi!, What’s Up Nurse, The Worker, and Vanity Fair.
Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are the series' last surviving major cast members. He reprised the role of Reverend Farthing in the 2016 film adaptation of the series.
TV Series: Man vs Bee ★★★★
Another good series from Rowan Atkinson. 9 episodes binged-watched, back-to-back.
Movie: Let Us Prey ★★★
Not a bad film. Watched it all the way through.
Event: Sara's suprise 50th birthday party
Jezz and I, along with Nik and Caige, went to The Snow Goose in Farnborough to meet up with others and suprise sister Sara for her 50th birthday.
Movie: Open 24 Hours ★★★
Not a bad film. Watched it all the way through.
Movie: The Devil ★★★★★
Epic, brilliant and superb movie. Captivating throughout. Chris Messina is gorgeous.
Movie: Spree ★★
I don't know how but I saw it through to the end. Stupid film. Didn't enjoy it.
Hilary Devey CBE died, aged 65
Hilary Devey was an English businesswoman, television presenter, television personality, and entrepreneur, best known for her role on the BBC Two programme Dragons' Den until she left to present the Channel 4 series The Intern. I've admired her since was famous from the TV series The Secret Millionaire.
Movie: Central Intelligence ★★★★
Good movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Lester Piggott died, aged 86
Lester Keith Piggott was an English professional jockey. With 4,493 career wins, including a record nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time and the originator of a much imitated style.
Patricia Brake died, aged 79
Patricia Brake was an English actress. She played Ingrid Fletcher, the daughter of Norman Stanley Fletcher, in the BBC sitcom Porridge, and its sequel Going Straight. In 2015, she guest-starred in the BBC on-going drama Casualty and in Midsomer Murders for ITV. She also appeared in the soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street and with many British comic actors in numerous situation comedies and one-off plays.
Andy Fletcher died, aged 67
Andy Fletcher, sometimes known as Fletch, was an English keyboard player, DJ and of the founding members of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In 2020, Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.
Ray Liotta died, aged 67
Ray Liotta was an American actor and producer. His best-known roles include Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989), Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990) and Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002).
Movie: Mother's Day (2010) ★★
Well, I didn't like it. Bit daft!
Movie: U Want Me 2 Kill Him? ★★★★
Good film. Well acted by all. Kept my attention throughout. Great twist.
Purchase: Thermos Flask
Thermos 184625 Lever Action Pump Pot, 2.5 L Black - £37.99 from Amazon Prime. The second one was purchased because I dropped a descaling tablet in the last one and it exploded.
Purchase: Breville Hot Cup with Variable Dispense
Breville HotCup Hot Water Dispenser with 3 KW Fast Boil and Variable Dispense, 2.0 Litre, Gloss Black [VKJ318] - £64.99.
The last one just stopped working so bought and upgraded another Hot Cup kettle. The upgrade was that this one has a variable dial to reduce and increase the amount of water dispensed.
Movie: Cop Car ★★★
An alright film, considering it starred Kevin Bacon. Weak ending though.
John's service and celebration of life
Today, I drove to Crawley Down and attended the funeral service and then the wake for John Gregory. Kelly and I handed out the service books, I gave a eulogy handed out the memory books later. It was nice to see Kes and meet his wife and to meet all of John's family and friends, as well as music friends. Of course, it goes without saying, it was made all the more perfect to be with Kelly, Chris and the boys who I just seem to love more every time I see them.
Dennis Waterman died, aged 74
Dennis Waterman was a British actor and singer. He was best known for his roles in The Sweeney as DS George Carter alongside actor John Thaw. Also, he starred as Terry McCann in Minder, alongside actor George Cole who played Arthur Daley. The theme tune made no. 3 in the UK singles chart for Waterman and was called: "I Could Be So Good For You." Dennis Waterman also starred in a series called New Tricks.
Movie: Doorways ★★
It was just ok.
Movie: A Good Woman Is Hard To Find ★★★★
A tiny bit gruesome but a compelling movie. It kept me watching.
Went to Deb & Jim's for Ethan's 16th
Jezz and I went to see Ethan for his 16th birthday party at Deb & Jim's. We saw Kelly, Jake, Cade, Leanne, Lucas & Elana too.
TV Series: Heartstopper ★★★★★
Today I have watched the entire first season of Heartstopper. What a beautiful storyline, sensitively done, superbly acted. Watched all 8 episodes back-to-back.
Meal: The Star, Cheam Village for Caiger's 54th
Jezz and I celebrated Caiger's 54th with Nik & Caige, Michéle & Dean, Rosie & Bobby at The Star in Cheam Village.
Meal: Terra Mia, Kingston for Andy's 50th
Jezz and I celebrated Andy's 50th with about 40 others at the Italian restaurant Terra Mia in Kingston.
Andrew Woolfolk died, aged 71
Andrew Woolfolk was an American saxophonist. He was a longtime member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He also collaborated with artists such as Deniece Williams, Phil Collins, Philip Bailey, and Level 42.
Dawn Williams died, aged unknown at this time
My lovely friend Dawn who was David, Jean's and Maggie's humanist at their funerals, passed away. We found out today but are unsure of the date, at this time.
Eric Chappell died, aged 88
Eric Chappell was an English television comedy writer and playwright who wrote or co-wrote some of the UK's biggest sitcom hits over more than a quarter-century career, first gaining significant notice in the 1970s with comedy series Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh, Duty Free and Home To Roost amongst others.
Meal: Botley Hill Farmhouse, Birthday 55
I went for a Birthday pub lunch with Jezz and Amanda.
Movie: No Time To Die ★★★
Definitely not the best Bond movie.
Movie: Joker ★★★★★
Brilliant film. A superb performance by Joaquin Phoenix and of course Robert De Niro.
Movie: Handsome Devil ★★★★★
Brilliant film. Excellent and really enjoyed it.
The Mac Studio is in place
Harrison and I installed the new Mac Studio and he's so wonderful... he's given me his Samsung 37" wide monitor too. I love it.
Jezz makes his first project
Jezz made his first project on his sewing machine. It's a 3D face mask... for me. Very clever.
June Brown died, aged 95
June Brown was an English actress and author. She was best known for her role as Dot Cotton on the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1985–1993; 1997–2020). In 2005, she won Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards and received the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Soap Awards. Brown was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). It was announced in February 2020 that Brown had decided to leave EastEnders permanently, at the age of 93.
I met June Brown when she appeared at Palm Beach nightclub in Streatham in 1988. We were there on the usual Friday night out and June turned up with co-star from Eastenders, Michael Cashman, who played the gay character Colin Russell. Michael was involved in the UK's first gay mouth-to-mouth kiss with his boyfriend Barry Clark played by actor Gary Hailes.
C.W. McCall died, aged 93
C.W. McCall was an American singer. He was best known for his 1976 massive worldwide hit single: "Convoy."
Tom Parker died, aged 33
Tom Parker was an English singer and one of the members of the boy band 'The Wanted.' He died of glioblastoma.
Movie: Don't Look Up ★★
Hmm. Leonardo was good and of course, Meryl Streep was excellent but daft and lost its way too many times throughout for it to be a good film for me.
John Gregory died, aged 80
Life-long friend, Debbie, Sharon, Sam and Dave's Dad, John, passed away today at East Surrey Hospital at 11.30am. He made it to his 80th and it was celebrated by the entire family. A very sad day today.
Took Nik to the hospital
I drove sister Nikki to Epsom Hospital to meet with her consultant regarding the carpal tunnel problem she has been having with her hand/wrist. It's very on-going and she suffers in agony with it. It looks like they may need to operate again, for the forth time.
Day Out: Eastbourne 2022
This was our first roadtrip out since being married.
We typically did the charity shops, stopped for lunch at 'Qualisea,' a facourite fish and chip shop. Went to The Beacon Shopping Mall, bought some gifts for one another, rock for family and friends and headed back to the car. We dropped off everything and then walked to the Pier. Played in the arcade and had donuts and tea, back at the car. And then we drove home.
Madeline Albright died, aged 84
Madeline Albright was an American diplomat who served as the 64th United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. She was the first female secretary of state in U.S. history.
Movie: What Keeps You Alive ★
Movie: Paradise Cove ★★
Hmm... not altogether brilliant. Todd Grinnell is very fanciable though and Kristin Bauer Van Straten was excellent playing a murdering lunatic.
Alan Hopgood died, aged 87
Alan Hopggod was an Australian actor of theatre, television and telemovies, producer, dramatist and playwright and screenwriter and musical librettist and lecturer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for film Alvin Purple and his TV soap opera roles including Bellbird as Dr. Reid, Prisoner Cell Block H as Wally Wallace and Neighbours as Jack Lassiter.
Peter Bowles died, aged 85
Peter Bowles was an English stage and television actor. He's probably best remembered for playing Richard DeVere in BBCs comedy To The Manor Born with co-star Penelope Keith. He was also Archie Glover in Only When I Laugh alongside James Bolam and Richard Wilson and Christopher Strouli. Peter Bowles has appeared on TV in 110 roles and 42 different characters in films.
William Hurt died, aged 71
William Hurt was an American actor who appeared in no less than 70 movies and 24 television acting roles.
Movie: Await Further Instructions ★★★
Well, it was gripping to watch but understood none of it! Lol. I do fancy Sam Gittins though.
Purchase: The New Mac Studio
I pre-ordered the new Mac Studio... finally, I upgrade my 10 year old Mac mini. It arrives early April.
Purchase: New jeans
I bought myself two new pairs of jeans from H&M. They were £39.99 per pair and had lycra in the denim. They're really comfortable. Got a stonewashed pair and traditional denim blue.
Timmy Thomas died, aged 77
Timmy Thomas was an American R&B singer, keyboardist, songwriter and record producer, best known for the hit song, "Why Can't We Live Together" from 1972. There was a remix of the single that charted in 1990.
Grandpa Elliott died, aged 77
Grandpa Elliott was an American street musician that was known throughout the world when he was discovered by
recording engineer and producer Mark Johnson who launched a project called 'Playing for Change.' This was designed to promoting international unity through music. He targeted street performers from around the world. Grandpa Elliott's version of the Ben E. King hit "Stand By Me" was recorded from him busking on Royal Street, that became the centrepiece of a video featuring performances of the song by a handful of artists. The video was posted online, on YouTube and it wracked up 177,097,721 plays (as of 9 March, 2022), and suddenly Grandpa Elliott had an international audience. This new found stardom had him invited on The Tonight Show and The Colbert Report. He performed to a crowd of more than 40,000 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, on June 30, 2009, playing the "Star Spangled Banner" on harmonica and singing "God Bless America."
Movie: Her Son's Secrets ★★★★
Good good film. Olivia d'Abo was great but also there was plenty of eye candy with Mason Dye, David Garelik and Dan Amboyer.
Movie: The Invisible Man ★★★
Not a bad film, gripping in parts. The Invisible Man was played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen who is gorgeous. I remember him from Mr Selfridge.
Lynda Baron died, aged 82
Lynda Baron was a British actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for having played Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours (1976–1985) and its sequel, Still Open All Hours (2013–2016), Auntie Mabel in the award-winning children's series Come Outside (1993–1997), and the part of Linda Clarke in EastEnders in 2006 and from 2008 to 2009, with a brief return in 2016.
Bought: 3 beautiful scarves/snoods
Love these. They're from thescarfgiraffe.com and are half price. So I got one of each colour.
Mitchell Ryan died, aged 88
Mitchell Ryan was an American film, television, and stage actor whose career spanned six decades. Mitchell starred in The Golden Girls, High Chaparral, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco. He was Chase Reddick in the crime drama 'Chase.' He starred in one episode of Star Trek The Next Generation playing Wil Ryker's Father. He was even considered for the role of Captain Jean Luc Picard.
Kingston Day Out
Jezz, Nik and I went to Kingston town centre. We had a browse around John Lewis, went into Swarovski and Nik spent some of her vouchers and we bought her some earings for her birthday. Had a great lunch in Itsu and then headed home.
Bob Wellings died, aged 87
Bob Wellings was a British television presenter. He joined the BBC Television's South East regional news in 1969 before working on Nationwide from 1971, remaining on the programme until 1979. Colleagues included Frank Bough and Sue Lawley. He also co-presented That's Life! in its first year, Look East and BBC 1's daytime Open Air (1986–89) programme. He later he joined Sky News.
Movie: Blitz ★★
Ok movie starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aiden Gillen.
Anna Karen died, aged 85
Anna Karen was a British–South African actress and model best known for playing Olive Rudge in the sitcom On the Buses(1969–1973) and Aunt Sal in EastEnders on a recurring basis from 1996 to 2017. She also reprised the role of Olive in The Rag Trade (1977–1978) and had roles in two Carry On films, those being Carry On Camping (1969) and Carry On Loving (1970). Reports of her death was that she died in a house fire.
TV Drama: Four Lives ★★★★★
Incredible dramatisation of the true story of four young London men who were killed by serial killer Stephen Port, played by Stephen Merchant. The Mother of the first victim, Anthony, played by Sheridan Smith was outstanding... yet again! It also showed the police failings from the Metropolitan Police at Barking & Dagenham.
Her Majesty has COVID
It was announced in the news that Her Majesty The Queen has tested positive with coronavirus. It was reported that she was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms.
Movie: Instant Family ★★★★
This is my favourite movie of the year so far. Can't believe it was made in 2018 and I'd never heard of it. Stars Mark Walhberg and Rose Byrne. Also stars Isabela Merced, who was brlliant.
David Tyson died, aged 62
David Tyson had been a member of the soul band The Manhattans. Their most memorable hit single for me was "Shining Star." Despite their success in America, they had limited hit singles in the UK but "Kiss And Say Goodbye," "Hurt" and "Crazy" did at least chart.
Jack Smethurst died, aged 89
Jack Smethurst was an English television and film comic actor. He was best known for his role as Eddie Booth in the British television sitcom Love Thy Neighbour. His first screen appearence was in Carry On Seargent from 1958. He also appeared in the film version of Man About The House. He has had acting roles in Last Of The Summer Wine and and played four different characters in Coronation Street from 1961 to 2001.
Movie: Black Hawk Down ★★★★★
Excellent film starring Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor. The story of 160 elite U.S. soldiers who dropped into Mogadishu in October 1993 to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, but found themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. Based on a true story.
Movie: The Commuter ★★★★
Liam Neeson in another typical action thriller. Good film.
TV Drama: No Return ★★★★★
5 episodes of a thrilling drama starring Sheridan Smith who plays the mother of family who holiday in Turkey. Her 15 years old son is arrested and accused of sexual assault against another boy. They can't go home back to the UK and problems get worse before the series ends. I liked it but found some of the story line dragged on and other parts were not relevant enough to the storyline.
Bamber Gasgoine died, aged 87
Bamber Gasgoine was an English television presenter and author. He was the original quizmaster on University Challenge, which initially ran from 1962 to 1987.
Leonard Fenton died, aged 95
Leonard Fenton was a British actor, director and painter. He was best known for his role as Dr. Harold Legg in EastEnders.
Morgan Stevens died, aged 70
Morgan Stevens was an American actor who, for me, was best known as starring in two series of the TV show 'Fame' where he played teacher David Reardon. He also appeared in several episodes of The Waltons and Melrose Place, amongst other shows.
Barry Cryer died, aged 86
Barry Cryer was an English writer, comedian, and actor. He wrote for many performers including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory Bremner, George Burns, Jasper Carrott, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Frost, Bob Hope, Frankie Howerd, Richard Pryor, Spike Milligan, Mike Yarwood, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and my all-time hero, Kenny Everett. Cryer also wrote episodes for the television comedy series Doctor in the House.
Thierry Mugler died, aged 73
Thierry Mugler was a French fashion designer, creative director, and creative adviser of Mugler. In 2002, he retired from the brand, and returned in 2013 as the creative adviser. At the beginning of his career he designed signature looks for Grace Jones, David Bowie and Diana Ross; as well as outfits for George Michael's "Too Funky" music video and most notably Demi Moore's dress from the movie Indecent Proposal. While he also launched the perfume Angel, which became one of the best-selling perfumes of the 20th century.
In later years, he continued creating designs for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Cardi B. He also designed costumes for Beyoncé's I Am... World Tour. In 2019, he created a one-off design for Kim Kardashian to wear to the Met Gala.
Evening out: The Barley Mow, Epsom
Jezz and I went to bid farewell to Trisha who is moving away. She leaves the branch and has a transfer to where she's going. We wish her all the best... she'll be missed, particularly by Jezz.
Laurie Andseron died, aged 68
Laurie Anderson was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and game show host.
Meat Loaf died, aged 74
Meat Loaf, Michael Lee Aday, was an American singer and actor. Famed for creating one of the biggest seeling albums of all time: 'Bat Out Of Hell,' his singles include 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad,' 'I'd Do Anyhting For Love,' 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' and my favourite of his hits: 'You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth.' He also starred in more than 65 movies.
Ronnie Spector died, aged 78
Ronnie Spector was an American singer and was the lead singer for the group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley. Phil Spector produced the majority of their recording output. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972. She sang lead vocals on some of their singles, including "Be My Baby" (1963), "Baby, I Love You" (1963), "The Best Part of Breakin' Up" (1964) and "Walking in the Rain" (1964).
Gary Waldhorn died, aged 78
Gary Waldhorn was an English actor and comedian known for his roles in British television and theatre. He is particularly remembered for playing Richard Beamish in All at No 20, Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes, and Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley.
Nicholas Donnelly died, aged 84
Nicholas Donnelly was a British actor and best known for his role as Mr MacKenzie in the children's 80s TV series Grange Hill.
As well as Grange Hill, he also starred as Sergeant Johnny Wills in Dixon Of Dock Green for around 200 episodes, where his greetings of "evening all" and "goodnight all" became well known catchphrases.
James Mtume died, aged 76
James Mtume was an American jazz and R&B musician, songwriter, record producer, activist, and radio personality.
He came to prominence as a jazz musician, working with Miles Davis between 1971 and 1975. Mtume's R&B group, also called Mtume, is best known for the 1983 R&B hit song "Juicy Fruit", which has been repeatedly sampled. Mtume the band also had a top-five R&B hit with the single "You, Me, and He".
Drama: No heating for 49 hours
A valve at the immersion tank was failing the boiler but it took 2 days for us to be without any heating, before we could get an engineer around to fix it.
Sidney Poitier died, aged 94
Sidney Poitier was an American actor who starred in no less than 54 movies. I remember him best in the film "To Sir, With Love."