⬛️ Died 🟥 Movie/TV 🟦 Event 🟩 Purchase 🟪 Drama 🟨 Meal
37 famous people died (and 2 I knew) | 2 dramas | 8 events | 28 Movies/TV | 5 purchases, 3 meals out
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.
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."