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Thursday, 2 January 2014
Goodbyes of 2013
I suppose the most notable death of 2013 (and still fresh in our minds), must be that of the Lawyer/Terrorist/Politician, Nelson Mandela; a man who changed history, even if some of his methods are best not over-analysed.
Another great politician who died last year was, of course, Margaret Thatcher. She will be remembered as the Prime Minister who almost single-handedly saved the UK from financial ruin.
In the wider world of The Arts we lost Sculptor Anthony Caro, Composer John Tavener, Poet Seamus Heaney, TV man David Frost, Writer Doris Lessing, and Actors Peter O'Toole and the rootin' tootin' cowboy Dale Robertson.
Not all notable deaths are of people known for their good deeds. Two perfect examples are those of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, and the inventor of the AK 47 Mikhail Kalashnikov.
One 'almost' overlooked departure of 2013, was that of singer Noel Harrison; who could ever forget his rendition of 'The Windmills of your Mind'.
All deaths are important, and I'm sure I've omitted to mention many other notables, but these were the few that I noted in my diary. RIP to all.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!