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Saturday, 2 January 2016
RIP's of 2015.
Allow me to start on a personal note. We lost our dear, 4 year old, Monty (above) on the 9th of February; NOT how we'd expected to start our year. RIP dear boy.
Otherwise I noted down the passing of the following. My old mate Brian Sewell (he of the silly voice), Ska legend Rico Rodriguez, Super-human Jonah Lomu, The 12 unfortunates of Charlie Hebdo, All those 130 who perished in the awful Paris massacre, And everyone who has fallen to the brutal thuggery of terrorism the world over.
In the realm of entertainment we have lost Brian Rix, national treasure Cilla, Leonard Nimoy, George Cole, Omar Sharif, the beautiful Maureen O'Hara, Warren Mitchell (Alf Garnett), Patrick Macnee, and the lovely Donna Douglas. And we've all just recently heard that Motorhead's 'Lemmy' has died; who could ever forget his 'Ace of Spades'.
One death I am not mourning is that of so-called Jehadi John. I'm just sorry that Gustave Doré's vision of hell does not actually exist. I'd love to picture him, legs in the air, forever in one of those fiery pits. Nor am I mourning the death of Jimmy Savile.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
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; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. 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!