2019

20 movies watched, 46 famous people died, 15 meals out, 13 events, 7 days out, 1 purchase

 


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JANUARY

3 movies watched, 9 famous people died, 2 meals out

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Dean Ford died, aged 72

Dean Ford was a Scottish singer and songwriter and was lead vocalist and frontman of the pop group Marmalade from 1966 to 1974. Their hits include Rainbow, Reflections Of My Life, Lovin' Things, Baby Make It Soon, My Little One and the UK number 1, Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da.

2

Daryl Dragon died, aged 76

Daryl was known as 'Captain' from the American music duo, Captain and Tenille. Tennille was Toni Tennille, his former wife. Together they had 5 American number one hit singles and 2 No. 1's in the UK. Their most famous song for me was 'Do That To Me One More Time.'

Julia Grant died, aged 64

Julia Grant was the first British trans woman to share her story on primetime British TV. She rose to prominence after appearing in the 1979 BBC documentary, A Change Of Sex.

9

Kevin Fret died, aged 24

Kevin Fret was a gay rapper from Puerto Rico. He was murdered by being shot whilst out riding a motorbike in the street.

10

Larry Cunningham died, aged 67

Larry Cunningham was a member of the 70's soul band The Floaters. Their UK No. 1 hit single 'Float On' became a worldwide massive hit in 1977.

13

Movie: King Cobra

An interesting movie based on a true story about the movie makers behind the gay porn industry. Starring Cristian Slater and Garrett Clayton who played a gay porn star, Brent Corrigan.

14

Martha Ross died, aged 79

Martha Ross was a British actress and played a non-speaking part in Eastenders. More notably, she was also Mother to TV presenters Jonathan and Paul Ross.

15

Carol Channing died, aged 97

Carol Channing was an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Known for starring in Broadway and film musicals.

16

Took Nikki to the hospital for her physio

Collected Nik and took her to Epsom Hospital for occupational therapy for her hand. We then popped in to see Jezz at work then went to Wilko's. I dropped her back home via a cafe for lunch.

17

Windsor Davies died, aged 88

Windsor Davies was a British actor who starred in many films and TV shows between 1964 and 2004. He is best known for playing the part of Sergeant Major Williams in the British sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. His distinctive Welsh-accented voice was heard extensively in advertising voice-overs. He also co-starred alongside actor Donald Sinden in Never The Twain and appeared in Carry Behind and Carry On England.

22

Meal: The Kings Arms, Westerham

Jezz and I drove out to Westerham for a day out. We did the usual browsing in charity shops and I bought myself a hat, Diesel top and a blue jacket. We stopped off for a bite to eat at The Kings Arms. We'd always avoided it previously thinking it was just a pub but it isn't. The food, decor, staff were all perfect. Jezz had beef and ale pie and I had the lasagne. 

Movie: Jurassic World Fallen Freedom

Great film. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Movies.

25

Migrated website over to Freeola's InstantPro Website Builder

I've been planning on making the crossover from using Dreamweaver to my web hosting company's own online web builder which is proving challenging but exciting.

27

Movie: Funny Cow

Great film. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.

29

James Ingram died, aged 66

James Ingram was a two time Grammy award winner, an American singer, songwriter and record producer. I remember him best for his duet with Patti Austin and the hit single 'Baby, Come To Me.' Also 'Yah Mo Be There' with Michael McDonald. James died of brain cancer. 

FEBRUARY

10 famous people died, 3 movies watched, 3 events

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Clive Swift died, aged 82

Clive Swift was an English actor and songwriter. He is best known for his role as Richard Bucket, starring alongside his wife Hyacinth Bouquet in the BBCTV comedy series 'Keeping Up Appearances.'

Jeremy Hardy died, aged 57

Jeremy Hardy was an English comedian. He won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 and has been seen on TV shows including Rory Bremner's Something Else, Blackadder Goes Forth, Wogan amongst others.

2

Movie: Life Of The Party

Great film and very funny in parts. Starred Melissa McCarthy. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes purchased.

6

Movie: The Spy Who Dumped Me

Great film, very funny but quite violent too. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes purchased.

7

Albert Finney died, aged 82

Albert Finney was an English actor. He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road, Scrooge, Annie, The Dresser, Miller's Crossing, Erin Brockovich, Big Fish, The Bourne Ultimatum, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Bourne Legacy, and the James Bond film Skyfall.

8

Night out: The Faraday, Epsom

Jezz and Wayne have a short evening out with Wayne drinking far too much.

10

Jan-Michael Vincent died, aged 74

Jan-Michael Vincent was an American actor. He was known for his roles as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the television series Airwolf (1984–1986) and as the protagonist, Matt Johnson, of the 1978 film Big Wednesday.

11

Movie: Ferdinand

Excellent Pixar movie. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes purchased.

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Karl Lagerfeld died, aged 85

Karl Lagerfeld was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer and caricaturist who lived in Paris. He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel.

20

Went to Nikki's

Collected Nik's new printer from Waitrose, went round and installed it, without a glitch! We had bacon rolls and tea for brunch.

20

Peter Tork died, aged 77

Peter Tork was an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees. Some of their major hits include "Daydream Believer" and "I'm A Believer."

22

Went to Michele's

Went to Michele's and met with Mother, Sara and Jodie. We had paninis and tea and cakes. We played games and generally had a bloody good laugh.

Clark James Gable died, aged 30

Clark James Gable was an American actor, model, and television presenter. He was a past host of the television reality show Cheaters. He was also the grandson of the actor Clark Gable.

Brody Stevens died, aged 48

Brody Stevens was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He starred in the movie The Hangover and The Hangover II, as well as many television appearances. 

Morgan Woodward died, aged 93

Morgan Woodward was an American actor. His career includes more than 400 film and television credits across 250 shows and movies spanning the course of five decades, from the 1950s through the 1990s. He starred in Dallas, Cool Hand Luke, Rawhide, The High Chaparral, Bonanza, Kung Fu, Gunsmoke, Macmillan and Wife, Police Woman, Planet Of The Apes, Logan's Run, Starsky & Hutch, The Incredible Hulk, The Waltons, How The West Was One, CHiPS, Fantasy Island, Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, The Dukes Of Hazard, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, TJ Hooker, Murder She Wrote and The X-Files are just some of shows and films he has starred in. 

28

André Previn died, aged 89

Andréa Previn was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn won four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement.

MARCH

2 events, 5 movies watched, 2 meals out, 8 famous people died

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2

Kelly and Chris's Wedding Day

My beautiful daughter Kelly married her wonderful man, Chris. They got married in Scotland.

4

Keith Flint died, aged 49

Keith Flint was an English singer, musician and dancer, best known as a vocalist and dancer for the electronic music band The Prodigy. Flint performed vocals on both of The Prodigy's number one singles – 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe' – which were released in 1996.

Luke Perry died, aged 52

Luke Perry was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000.

4

Meal: Ye Olde Red Lion, Cheam

Harrison, Jezz and I all went for a pub lunch and it was our first time at this place that I must've driven past 40 times. The food, staff, service and ambience were all perfect.

8

Meal: Botley Hill Farmhouse

Vicki and I went out for a pub lunch. We had a great catch-up, good food. I showed her the tributes videos for Kelly's wedding and she gave me a tarot card reading.

9

Jed Allan died, aged 84

Description:Jed Allan was an American actor and television host, maybe best known as C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara, Don Craig on Days of Our Lives, Rush Sanders on Beverly Hills, 90210, Harold Johnson on The Bay, the host of Celebrity Bowling and I remember him best for Scott Turner in the series Lassie.

10

Movie: The Angry Birds Movie

Great animated movie. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Movies purchased.

11

Movie: The Happytime Murders

A fabulous film starring Melissa McCarthy. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Rental.

11

Movie: Joy Ride

A compelling film starring Paul Walker and Steve Zahn. Watched alone on the Horror channel.

15

Mike Thalassitis died, aged 26

Mike Thalassitis was an English-born Cypriot footballer and reality television star, who played as a striker. Outside of football, he was best known for his appearances on reality television shows: Love Island (2017) and Celebs Go Dating (2018). Media reports claimed he committed suicide by hanging in nearby woods to where he lived and grew up.

16

Movie: The Emoji Movie

A nice movie. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Movies purchased.

18

Movie: White House Down
A fairly good action-packed film starring Channing Tatum. Watched alone on Sony Movie Channel.

22

Amanda came round
This evening my sister Amanda came to visit. She was here for a record-breaking 5 hours. Hehe. Jezz was in too and we had chilli prawns for starters, enchilada's for main and apple tart with vanilla custard for dessert. Had a great catch up, good evening. 

Scott Walker died, aged 76

Scott Walker was an American-born British singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is best known as the frontman to the 60's band The Walker Brothers. Hits included The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, Make It Easy On Yourself and No Regrets.

25

Ranking Roger died, aged 56

Ranking Roger (RogerCharlery) was a British musician. He was a vocalist in the 1980s two-tone band The Beat. Their hits include Tears Of A Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom and Can't Get Used To Losing You.

25

Bob Stewart died, aged 78

Former Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline broadcaster, Bob Stewart has died. Bob was the longest serving presenter at Luxembourg, which he joined in 1969 after working at Radio Caroline. He stayed there until the station went on satellite, hosting a number of programmes including the Country and Western Show on the British Top 30. He also worked on Jazz FM, Capital Gold, Radio London, Red Rose Gold and many more.

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Shane Rimmer died, aged 89

Shane Rimmer was a Canadian actor, voice actor and screenwriter, known for providing the voice of Scott Tracy in the British television series Thunderbirds. Other voice acting roles include Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Space 1999. He starred in movies Dr Strangelove, Rollerball, The Spy Who Loved Me, Batman Begins, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Star Wars, Superman III. TV series Dr Who, The Protectors, The Persuaders and Coronation Street.

APRIL

3 famous people died, 1 movie watched, 7 meals out, 2 events, 2 days out

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5

John Quarmby died, aged 89

John Quarmby was an English character actor. He is best known for his role as Mr Carnegie in the episode 'Basil The Rat' from BBCTV comedy series Fawlty Towers. He also appeared in Z-Cars, Porridge, Juliet Bravo and A Christmas Carol.

8

Movie:  A Quiet Place

Good film, quite gripping. Starred Emily Blunt. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Movies purchased.

Nadja Regin died, aged 87

Nadja Regin was a Serbian actress and best known for her roles in the Bond movies From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. TV roles included Dixon Of Dock Green, The Saint and The Avengers.

9

Meal: Al Forno, New Malden

Went for lunch with Tim and his son, Domenic. I had lasagne, Domenic had a pizza and Tim had a prawn dish. It was my second time there.

11

Meal: The Cricketers Harvester, Addington

Met Gary in the car park. He treated me by paying for everything as a birthday treat. We both went for the special 3 courses for £10.99 each.

12

Meal: Sunshine Cafe, New Malden

Went with Michele to the crematorium to refresh Dad's flowers. We then stopped off on the way home for some lunch. I had chicken curry and chips and Michele had a jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw.

13

Kels, Chris and the boys came round to see us. I gave the boys their Easter eggs and some money. We had some finger food and played games. It's always gorgeous to see them. Had a really nice day. The reason for the wedding dress was they went on to a post-wedding party.

16

Meal: Cafe La Cigale, Kingston

Had a late breakfast with Jezz in one of the cafes in Kingston.

17

Meal: The Emperor, Stonecot Hill, North Cheam

Went for an all-you-can-eat meal out with Jezz and Nikki. The food was excellent.

19

A day out: Arundel

Jezz, Harrison and I drove to Arundel. We had a walk around the village and I bought three more Whimsies for the collection. We stopped for lunch but then headed home via Rustington. Had a short walk around the town.

Meal: The Swan Hotel, Arundel

Jezz, Harrison and I stopped off for lunch at this clean and lovely pub. Jezz had the brie and cranberry toasted sandwich, I had the almond coronation chicken one (both came with fries and soup). Harrison had the steak burger and chips.

20

A day out: Just The Two Of Us, Brighton

Jezz and I set off for Brighton at 7.30am. We had breakfast at Bill's, walked the lanes and stopped off refreshments at The Dorset and The Camelford Arms. Great day and the weather was perfect.

Meal: Bill's restaurant, Brighton

Jezz had the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and the scrambled eggs on toast. I had Bill's Brunch. It was absolutely fabulous.

28

Ethan's Birthday Surprise

Jezz and I met up with Deb, Jim and the family, along with Kelly, Ethan and Jake for a surprise 13th birthday party for Ethan. 

30

Boon Gould died, aged 64

Boon Gould was of the founder members of the pop band Level 42. Their hits include Lessons In Love and Starchild.

MAY

2 movies watched, 2 events, 4 famous people died

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1

Movie: 13 Sins

Dreadful film - watched alone at home, on Horror Channel.

4

Amanda came round for the afternoon

Amanda made a Bakewell tart which is absolutely delicious. 

9

Freddie Starr died, aged 76

Freddie Starr was an English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor. He came to prominence in the 1970s appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance. He had his own television shows, including Freddie Starr (1993–94) The Freddie Starr Show (1996–98) and An Audience with Freddie Starr in 1996. In 1999, he presented the game show Beat the Crusher. He also appeared on the popular TV show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here.

12

Vicki came round for the afternoon

Vicki came round and we filled out an online form together. We also had roast lamb for lunch with trifle for dessert. 

13

Doris Day died, aged 97

Doris Day was an American actress, singer and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her first hit recording was "Sentimental Journey" in 1945 with  Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She then went solo and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

14

Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

Fantastic film. Not as sad as some made out but brilliant. Loved it, completely. Watched at home with Jezz through iTunes purchased.

20

Andrew Hall died, aged 65

Andrew Hall was a British actor and probably best known for his role as Russell Parkinson in the BBCTV comedy series Butterflies from the late seventies. He was Audrey Roberts cross-dressing boyfriend, Marc Selby in Coronation Street in 2011. He's also appeared in EastEnders, Brookside, Hollyoaks, Children's Ward, Doctors, Casualty, Holby City, Birds of a Feather, 2point4 Children and Come Fly With Me.

Niki Lauda died, aged 70

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda produced the "most courageous act of any sportsman" in returning to racing so soon after a horrific crash. Niki was Austrian and won the drivers championship in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He almost died following a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

JUNE

4 famous people died, 2 events, 1 purchase, 1 meal out, 3 movies watched

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3

Paul Darrow died, aged 78

Paul Darrow was an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7. Darrow's other TV appearances include Emergency – Ward 10The SaintZ-CarsDixon of Dock GreenWithin These Walls, as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1975 BBC series The Legend of Robin Hood, Pie in the SkyHollyoaks and Little Britain. His film credits are few but include roles as doctors in The Raging Moon (1971) and the Bond movie Die Another Day (2002), which he filmed but was deleted before the film went on release to cinemas.

15

Ethan's quiz afternoon

I went to join in with Ethan's quiz afternoon. It was great fun... I came 4th. It was good to have another catch up with Deb, Jim and Kelly.

Amanda came over for the afternoon

Amanda came over to see us again today. She brought a fabulous homemade butterscotch tart. We had a good catchup and a laff.

17

Gloria Vanderbilt died, aged 95

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite. She was a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper.

17

Purchase: Apple HomePod in white

Jezz bought me a HomePod and I love it. It took a while to configure it because one already exists in the household but we got there in the end.

25

Meal: Cricketers (Harvester), New Addington

Met up with Gary for lunch. We had a Harvester. He had the burger and I had the scampi. We had loaded skins and Nacho's for starters too. Also, I finally got around to giving him his Easter egg.

25

Douglas Fielding died, aged 73

Douglas Fielding was a British actor and was probably best known for his role as Seargent Alec Quilley in BBCTV's Z-Cars. from the 1960s. He also appeared in the Softly, SoftlyCallanBlake's 7AngelsJuliet BravoThe BillChuckleVisionFamily Affairs, and Doctors. In 2000 he returned to EastEnders playing a private investigator called Will.

Bryan Marshall died, aged 81

Bryan Marshall was a British actor and appeared in major roles in film and television. He was Captain Von Trapp in the UK tour of The Sound Of Music in 1986. TV appearances include The Forsyte SagaDixon of Dock GreenZ-CarsThe SaintThe Avengers, The Onedin LineThe ProfessionalsReturn of the SaintThe Chinese DetectiveRobin of SherwoodHeartbeatThe Bill and Dalziel and Pascoe.

He also worked extensively in Australia, with credits including PrisonerNeighbours and Home and Away. He starred in the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me and The Long Good Friday.

27

Movie: Grinder

Not a very good film, the storyline was alright but rubbish directorship and scenes dragged on. Watched at home alone, on Prime Video.

28

Movie: Oy Vey My Son Is Gay

Nice film. Watched alone at home through Prime Video.

29

Movie: The Pass

A good film starring Russell Tovey and Arinzé Kene. Watched at home, alone on Purchased movies.

Movie: Ready Player One

Not a bad movie, good effects. Watched with Jezz at home through purchased movies.

JULY

8 famous people died, 1 movie watched, 4 days out, 2 meals out, 4 events

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3

Arte Johnson died, aged 90

Arte Johnson was an American comic actor who was a regular on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In — where he played prominent characters including a German soldier with the catchphrase "verrrry interesting..."

5

John McCririck died, aged 79

John McCririck was an English television horse racing pundit and journalist.

8

Day out: Brighton Day Out, 2019

Jezz and I went to Brighton for the day. We had lunch in Bohemia and saw Maté, the waiter. We went shopping in the lanes, stopped off several times for a rest. Had a drink in the Dorset Bar. Went on the Pier and played on the arcade games, won a couple of prizes. Had dinner in a Chinese restaurant called Gars. Sat across from Chris Eubank Jr.

9

Ross Perot died, aged 89

Ross Perot was an American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, and politician. He ran an independent presidential campaign in 1992 and a third-party campaign in 1996, establishing the Reform Party in the latter election. Both campaigns were among the strongest presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate in U.S. history.

Rip Torn died, aged 88

Rip Torn was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian.

Freddie Jones died, aged 91

Freddie Jones was a British actor who starred in The Ghost Of Motley Hall, The Elephant Man and Emmerdale.

10

Two-day breakaway 2019

Jezz and I drove to Derby and stayed overnight in The Cow Hotel and Bar in Dalbury Lees. We had our evening meal and breakfast the next morning there too.

11

Two-day breakaway 2019 continues with Alton Towers

After our stay in The Cow, we pack up and head for a day at Alton Towers. 

12

Meal: Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham

Jezz and I went for lunch.

13

Went to the Woodman, Woodmansterne 

Jezz and I went to join the family gathering for Stacey's 32nd and Alfie's 16th birthday. It was nice to see everyone and have a catch up with Barbara and Ron.

15

Charles Levin died, aged 70

Charles Levin was an American actor who appeared in television, movies and on stage. He was best known for the role of Elliot Novak on the series Alice having become a regular in the show's 9th season and the recurring role of Eddie Gregg on Hill Street Blues from 1982 to 1986. He was also known for playing the mohel on "The Bris" episode of Seinfeld and Coco, the gay cook, on the pilot episode of The Golden Girls. - On July 8, 2019, Charles Levin's son reported to the police that Levin had been missing for several days. At the time, he had been in the process of moving. Levin's car was found on July 12 on a remote road northeast of Selma, Oregon. His dog, Boo Bear, was deceased inside. On July 13, human remains were found nearby, which Grants Pass Department of Public Safety described as having a high probability of being Levin's.

17

Movie: The Stepfather

Superb film, gripping suspense throughout. Watched at home alone, on Horror Channel.

19

Rutger Hauer died, aged 75

Rutger Hauer was a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. He was best known for his roles in the movies Blade Runner and Cold Blood.

Jeremy Kemp died, aged 84

Jeremy Kemp was an English actor. He was known for his significant roles in the miniseries The Winds of War, the film The Blue Max and the TV series Z-Cars.

20

Simon came round 

We had a totally unexpected but pleasurable visit from my old pal, Simon. He was in the area and popped in for a catch-up. He updated me on his recent purchase of a horse called Buddy.

21

Day Out: Shoreham, Lancing, Goring, Devil's Dyke and Henfield

Jezz and I head out early for a drive to Shoreham. We had breakfast in Carats. Went for a drive through Lancing, stopped off at Goring and then Devil's Dyke, Brighton. We finished the day out with a roast meal at The George pub and hotel in Henfield, on the way home.

22

Nikki came round 

Nik came round after work. We had cheese and crackers for lunch, a catch-up and organised the tattoo appointment day.

22

Michele came round 

Sister Michele came round for the evening. We had breaded haddock and chips for dinner, had a catch-up and started and finished a photo project.

25

Movie: Bait

Good film. Watched at home alone, on Horror Channel.

AUGUST

2 famous people died, 2 days out

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3

Joe Longthorne died, aged 64

Joe Longthorne was an English singer and impersonator. He was most famous for his Shirley Bassey impression. He won Search For A Star in 1981 and went on to have his own TV show. He married his husband in 1998.

Day Out: Brighton Pride 2019

Jezz, Amanda and I went to Brighton for the day. It just happened to be Brighton Pride too. We had breakfast in Bill's, a trip through the lanes, ice cream, a drink in The White Rabbit, watched some of the parade as it passed through North Road, went on the pier and played on the arcade games, had doughnuts and then drove home via an evening meal at The George in Henfield.

7

Day Out: Kingston

Jezz and I went to Kingston. We set off early and had breakfast in a cafe, then did a bit of shopping in Flying Tiger, Wilko and John Lewis. We stopped for cake and tea in the John Lewis cafe. Then headed home via Homebase and Tesco. I bought a soldering iron and underpants and Jezz bought quite a few plants for indoors.

16

Peter Fonda died, aged 79

Peter Henry Fonda was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s. He is best known for his role in the movie Easy Rider.