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2020

37 movies watched, 1 person I knew died, 76 famous people died, 8 events, 3 meals, 1 drama, 1 purchase, 10 days out



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JANUARY

2 movies watched, 1 person I knew died, 5 famous people died, 2 events, 2 meals

1

Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout

Not a bad film for action. Watched at home alone, on Channel 4.

2

Movie: Extraterrestrial

Not a good film, at all. Watched on Horror Bites. The ending was appalling.

3

Derek Acorah died, aged 69

Derek Acorah was a television medium and psychic.

4

Amanda came round for the afternoon and early evening

Amanda came round in the afternoon. She spent the previous evening baking at home and made some fairy cakes and shortbread dipped in chocolate. With Jezz, we went to Costco for the first time ever. We came back via Morrisons, all had pizza and got Amanda set up on her mobile for changing ring and text tones.

12

Meal: Sakura, Carshalton Beeches

Jezz and I went for a curry at a favourite Indian restaurant. It was excellent.

20

Meal: Sakura, Carshalton Beeches

Kelly and I went for a curry at a favourite Indian restaurant. It was excellent.

21

Terry Jones died, aged 77

Terry Jones was a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

22

Nanny Evans funeral service

Met up with Debbie and her family for the service and life celebration at Lower Morden crematorium and then The Morden Brook.

John Karlen died, aged 86

John Karlen was an American character actor who played multiple roles on the ABC serial Dark Shadows, in various episodes between 206 and 1245, which aired from 1966-1971.

In 1971 he starred as the male lead in Daughters of Darkness. I remember him best for his role as Harvey Lacey, husband of Mary Beth Lacey (played by Tyne Daly), on the CBS crime series Cagney & Lacey (1982–88).

24

Andrew Edmunds died, aged 51

Our dear friend Andrew passed away today. He had been suffering an illness since before Christmas. Our thoughts are with his partner Simon at this time.

28

Nicholas Parsons died, aged 96

Nicholas Parsons was an English actor and radio and television presenter. Still active in his 90s, Parsons had a long career in television, radio and theatre.

Parsons had hosted the comedy radio game show Just a Minute since its inception in 1967. He also hosted Sale of the Century throughout its initial incarnation from 1971 to 1983. During his tenure, the audience peaked at over 21 million viewers.

30

Fred Silverman died, aged 82

Fred Silverman was an American television executive and producer. He was responsible for bringing to television such programmes as the series Scooby-Doo (1969–present), All in the Family (1971–1979), The Waltons (1972–1981), and Charlie's Angels (1976–1981) as well as the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), Roots (1977) and Shōgun (1980). During his time at ABC Entertainment, he greenlit other popular series such as The Bionic Woman (a Six Million Dollar Man spin-off), FamilyCharlie's AngelsDonny & MarieThree's CompanyEight Is EnoughThe Love BoatSoapFantasy IslandGood Morning America.

FEBRUARY

8 famous people died, 1 drama, 1 purchase, 2 events

1

Kirk Douglas died, aged 103

Kirk Douglas was an American actor, producer, director and author. A centenarian, he was one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age. He was also the Father to American actor, Michael Douglas.

7

Phillip Schofield comes out as gay

TV presenter, Phillip Schofield tells the nation that he's gay. He is married to his wife for 27 years and has two adult daughters. Phillip hosts many programmes but is probably best known for his on-screen partnership with Holly Willoughby on itv's This Morning.

Test drove the Toyota C-HR

I test drove the Toyota C-HR and loved it. The model I am considering as my next car has everything added to it and is cheaper than the Mini Countryman, Honda CRV and the Volvo XC40. It's amazing!

8

Purchase: Panasonic Freeview Recorder Box

My old YouView TV recorder box finally gave up and so I bought a new one but this time changed to a Panasonic one. I bought it in John Lewis.

11

Test drove the Volvo XC40

I test drove the Volvo XC40 and loved it. I really enjoyed it. The car is solid and a brilliant drive. The model I'm interested in is the Inscription or the Inscription Pro.

15

Caroline Flack died, aged 40

Caroline Flack was an English radio and television presenter. She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta! in 2002 and presented various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2009 until 2010 and The Xtra Factor from 2011 until 2013. Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting on series such as Love Island and The X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary on the latter.

17

Derek Fowlds died, aged 82

Derek Fowlds was an English actor, known for his appearances in popular TV series including The Basil Brush ShowYes Minister and Heartbeat. I remember him for his partnership with Basil Brush before Roy North took over.

MARCH

6 famous people died

8

Max Von Sydow died, aged 90

Max Von Sydow was a Swedish actor who appeared in European and American films. Von Sydow featured in more than 100 films and TV series. Despite his career starting as early as 1949, I remember him best for his role in 1980s version of Flash Gordon when he played 'Ming The Merciless.' Also, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' and Father Lankester Merrin in 'The Exorcist.'

15

Roy Hudd died, aged 83

Roy Hudd was an English comedian, actor, presenter, radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment. He was born in Croydon. He worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's in Clacton, working alongside Cliff Richard and Dave Allen. He has appeared in many TV shows including One Foot In The Grave, Casualty, Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders, Law & Order, Holby City, Benidorm, Broadchurch and many more. He was more widely known for one of his most recent characters; Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street.

17

Lyle Waggoner died, aged 84

Lyle Waggoner was an American actor and former model, known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974, and for playing the role of Steve Trevor and Steve Trevor Jr. on Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.

20

Kenny Rogers died, aged 81

Kenny Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was famous for the hit singles: "Coward Of The County," "Lady," "Lucille" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town." He also duetted with Dolly Parton with the single written by Barry and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees: "Islands In The Stream."

22

Eric Weissberg died, aged 80

Eric Weissberg was an American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist, whose most commercially successful recording was his banjo solo in "Dueling Banjos," featured as the theme of the film Deliverance (1972) and released as a single that reached number 2 in the United States and Canada in 1973.

31

Andrew Jack died, aged 76

Andrew Jack was a British dialect coach and actor from London who had worked on over 80 motion pictures since 1982. Most notably known for his roles in the Star Wars and James Bond movies.

APRIL

13 famous people died, 9 movies watched

1

Movie: Hangman

Unnerving creepy movie. Watched at home alone on horror channel.

2

Eddie Large died, aged 78

Eddie Large was a Scottish comedian. He was best known as one half of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little. They were at their peak in the early 1980s when their show aired on a Saturday evening on BBC1, with millions of viewers. Eddie died of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that swept across the globe in 2020.

Movie: Nobody's Fool

Great movie. Watched at home with Jezz on iTunes movies purchased.

3

Bill Withers died, aged 81

Bill Withers was an American former singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands". Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

4

Lord Bath died, aged 87

Lord Bath, Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, styled Viscount Weymouth between 1946 and 1992, is an English politician, artist, and author. He was ranked 359th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2009 with an estimated wealth of £157 million. He died from Covid-19.

Patrick Frankfort died, aged 64

Patrick Frankfort was the drummer for the French-based calypso band, The Gibson Brothers. They were famous disco hits "Cuba" and "Que Sera Mi Vida." My favourite hit single of theirs was "Ooh... What A Life."

6

Honor Blackman died, aged 94

Honor Blackman was an English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–1964), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968) and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She is also notable for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1990–1996). 

Movie: Murder By Death

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

9

Malcolm Dixon died, aged 66

Malcolm Dixon was an English actor best known as "Strutter" in the 1981 movie Time Bandits. He had many roles which took advantage of his 4'1" height, such as ewoks and dwarfs and starred as one of Willy's Wonka's oompaloompa's in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Before becoming an actor, Dixon worked in Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

Movie: The Secret Life Of Pets 2

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

12

Sir Stirling Moss died, aged 90

Sir Stirling Moss was a British former Formula One racing driver. An inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, he won 212 of the 529 races he entered across several categories of competition and has been described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship".[2][3][4] In a seven-year span between 1955 and 1961 Moss finished as championship runner-up four times and in third place the other three times.

Tim Brooke-Taylor died, aged 79

Tim Brooke-Taylor was an English comedian and actor. He became active in performing in comedy sketches while at Cambridge University, and became President of the Footlights club, touring internationally with the Footlights revue in 1964. Becoming wider known to the public for his work on BBC Radio with I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, he moved into television with At Last the 1948 Show working together with old Cambridge friends John Cleese and Graham Chapman. He was best known as a member of The Goodies, starring in the television series throughout the 1970s alongside Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden and picking up international recognition in Australia and New Zealand. He also appeared as an actor in various sitcoms, and was a panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue for almost 50 years.

12

Brian Dennehy died, aged 81

Brian Dennehy was an American actor of film, stage, and television. A winner of one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and a recipient of six Primetime Emmy Award nominations, he gained initial recognition in films for his role as Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood (1982). He had roles in numerous films including Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015). Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman (2000).

20

Movie: Angel Has Fallen

Excellent action-packed movie. Watched at home on Amazon Prime with Jezz.

23

Movie: The Upside

Nice movie. Excellent acting. Watched at home with Jezz on Amazon Prime.

24

Lynn Faulds Wood died, aged 72

Lynn Faulds Wood was a Scottish television presenter and journalist. She presented the British television programme Watchdog with co-presenter John Stapleton who was also her husband.

Hamilton Bohannon died, aged 78

Hamilton Bohannon  often credited and known professionally simply as Bohannon, was an American percussionist, band leader, songwriter, arranger, and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s disco music. 

25

Movie: King Of Thieves

Brilliant stud-studded movie with Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Cox. It was all about the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary in 2015. 

26

Movie: Licence To Kill

Watched many years ago... watched with Jezz at home through iTunes Movies purchased.

27

Movie: Late Night

Excellent movie starring Emma Thompson. Watched with Jezz at home on Amazon Prime.

28

Jill Gascoine died, aged 83

Jill Gascoine was an English actress and novelist. She was best known for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes. In the 1990s, she also became a novelist and published three books.

29

Irrfan Khan died, aged 53

Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan, was an Indian actor, known predominantly for his work in Hindi cinema, in addition to British and American films. He starred in many movies including The Amazing Spiderman, Life Of Pi, Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire and many more.

MAY

6 movies watched, 8 famous people died

1

Movie: Stonewall

Excellent movie. Watched with Jezz at home on Amazon Prime.

Movie: Deadpool 2

Great movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Watched with Jezz at home on iTunes Movies purchased.

3

Dave Greenfield died, aged 71

David Greenfield was an English keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who was a member of rock band The Stranglers. He joined the band in 1975, within a year of its formation, and played with them for 45 years until his death.

5

Millie Small died, aged 72

Millie Small was a Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known for her 1964 recording of "My Boy Lollipop", which reached number two in both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. On her UK records, she was usually credited mononymously as Millie. She was the Caribbean's first international recording star, and its most successful female performer.

8

June Bernicoff died, aged 82

June Bernicoff was one half of a reality TV couple. Her husband, Leon, died in December 2017. They were part of the cult show 'Gogglebox.'

9

Little Richard died, aged 87

Little Richard was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

15

Movie: Dad's Army (2016)

Excellent movie. Watched with Jezz at home on iTunes Movies purchased.

18

Movie: Fame (1980)

Excellent movie. Watched with Jezz at home on iTunes Movies purchased.

26

Richard Herd died, aged 87

Richard Herd was an American actor. He was known for his roles in television shows such as V, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager, M*A*S*H, Quantum Leap, Sgt. Bilko, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Renegades and movies including Private Benjamin, All The President's Men, Plans Trains and Automobiles and many more.

27

Tony Scannell died, aged 74

Tony Scannell was an Irish actor who was probably best known for his role as DS Roach in itv's The Bill. He's also appeared in many other tv shows and the film Flash Gordon.

28

Robert Weighton died, aged 112

Robert Weighton was the world's oldest supercentenarian. As of 28 May 2020, the oldest person living in the United Kingdom is now Joan Eileen Hocquard, born on 29 March 1908, aged 112 years, 60 days.

30

Michael Angelis died, aged 68

Michael Angelis was a British actor He was best known for Boys from the Black Stuff, G.B.H and the former UK narrator of the British children's television series Thomas and Friends from 1991 to 2012. He has also appeared in so many British TV programmes including The Professionals, Coronation Street, The Liver Birds, Z-Cars, Hazell, Minder, Bread, Bergerac, Boon, Lovejoy, Casualty and many more.

Movie: Cherry Pop

Great movie. Watched with Jezz at home on Amazon Prime.

31

Movie: But I'm A Cheerleader

Great movie. Watched with Jezz at home on Amazon Prime.

JUNE

4 events, 10 famous people died, 3 movies watched, 1 day out

4

Day out: Hogs Back Picnic

Jezz and I met with Amanda at The Hogs Back, A31, Surrey for a picnic in a secluded corner of one of the fields.

Steve Priest died, aged 72

Steve Priest was a British musician and bassist for the glam rock band The Sweet from the 70s. They had top 10 hits including "Co Co," "Little Willy," "Blockbuster,""Hell Raiser," "The Ballroom Blitz," "Teenage Rampage," "Fox On The Run" and many more. I remember them (and have in the collection) "Love Is Like Oxygen" which made no. 9 in 1978.

5

Rupert Hine died, aged 72

Rupert Hine was an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He was also a member of the band Quantum Jump who had a hit with The Lone Ranger.

6

Day out: Round at Deb & Jim's

Jezz and I met up with Kelly, Chris and the boys round at Deb & Jim's.

8

Bonnie Pointer died, aged 69

Bonnie Pointer was an American singer, most notable for being a member of the vocal group, The Pointer Sisters. Pointer scored several moderate solo hits after leaving the Pointers in 1977, including a disco cover of The Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You" which became a U.S. top 20 pop hit on September 1, 1979. I have a single of hers on Motown records which is a cover of The Four Tops "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and the b side was "When I'm Gone." She died of a heart attack.

12

Ricky Valance died, aged 81

Ricky Valance was a Welsh singer. He was best known for the UK number one single "Tell Laura I Love Her", which sold over a million copies in 1960.

Movie: Naked Gun 33⅓

Seen before many years ago, maybe even at the cinema. Funny film, watched at home with Jezz through iTunes Movies purchased.

16

Nik and Amanda came round

Nik and Amanda came round and we had a catch up, sausage and egg muffin and cake. Nik brought soem homemade jam tarts and Jezz made some scones with jam and clotted cream. 

16

Willie Thorne died, aged 66

Willie Thorne was an English professional snooker player. He won the 1985 Classic. After retiring as a player, Thorne became a snooker commentator, primarily for the BBC.

18

Dame Vera Lynn died, aged 103

Dame Vera was a British singer of traditional popular music, songwriter and actress, whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. She was widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart", and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India, and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). The songs most associated with her were "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".

19

Sir Ian Holm died, aged 88

Sir Ian Holm was an English actor on stage and in film. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear. He won the 1981 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as athletics trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award.

His other well-known film roles include Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, Chef Skinner in Ratatouille, and Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

19

Movie: Jexi

Great idea for a movie. Watched at home with Jezz on Amazon Video Prime.

22

Refreshed Dad's flowers

Went to the crematorium and changed Dad's flowers in the memorial boulder we have for him.

23

Day Out: Clapham and Tooting 

Jezz, Amanda and I drove to Clapham and had a look around the Fetch shop. Then we had a walk around the Tooting indoor market and bought some fresh fruit and Jezz and I bought a Chinese container each of gorgeous Chinese food.

Margarita Pracatan died, aged 89

Margarita Pracatan was a Cuban-born novelty singer, who became well-known in the 1990s when she performed regularly on Clive James' TV show in Britain.

28

Louis Mahoney died, aged 81

Louis Mahoney was a Gambian-born British actor, based in Hampstead in London. He was an anti-racist activist and long-time campaigner for racial equality within the acting profession. He represented African-Asian members on the council of the actors' union, Equity, becoming Vice President between 1994 and 1996.

He had been seen most frequently on television in series such as: Danger ManDixon of Dock GreenZ-CarsThe TroubleshootersMenaceSpecial BranchDoctor Who (in the stories Frontier in SpacePlanet of Evil and Blink), QuillerFawlty Towers (as Dr Finn in The Germans, 1975), The Professionals (as Dr Henry in the episode Klansmen, never transmitted on terrestrial TV in the UK), Miss MarpleYes, Prime MinisterBergeracThe BillCasualtyHolby City and Sea of Souls.

29

Carl Reiner died, aged 98

Carl Reiner was an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spanned seven decades. During the early years of television comedy from 1950 to 1957, he co-wrote and acted on Caesar's Hour and Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar. In the 1960s, Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

30

Movie: Toybox

Horror movie. Watched alone at home on the Horror channel.

JULY

7 famous people died, 1 meal, 3 days out, 4 movies watched, 1 event


2

Mike Walling died, aged 69

Mike Walling was a British comedy actor and screenwriter. He appeared in many TV comedy shows including The Smoking Room, Brush Strokes, Last Of The Summer Wine, My Family as well as Coronation Street. He wrote for programmes including Me And My Girl, Birds Of A Feather, The Brittas Empire.

6

Charlie Daniels died, aged 83

Charlie Daniels was an American Country singer-songwriter. He's best remembered for his Grammy award-winning hit single "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" from 1980.

Ennio Morricone died, aged 91

Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator,  conductor and he was a trumpet player too. He wrote more than 400 musical scores for TV and cinema. His most noted are "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" theme and "Chi Mai, Theme: The Life and Times of David Lloyd George."

Movie: Don't Blink

Thriller movie. Watched alone at home on the Horror channel.

8

Meal: Rubbing House, Epsom Downs

Just me and Nik, having a catch up and a gorgeous meal. Went back to hers for a cuppa and then home by 4pm.

9

Went shopping with Amanda

We went to Dunelm, Valley Park and then IKEA... yes, I know! I bought some chill pads, IKEA rainbow bags, small vase, winding cheese grater, small grey basket tray, cheap clock for bathroom, set of mugs for Jezz and a new plastic bag holder.

10

Jack Charlton died, aged 85

Jack Charlton was an English former footballer and manager who played as a defender. He was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He spent his entire club career with Leeds United from 1950 to 1973.

12

Movie: Don't Hang Up

Thriller movie. Reasonably good film, had me captured for a while. Starring handsome duo Gregg Sulkin and Garrett Clayton. Watched at home alone on the Horror channel.

14

Movie: Naked Dragon

Watched at home alone on Amazon Prime.

21

Day Out: Round at Nik's

Jezz and I went to Nikki's for the afternoon. We met up with Mother, Sara, Amanda and Michele. It was lovely to see everyone getting along. We had sandwiches, finger buffet and a lemon and raspberry cake made by Amanda. Lovely afternoon.

23

Jezz buys a Nissan Juke

Jezz and I went to look at a new car for him. We'd already seen a BMW Z4 locally and saw it from the outside on Monday while my car was in for an MOT.We then went to a Nissan dealership and looked at a Juke, which he has decided to get. Deposit paid.

Movie: Bad Samaritan

Good thriller starring David Tennant as the bad guy. Watched at home alone, on the Horror channel.

24

Michèle came round for the evening

Michele came round for the evening. We had Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner with garlic bread and some homemade ice cream for dessert. We got her on the PlayStation too... hehe!

25

Peter Green died, aged 73

Peter Green was a British blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was one of the co-founders of Fleetwood Mac. My favourite memory of Peter was his guitar skills in the track 'Albatross.'

Olivia de Havilland died, aged 104

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE was a Japanese born British-American actress and centenarian. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading actresses of her time.

John Saxon died, aged 84

John Saxon was an American actor and martial artist who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in Westerns and horror movies, often playing police officers and detectives. His most noted film appearances are: A Nightmare on Elm StreetEnter the Dragon and Joe Kidd.

30

Day Out: Rustington with Nik 2020

Nik and I spent the day together in Rustington. I drove Jezz's car and we stopped off for lunch in the usual cafe and had an ice cream in Jericho's. We did the usual walk around the village before heading back.

AUGUST

4 movies watched, 7 famous people died, 1 day out

1

Movie: Lucy

Excellent movie. Watched at home alone through Film 4.

Wilford Brimley died, aged 85

Wilford Brimley was an American actor and singer. Despite his appearances in dozens of films, I remember him best for his role as Benjamin 'Ben' Luckett in the movies: Cocoon and Cocoon The Return.

6

Wayne Fontana died, aged 74

Wayne Fontana was an English rock and pop singer, best known for the 1965 hit "The Game of Love" with the Mindbenders.

9

Movie: Bad Grandmas

Excellent movie. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.

Installed the dash cam

Finally, the Christmas present that Jezz bought me in 2018 I've managed to install, by myself in the new car. It's an excellent bit of kit, has a rear camera as well front and an app on the phone to configure all settings and see live view and recorded captured movies.

10

Raymond Allen died, aged 91

Raymond Allen was an American television actor. He was best known for his appearances on television during the 1970s. He had recurring roles as Ned the Wino on Good Times, as Aunt Esther's husband, Woodrow "Woody" Anderson on the NBC sitcom series Sanford and Son, and as mechanic Merle the Earl on Starsky and Hutch.

11

Trini Lopez died, aged 83

Trini Lopez was an American singer, guitarist, and actor. His first album included a version of "If I Had a Hammer", which earned a Golden Disc for him. His other hits included "Lemon Tree", "I'm Comin' Home, Cindy" and "Sally Was a Good Old Girl". He designed two guitars for the Gibson Guitar Corporation, which are now collectors’ items. According to his management, Lopez died as the consequences of covid-19, in the age of 83. I have a track in my collection of Trini's version of the Patience & Prudence hit single: 'Gonna Get Along Without You Now,' also covered as a superb disco version by Viola Wills in 1979. Trini died from complications of COVID-19.

15

Movie: The Meg

Fun action-packed movie starring Jason Statham. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.

18

Ben Cross died, aged 72

Ben Cross was an English stage and film actor, best known for his portrayal of the British Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire and as Sarek in the 2009 film Star Trek.

Day Out: Brighton with a cocktail 

Jezz and I return to Brighton once again for another day out together. Chippie lunch, tea in The Dorset, stroll in The Lanes, he bought me a satchel, had an ice cream, finished at Bohemia with a cocktail.

19

Michèle came round for the evening

Michele came round for the evening. We had Mr Merlin (meatloaf) for dinner with and an ice cream for dessert. We took her out in our new cars and had a catch up.

Chi Chi DeVayne died, aged 32

Chi Chi DeVayne was an American drag queen and reality television personality who came to international attention on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Chi Chi died of pneumonia.

Lou Ragland died, aged 78

Lou Ragland was an American R&B-soul-funk legend. He is best known as the lead vocalist of The World Famous Ink Spots. The music collection has a version of Whisperin' Grass by The Inkspots.

21

EJ Osborne died, aged 45

EJ Osborne was a British-Australian furniture upholsterer and TV presenter. He co-hosted the BBC programme 'Money For Nothing.' 

Tommy DeVito died, aged 92

Tommy DeVito was an American musician and singer and was one of the founder members of the band The Four Seasons. Their most famous song was "December 63 (Oh What A Night)."

23

Movie: Offensive

Good film written and directed by Jonathan Ford. A rare film where you cheer at the gory bits of who's getting their comeuppance. Watched alone at home on the horror channel.

23

Chadwick Boseman died, aged 43

Chadwick Boseman was an American actor and producer. He was known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in 'Get on Up' (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in 'Marshall' (2017); and for his portrayal of the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, most notably in 'Black Panther' (2018).

29

Amanda came over and we went to Kingston

Amanda came over and Jezz and I took her to Kingston. We shopped around John Lewis, Lakeland and stopped for some lunch at the food market stalls. Came home for tea and a doughnut. Nice day.

SEPTEMBER

6 movies watched, 13 famous people died, 1 day out

1

Movie: America Made

Good film starring Tom Cruise. Watched alone at home on Film 4.

Ian Mitchell died, aged 62

Ian Mitchell joined The Bay City Rollers in 1976 as their bassist, at the age of 17, replacing founding member and bassist Alan Longmuir. But he quit the band after nine months to return to his native Northern Ireland, where he performed with old school friends as the group Rosetta Stone.

While Mitchell was with the Rollers, they released the 1976 album Dedication and a cover version of Dusty Springfield's I Only Want to Be With You.
But he found tensions within the band hard to cope with and departed that December, to be replaced by guitarist Pat McGlynn.

2

Movie: Feral

Not a very good movie at all. Watched at home alone on horror.

3

Movie: Die Hard 4

Good effects but daft movie, as usual. Watched at home alone on Film4.

4

Movie: 47 Metres Down

It was good in so far as I felt completely claustrophobic while watching it. Watched at home alone on Film4. 

5

Rodney Litchfield died, aged 81

Rodney Litchfield was an English actor born in Wigan, Lancashire. He made brief appearances in shows like Juliet BravoA Touch of FrostCrackerHetty Wainthropp InvestigatesHeartbeat, and Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

6

Kevin Dobson died, aged 77

Kevin Dobson was an American film and television actor, best known for his roles as Detective Bobby Crocker, the trusted protege of Lt. Theo Kojak (played by Telly Savalas) in the CBS crime drama Kojak1973–1978), and as M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie in the prime time soap opera Knots Landing (1982–1993).

9

Ronald Bell died, aged 68

Ronald Bell was an American composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and co-founding member of Kool & the Gang. He wrote and produced many of the band's songs including "Celebration", "Cherish", "Jungle Boogie", "Summer Madness", and "Open Sesame".

Alan Minter died, aged 69

Alan Minter was a British professional boxer who competed from 1972 to 1981. He held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, having previously held the British middleweight title from 1975 to 1976, and the European middleweight title twice between 1977 and 1979.

10

Dame Diana Rigg died, aged 82

Dame Diana Rigg was an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers (1965–68), Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2013–17). She also enjoyed a career in theatre, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 for services to drama.

11

Toots Hibbert died, aged 77

Toots Hibbert was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who was the lead vocalist for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. A reggae pioneer, he performed for six decades and helped establish some of the fundamentals of reggae music. Hibbert's 1968 song "Do the Reggay" is widely credited as the genesis of the genre name reggae. His band's album True Love won a Grammy Award in 2005. Their hit "Pleasure Drop" features in my music collection.

Movie: Beach Rats

Good film, gay-themed. Watched at home alone on Netflix.

12

Movie: Fear

Good film starring Mark Wahlberg and Reece Witherspoon. Watched at home alone on Netflix.

16

Day out: Brighton with Nik 2020

Jezz, Nik and I drove down to Brighton for the day. We had breakfast in a cafe on St. James's Street, did a bit of shopping, had ice cream, drink in The Dorset, doughnuts along the prom and a chicken and rice box meal at Leon in the evening. We had a good giggle playing with the Pooter Tooter.

21

Michael Lonsdale died, aged 89

Michael Lonsdale was a British-French actor who appeared in over 180 films and television shows. He is best known in the English-speaking world for his roles as the villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day.

Jackie Stallone died, aged 98

Jackie Stallone was an American astrologer, dancer, and a promoter of women's wrestling. She is the mother of actor Sylvester Stallone, singer Frank Stallone, and late actress Toni D'Alto (by her ex-husband Anthony Filiti). 

29

Helen Reddy died, aged 78

Helen Reddy was an Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist.

Mac Davis died, aged 78

Mac Davis was an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. A native of Lubbock, Texas, he enjoyed success as a crossover artist and during his early career he wrote for Elvis Presley, providing him with the hits "Memories", "In the Ghetto", "Don't Cry Daddy", and "A Little Less Conversation". A subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits such as "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me." He also made famous "It's Hard To Be Humble" in 1979.

30

Archie Lyndhurst died, aged 19

Archie Lyndhurst was a British actor and son of Nicholas Lyndhurst (with Lucy Smith). He starred in the BBCTV series 'So Awkward.'

Frank Windsor died, aged 92

Frank Windsor was a British actor. He starred in 'Z Cars,' 'Softly, Softly' and 'Eastenders.' 

OCTOBER

3 famous people died, 4 movies watched

6

Johnny Nash died, aged 65

Johnny Nash was an American singer-songwriter, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now". Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston. Other hits included "Tears On My Pillow" and "Hold Me Tight."

Eddy Van Halen died, aged 65

Eddy Van Halen was a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

9

Ronald Forfar died, aged 81

Ronald Forfar was a British actor who appeared in many roles since the 1970s, including the role of Freddie Boswell in Carla Lane's comedy Bread.

Movie: Johnny English Strikes Again

Not a bad film starring Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and Emma Thompson. Watched at home alone on Netflix.

10

Movie: I Feel Pretty

A good film starring Amy Schumer. Watched at home with Jezz on Amazon Prime.

11

Movie: Why Him?

Excellent and very funny film, possibly my favourite this year. Watched at home alone on Film4.

15

Dave Munden died, aged 76

Dave Munden was an English drummer and singer. He was part of the group The Tremeloes who's biggest hit single was "Silence Is Golden."

18

Movie: Echoes Of Fear

Dreadful film. watched at home alone on Horror channel.

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