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2021

76 famous people died, 1 person I knew died, 81 movies watched, 21 events, 2 purchases, 2 dramas, 1 purchase

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JANUARY

12 famous people died, 16 movies watched, 2 events, 1 purchase


1

Mark Eden died, aged 92

Mark Eden was an English actor. He was best known for his portrayal of villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1989. In real life, he was married to Sue Nicholls who plays Audrey Roberts.

2

Generous Harrison

Jezz and I collected our presents from our friend Harrison. He'd bought us both an Apple Homepod mini... we were both extra shocked but ever so excited.

Movie: Dog Soldiers

It was an ok film, a bit daft. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Movie: Under The Skin

By far, the worst film ever. Rubbish film. Watched at home alone on Film4.

3

Gerry Marsden died, aged 78

Gerry Marsden MBE was an English musician and television personality, best known for being the leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. Their most famous song is "You'll Never Walk Alone." Marsden returned to #1 in the charts twice during the 1980s with re-recordings of two of his old hits, with all profits going to charity. In 1985 after the Bradford Football Club stadium tragedy in which 56 were killed, he formed a group called the Crowd, which included other musicians, singers and radio disc jockeys, to produce a new version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Other famous hits with The Pacemakers include "How Do You Do It," "I Like It," "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Across The Mersey."

4

Movie: Terrifier

A fairly ridiculous film, gratuitous gorefest. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

Barbara Shelley died, aged 88

Barbara Shelley was an English film and television actress. She starred in no less than 24 films and numerous appearances in TV shows including The Saint (1962), an episode of The New Phil Silvers Show (1963), The Avengers, Blake's 7, Doctor Who and EastEnders (1988).

Tanya Roberts died, aged 65

Tanya Roberts was an American actress, producer, and former model. She was best known for playing Julie Rogers in the final season of the 1970s television series Charlie's Angels, Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, and Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show.

5

James Greene died, aged 89

James Greene was a Northern Irish actor who appeared in numerous plays and series on British television over a period of 40 years. He starred in Downtown Abbey, Dr Who, The Bill, Holby City, Birds Of A Feather and more.

6

Alan Igbon died, aged 68

Alan Igbon was a British actor, of West African and Irish background. He starred in 'Boys From The Black Stuff,' 'Brookside' and 'Coronation Street' as well as many others. His death was announced on social media by his niece on this day but she also stated that he died peacefully in early December of last year.

7

Movie: Knuckleball

Great movie. Good story... kept me gripped! Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

Marion Ramsey died, aged 73

Marion Ramsey was an American actress. She's best known for her role as Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy movies but starred in many more.

9

John Reilly died, aged 86

John Reilley was an American film and television actor. He's most famous for his roles in the US soaps General Hospital, Sunset Beach and Passions. He's also appeared in one episode of each of these notable shows: Kojak, The Mary Tyle Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Love Boat, Quincy M.E., Cover Up, Cagney & Lacey, Dallas, Newhart, Diagnosis Murder, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and many more.

10

Movie: Jack Reacher

A good action movie starring Tom Cruise. My introduction to the very gorgeous Jai Courtney. Watched at home alone on Film4.

11

Movie: The Green Inferno

Quite easily, the goriest and most horrific film I've watched to date. I mean it's compelling but way too bloodthirsty. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

12

Movie: The Heavy

A good film starring Garry Stretch, Vinnie Jones, Lee Ryan and Christopher Lee. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

13

Event: Homebaking

Jezz and I relieved some boredom by home baking today. We made homemade sausage and tomato rolls and sausage roll slices.

Movie: Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation

Such a terrible film. Starred Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. Watched alone at home on horror channel.

13

Peter Mark Richman died, aged 93

Peter Mark Richman was an American actor in films and on television. He appeared in over 30 films and over 130 television series from the 1950s until his retirement in 2011. He starred in Dynasty, Star Trek The Next Generation, The Fugitive, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Knight Rider and many more. Movies include The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear, Judgement Day, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and many more.

15

Movie: Hostel III

A little bit over the top with the gore. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

16

Phil Spector died, aged 81

Phil Spector was an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. He was sentenced to 19 years to life for the 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. The actress was found slumped over in a chair at Spector's California mansion with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth. Spector, who was from Bronx, New York, produced recordings by The Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, Cher and the Ramones.

18

Movie: Jackals

Not a very nice film but suspense kept me watching. Watched alone at home on the horror channel.

19

Movie: Lean On Pete

A beautiful film starring Charlie Plummer, who was superb. Watched at home alone on Film4.

20

Movie: Songbird

Quite a good film about COVID-23 and lockdown. Starred K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson and Demi Moore. Watched alone at home on Amazon Prime.

Movie: The Bone Collector

Quite a good film starring Denzil Washington and Angelina Jolie. Watched at home alone on Film4.

21

Randy Parton died, aged 67

Randy Parton was an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman. He was Dolly Parton's brother and played bass for her. He died of cancer.

23

Larry King died, aged 87

Larry King was an American television host, radio host, and paid spokesman, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards. I remember watching him for years with his show 'Larry King Live' when we had CNN at home (Woodcote Road).

TV Drama: It's A Sin

A superb portrayal of gay life and growing up in the 80s with the start of the AIDS pandemic. Starring Olly Alexander (pants heavily) and the outstanding Lydia West, who played Jill Baxter. I watched all 5 episodes back to back on ALL 4.

25

Movie: The Forgotten

A good film. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

27

Movie: Death Warrant

A bit of a daft film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Watched at home alone on Paramount Movies channel.

29

Purchase: Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

We bought an air fryer from John Lewis. It was £179 (£158 with discount). We made doughnuts almost immediately.

31

Movie: Holding The Man

One of, if not the most powerful movie to date. Someone recommended that I watch it and I did love it but it was incredibly powerful and moving. Stars Ryan Corr and Craig Stott.


FEBRUARY

11 famous people died, 10 movies watched, 2 events, 1 drama, 


1

Dustin Diamond died, aged 44

Dustin Diamond, the actor who portrayed lovable nerd Samuel "Screech" Powers across four incarnations of Saved by the Bell from 1988 to 2000, died Monday after a three-week battle with carcinoma. He was 44.

2

Captain Sir Tom Moore died, aged 100

Captain Sir Tom Moore raised £32,794,701 for the NHS by walking 10 laps at a time of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his back garden, with his walking frame, in 2020. He was 99 years old then and his 100th birthday was in April of the same year. He died of pneumonia with coronavirus after a Christmas holiday abroad.

3

Movie: Moonlight

A nice gay film starring Ashton Sanders and Travante Rhodes. Watched at home alone on Film4.

5

Christopher Plummer died, aged 91

Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor whose career spanned seven decades. He gained recognition for his performances in film, television, and theatre. He's probably best remembered for his role as Captain von Trapp in the 1965 film: The Sound Of Music. I remember him best as Chan in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

Leon Spinks died, aged 67

Leon Spinks was an American professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1995. In only his eighth professional fight, he won the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978 after defeating Muhammad Ali n a split decision, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Spinks was later stripped of the WBC title for facing Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by unanimous decision.

6

TV comedy-drama: After Life

Ricky Gervais is superb, to me. He's a talented writer and actor and I feel as though I completely get his humour. Excellent story and have now watched both seasons.

Harry Fielder died, aged 80

Harry Fielder was an English actor and supporting artist who worked extensively in British films and television from 1967 through to 1999. He has appeared in 26 films including Oliver, Mutiny On The Buses, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, McVicar, Superman, Carry On Up The Khyber, Carry On Abroad, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Mission: Impossible, 101 Dalmations, Evita and many more. He's also played parts in no less than 15 TV shows including Z Cars, Dr Who, Space: 1999, Blakes Seven, Minder, Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister, Eastenders, The Bill, London's Burning, Randall & Hopkirk, The Persuaders, The Protectors, The Professionals, Steptoe & Son, Terry & June, The Two Ronnies, Girls On Top, Hi-de-Hi and many more.

7

Movie: The Mechanic

A bit daft and the storyline wasn’t that compelling but the effects were good and the ending was neat too. Stars Jason Statham and Ben Foster. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

8

Movie: The Gift

Good film and story. Starred Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Movie: Captive

Excellent film and story. Starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Mary Wilson died, aged 76

Mary Wilson was an American singer and concert performer best known as a founding member of the Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. history, as well as one of the all-time best-selling girl groups in the world.

9

Movie: White God

A good, bad, weird, nice, disturbing film. Hungarian film with English subtitles. Watched at home alone on Film4.

11

Frank Mills died, aged 93

Frank Mills was an English actor. He starred in numerous films and television series such as Rumpole of the Bailey. He was best known for his television work, notably the role of Billy Williams in Coronation Street.

12

Peter Dorey died, aged 73

Peter Dorey was the founder of the UK's first gay bookshop: "Gay's The Word." The shop, still trading, is located in Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury, London. It acted as a "safe place" for LGBTQ+ communities during a period of oppression and discrimination. It opened its doors for the first time in 1979.

14

Ari Gold died, aged 47

Ari Gold was an American pop singer and songwriter. He had worked with Rude Paul, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross. He won four music awards, had no less than 17 chart singles and 7 albums. Ari's single "I'll Be There," remixed by David Morales, was used in Queer As Folk, a gay serial-drama series.

15

Movie: Love, Simon

A lovely film starring Nick Robinson as Simon, an American coming out story. Jennifer Garner, who played his Mum, Emily, stole the show with her beautiful pep talk to Simon after he came out. Watched at home alone on Film4.

17

COVID-19 vaccine

Today, I was invited to go and get my COVID-19 vaccination at my local GP practice. I had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

18

Movie: Beautiful Thing

Superb film. Watched years ago but didn’t document it then. Watched at home alone on Film4.

20

Tim and Alex turned up

My beautiful friend, Tim, turned up today with his handsome colleague, Alex and jet-washed our cars for us. A total surprise... what a love! I seriously love him.

23

Movie: Alpha Dog

A good film, disturbing towards the end. Starred Justin Timberlake and Anton Yelchin. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

24

Drama: Tiger Woods car crash

Tiger Woods lost control of his Genesis SUV shortly after 7 am local time, veering onto the opposite carriageway and rolling over several times before coming to rest on a grass embankment. He underwent immediate surgery and is reported to be stable.

Ronald Pickup died, aged 80

Ronald Pickup was an English actor. He was active in television and film from 1964 to 2021. I remember him most in Doc Martin but he has appeared in so many TV appearances and in plenty of films. 

25

Movie: Hitman Redemption

A good film, a bit slow to begin with. Stars Ron Perlman and Richard Dreyfuss. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

28

Johnny Briggs died, aged 85

Johnny Briggs was an English actor. He was best known for his role as Mike Baldwin in the soap opera Coronation Street, in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006. He also appeared in no less than 39 movies including Oliver Twist, Carry On Up The Khyber, Bless This House, On The Buses, Man About The House, Carry On Behind, Carry On England and many more.

Movie: Always Be My Maybe

A great film starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. Watched at home with Jezz on Netflix.


MARCH

7 movies watched, 11 famous people died,


1

Movie: The Lover: A Deadly Affair

A great afternoon film. Watched alone at home on Channel 5.

2

Ian St John died, aged 82

Ian St John was a Scottish former footballer who played for Liverpool in the 1960s. He played for Scotland 21 times, scoring nine goals. He later became a manager – including for Motherwell where he had begun his playing career. He struck up a successful TV partnership with fellow ex-footballer Jimmy Greaves, with their Saint and Greavsie programme running for several years until 1992.

Bunny Wailer died, aged 73

Bunny Wailer, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and percussionist. He was an original member of the reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. A three-time Grammy Award winner, he is considered one of the longtime standard-bearers of reggae music. He was also known as Bunny Livingston and Jah B. He wrote 'Electric Boogie.'

3

Movie: Breaking In

Not a bad film. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

Nicola Pagett died, aged 75

Nicola Pagett was a British actress. She was known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1973). Her film appearances include Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Operation Daybreak (1975), and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995).

4

Movie: Disturbia

A good film, quite gripping. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

8

Trevor Peacock died, aged 89

Trevor Peacock was an English actor, screenwriter, and songwriter. He is best known for playing Jim Trott in the BBC comedy series The Vicar of Dibley, alongside Dawn French. 

11

Movie: Winchester

Not a bad film starring Helen Mirren. Watched at home with Jezz on Amazon Prime.

13

Murray Walker died, aged 97

Murray Walker OBE was an English semi-retired motorsport commentator and journalist. He provided television commentary of live Formula 1 coverage for the BBC between 1976 and 1996, and for ITV between 1997 and 2001.

Marvellous Marvin Hagler died, aged 66

Marvellous Marvin Hagler was an American professional boxer and film actor who competed in boxing from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987.

14

Movie: Dolly Parton Here I Am

An hour and a half of Dolly Parton’s life. Watched it on Netflix with Jezz at home.

Henry Darrow died, aged 87

Henry Darrow was an American character actor of stage and film known for his role as Manolito "Mano" Montoya on the 1960s television series The High Chaparral. In the film 'The Hitcher,' Darrow played the corrupt and vengeful Trooper Hancock. He also made an appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Vulcan playing the character Starfleet Admiral Savar, in the episode "Conspiracy" and two guest appearances in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as Kolopak. But he has also starred in almost every other American TV series from The Incredible Hulk to Dynasty.

15

Movie: Redwood

Dreadful film. Worst in about 5 years. Watched at home alone on horror.

Yaphet Dotto died, aged 81

Yaphet Kotto was an American actor and known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the TV series: Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999) as Lieutenant Al Giardello. His film appearances include Alien (1979), The Running Man (1987). He portrayed the main villain Dr Kananga/Mr. Big in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die (1973). He appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy thriller Midnight Run (1988) as FBI Agent Alonzo Mosley.

15

Movie: Hitman

A good action film. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

23

George Segal died, aged 87

George Segal was an American actor. I remember him best for his role in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? playing Sandy Dennis's husband and starring alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He has starred in no less than 63 films between 1961-2014. He has appeared in more than 50 TV shows and has been a voice-over in some shows.

26

Eddie Rothe died, aged 67

Eddie Rothe was a British musician and was the drummer for the 70s disco band Liquid Gold. He was also in The Searchers. Moreover, he was the fiancé of singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald. They first started dating when they were teenagers and met in a Wakefield nightclub. Jane worked as a waitress when he was playing with Liquid Gold. They broke up but reunited 30 years later when they met again on the TV set of itv's This Morning. They got engaged in 2008.

30

Myra Frances died, aged 78

Myra Frances was a British actress from the 70s. She is possibly best known for her role as Anne Tranter in the series Survivors. Also, she starred in a series of Dr. Who. She was in several episodes of Hadleigh, starring alongside Gerald Harper.
Myra was also the other half of the UK's first on-screen lesbian kiss, the other was actress legend Alison Steadman.
Myra was married to British actor Peter Egan, most famous for his role as Paul Ryman in the TV series Ever Decreasing Circles, with Richard Briers and Penelope Wilton.

APRIL

16 movies watched, 7 famous people died, 4 events


1

Movie: Rise Of The Footsoldier... Extreme and Extended

A horrible gratuitous violent film.

Movie: Reprisal

An excellent movie starring Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis. 

5

Paul Ritter died, aged 55

Paul Ritter was an English stage and screen actor. He was best known for his roles in films including Quantum of SolaceSon of RambowHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Eagle, as well as television programmes including Friday Night DinnerVeraThe Hollow CrownThe Last Kingdom and Chernobyl.

9

Movie: Overlord

A good film. A little graphic and a bit gory but good story and effects.

Prince Philip died, aged 99

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. They were married for 73 years.

11

Movie: The Raid 2

The most bloodthirsty gory movie to date. The choreography of the fight scenes was so impressive but there was a lot of hiding behind the pillow scenes too.

12

Movie: Vincent N' Roxxy

Hmm. A bit bloody but it kept me watching. Ended way differently than I thought it would. Watched it at home alone on Sony Movies.

Movie: First Kill

Superb film. Watched it at home alone on Sony Movies Action.

Shirley Williams died, aged 90

Shirley Williams was a British Liberal Democrat politician and academic who served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection from 1974 to 1976 and Secretary of State for Education and Science and Paymaster General from 1976 to 1979. Originally a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP), she was one of the 'Gang of Four' rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.

12

Movie: The Equalizer 2

An excellent movie starring Denzel Washington. Watched it at home alone on Film 4.

16

Helen McCrory died, aged 52

Helen McCrory was an English actress and is probably best known for her role as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders or maybe as Cherie Blair in The Queen, Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films, or Claire Dowar in the Bond movie Skyfall. She has appeared in so many TV programmes and no less than 29 movies. She was married to English actor, presenter, and producer Damian Lewis. She died after a long battle with breast cancer.

17

Movie: In The Line Of Fire

A good film starring Clint Eastwood in another assassination attempt on the President.

Movie: Thunder Force

Great comedy film starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman.

18

Movie: Mechanic: Resurrection

Not a bad film starred Jason Statham. Watched it at home alone on Film 4.

2nd COVID-19 Vaccination 

Jezz and I had our second Co-vax jab today. And in the evening it blooming aches.

19

Walter Mondale died, aged 93

Walter Mondale was an American politician, diplomat, and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter. 

20

Movie: Drive

A good film starring Ryan Gosling. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

Les McKeown died, aged 65

Les McKeown was a Scottish pop singer who was the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers during their most successful period with hit singles including Shang-a-Lang, Bye Bye Baby, Give A Little Love and All Of Me Loves All Of You.

21

Joe Long died, aged 88

Joe Long was an American musician and best known as the bass guitarist for the Four Seasons between 1965 to 1975. The group was responsible for huge hits including Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Ain't That A Shame, Rag Doll, Let's Hang On, Workin' My Way Back To You, Beggin', December '63 (Oh What A Night) and many more.

22

Michèle came round

Sister Michèle came round this evening and we exchanged birthday presents. We had homemade lasagne and oven chips with apple crumble and custard for pudding. On the back of our paranoia, we thought it an interesting idea to do a doorstep swab test for COVID on Michèle. The only annoying bit was having to wait in the car for 30 minutes while the test was processing. Anyway, she was negative so we had a hug.

23

Movie: Last Train From Gun Hill

Great Western movie (the first one I’ve enjoyed). Starred Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn and Earl Holliman. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

24

Went to see Andy & David

Jezz and I went to see Andy and David. It was Andy's birthday. We had lunch in their garden. It was a pleasant afternoon.

26

Rustington 2021 - The 3 Of Us

Michele, Nik and I went to Rustington for the day. We had breakfast in the Broadmark Cafe, shopped around in the village and a trip to Dunelm before heading home.

28

Movie: Heat

A good film starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmar. Watched alone at home on Sony Movies.

Movie: The Drop

A great film starring Tom Hardy. Watched alone at home on Film 4. Watched alone at home on Film 4.

28

Movie: Killer Dearest

An excellent TV movie starring Emily Rose. Watched alone at home on 5.

Movie: The Girl In The Spider's Web

I haven’t got a clue… not very compelling. Watched alone at home on Film 4.


MAY

16 movies watched, 4 famous people died, 1 person I knew died, 4 events, 1 purchase


2

Movie: Hummingbird

A great film starring Jason Statham.Watched alone at home on Paramount Network.

3

Movie: Age Of Kill

A good film starring Martin Kemp. Watched alone at home on Paramount Network.

Movie: The Guest

Good film starring the gorgeous Dan Stevens. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

4

Movie: Mara

It was a fairly good film. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

Movie: Criminal Activities

Good film starring Michael Pitt, the gorgeous Dan Stevens and John Travolta. Watched alone at home on Sony Movies.

5

Movie: Edge Of Winter

Excellent film starring Tom Holland and Joel Kinnaman. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies Action.

Nick Kamen died, aged 59

Nick Kamen was an English male model, songwriter and musician. He was best known for the singles "Each Time You Break My Heart" from 1986 and "I Promised Myself" from 1990, as well as for appearing in a 1985 Levi advert.

6

Movie: Dirty Grandpa

Absolutely brilliant film starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.

9

Movie: The Super

Superb film starring the stunning Patrick John Fleuger.

Movie: The Vault

Good film. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

10

Went to see Nik

Jezz and I spent a few hours with Nik at hers, keeping her company as she recovers from her operation.

12

Sean Scarle died, aged 47

Today I learned the sad news that a dear young man, friend to my pal Sarah, Sean had died. I had met him and his partner on a few ocassions whilst out socialising with Sarah. Sean had been poorly for a short time. 

13

Day Out: Brighton 2021

Jezz and I Jezz and I went to Brighton for the first time since the pandemic. We had lunch in Kooks it could well be the best beefburger ever. Shopped around in the lanes and spent a bit in the shops at St. James's Street.

16

Movie: American Murder The Family Next Door
Good documentary using total raw footage. Watched at home with Jezz on Netflix.

17

Day Out: Quality Day with Sister Nik

Nik and I went to a local B&M store. I bought a nest of two coffee tables for the lounge and some other bits. We stopped off at Feedwell Cafe in North Cheam for an English breakfast for lunch.

19

Movie: Manhunter
Weird film but kept me watching so..! Watched at home alone on itv4.

21

A quality evening with sister Michele

Michele came round after her second COVID jab and we spent the evening together. We had Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner and I showed her a few things on the iPad and iPhone.

22

Movie: Wolf Creek 2
Horrible gratuitous violent film. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

23

Movie: Pledge
Horrible gratuitous violent film. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

Movie: Starred Up
Turns out to be a brilliant film with a good storyline. Set in a prison, its violent scenes aren't too bad. Starring the handsome Jack O’Connell. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

24

John Davis died, aged 66

John Davis was an American singer and one-half of the real voices behind the 90's duo, Milli Vanilli.

27

TV Drama: Before We Die
I watched this TV series of 6 episodes back-to-back in one day. Pretty good. I watched it at home alone on All4.

28

Movie: Breakout

Quite a good film, gripping in parts. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies Action.

Bought: 2021 iPad Pro 12.9 and accessories

I finally saved enough money and bought the 2021 New iPad Pro 12.9". I also got the 2nd generation Apple Pencil and the new Logitech Combo Touch Case with trackpad.

29

Gavin MacLeod died, aged 90

Gavin MacLeod was an American actor. Although his career spanned six decades, I remember him most for his role as the ship's captain in the original series of The Love Boat.

B.J. Thomas died, aged 78

B.J. Thomas was an American singer and was known for his pop, country, and Christian hits of the 1960s and 1970s. He wrote and recorded Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, also recorded by Sacha Distel and I Just Can't Help Believin' which was a hit for Elvis Presley. BJ stood for Billy Joe. He succumbed to lung cancer after being diagnosed in March 2021.


JUNE

9 movies watched, 8 famous people died, 5 events


2

Movie: Urban Legend

Not a bad film. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

3

Damaris Hayman died, aged 91

Damaris Haymanwas an English character actress, often cast in upper class or eccentric roles. She starred alongside Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who. She also appeared in Steptoe and Son, Love Thy Neighbour, The Young Ones, One Foot In The Grave and Sez Les.

F. Lee Bailey died, aged 87

F. Lee Bailey was an American criminal defence lawyer and was most noted for being O.J. Simpson's Attorney with O.J. being accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Other high profile cases that F. Lee Bailey was involved with include The Boston Strangler murders.

4

Made Homemade Chutney

Made Duchess Tomato & Onion Chutney today. I've been saving some jars and put them through the dishwasher while I boiled up some tomatoes, apples, onions, sultanas and vinegar. I cut out the sugar from the recipe this time as there was enough in the canned tomatoes and apple sauce jars.

5

Amanda came over 

Today, after a quick trip to the barbers and the Co-op, we waited for Amanda to arrive.  Had a catch-up, fresh rolls for lunch and cakes and tea. She bought me a really nice tea caddy. I love it.

7

Ben Roberts died, aged 70

Ben Roberts was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Chief Inspector Derek Conway in the ITV British television series, The Bill.

10

Movie: Kill 'Em All

An ok movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Watched at home alone on Great Movies Action

13

Ned Beatty died, aged 83

Ned Beatty was an American actor. He was one of the top character actors in film, particularly during the 1970s, and appeared in more than 160 films, including Deliverance (1972), All the President's Men (1976), Network (1976), Superman (1978), Back to School (1985), Rudy (1993) and Toy Story 3 (2010). He was nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, and a Golden Globe Award; he also won a Drama Desk Award.

14

Went to Nikki's  

Got up and went over to my sister's for a few hours. Had corned beef rolls and tea and a good catch up. Oh, and we fixed the printer... again!

15

Movie: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

An ok movie. Watched alone at home from recording from the horror channel.

 

19

Cromer 2021

Michele, Nik and I set off early Saturday morning for a road trip to Cromer to visit Brenda, Bob and Brian. We had a really good time, had a massive catch up, ate a lot and took quite a few photos. We stayed overnight at Brenda and Bob's too.

19

Movie: The Invention Of Lying

Good film starring, written and directed by Ricky Gervais. Watched at home alone on Netflix.

 

23

Jackie Lane died, aged 79

Jackie Lane was an English actress who starred in Dr Who alongside William Hartnell. She went on to become a theatrical agent and Tom Baker (4th Dr Who).

 

John McAfee died, aged 75

John McAfee was a British American computer programmer and businessman. He was the creator of the anti-virus program McAfee Anti-Virus. He was found dead in his prison cell, suicide by hanging.

Movie: Death Wish (2018)

Great remake film starring Bruce Willis playing Dr Paul Kersey, the same character played by Charles Bronson in the original movie directed by Michael Winner. Watched it alone at home on Paramount.

27

Movie: Panic Room (2002)

A good film starring Jodie Foster. Watched alone at home on Great Movies.

Pete McGarry died, aged 71

Pete McGarry was one of the regulars of Channel 4's Gogglebox. Originally, shown with his son George and wife Linda but then in later series, just Linda and Pete together.

28

Movie: The Detective (1968)

A good film starring Frank Sinatra and Lee Remick. I watched at home alone on Talking Pictures.

Movie: From a House On Willow Street

Stupid film. I didn't enjoy it at all. I watched it alone at home on horror channel.

29

Football, England 2 - 0 Germany

I watched the game... I know, me! Great game... great moment. Felt proud and was chuffed to see Harry's armband too. Nice one!

Donald Rumsfeld died, aged 88

Donald Rumsfeld was an American politician, government official, and businessman who served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under Gerald Ford, and again from 2001 to 2006 under George W. Bush.

30

Movie: Eagle Eye (2008)

Excellent film. Superb effects and great action throughout.


JULY

3 events, 2 movies watched, 6 famous people died,

1

Day Out: Brighton Mission 2021

I went to Brighton with sister Nikki. We had fish and chips in the best chip shop on the prom.

3

Movie: The Conjuring

Not a bad film... a few jumpy moments. Watched at home with Jezz on Apple Movies purchased.

4

Movie: The Conjuring 2

Every bit as good as the first one. Watched at home with Jezz on Apple Movies purchased.

5

Raffaella Carrà died, aged 78

Raffaella Carrà was an Italian singer, dancer, television presenter and actress. I remember her most from her massive hit single Do It, Do It Again. It was her only entry to the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 9 in 1978. She was also known as a gay icon. She died of lung cancer, an illness of which she suffered for a long time but that was not revealed to the public until her death.

9

Jonathan Coleman died, aged 65

Jonathan Coleman, aka Jono Coleman was an Australian television presenter, radio announcer, writer, comedian, and advertorial spokesperson. appeared on the British television programmes, BBC's Food and Drink, BBC's Noel's House Party and Hit the Road and Celebrity Fit Club. His radio career included DJ'ing on BBC GLR in 1990, Virgin Radio in May 1993. In July 1993, he co-presented the breakfast show alongside Russ Williams, where he remained until October 1997, moving to the drivetime show upon Chris Evans' arrival at the station. In early 1998 he moved to London's Heart 106.2, presenting the breakfast show. He co-hosted the show with Harriet Scott from mid-2002. In early 2005, he moved to LBC 97.3, where for a short time he took over the weekend mid-morning show from 10 am – 1 pm. In July 2005, he moved to BBC London 94.9 and from 17 October 2005, he took over the breakfast show from Danny Baker, co-presenting with JoAnne Good. In late 2006, he had left BBC London and the UK to be near his 81-year-old mother Sylvia, in Sydney, Australia. He died from prostate cancer.

11

UEFA Euro 2020

Euro Final 2020: Italy 1-1 England (3-2 on penalties). Sad but England played well though, despite Italy having 66% possession.

15

Andy Fordham died, aged 59

Andy Fordham was an English professional darts player, commonly known as The Viking. He won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters.

18

Tom O'Connor died, aged 81

Tom O'Connor was an English comedian, television presenter, and actor. He was best known for presenting game shows such as CrosswitsThe Zodiac GameName That TunePassword and Gambit.

23

Brighton again

Jezz and I drove down to Brighton and collected our rings that we had engraved, finally.

24

Dieter Brummer died, aged 45

Dieter Brummer was an Australian actor. He was best known for his roles in television soap operas, including playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away from 1992 to 1996 and Troy Miller in Neighbours from 2011 to 2012.

Jackie Mason died, aged 93

Jackie Mason was an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. He was best known for his Jewish routine and accent.

27

Switched energy provider

We had two smart meters installed while switching over to Igloo Energy. Great service so far. They also provided an in-home display.

AUGUST

1 event, 3 movies watched, 9 famous people died, 1 purchase

1

Went to Mother's

Michele, Nik, Jezz and I drove over to Mother's today for a catch-up and to meet up with her, Sara and Amanda. It was a lovely afternoon.

10

Movie: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Good film but then it does star Charles Bronson.

12

Una Stubbs died, aged 84

Una Stubbs was an English actress, television personality, and dancer who appeared on British television and in the theatre, and less frequently in films. She became widely known for appearing in the film Summer Holiday (1963) and later played Rita Rawlins in the BBC sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health. Other well-known television roles include Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge and Miss Bat in The Worst Witch. She also appeared as Sherlock Holmes's landlady Mrs. Hudson in the BAFTA award-winning television series Sherlock.

16

Sean Lock died, aged 58

Comedian Sean Lock, best known for panel shows 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, has died from cancer at the age of 58.

18

Austin Mitchell died, aged 86

Austin Mitchell was a British academic and Labour Party politician and journalist who was a member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby from a 1977 by-election to 2015. He was also the chair of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign.

21

Bought: Elephas 2021 Mini Projector

I bought it on Amazon and it arrived within 12 hours. It's an Elephas 2021 Projector with Wifi and mirror screening. It was £89.99. 

Don Everly died, aged 84

Don Everly was an American Hall Of Fame singer and songwriter. He was one half of The Everly Brothers with his brother Philip, who died on 3 January 2014. Their discography spans a staggering 54 years as a duo and includes iconic songs: Cathy's Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Bye Bye Love, Devoted To You, Let It Be Me, Crying In The Rain and many more.

22

Mary Cook died, aged 92

Mary Cook was a British reality television personality that appeared alongside friend Marina in the Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

Brian Travers died, aged 62

Brian Travers was a British saxophonist and songwriter. He was best known for being in the UK band UB40.

23

Michael Nader died, aged 76

Michael Nader was an American actor, known for his roles as Dex Dexter on the ABC primetime soap opera Dynasty from 1983 to 1989.

24

Charlie Watts died, aged 80

Charlie Watts was an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963.

Movie: When I'm Sixty Four

Excellent film. Watched it at home alone on BBC4.

Movie: Brothers In Arms

A good film starring the gorgeous Jai Courtney. Watched it at home alone on Film4.

27

Andy Michael died, aged 61

Andy Michael was a British reality television personality and appeared with his family on Channel 4's  Gogglebox.

SEPTEMBER

8 famous people died, 2 movies watched

3

Erik Cowie died, aged 53

Erik Cowie was an American zookeeper and reality television personality. He was known for appearances on the show Tiger King, alongside co-presenter Joe Exotic.

5

Sarah Harding died, aged 39

Sarah Harding was an English singer and actress. She was part of the band Girls Aloud whose hits have included the UK no. 1's 'Sound Of The Underground,' 'I'll Stand By You,'' Walk This Way' with The Sugarbabes and The Promise. Her acting career saw her appearing in Bad Day, the BBC television film FreefallRun for Your Wife, and St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

Tony Selby died, aged 83

Tony Selby was an English actor. He has appeared in many television programmes including a starring role in the comedy series Get Some In!, and a recurring role in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as the intergalactic conman Sabalom Glitz.

He appeared in the 1970s series Callan. Other notable television appearances included The Avengers as a villainous car mechanic, Bless This House as a depressed burglar, and as Boozy in the all-star Eric Sykes comedy If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981). He appeared in three episodes of the drama series Minder, twice playing Jack. In the early 1990s he played chauffeur to Adam Faith's character in the drama series Love Hurts; he also played Clive Mitchell in BBC's soap opera EastEnders in 2002.

Selby appeared in the third episode of The Good Life (known as Good Neighbors in the US), as a rag-and-bone man who sold the Goods an old wood stove and brought them a cat.

6

Michael K. Williams died, aged 54

Michael K. Williams was an American actor. He played Omar Little in the series The Wire and Albert "Chalky" White in Boardwalk Empire. He acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.

8

Art Metrano died, aged 84

Art Metrano was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Lt./Capt./Cmdt. Mauser in Police Academy 2 and Police Academy 3.
He's also appeared in so many other shows and films including Ironside, Bewitched, The Streets Of San Francisco,  Bonanza, Starsky & Hutch, Matilda, The Incredible Hulk, The A Team, Toys and more.

9

Movie: Sinister Seduction

Considering this was a b rate movie, it was excellent. Watched at home alone on Channel 5.

Movie: The Transporter Refuelled

Good film. Bit daft in places. Watched at home alone on Channel 5.

11

María Mendiola died, aged 69

María Mendiola was a Spanish singer and was half of the disco duo Baccara. They were famed for their massive disco hit singles: "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" (1977) and "Sorry I'm A Lady" (1978). Her singing partner was Mayte Mateos.

12

Fran Bennett died, aged 84

Fran Bennett was an American actress, in theatre and on television. Among many TV appearances, she starred in the pilot episode of The Jeffersons in Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Other roles have been in TV shows including Diff'rent Strokes, Knots Landing, Lou Grant, General Hospital, Falcon Crest, St. Elsewhere, Benson, Cagney & Lacey, The Bold & The Beautiful, L.A. Law, Highway To Heaven, Dynasty, Roots, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation (Fleet Adm. Shanthi), Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, ER, Sunset Beach, Boston Legal and so many more.

She is not to be confused with the 1950s actress of the same name who died in 1999and appeared as the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in the 1956 film Giant.

16

Sir Clive Sinclair died, aged 81

Sir Clive Sinclair was an English entrepreneur and inventor. He produced the world's first slimline pocket calculator, one of the first home computers, the Sinclair ZX80, followed by the ZX81 and the ZX Spectrum. He was also known for the Sinclair C5, a battery-electric vehicle. He also invented the A-Bike, a lightweight folding bicycle for the commuter.

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