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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

MORTALITY

Date: 11th March 2013

MORTALITY

Oh dear – hardly a week goes by without hearing of the death of someone I have known even if only vaguely.

When working on that lovely show ‘Pebble Mill at One’ in the late 70’s, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen were regulars playing us out of the show. The other day it was announced that Kenny had died.

Today, although I only worked with him very briefly on Southern Television, the death was announced of the lovely Tony Gubba.

I’m desperately trying to get my ‘study’ in some sort of order before the secondary glazing people arrive later this week. I wrote about the ridiculous reasons why I cannot have double glazing in this room even though the remainder of my flat does have it – and which is the coldest room in the flat and the one in which I spend most time – yup – the study and today I’m freezing and have had to turn up the heating.

So what has this got to do with Death. I’m a terrible hoarder of memorabilia and a great romantic so I find it hard to throw away letters, articles, etc. In the process of tidying, I’m coming up with so many reminders from the past and so many of the people have shuffled off this mortal coil.

My parents are still alive, my mother at 92 is suffering from dementia but my father, although blind, is still having a relatively reasonable life at the age of 98. But, although I don’t want to drop dead tomorrow, I pray that I don’t last this long – for one thing the value of my flat wouldn’t keep me in a care home for longer than four years at today’s prices – perish the thought!!!!

And why am I being so morbid. I really thought we’d got the worst of the winter behind us, I’ve had a dreadful cough for nearly three weeks and today I’m freezing, have never seen the sea so rough and its snowing. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced gale-force wind and snow at the same time – the snow doesn’t know which way to flurry.

I think its nearly time to head for a glass of wine to cheer myself up.


 

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