MOURNING THE FAMOUS.
I’ve had a few people tell me that my grief at the deaths of some famous people is a bit odd. More than once I’ve read a comment along the lines of “You can’t be that upset about them dying because I’ve never heard you mention them before”
Well, I don’t mention air very often, but I’m pretty sure I’d miss it if it was no longer available. Some people are so much a part of your life that you don’t feel the need to mention how much a part of your life they are.
I was devastated when Richard Whiteley died. So much so that I surprised myself, I hadn’t realised that he meant that much to me. Until I realised that back in the harsh times of the late 80s watching Countdown with my kids had been one of the few pleasant moments we had. I will always associate him with sitting on the settee eating crumpets with my kids & groaning at his excellently awful jokes. I still miss him.
Another comment I get is “How can you miss someone you’ve never even met?”
Well I don’t need to have physically met somebody for them to be a part of my life. Those of us who didn’t have a happy childhood often sought escape in books, films, songs & TV shows. If you have never been moved by any of these things I can’t help but feel sorry for you.
I remember when I heard that John Lennon was dead, crying & thinking that I was going to miss him. That might not make sense to you, but I have missed him. I may not have actually met him, but that doesn’t mean that his words & his songs haven’t been a part of my life.
The comment which pisses me off the most is that I’m “jumping on the bandwagon of grief”
Well, barely a day goes by when my Twitter timeline doesn’t mention the death of somebody famous, many of whom I’ve never even heard of to be honest. I don’t comment on their death as it doesn’t mean anything to me. I am not a bandwagon jumper.
So, for your information, and in no particular order, here is a list of some of the famous people whom I shall miss when they die:
- Dennis Skinner
- Clive James*
- Julie Walters
- Diana Rigg
- Patrick Stewart
- Germaine Greer
- Johnny Ball
- John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine) Victoria Wood
- Ken Dodd
- Stephen Fry
- John Noakes
- Johnny Depp
- Neil Gaimen
- Brian Cant
- James Burke
- Joanna Lumley
- Ron Ely (Tarzan)
- Sandie Shaw
- Siouxsie Sioux
- Billy Bragg
- Glenda Jackson
- Anyone who has played The Doctor in Dr Who
- Any of my Twitter followers – yes I do regard you as famous.
This is by no means an exclusive list, there are many others whom I cannot think of at this moment. Also it is, of course, subject to the investigations of Operation Yewtree.
So you have been warned. If any of these people die I will be tweeting and/or blogging about them, what they mean to me, and how much I will miss them.
*these deaths appear to be [un]fairly immanent, so brace yourselves!