2015 REVIEW

49 famous celebrity deaths, 21 movies watched, 21 meals out, 11 purchases, 9 achievements,
5 dramas, 2 people died and 1 new born, 3 special days out

 

JANUARY 3 moives watched, 6 famous people died, 1 meal out, 1 drama, 2 purchases, 2 achievements
1 phileverly Movie: The Dark Knight ★★★
Watched at home through Amazon Prime, with Jezz.
6 lancepercival Lance Percival died, aged 81
Lance was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1961 and was an English actor, comedian and singer. He became an established after-dinner speaker. He appeared in the 1960's TV show: "That Was The Week That Was" and starred in Carry On Cruising in 1962. He was the voice behind both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in the 1965 cartoon 'The Beatles.'
10 harry Went to Dorset to collect Nik's new puppy, Harry
Harry is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and was very cute, despite being sick in my new car.
14 moviesafe Movie: Safe ★★★★
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.
15 kellychris Kelly and Chris came round together for the first time
17 thelorax Movie: The Lorax ★★★
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. I watched this movie at home with Jezz, through Amazon Prime.
19 annkirkbride Anne Kirkbride died, aged 60
Anne played the much-loved character 'Deidre Barlow' in TV's Coronation Street. She became a National treasure because she was in the soap for 42 years from 1972-2014. She posthumously received the Outstanding Achievement Award for this role in 2015 at The British Soap Awards.
21 paulineyates Pauline Yates died, aged 85
Pauline Lettice Yates was an English actress, best known for playing Elizabeth Perrin in the original 1970's BBC television sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
22 leonbrittan Leon Brittan died, aged 75
Leon Brittan was a member of the Conservative Party for 4 years between 1995-1999. He served as a British politician under Margaret Thatcher and had several ministerial roles in cluding Home Secretary as well a member of the EU.
23 youview Bought my second YouView TV box
My own You View box finally died after only about 4 years.
25 microwave Bought a new Samsung microwave
Our old microwave finally packed up after 11 years.
26 demisroussis Demis Roussos died, aged 69
I grew up listening to Demis Roussos songs and my Grandmother bought a few of his singles too. They included 'When Forever Has Gone' and 'Forever And Ever.'
30 harvester Meal: The Mill, Mitcham Common
Went for a lunchtime meal with Jezz to a local Harvester restaurant.
31 melmarianne Went to Portsmouth to meet Marianne and Melvin
Michele, Nik and I drove to Portsmouth and met our Mother's brother and his wife. We caught up on old times and discovered some historic stories unearthing some facts from our past.
  mothermakes3 Met our Mother once again after 28 years
Having driven to Portsmouth to seek more information of about our Mother, I suddenly remembered the actual address of where our Mother was living the last time we met. We entered it in to the sat nav and increidbly enough, we finally met her again... not without shocking her half to death.
  geraldinemcewan Geraldine McEwan died, aged 82
Geraldine McEwan was an English actress who had a long career in theatre, television and film. She was probably best known for her role as Miss Marple in Agatha Cristie's TV show 'Marple.'
FEBRUARY 3 meals out, 4 famous people died, 1 movie watched, 2 achievements, 2 drama
3 anthony Meal: The Moon on the Hill, Sutton - Anthony's 19th birthday
The family gathered together at the pub for a steak night for my nephew's 19th birthday.
4 asiatandoori Meal: Asia Tandoori, Hackbridge
Jezz and I decide to eat out whilst on the way home from another clinic meeting.
5 freddie Meal: The Mill, Mitcham Common - Freddie's 6th birthday
The family gather together at a local Harvester for my niece's 2nd boy, Freddie's 6th birthday.
6 moving Jezz and I went to view possible new home
The old property was not fit for habitation and we were advised the previous year that all residents would need to be rehoused. Jezz and I were the last of the six properties to vacate.
10 door I drove with Jezz to Hampstead to view security front doors
We decided that before moving in to anywhere that we would increase the security, improve the heat insulation and sound proofing by buying and having installed a new security front door. We didn't buy from them in the end.
12 stevestrange Steve Strange died, aged 55
I grew up listening to music created by Steve Strange. He was a music promoter and host in the seventies but became more famous when he fronted the new wave band 'Visage' who's biggest hit single was 'Fade To Grey.'
  confidence I told my Mother in a telephone call of my sexual fluidity (lol) and health condition
14 pamelacundell Pamela Cundell died, aged 95
Pamela Cundell was a British actress and most loved and bestknown for her role as Mrs Fox in BBCTV's comedy 'Dad's Army.'
16 lesleygore Lesley Gore died, aged 68
Lesley Gore was an American singer, song writer and activist. Her biggest and best known song was "It's My Party.'
21 thatawkwardmoment Movie: That Awkward Moment ★★★★
I watched this movie at home with Jezz, through Amazon Prime. Very funny and enjoyable film.
27 leonardnimoy Leonard Nimoy died, aged 83
A TV legend from my youth, American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role of 'Spock' from the original TV series and motion pictures 'Star Trek.'
  countryman The car had a complete free valet
I was entered in to a prize draw at Cooper Banstead and won a free car valet.
MARCH 1 drama, 2 meals out, 5 purchases, 2 achievements
2 swan Meal: The Swan, Ash Vale
Michele, Nik and I went to meet up with our Mother for our first meal out. It was a lunchtime, quiet and pleasant and thought-provoking. We discussed more of our past... as much as we could without causing stress and discomfort.
6 smart42 Jezz bought his new car
Jezz traded in his Peugeot 307cc for a convertible Smart For 2.
8 loft Jezz and I boarded the new loft
Before Jezz and I moved in to the new home, we made sure that we had the storage space that we were losing by no longer having the garages by boarding the loft.
14 benihana Meal: Benihana's, Chelsea - Nikki's 50th birthday
Jezz and I went to meet up with Paul, Nikki, Stacey and Charlie for Nikki's 50th. We met at the excellent Japanese restaurant in South West London. The food and entertaining staff and chefs made for a really good evening out.
16 doorshutters New steel front door and shutters was installed
The project of increasing the security at the new home takes place with the installation of a steel-plated front door and steel frame as well as sliding shutters in the lounge.
18 kitchengoods Delivery of cooker, fridge, freezer and washing machine
Earlier on in the year, Jezz and I went on a shopping spree at John Lewis and bought a matching larder fridge and freezer from Zanussi, a range cooker made by Smeg and a John Lewis automatic washing machine. they arrived today in two deliveries at the same time.
19 doubleglazing Double glazing installed
Continuing the security project at the new home, Jezz and I had double glazing installed. We went with a friend of my sister's who did us an unbeatable deal. It's excellent and improved both the heat insulation and the sound proofing.
24 movinghome Last day at the old place - finally moved to the new home
After viewing the property on 6 February, Jezz and I finally moved the last of our belongings to the new place and shut the door of what was our home for the last 14 years, for the final time.
31 toaster Bought a new toaster
For over twenty years I have always wanted a Dualit toaster. I've always liked them and I last used one when I was working at the cafe, 18 years ago. I was considering the 6 slice but decided on the 4 slice one in the end.
APRIL 1 movie, 2 famous people died, 1 meal out
6 foragoodtimecall Movie: For A Good Time, Call ★★★★
Excellent funny movie. Watched through Amazon Prime at home with Jezz.
14 percysledge Percy Sledge died, aged 74
I remember Percy Sledge for his huge hit single: "When A Man Loves A Woman" and it was one of Dad's favourite songs.
20 potters Meal: Potters, Mytchett, Guildford
Michele and I went for a second lunchtime meal out with our Mother.
28 keithharris Keith Harris died, aged 67
One of the children entertainers I grew up watching on the telly, Keith Harris with his puppets Orville the duck and Cuddles the monkey.
MAY 5 famous person died, 2 meals out, 1 purchase
1 beneking Ben E. King died, aged 76
Probably best known for his song: "Stand By Me."
2 ruthrendell Ruth Rendell died, aged 85
Ruth Rendell was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.
6 sakurarefit Meal: Sakura, Carshalton Beeches
Jezz and I treated ourselves to a meal out in the newly refurnished local Indian restaurant.
  errolbrown Errol Brown died, aged 71
One of my favourite songsters from the 70's and from the music I grew up with was Errol Brown. He was the lead singer of the disco band Hot Chocolate and had so many hit singles including, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again, Emma, I'll Put You Together Again (From Dear Anyone), I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I?), No Doubt About It and loads more.
15 bbking BB King died, aged 89
I didn't know any of BB King's songs except I do remember "Lucille."
19 sofa New leather sofa and chair was delivered
Jezz and I bought a new 3 seater sofa with 2 reclining seats and 1 recliner armchair.
21 grabrail Grab rails were fitted in the bathroom
22 terrysuepatt Terry Sue-Patt died, aged 50
Actor Terry Sue-Patt was best known for his role as Benny Green on British children's TV show Grange Hill that ran from 1978-2008. Terry was on the show for four years until 1982.

30 blossomhouse Meal: Blossom House, South Croydon
Jezz and I met up with Kate, Lizz and Vicki as an anniversary to their Mum's death (Jean), 13 years.
JUNE 1 special day out, 1 movie watched, 5 meals out, 1 person I knew died, 5 famous people died
1 charleskennedy Charles Kennedy died, aged 55
Charles Kennedy was a former leader of the Liberal Democrats.
  silverspoon Meal: Silver Spoon Diner, Tattenham Corner
I met up with Nik for lunch and we had a fry-up breakfast together.
10 beijinggarden Meal: Beijing Garden, Cheam Village
This meal out with Jezz was to introuce me to Harrison, who I met for the first time.
  jameslast James Last died, aged 86
Another musician I gre up listening to. James Last was an accomplished composer and conductor.
11 nikschickenkievmeal Meal: Nikki's
I went to Nik's for dinner.
  ronmoody Ron Moody died, aged 91
A British actor best known for his role as Fagin in the film Oliver that he won a Golden Globe award for.
  christopher lee Christopher Lee died, aged 93
An accomplished British actor, best known for his role as Frankenstein's Dracula in 1958. He was Scaramanga in the James Bond movie The Man With A Golden Gun and starred in The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit amongst hundreds of other roles.
20 bunker Mr Brian Bunker died
My old History school teacher died. He was a memorable character from my high school days and he was the Medical nurse as well as games teacher.
22 beijinggarden Meal: Beijing Garden, Cheam Village
I went here with Gary for an evening meal on the way from the hospital.
24 patrickmcnee Patrick McNee died, aged 93
I grew up watching Patrick McNee on telly playing John Steed in The New Avengers.
26 kencaiger Ken Caiger's funeral
My sister's husband Paul's father died and today was his funeral at Morden Creamtorium. I helped with the creation of the service books.
27 hangover3 Movie: The Hangover 3 ★★★★
Very funny film. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
30 ramsays Meal: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Jezz and I were treated by Mel and Barry to an amazing experience of a meal out to any one of the Gordon Ramsay restaurants. We chose Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.
JULY 1 special day out, 3 famous people died, 1 special day out, 5 movies watched
2 valdoonican Val Doonican died, aged 88
Growing up and seeing Val Doonican on the telly as a singer is a fond memory. He was most famous for singing from a rocking chair on his own TV programme and we had the 7" vinyl single of his version to 'Elusive Butterfly.'
10 omarsharif Omar Sharif died, aged 83
An amazing actor from my youth and best remembered for his role in Lawrence Of Arabia where he won 2 Golden Globe awards. A further Golden Globe award for his role as Dr. Zhivago.
11 manofsteel Movie: Man Of Steel ★★
Good film. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
12 hungovergames Movie: The Hungover Games ★★
Can't remember watching this! Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
14 welcometothepunch Movie: Welcome To The Punch ★★★
Watched at home through Amazon Prime with Jezz.
18 davidblack David Black died, aged 62
David Black was the lead singer of the 70's pop group 'Goldie' and their only UK hit single is one of my favourite songs: "Making Up Again."
22 levertaps Had lever taps fitted to the bathroom sink
24 olddogs Movie: Old Dogs ★★★★★
Superb film and Robin Williams was as excellent as ever. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
28 barry Day out to Barry & Mel's
Jezz and I were invited to go down to Bognor and meet Barry's wife, Mel and daughter Ellie and their dog Lottie.
30 paddington Movie: Paddington ★★★★★
Great movie, watched through Amazon Prime with Jezz at home.
AUGUST 4 meals out, 3 movies watched, 1 special day out, 5 famous people died
2 cillablack Cilla Black died, aged 72
TV legend and singer Cilla Black, another icon that I grew up watching on the telly, died. I remember her from hit songs: "Anyone Who Had A Heart"and "Aflie" and TV shows "Blind Date" and "Surprise Surprise" and "Cilla" in the 70's where her famous Cillagrams originated.
3 sarahandkaren Sarah and Karen popped in
As Sarah and Karen live quite a distance from us now, they popped in on their way through to IKEA.
4 karenjezzsarah Day out: Sarah and Karen's
We took a trip out to see Sarah and Karen on the south coast. They have a fabulous home. We spent the day with them and went for lunch and had an ice cream along the prom.
6 georgecole George Cole died, aged 90
A very well respected British actor but best known for his role as Arthur Daley in the TV series Minder, co-starring Dennis Waterman.
8 debjim Debbie and Jim popped in
It was a first time for Debbie and her man Jim to call round and see the new home.
10 teddy Teddy was born
Stacey and Spencer's baby boy was born, Teddy Spencer Wilson, 8ld 10oz.
13 stephenlewis Stephen Lewis died, aged 88
Another figure I recognise from my youth was actor Stephen Lewis who played down-trodden bus inspector 'Blakey' in the TV comedy series "On The Buses."
15 cau Meal: Cau, Kingston
Went to Kingston with sis, Nik. We stopped for lunch at the lush restaurant 'Cau' and the food and service was superb.
  darkknightrises Movie: The Dark Knight Rises ★★★
Good film. Watched at home through Amazon Prime with Jezz.
23 kateatthenewinn Meal: The New Inn, Hayes
Kate's 47th birthday with Jezz, Vicki, Jess and her boyfriend Jack, Terry and Julia and Julia's daughter Nicky and granddaughter Georgia and great granddaughter Meah.
25 blueball Meal: The Blue Ball, Walton-on-the-hill
Meal out lunchtime with Jezz and Nikki. Food and service was excellent.
  colinfry Colin Fry died, aged 53
Colin was a famous TV medium and I watched his programme regularly.
26 waitrose Jezz went for an interview and got it
Jezz went to Waitrose for an interview and was told that he was successful.
28 teresagorman Teresa Gorman died, aged 83
Teresa Gorman was a British politician and served for the Conversative party between 1987-2001.
  harvester Meal: The Mill, Mitcham Common
Jezz and I went for a lunchtime meal out.
29 theheat Movie: The Heat ★★★★★
Excellent and funny film starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
31 befoeigotosleep Movie: Before I Go To Sleep ★★★★★
Excellent movie. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
SEPTEMBER 1 achievement. 1 purchase, 4 movies watched, 3 famous people died
4 bangersisters Movie: Banger Sisters ★★★★★
Excellent film. Watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
5 ricorodriguez Rico Rodriguez died, aged 80
Rico Rodriguez was the trombonist from the 70's Ska band 'The Specials.'
6 flymo Bought lawnmower
Jezz and I bought a Flymo Easi Glide 300 Hover mower.
8 garden Barry came to do some gardening
Barry, our wonderful gardener came to do some more landscaping of the back garden and laid some paving edging around the lawn for us.
16 pride Movie: Pride ★★★★
A great movie with laughter and tears. Watched with Jezz at the clinic's movie night.
18 werethemillers Movie: We're The Millers ★★★★★
Superb and very funny film. One of my favourite of the year. Watched with Jezz at home through Amazon Prime.
19 briansewell Brian Sewell died, aged 84
Brian Sewell was a well known British art criticand media personality.
  lovepunch Movie: The Love Punch ★★★★★
Absolutely brilliant film and my favourite of the year so far. Starring Emma Thompson and Piers Brosnan. watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
  jackiecollins Jackie Collins died, aged 77
Jackie Collins was an English romance novelist. I remember her most for writing the The Stud, which became a movie starring her sister Joan Collins and Oliver Tobias.
28 waitrose Jezz started at Waitrose
Jezz's first day at Waitrose.
OCTOBER 6 famous people died, 1 meal out, 2 purchases, 1 drama, 2 achievements
3 denishealey Denis Healey died, aged 98
Denis Healey was a British Labour Party politician. He was a member of parliament of 40 years (1952-1992).
8 hughscully Hugh Scully died, aged 72
British television presenter. He is best known as the host of the BBC show Antiques Roadshow from 1981 to 2000.
9 gordonhoneycombe Gordon Honeycombe died, aged 79
I grew up watching Gordon Honeycombe presenting the news on the telly.
  geoffreyhowe Lord Geoffrey Howe died, aged 88
Geoffrey Howe was known from 1970 to 1992 as Sir Geoffrey Howe, was a British Conservative politician.
12 tobycarvery Meal: Toby Carvery
Michele and I went for an evening carvery together.
16 amandasara Met half-sisters Amanda and Sara
Michele, Nik and I drove to Mum's in Aldershot and met Amanda for the first time and saw Sara again after 27 years. Amanda and Sara are Mum's daughters.
22 wnm Had my 5th tattoo done
I had spent some of the year converting an original design of an old sweet wrapper that Dad folded some 36 years ago and turn it in to an image that could be tattoo'ed. It finally happened and I met with the tattooist who did my first three tattoos.
23 peterbaldwin Peter Baldwin died, aged 82
Peter Baldwin played the role of Derek Wilton in the ITV soap Coronation Street for 21 years. He was the husband of Mavis Riley played by Thelma Barlow.
27 heatsmart Heatsmart installed
Through eDF Energy, we arranged for a Heatsmart Digital Thermostat to be installed. It was done by HeatLink Ltd and installed by Dean and he gave me a walk-through quick guide of the app used to control it.
  mixertaps Mixer tap installed
We had the shower mixer tap on the bath replaced with a new one. The threads of the taps had worn and the plunger kept falling off but also the pressure was poor.
30 almolinaro Al Molinaro died, aged 96
American actor Al Molinaro, who starred as "Big Al" Delvecchio in sitcom Happy Days, has died at the age of 96.
31 countrymandamage Car accident
I was reversing back up a narrow lane to give way to an old man who didn't give way to me. I reversed straight in to post. Caused quite a bit of damage but at least no one else was involved.
NOVEMBER 1 movie watched, 1 meal out, 1 person I knew died, 4 famous people died, 2 dramas
2 dwseuropcar Car collected and hired car dropped off
DWS collected my car from home and Europcar dropped off the hired car, a full-spec Qashqai.
  colinwelland Colin Welland died, aged 81
Colin Welland was a British actor and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script for Chariots of Fire in 1981. He also starred in BBC's 70's series 'Z Cars.' He was a regular in The Sweeney also.
14 parispeace Paris terroists attacks
Terrorists plague Paris streets and venues and murder 129 peaceful civilians.
  warrenmitchell Warren Mitchell died, aged 89
Actor Warren Mitchell, who played Alf Garnett in TV series Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health, died aged 89.

15 cynthiapayne Cynthia Payne died, aged 82
Cynthia Payne, the brothel madam whose life was immortalised in film in the 1980s, has died at the age of 82, her family has said. She hit the headlines when police raided her home during a sex party involving elderly men in 1978. Her life was depicted in film in Personal Services with Julie Walters.

  jezzs44th Meal: The Blue Ball, Walton for Jezz's 44th birthday
A gathering of family and friends for Jezz's birthday. There were Harrison, Barry and Mel, Nikki and Paul, Debbie and Jim, Kelly and Chris, Stacey and Zoe, Jezz and Wayne.
16 saeedjaffrey Saeed Jaffrey died, aged 86
Saeed Jaffrey was an Indian born British actor and known for his roles in A Passage To India, Ghandi, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Jewel In The Crown and hundreds of other Bollywood classics.
20 christinescotcher Christine Scotcher died, aged 72
My dear wonderful friend Chris passed away. I worked with her at the DIA in Beddington in 1995.
21 gravity Movie: Gravity ★★★
A good movie with suspense starring only Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. watched at home with Jezz through Amazon Prime.
29 amandas Meet up for Mum's birthday
Michele, Nik and I head over to Amanda's for a surprise visit on Mum as it's her birthday. We also met her friend David and met Amanda's sons Jamie and Jordan for the first time. Sara was there for a while also.
DECEMBER 6 famous people died, 2 movies wtached, 1 meal out
6 nicholassmith Nicholas Smith died, aged 81
Nicholas Smith was best known for his role as Mr Rumbold from BBCTV's comedy series: "Are You Being Served?" Written by Jimmy erry and David Croft, the show was set in a departmental store and starred Mollie Sugden, Wendy Richards, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Trevor Bannister and Nicholas's role was Manager of Menswear and Ladieswear in the Grace Brothers store.
8 shirleystelfox Shirley Stelfox died, aged 74
Shirley Stelfox, who played Emmerdale's Edna Birch, has died following a short battle with cancer, aged 74. She was also known for her role as Rose in the BBCTV comedy: 'Keeping Up Appearences.'
19 jimmyhill Jimmy Hill died, aged 87
Former Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill, one of English football's most influential figures, died on Saturday at the age of 87.
21 christmastree Entertaining at home for the first time
Mum, Sara and Jodie came over to our place. Michele and Nik turned up later too. We exchanged presents and had a good laugh playing Heads Up and I laid on a buffet of sandwiches and warm food.
25 charlie Christmas lunch at sister Nikki's
Caiger and Charlie were also there and we had a fab Christmas lunch and played games. Nice and relaxed afternoon/evening.
29 lemmy Lemmy died, aged 70
Lemmy was the frontman to the heavy metal band 'Motorhead.'
  johnbradbury John 'Brad' Bradbury died, aged 62
John was the drummer for the 1980's SKA band, The Specials. UK hits included 'Gangsters,' 'Ghost Town,' 'A Message To You Rudy.'
31 planes Movie: Planes ★★★★★
Loved Stacey Keach's voice as the Skipper. Excellent movie watched through Amazon Prime at home with Jezz.
  marsneedsmoms Movie: Mars Needs Moms ★★★★★
Amazing life-like animation. Excellent movie watched through Amazon Prime at home with Jezz.
  nataliecole Natalie Cole died, aged 65
Natalie Cole was the daughter of soulful 60's crooner Nat 'King' Cole. She peaked with her music career when she sang her Father's hit "Unforgettable" by duetting with her Dad from a recording 25 years beforehand.