2017 REVIEW

3 friends died, 89 famous celebrity deaths, 28 movies watched, 10 meals out,
6 disasters, 20 events, 2 days out, 2 evenings out, 9 purchases, 1 drama

JANUARY 2 movies watched, 5 events, 11 famous people died
1 brianwidlake Brian Widlake died, aged 85
Brian Widlake was a British journalist, broadcaster and presenter, known for co-presenting The Money Programme on BBC 2 in the early 1980's with Valerie Singleton. He also conducted the first televised interview of Nelson Mandela in 1961.
6 ompuri Om Puri died, aged 66
Om Puri was an Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Indian, British, American and Pakistani films. Possibly best known for his role as George Khan in the movie: East Is East.
8 petersarstedt Peter Sarstedt died, aged 75
Peter was a British singer and songwriter and was best known for his massive 1969 hit single: "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?"
9 rav4 Test drove: Toyota RAV 4
Went to the Toyota car showroom and met with Eric. He first took me out in the C-HR which is a funky looking car, maybe under-powered but looked good. Then, I drove the RAV4. It was nice, big and comfortable but I was disappointed with the acceleration.
10 kuga Test drove: Ford Kuga
Went to Dees of Croydon, the dealership for Ford and spent some time with Leo. I drove the Kuga and was expecting nothing. But I loved it. It's definitely in my shortlist.
  buddygreco Buddy Greco died, aged 90
Buddy was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist. He was also an actor and starred in "The Girl Who Knew Too Much."
12 bmw3 Test drove: BMW 3 Series
Went to the local BMW dealership and drove the Series 3, 320i Sport. It was excellent and stays solid in the shortlist for my next car.
  larrysteinbachek Larry Steinbachek died, aged 56
The guitarist from 80's pop band Bronski Beat died. The group's lead singer Jimmy Sommerville was openly gay and their classic hit single 'Smalltown Boy' was a huge gay anthem.
13 octavia Test drove: Skoda Octavia
Well, they didn't have the automatic, so Wayne, the Sales Agent drove it. He drives like me. It was fast. It is the vRS version and a 2.0l TSI.
  lordsnowdon Lord Snowdon died, aged 86
Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret's former husband, has died aged 86. He was also a renowned photographer.
17 bmw1 Test drove: BMW 1 Series
Went back to BMW today and drove the 1 series, 120 MSport. It's beautiful, luxurious and very fast.
19 miguelferrer Miguel Ferrer died, aged 61
Miguel Ferrer was an American actor who starred in many films but was probably best remembered for his role as Bob Morton in Robocop. He also starred in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Mr Magoo, Bionic Woman, Iron Man 3. He was lesser known but played characters in American TV programmes including Magnum PI, CHiPS, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues, TJ Hooker, Miami Vice and more.
23 gordonkaye Gordon Kaye died, aged 75
Much loved British comedy actor Gordon Kaye died. He was best remembered for his character René Artois in BBCTV's 'Allo 'Allo.
25 marytylermoore Mary Tyler Moore died, aged 80
Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress who was known for her own TV series as well as movies including Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ordinary People which was won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
26 barbarahale Barbara Hale died, aged 94
Barbara Hale was an American actress who starred in no less than 43 movies. Probably best known for starring in Perry Mason and Airport.
27 johnhurt John Hurt died, aged 77
British actor, Sir John Hurt died. He starred in hundreds of roles across 60 years of acting. I remember and love him for playing Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant and John Merrick in The Elephant Man which I saw at the cinema.
29 abfab Movie: Absolutely Fabulous The Movie ✭✭✭✭✭
Excellent, funny and star studded movie. Loved it.
30 secretlifeofpets Movie: The Secret Life Of Pets ✭✭✭✭✭
Excellent movie.
FEBRUARY 1 movie watched, 9 famous people died, 5 purchases, 3 events
1 motionsensor Bought Philips Hue Motion Sensor & Hue Colour Bulb - £24.99
We've been buying Philips Hue lighting and it's setup in both our rooms. Next was the hallway downstairs and now, depending on the time of day, the light automatically comes on, triggered by a motion sensor that has been placed above the lounge door. I bought this item in John Lewis At Home, Croydon.
  desmondcarrington Desmond Carrington died, aged 90
He was a British actor and broadcaster, best known for his weekly evening show, The Music Goes Round, on BBC Radio 2. His show aired for 35 years, from 1981 until his final broadcast on 28 October 2016. He was born in Bromley, Kent, and lived in Perth, Perthshire. He starred in the ITV medical soap opera 'Emergency Ward 10' from the 1960's.
4 jeffgraham Jeff Graham died, aged unknown
Jeff Graham was a well known DJ... originally from Radio Luxembourg, Jeff went on to work for Capital Radio and Radio 1. Most recently he was heard on Gaydio.
7 richardhatch Richard Hatch died, aged 71
Richard Hatch was an American actor who was probably best recognised from Battlestar Gallactica but also appeared in Dynasty, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Hawaii Five-O, The Waltons and more.
8 tarapalmertomkinson Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died, aged 45
Tara Palmer-Tomlinson was an English socialite, "it girl", television presenter, model and charity patron.
  alansimpson Alan Simpson died, aged 87
Alan Simpson was a British scriptwriter and his best known work included 'Hancock's Half Hour,' 'Comedy Playhouse' and 'Steptoe & Son.'
12 aljarreau Al Jarreau died, aged 76
Soulful American singer, Al Jarreau died. He was probably best known for his single Moonlightin' which was the theme song from the comedy series with the same name, starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Sheperd. I have 'We're In This Love Together,' 'Ain't No Sunshine,' 'Mornin',' and 'Roof Garden' in my collection.
  damian Damian died, aged 52
Damian was a British pop singer and in 1987, charted with his cover of The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was re-released in 1988 and a remix of it made no. 7 in the UK singles charts the following year. He also charted with a cover of Wig Wam Bam in the same year and finally recorded but never charted with his version of Video Killed The Radio Star.
13 robertwelchknife Bought Robert Welch 11cm Santoku knife - £38
This is now my 8th knife in the Robert Welch Signature collection. It is the 11cm Santoku knife. I bought this item in John Lewis At Home, Croydon.
  tefalwok Bought Tefal Inegenio Wok - £40
I have started this collection of Tefal Ingenio collection with a 3 piece set last year, consisting of two size frying pans and one handle. This is the next one and is a 28cm deep wok. I bought this item in John Lewis At Home, Croydon.
14 countryman2017 Test drove: Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4
I went to the Cooper Banstead dealership and met with Sales Executive, Jade. She allowed me to drive around Epsom Downs and do the mad mile in Belmont. It was exhilarating and made me choose it as my next car.
17 peterskellern Peter Skellern died, aged 69
Peter Skellern was an English singer and song writer and best known for his 1972 hit single "You're A Lady."
20 oralb Bought Oral B 6510 Pro Bluetooth Electric Toothbrushes - £109.99
Bought this kit from Amazon as it was the cheapest with two handles. They link up to the iPhone which is all a bit gimmicky but a bit of fun. I got them through Amazon Prime.
23 ghostbusters Movie: Ghostbusters (2016) ✭✭✭✭✭
Fun movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
24 jeanjezz Went to Jean's birthday bash
Jezz was invited by a customer to her 80th birthday do. It was at The Epsom Golf Club and I was his plus one. There were lots of lovely people there and a buffet too. It was a really nice evening.
25 btphones Bought BT Digital Cordless Phones - £99.95
This set of landlines phones are the BT 8610 trio set with answer phone and include the advance call blocking called TruCall. I bought them in John Lewis At Home, Croydon.
  billpaxton Bill Paxton died, aged 61
Bill Paxton was an American actor and starred in movies The Terminator, Weird Science, Predator 2, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic.
26 mother Went to Sara's
Michele and I went to Sara's for the afternoon and in to the early evening. Saw Richard, Carl, Jodie, Amanda, Jamie and Jordan.
MARCH 1 friend died, 5 famous people died, 1 disaster, 1 event, 3 movies watched, 2 meals
6 silverspoondiner Meal: Silver Spoon Diner, Tattenham Corner
Jezz and I had breakfast in my favourite cafe.
7 startrekbeyond Movie: Star Trek Beyond ✭✭✭✭
Great movie. Watched at home with Jezz from HD.
10 johnforgeham John Forgeham died, aged 75
John Forgeham was a British actor and starred in Footballer's Wives. He had many roles in classic TV series including The Avengers, Z-Cars, Crossroads, The Sweeney, The Professionals, Shoestring, Ivanhoe, Juliet Bravo, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Lovejoy, Bergerac, Prime Suspect, London's Burning, The Bill and Doctors. He also appeared in famous movies such as Dead Man Running, The Young Americans, The Italian Job and more.
  jonisledge Joni Sledge died, aged 60
From the 70's legendary disco band, Sister Sledge, Joni Sledge has died. The group were famous for so many excellent hit singles and I have them all in my collection. Some of them were 'We Are Family,' 'Frankie,' 'Lost In Music,' 'Thinking Of You' and possibly my favourite 'He's The Greatest Dancer.'
11 sanandreas Movie: San Andreas ✭✭✭
Ridiculous film, hopelessly American boy meets girl scenario yet again. However, the special effects are amazing.
  willsy Sarah Williams died, aged 56
My dear dear friend, Sarah. I am writing this 7 hours after her son Alex called me to break the news and I am still in shock. Sarah has been one of the longest and most loyal of my friends and I will miss her terribly.
17 lawrence montaigne Lawrence Montaigne died, aged 86
An American actor I recognise from Star Trek but he also starred in many American TV series like Batman, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Time Tunnel, Perry Mason, McCloud.
18 chuckberry Chuck Berry died, aged 90
Another name I've grown up with... Chuck Berry. We had the single My Ding-a-Ling on 7" vinyl in my Grandmother's record collection.
19 blackswan Meal: The Black Swan, Peas Pottage
Jezz and I met up with Vicki for Sunday roast lunch. The food was great, company fab and the atmosphere was good too. Jezz and Vick had the lamb shank and I had roast beef. We all had a dessert too. Jezz had Black Forest Sundae, Vicki had the Treacle Sponge with custard and ice cream and i had the Cherry Pie with custard and ice cream.
21 sing Movie: Sing ✭✭✭✭✭
Brilliant animated movie. Watched at home with Jezz on hard drive.
22 westminsterbridgeattack Disaster: Westminster Bridge Terrorist Attack
A terrorist attack took place in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster in London. The attacker, 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians on the pavement along the south side of Westminster Bridge and Bridge Street, injuring more than 50 people, four of them fatally. After the car crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace grounds, Masood abandoned it and ran into New Palace Yard where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. He was then shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene.
31 pill Event: Drug change
Had consultation with my doctor at the clinic about changing my drug regime. It happened and starts tomorrow evening, 1 April 2017.
  gilbertbaker Gilbert Baker died, aged 65
Gilbert Baker was an American gay activist for most of his life but most extraordinarily, was the creator of the rainbow flag.
APRIL 6 famous people died, 9 movies watched, 2 events, 5 meals, 1 day out, 1 purchase
2 startrekbeyond Movie: Zootopia ✭✭✭✭
Great movie. Watched at home with Jezz from HD.
3 converse Bought Converse All Star Leather Trainers
I bought these in JD Sports, Wimbledon, in white, size 8. They were £55.
6 donrickles Don Rickles died, aged 90
Amazing American comedy legend - best known for his appearances on the Comedy Roasts, typically for Dean Martin, Telly Savalas, Jimmy Stewart and Frank Sinatra. He was renowned for being a very close friend to Frank Sinatra. His dry, sarcastic and ridiculing technique earned him the title Mr Warm.
7 timpigottsmith Tim Pigott-Smith died, aged 70
Tim Pigott-Smith was a British actor and is best known for his character in Jewel In The Crown from 1984, which won him a BAFTA award.
8 brianmatthew Brian Matthew died, aged 88
Brian Matthew was a British broadcaster. He was best known for his radio shows with the BBC. He also worked as a television presenter and was one of the hosts of the 1960's show: Thank Your Lucky Stars.
11 willsy Sarah Williams's funeral service
Today, Vicki came up and we had breakfast at home together. Then we set off and picked up Barbara on route to the crematorium to say our goodbye's to Sarah. I did another eulogy and it went well.
13 mum Went to Mother's
Drove over to Mother's alone and met up with Mum, Sara & Jodie and Amanda. Had sandwiches, cake and a good catch up.
15 davidbrent Movie: David Brent: Life On The Road ✭✭✭
Watched at home, alone on Amazon Prime. It was ok. Funny in parts.
  vicki Meal: Chinese take away with Vicki
Vicki came up and had a Chinese take away with me, at home. Had a catch up and a pleasant evening.
  clifton james Clifton James died, aged 96
American actor Clifton James was best known for his role as a Sheriff in several movies and TV series. Shows like: Dallas, Murder She Wrote, Highway To Heaven, The A Team, The Fall Guy, Quincy M.E., Hart To Hart, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bonanza, The Phil Silvers Show and more. TV movies including: The Deadly Tower, The Man With The Golden Gun, Live And Let Die, Cool Hand Luke and more.
  emmamorano Emma Morano died, aged 117
The world's eldest person has died, The Italian lady was born 29 November 1899.
18 nikwaynejezz Day Out: The Grand, Brighton spa
Nikki, Jezz and I set off around 8.30am and stopped off for a breakfast in a cafe on the A23. We got in to Brighton and parked in an NCP. We arrived in perfect time at The Grand Hotel in Brighton. The spa included 3 hours of pampering and nibbles. Steam room, massages, therapy body scrubs and manicure. A completely self-indulgent day. Thanks to Jezz.
  thatchedinn Meal: The Thatched Inn, Hassocks
Nik, Jezz and I ended our day out with dinner at a lovely pub set in residential Hassocks, West Sussex. We all had 2 courses, prawn cocktails and deep fried Brie. We all had a different main, Nik had Thai green curry, Jezz had plaice and chips and I had ham, egg and chips. It was pleasant!
22 sausageparty Movie: Sausage Party ✭✭✭✭
Fabulous animated film. A lot of swearing but a really good mockery of religious cultures and human life through the eyes of foods in a supermarket.
  erinmoran Erin Moran died, aged 56
Star of the American comedy TV series "Happy Days' has died. Ericn Moran played the character Joanie who was the sister of Richie Cunningham, played by Hollywood Director Tom Howard.
26 illaghetto Meal: Il Laghetto, Ewell
Michele treated me to a 3 course meal at my favourite Italian restaurant, for my birthday.
MAY 1 disaster, 2 meals out, 1 event, 2 movies watched, 9 famous people died
3 saxa Saxa died, aged 87
Lionel Augutus Martin, better known as 'Saxa' was the legendary saxophonist that contributed to the original ska band from the 1970's, 'The Beat.'
8 davidandme Collected David from hospital
Went to Croydon University Hospital, Day Surgery to collect ole pal David. He'd been in for a routine examination and biopsy. The results were excellent news.
9 robertmiles Robert Miles, died, aged 47
The legendary 90's DJ and record producer Robert Miles was most famous for his iconic anthem: "Children."
  rushhour Movie: Rush Hour ✭✭✭✭
Great movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Watched at home alone, from Amazon Prime.
  horriblebosses2 Movie: Horrible Bosses 2 ✭✭✭✭
Good film, funny in parts. As good as the first one! Watched at home alone, from Amazon Prime.
10 geoffreybayldon Geoffrey Bayldon died, aged 93
Best known for his role as Catweazle in the 70's, but also starred in Heartbeat, Casualty, My Family but also starred as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. He also appeared in Z-Cars, The Tomorrow People and The Avengers.
15 countryman Car was MOT'd
Dropped the car off at Cooper and went for an all you can eat breakfast in a local Brewers Fayre. IT was amazing. Car passed the MOT of course.
  ianbrady Ian Brady died, aged 79
Notorious child murderer Ian Brady died, in a high secure hospital. He was known, along with Myra Hindley for the death of five children, known as the Moors murders as they took place on the Yorkshire Moors.
  brewersfayre Meal: Brewers Fayre Heathside, Banstead
I went to the Cooper garage and showroom to have the car MOT'd and strolled along the Brighton Road to the Brewers Fayre Heathside pub and restaurant. The unlimited breakfast was amazing. It was only £8.99 and I had so much food, including a bowl of fresh fruit, 2 mugs of tea, toast, crumpet and 2 plates of breakfast.
17 brewersfayre Meal: Brewers Fayre Heathside, Banstead
I told Jezz about this place so we decided to go there for breakfast. Excellent value!
22 arianagrande Disaster: Manchester Arena terrorist attack
A suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. The attacker was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British Muslim who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena after the event. Twenty-three adults and children, including Abedi, were killed and 119 were injured, 23 critically.
Abedi was initially suspected of working within a terrorist network, and various people were arrested in connection with the incident. Police later said they believed he had largely acted alone.
23 rogermoore Sir Roger Moore died, aged 89
Legendary British actor, most famous for the best British Bond, James Bond but also for the original TV series of The Saint and playing alongside Tony Curtis in The Persuaders.
24 nigelforman Nigel Forman died, aged 74
Former MP for Carshalton & Wallington, Nigel Forman died. He ran between 1976 and 1997. He is the predescessor to current MP Tom Brake.
  jaredmartin Jared Martin died, aged 75
The ever so handsome, Jared Martin was an American actor and appeared in many programmes. Known for his role as Dusty Farlow in Dallas, he was also the lead character in The Fantastic Journey but he was also in The Partridge Family, Shaft, Logan's Run, The Six Million Dollar Man, Project UFO, The Waltons, Wonder Woman, CHiPs, Hart To Hart, Fantasy Island, Knight Rider, Airwolf, The Love Boat, Magnum P.I., LA Law, The Incredible Hulk, How The West Was Won, Columbo, Murder She Wrote and War Of The Worlds.
28 johnnoakes John Noakes died, aged 83
Children's TV presenter who was best known as one of the Blue Peter presenters from 1970's. His co stars were Valerie Singleton and Peter Purvis. He also had his own show called 'Go With Noakes.'
30 mollypeters Molly Peters died, aged 75
Molly Peters played a bond girl in "Thunderball" starring Sean Connery in 1965. She played the character Patricia Fearing.
JUNE 1 friend died, 1 movie watched, 8 famous people died, 3 disasters, 3 events, 2 purchases
1 roybarraclough Roy Barraclough died, aged 81
One half of the comedy double act, Cissie & Ada with comic legend and hero Les Dawson. Also played Alec Gilroy, husband to Bet Lynch and co-licensee of The Rovers Return in Coronation Street.
2 petersallis Peter Sallis died, aged 96
The actor was best known for appearing in Last of the Summer Wine and was also famous as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit. He played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its first episode in 1973 until the series concluded in 2010. He was the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes of the sitcom.
3 londonbridgeattack Disaster: London Bridge & Borough Market terrorist attack
At 9.58pm, three people carried out a terrorist attack in two locations in central London. The attack began when a white van rammed pedestrians on London Bridge. The van drove on and came to a halt south of the bridge. Three men left the van and ran to Borough Market, where stabbing attacks took place in restaurants. One witness reported that the attackers shouted "This is for Allah" and stabbed patrons with a knife. Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack. Three suspects wearing fake explosive vests were shot dead by police. They dealt with this all within 8 minutes. The Metropolitan Police declared the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks to be "terrorist incidents."
6 minicountryman2017 Collected new car
I went to Mini Cooper and changed my car over from the blue Mini Countryman to a new shape 2017 Countryman. This one is petrol ad features a more options than the last one.
9 adamwest Adam West died, aged 88
The original actor who played Batman in the 1960's TV series died.
14 grenfelltower Disaster: Grenfell Tower burned
A council block of flats in West London was totally burned out leaving 80 dead and more than 70 injured.
  mother Went to see Mother
Nik and I drove over to see Mother today. She is still recovering from a knee operation so we took sandwiches and crisps and spent a few hours with her at her home.
17 berni Berni died, aged 59
Friend of sister Nikki's, Berni... passed away today. I've grown up knowing Berni and spent many evenings at Nik's when she'd come round. She also had a cafe at Selsdon BR station (near Crystal Palace) and occasionally I would go and help Nik on a Saturday when she worked there.
18 jezznewmini Jezz buys new car
Jezz bought a black Mini Cooper S Coupé from Cooper Banstead. It comes with 18" black shiny alloy wheels, Chili pack and Media pack. He had red stripes and Mini logo puddle lights added to it.
19 finsburyparkattack Disaster: Finsbury Park attack
47-year-old Darren Osborne of the Cardiff area, is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.
  briancant Brian Cant died, aged 83
Children's presenter Brian Cant, most famous for hosting Play School and Play Away, died. I remember growing up watching him with co-presenters like Floella Benjamin, Dave and Toni Arthur and Derek Griffiths.
25 passengers Movie: Passengers ✭✭✭
Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Not bad film.
26 ultrasound Ultrasound Appointment
Went to the hospital for an ultrasound of the abdomen. She advised evidence of gallstones and a fatty liver.
27 michaelbond Michael Bond died, aged 91
Famous British author, most famous for the creation of Paddington Bear.
  ruthpearson Ruth Pearson died, aged 70
Ruth was one of the founder members of 'Pans People' who were an all-female dance group that featured weekly on BBCTV's Top Of The Pops in the 1970's.
30 barrynorman Barry Norman died, aged 83
Film critic and TV presenter Barry Norman dies. He presented the film review TV show 'Film..." on BBC1 from 1972 to 1998.
JULY 2 events, 9 famous perople died, 1 famous animal died, 2 movies watched
1 americansniper Movie: American Sniper
Very good film starring Bradley Cooper with an unexpected ending. Watched at home on my own through Amazon Prime.
3 grotbags Carol Lee Scott died, aged 74
Best known for her character Grotbags in Rod Hull's Emu's World, a children's TV prgoramme from the 1980's.
12 simon Simon visited
My wonderful lover boy Simon came to visit by driving all the way from Wales, just to see us! We had ham, egg and chips for lunch at home, both went out in each other's new cars adnd had a lovely catch-up.
13 woodmankids Meal: The Woodman, Woodmansterne
Jezz and I met up with everyone for steak night and to celebrate Stacey's 30th and Alfie's 14th birthday. We got them gidt vouchers.
15 afamilyday A Family Day
Kels, the boys, Debs and Jim all came over for the afternoon. We had burgers, hot dogs, chips and coleslaw. We played on the PlayStation and played games. Had a fab day!
  martinlandau Martin Landau died, aged 89
American actor Martin Landau has died. He starred in the original Mission Impossible TV series and Space 1999, as well as countless other roles in both TV and film.
16 trevorbaxter Trevor Baxter died, aged 84
His credits include: Adam Adamant Lives!, Z-Cars, Maelstrom, Thriller, The New Avengers, Jack the Ripper, The Barchester Chronicles and Doctors. He is known for his appearance in the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang as Professor George Litefoot. He reprised his role of Professor Litefoot in an episode of audio series, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers. The following year he was Professor Litefoot again for a continuing series of Jago & Litefoot.
20 chesterbennington Chester Bennington died, aged 41
Chester was an American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
21 deborahwatling Deborah Watling died, aged 69
Deborah Watling was an English actress known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
  pudsey Pudsey, the dog died, aged 11
Border-Collie performing dog (Britain's Got Talent, Pudsey: The Movie, Mr Stink). Died from blood cancer.
  johnheard John Heard died, aged 71
John Heard was an American actor and as well asappearing in TV shows such as The Sopranos and CSI: Miami, he is best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movies.
22 missperegrine Movie: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ✭✭✭✭
Great movie. Watched at home with Jezz on HD.
27 robertanker Robert Anker died, aged 27
Robert Anker was a former memeber of the dance group 'Diversity' who won the 2009 Britain's Got Talent contest.
28 charliegard Charlie Gard died, aged 11 months
The sad story of terminally ill Charlie Gard comes to a close as he dies. His parents court battles to attempt to save or make better his condition made world-wide news coverage.
AUGUST 1 friend died, 7 famous people died, 1 purchase, 6 movies watched, 2 meals out, 1 evening out, 1 day out
2 whenastrangercalls Movie: When A Stranger Calls (2006) ✭✭✭
Good film, kept me watching at least. Watched at home alone on Horror channel.
3 roberthardy Robert Hardy died, aged 91
Star of All Creatures Great and Small and Harry Potter movies died.
  hywelbennett Hywel Bennett died, aged 73
Hywel Bennet was best known for his character 'Shelley' from the TV series with the same name. He also appeared in Doctor Who, Last of The Summer Wine and most recently in Eastenders.
  foam Bought new mattress
Old Tempur mattress finally gave out after 11 years. Bought new one through Laurie at her foam shop. £240.
8 glencampbell Glen Campbell died, aged 81
Mega country singer Glen Campbell is best remembered for his global hit 'Rhinestone Cowboy' but I have an album of his and have always loved 'Gentle On My Mind' and his version of the Everly Brothers 'All I Have To Do Is Dream,' duetted with Bobbie Gentry, is fabulous!
16 badmoms Movie: Bad Moms ✭✭✭
Watched alone at home on HD. Good movie.
18 bridgetjonesbaby Movie: Bridget Jones's Baby ✭✭✭✭
Watched alone at home on HD. Good movie.
  bruceforsyth Sir Bruce Forsyth died, aged 89
The legendary, Britain's greatest entertainer and National treasure, one of my comedy heroes, Brucie finally dies. Jezz and I went to see his comedy roast and it was hosted by Jimmy Carr. The star for both of us was Barry Cryer who was one of them who paid tribute.
19 despicableme3 Movie: Despicable Me 3 ✭✭✭✭
Great movie. Watched with Jezz at home on HD.
20 jerrylewis Jerry Lewis died, aged 91
American comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, recently best known for his role in The Nutty Professor and fromt he 1960's, comedy duo with Dean Martin.
21 rustington_nik Day out to Rustington with Nik
Today, Nik and I went to Rustington in West Sussex. We had breakfast and strolled through the village, browsing the shops. Then we drove on to Arundel and walked around antique shops.
22 timandme Meal: Silver Spoon Diner, Tattenham
Met up with Tim after months of not seeing him. Great catch up and good food.
23 michele Evening out at Michéle's
Went to Michéle's for the evening and met up with Mother and Sara. Ant was there too. Food was nice, we had a catch up, played games and had a laff!
24 vicki Meal: The Dragon, Colgate
Jezz and I went to meet up with Vicki for a pub lunch. We went to the Dragon Pub and Grill in Colgate, near Horsham.
25 tonyfisher Tony Fisher died, aged 58
One of the funniest men on the planet and old friend, Tony has died. I found out on Facebook. Devestated.
26 gotg2 Movie: Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 ✭✭✭✭
Great movie, as good as the first one! Watched at home with Jezz on HD.
27 girlstrip Movie: Girls Trip ✭✭✭✭✭
Superb funny movie. Watched at home with Jezz on HD.
28 melissabell Melissa Bell died, aged 53
English performer Melissa Bell was the lead singer of the 90's R&B group, Soul II Soul. who had hits Back To Life and Keep On Movin'. She was also the Mother of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.
31 richardanderson Richard Anderson died, aged 91
Richard Anderson, was an American actor, best known for his role as Oscar Goldman in the Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman TV series. He also starred in The Forbidden Planet
SEPTEMBER 9 famous people died, 4 movies watched, 1 event
8 donwilliams Don Williams died, aged 78
Donald Ray Williams was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. I remember him best for his massive hit single: "I Recall A Gypsy Woman" and "You're My Best Friend."
10 ghosttown Movie: Ghost Town ✭✭✭✭
Watched alone at home on Amazon Prime. Great film and finally shows Ricky Gervais in a loving role, eventually!
12 thebucketlist Movie: The Bucket List ✭✭✭✭✭
Favourite movie of the year so far. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, for me, both in the best roles. Excellent film. Watched on Amazon Prime alone, at home.
13 arrival Movie: Arrival ✭
Very disappointing film. Watched at home alone on Amazon Prime.
  frankvincent Frank Vincent died, aged 80
Frank Vincent was an American actor and best known for his roles in The Sopranos and Goodfellas.
15 violetbrown Violet Brown died, aged 117
Violet Brown was the oldest person alive after Emma Morano who died earlier this year, 15 April. Violet lived in Jamaica and now passes the title on to Nabi Tajima.
  henrydeanstanton Henry Dean Stanton died, aged 91
Henry Dean Stanton was an American actor and best known for his roles in Alien and The Green Mile.
16 carryoncabby Movie: Carry On Cabby ✭✭✭✭
Watched at home with Jezz, from recorded on YouView box.
19 iphone7plus Bought the iPhone 7 Plus
Bought the iPhone 7 Plus from John Lewis.
20 newfill New-fill treatment started
Went to Guy's Hospital, London for the first of four treatments with Odile.
21 williamgstewart William G. Stewart died, aged 84
William G. Stewart was a British TV presenter and game show host of Fifteen To One on Channel 4 from 1988 to 2003. He was also a successful producer and director for very famous shows including Father Dear Father, Love Thy Neighbour, Bless This House, The Rag Trade, Family Fortunes, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and The Price Is Right. He was also married to Sally Geeson, who starred in Bless This House as Sally Abbot.
25 lizdawn Liz Dawn died, aged 77
British actress Liz Dawn who played Vera Duckworth in ITV's Coronation Street died. She was in the soap for 34 years, from 1974 until the character's death in an episode in 2008 which attracted more than 12 million viewers. Vera Duckworth was married to Jack Duckworth, played by Bill Tarmey who died in 2012.
  bobbyknutt Bobby Knutt died, aged 71
Robert Andrew Wass, known professionally as Bobby Knutt, was a British television actor who started in entertainment as a stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Albert Dingle in Emmerdale. But I remember him as Eddie in Benidorm.
26 tonybooth Tony Booth died, aged 85
Anthony George Booth was an English actor, best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in the BBC series Till Death Us Do Part.
27 hughhefner Hugh Hefner died, aged 91
Hugh Hefner was an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953.
OCTOBER 1 disaster, 6 famous people died, 1 purchase, 1 event
2 mandalayhotel

Mandalay Hotel Las Vegas Strip massacre
At least 59 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000. He killed himself as police stormed the room where morethan 20 guns were found.

  tompetty Tom Petty died, aged 66
Tom Petty was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rock band, producing such hits as American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin', Learning to Fly and Refugee.
16 seanhughes Sean Hughes died, aged 51
Sean was an Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He starred in his own television show Sean's Show and was one of the regular team captains on the BBC Two musical panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
17 applepencil Bought the Apple Pencil
I've been toying with buying the Apple Pencil for months but as I had £56 of John Lewis vouchers, I took the plunge and drove to Kingston and bought it.
18 newfill New-fill treatment - number 2
Went to Guy's Hospital, Lodon for the second treatment of four for New-fill.
22 judithmcgrath Judith McGrath died, aged 70
Judith played the much loved prison officer Colleen Powell in the Australian original series of Prisoner Cell Block H.
24 fatsdomino Fats Domino died, aged 89
Legendary Blues and Soul American singer Fats Domino died. He was best remembered for his hit single Blueberry Hill.
  robertguillaume Robert Guillaume died, aged 89
American actor, best remembered for his role as Benson in both the comedy series 'Soap' and the spin-off hit series 'Benson.'
29 keithwilder Keith Wilder died, aged 65
Keith Wilder was the lead singer of the 70's soul/funk band 'Heatwave.' They were best known for the iconic love ballad "Always And Forever" but other hits included: "Mind Blowing Decisions," "Too Hot To Handle" and "Gangsters Of The Groove."
NOVEMBER 6 famous person died, 1 movie watched, 1 drama, 1 meal out, 1 event
1 coffeetable From dining table to coffee table
After several attempts to give away our old dining table (that Jezz has been using as a desk), we decided to try our hand at 'upcycling' and turn it in to a coffee table for the lounge. After cutting the legs off at a certain height, sanding down the feet and adding felt pads, it worked! Click or tap on image for larger view.
5 maxsthaicooking Meal: Max's Thai Cooking
Meal out celebrating Jezz's birthday with Nikki and Harrison.
8 antoniocarluccio Antonio Carluccio died, aged 80
Antonio Carluccio, OBE OMRI was an Italian chef, restaurateur and food expert, based in London. He is known as the godfather of Italian gastronomy, with a career stretching back more than 50 years.
13 icesharks Movie: Ice Sharks ✭
Daft, far-fetched film, recorded from Horror Channel. Watched at home with Jezz.
14 flood Drama: Massive flood leak in the kitchen.
15 thinner Movie: Stephen King's Thinner ✭✭
Another daft movie but fun to watch. Watched at home alone from the Horror Channel.
  keithbarron Keith Barron died, aged 82
Keith Barron was an English actor who appeared in multiple roles in films and on television from 1961 until 2015. His television roles included the police drama The Odd Man, the sitcom Duty Free and Gregory Wilmot in Upstairs, Downstairs.
18 malcolmyoung Malcolm Young died, aged 64
Malcolm Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.
21 rodneybewes Rodney Bewes died, aged 79
Rodney Bewes was an English television actor and writer best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC television sitcom "The Likely Lads" from the 1960's. Its colour sequel was "Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?"
  davidcassidy David Cassidy died, aged 67
David Bruce Cassidy was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge, in the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family. I remember him for the hit singles: "Daydreamer," "Could It Be Forever" and "How Can I Be Sure." The B-side to Daydreamer was excellent too, "The Puppy Song."
DECEMBER 3 movies watched, 1 event, 4 famous people died, 1 evening out
6 karaokesilouhette Courtyard Clinic's Christmas Party
Jezz and I went to the Courtyard Clinic's Christmas party which included curry from Dilwar's Indian take away and karaoke from Wayne.
10 maxclifford Max Clifford died, aged 74
Max Clifford was a British publicist. During his long career as a publicist, he represented a mixed range of clients and was often considered a controversial figure, due to his representation of unpopular clients (such as those convicted, or accused of crimes) and his work for people wishing to sell "kiss-and-tell" stories to tabloid newspapers.
11 keithchegwin Keith Chegwin died, aged 60
TV presenter Keith Chegwin, best remembered for his children's show 'Cheggar's Plays Pop.' I loved him best presenting 'Sky Star Search.'
15 heinzwolff Heinz Wolff died, aged 89
Heinz Wolff was a German-British scientist, and television and radio presenter. He was best known for the BBC's The Great Egg Race.
18 goinginstyle Movie: Going In Style ✭✭✭✭
Great movie starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain and Alan Arkin. Watched at home with Jezz
20 secondmostexoticmarigoldhotel Movie: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Great star studded film, including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and more. Watched at home, alone from recorded.
21 familyselfie Event: Great day with Kelly, Chris, Ethan and Jake
It may have only been a few hours, but it means the world to me that I get to see them. My wonderful daughter, Kelly, her handsome fella Chris and my fabulous grandsons Ethan and Jake, came round for part of the day and I love every minute of it!
23 leonbernicoff Leon Bernicoff died, aged 83
Leon was famous as one half of Leon and June on Channel 4's 'Gogglebox.' They had been married for 62 years and were among the originals when the series started.
31 thecroods Movie: The Croods
Great movie. Watched at home, with Jezz on TV.