That's sad news. One of my Law/Criminology lecturers, Professor Phil Scraton, later wrote the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report into the disaster.
Remembering John Gardner, the second official James Bond continuation author and successful thriller writer, on the fourteenth anniversary of his death on 3 August 2007. 💐
John Gardner is often underrated as a Bond writer. I enjoyed his first Bond books, but can't deny there was a decline as his his series progressed. I still remember being excited buying "Licence Renewed".
I have his Bond books on my main shelves along with the others, and his Boysie Oakes books on one of the bookcases in my bedroom (yes, basically I live in a library). Horowitz is the only other author I do that with.
I had a good time throughout my experience of reading the John Gardner Bond novels, even the later ones and I've always had a great respect for the author managing to stick with the series for as long as he did (even though he'd no doubt much rather be doing something else).
It's a bit of a coincidence that the anniversary on his passing came up yesterday, because just a couple of days ago I was contemplating making a John Gardner novel (non-Bond) my next read. It will probably be The Nostradamus Traitor, although Flamingo is another that I have waiting on my shelf.
RIP Una Stubbs. Beautiful woman and wonderful actress. Grew up with her as Aunt Sally and thought she was great fun as Mrs Hudson in later life. Will be missed.
Ah, yes, sadly missed, Una Stubbs, a very sexy sixties girl, had that certain up-west look, quite perky. Wasn't she Cliff Richard's girlfriend for a time? Lots of shouting practice with Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nicolls and Tony Blair's father-in-law Antony Booth in Till Death Us Do Part. RIP.
I re-read all the Gardner novels a couple of years ago in chronological order and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The first ones were the best, but even the last ones are a fun read if you approach them the right way. I remember when they first came out that I was impressed that Bond was the age he would have been at that time. I thought that was very smart even as a teenager!
A year before James Bond ran Tilly Masterton off the road in Goldfinger, Sir Cliff did the same to Una Stubbs in Summer Holiday.
RIP Una, you were tops.
The death of the UK comedian Sean Lock at the age of only 58 has been announced.
Very sad news. A truly gifted comedian. Thank you for the smiles and belly laughs a plenty. RIP
Singer Don Everley's died, aged 84. (He's on the right, with brother Phil).
Shame to see it relegated to final story on BBC News.
Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts gone to the Great Gig in the Sky, aged 80.
Damn shame, I knew he was going in for an op but not that kind of op. I thought he had a bit left in the tank.
Sad news indeed. The Rolling Stones members seemed like they were immortal.
RIP to the classiest Stone.
I think it was his jazz roots that gave the Stones a groove that their many imitators could not replicate.
You had to love Charlie Watts. RIP.
At the curtain call of every one of the Stones' concerts I went to, Charlie Watts always got the loudest and most affectionate cheer. I think even rock n roll fans know class when they see it. Charlie Watts. RIP.
I just read that Fritz McIntyre, the original keyboard player with Simply Red, passed on a couple of days ago. His contribution to the soulful rhythm section of that 80s / 90s line up was unmistakable. He stuck it out with Mick Hucknall longer than anyone from the original line up. A sad loss.
Ted Dexter too. A gentleman cricket captain. This is not a good week.
My grandmother always said that deaths come in threes, and clusters certainly do seem to happen amongst celebrities as we've seen recently. On a positive note, I bet there's some great jamming going on with Fritz McIntyre, Charlie Watts and Don Everley and Brian Travers of UB40.
RIP to Ed Asner, a seven-time Emmy winner best known as Lou Grant from the comedy "Mary Tyler Moore" and it's dramatic spin off "Lou Grant." He was 91.
Sarah Harding, from Girls Aloud, who may or may not have been to everyone's taste, but were phenomenally successful, passed away from breast cancer. Only 39 which puts a lot of life into perspective. I always rather enjoyed their cheeky brand of power-pop. Another loss to the music world. RiP
Indeed, very sad news regarding the death of Sarah Harding. So young at just 39. Only 3 years older than me. Tragic.
Actor Michael K. Williams, 54. Apparent drug overdose.
Most famously 'Omar' on THE WIRE, he also had featured roles in BOARDWALK EMPIRE and LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. Excellent actor. A real shame.
They'll be shouting "Omar walking!" in heaven soon.
Michael K. Williams RIP
Omar was my favorite WIRE character--a terrifying guy with a real sense of honor--and Michael K. Williams's death really hits me hard. Also, we lost Jean-Paul Belmondo, the stylist French actor best remembered for his "New Wave" roles.
Please raise a glass to my father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a nearly year long battle with brain cancer. He was a lifelong Bond fan and was super excited to see NTTD.
Cheers, Walther. I'm sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and yours, sincerely.
@walther p99 I'll raise a glass of Cepa Madre 🍷 🍷 Many condolences