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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 04:39 pm
I discovered today that my Aunt Irene died on the 1st of November – I got a letter from her son who lives in Australia. She didn’t have a note of my phone number, but had my address. Odd, because I put my phone number (and email address) into all my Christmas cards, and I always sent her one.

She was a dear. Straight spoken, always, but someone you could rely on in a pinch. She was amazing when my father died in 1997. She came down to our place from Doncaster and helped me and my then sister in law nurse my father until he died. For eight weeks, she was there, talking to him, fetching drugs (and his doctors were always updating his pain meds), cooking, whatever needed doing. She and I did most of it, because my sister in law’s children were toddlers meaning she couldn’t stay for long and my mother was no help because she’d disappeared into a weird 1941 world of rations and blackout. I’d always loved Auntie Irene for her wit and her kindness, but after that she could do no wrong in my eyes.

I probably won’t be able to go to her funeral, what with the cat’s teeth and new glasses, but I will raise a glass to her on the day.

International news

Trump won? TRUMP won?! What madness is this?

He’s a lying liar who lies like a cheap rug. I could not forgive him that impersonation he did of that disabled journalist, let alone his attitude to women. What a scuzz-bucket the man is.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 12:09 pm
I read today on the Redemption community that Gareth Thomas passed away yesterday from heart failure.

He was such a fine actor and a great raconteur. I was lucky enough to meet him when running the Who's 7 conventions in the 90's and he never disappointed the fans. Such a genuine man.
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Thursday, January 14th, 2016 04:28 pm
Another of the greats gone: RIP Alan Rickman.

2016 seems to be starting where 2015 left off.

Not impressed.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 01:09 pm
My friend [livejournal.com profile] moonlightmead died this morning. Her death was expected, she’d been ill for a long time, but I’m upset despite that.

We met at the Glasgow Eastercon a few (two? three?) years ago where by chance we’d arrived for breakfast at the same time. We were standing together in the queue and the waiter assumed that because we’d fallen into conversation that we must be together so sat us at the same table. We carefully sounded each other out and discovered that we were both slash fans, she in Pros me in, well, a variety of things as you know.

We spent a lot of the rest of the convention together. Not too much because I always think I’m clingy and that can get boring for whoever I’m clinging to so I take care to go off on my own and not outstay my welcome, but we were often at the same panels and things and would wave and sit together. She was very kind about my costume, and I admired her colourful outfits.

We met a couple of times in London when she came up for a visit, she was lovely and I wanted to get to know her better.

Cancer is vile and life is not fucking fair.
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Thursday, June 11th, 2015 05:30 pm
Very sad to see that Christopher Lee has died. He was 93, which is a good age, but I had somehow imagined he must be immortal.

RIP, a very sad loss.

In other news

I am almost ready to write up my reviews of the Hugo novel nominations. It's been a hard slog...
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015 05:12 pm
RIP, Terry Pratchett.

I met him in the 1990s at a convention in Liverpool. He was a lovely man, very approachable and chatty, and we talked about writing until he was late for his reading. His sense of humour wasn't always mine, though I read a lot of his books, I wasn't sure I was the audience they were intended for.

I was sad to hear he'd got Alzheimers, and every more saddened today to hear he'd passed on.

Having said that, I gather he died at home, surrounded by his family and with his cat asleep on his bed. Death doesn't get much better than that.
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Friday, February 27th, 2015 11:29 pm
RIP Leonard Nimoy. He was one of the icons of my childhood and I'm saddened by his passing.
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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 10:49 am
RIP Robin Williams. I'm so sorry to hear about his death, my thoughts are with his family and friends.

A timely reminder that head weasels are horrible and dangerous.

Just a thought: In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14
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Friday, March 14th, 2014 12:35 pm
Very saddened by the death first of Bob Crow on Tuesday and secondly of Tony Benn today.

For those of you who have never heard of either, both were leaders of the left wing of British politics. Tony was 88, and the signs had not been good for some time, but Bob was only 52 – scary because I’m the same age, and probably in worse health.

Tony has been an inspiration to me practically since I was old enough to say his name. It was something my parents thought rather amusing that I should venerate someone simply because I’d heard him speak at meetings. When he spoke – something he and Bob shared - he was a mixture of amusing, angry and inspiring. I never missed a chance to hear either of them.

True leaders of the left, now lost to us. A very sad week for progressive politics in the UK.
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 10:42 am
The very first computers I ever used were Apple Macs; they were in my university's computer lab and I was so thrilled with what they could do that I didn't have words. That was in 1980 and what they could do was almost nothing compared with what we have now.

How far we have come; and he was a huge part of that.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 09:13 pm
The twitterverse says Eisabeth Sladen has died, but the BBC isn't confirming that - does anyone have the true situation?

ETA: [personal profile] fox confirms that the BBC has it. Bugger, I was hoping it was a mare's nest.
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Monday, June 15th, 2009 02:06 pm
Via [personal profile] temaris and others, [personal profile] minotaurs passed away.

My deepest condolences for those who've lost a close friend.

I never met him, but he was invited to one of the Red Rose conventions years ago. He was unable to attend in the end, but we corresponded and I got the impression of a very funny, very genuine guy. I always thought there would be time enough to meet him and, well, there won't.