Time ain't long

Two showbiz deaths in the last couple of days - the beautiful Lynda Bellingham (she of the old OXO gravy adverts), and reggae legend John Holt. The cause of Holt's death in London is not known yet, but the loss to reggae music is huge. Known for writing The Tide is High in the 60's, he also had a hit in 1973 with his interpretation of Help Me Make It Through the Night, a recording which is able to appeal to the younger listener of today. The first time I ever heard him was in 1982 when his distinctive version of Mr. Bojangles was played on radio.

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It seems many famous names in showbiz are dropping dead! Now it is the turn of legendary saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft - he who provided the world-renowned solo in Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street, and also the closing solo to Hazel O'Connor's Will You.
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Halfway to Paradise

Last night Hannah and I had our engagement party. This was held in the side room of a pub in Oundle. The jukebox was programmed to play from my preselected list, and there were about 25 fine people there to accompany us.

One person who was grand enough to show up was my sister Sue (or Suzy as she prefers to be known these days). It was the first time we had met in 15 years, so I made good mention of that in my speech! There will be a lot of catching up to do.

The cake was a joy. We had a local cake maker rustle us up a Cath Kidston Provence Rose style cake. It looked too good to cut and eat, but cut and eat we all did!

Thank you to all who turned up.
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