The news that Terry Jones is losing the ability to communicate knocked me for six last week. As a fan of both his comedic antics and his rather fabulous documentaries, I feel very sad. Particularly as the latter were always made better by his loquacious enthusiasm.
It was, unfortunately, clear at the O2 shows in 2014 that Terry’s memory was failing him, so the announcement that he has a form of dementia wasn’t overly surprising, the news of the vehement variety of aphasia is the heart breaker. Michael Palin reported on his Facebook page that Terry still recognises people and is still “there” but unable to communicate very well. Michael also assures us that Terry is surrounded by family and friends and we, the fans, can really take comfort in that.
There’s a vast legacy of Terry’s work that crosses many fields, from comedy to children’s books, history to fantasy. I humbly suggest seeking them out in books shops, on youtube, DVD etc…
Thank you for everything Mr. Jones, may the rest of your days be happy ones and I hope you realise just how much we appreciate you.
I have been making odd bits of jewellery for a little while now. It was mainly as a distraction, something to do that allowed me to switch off from the day to day stresses and to improve my concentration and dexterity.
Last August I made a batch of items with a Beatles theme and sold them over the International Beatles Week event on stalls at St Peter’s Church Hall (where John and Paul first met) and at the convention at the Adelphi Hotel. They went pretty well. Some stock even sold out.
Recently I set up a store on Etsy.com. Currently I am only shipping within the UK but hopefully that will change very soon. I’m rather pleased with some of the stuff I have designed for the shop and I’ve listed lots of one off items that I have made over the last few months from things I’ve stumbled across.
I had a brilliant evening on Tuesday. I met up with my friend Donna after work and we went out for something to eat and a catch up before heading off to the Liverpool Empire to see The Glenn Miller Story starring the legend that is Tommy Steele.
The show is more a celebration of the music than a truly biographical production but that’s okay. Tommy Steele wowed everyone with his ease and grace as played one of my favourite musical dorks. (I did note that my brass teacher wouldn’t have been impressed with his blowing technique when he wielded the trombone though!)
I found it hard to believe that he is nearly 80 and still has a good few moves that would put some youngsters to shame. It was such an entertaining evening that my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
Best of all we went on Glenn Miller’s birthday!
Just what I need to battle the cold weather doldrums.