NELSON MANDELA -A Great Man GoneHello everyone, the Year is nearly over and I am in the UK trying to sort out my life here, the practical elements that is, where to live, getting rid of a lifetimes ‘stuff’ and seeing many dear and missed friends…… missed while I am living in the US. I do feel as if I live in two countries now and I do and I suppose I will, till I can’t do the journey anymore! It’s all good. So many people seem to die at this time of the year, strange but true. The loss of Nelson Mandela is traumatic, but inevitable, but we do need some inspirational giants in our lives and we don’t seem to have many at present. President Mandela’s passing has left a huge gap. We live in a very self absorbed world and we need to get over it and think more about each other. Also the wonderful, immensely talented Peter O’Toole has left us. I worked with him in THE LION IN WINTER and he had a lasting influence on my work…I learned so much from him. He was a generous and thoughtful actor, with a giant heart towards his fellow thespians, provided they demonstrated the passion and the will. He had no time for poseurs and wannabes.
I live by the river Thames in London and love to watch the ebb and flow and the life on the river, the boats and barges. I will miss it if I have to give up this flat, but a simpler life beckons, we shall see.
London is packed, I grew up here and have never seen so may people jammed into the City. Don’t know whether to be alarmed or stimulated, both I suppose.
I have also been seeing movies, between packing and tossing away…HER( not my cup of tea), SAVING MR BANKS (charming, with good performances, including a favorite, Colin Farrell), AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY (worth seeing with terrific performances, bar a couple of miscasts :Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, British actors, in a quintessential American film) and NEBRASKA (memorable). I have also seen Andrew Lloyd Webbers ( he wrote THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, among others!) new musical, which I really enjoyed…STEPHEN WARD.
As I get older, I seem to enjoy my life more and more and am much more able to live in the moment, which takes away much of the stress. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, my friends, whoever and wherever you are and an terrific New Year!
A very Happy Christmas to you Jane.
Very sad that Peter has passed on – a great actor and a wonderful character. Nelson Mandela was more expected I suppose, but nevertheless a big milestone. About ten years ago, I had the honour of meeting a man who was on trial with Mandela and who served 22 years in jail for his beliefs. The strength of character of these men is remarkable.
Living in two countries must be quite difficult as you have friends and loved ones in both places and to enjoy one, you have to miss the other. I am also in the process of divesting myself of “stuff” which has accumulated over my lifetime and no longer has the importance I once attached to it. I look forward to the freedom that it gives me. Cathartic but sometimes quite emotional.
Enjoy Christmas and may I wish you a very healthy, happy and productive New Year.
Thank you for your good comments and wishes, I wish the same to you and am happy to be here in the UK this Christmas! I am fascinated that you met a man who was on trial with Mandela and wonder what were the circumstances?
All the best Mike
I enjoyed reading your blog this am. I wish you a cozy happy Christmas and health, love, joy and peace in 2014.
All my best,
Thank you for your good wishes and I wish you a Happy Christmas, love and peace too and good sailing. Maybe I will see you again in the coming year.
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