It's odd how often this sort of thing happens. You start thinking about something or someone and then all of a sudden the very thing you are thinking about pops up in the wider world. There's probably some theory in quantum physics to explain it. Quantum physics or Buddhism.
C. is currently contributing to a book on the women about whom pop songs have been written. Sweet Caroline, Maggie May, Lola and so on. His plan on Monday was to write about the 'Sharona' in My Sharona by The Knack. We awake on Monday morning to hear the announcement of Doug Fieger's death, the lead singer of The Knack and writer of the song - not to mention lover of the Sharona in the title. Spooky. My Sharona is definitely a defining song from my teenage years - and we were actually dancing to it in the living room 2 weeks ago, during a ridiculous, drink fuelled, impromptu '80s disco' with a couple of friends.
Then after recently blogging about The Railway Children, I hear the news that the director of the film, Lionel Jeffries has died. Not only did Lionel Jeffries direct one of the best loved children's films, but of course, he played Grandpa Potts in another favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - remember him in his outhouse, being winched into the sky by The Baron Bombhurst's airship, whilst singing 'P.O.S.H'. Who can forget that!
I can look forward to a pleasant afternoon knitting and weeping infront of the tv soon, as the BBC will presumably show The Railway Children as a tribute. Or maybe a double bill with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
So farewell Lionel Jeffries and Doug Fieger and thank you.