General diary entries


So here we are again.
Yet another year over and they seem to be getting quicker and quicker!!

I’ve just finished my second Long day in a row and now I’m ready for a long glass of Brandy and Babycham and some dinner before snuggling down on the sofa to see in the New Year.

2015 has been a mixed year.
As a family, we said goodbye to the Matriarch. Grissle.
She made it to 95 years. An incredible lady who always managed to put a smile on my face and still does!

Nan 40

And we said goodbye to a long standing friend who is, and always will be considered family. Valerie.


It’s been a landmark year with Dharma turning 13, Marjorie turning 16, Murron turning 18 and Ian turning 50!
On top of all that, we also celebrated 21 years of marriage.
Oh yes, I got my first tattoos!
Mid life crisis I think!

Work has been challenging on both sides to say the least.
I finished my 2 year college course in September. An achievement I never thought I’d be doing at 46 and Ian is coming to the end of 35 years of shift work as he takes on a new position at the beginning of January.
Mondays to Fridays 9 to 5.
That, on it’s own, is going to bring us our biggest challenge next year as he is also taking a temporary cut wages as he trains up for and proves himself in the new position.
Hopefully by the end of next year we’ll be back on track again but it’s going to be really tough keeping our heads above water after we’ve been getting used to being financially comfortable for the first time in 15 years!!

It’s been a great year for films and it has ended on an exceptionally high note with the ‘thankfully’ incredible new Star Wars movie.
I have watched 378 films and I have been to the cinema a grand total of 64 times.
I am not ashamed to admit that the last 4 times were all for Star Wars.
At last I can put aside the meagre attempt at rebooting the franchise with the prequels and get back to what Star Wars should be!
Oh yes and there’s definately a new bad boy on the block.

This year saw not just one new obsession in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake smile

but at the last minute Adam Driver stomped in as Kylo Ren with his lightsabre, sulking and extremely bad temper.

Kylo entrance

Kylo Sabre Swing

Kylo removes mask

Adam Driver 2
Yes, this obsession has bloomed rather quickly.

Talking of movies, the Hollywood obituary is sadly way too long to list in full but a few memorable mentions are…..

Robert Loggia 85
An Officer and  Gentleman, Independence Day, Return to Me.

Robert Loggia 2

Saeed Jaffrey 86
The Man Who Would be King, Gandhi, A Passage to India, My Beautiful Launderette

Saeed Jaffrey

Dean Jones 84
That Darn Cat, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, The Love Bug, Clear and Present Danger

Dean Jones

Maureen O’Hara 96
Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, Big Jake, Miracle on 34th Street

Maureen O Hara

John Guillermin 89
Director of classics like The Towering Inferno, The Bridge at Remagen and the 1976 King Kong

John Guillermin

Nancy Bernstein 55
Visual Effects Executive Producer on great movies such as Armageddon, X-Men, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, A Beautiful Mind, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Day After Tomorrow….. I could keep listing and she died way too young!

Nancy Bernstein

Omar Sharif 83
Lawrence of Arabia, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan, Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif

Patrick Macnee 93
The Avengers, Battlestar Galactica, The Howling and countless appearances on TV shows and films.

PAtrick Macnee

James Horner 61
Died in a plane crash and left us with an incredible legacy as he composed the music for films such as Southpaw, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Bicentennial Man, Mighty Joe Young, Deep Impact, Titanic, Jumanji, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Clear and Present Danger, The Pelican Brief, Patriot Games, The Rocketeer, Field of Dreams, Aliens, Cocoon, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Krull, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Battle Beyond the Stars!!!
And that’s a short list. I could have gone on.
His score for Star Trek II is quite possibly one of the greatest scores in film history.

JAmes Horner

Christopher Lee 93
Dracula – multiple times, Fu Manchu – several times, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Man With the Golden Gun, Shaka Zulu, Gremlins 2 and of course The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

Christopher Lee

Ron Moody 91
Countless TV shows but will always be remembered as Fagin in Oliver.

Ron moody

Robert Chartoff 81
A producer who frequently teamed up with Irwin Winkler to create films such as Rocky 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff and Enders Game.

Robert chartoff

Andrew Lesnie 59
A Cinematographer that gave us astounding vistas in films such as all three Lord of the Rings Movies, all three Hobbit movies, I am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Died too young. His visual mastery is going to be missed.

Andrew Lesnie

Louis Jourdan 93
Gigi, Can-Can, Octopussy, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask

Louis jourdan

Grace Lee Whitney 85
Yoeman Janice Rand in the Classic Star Trek universe

Grace Lee Whitney

And last but not least, I can’t sign off this obituary without mentioning Leonard Nimoy 83
Mr Spock himself in the Classic Star Trek universe

Leonard Nimoy

Next year sees the third movie in the reboot Trek universe and Zachary Quinto has done a stellar job at taking on the role of Spock.
Can’t wait to see it.

I’ll end this blog with a full list of my movie viewing for the year in order.
As you will see, I’m quite eclectic with my viewing.

So for now, I hope everyone has an amazing New Year.
I will endeavour to keep blogging pationately about my obsessions, my movies and my occasional rants at the world.
See you in 2016!!

The Three Musketeers 3D
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
Yours, Mine and Ours
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Taken 2
Avatar 3D
Immortals 3D
Mama Mia
A Hard Days Night
A Long Way Down
Dredd 3D
Bounty Hunter
Taken 3
A Beautiful Mind
The Bourne Supremacy
Eagle Eye
Ex Machina
The Theory of Everything
X-Men Days of Future Past
Guardians of the Galaxy 3D
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
12 Years a Slave
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Cuban Fury
Big Hero 6
Walking on Sunshine
The Duff
Draft Day
Gone Girl
Jupiter Ascending
We Bought a Zoo
Hector and the Search for Happiness
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hunters
Morning Glory
Man of Steel
White House Down
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness
This Means War
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Maze Runner
Sean of the Dead
50 Shades of Grey
Bruce Almighty
The Help
Project Almanac
I, Frankenstein
Total Recall (Colin Farrell)
High Spirits
X-Men Days of Future Past
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jack Ryan
The Imitation Game
What We Did on Our Holiday
Run All Night
Bourne Identity
Bourne Supremacy
I, Robot
The Fall
3 Days to Kill
Now You See Me
The Crazies
Captain America: The First Avenger
Leap Year
Dream House
Patch Adams
Prince of Persia
Donnie Darko
Fast and Furious 7
Fast and Furious 1
The Maze Runner
Horrible Bosses 2
This Means War
Child 44
Just My Luck
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
The Sixth Sense
Non Stop
The Theory of Everything
Easy Money
Mad Max
Red Eye
Penguins of Madagascar
Into the Woods
The Guardian
Big Hero 6
San Andreas
American Sniper
Ex Machina
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
Identity Thief
Big Hero 6
The Drop
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
That Awkward Moment
The Lucky One
Guardians of the Galaxy
Billy Elliot
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jurassic World
You Again
Jurassic World
Project Almanac
Taken 3
Man Up
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Valentines Day
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jurassic Park 2 – The Lost World
The Amazing Spiderman
Jupiter Ascending
The Dark knight Rises
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
Step Up
Magic Mike XXL
Terminator Genisys
Big Hero 6
Mission Impossible 3
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Calamity Jane
Pacific Rim
Ant Man
Into the Storm
Horrible Bosses
Safe House
Good Will Hunting
Inside Out
Begin Again
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Thor: The Darkworld
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Field of Dreams
The Bourne Ultimatum
Divergent : Insurgent
Source Code
The Hunt for Red October
The Duff
Accidental Love
Fantastic 4 (2015)
Fantastic 4 (2015)
End of Watch
Love and Other Drugs
Donnie Darko
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt1
Run All Night
The Day After Tomorrow
Prince of Persia
The World’s End
Love and Other Drugs
We Bought a Zoo
Mission Impossible 2
Ever After
The Duff
Force 10 from Navarone
Ant Man
The Drop
American Psycho
The Best of Men
Horrible Bosses 2
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Water Deviner
Deep Impact
Hitman: Agent 47
Star Trek
Love and Other Drugs
The Manchurian Candidate
Left Behind
The Thomas Crowne Affair
Drop Zone
Casino Royale
Run All Night
Fast and Furious 7
The Man From Uncle
Seventh Son
The Legend of Billie Jean
The Lone Ranger
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
The Kids are All Right
Avengers: Age of Ultron
American Ultra
New Year’s Eve
Smokey and the Bandit 2
Jack Ryan
The Blind Side
Source Code
Donnie Darko
Star Trek
Man Up
The Martian
Mr Mom
Area 51
Avengers Assemble
The Good Girl
Gone Girl
About Time
The Glen Miller Story
Mad Max: Fury Road
Singin’ in the Rain
Next Best Thing
A League of Their Own
Shaun of the Dead
Jumpin Jack Flash
San Andreas
Shaun of the Dead
The Adjustment Bureau
We Bought a Zoo
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Hotel Transylvania
Beautiful Creatures
X-Men First Class
Love and Other Drugs
Jurassic World
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Back to the Future 3
October Sky
The Drop
Space Cowboys
Total Recall (Colin Farrell)
The Lucky One
The Last Witch Hunter
Crimson Peak
Rebel Without a Cause
The Martian
A Room With a View
Casino Royale
Terminator Genisys
The World is Not Enough
Roman Holiday
The Signal
Poltergeist 2015
Ex Machina
Star Wars – A New Hope
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Return To Me
Sister Act
The Lady in the Van
Edward Scissorhands
The Goonies
Gremlins 2
Ant Man
Magic Mike XXL
Inside Out
Just Like Heaven
World War Z
The Next Three Days
The Vanishing
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Victor Frankenstein
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Man From Uncle
Absolutely Anything
Independence Day
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Santa Clause
Jingle All the Way
What Women Want
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3
The Counselor
In the Heart of the Ocean
The Dark Crystal
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This is Where I Leave You
While We’re Young
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Dam Busters
Jupiter Ascending
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Cool Runnings
Amazing Grace
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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