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Oh, 2010. That was a year and a half. I always knew, when my grandfather and I started living together, that it was only going to end one way. Obviously. I always assumed I'd take him his cup of tea one afternoon, and find that he'd slipped away in his armchair though. That or that he'd just not come down to breakfast one morning. I didn't expect him to have to take to his bed and slip away by degrees. I imagine that neither did he! The cruel irony of old age is that, if you're strong enough to still enjoy life, you're too strong for your body to give in easily - and just a few weeks before he fell ill, he was still getting up the stairs faster than all three of his sons. I suppose it was stupid of me to expect him to go quickly. The NHS were amazing, though. District nurses are a wonderful thing. (Even if it is always a slight disappointment that they don't ride bicycles nowadays).

As to the rest of it, I think it was a quiet sort of a year. I wasn't paying attention for the first few months, admittedly, but I'm sure I'd have noticed if pirates had raided the Houses of Parliament, or Prince Charles and Prince Andrew had duelled over the succession. Or even something major that didn't involve swords. It was the year when Nip/Tuck ended, my beloved show that was now a shadow of its former self thanks to bad management. It was the year when Lost ended, and 99% of the fandom boggled at the screen in bewilderment, and wondered why we'd bothered. It was also the year when several million childhoods heaved a collective sigh, when both Corey Haim and Gary Coleman died - and Stephen J Cannell, come to that.

On the international stage, there was some brief hilarity when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano became the bane of every newsreader's existence, by spitting out lots of smoke and debris, and buggering up the airlines for a good few weeks. It was also the year when America raided the BBC's store cupboard, and nicked the superb TV miniseries Edge Of Darkness for a Hollywood remake. It seems to have vanished without trace, so clearly sometimes the the gods of the screen are just and true. Not often, I'll grant you, but sometimes. The BBC also raided their own store cupboard, and came up with a sequel to Upstairs Downstairs, annoying pretty much all the fans of the original. I enjoyed it, but admittedly I never got around to bothering with the second series, whenever that was.

And of course this was the year when a-ha called it a day, the year after their final album, Foot Of The Mountain. They released a final single, and then went their separate ways. Until this year, of course! Sometimes you do get a happy ending - albeit a temporary one. Naturally.

a-ha and Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah):

From their The Illusion Of Safety album, this is the Hoosiers and Unlikely Hero:

The Manics with the title track from their 2010 album Postcards From A Young Man:

This year saw the death of jazz great Lena Horne. Here she is appearing on The Dean Martin Show in 1969. They were good friends, and I think this comes across nicely here. As so often with the guests on that show, it's clear that they're having fun.

One sad point about this year, that went almost unremarked upon due to the passage of time, was the death of Johnny Sheffield, the former child actor who had played Boy to Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan throughout the 1940s. Those films were on a lot when I was a kid, and I spent a fair chunk of time being Boy. Badly, I'll grant you. But with enthusiasm! Here's the trailer for 1939's Tarzan Finds A Son, the film that launched the world's most danger prone infant upon the world:

And to close, and continuing with the animal theme, this year also saw the death of Simon MacCorkindale. So here's the theme from Manimal. No prizes for guessing what decade it's from! (It says, I know. But if it didn't. Obviously. Yes okay, I'll shut up now).

Blimey, that wasn't the most cheerful year ever, was it!


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Dec. 27th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Losing someone close is always hard, no matter how quickly it happens.

I gave up Lost way back in season two or so, I think. Maybe sometime I'll pick it up again and get to that ending.

I still need to see the original Tarzan movies at some point.

Manimal was such a fun show. <3
Dec. 27th, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
The original Tarzan movies were silent ones in about 1918! I don't know if they're available anywhere. But you totally have to watch the 1940s and 50s ones. Lex Barker is my favourite (he replaced Weismuller), but I love the Weismuller ones with Johnny Sheffield. Then later they went into colour, and Tarzan learned to speak properly, and somehow some of the fun went away!

I do recommend later "Lost". My favourite character was Richard, who came in around season three I think. He was very cool. Also Desmond was wonderful (everybody loves Desmond!), and his episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes" was I think everybody's favourite episode of the entire series. Everything really started to go wrong during that final season though. It was painfully obvious that they were making things up as they went along.
Dec. 28th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
I'll have to see what I can track down. :D

Sounds fun. I'll definitely get to it at some point.
Dec. 27th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, 2010 - it was a pretty eventful year here, as opposed to your (seemingly) quieter one! The Winter Olympics were held here, my sea cadet corps went through an ugly suspension and had to cease parading for the remainder of the training year, I graduated from high school, staffed my last summer at HMCS Quadra, and started going to university that fall. (Wow, writing that all out, it feels even busier than it did then! :O)

Also, my condolences on the loss of your grandfather. I wasn't all too familiar with my mother's parents (they lived across the country), so I didn't feel much at their individual deaths, but by contrast, my father's parents live a lot closer and I'm much closer to them. Even though we don't see them as frequently now, I know it's going to be so hard when they eventually pass on. I can only imagine what it must have been like living with it and watching someone you care about deteriorate. *hug*
Dec. 27th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And cripes, that does sound busy! It's better to be busy than bored, but I'd imagine that the suspension was something you'd have been glad to do without.
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:40 am (UTC)
Haha yes ... Eyjafjallajökull ... that was crazy. There were a lot less people at WGT that year ... no Americans ...

We drove past it when I was in Iceland last year and watched a docu ... it did so much damage there!
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
You've actually seen it then! Cool.
Dec. 28th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
Well, it was mainly hidden in clouds ... ;-)
Dec. 29th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
Still cool. :)
Dec. 28th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)

I remember the end of 2010 well it was rubbish: the horrendous snow and the swine flu epidemic. Sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing.
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, that's right - snow! I remember now. Trapped up the top of my hill for several days. And I fell over in the ice walking the dog and my shoulder hated me.

*as ever, fails at appropriate icons*
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