Benazir Bhutto’s death got me thinking about the number of really fascinating women who have passed away this year, rather sadly. C’s wonderful mum Isobel of course only recently but also women like Jane Tomlinson, the cancer relief fund-raiser who I greatly admired, the much under-rated actress Lois Maxwell, breakthrough businesswoman Anita Roddick and TV producer Verity Lambert who produced so much ground-breaking work like the Naked Civil Servant, even Anna Nicole Smith who found 15 minutes of fame by marrying a very old rich guy but who managed to remain in the public eye throughout the rest of her life by leading a mad-cap lifestyle. In their own way these were all strong, purposeful women who left a considerable mark on the world.
As for the men who have left us this year, I was particularly saddened by the deaths of Alan Ball, Colin McRae (who once frightened the life out of me by taking me for a spin in his rally car through a forest) and Bob Woolmer from the world of sport; Luciano Pavarotti, Ian Richardson, Alan Coren and Ned Sherrin from the world of media/entertainment.
Are there any names I’ve missed whose lives made an impact on you?