unforgettable women

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?


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About Paul

Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

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