9/11 – 20 Years on

On September 11th 2001, so many people innocently went about their normal morning routine before heading to work on what was a very normal day having no idea the tragedy that was about to come. In New York City a plane hit one of the twin towers and the world watched thinking it was a truly terrible accident until a second plane hit the second tower and it was clear that America was under attack.

As a 14 year old I can still remember coming home from school and seeing the news as the plane hit the pentagon and the fourth was “brought down” we later found out about the heroics of those on board United 93. Going to school the following day in an English lesson we talked about it with newspaper reports, all struggling to understand it.

In all honesty even now twenty years later I still cannot understand this truly tragic and horrendous day, which then turned to weeks, months and years of grief for so many people. The brave emergency service workers doing their duty and not really having any idea what exactly was happening.

Over the past few weeks I have found myself watching so many documentaries about this day and the true amazing moments of human courage to help save others, it really has been an emotional journey to see and hear about more stories from this day.

Forever rest in peace to all those people from around the world who were impacted on that day and still now.

RIP Prince Philip

At dinnertime today Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip had passed away at the age of 99. I felt I needed to post a tribute to the man who was married to the Queen for over 75 years which is just incredible. My thoughts go out to our beloved Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this very sad and difficult time.

RIP Chadwick Boseman

Waking up to the sad news that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has passed away at the age of 43 is tragically sad. Thoughts go out to his family as this truly difficult time. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and battled through this for the past four years. Making many films during this time.

As well as Black Panther and Marvel films he also starred in the incredible Marshall, 42, Get On Up, Da 5 Bloods, 21 Bridges and many more.

He will be such a huge miss in the film world. Wakanda Forever ❤️

RIP Olivia de Havilland

At the truly remarkable age of 104 Olivia de Havilland has passed away peacefully in her sleep, a double Oscar winner who was nominated five times overall. Probably most well known for her role as Melanie in Gone with the Wind.

She made her breakthrough opposite Errol Flynn in Captain Blood. She continued to act until the late 1980s. She took on studios off screen at a time when they had complete control over the stars.

Rest in Peace to one of Golden Hollywood’s outstanding stars.

RIP Naya Rivera

After going missing on 8th July while on a boat with her four year old son Naya Rivera was presumed to have drowned, after days of searching the lake and surrounding areas a body was recovered today and has since been confirmed of that of Naya. A truly tragic and heartbreaking story for the 33 year old to have lost her life.

Well known for playing Santana in Glee, one of my all time favourite shows. Truly hard to come to terms with her passing at this age.

Rest In Peace ❤️

RIP Ennio Morricone

Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone has passed away aged 91 in Rome.

Affectionately known as ‘Maestro’ he is involved in some of the most memorable scores in film history.

Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso, The Hateful Eight. His haunting melodies for Sergio Leone’s trilogy of westerns A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A lot of these films I have caught up with watching over the past few months and the scores blew me away each and every time.

He was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2007 and then went on to win for The Hateful Eight.

Let’s take a little bit of time to appreciate some of his most famous music from films . . .

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RIP Joel Schumacher

Director Joel Schumacher has passed away at aged 80 today after a year long battle with cancer, rest in peace.

He has a wide range of films which he directed St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, Flatliners, Dying Young, Falling Down, The Client, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Batman & Robin, Flawless, Phone Booth, Veronica Guerin, The Phantom of the Opera which as you can see cover many genres.

RIP Ian Holm

Rest in Peace to legendary actor Sir Ian Holm who has passed away today at the age of 88, he had been battling with Parkinson’s disease but it was announced that it was peaceful with his family around him.

He had an incredible career working in theatre from the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring as King Lear then into the movie world with Alien, Chariots of Fire and my favourite Lord of the Rings. A message was passed from him unable to join the Zoom reunion. Goodby Bilbo Baggins ❤️