Here we go again. It seems to be a week of watching shining lights dash into the heavens.

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Alan Rickman was, to me, a quintessential actor, capable of casting his talent like a magical net upon the story waters. He was a gem, often delightfully deliciously devious or melancholic in his roles. He could pull you into the core of a story, often with such subtlety, that you didn’t know it had happened till the end when you popped out through that looking glass and realized you’d been taken on one hell of a ride. You couldn’t help but love him. His knowledge of his craft shone brightly in everything he did.

There are certain roles, certain films, one simply cannot picture without him. And so it goes to say, he will be sorely missed.

Rest easy, Alan, and enjoy those stars. And thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

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There are certain people whose talent stands alone. They are shining lights from distant stars. Try as some might, they can never be duplicated. They are a force unto themselves.

David Bowie was one of them.

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He has headed home now to that galaxy beyond we always suspected he was from. His music has left us richer, and the world a little dimmer. Always unique and daring in his creativity, he will be greatly missed.

Still it gives comfort to imagine that, were we to listen carefully, one day not too long from now, we might just catch the magical tones of David Bowie wafting through the galactic air.

Bless you, David. And thank you.

Happy New Year

Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy New Year.

May 2016 bring you joy and delight in all that you are and do. May you create a magical journey for yourself, and dare to dream it into being. And may the threads of kindness and compassion grow within and throughout our world.

Let’s make 2016 the best yet in every way. And let’s love, more than we ever have – ourselves, our world, each other.

sydney 2016 new year'sThanks to the illustrious Sydney in the Land of Oz for creating, once again, what is to me the most spectacular New Year’s celebrations, and for whoever took this photograph.