Incense Man Newsletter, Friday 5 October 2018

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Hi there...

 Well, I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again... but where does the time go? It's October already! That means that (here in the UK, and Europe) the clocks go back at the end of this month, so it'll be dark much earlier in the evening. Although on the plus-side, I must admit I'm looking forward to Halloween, then it's not long until Guy Fawkes Night... or Christmas!

(It also means I've had to start all those little seasonal jobs in the garden, like cutting back the hedges, re-seeding the bare patches on the lawns, and trying to persuade the remaining tomatoes to ripen. I'm still picking runner beans like it's going out of style though...)

Now, I'm very sorry to report that, since the last newsletter a fortnight ago, celebrities have been dropping like flies. But before I get into the list of those who've pegged it in the last two weeks, there's one person I should have mentioned last time, but who I didn't find out had passed away until last week. That's Exmoor-based British wildlife film-maker Johnny Kingdom (79), whose work (and enthusiasm) I enjoyed enormously. So bye-bye Johnny, and I'm so sorry not to have mentioned your passing before...

There are plenty of other names to include here too. So farewell to British children's author (creator of Postman Pat and Rosie & Jim) John Cunliffe (85),  American blues legend Otis Rush (84),  British "rockney" musician Chas Hodges (74),  American guitarist and vocalist (co-founder of Jefferson Airplane) Marty Balin (76),  former BBC producer (most notably of Morecambe & Wise) Ernest Maxin (95),  American film producer (of the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, among many others) Gary Kurtz (78),  British TV presenter (of children's classic Rainbow) Geoffrey Hayes (76),  veteran French singing star Charles Aznavour (94), and British recording engineer (most famously at EMI's Abbey Road studios) Geoff Emerick (72).  RIP one and all, you'll be greatly missed...

Now, to cheer us up after all that bad news, I thought a couple of little video-clips would be most appropriate. So here's Mr Charles Hodges with a bit of classic Chas & Dave,  and Geoffrey in a rather smutty version of Rainbow, which was made specially as a Christmas entertainment for the production crew...

Right, let's get back to business. Here are the brief edited highlights of some of the more noteworthy dates from around the world during the next two weeks... with (as always) my apologies for any errors or omissions...