Lives of celebrities are not worth more than rest of us

Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood
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RICK JACKSON: That’s my boy! He’s inherited my love of heavy transport

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This is turning into a real ‘annus horribilis’ with the loss of so many of our much-loved celebrities and childhood heroes – and we’re still only in the first half of the year.

Some have passed away at a relatively young age, taken by the hideous disease that is cancer.

Hard as it is to lose people who feel like friends because we are used to seeing them frequently on our TV screens or have been a fan of their music, they are only human like the rest of us

The most recent shock was the loss of music icon Prince at just 57.

But to me the biggest upset this year was the death of David Bowie.

Social media sites have been saturated with a mass outpouring of disbelief,shock and grief at the demise of a string of famous faces.

When the news of Sir Terry Wogan’s passing was released, I was greatly saddened as this was a man who had been a big part of my childhood through his radio shows and on TV.

I had grown up watching him and being entertained by his wicked Irish humour and warm personality, especially when he used to present the Eurovision Song Contest.

He always made it entertaining and fun, likewise with Children in Need.

The passing of comedian and writer Victoria Wood was another bombshell, as we had no idea she was even ill.

Hard as it is to lose people who feel like friends because we are used to seeing them frequently on our TV screens or have been a fan of their music, they are only human like the rest of us.

I was particularly annoyed to read a national newspaper article about Victoria Wood, saying we should have found a cure for cancer by now so that we wouldn’t be losing such lovely and talented people.

But what about ordinary people? Don’t they matter?

I’ve lost countless friends and loved ones to cancer.

They were not famous or gifted, so were their lives somehow worth less then?

Don’t give me any rubbish about how important or famous someone is, or what a legacy they have left behind.

We are all human beings and of this earth.

So we should remember every person who passes away, particularly those with no family.

Because to not be missed is the saddest thing of all.

WHO NEEDS CROCKERY WHEN YOU DINE OUT ALL THE TIME?

There is a saying that ‘you are what you eat’. But apparently what you eat on can make a distinct statement about the kind of person you are.

For example, if you serve up your nosh on a plain white plate, then you’re the ultimate foodie and want the food to take centre stage.

A gold rim on a white dish and you have a touch of the Coco Chanels.

It’s all about glamour, darling!

Coloured plates indicate you’re a happy person, whilst vintage plates hint that you’re a girly girl, probably called Alice and you love a good tea party.

My crockery barely gets used. I mean, why cook when you can dine out?

I guess that says a great deal more about me than my plates ever could...

SHOW A HUGE REMINDER TO ME OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE

As if I don’t already watch enough reality TV, I have become rather obsessed with the American series Dance Moms, which follows a group of talented youngsters on their way to stardom.

Each week the Abby-Lee dance company travels to different venues across the USA to compete.

The show is full of people you love to hate and their behaviour is frankly shocking.

Abby-Lee herself is a notoriously demanding diva of a dance teacher who constantly belittles both the little darlings and their doting moms, who bicker and bitch and just want their 15 minutes of fame.

It’s been a huge reminder to me of what is important in life. Loyalty, integrity and humanity.