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Oh fuck you, 2016! George Michael was another one of those singers whose songs travelled with me from teenage years to adulthood, revealing whole new aspects as I grew up. Very sad to be waking up to the news of his passing this morning :(

Cowboys and angels' is one of my favourite songs of his...

And I had to include 'Faith', because it seems essential right now.


on 2016-12-26 10:50 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
*hugs you tight* I'd tell the year what I really thought of it, but I'm afraid what it will do in retaliation!

on 2016-12-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Yeah, there are still five days to go... so probably a good call!

on 2016-12-26 01:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wpadmirer.livejournal.com
Pat and I were both really sad when we heard the news last night. 2016 has really sucked.

on 2016-12-26 07:24 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Yeah, very sad to lose his talent and voice and force for positive change.

on 2016-12-26 09:47 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] apiphile.livejournal.com
I don't know why this particular one is the one that's left me FROTHING WITH RAGE but I am butt-mad with the universe and want to kick death in the fucking face

on 2016-12-27 02:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Utter unpreparedness? With many (though not all) others there were factors like advanced age or known illness, but this one just seemed to come out of nowhere. NOT READY.

on 2016-12-27 09:24 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] apiphile.livejournal.com
and then i just got plunged into the hell of the tabloids all being snide and horrendous about him

on 2016-12-28 11:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Have been staying away from tabloids for self-preservation reasons...

on 2016-12-28 06:41 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] apiphile.livejournal.com

on 2016-12-26 10:09 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
I don't understand why 2016 was so lethal to entertainers. Then we got the news of the death of astronaut Piers Sellers - as he was a personal friend, that even overtook George Michael in the disaster stakes. We knew Piers had cancer but thought everything was on the way to being fixed.

on 2016-12-27 02:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
BBC claimed that it hasn't been, based on the crude meter of prepared obituaries... http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38329740 Still feels like it though!

Didn't know about Piers Sellers, but I read a couple of articles just now, seems like an inpirational guy. Very sorry about your loss of a friend :(

on 2016-12-27 02:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
A paragliding friend of C's married one of twin sisters. Piers married the other.
We first met Piers when he and his wife came over from Houston for her twin's funeral (cancer) despite being in the midst of getting treatment for their older child (cancer - child is currently fine). We've stayed in touch and followed his career. He was a very charming and interesting guy. We were angry recently when Tim Peake was widely heralded as the first Brit astronaut. Piers was totally Brit but was forced to take US citizenship in order to qualify to go into space under whatever rules NASA were sticking to at the time.

Back to the original topic - see my post on LJ and on Wordpress.

on 2016-12-28 11:03 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Dual citizenship in the US is a complex issue and in most cases, as I understand it, people are forced to renounce their old citizenship... somehow telling of US mentality!

I saw and loved! I think George would have liked your story too!


on 2016-12-27 02:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
The BBC can't really go by obituaries because they have stuff prepared for loads of people who then die at a comparatively ripe old age. This year's 'crop' all went before their 'expected' time.

Re: P.S.

on 2016-12-28 11:07 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think they acknowledged the flaws of the measuring system in the article if I remember correctly. It is the unexpectedness of many of these deaths that's really hitting people I think.

Re: P.S.

on 2016-12-28 11:59 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
Statistics don't really cover a situation where you get a cluster of high profile deaths in a very short period.

on 2016-12-26 11:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] margaret-r.livejournal.com
It's been one artist after another this year and this last one really sucks, he was too young and it's so unfair:(

on 2016-12-27 02:06 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Yeah, some of the others were much older or had an illness... This just seems so unexpected and sudden and WE WERE NOT READY IN THE LEAST :((((


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