This is ground control to Major Tom…
Last week brought some sad news to the world, with the unfortunate passing of David Bowie.
Bowie has always been someone I have been aware of, predominately through his musical influence on the world, and subsequently influence on musical artists I personally enjoy, but the main reason for my awareness of the significance of David Bowie is my Dad.
When I first heard the news about Bowie’s death, my thoughts immediately went to my Dad.
My Dad has always enjoyed Bowie’s music, and he has always been a person of influence and admiration in my Dad’s life.
So much so, I know my Dad has seen Bowie in concert multiple times, and some limited edition photographic prints were even added to my parents art collection, and take pride of place in their living room. They are stunning pictures, which now take more meaning.
Last week also saw the loss of Alan Rickman, another person who I have always been aware of, mainly because of the influence in someone else I hold dear’s life.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, Rickman played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, some of my dear Matthew’s favourite films, due to their prominence in his youth.
Rickman also plays the role of Harry in my absolute favourite movie of all time, Love Actually, in arguably one of the saddest stories of the film.
It was clearly a sad week, with the loss of some Great British icons, who have had a level of influence in my life thus far.
However I would also like to mention another Great Brit, who I have become admirable of over the past month or so.
Britain has their first ESA astronaut in space at the moment, and on Friday he actually partook in a space walk, outside of the International Space Station.
I have become increasingly intrigued and interested in Tim Peake’s space adventures, and have regularly watched some of the BBC coverage on the show Stargazing.
On the show they have regularly brought a Canadian icon on the show, Chris Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space and be the commander of the ISS.
Some of the activities they have shared, and particularly the pictures that both Peake and Hadfield have provided back to us mere mortals back here on earth, have been wonderful to be able to view, share and enjoy.
The fact there are people, and particularly a Brit, living up in the atmosphere in space is something which I think is truly magical, and exciting to witness.
I would like to reiterate a thought, taken from Bowie, as we continue to embark on the new year, a new week, and each new day…
We could be Heroes, just for one day