Monday, 9 June 2014

Farewell to Rik Mayall

It is with great sadness and shock that I found out today that one of Britain's foremost revolutionary comedians of the 80s and early 90s, Rik Mayall, has died.

First appearing on the British version of 'Saturday Night Live' first broadcast in 1985, Rik Mayall was one of a new wave of fresh comedic talent to appear on British tv screens in the 80s amidst Margret Thatcher's iron grip on the UK political platform, the yuppie era and the eclectic new wave in British pop/rock music.

Starring alongside the likes of Ben Elton, Ade Edmonson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, to name but a few, British comedy was to be reborn anew and the comedic bar raised for others to follow - though sadly this does not to seem to have been the case today with the demise of comedy produced for television within the UK, especially with the rise in 'popularity' in docu-soaps, pseudo reality programs and trash in the form of Big Brother, etc. British television has slumped badly and will now be all the poorer for the loss of such a brilliant comedy/writing talent.

Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson were best know (and loved) for their comedy show, 'Bottom', in which Rik played Richie, and Ade played Eddie, two out of work friends and flat mates. The show was also a great success on stage in live tours around the country. I have included a compilation clip of those live shows where they fluff their lines and lose the plot - be advised, swearing is contained within.

He will be greatly missed.

~ Rik Mayall 7th March 1958 - 9th June 2014 ~

Monday, 2 June 2014

Regrets

There are many types of regret that we deal with. Either those we encounter that are of no real significance and soon fade within hours, i.e. ordering something on a menu you opted for instead of your usual favourite dish only to discover it fails to impress.

Or that other kind of regret that stays with you for the remainder of your life.

It's a sliding scale, of that there is no doubt. And for some people regret doesn't factor at all. Good for them. I had always tried to maintain living a life without regrets. But that was back when I was younger, naive and less experienced with the world within which I moved.

Today, as I look back over my life after recently turning a half-century, I realise I've 'acquired' a small collection of regrets. Some could have been avoided, but due to the lack of information at the time happened regardless. A couple should never have happened at all. Some are based on instinctive reactions at the moment of decision, and some based on poorly judged calls. Then there are those which cannot be avoided and are 100% out of your control - these are the ones that you carry day-in-day-out. The rest you can shrug off and assign them to the back room of your mind.