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This Week In Five #22 – Heroes

This Week in Five - Heroes

This week’s Word of the Week is Heroes. On Monday morning I was listening to The Shaun Keaveny show on Radio 6 Music. If you listen to his show you will know that he is definitely one for talking… quite a bit, and from the very start of the show. However, on Monday when the show started they played two songs back to back, which is most unusual. When Shaun came on air after the tracks played you instantly knew that something that happened. He was subdued. He was shocked. He sounded like he was struggling to keep it together. Then he explained that the reason they played two tracks back to back was because they had been trying to verify some news that was starting to go around the Internet, and that unfortunately that news had just been confirmed. David Bowie had passed away.  I think I, along with so many other people, just stood there disbelieving what I was hearing.

David Bowie has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember – be it through his music, or his films. He probably influenced my musical choices far more than any other artist. He was a maverick, an innovator, an artist and a genius, and his passing is a great loss to the world of music and art. 

Then yesterday it was announced that Alan Rickman had also passed away. He was a wonderful stage and film actor – from Truly Madly Deeply, Die Hard, Love Actually and, of course, the Harry Potter films – director, social campaigner, and from the tributes that poured in about him yesterday, a loyal and loving friend.

I didn’t know him, or Bowie, but their deaths have saddened me deeply, and I think that a lot of people all across the world will be feeling the same way.  This weekend will be filled with the music of Bowie (plus introducing M to the magic that is Labyrinth) and the films of Alan Rickman. I don’t think we will be the only ones doing this either. 

Here is what else has been happening:


Decluttering my kitchen. Our kitchen is also known as the general dumping ground and it just builds up and up until I can’t look at it anymore and I have to sort it out. I tidied it up on Monday and it’s still tidy! This is a miracle! Lets hope it stays that way.


Bowie obviously, but also the debut album from The Anchoress, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, which is released today. 


We watched Limitless last weekend. Good film, and it has Bradley Cooper in it. Need I say more? I mentioned last week that we had started watching Extant but were undecided about the series. Four episodes in we decided we couldn’t watch it any longer. We are big Sci-Fi fans but this just didn’t grab us in the way we hoped it would.


Fried Chicken! The best fried chicken – made by my husband. Yes, it’s a heart attack on a plate – but oh so good. I will post the recipe next week!

With winter finally deciding to make an appearance this week our food choices have all been about comfort – including a slow cooker beef stew and dumplings yesterday. 


With the passing of David Bowie & Alan Rickman this week social media was awash with people expressing their grief. Not surprisingly though there were many people who believed that it was wrong that we felt the way we did, we didn’t have the right to grieve for someone we didn’t even know. Tim, who writes at Slouching Towards Thatcham, published this brilliant post as a response. 

And finally, I leave you with this wonderfully touching collection of tributes to Alan Rickman from his friends and peers, published in The Guardian. 


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Catherine xxx

The Reading Residence


  1. 15th January 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Thanks for tagging my post, Catherine! It’s been a saddening week, hasn’t it? I’ve been listening to a lot of Bowie too this week (when I haven’t been writing abd recording parodies of his songs) – I didn’t like everything he did but I liked an awful lot and listening back this week has reminded me just how much of an original and an influence to others he has been for so many years. A great loss.

    • Catherine
      15th January 2016 / 6:20 pm

      It’s been a very sad week, Tim. We’ve lost two rare talents.

  2. 15th January 2016 / 5:35 pm

    There is nothing nicer than a warming stew and dumplings for a winters day. The fried chicken sounds good too.

    • Catherine
      15th January 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Completely agree – stew and dumplings are the best on a cold day! Xxx

  3. 15th January 2016 / 7:16 pm

    It has been so sad, hasn’t it? Both legends, so talented and beloved. Heroes is a very apt word for the week x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Catherine
      15th January 2016 / 8:23 pm

      It’s very sad Jocelyn. Such talented men. Xxx

  4. 15th January 2016 / 8:24 pm

    A very thoughtful post indeed. It has been a funny week hasn’t it in lots of ways. Thank you for joining Five On Friday. Happy Weekend! xx

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 10:04 am

      Thanks Amy, yes, not the best of weeks. Here’s hoping that the coming weeks are better. Xxx

  5. 15th January 2016 / 9:57 pm

    It has been such a sad week! I couldn’t believe it either, he was so young really. Then to lose Alan Rickman in the same week is just unbelievable. Have a lovely weekend hon xx

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 10:05 am

      I know, Lisa, so sad. Such a big loss. Xxx

  6. 16th January 2016 / 12:27 am

    I was saddened by their deaths too. We did know them, through their words and actions.

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 9:51 am

      That’s very true, Janet. They were both a big part of my life in that regard. Xxx

  7. 16th January 2016 / 4:44 am

    The loss of people who have influenced our culture can be difficult, I think, in part because it’s the passing of an age.
    Soups and stews are so warming on these chilly days. Comforting, too.

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 9:50 am

      Thank you Lorrie. Xxx

  8. 16th January 2016 / 6:03 pm

    So very sad, like you say two incredibly talented people that have been a huge part of our lives. Such a loss, hope you have a great week next week x

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you Sarah, yes, let’s make next week a good week! ☺ xxx

  9. 16th January 2016 / 6:13 pm

    It up a sad week that has affected a lot of people.
    The food sounds delicious X #WOTW

    • Catherine
      16th January 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Very sad week. Such talented men. Xxx

  10. 17th January 2016 / 3:25 pm

    It’s been an awful week hasn’t it for losing 69 year olds, like you we were listening to the radio monday morning and heard the news (on a different show) and it really was one of those moments that you’ll know where you were. Let’s hope we don’t lose too many more of our heroes. And that chicken sounds fantastic, watch out Colonel Saunders 🙂 #wotw

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