The elder brother of a good friend of mine (I have just found out) has died of cancer here in Bath, between Christmas and the New Year.
Jim was an actor, and had been in a few films (described as 'bad' even by himself) and was living in New York, but had moved back to the UK with his American wife and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, where he was getting some good, title parts until diagnosed with the illness.
His brothers said he looked a little like a dark haired Bruce Willis, but I never saw that.
Jim was living on the other side of the river when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, and telephoned his brother here to give an eye-witness account as they came down.
Now I think of Jim portraying the dying moments of Rutger Hauer in 'Blade Runner' - "I have seen things you people would not believe..."
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.