9th September 2013
Celebration: Julia Sawalha + Hugh Grant’s Birthdays
Mission: Watch “Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death”
Notes: Julia Sawalha was born in London on this day in 1968, while Hugh Grant was born eight years earlier in Hammersmith. Hugh’s most famous for his role in Four Weddings & a Funeral, while Julia is probably best known as the daughter in Absolutely Fabulous. The appeared together in the Red Nose Day Doctor Who special “The Curse of Fatal Death” in which Julia plays the Doctor’s assistant, to Rowan Atkinson’s Doctor, until killed by Jonathan Pryce’s The Master & regenerates into Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and then finally Joanna Lumley – who we spotted recently in a south London supermarket buying eggs.
10th September 2013
Celebration: Your Birthday
Mission: Party hard
Notes: I was born in Winchester on this day in 1979. There were doughnuts in the office at work, and we had some folks round in the evening for pizza & some drinks. And a great venn diagram cake baked by my lovely wife.
11th September 2013
Celebration: Richard Ashcroft’s Birthday
Mission: Listen to “Cast No Shadow”
Notes: Richard Ashcroft was born in Manchester on this day in 1971. He was lead singer with the Verve and then went also solo. The Oasis song ‘Cast No Shadow’ was dedicated to him. I also listened to Ashcroft’s ‘Song for the Lovers’ and Verve’s ‘History’.
12th September 2013
Commiseration: Death of Johnny Cash (2003)
Mission: Wear black
Notes: Country/rock signer Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee on this day in 2003 from complications with his diabetes.
13th September 2013
Celebration: International Chocolate Day
Mission: Get Kate some chocolate
Notes: Easy mission this one – my boss had supplied me with a Hotel Chocolat selection box for my birthday.
14th September 2013
Celebration: Amy Winehouse’s Birthday
Mission: Visit Camden
Notes: Pop songstress Amy Winehouse was born in Southgate, London on this day in 1983, but her ‘spiritual home’ was undoubtedly Camden Town (indeed, she died there in July 2011). Turns out we weren’t the only folks making a Winehouse based Camden pilgrimage today.
So we visited the Proud Camden Gallery’s exhibition for Amy’s (would’ve been) 30th Birthday… “For You I Was A Flame.”
15th September 2013
Celebration: National Hispanic Day
Mission: Have something Spanish for lunch
Notes: Toastie, made with Spanish chorizo.