CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Editor’s comment: December 2016

PUBLISHED: 12:01 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:38 28 November 2016

A touching tribute to celebrities lost in 2016 inspired by the Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

A touching tribute to celebrities lost in 2016 inspired by the Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


As we approach the beginning of a new year, editor Mike Lowe takes us through the ups and downs of 2016

It’s fair to say that 2016 has been an absolute pig of a year (although that’s probably unfair on pigs which are just delightful off the plate as on it). Death and destruction has been rife across the globe and many of the certainties we thought we held have turned out to be uncertainties after all. (On the night of the European referendum, I told my wife “Go to bed. Everything is going to be alright.” On the night of the American presidential election, I told my wife “Go to bed. Everything is going to be alright.” If I now tell her it’s Tuesday, she goes to the calendar to check.)


Maybe it’s the advancing years of my generation, but the death toll of our cultural heroes has been relentless. From Bowie to Ali, via Terry Wogan, Victoria Wood and Hilda Ogden, almost every week saw another icon snatched away from us. (Even as I write this, Robert Vaughan has handed in his triangular Man From Uncle badge and hung up his Magnificent Seven guns.)

It got so bad that every night my wife would kneel by the bed and pray that Alan Bennett and Leonard Cohen would make it to 2017. Fate decreed that she was denied that heartfelt wish.

It’s an odd consolation, but inevitably we’ll eventually run out of heroes and the mantle of grief will pass to the next generation, although (and I wish neither of them any harm) I doubt Mr Blobby and Gordon the Gopher will be mourned as Prince and Alan Rickman were.

Still, it’s not all been bad news, even if you do wake up in the morning wishing that 2016 had never happened. Tim Peake – even if he did seem to spend more time Tweeting than grafting – did a fine job of inspiring schoolchildren from the International Space Station; Leicester City overturned the table – in both ways – by upsetting the greedy gluttons who feast on football’s billions (and inspired Gary Lineker to come over all political at the same time); and Helen Archer was quite rightly cleared of disembowelling the abusive Titchener over a jug of instant custard. Oh, and the baby iguana escaped the dreaded racer snakes on Planet Earth II. We should be thankful for these small victories.


It is sincerely hoped that recent events don’t sour relationships with our friends from the USA, who make such a valuable contribution to our tourism economy as well as being open, friendly visitors. In support of the special relationship, a lady called Ivy Lee from Sunnydale, California, took the trouble to compile a list of why Americans still love the British. Here are just a few of her observations:

“They call hamburgers beefburgers because they’re clearly made out of beef. They have the full English breakfast while we have the full sugar and preservatives cereal. They have nice relaxing afternoon teas with custard cream biscuits while we drown ourselves in Starbucks just to maintain functionality. Their native sports, football, rugby, cricket are adopted internationally while our sports reside mainly in America. They have 28 days of paid holiday by law, not including maternity leave, sick leave, etc. while we have 10.

“They know how to primly and properly queue. They know how to primly and properly apologise – for everything. They have a greater grasp of sarcasm, irony, self deprecating humour and the entire English language.”

And finally, my favourite: “They beat us at politeness and profanity at the same time.”

Politeness and profranity? Well Ivy, you’re welcome here any time – as long as you don’t bring that orange-faced megalomaniac f****** with you…

For more from Mike, follow him on Twitter! @cotslifeeditor


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Yesterday, 14:12

“Life Safe provides a simple yet secure way for clients and their families to keep safe their most important documents and develop a record of their valuable and treasured assets.”

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

“The logistics hub is another example of where we have worked in partnership to support skills needs in the area and link our student body with future job opportunities.”

Read more
Yesterday, 13:43

“Anyone concerned about the implications of taking on a grant of probate should seek expert help.”

Read more
Yesterday, 12:33

Taking the classroom outdoors is fun, inspires fresh ideas, broadens horizons – and encourages a new generation to enjoy and care for the Cotswolds

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08

Amid the season of turkey and tinsel Whatley Manor are throwing in a festive curveball, an evening of lobster, fizz & fries!

Read more
Yesterday, 11:04

Christmas shopping at Whatley Manor on the 26th, 27th & 28th November.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:47

Join Whatley Manor on the 30th November for their tasty tapas night.

Read more
Mon, 15:25

Chipping Campden – once the meeting place for a council of Saxon kings – now offers the warmest of welcomes to all its visitors, from the humble shopper to the seasonal shin-kicker

Read more
Mon, 15:12

Property prices across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have risen steadily over the last few years, reflecting the trend across the country. But which area has shown the most dramatic hike in prices recently, and how does your postcode and house type compare with others in the area? You may be surprised to see the results...

Read more
Mon, 15:11

From mini Norway spruces to luxury Nordman firs, here are eight of the best places to get a luscious, green tree in the Cotswolds this festive season

Read more
Mon, 15:10

The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

Read more
Mon, 15:10

Choral carol services and grand instrumental performances, with the backdrop of some of the Cotswolds most picturesque locations, are perfect ways to embrace the festivities. We pick some of the best carol services and concerts to enjoy in the region

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

“‘Flexitarians’ can do one though, being alleged vegetarians who still can’t resist the sizzling siren song of the bacon sandwich when no-one is looking.” Editor Mike Lowe is attempting to seek reconciliation with those he has annoyed… well, sort of.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“This letting to Oxford nanoSystems is a fantastic example of how we are able to provide first class facilities for growing technology companies at Abingdon Business Park.”

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search