Monthly Archives: August 2014

RIP Robin Williams

robin-williams1For the last hour, I have been crying over the death of someone I never met. But as I am sure many, many people do, I really feel the loss of a great talent today, that of Robin McLaurin Williams – comedian, actor and Oscar winner. Friends, colleagues, even US President Barack Obama, have paid tribute to him, while newspapers have added moving obituaries to their websites. There is little I can add apart from sending my sincere condolences to his wife and family and those who had the privilege to know him. All I offer is this – watch Good Morning Vietnam, Insomnia, The World According To Garp, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting to see his extraordinary talent at work (and if you can, catch Mork & Mindy, the TV series that made him famous which I loved as a kid), and if you have children, just show them these movies and watch them laugh…







The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ sad tweet on the news of Robin William’s death:



Everyone’s favourite Guardian – Groot!



If you’ve seen this summer’s best blockbuster so far, Guardians Of The Galaxy, chances are one of your favourite characters is Groot. Descended from a race of walking flora, he’s basically a big tree who utters just three words (“I am Groot”), but ends up being one of the biggest heroes of the film. So, in appreciation of the tall and branchy one, here is a Groot-tastic clip and tips for the kids on how to respect the environment this summer…



Groot’s all about saving the galaxy, and here is how everyone can help save our own planet:


1) Save paper and only print when you need to


2) Try to reuse and recycle paper. You could use cut outs from old wrapping paper to make birthday cards, or turn a cardboard box into a dolls house.


3) Don’t harm trees and their branches – and don’t carve your initials in a tree trunk, either!


4) Plant a tree. Want to grow your own Groot? Here’s how to grow from a cutting: Ehow/Tree