You know those times when you hear of the unexpected death of someone famous, and your first thought is "Oh no" partly because it is a tragedy in itself, partly because you know the World will be poorer for their passing. Well that is the very thought I had this afternoon when I heard that Anthony Minghella had died.
One of the finest directors of recent years, some of his films could almost be termed as works of art. I don't know of anyone, for example, who has not seen The English Patient and not been moved by the two epic passion-filled love stories that exist within the film. I was looking forward to seeing an episode of Verity Lambert's swan song series, Love Soup this week, it looks like the other TV drama I was looking forward to watching is yet another swan song.
I have also just heard that Arthur C. Clarke has died today. Given his age it isn't entirely unexpected, but he was definetly a living legend and leaves behind an impressive body of work, not least The Sentinel, which was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey
Finally, there is the heartbreaking story about the recent death of ABBA's session drummer, Ola Brunkert. Session musicians are often unsung heroes, and Brunkert was no exception. He worked with ABBA just about from beginning to end and just about any ABBA song you hear will have the drums played by him.
Yet again we are seeing how precious and vulnerable life is and how much we take it for granted.