Harper Lee – author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Alan Rickman – Severus Snape from “Harry Potter”
Johan Cruyff – football legend
Vanity – girlfriend and muse of Prince
Nyembezi Kunene – South African acting legend
Sir George Martin – Producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle”
Chyna – WWE legend
Frank Sinatra Jr
Doris Roberts – Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Gugu Zulu – South African racing legend.
Mandoza – South African music legend.
Anton Yelchin – Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek (Joined the 27 Club…)
Gene Wilder – The original Willy Wonka
Greg Melvill-Smith – South African acting legend
John Glenn – 1st man to orbit the Earth
Ron Glass – Shepard Book from “Firefly” & “Serenity”
Joseph Mascolo – Stefano DiMera on “The Days of Our Lives”
Sfiso Ncwane – popular South African gospel singer.
Alan Thicke – the father on “Growing Pains” & Robin Thikes dad…
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia in “Star Wars” & the very next day…
Debbie Reynolds – Kathy Selden in “Singin’ in the Rain” Carrie Fishers mom.
Many innocents died in the escalating conflict that is gripping our world as the slaughter continues in Aleppo. The total stands at 470000 people between 2011 & 2016… so far & of that, 46442 died in 2016 alone. 15950 children have died to date in the Syrian Conflict as the US tries to draw Russia & Iran into open war… because of oil. Creating, empowerin & backing ISIS/ISIL/DAESH along the way… #Aleppo
Lest we forget, people continually die in the apartheid in Palestine as Israel continues to enact the the cruelest & most unjustified war of the 21st century. Somehow they even ramped that up in 2016. #Palestine
Ofcourse 2016 was the year that the simmering tensions of racism spilled over as black America stood up & said enough is enough following the death of young Trayvon Martin, because he was black. He was 17 years old & had gon to buy a soda. 957 people have been shot & killed by US police in 2016 alone… so far. #BlackLivesMatter
2016 was also the year the EU grumbled, following Britain‘s referendum that resulted in them deciding to exit the EU. Coincidentally… nothing happened & the world is still spinning. #BrExit.
Not to be out done, 2016 was also a tumultuous year in South Africa. It was the year that many people began to band together as a nation against the corrupt government of the former freedom fighting organization made famous by the late great Nelson Mandela, The African National Congress. In almost unprecedented fashion, 2016 saw the liberals of the DA teaming up with the socialists in the EFF (& others) to push back the capitalistic ANC & in the 2016 Local Government Elections, managed to reduce the number of… districts controlled by the ANC. It was also the year that modern day South African hero & now former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, dropped The State Capture Report & paved the way for South Africa to finally start dealing with the problem of Jacob Zuma, leading many in the ANC to stand up against the Zuma controlled government & The Zuma Cartel (consisting of members of the Zuma family, political allies & lead by the notorious & nefarious Gupta family). If you recall, I wrote a piece about it & put the report up so you can read it not too long ago.
It was also a year that our own racial tenons began to boil over, but with the focus firmly on Zuma, that has not become a flashpoint as it has become in the US. #RSAMovement
Now ofcourse, our year in review would not be complete without highlighting the fact that 2016 was the year that America elected Donald Trump (the guy from The Apprentice with the bad toupee & bad tan & the billions…) to be The President Of The United States & by default, the 2nd most powerful man in the world (behind Putin), even though he campaigned as an openly racist, sexist, populist, capitalist, ignorant candidate. It was a real Hollywood production, complete with espionage allegations against Russia (they are really serious about this WWIII thing…) hacking email servers, exposes, lies & the whole world on the edge of our seats. Our world has been forever changed. #Trump
I would be remiss if I didnt highlight that 2016 was also the year that my beloved Manchester United finally began recovering from the post Alex Ferguson Era. #MUFC
Now, for the blog it was a year of growth & I want to say thank you to all of you for the support & I hope you will stick with me as we continue to ponder the world.
Happy Reading & happy new year.