“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill.
It was with sadness that we learned this weekend that Brian, Lord Beari of Bow had passed away.
I wasn’t intending to write a tribute; I was going to re-blog doesitevenmatter3 until I remembered Carolyn’s site was private.
A few of us stayed in e-mail touch with Brian during his recent heart illness, and as time went on, with his daughter Sarah. We knew the end was coming, but it doesn’t make it any less sad.
I know some of you will have read a few of Brian’s comments on several of my pages. Therefore it seems fitting to share our loss.
Brian and I had been blogging friends for almost two years; we bumped into each other on someone else’s site and hit it off straight away. He’d left England as a teenager during the post-war years when his family emigrated to Australia. He and I shared the same sense of humour, fun, a love of England and Englishness, and like me he disliked being called a Brit, we were ENGLISH.
In his inimitable cockney way, he loved winding people up. When we first met, he gave me the rundown on some of his followers, even offering suggestions about those I should and should not follow!
I loved reading his often opinionated and amusing comments. Once when I used a video on my blog that contained the F word, he gave me a right telling off. I dislike swearing too, and I never use the F word, but I did think the video was very funny. From then on though I was very careful as to what I used on my site!
On another occasion, I bought an outdoor rocking metal bench for my patio, I placed pretty cushions upon it and showed it off proudly on my blog, only to have Brian come along and say, That’s the most uncomfortable looking thing I’ve ever seen, are you mad?
Earlier this year, Brian asked if I would proofread and edit some of his writing, and also some from his earlier blogs. He wanted to create a book for his grandchildren about his early life. I did as he asked, but goodness knows why he chose me, I can’t even proofread my own work properly! I do hope he managed to complete the book.
We, online bloggers, are an odd lot, most of us have never physically met, and yet in many cases, the meeting of our minds, no matter what the difference in age often facilitates a bonding.
Good Night and God Bless, Brian, I already miss your morning messages, but please do feel free to occasionally come back and haunt me, you might need to keep me on my toes and tell me where I’m going wrong. 🙂
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