March 14th, 2021 – 900

I really wanted today’s post to be a positive one. Yes 900 is an arbitary milestone but it’s a big one, and it also marks more or less the point I started not just surviving but went back to feeling life was pleasent again. I had a lovely day getting to see mum, which even though I’m in a single household bubble with her I don’t do anywhere near often enough. Today was going great. And then I found out that Iain Pattinson died a month ago today, and I hadn’t heard the news. It’s, fair to say that hurt. A lot.

For the uninitiated, Iain Pattinson was the main writer for the scripted parts of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Long time imaginary readers are likely reading that and getting some idea of just how much this news hurt, after my tribute to Tim Brooke-Taylor almost a year ago. In a painful irony, I only found out because I was rereading Tim’s obituary for what must be in the hundreds of times now, and it led me to Google the show. I can’t tell you what my heart did when I read the words on my screen, because honestly my brain just, stopped. It must’ve done something though because man, it’s aching now.

When I feel down, or overwhelmed, Clue is the one thing that lifts me out. It makes the dark times brighter. Even when this kind of sadness, so directly linked to the show grips me, it manages to lift me above the clouds. Thank you Iain. I never did get the chance to meet you, but you are probably one of the most influential writers in my life. I aspire to even come close to the comedy you made look so easy.