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Debbie Clarke

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I was really saddened to read about Billy Connolly this week. According to reports the 70-year-old Scottish comedian has had surgery for prostate cancer and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Apparently he has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s and that he intends to carry on working as normal, but it still came as a bit of a shock to me. You sometimes don’t realise that for some people getting older isn’t just about ageing, that it can also bring health problems. I still remember going to see Billy perform at the Edinburgh Playhouse when I was a student and I thought he was hilarious. Perhaps in recent years he hasn’t been performing to the same high standard that he used to, but then a lot has changed since then. Humour has changed over the years and new comedians have come on the scene. But for me he will always be one of the greats and I hope he continues to grace the stage for many years to come.

Saturday viewing: I have decided not to watch Strictly Come Dancing this year. For starters I don’t know who half of them are! And as for the rest, well, scraping the bottom of the barrel would be an accurate description for them. I mean Fiona Fullerton, Abbey Clancy, Vanessa Feltz.. Why would I want to watch any of them? It’s a shame really as in previous years I always looked forward to seeing the celebrities donning their sequinned outfits as they strutted their stuff on the dancefloor. But this year I can honestly say I have no interest. Instead I have been tuning into Strictly’s ratings rival, the X-Factor. This has actually been rather enjoyable, to my surprise. Usually I can’t abide the live auditions but so far some really talented singers have emerged. I like Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel and found her to be less annoying that I remembered. Looking forward to the next few months!

This week: Enjoyed a Chinese takeaway ... watched Iron Man 3 ... planned a day/night out with the girls