When I was a kid there were still plenty of people around who had grown up in the Victorian age. Not any more. And last time I checked there was only one man left in Britain who had served in the trenches of World War I. Time is like a rain storm coming up the valley. The first half of the 20th century is deep in shadow and the mid century is under threat. One by one the landmarks are blotted out.
Deborah Kerr- film star Joey Bishop- last surviving member of Sinatra's rat-pack Alan Coren- British humorist.
Minor figures all of them, but links to a past that we will soon only be able to touch in its artefacts. Kerr becomes her films, Bishop becomes whatever it is he left behind, Coren becomes a talking head in a radio and TV archive that only scholars will bother to access.