On the Loss of Childhood Heroes

‘It’s a human need to be told stories.’
Alan Rickman

There are some weeks that we wish we could erase from our collective consciousness. Press delete. Return to sender, unopened and unread.

This has been one of those weeks.

This week we lost two towering ambassadors of the arts, two beacons of British culture: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Both men were 69 and both were killed by that omnipresent grim reaper, cancer.

A tidal wave of grief flooded the internet. It was immediately clear that their deaths were felt keenly around the world, but nowhere more so than in Britain. To us, it felt deeply personal.

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