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Behind Every Great Person Is Another Great Person …
October 18, 2012, 6:10 am
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I am a big fan of an actor called Timothy Spall.

It’s not just because he’s incredibly talented … nor is it because he starred in one of my favourite all-time programs, Auf Wiedersehen Pet … it’s because he is a genuine, down-to-earth, humorous bloke who loves his family and has none of the pretentious bullshit that so many ‘thespians’ seem to adopt.

Anyway, a while back, he was diagnosed with leukemia.

While he is now in the clear – which is amazing given that at one point, he was literally given hours to live – his wife recently published a book detailing this dark period in all it’s poignant, heartbreaking, hopeful and humorous glory.

Like the book by Natascha McElhone, you realise that despite all the sadness, helplessness and pain, their stories are underpinned by an unstoppable force of love – that thing adland and the media like to talk about, even though they rarely seem to appreciate what it really is.

Love is not all whispering sweet nothings, pink fluffy clouds and hearts with arrows through them, it’s about liberation and protection … where your actions, opinions and belief help significant others achieve more than they ever thought possible and be protected from more than they ever thought possible … and that’s why I’m a big believer in expressing how you feel when you feel it, because not only do you risk regret if you wait, but because speaking out can make a difference in more ways than you thought imaginable.

You can read an extract of Timothy Spall’s wife’s book here. I hope you do.


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spall = legend.

the end.

Comment by andy@cynic


Comment by DH

youre fucking right for once campbell. love is also very fucking expensive, especially when a 3rd party, called a divorce attorney, gets involved and wants you to keep funding their clients money sucking, luxury lifestyle living bastard ways.

but im not fucking bitter.

Comment by andy@cynic

Even more when it happens twice. Or did you negotiate a 2 for the price of 1 deal?

Comment by DH

if i did i fucking fucked it up when i married #3, bought canadas premier money pit, had a daughter and got a shitting, pissing puppy.

Comment by andy@cynic

even closet cruise loves him. thats like being anointed by god. or gods small, scientology loving cousin.

Comment by andy@cynic

so after the illness, they bought a boat and a road map because they thought that would help them negotiate the rivers and seas? thats why you like him campbell, he shares the same fucked up planning beliefs as you. and looks.

Comment by andy@cynic

That could be it. Except obviously my road map would be digital.

Comment by Rob

Uh oh. I feel a dose of sentimental Rob is heading our way.

Comment by DH

You have no idea just how true that is.

Comment by Rob

My girlfriend had a stroke 1 year 1/2 ago and I really know what you mean by that. Thanks Rob.

Comment by yannkretz

fuck me you poor bastard. hope shes made a full recovery and is back to bossing you around like all good women seem to do so fucking well.

Comment by andy@cynic

Careful Andy. You’re showing your sweet side.

Hope everything is better with your girlfriend, yannktrez. That is a terrible thing for you both to have gone through.

Comment by Pete

it wont fucking happen again, i can tell you.

Comment by andy@cynic

She did. Thx Andy, you really sweet!

Comment by yannkretz

God, that is absolutely terrible. I hope all is well now.

Comment by Rob

She is really better now. Thank you Rob.

Comment by yannkretz

That is very good to hear.

Comment by Rob

Nice post Rob.

I’m pretty sure adland does know what love is, it’s just they just prefer not to show it. Maybe they think emotion gets in the way of storytelling. ; )

Comment by Pete

Stop with the smileys. Even the fake ones.

Comment by DH

Timothy Spall is very deserving of his legendary status. By the sound of it, so is his wife. His son is also heading in that direction. I do enjoy this blog, it’s eclectic, eccentric and emotional. Thank you Robert for keeping it that way.

Comment by George

Eclectic, eccentric and emotional eh? I’ll take that … it’s far better than what other people would want to call me.

Comment by Rob

you know your audience so fucking well campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

I had the great pleasure of meeting Tim Spall and his wonderful wife, Shane, last year. As much as your praise is very generous, it doesn’t do them justice. They are two of the most charming, welcoming and joyous people I’ve ever met.

I wasn’t expecting a post like this. I’m glad you surprised me.

Comment by Lee Hill

Can’t comment on today’s post and it’s not exactly uplifting so checking all is OK.

Comment by DH

Same here.

Comment by Pete

All is OK. Thanks.

Comment by Rob


Comment by northern

Very true. Very moving story. Not sure there is much else to add…

Comment by Rob Mortimer

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