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Message 212 of 830 (671464)
08-25-2012 4:24 PM
Reply to: Message 211 by cavediver
08-25-2012 3:38 PM


Re: Neil Armstrong - my hero
Hear hear.

I was 2 and a half when the first moon landing occurred, and my mum woke me up to watch it. I don't remember doing so, but Neil Armstrong (and Aldrin and Collins) always inspired me. I've often tried to conceptualise the courage they showed, and it is extremely difficult to grasp the half of it.


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Message 284 of 830 (712693)
12-06-2013 4:34 AM


I don't know how many people here have watched Invictus (nor for that matter how much artistic licence was contained in it), but it paints a picture of a man of incredible wisdom, determination, intelligence, forgiveness, generosity and vision.

There are so, so few people like him. I hope we find others.


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Message 405 of 830 (752679)
03-12-2015 12:13 PM


Sir Terry Pratchett
A funny, wise, inventive and brilliant author, long since a big part of my own world, has just walked off with DEATH. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156

If you haven't read any of his work, it's worth a go.


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Message 409 of 830 (752689)
03-12-2015 12:48 PM


Buggritt !!

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Message 414 of 830 (752696)
03-12-2015 1:07 PM
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03-12-2015 1:01 PM


Re: Sir Terry Pratchett
No book which included Nobby Nobbs was ever a waste :-)

He could pen a good character name.


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Message 418 of 830 (753212)
03-18-2015 7:07 AM


Sir Terry Pratchett
Kudos :

http://www.theguardian.com/...he-clacks-with-hidden-web-code


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Message 474 of 830 (776295)
01-11-2016 3:25 PM
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01-11-2016 2:51 AM


Re: Jean Genius - Sorrow for a Hero
I met a guy about 30 years ago who said he used to fag for David Jones (Bowie) (ie ran around school doing errands for him at Bromley).

But then, given who he was, I suspect a number of us did.

I grew up in the 80's, and wasn't there early enough to really appreciate his talent. Even I can understand his importance though. Rest in peace.


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Message 483 of 830 (776775)
01-20-2016 2:43 AM


Leslie Nielsen
The man who took dead-pan and made it his own.

"The hospital ! What is it ?"

"It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now."


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Message 485 of 830 (776798)
01-20-2016 10:01 AM
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01-20-2016 8:26 AM


Re: Leslie Nielsen
Oops - my bad - I've made this mistake before, clicking on the most popular stories on the news site's side bar, and not reading the date of the story when the page loads.

Ah well :-)


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Message 527 of 830 (790394)
08-30-2016 7:13 AM
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08-29-2016 5:23 PM


Re: Gene Wilder
A quick Kangaroo Hop this evening, I think, by way of tribute.

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Message 557 of 830 (794816)
11-27-2016 3:12 PM


Ron Glass
He's found Serenity.

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Message 699 of 830 (849236)
03-01-2019 2:46 AM
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02-28-2019 4:07 PM


Re: Andre' Previn, 89
On one level, it's a shame that my enduring memory of him will be his marvelously self-deprecating and impressively comedic performance on the Morecombe and Wise show, over here in the 70s. His life and achievements are obviously much wider and deeper than that. But there is something wonderful about a prominent person who can take the mick out of themselves in the name of making us laugh.

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Message 705 of 830 (850884)
04-16-2019 9:03 AM
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04-16-2019 12:31 AM


Re: Notre Dame
I used to work near Notre Dame, and it is such a shame that so much of it has been lost. It's an amazing site, with such a powerful history and depth of meaning for the French people.

I do find something striking though - maybe disturbing. I understand and fully share the view that our history and culture is incredibly important and never to be ignored. Notre Dame is a particularly powerful example of that. But in the space of 24 hours, hundreds of millions of Euros have been pledged to restore the building, with more monies pouring in by the minute. This for the restoration of a building which is at the heart of the Catholic Church, one of the wealthiest institutions in the world; at the heart of the French nation, which isn't exactly on the bread line; and probably in respect of damage caused by a contractor who will surely be insured. Why is this level of generosity lacking when it comes to feeding the poor; helping the ill and disabled; responding to global disasters ?

I live in hope that any funds raised, and which aren't needed (eg due to insurance being available), will be used to address more urgent humanitarian needs. That would seem more reflective of the message which Notre Dame supports.


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Message 710 of 830 (851080)
04-19-2019 1:32 AM
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04-18-2019 8:36 PM


Re: Another theory nobody wants to touch with a hundred foot pole
It’s the same with mosques - https://edition.cnn.com/...ues-targeted-2017-trnd/index.html - there are a lot of nasty people out there.

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Message 714 of 830 (851101)
04-19-2019 1:27 PM
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04-19-2019 1:24 PM


Re: Another theory nobody wants to touch with a hundred foot pole
That was the first info I googled - there’s lots of additional info. We get churches, mosques, temples, all sorts attacked and vandalised by morons in this country too.

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