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RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 26 Aug 2012, 10:49

Live blog: First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead

The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has died at the age of 82 after undergoing heart-bypass surgery earlier this month.

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.

As he stepped on the moon's dusty surface, he said: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."



Geez they are popping off the twig fast and furiously these days!
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby Lefty » 26 Aug 2012, 20:41

Indeed they are. Is Gagarin still alive?
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 26 Aug 2012, 21:05

Wiki to the rescue:

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (Russian: Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин[1]; IPA: [ˈjʉrʲɪj ɐlʲɪˈksʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɡɐˈɡarʲɪn]; 9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG 15 training jet he was piloting crashed.


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He stayed in his crippled fighter rather than ejecting because it would have crashed on housing. Sounds like a brave guy!
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 23 Oct 2012, 11:46

George McGovern, former US Senator for South Dakota and 1972 Democratic Presidential nominee, has died at 90.

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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 23 Nov 2012, 12:34

Bryce Coutenay died today, aged 79. His last book was published late last year (heard on car radio driving to Central Market.)
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby Lefty » 24 Nov 2012, 16:17

HBS Guy wrote:Bryce Coutenay died today, aged 79. His last book was published late last year (heard on car radio driving to Central Market.)


Tim is a fan of his books. I have never read any though I have seen the movie of The power of one. On a very long bus ride from Gladstone to Townsville.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 27 Nov 2012, 13:27

@AP: BREAKING: #Nobel winner Dr. Joseph Murray, who performed first successful kidney transplant, dies in Boston: http://t.co/hZ6T4Zjs
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 06 Dec 2012, 04:52

RIP Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 103.

Tireless charity worker. Mother of Rupe.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 06 Dec 2012, 05:25

Busy night in the Heavenly Vestibule:

Sky News ‏@SkyNews
Dave Brubeck: Iconic Jazz Artist Dies at 91 http://bit.ly/TJP5FK
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This is a hilarious clip “Unsquare dance” in 7/4 time, bit tango-ish:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yExwkQYcp0

NB: not at all typical of Brubeck’s jazz, just having a bit of fun there.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 25 Dec 2012, 20:15

We may have missed a few obituaries but the Guardian hasn’t:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/s ... es-of-2012
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RIP Frank Thornton aka Cap. Peacock

Postby HBS Guy » 19 Mar 2013, 12:34

One of the stars of British television series Are You Being Served?, Frank Thornton, has died at the age of 92.

Thornton played the pompous Captain Peacock in the long-running BBC comedy.

His agent David Daly said the actor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Barnes, London, on Saturday.


PHOTO: Frank Thornton was 92. (Getty: Tim Whitby)
Thornton, who mainly played comedy roles, was also known for his role as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine and starred in comedies such as Hancock's Half Hour, The Goodies and Steptoe and Son.

But he was best known for his role of Captain Stephen Peacock, an uptight store walker who bragged about his wartime exploits. . . .

Thornton is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beryl, daughter Jane and three grandchildren.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-19/c ... es/4580790
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Vale Richard Griffiths

Postby HBS Guy » 30 Mar 2013, 13:16

RIP Richard Griffith, aged 65.

Star in quite a few classic British TV Shows and movies. To me he is Mr Pie in the Sky.

Also a raconteur, mentor to new actors. And obese, no wonder he died after heart surgery.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-29/h ... es/4601772
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 08 Apr 2013, 23:10

The “Iron Lady” just collapsed into rust. RIP Margaret Thatcher, who helped inflict neoconservatism on the world, how good is that? Just look at Cyprus!

“No such thing as society” poor deluded moron!

But she was a qualified research chemist and understood the ozone hole and championed banning gases that destroyed ozone, would have recognised danger of global warming. Typically, what she was working on before entering politics was how to get more air into icecream—the more air, the less actual icecream in a tub etc.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby Lefty » 10 Apr 2013, 19:55

The “Iron Lady” just collapsed into rust.
:bgrin

Fucking nasty bitch - a thoroughly unpleasant person. Bilbo's blog yesterday was about the Thatcher days - Bilbo was living and studying in England while Thatcher was on her mad neo-liberal rampage and witnessed it first hand. Gave sanction to the despot Augusto Pinochet, cosied up to Ronnie, crushed the British working people - vale Margret Thatcher, the world is a better place without her.
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RIP Hazel hawke

Postby HBS Guy » 23 May 2013, 20:04

RIP Hazel Hawke:

Hazel Hawke, the ex-wife of former prime minister Bob Hawke, died today after complications of dementia at the age of 83.

Born in Perth in 1929, Hazel Masterson married a young, ambitious Bob Hawke when she was 26.

The couple had four children, although one died in infancy.

When her husband was elected prime minister in 1983 their family life changed forever.

They called The Lodge home for the next eight years and Hazel Hawke embraced the role of First Lady.

A talented pianist, Hazel Hawke campaigned on women's issues, reconciliation, drug education, welfare and the arts.

But in 1981 Hazel Hawke's work as Australia's First Lady was over with Mr Hawke's resignation as PM.

A few years later their marriage ended too.


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I met her, once and briefly in the Trades Hall bar, she talking of their (Bob and Hazel’s) cat which apparently “still had its balls.”
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby Lefty » 23 May 2013, 20:29

“still had its balls.”


Can you imagine a US first lady saying something like that? :bgrin

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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 23 May 2013, 20:33

Very down to earth.

I can imagine Lincoln saying it—order a copy of Doris Goodwin “Team of Rivals.” 700+ dense pages but wow, what a man Abraham Lincoln was! Have to write a blog on that soon, maybe start Monday.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 28 May 2013, 07:57

Vale Bill Pertwee, the ARP warden in Dad’s Army, famous for his line, “Put that light out”.
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 10 Jun 2013, 10:05

Breaking news: Nelson Mandela’s spokesman has confirmed the tragic news that the former leader died earlier this afternoon in his sleep.

— Piers Morgan (@piersrnorgan) June 8, 2013


Others say the report is false. Could well be true tho, I suppose—“pneumonia is the old person’s friend” at least pre–antibiotics.

:oops False account, clearer here than on Twitter—that is not Piers Morgan but PiersRNorgan. Clever but tasteless!
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Vale Helen Thomas, White House Press Corps doyen

Postby HBS Guy » 21 Jul 2013, 12:27

Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas dies

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has died at the age of 92 after a long illness.
Ms Thomas gained notoriety for asking straightforward questions of the past ten US presidents from John Kennedy to Barack Obama.
She worked for 49 years on the White House beat and retired in 2010.


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The Last Fearless Reporter
There Will Never Be Another Helen Thomas

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There will never be another Helen Thomas. She shattered forever one anti-woman journalistic barrier after another in the Washington press corps and rose to the top of her profession’s organizations.

Helen Thomas asked the toughest questions of Presidents and White House press secretaries and over her sixty-two year career took on sexism, racism and ageism. She endured prejudice against her ethnicity — Arab-American — and her breaking the taboo regarding the rights of dispossessed Palestinians.

She also made many friends in journalism and spoke to audiences all over the country about the responsibility of journalists to hold politicians responsible with tough, probing, questions that are asked repeatedly until they are either answered or the politician is unmasked as an unaccountable coward. That is the example she set as a journalist and the recurrent theme in her three books.

Her free spirit, her courageous belief that injustice must be exposed by journalists, her congenial personality and her relentless focus (she asked former President George W. Bush and his press secretary Ari Fleischer dozens of times “Why are we in Iraq?”) will be long remembered.

Her tenacious, forthright approach to journalism stands as a stark contrast to the patsy journalism of too many of her former self-censoring White House press colleagues.

The remarkable combination of skills and perseverance will distinguish Helen Thomas as one of the giants of American journalistic history.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/19/ ... en-thomas/
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Vale Mel Smith

Postby HBS Guy » 21 Jul 2013, 13:58

Comedian Mel Smith dies aged 60

Writer and comic actor Mel Smith, known for his work on Alas Smith and Jones and Not the Nine O'Clock News, dies aged 60, his agent confirms


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Vale Irena-Sendler

Postby HBS Guy » 21 Jul 2013, 17:01

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... ed-98.html

Wow, unlike stupid Mother Theresa this woman really did save lives!
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 27 Jul 2013, 12:54

ABC News 24 ‏@ABCNews24 11m
Live: Canberra marks 60 years since Korean War armistice. Aust. sent 18,000 troops. Watch it here: http://bit.ly/abcnewsnow
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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 01 Sep 2013, 21:34

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died aged 74, his family has announced.

Sir David died of a heart attack while on the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, where he had been due to give a speech.

The presenter fronted a number of programmes, including That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report.


http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/01/veteran-b ... O=facebook

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Re: RIP Neil Armstrong

Postby HBS Guy » 03 Sep 2013, 21:40

Clive James—a remarkable life.

If not watching the last interview of his life (by Kerry O’Brien) right now (in SA) watch it on iView (abc.net.au/iview)

Emphysema, leukemia, prostrate cancer you name it! Yet Clive full of life. Magic!
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