R.I.P. THREAD

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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1781  Postby The_Piper » Jun 28, 2017 5:45 pm

Calilasseia wrote:Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.

BBC reports on this here.

I happen to have a Bluray of the movie Paddington, yet to watch. If that's the bear from The Darkest Peru, then I read the book when young. :)
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1782  Postby Macdoc » Jun 28, 2017 11:07 pm

Nyquist - such a shame - really enjoyed his work
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1783  Postby THWOTH » Jul 01, 2017 8:19 pm

Barry Norman.


And why not...?

theguardian.com wrote:The film critic Barry Norman has died at the age of 83.

The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night.

A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, described him as “remarkable” and added: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.”

They said: “He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -film-show


Guardian obiturary.
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1784  Postby THWOTH » Jul 02, 2017 1:01 pm

Heathcote Williams, poet (15 November 1941 - 1 July 2017).

    This Is For Syria

    In the ticket hall at Leytonstone station
    A knife’s drawn for Cameron and Benn.
    “This is for Syria” the knifeman is shouting –
    After they’ve voted for war without end.

    “This is for Syria”, he shouts as he stabs,
    Seizing on innocent passengers.
    One falls to the ground screaming in pain;
    The knifeman goes for more travelers.

    One passenger bravely tries interposing himself
    Between the knifeman and his victim,
    Only to receive a dangerous slash in the neck.
    No one else tries again to intervene.

    Instead the commuters make their escape,
    Save for one who films the drama
    With a jerky mobile phone held at an angle –
    He captures the whole panorama.

    “This is for Syria.” The knifeman scans the hall
    For any other victims he might have
    Until a challenging voice stops him in his tracks
    Proclaiming, “You ain’t no Moslem, bruv.”

    The police arrive. He’s tasered and overcome
    Then flung into a local police cell.
    As the wounded are carried away on stretchers
    Typhoon jets turn Syria into hell.

    The bombing raids have been ordered by Parliament.
    Both Cameron and Benn have been instrumental
    In pleading for more bombs in a delusional “just war”
    While the knifeman is judged to have been “mental.”

    Both Cameron and Benn voted for the Iraq war –
    War can give small men a sense of importance –
    A million died for the sake of creating a failed state,
    Still bearing a justified sense of grievance.

    Like pack animals, Cameron and Benn join forces
    To give their approval to multiple raids –
    Syrian raids that have so far caused 733 civilian deaths
    In families with a memory they’ll see never fades.

    Every session of Parliament begins with a Christian prayer,
    Even those where war’s voted for instead of love,
    But how good if a voice in the Chamber had shouted,
    “You ain’t no Christians, Bruv.”

      -- Heathcote Williams, Dec 2015
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1785  Postby Calilasseia » Jul 05, 2017 1:14 pm

THWOTH wrote:Barry Norman.


And why not...?

theguardian.com wrote:The film critic Barry Norman has died at the age of 83.

The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night.

A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, described him as “remarkable” and added: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.”

They said: “He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -film-show


Guardian obiturary.


One of the sad aspects of his passing, is that when watching him in action, it's pretty obvious that he cared about what he was doing. He had a genuine appreciation of film as a literary medium, one with the power to uplift, inspire and educate with the same depth of substance as a Thomas Hardy novel or an epic work from Classical Antiquity, but with potentially far greater reach. When alighting upon a film that was superbly executed, presenting a message of compelling importance, and teaching us about aspects of the human condition we had not paid much prior attention to, you could see that he was in his element, and moreover, that he was pursuing a genuine, deeply nurtured passion for his subject.

Likewise, when encountering something manifestly inferior, his dissection thereof could be surgically precise. But he was never so churlish, as to suggest that those who strove to reach for the stars, but failed, should never have exerted the effort: rather, his dissections were aimed at educating the heroic failures to learn from their mistakes, and succeed in future. Because he understood that the vibrancy of film as a medium would be furthered by this approach.

Of course, he could be scathing to Chlorine Trifluoride levels of corrosiveness, when dealing with a blatant exercise in screwing cinema audiences for naked profit, that not only failed to exit the gutter, but revelled in wallowing therein. Track down his review of the infamous Barb Wire for perhaps the archetypal example of his derision for such offerings. He managed to exude his disgust at this dreck, dismissing it as nothing more than wank fodder for educationally subnormal teenagers with too much testosterone, without actually using that phrase, and still managed to pull off the exercise with finesse, whilst making manifest his sense of being contaminated for having watched the sordid production in question.
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1786  Postby Animavore » Jul 08, 2017 8:58 pm

Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette, True Blood). Aged 39.

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#1787  Postby Animavore » Jul 08, 2017 9:04 pm

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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1788  Postby Calilasseia » Jul 15, 2017 7:29 pm

Maryam Mirazkhani, Iranian mathematician, and the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, has died from breast cancer at the age of 40.

Daily Telegraph article here.

She became a professor of mathematics at Stanford University in 2008, and her Fields Medal award took place in 2014.

The Wikipedia page devoted to her, explains eloquently some of the ground-breaking work she was involved in. More here. I particularly love this passage therefrom:

... [Her] work expertly blends dynamics with geometry. Among other things, she studies billiards. But now, in a move very characteristic of modern mathematics, it gets kind of meta: She considers not just one billiard table, but the universe of all possible billiard tables. And the kind of dynamics she studies doesn't directly concern the motion of the billiards on the table, but instead a transformation of the billiard table itself, which is changing its shape in a rule-governed way; if you like, the table itself moves like a strange planet around the universe of all possible tables ... This isn't the kind of thing you do to win at pool, but it's the kind of thing you do to win a Fields Medal. And it's what you need to do in order to expose the dynamics at the heart of geometry; for there's no question that they're there.


You know you're dealing with a special talent, when the possessor thereof is made a research fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute. Maryam Mirazkhani was, quite literally, in a class of her own. There are probably fewer than 40 people alive on the entire planet, who understand her work fully. If you wish to join them, it helps if you have two decades to spare on intensive postgraduate mathematics.
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#1789  Postby aban57 » Jul 15, 2017 7:48 pm

40... :nono:
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1790  Postby UncertainSloth » Jul 16, 2017 9:42 pm

Running away, go to it.
Where did you have in mind?
Have to take care.. .unless there's a 'where',
You'll only be wandering blind.
Just more questions... different kind.
Where are we to go? Where are we ever to go?

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#1791  Postby UncertainSloth » Jul 17, 2017 5:15 am

Running away, go to it.
Where did you have in mind?
Have to take care.. .unless there's a 'where',
You'll only be wandering blind.
Just more questions... different kind.
Where are we to go? Where are we ever to go?

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#1792  Postby Pulsar » Jul 20, 2017 7:32 pm

"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time." - George Bernard Shaw
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#1793  Postby Animavore » Jul 20, 2017 7:39 pm

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#1794  Postby Sendraks » Jul 20, 2017 10:13 pm

Far too young and under far too sad circumstances. Poor Chester. :(
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#1795  Postby DaveD » Jul 21, 2017 3:10 pm

Deborah Watling – Doctor Who companion Victoria Waterfield – dies, aged 69
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/doctor-who ... oria-dies/
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Re: R.I.P. THREAD

#1796  Postby UncertainSloth » Jul 22, 2017 2:27 pm

Running away, go to it.
Where did you have in mind?
Have to take care.. .unless there's a 'where',
You'll only be wandering blind.
Just more questions... different kind.
Where are we to go? Where are we ever to go?

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#1797  Postby Macdoc » Aug 02, 2017 2:45 am

:ill: :waah:

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Sam Shepard, who has died aged 73 from complications of ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, excelled as an actor, screenwriter, playwright and director. In each of those disciplines he challenged and reimagined mythic American archetypes. He wrote nearly 50 plays; the most coruscating of them, such as the Pulitzer prize-winning Buried Child (1978), True West (1980) and Fool for Love (1983), established him as one of the visionaries of US theatre and created a fresh vernacular for exploring the disparity in American life between myth and reality, past and present, fathers and sons.


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can hardly recall a movie he was in that I did not enjoy his acting even if the movie was marginal.
I had no idea of the play writing let al;one a Pulitzer :what:
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#1798  Postby DougC » Aug 16, 2017 2:14 pm

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#1799  Postby Animavore » Aug 18, 2017 4:31 pm

Bruce Forsyth. 89.
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#1800  Postby monkeyboy » Aug 18, 2017 4:38 pm

He did have a "good game, good game" though.
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