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Post by Stanley » 22 May 2019, 04:08

Universal praise for Niki yesterday, a much loved man....
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Post by Tizer » 30 May 2019, 08:46

Tam, the last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia has died. A female called Iman is now the only remaining member of the species in that country. After decades of deforestation and poaching, it's now thought only 30 to 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild, most on the nearby island of Sumatra.

Spare a thought also for puffins. About 9000 puffins and other seabirds died within a few months in Alaska due to rising sea temperatures having caused fish to migrate elsewhere.

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Post by Stanley » 31 May 2019, 03:20

I noted the Puffins in Climate Change Tiz. Lovely little birds.....
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Post by Tripps » 04 Jul 2019, 10:24

Christopher Booker one of the founders of Private Eye has died.

"Parliamentary sketchwriter Quentin Letts described Booker as “magnificently bloody-minded and non-compliant”.

I think I might settle for that myself. :smile:
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Post by PanBiker » 04 Jul 2019, 10:36

Stanley wrote:
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I noted the Puffins in Climate Change Tiz. Lovely little birds.....
National bird but on the menu in Iceland.
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Post by Stanley » 05 Jul 2019, 03:01

I heard Ian on Today talking about Christopher. A very affectionate tribute to a man who founded a good institution. I think he would still approve what they are doing and how they do it.....
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Post by Stanley » 05 Jul 2019, 06:22

I got news yesterday from my friend Tony's wife, they live on Wellhouse Street, that he went into hospital 14 days ago, had a massive heart attack and died. Another old face gone and I feel very sorry for his wife who is not in the best of health. Inevitable I know but very sad......
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Post by Tripps » 05 Jul 2019, 11:59

John McCririckthe legendary racecourse pundit has died. Not everyone's 'cup of tea' to put it mildly, but I shall miss him. His excellent book on gambling is in my collection. I shall dip into it it again tonight.
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Post by Stanley » 06 Jul 2019, 02:17

I saw the report. He always reminded me of Prince Monolulu....
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Post by Tizer » 06 Jul 2019, 08:31

His obit makes a fascinating story - thanks for for posting it Bodger.

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Post by Tripps » 06 Jul 2019, 13:42

Racing circles have been full of tributes to 'Big Mac' They seem to agree that he was outrageous and controversial because that was his 'unique selling point' and how he made a living for a long time. His attitude to women didn't fit into the modern PC mode, but here is what the women who worked with him for many years have said.

Tanya Stevenson, John McCririck’s sidekick on Channel 4 Racing in the betting ring for 15 years, enjoyed every minute of her time working alongside someone she described as her “hero”. The pair were an unlikely double act, but Stevenson revealed she shared lots of interests with McCririck, who has died at the age of 79.

“It’s terrible, very sad news indeed,” she said. “I loved him dearly – I worked with one of my heroes and I was so lucky. “I worked with him for 15 years and the majority of that time was on air alongside him. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been able to do that. He was the one who encouraged me the whole time with his support.

“We hit it off from the start. We both loved our sport, we both loved the betting industry. Unfortunately I’m Arsenal and he was Newcastle. We both loved NFL, we both loved cricket. He was even sweet enough to take me to cricket a couple of times. He was an absolute hero.
“It was an absolute privilege to say I worked alongside him. We had so many funny times.”

Stevenson revealed the general public did not know the “real” McCririck.
“I don’t think people appreciated or saw the real side of him, the things he did for charity,” she told PA. “He based his persona on trying to be a devil’s advocate and villain to incite discussions and debate, and then they all picked him out for picking the wrong side.
“People would say, ‘how on earth do you work with him’ and I would say, ‘how on earth did he work with me’. I was so lucky. “Bless him. He will be missed.”

Alice Plunkett was another female colleague who had the utmost respect for McCririck.
“I worked with John for 20 years. I felt extremely privileged, for when I joined Channel 4 Racing they had such an iconic team. They revolutionised racing. At that point it had been very straitlaced with the BBC,” she said.

“John was just frustratingly brilliant. Everybody always wanted me to say I didn’t like him, but I loved him very dearly. “He called me the ‘saucy minx’. I was a young upstart and he always said to me to be as rude as I liked on screen as that’s what people want.
“Everything he did on screen he did with a real twinkle and with kindness behind it.

“He was just a genuine supporter of young people, women – weirdly. What people saw and what he actually was were a long away apart. He was great to Tanya, he was great to me and I’ll always be so grateful as to how he looked after me when I started out and knew nothing.

“He was a great journalist. He never, ever came to work unprepared. He was such a worker. All that flap and nonsense was one thing, but he turned up every day with so much background work. “He knew exactly what was going on. In the end he probably became a caricature of himself. The (Celebrity) Big Brother stuff didn’t do him any favours, but at heart was a brilliant journalist. “He was a consummate professional and passionate about racing. “He was ahead of his time. People have tried to copy him but no one has had the class and style to do it the way he did.

“I had the utmost respect for him and the Booby (his wife, Jenny), who made him so single-minded.”
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Post by Stanley » 07 Jul 2019, 03:06

So sorry to see that Richard Hills has died. He and I did a lot of good stuff together and we still occasionally corresponded. He was a good man and universally respected. If I remember right he married late in life and I remember pulling his leg unmercifully about it..... He had a great interest in Ellenroad.
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Post by Tripps » 17 Jul 2019, 11:22

Andrea Camilleri author of the Montalbano novels - which have relieved the boredom of Saturday night TV for me, on many occasions, has died.

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