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Tom Sharpe

Indecent Exposure & Riotous Assembly are 2 of the funniest books ever written about the snobbery & Racism involved in Apartheid..

I still remember the scene where Konstable Els is fighting with a Doberman, I was on a train and I was laughing so loud, I thought I was going to get thrown off.

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Iain Banks.

And, coincidentally, Iain M Banks.

So sad. Will miss them both very much.

One last meeting to go - on 20th June. A novel about the last few weeks of a cancer patient, apparently.

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Iain Banks.

And, coincidentally, Iain M Banks.

 

Ah so quickly, very sad. Just pulling "Consider Phlebas" off the bookshelf.

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I have enjoyed so many of Iain Banks' books, both straight fiction and SF. We knew it was coming, but sad news all the same.

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Sad news. The Sopranos was absolutely gripping TV, much of that down to Gandolfini's superb acting.

 

Almost exactly the same age as me. I was heading towards a similar shape until I lost 1/3 of my weight 3 years ago. So glad I did.

 

He was a terrific actor and The Sporanos is right up there with the best TV ever made.

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Almost exactly the same age as me. I was heading towards a similar shape until I lost 1/3 of my weight 3 years ago. So glad I did.

 

He was a terrific actor and The Sporanos is right up there with the best TV ever made.

I'd go along with that.

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Not sure about this remark, tbh.

He crashed ten minutes into a 24 hour race, I guess it doesn't matter when it happened you just wouldn't expect it so early on.

I turned it on yesterday about 2hrs 30mins in and heard there had been a stoppage as Allan had crashed and caused a bit of a mess on track. So I went onto YouTube to see if there was a video of it as they weren't showing any replays, anyway, I didn't really think much of it.

Tuned back in this morning to hear he had died and was in shock. Terrible news, even worse that he has a baby daughter.

The commentators seemed to think he crashed into a barrier that had a tree directly behind it so there was no give and essentially just crashed hundreds of miles an hour into a tree, no mention if this in the papers though.

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Ok, it just looked like it could have been an attempt at humour to me which, I'm sure you'd agree, would have been pretty inappropriate.

 

To hear he's left a young family behind makes the tragedy even more difficult to accept.

 

RIP.

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