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20 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

To return to a measure of gravity;

My old man died this morning after a short illness. He was RL through and through, a former groundsman and director at Batley amongst other roles at a number of clubs. He was the guy who introduced me to the greatest game, the one who showed me what proper hard work and dedication was, the one that spurred me on to push the participation of RL beyond the traditional lands and the one who took great pride in knowing that his initial influence had led his grandkids to take up the same interests.

We must never underestimate the level of influence we exert on people who hold us in high regard. It comes with great responsibility and he had bags of it.

Rest easy dad. 

Without Knowing, With Love.

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Just found out Pete Bland passed away at the weekend - died from Covid.

Not a national figure, but a legend in the fell and road running community in the the North West. Sponsored and arranged countless events over the past 40 years

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He would have belonged on the surprised they're still alive thread had I known but alas Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of France for seven years before Mitterand. Political father of the TGV and very much a pragmatic pro-European.

https://www.politico.eu/article/former-french-president-valery-giscard-destaing-dead-at-94/

 

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9 minutes ago, M j M said:

He would have belonged on the surprised they're still alive thread had I known but alas Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of France for seven years before Mitterand. Political father of the TGV and very much a pragmatic pro-European.

https://www.politico.eu/article/former-french-president-valery-giscard-destaing-dead-at-94/

I thought he'd gone decades ago.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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13 minutes ago, Mumby Magic said:

One of the great commentating voices of these lands, and im not a golf fan Peter Alliss

"I was watching Carol Vorderman the other day and I got aroused...not bad for me...7 letters..."

Simply fantastic.

England RU Coach Eddie Jones : "I spent a bit of time up at Hull and I like the full back there Connor, he's a tough, skilful player"

Jake Connor : "I've never played Union, it doesn't look that hard, you never say never but it looks too boring for me"

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Peter Alliss total legend . Didn’t really give a stuff . Read an article saying the beeb used to warn him what to say and not say and he always ignored them knowing they couldn’t do a thing , the people adored him ! Remember him going on about Tiger Woods gripping lowdown on his shaft and everyone in the background laughing like crazy  . Endless funny commentary lines , but brilliant at describing the moment as well . The voice of a sport like Ted Lowe , Murray Walker , Richie Benaud etc Pro celebrity golf as well , watched that every week !

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13 hours ago, DavidM said:

Peter Alliss total legend . Didn’t really give a stuff . Read an article saying the beeb used to warn him what to say and not say and he always ignored them knowing they couldn’t do a thing , the people adored him ! Remember him going on about Tiger Woods gripping lowdown on his shaft and everyone in the background laughing like crazy  . Endless funny commentary lines , but brilliant at describing the moment as well . The voice of a sport like Ted Lowe , Murray Walker , Richie Benaud etc Pro celebrity golf as well , watched that every week !

Completely agree they at times may not have been the best but sone sports are connected to them. The name slips my mind but the snooker commentator. Peter o Sullivan. Sports legends in a different manner 

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Mountaineer Doug Scott

Member of the first team to ascend Everest by its SW face. They were late up there and actually slept on the summit!

Gave a lot back to the Nepalese community in later life

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49 minutes ago, Shadow said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55225903

Chuck Yeager, aged 97 which considering what he achieved fame for is frankly remarkable

A name I've known since I was a kid and would spend all my time reading books on every little bit of aviation from the history to the details of every nut and bolt on a Pratt and Whitney radial engine! I still do now, but more so then! 

RIP Chuck! Forever resting up in the sky where you were most at home! 😢

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Walter E Williams, who was born into a Philadelphia ghetto and was raised in a one-parent family, but became the Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He was a brilliant public intellectual.

He told a story about being sent to Korea as a young man during the 1950s. He had to fill in a form about himself, and, under 'race', wrote 'Caucasian'. When the Chaplain told him he must have made a mistake, he said no he hadn't, because if he had written 'Negro' he would have been landed with all the lousiest jobs in the unit.

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4 hours ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

A name I've known since I was a kid and would spend all my time reading books on every little bit of aviation from the history to the details of every nut and bolt on a Pratt and Whitney radial engine! I still do now, but more so then! 

RIP Chuck! Forever resting up in the sky where you were most at home! 😢

I have a similar affliction towards aviation. The x1 project was pioneering stuff .... pushing the boundaries.

Given his flying history its amazing how he lived so long. The Keith Richards of flight history

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20 hours ago, Robin Evans said:

Thats ######..... met him a couple of times. Top bloke.... scary as ell.... but a top bloke

Almost exactly what I would have written. RIP Ged.

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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