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12 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

Ex Liverpool FC Ray Kennedy

He died a year ago to the day.

"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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1 hour ago, Robin Evans said:

Just seen it on Facebook..... thought he'd died today. 

That's the trouble with the "one year since" tributes. Everyone gets caught out by them occasionally.

"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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Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer songwriter aged 79.

I had no idea she was that old, an absolute goddess as both singer and songwriter.

RIP songbird.

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"When I saw the Pistols and The Clash I realised it didn't seem that difficult, they didn't seem like they could play very well either, so the thing was to form a band then work it out. We didn't even know who was going to play what - we passed around all the instruments until we found what we were comfortable with. I wasn't comfortable with any of them so I became the singer."

                                                                   Terry Hall on forming The Specials.

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On 26/11/2022 at 21:01, Shadow said:

I can only hope if I suffered the same sort of horrors as Rob Burrow and Doddie Weir that I'd have ten percent of the courage and dignity they showed

I'd be happy with five per cent!

They were and are two extraordinary people.

As was the late Matt King, who lived a fruitful life after suffering a terrible paralysis.

I feel totally in awe of young blokes like that.

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My very good friend Ray Blumbergs. 

Despite decades in the south not denting his Yorkshire accent, people were usually surprised to find out that he had been born in Latvia and Ray was actually short for Rainis rather than the usual English derivations. He arrived in the UK after the second world war as a child refugee and the family moved to Hull, where his Father, who was a master mariner, found employment. He was bitten by the rugby league bug at an early age and supported Rovers (he joyfully remembered that often at this time regularly only Doncaster kept them off the bottom of the pile), but would also go to Hull FC games too.

After graduating and a period in New Zealand, he moved to London and ran a small transport business out of his home on a small industrial estate on the Acton/Park Royal borderlands. When Fulham was established, he had a professional team to watch again. However, Ray always had a particular interest in the community game, something which grew as he got older. He would cheerfully recall how he would phone Henry Miles, the then secretary of the London League, on a Sunday morning, who would then phone the referees to find out which games were actually on for Ray to attend.

After retirement, he spent a period touring Europe in a motor home, but, having sold his home, bought a flat in Hemel within walking distance of the Stags' ground. This was quite deliberate. For the remainder of his retirement, he watched them play, but also involved himself in the club, both on a social level and helping out around the club. After the enclosement of the ground, people may remember him acting as the gateman up until the elevation to League 1, but he was always willing to do odd jobs and jump behind the bar to help out. 

I first met Ray when back from university well over 30 years ago. His season ticket seat was next to that of my late Father at Crystal Palace when Fulham in their last year under that name were playing there. Since then we have attended many games at Fulham/Crusaders/Broncos (the Tony Tank Gordon period being a particular pleasure for Ray), Skolars, Hemel and many community clubs together. There were also trips away from the south, a journey to York in Ray's flatbed truck through a blizzard to watch I think a Regal Trophy tie on a snow covered pitch being a particular memory.

Even in the last year, when he was becoming more frail, Ray attended games at Skolars, Broncos and St Albans as well as his regular walks across to Pennine Way and the clubhouse. He was perpetually good humoured, thanks to a very individual outlook on life. He would often say he considered life existed just for his own amusement. He passed away earlier this week at the age of 83. I will miss him desperately.

There are further tributes on Hemel's facebook page to show the impact he had on so many. He would have been amused by the irony of those tributes and this post, as he never had a smartphone or computer and had never accessed the internet. 

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Nick Bollettieri: https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Stories/125086/nick-bollettieri-has-passed-away-the-farewell-of-a-tennis-legend/ 
I'm not a huge fan of the baselining style he made so dominant in the game, but a huge figure in the sport.

"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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35 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Just been reading the obituary of Henry Silva who specialised as he says in ‘ foreign looking menacing baddies ‘ . He was everywhere 

He really was - that IMDB list of credits just goes on and on.

"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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16 minutes ago, Mumby Magic said:

Kirstie Alley 

Very sad - she was a funny and different replacement for Shelley Long in the 'Cheers' cast back in the day, but soon went off into a cult/drugs/right-wing politics spiral, and never really achieved what she might have done.

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"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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Co-founder of Stax Records, Jim Stewart: https://bestclassicbands.com/jim-stewart-stax-obituary-12-2-22/ 

"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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4 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Stranglers drummer, Brian "Jet Black" Duffy: https://thestranglers.co.uk/jet-black-rip/ 

 

4 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Stranglers drummer, Brian "Jet Black" Duffy: https://thestranglers.co.uk/jet-black-rip/ 

I know Dave Greenfield had died 2 years ago but for some reason I though Jet Black had died a year ago...

https://youtu.be/BLNacLOIaVw

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12 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

RIP Ruth Madoc

cant be too many of the main cast left now? maybe a few of the younger ones?- always find an irony that in all the sitcoms of that sort the only one with all the main cast still alive is "one foot in the grave" even mrs warbouys is still batting on 96!

see you later undertaker - in a while necrophile 

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