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The unfortunate death of Eddie Van Halen within the week prompted a look at his life and Van Halen's discography. I know his name might suggest other wise but I never knew him and is brother were both born in the Netherlands.

Also whilst we are on to bands, AC/DC are forever clasdufied as an aussie band but only hVe one member from Australia. The Youngs were born in Scotland.

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49 minutes ago, Mumby Magic said:

The unfortunate death of Eddie Van Halen within the week prompted a look at his life and Van Halen's discography. I know his name might suggest other wise but I never knew him and is brother were both born in the Netherlands.

Also whilst we are on to bands, AC/DC are forever clasdufied as an aussie band but only hVe one member from Australia. The Youngs were born in Scotland.

I suppose the ' Van Halen ' bit might have been a clue ?

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Twinkly cockernee geezah and 'Carry on' stalwart Sid James was South African, as was Bob Holness.

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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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Cliff Richard, born in Lucknow. Spike Milligan, born in Ahmednagar. Remember that character from Goodness gracious me! who claimed everything was Indian? He had a point. :kolobok_wink:

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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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6 minutes ago, Mumby Magic said:

But bon jovi isnt italian 😛😛

Farage, on the other hand, sounds like the surname of a sinister foreign agent bent on the destruction of the United Kingdom.

"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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We had a "pub quiz" at work a few years back and one of the rounds was 20 well-known British people who were born abroad. Unfortunately, I've forgotten lots of them, but here's the ones I remember that we haven't already had.

Prince Philip (Greece), Emma Watson (France), Audrey Hepburn (Belgium), JRR Tolkien (South Africa), Brad Wiggins (Belgium), Eddie Izzard (Yemen) & Freddie Mercury (Tanzania)

Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut. Natalie Portman was born in Israel. Tommy Lee was born in Greece, Gene Simmons was born in Israel.

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The Brothers Gibb, as in Bee Gees, were born in the Isle of Man, or Ellan Vannin if you prefer the vernacular.

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8 hours ago, JohnM said:

Joanna Lumley was born in Srinagar. 

Wasn't her father an officer in the Gurkhas, hence her support for their cause?

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Just had a quick search:

J.G.Ballard - China
Gyles Brandreth - Germany
Dr Crippen - USA
T.S.Eliot - USA
Eddie Izzard - Yemen
Patrick McGoohan - USA
Basil Rathbone - South Africa
Alan Whicker - Egypt
Roger Whittaker - Kenya

"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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2 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Just had a quick search:

J.G.Ballard - China
Gyles Brandreth - Germany
Dr Crippen - USA
T.S.Eliot - USA
Eddie Izzard - Yemen
Patrick McGoohan - USA
Basil Rathbone - South Africa
Alan Whicker - Egypt
Roger Whittaker - Kenya

"Quick" search? That must have taken most of a morning. 

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1 hour ago, Mumby Magic said:

Didnt know that. Does that mean he could technically be president of usa too l?

I don’t think any more as he’s relinquished the US citizenship that he held.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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