Discussion in 'Mainstream News Stories' started by MrRING, Jun 17, 2003.
He was the perfect Upper Class Twit on M.A.S.H.
That is such a really, really sad thing to hear, especially as being gay is not exactly rare among artistes. One wonders if he'd stayed in the closet for fear of upsetting older family members, as George Michael is said to have done. Which is also sad, as most parents probably know and should be accepting anyway.
I know whereof I speak as my gay son came out to his father and me at 16 and has had nothing but acceptance from us. We'd've been crap parents otherwise.
The rumour was Stiers stayed in the closet so long because of his association with Disney, and didn't want to jeopardise getting more work with them. Don't know how true that was, anyway it was nobody's business but his own.
Ah yup, that rings true. Poor bloke.
*restrains self with a great effort*
Russ Solomon, Founder of Tower Records, dies at 92 while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars
Way to go!
He died happy.
He practically outlived his creation, too. RIP.
The British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.
He came to prominence as the British face of the international project to decode the human genome.
Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90.
Bugger. This news tickles me not.
RIP Doddy, you were one of a kind.
R.I.P. Ken Dodd
Always liked how philosophical he was about the power of humour and laughter, he had a genuinely lovely outlook on life: today could be a wonderful day. RIP.
"Freud said that laughter is the outward expression of the psyche. But Freud never had to play the Glasgow Empire."
Or on a cold night in Stoke.
Death of an amazing legend.
A lovely man.
Unlike many stage-Liverpudlians, Doddy stayed rooted in the city. There are some stories in the press today of his generosity with his time. His tight-fistedness with money was, however, not so much legendary as well-attested: I knew the lad that delivered his papers!
Odd in so many ways - look at his record sales in the 1960s - the subject of a baffled column in yesterday's Guardian - he was inescapable in that era. Boosted by the brief fashion for all things Liverpool, he survived his Revenue misadventures and emerged a weird National Treasure.
For me, he was the sprained voice of an imperfect "Happiness" projected from the speakers of Saturday morning at the ABC. He was the ritual lunchtime of Sunday on the Light Programme, to be heard at home or somewhere in a Welsh carpark with plaid flasks of tea and meat-paste sandwiches. He really had no right to go! RIP Ken Dodd.
He was great as Yorick in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, first a skull with outsize teeth, then Ken as a court jester in flashbacks.
.. and then there was the 80's (90's?) joke about him when he got caught out in some sort of alleged tax fiddle: "Ken Dodd's got two new diddy men .. diddy pay and diddy fuck" .. some of us will remember his 'diddy men' characters .. my mate at college confessed to me that he'd once played a 'diddy man' onstage as a nipper with Ken but was embarrassed about that for some reason ..
.. and this band existed as well .. Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead
Top scientist Stephen Hawking has died.
Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years..."
An inspirational man.
Stephen Hawking was the only person to have played himself on Star Trek, in a poker game with Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Data. He was given a tour of the Enterprise set and when he saw the warp drive, he said, "I'm working on that."
Hawking has died on Einstein's birthday, Pi Day. Those coincidences would probably have amused him.
And the collective I.Q of the species has dropped by about fifty points...
And yet the people who green lighted Kim Kardassians tv career still live
My first serious girlfriend was writing a PhD on general relativity. Specifically, she was considering a mathematical object known as a semi-infinite rod which, as the name suggests, is a rod with only one end. Being a linguist as opposed to a mathematician, I could never get past the following thought experiment: suppose you encounter the rod somewhere along its length, and wish to find the end. How far would you go in one direction before you decided you had made the wrong choice?
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that, even with her help, I could never make sense of A Brief History of Time. A remarkable mind, and an extraordinary life. RIP.
I read Hawking's collection of essays as a teen. It really changed my life. I'm still choking up a bit.
He really was an inspiration. Rest In Power Stephen Hawking.
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