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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike meteor View Post
    Charmian Carr; Leisl from 'The Sound of Music'.
    Gosh, she was pretty!
    I'll second that.
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    Let us, in no particular order, play catch up...

    The queen has died.

    In the words of one observer, it is “possibly the saddest, most heartbreaking ‘This exhibit is currently out of order’ sign ever” – the ant colony at London’s Natural History Museum has a sign on it that reads: “The queen ant has died.”

    The sign goes on to explain that:

    “When this happens the colony fails to survive. The worker ants are in the process of dismantling the fungus garden nests, then they will also die.”

    All that is now left of the Trinidad Leaf-Cutter ant colony is a pile of discarded leaves, some shredded paper, and the remains of several dead ants that have yet to be cleaned out...

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/...history-london
    He span us right round, baby, right round?

    The singer Pete Burns, who founded pop group Dead Or Alive, has died of a cardiac arrest aged 57.

    Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with the band’s hit song You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, coming fifth in the final.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...s-dies-aged-57
    Bit of a cliche to ask who he thought he was kidding, but you know...

    Jimmy Perry, creator of one of TV's most popular comedy series, Dad's Army, has died aged 93.
    Working with producer David Croft, he was also responsible for It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M'Lord?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37743674
    He sang Take Good Care of My Baby, Rubber Ball, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.

    Vee, whose hits included the chart-topping "Take Good Care of My Baby" and who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start, died Monday of advanced Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Jeff Velline. Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, and performed his last show that year.

    https://www.apnews.com/74ff9a5b1ee84...died-at-age-73
    Doh?

    Television comedy writer Kevin Curran, who worked on The Simpsons for 17 years, has died at the age of 59.
    A spokesman for Fox, which produces the animated series, confirmed he died on Tuesday.
    Curran started working on The Simpsons in 1998 as a consulting producer and stayed with the show until 2015.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37772988
    The first woman to scale the Seven Summits - the highest points on all continents...

    Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale the summit of Mount Everest, has died of cancer. Her passing marks the end of the first generation of Everest climbers. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, who scaled Everest in 1953, are long gone. Before them, George Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine had vanished into the clouds during their attempt in 1924.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/opi...-dies-3101088/
    The artist behind Judge Dredd.

    Influential comic artist Steve Dillon, known for his frequent collaborations with writer Garth Ennis that included acclaimed runs on DC-Vertigo’s Hellblazer and Marvel’s The Punisher and, most notably, co-creating the seminal Vertigo series Preacher recently adapted for television on AMC, has died. He was 54, and his brother, Glyn, confirmed on Twitter that he passed away in New York City sometime this morning.

    http://deadline.com/2016/10/preacher...es-1201841051/
    A man born in America but who became the king of Thailand.

    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state.
    The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances.
    He was seen as a stabilising figure in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple coups.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37643326
    The Thriller writer...

    Rod Temperton, the British songwriter behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, has died aged 66.

    Jon Platt, the chairman of music publisher Warner/Chappell said Temperton died in London last week following “a brief aggressive battle with cancer”.

    “His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,” Platt added.

    Temperton, whose other credits include Boogie Nights, Off the Wall, Give Me the Night, Sweet Freedom and Always and Forever, is one of the most important songwriters and composers in contemporary pop.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...el-jackson-hit
    My eldest was mildly annoyed at the news.

    The professional skateboarder and model, Dylan Rieder, has died at the age of 28.

    Rieder passed away on Wednesday after suffering complications relating to leukaemia.

    A statement from Rieder’s manager posted on the skateboarding magazine Jenkem’s Facebook page said: “Today, October 12th 216, surrounded by family and friends, Dylan Joseph Rieder passed away due to complications with Leukaemia.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pe...-a7358956.html
    Going on to join the others from the cast of Rentaghost...

    Ann Emery, the veteran actress who played Ethel Meaker in children's show Rentaghost, has died at the age of 86.
    Emery, half-sister of comedian Dick, also played Grandma in the original cast of the Billy Elliot stage musical.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37518602
    One of the founders of the influential R'n'B record label.

    Phil Chess, who started the influential blues label Chess Records with his brother Leonard, has died at age 95. The company, which the siblings founded in Chicago in 1947, was home to such seminal musical artists as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.
    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chess died overnight in Tucson. His brother Leonard passed at age 52 in 1969, just a few months after he sold the company.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/phil-chess-dead/
    Are you still reading this?

    The Scot who transformed the lives of mothers around the world when she invented disposable nappies has died at the age of 94.

    Valerie Hunter-Gordon died on Sunday at her home, Ballindoun House, in Beauly, Inverness-shire.

    She came up with her idea for a labour-saving alternative to towelling nappies after having her third child in 1948. At the time towelling nappies, pinned together and held in place with a pair of rubber pants, were the only option for mothers and had to be washed after use.

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottis...t-94-1-4262735
    My kids love Spirited Away...

    A key member of the Studio Ghibli team that brought us a library of animated classics including Spirited Away has died.

    According to Japanese newspaper Mainichi, animator and colorist Michiyo Yasuda died Oct. 5 at the age of 77. She started her decades-long animation career in the late 1950s, before many women worked as creatives in the industry. She had a job in the ink and paint department at Japanese animation studio Toei when Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki joined the company. The pair would go on to found Studio Ghibli.

    In addition to working on some of Studio Ghibli's best-loved films, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service, Yasuda was in charge of color design for a number of commercials and animated television shows.

    http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/studi...colorist-dies/
    Phew.

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    An old record spinner...

    Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died aged 95.
    The long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died "peacefully at home" on Monday afternoon with his wife Alicia by his side, a family spokesman said.
    Sir Jimmy was one of the original Radio 1 DJs when the station launched in 1967.
    He moved to Radio 2 in 1973 and filled the early afternoon slot until he retired in December 2002.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37903108
    A retired US politician bales out before their election...

    Shy and admittedly awkward, Janet Reno became a blunt prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and was at the center of a relentless series of political storms, from the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, to the seizure of 5-year-old Cuban immigrant Elian Gonzalez.

    Reno, 78, died early Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte told The Associated Press. D'Alemberte said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/j...-died-43353469

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    Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died aged 95.

    I thought he'd died years ago....Who could forget his radio cookery ? "This is what you do"
    Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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    Just heard that Leonard Cohen has died.
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    Lead story on the BBC News website at the moment - takes a lot to knock Trump or Brexit from the topspot this week...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37946654

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    A man from uncle...

    Robert Vaughn has died aged 83 after a short battle with acute leukaemia.

    The actor, best known for his roles in Man From UNCLE and Superman III, died 11 days before his 84th birthday with his family by his bedside, according to his manager, Matthew Sullivan.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pe...-a7412581.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu View Post
    A man from uncle...
    I should think he would like to be remembered for his role in the Magnificent Severn than the MFU LOL

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    Very likely, but the character wasn't a headline role and he was not given top billing; you ask anyone who was in The Magnificent Seven and Robert Vaughn would probably not have been in the first four or five names that spring to mind of those who hadn't seen it in the last month or so. Not that I recall him in Superman III - not sure I remember Superman III, if I've actually seen it.

    On the other hand he was the Man from UNCLE, especially when you remember they recently remade it (which the actual actors probably don't! I appear to have a complete downer on remakes).

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    A drummer for those of a certain age and certainly of a particular location...

    Craig Gill, drummer with Manchester band Inspiral Carpets, has died aged 44.

    The band confirmed the sad news in a statement on Facebook and Twitter, in which they described Craig – who had been a member of the band since he was 14 – as a ‘brother’.

    ‘It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our drummer and close friend Craig Gill,’ the statement from bandmates Graham Lambert, Clint Boon, Stephen Holt and Martyn Walsh read.

    http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/22/craig-...ed-44-6275696/
    An actor from the original Star Wars...

    2016 has already seen far more disturbances in the force than followers of popular culture could have reasonably imagined, but it seems that devoted #StarWars fans are going to have to brace themselves for yet another: Peter Sumner, one of the stars of #ANewHope, has sadly passed away.

    With his portrayal of the (unnamed on screen) Lt. Pol Treidum, Sumner was the only Australian cast member in the original on-screen Star Wars adventure, but will perhaps be best remembered for his oddly iconic line: "TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?"

    For many fans, though, Sumner will be long remembered for far more than an oft-quoted line, or an apparent on-screen death at the hands of #Chewbacca. He was, after all, one of the most dutiful and well-respected Star Wars stars around, and was well known for responding to every one of his (thousands of) fan letters.

    http://moviepilot.com/p/legendary-st...s-died/4153765
    A music icon...

    Southern rock icon Leon Russell, famed for his flowing white hair, ever-present hats and unpolished voice, died Sunday morning in his sleep at his Nashville home. He was 74.

    No cause of death was given on his official website and Facebook page, but the singer, songwriter and musician had suffered a heart attack in July and underwent bypass surgery, forcing him off the road to recuperate.

    Russell, a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, performed, toured and recorded with a wide-ranging roster of performers over his nearly six-decade career, including Elton John, Willie Nelson, George Harrison and Joe Cocker.

    Russell's A Song for You has been recorded by more than three dozen artists (Ray Charles won a Grammy Award for his version). His work spanned genres, and over the years several artists found chart success by recording his songs, including Cocker (Delta Lady), The Carpenters (Superstar), B.B. King (Hummingbird) and George Benson (This Masquerade).

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/m...uary/93763740/
    An old man now at rest...

    Willie N. Rogers, the oldest surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to serve in the still-segregated US armed forces during World War II, passed away on Friday at the age of 101.

    While Rogers, a master sergeant, is remembered by his Florida community as a World War II hero, with his picture hanging in the St. Petersburg Museum of History. His family remembers him as a humble man who aimed to treat everyone with dignity, pride and integrity.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/11...uskegee-Airmen
    One of the first black lead actors...

    Star Trek and Land of the Giants actor Don Marshall has died at the age of 80.

    He passed away on Sunday (October 30) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Don's friend - actress BarBara Luna - announced on her Facebook page.

    "It is with deep sadness and much difficulty to inform you that Don Marshall another Star Trek & Land of the Giants member has passed away at Cedars Sinai Hospital on Sunday evening October 30, 2016 at approximately 8:PM," BarBara wrote.

    "Don transitioned peacefully, at his bedside were his daughter, son, and twin brother Doug Marshall. A memorial service is to be determined."

    http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/ne...shall-dies-80/
    The death of a star...

    The Vancouver Aquarium announced Friday night that Aurora, a beluga whale, had died despite treatment.

    The aquarium shared the news on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

    The whale had been sick for the past two weeks, showing symptoms of abdominal cramping, loss of appetite and lethargy, the aquarium said. Her offspring Qila died suddenly last week.

    http://www.timescolonist.com/beluga-...says-1.3221679
    A well known cigar smoker, who seemed to always wear green - you may now mourn for nine days...

    Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.
    His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.
    Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.
    His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38114953

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    A character actress whose name you might not have known but whose face you might recognise...

    Alice Drummond passed away on Wednesday in New York City. 88-years-old at the time of her passing, Ms. Drummond developed a long and prestigious career without ever really headlining any major movies. Although you may not necessarily have known her name during her life, you very likely recognized her from her roles in films like*Ghostbusters*(the original, not*Paul Feig's recent remake),*Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,*Doubt,*Synecdoche, New York, and*To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.

    http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1595...has-died-at-88
    The original EU migrant...

    Andrew Sachs, the actor best known for playing Manuel the bemused Spanish waiter abused by John Cleese’s bullying hotelier in the*BBC*comedy series Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86.
    Cleese led tributes to his co-star, describing him as a “brilliant farceur” and a “sweet, sweet man”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...eimers-aged-86

    Fries and a shake? Not for Jim, anyway...

    Michael James “Jim” Delligatti, the McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago and saw it become perhaps the best-known fast-food sandwich in the world, died Monday at home in Pittsburgh. Delligatti, who according to his son ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, was 98.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...dies/94664154/
    No longer trapped, like a fool in a cage...

    Colonel Abrams, an 80s house and r&b singer, has reportedly died at the age of 67. The Detroit-born, New York-based singer and musician best known for his singles "Trapped" and "Music is the Answer," reportedly passed Thursday on Thanksgiving, according to friends of the singer.

    https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article...el-abrams-died

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    He was only 'Genial' Harry Grout for three episodes of Porridge, you know...

    British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge, has died at the age of 93.
    He played Maester Aemon in the HBO series and Grouty in the TV sitcom.
    His many other roles included parts in TV shows Citizen Smith, Chancer and Our Friends in the North.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38225796

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    I seldom do this but, for you, because I like you, I'll make an exception.

    "Recent deaths of people of whom you might have heard".

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    Yes, thank you but you have mentioned this before.

    English as a language is dead, that is my primary excuse. The ordinary user has no ability to edit the thread title, that is the other.

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    Gawd, on a page dedicated to reporting the deaths of the well known and much loved, we now learn that the poor old English language has also died?

    Here I was thinking it was still as vibrant, expanding and ever adapting to the changing world as it always had been. Sad to hear of its demise snafu. RIP

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    Come now Dave, no exaggerations please, even if they are designed to colour a point !

    English is alive and well even in Kiwiland.

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    You know why ? It's the cheapest form of wit therefore readily available and lacking scarcity value.

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    English as John knows it is dead. Or dying a slow and painfully drawn out death.
    It always has, since he left school over 175 years ago. These days there is much less Latin taught, nothing about the Empire in any lesson (except maybe a bit in history), and they even allow (whisper it softly) the female gender into classes now. The only slate is on the roofs of the oldest buildings and chalk replaced by gypsum: the cane has been replaced by being made to sit quietly wherever you feel happiest and think hard about your actions until you have considered your actions - or for one minute, whichever longer. Smoking behind the bikeshed is no longer compulsory.

    Pure English, in Britain, has been replaced by Yoof, a mixture of vague Americanisms out of West Indian inflections, vulgar Chavish cadences, and whatever most annoys their elders spoken in a couldn't care less fashion with aggressive overtones. As you might imagine, John hates it.

    Rest in peace. No flowers.

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    Alas, poor thread! You lasted five pages before descending into the usual slanging match.

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    Sorry. I tried to hold back from replying, I really did. But I failed then and I've failed now.

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    Back on topic.

    He believed in Father Christmas, every year whenever the Xmas music started to be played...

    Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died aged 69.
    One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the British musician is known for songs including In The Court Of The Crimson King and I Believe in Father Christmas.
    He died on Tuesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer", said his manager.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38251936

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    [QUOTE=snafu;2361091]English as John knows it is dead. Or dying a slow and painfully drawn out death.
    It always has, since he left school over 175 years ago. These days there is much less Latin taught, nothing about the Empire in any lesson (except maybe a bit in history), and they even allow (whisper it softly) the female gender into classes now. The only slate is on the roofs of the oldest buildings and chalk replaced by gypsum: the cane has been replaced by being made to sit quietly wherever you feel happiest and think hard about your actions until you have considered your actions


    And all of that is almost all one needs to know why GB, a developed nation, is close to bottom of the international league tables for education.

    Snafu's inventiveness explains.

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    I give up.

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    The first American in space, three orbits in five hours...

    John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

    His death was announced on Twitter by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/us...lenn-dies.html

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    A bad year for Emerson Lake and Palmer
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    Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill has died aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had cancer.
    The columnist told the newspaper that he had been diagnosed with the "full English" of cancers.
    Gill, who was having chemotherapy, had said that he did not "feel cheated" and had been "very lucky" in his life.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38276456
    I guess his comments can be taken for all of us when facing the great unknown.

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor

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    A good man; an interesting man stuffed full of commonsense. I enjoyed his talks.

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