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2016: Ed Stewart, Cecil Parkinson, Paul Daniels, Cliff Michelmore, Lord Avebury, Nancy Reagan, Pierre Boulez, David Bowie, Frank Finlay, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Margaret Forster, John Chilton, Ronnie Corbett, Zaha Hadid, Barry Hines, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harper Lee, George Martin, Robert Stigwood, Glenn Frey, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Tony Warren, Garry Shandling, Victoria Wood, Leonard Cohen, Andrew Sachs, Gene Wilder, Caroline Aherne, Muhammad Ali, Carla Lane, Prince, Sir Jimmy Young, Fidel Castro, Robert Vaughn, Arnold Palmer, Elie Wiesel, Shimon Peres, Burt Kwouk, Peter Shaffer, Greg Lake, Peter Vaughan, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lionel Blue, Liz Smith, Rick Parfitt, Richard Adams, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds.
May we cling desperately to this mortal coil in 2017, friends, and not go gentle into that good night.
Do you ever listen to yourself? - maoman
How clever of you to take an orange and a dog biscuit and build a time machine. - Bunks
Some countries cultivate vast populations of idiots for the purpose of maintaining sham democracies. - Toad
Probably the third most famous Saffa golfer behind Gary Player and Ernie Els.
Former South African golfing star Wayne Westner has died in an apparent hostage drama on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Wednesday morning.
According to the South Coast Herald website, police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum confirmed the identity of the deceased man, who died as the result of a gunshot wound to the right side of his head, as Westner.
Westner is alleged to have held his wife hostage before committing suicide.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash. Sir Winston Churchill
Robert Storey, author of the first four editions of the Lonely Planet Taiwan guide and more than a dozen other guide books, died on Dec. 26 at his home on Taiwan’s southeast coast. He was 63 years old.
“To cook for the pleasure of it, to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every waking moment into yet another occasion for consumption." --Michael Pollan
NY Times wrote:Nat Hentoff, an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays on free speech, wayward politics, elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies of the Constitution, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.
His son Nicholas said he was surrounded by family members and listening to Billie Holiday when he died.
Mr. Hentoff wrote for The Village Voice for 50 years and also contributed to The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Down Beat magazine and dozens of other publications. He wrote more than 35 books — novels, volumes for young adults and nonfiction works on civil liberties, education and other subjects....
While his sympathies were usually libertarian, he often infuriated leftist friends with his opposition to abortion, his attacks on political correctness and his criticisms of gay groups, feminists, blacks and others he accused of trying to censor opponents. He relished the role of provocateur, defending the right of people to say and write whatever they wanted, even if it involved racial slurs, apartheid and pornography.
He had a firebrand’s face: wreathed in a gray beard and a shock of unruly hair, with dark, uncompromising eyes. Once, a student asked what made him tick. “Rage,” he replied. But he said it softly, and friends recalled that his invective, in print or in person, usually came wrapped in gentle good humor and respectful tones....
Big Vern wrote:I am in a quandary. Which is funnier? The Exorcist or A Shot in the Dark? IMO A Shot in the Dark shades it. If they'd only had Peter Sellers in The Exorcist things may have been different.
And the EXORCIST would have probably been a completely different movie which might not have had the impact it did. I remember that when the EXORCIST came out - it "scared the shit" out of everyone (An American expression meaning "frightened greatly.") So, yes, things would have been greatly different. As it would have with any great change in the movie. The EXORCIST was a major jumping-off point for movies in that genre.
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