General Good-byes And RIPs

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  • RIP to Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and Charlie's Angel at a far-too-young 65.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55528352

    And also Gerry Marsden has crossed the Mersey for the last time at 79.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55524795
  • Actually, it turns out that Tanya Roberts is still alive, though hospitalized (Just Jared). And her poor boyfriend found out during an on-camera interview! (Video there, though I haven't watched it.)
  • Well, that's just bizarre. I hope she recovers to not put in another appearance here for many years.
  • Gee DGee D Shipmate
    Well, that's just bizarre. I hope she recovers to not put in another appearance here for many years.

    And that she gets a better make-up artist in the interim.
  • TelfordTelford Shipmate
    Darda wrote: »
    Surrey and England cricketer John Edrich has died, aged 83. I remember watching him bat at The Oval, when I were but a lad.
    A good solid opener who formed an excellent partnership with Sir Geoffrey.
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    Golden Key wrote: »
    Actually, it turns out that Tanya Roberts is still alive, though hospitalized (Just Jared). And her poor boyfriend found out during an on-camera interview! (Video there, though I haven't watched it.)
    Under the circumstances, it is understandable if one takes this with a grain of salt, but it is being reported that she has now died.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I can't help feeling terribly sorry for her partner - imagine being told she was dead, then that she wasn't, only to really lose her the next day.

    Poor fella. :cry:
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    Piglet wrote: »
    I can't help feeling terribly sorry for her partner - imagine being told she was dead, then that she wasn't, only to really lose her the next day.

    Poor fella. :cry:
    I completely agree. That's just horrible.

  • Hedgehog--

    The link you posted is from Jan. 3, and mine is from Jan. 5. I may be wrong, but I think you got one of the early, mistaken ones.

    FWIW, YMMV.
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    GK, that is a USAToday thing: It's original report was from January 3, but it was then updated at 3:00pm EST today. It is the update that announces her actual death.
  • Hedgehog--

    Ah! Sorry. I was going by the date in the URL, and didn't actually read the article.

    I did poke around to see what I could find on Duck Duck Go. Coverage about Tanya is still kind of messy, and the inaccurate articles still come up at the top of the search. But here are two seemingly accurate ones, to add to yours. Again, sorry.

    Tanya Roberts--death (Wikipedia).

    LA Times.
  • One of the best British organists of her generation, Catherine Ennis died on Christmas Eve.

    As well as being a past president of both the IAO and the RCO she was organist at the City Livery church of St Lawrence Jewry for 35 years - the Vicar has posted a moving tribute here.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    edited January 6
    I heard about that - at 65 she was too young.

    We've lost too many organists prematurely in the last few years :cry:
  • DiomedesDiomedes Shipmate
    The daughter of the wonderful uilleann piper Seamus Ennis. Different pipes but equal brilliance.
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    Great LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has died. It is not a complete shock. He had been rushed to the hospital in late December. While he was released from the hospital recently, it was pretty clear that the end was near.

    A legendary manager, properly and justifiably made a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Katherine Whitehorn has left the bedsit.
  • cgichardcgichard Shipmate
    Firenze wrote: »
    Katherine Whitehorn has left the bedsit.

    I'm fairly sure The Guardian has the title wrong: it was "Kitchen in the Corner" not bedsit. But I no longer have my copy. And I'm not at sure that the term "bedsit" was in use at the time (1961).
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    It might have just squeaked its way in: do you recall the novel by Lynne Reid Banks "the L shaped room"? I think it was published in the late 1950s & was later made into a film with Leslie Caron of all people cast as the heroine.
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Novel published in 1960 and film produced 1962...the expression may have taken a bit longer to get into Ozspeak. I recall such accommodation being advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald by 1966; there was also the "flatette" which was a bedsit with shared bathroom/toilet facilities.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    According to Wikipedia, the term was in use in the late 1950s.
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Very much a product of the post WW2 years in the UK when many large old houses were divided up into individual units to deal with both housing shortage and the lack of domestic servants to run them.

    We in Oz saw similar especially in inner city suburbs ( read around the University of Sydney) where formerly grand houses were similarly divided up.
  • cgichardcgichard Shipmate
    Oh well: it seems that for several years in the early 60s I was living in bedsits in London without knowing that they were called that
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Well there you go
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Cooking in a Bedsitter - that's the edition I had. I never cooked anything from it that I recall, being as I always lived in digs with actual kitchens (though let me tell you about the pre-war* gas stove sometime)

    *Peninsular, possibly.
  • EnochEnoch Shipmate
    Michael Apted, the producer of the Seven Up series has died. Like the sad death of Katherine Whitehorn. This will be about as obscure on the other side of the Atlantic as famous baseball payers are here, but it has been a series tracing the lives of a cohort of children through life at seven year intervals, from 7. In the most recent iteration, they were 63.

  • Our US shipmates might recognise him as director of films such as Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorky Park and the James Bond film The World is Not Enough. The 7-Up series is well-known in Australia - 63 Up was particularly poignant.
  • Firenze wrote: »
    Cooking in a Bedsitter - that's the edition I had. I never cooked anything from it that I recall, being as I always lived in digs with actual kitchens (though let me tell you about the pre-war* gas stove sometime)

    *Peninsular, possibly.
    Amazon has books by her under both titles, both dated 1961.
    The BBC’s ‘Back in time for dinner’ puts the older teenager in a bedsit for the 1960s episode and I think the kitchen one was the book they gave her.

  • I had and cooked from Cooking in a Bedsitter as I lived in some interesting student accommodation when one ring was a luxury. Standing over the one ring you'd bagged stopping anyone else from stealing it was part of the experience if you wanted to eat earlier than midnight.

    Did anyone else read to the end? The last chapter was hilarious.
  • HeavenlyannieHeavenlyannie Shipmate
    edited January 9

    Did anyone else read to the end? The last chapter was hilarious.
    Is that the seduction chapter which reviewers complain was removed from later editions?
  • No, that was earlier if you mean the menu suggestions with instructions on how to make your one ring and cooking smells less obtrusive should you be entertaining gentlemen friends. The final chapter was a description of a visit to someone who lived in a bedsit, but loved living in his kitchen. Socks were for straining cheese, weren't they?
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    These days they'd be called "studio flats"; I looked at a couple on the web when I was flat-hunting, but I couldn't face the thought of sleeping in my kitchen!
  • "Seven Up" and the others have sometimes been shown on PBS in the US. Interesting idea.

    There's a tracking project here called the Nuns Study. It's maybe a medical research cousin of "Seven Up".
  • CrœsosCrœsos Shipmate
    Casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has cashed in his chips.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited January 17
    Phil Spector has died in prison. Talented producer, weird guy. To say the least.
  • NicoleMRNicoleMR Shipmate
    Murderer.
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton has died, age 75.

    In 23 seasons (756 starting assignments), he never missed a start because of injury or illness. That is impressive! From 1966 to 1986, he pitched at least 200 innings every year with the exception of 1981 (when a baseball strike shortened the season). He spent most of his career with the LA Dodgers although later in his career he took a tour of a few other teams. I believe he died from cancer.
  • EigonEigon Shipmate
    Mira Furlan, who played the Minbari Ambassador Delenn in Babylon 5, has just died aged 65. She wrote a beautiful last tweet about returning to the stars.
  • HedgehogHedgehog Shipmate
    It has been reported that Hank “the Hammer” Aaron has died. I know that baseball is a foreign country for many on this site but if you have never heard of Hank Aaron, I feel sorry for you. Here is an article describing his chase of Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs (and to put Ruth’s accomplishment in perspective, when he retired with 714, the next nearest player was down in the 300s). It explains things better than I can, but even it fails to convey what a gentleman he was. It was a great time to be a baseball fan and follow the chase (and his ending a season at 713—one away from tying—was pure torture!!). Aaron’s record of 755 home runs has since been eclipsed by Barry Bonds—but for many people, Hank remains baseball’s Home Run King.

    Another part of my childhood gone. Another hero gone.
  • Eigon wrote: »
    Mira Furlan, who played the Minbari Ambassador Delenn in Babylon 5, has just died aged 65. She wrote a beautiful last tweet about returning to the stars.
    Oh No! B5 has such a history of its cast dying far too young.
  • EigonEigon Shipmate
    And on the same day, I discovered that historical novelist Sharon Penman has also died. She wrote a brilliant trilogy about medieval Welsh history: Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning, and The Sunne in Splendour about the life of Richard III, as well as books about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard I.
  • Larry King has rung down the curtain and joined the Choir Invisible. Prayers for his loved ones and may he rest in peace.

    AFF
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I confess that I wasn't quite as taken with Sharon Penman's books as I thought I would be. I bought one in a charity shop, but tbh it didn't float my boat in the same way as Philippa Gregory or Anne Easter Smith's books do. I might give her a second chance though - she deals with a period of history that I find utterly fascinating.
  • I enjoyed The Sunne in Splendour, but couldn't get on with the rest of Sharon Penman's oeuvre...

    It has been cold here, with Proper Snow this morning but it's all melted now. There is a Vaccination Centre just across the road, and I have been watching the parking marshals all day. Poor things, they must have been cold, even though they were well wrapped up, including hats.
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    Death from Covid of Jonas Gwangwa, the legendary South African trombonist and composer nominated for an Oscar for the theme song of the 1987 film Cry Freedom.
  • Piglet wrote: »
    I confess that I wasn't quite as taken with Sharon Penman's books as I thought I would be. I bought one in a charity shop, but tbh it didn't float my boat in the same way as Philippa Gregory or Anne Easter Smith's books do. I might give her a second chance though - she deals with a period of history that I find utterly fascinating.

    I had the opposite reaction. I found Philippa Gregory's writing turgid, but enjoyed Sharon Penman's trilogy.
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Mm, I must admit that I can’t get on with Philippa Gregory either. I normally enjoy a range of historical novelists, from Mantel to Sansom to Penman, so can’t really pinpoint why.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'm afraid I can't get on with Mantel; her meandering paragraphs and habit of not telling you who's speaking drive me up the wall. My attempt at reading Wolf Hall is several hours I won't get back.
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    I don’t think you’re on your own there, Piglet! Definitely a Marmite thing.
  • Piglet wrote: »
    I'm afraid I can't get on with Mantel; her meandering paragraphs and habit of not telling you who's speaking drive me up the wall. My attempt at reading Wolf Hall is several hours I won't get back.

    That's my experience, too. I tried - I really tried! - to read some Mantel. However, her use of non- or unclearly-antecedented pronouns made her incomprehensible to me.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    That makes me feel so much better; I thought I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't think Ms. Mantel is the greatest thing since sliced bread!
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