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    R. I. P. (2017)

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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82


      Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82 - BBC News
      US astronaut Gene Cernan - the last man to walk on the Moon - has died aged 82.

      America's space agency Nasa said it was "saddened by the loss" of the retired spaceman.

      Captain Cernan was one of only three people to go to the Moon twice and the last man to leave a footprint on the lunar surface in 1972.

      The final words he spoke there were: "We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind."
      He was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission at the time.


      Twelve people have walked on the Moon, and only six of them are still alive today.

      In a statement, Cernan's family said he passed away on Monday following ongoing health issues. They did not give any further details.

      "It is with very deep sadness that we share the loss of our beloved husband and father," the statement said.

      "Our family is heartbroken.

      "Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space and encouraged our nation's leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon."

      Before the Apollo 17 mission, Cernan had travelled into space twice - in 1966 and 1969.

      A qualified naval aviator, he was selected into the third group of Nasa astronauts in 1963.

      He retired in 1976, going into private business and contributing to US television channels on a variety of issues.

      Cernan also produced a documentary film about his life, which he discussed at length in this BBC interview in 2014.

      Born on 14 March 1934 in Chicago, his full name was Eugene Andrew Cernan.

      He is survived by his wife Jan Nanna Cernan, his daughter and two step-daughters and also nine grandchildren.

      His family said details regarding his funeral would be announced in the coming days.

      Gene Cernan's death comes just weeks after that of another Nasa astronaut, John Glenn.


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      Babette Cole, anarchic creator of Princess Smartypants, dies at 66

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      Flood of tributes to author and illustrator of ‘exuberant, heartfelt and very funny’ books is led by children’s laureate Chris Riddell

      The world of children’s publishing is in mourning after the death on Sunday of one of its brightest, most eccentric and anarchic characters, Babette Cole.

      Children’s laureate Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen were among those to pay tribute to the author and illustrator, whose books include the 1986 classic of feminist fairytale revisionism, Princess Smartypants, which reimagined the archetypal girl heroine as a motorbiking tearaway.

      Riddell described the Jersey-born author, who died after a short illness at the age of 66, as unique.

      “I met her at publishing parties and she was always so full of fun and dressed to the nines,” he said. “It was in keeping with the joyful wit of her work, exuberant, heartfelt and very funny. Princess Smartypants. We will all miss her.”

      Cole’s anarchic sense of humour figured high in tributes from fellow writers. Former children’s laureate Rosen said Cole had broken new ground in writing about sex, death and gender with “books that come over first and foremost as incredible fun, full of laughs and craziness”.

      “Clearly, behind this lay a belief that shame and self-blame were destructive forces and that we had everything to gain from being truthful, frank and equal in our dealings with each other,” he added.

      Lucy Coats, who writes picture books as well as children’s novels, said: “Her wit, humour and dedication to breaking down the barriers of gender stereotyping will be much missed, as will her eccentric dress sense.”

      Two years ago, Cole was left battered and bruised after she was trampled by a herd of cows. Recalling the attack, Grunts creator Philip Ardagh said: “Despite the seriousness of her injuries, it somehow felt so typical … if anyone was going to be attacked by cows it would be her.”

      He added: “Her glorious drawing style made her illustrations easily identifiable at 50 paces and her stories – whether they were about where babies come from, death, bunnies or a princess called Smartypants – were clever and captivating, often covering important topics with accessible ease.”

      News of her death was announced by Inky Sprat, the ebook publishing company she founded with Manus Home and Neil Baber in 2013. “We will dearly miss her, as will children around the world miss her wonderful, often irreverent, and always unique stories and illustrations,” the statement read.

      Home said: “She was one of the great rulebreaking characters of children’s publishing. We are all just stunned at this news. She was very much the driving force of the business.”

      The flamboyant author was known as much for her personal style as her funny books. On her blog, fellow children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre, who presented a number of events with her, said: “She lived by her own set of rules. I was a bit scared of her – she might say or do anything, but I loved her.” She added: “She often left me dizzy and bewildered, but always laughing.”

      Cole wrote and illustrated more than 70 children’s books. Dr Dog, about the Guimboyles’ family pet, who doubles as their physician, was adapted into a successful cartoon series. In 1986 she received the Kate Greenaway medal for Princess Smartypants, an honour she repeated with Prince Cinders in 1987.

      Not one to shy away from difficult subjects, she helped parents broach tough subjects with their children. Mummy Laid an Egg, which covered sex education, was a “godsend to parents” Lucy Coats said. It was acclaimed illustrated book of the year at the 1994 British book awards.

      After graduating from Canterbury College of Art, where she studied animation, Cole collaborated with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate to create children’s BBC TV programmes including Bagpuss. She also worked on The Clangers and Basil Brush.

      In 2015 she was commissioned to illustrate a 70th-anniversary edition of Enid Blyton’s classic The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island.

      Passionate about horses, she owned a small stud farm in Devon, which bred multi-award winning show ponies, hunters and cobs.

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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Gorden Kaye: 'Allo 'Allo!'s Rene Artois dies aged 75

      Gorden Kaye: 'Allo 'Allo!'s Rene Artois dies aged 75 - BBC News
      Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 75.

      The star's former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning.

      Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.

      He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.

      'Witty and amusing'


      Tributes have been paid to the "terrific comic actor".

      Vicki Michelle, who co-starred opposite Kaye as waitress Yvette, praised him as a "brilliantly talented actor, consummate professional, loved the world over".

      Su Pollard, who appeared with Kaye in four series of BBC Radio 4 comedy For Better or for Worse, told the BBC the actor was "very clever, witty and amusing".

      "He was quite private, but he was very amiable and was more than happy to chat to his fans.

      "He was very pleased he was able to turn his passion into his working life," she said.

      Born in Huddersfield, Kaye revealed in his autobiography the unusual spelling of his first name was due to a spelling error by the acting union Equity, which he decided to adopt.

      The actor got his first big TV break in ITV soap Coronation Street, playing Elsie Tanner's nephew Bernard Butler.

      He went on to appear in a number of roles in sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Are You Being Served? before landing the role of Rene.

      Kaye's career almost came to an abrupt end in 1990 when he was critically injured in the Burns' Day storm.

      The high winds sent an advertising board through his car windscreen, leaving him with severe head injuries.

      The star's last TV role was in a one-off return of 'Allo 'Allo! in 2007, which reunited several members of the cast. He also starred in BBC sketch show Revolver in 2004.

      "Gorden Kaye was a terrific comic actor whose signature role, Rene Artois, earned his place in the comedy hall of fame," Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning said.

      "He was instrumental in making 'Allo 'Allo! such a long running and well-loved series. His work lives on and thoughts are with friends and loved ones at this sad time."



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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      You Stupid Woman.

      RIP Gordon.

      Gorden is a spelling mistake that stuck.

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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

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      You Stupid Woman.

      RIP Gordon.

      Gorden is a spelling mistake that stuck.
      It was his official 'stage' name - from Wiki -

      Kaye was the author of a 1989 autobiography, Rene & Me: A Sort of Autobiography (with Hilary Bonner, ISBN 0-283-99965-9) in which he described his experiences as a shy, gay, overweight, typecast youth. The unusual spelling of the name Gorden (usually spelt "Gordon") was the result of a British Actors' Equity Association typing error

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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Because of the typing error. He didn't choose to spell it that way. He just couldn't be bothered to get Equity to correct it.

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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Genius sitcom, still watch it if there's an episode on and I'm scanning for something to watch and pass time.

      Very popular in Germany too, not sure about France, but then who is!

      Not the end of January yet, Trump next.. Oh sorry, that was wishful thinking.
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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

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      Not the end of January yet, Trump next.. Oh sorry, that was wishful thinking.
      Perhaps you could add these to the list for the Americans...


      • Civil rights
      • Environmental Protections
      • Rights of Native Americans
      • Freedom of speech
      • Freedom of the Press


      I'm sure this country will only follow the same unfortunate path as we normally do in due course.

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      I have suggested a crowd funded assassination bid, I just don't know any assassins!
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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Quote Originally Posted by marjohn56 View Post
      Genius sitcom, still watch it if there's an episode on and I'm scanning for something to watch and pass time.

      Very popular in Germany too, not sure about France, but then who is!

      Not the end of January yet, Trump next.. Oh sorry, that was wishful thinking.
      It is well liked all over Europe. I have a motorised sat system so can watch it in numerous languages.

     

     
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