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« Reply #50 on: July 06, 2009, 05:49:33 pm »

Don't forget  Dennis "Mossie" Hines
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« Reply #51 on: July 10, 2009, 01:41:40 am »


Eminent airman dies

The Marlborough Express | 12:43PM - Thursday, 09 July 2009

Highly decorated World War II airman Wing Commander Hugh Miller, survivor of a ditching in the North Sea after a horror bombing operation before winning plaudits for dramatically cutting accident rates at training units, has died in Blenheim.

Mr Miller died on Tuesday at Ashwood Park Retirement Village at the age of 95.

Mr Miller had moved to Blenheim to be close to family, including daughters Rosy Parsons, the wife of Tom Parsons, who is principal of Queen Charlotte College, and Mary Rix-Miller and Bridget Byrne, of Blenheim. He is survived by wife Marygold, son James and daughters Rosy, Mary, Bridget and Cathy.

Hayden Hugh James Miller ended the war with an OBE, a DFC, an Air Force Cross and no fewer than four mentions in dispatches.

Born on March 31, 1914, Mr Miller was teaching at a Hamilton school when he decided he wanted to be an airman. He was granted an RAF short-service commission in 1939 and reached England three days before the outbreak of war.

His first posting, to 77 Squadron in Yorkshire at the height of the Battle of Britain in 1940, was a taste of things to come.

He took all day on a slow train to reach the squadron's base at Linton-on-Ouse and arrived to find he was on operations that night."They were so short of pilots at that stage," he later remembered.

Mr Miller did 10 trips as a second pilot, then was given command of his own Whitley, an ungainly, antiquated, twin-engined aircraft that was unheated and carried only rudimentary navigation aids.

On Guy Fawkes night, 1940, Mr Miller bombed Turin, lumbering over the Alps to Italy. On the return leg, the bomber encountered atrocious weather. Strong winds pushed the aircraft far to the east and the radio operator could not get bearings or fixes. The bomber and its four-man crew were hopelessly lost.

The airmen guessed they might be over France's Cherbourg Peninsula. Instead, they were over the North Sea when daylight broke, flying up England's east coast but out of sight of land and headed for the Arctic.

Mr Miller's desperate decision saved them. "I said, `let's turn northwest and see if we can find something that way'."

At last, they were flying towards England, but still didn't know it.

Finally, after a numbing 12 hours and 50 minutes and out of petrol, Mr Miller made an amazing landing in three-metre waves alongside a navy patrol boat that just happened to be there.

The patrol crew told Mr Miller he had ditched just outside a minefield on England's northeast coast.

Awarded the DFC after his tour finished, Mr Miller spent most of the rest of the war at bomber units, refining training and maintenance manuals and pilot training instructions in an attempt to cut hundreds of accidental deaths. His OBE, AFC and mentions in dispatches were awarded for his outstanding work in this field.

The citation for the OBE, awarded in 1946, noted that his year-long work at one station had taken that unit from having one of the highest numbers of accidents to having the lowest.

Mr Miller transferred to the RNZAF in late 1943 and was part of the New Zealand contingent at the Victory Parade in London in June 1946.


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« Reply #52 on: July 11, 2009, 09:44:35 am »


Ozzy Osbourne's dog has been killed and eaten by a coyote.

The 60-year-old rocker is "devastated" his beloved pet - a Pomeranian named Little Bit - was attacked by the wild animal at their Los Angeles mansion on Tuesday (07.07.09), while Ozzy and his wife Sharon watched Michael Jackson's memorial on TV.

Daughter Kelly wrote on her Twitter account: "My dad's dog Little Bit was eaten by a coyete last night in L.A. and he is devastated. She was his other women (sic)!"

The couple were so engrossed in the lengthy ceremony - which included performances by Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey - they couldn't hear the pooch's barks for help.

Friends of the veteran Black Sabbath singer have joked the attack was revenge for Ozzy's mistreatment of animals in his younger days.

The wild rocker infamously once bit the head off a dove and chewed off the head of a bat thrown to him while he was performing on stage.

One pal said: "Maybe the coyote was friends with the dove's family? So many people are linked in Hollywood. Whatever the case it's still Ozzy two, animal kingdom one!"

Little Bit had been with the couple since she was a puppy, when they rescued her from mistreatment at a puppy ranch.

Ozzy recently claimed he and Sharon have 18 dogs, all of which have been rescued from the local stray dog shelter.

He said: "We get them from the pound now. When I get home it's like I've got four new dogs."

Sharon added: "Word's got out in Los Angeles, 'Anybody who finds a stray dog, call the Osbournes, they'll take it!"

http://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/69779/ozzy-osbourne-dog-eaten/index.html


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« Reply #53 on: July 11, 2009, 09:45:30 am »

PMSL!!!!
Imagine the language!!

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« Reply #54 on: July 12, 2009, 11:41:22 am »

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« Reply #55 on: July 12, 2009, 09:37:49 pm »

Pioneer of homes for the masses dies in Mt Maunganui

A builder who pioneered pre-cut timber frames for New Zealand homes, Barry Beazley, has died, aged 80, at Mount Maunganui.

Beazley Homes were popular with first-home buyers in New Zealand from the 1950s to the 1970s, and their L-shaped floorplans were sold with an advertising jingle, "Easily a Beazley Home", the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

Beazley Homes were established by Mr Beazley's late father, Fred, known as "Radiata Fred" , and in 1962 his Tauranga business and one run by Barry Beazley at Mt Maunganui were merged into a single company based there.

Barry Beazley was best known for pioneering the idea of pre-cutting timber framework for wood homes which initially enabled him to send out more than 40 house kits a week from Mount Maunganui by truck, rail or ship around New Zealand and overseas.

In 1972 Beazley Homes and PTY Homes Ltd (Putaruru) formed a joint venture company called Waitemata Properties Ltd to specialise in home building in Auckland.This was a return to Auckland for the family, as Barry Beazely's grandfather Albert, began building homes there with his son Fred.

In 1972, the company used a joint venture, Merritt-Beazley Homes Ltd, in Christchurch, to cover the South Island, according to Fletcher Challenge archives.

Mr Beazely was a developer as well as a builder. At one point he named some Mt Maunganui streets such as Moorea Place, Tahara Crescent and Matavai Street on his return from a holiday in Tahiti.

Gobray Crescent is said to be named after Mlle Gobray -- whom he met in Tahiti -- who was once (former French president) Charles de Gaulle's mistress.

Fletcher Holdings Ltd bought up Beazley Homes in 1973, and made it part of Fletcher Residential Ltd. In the same year, Beazley Homes was awarded the New Zealand Export Award of the Year, after constructing more than 16,000 houses in New Zealand.

Mr Beazley moved to Australia and, with his son Mark, developed a steel modular home system which became known as Force 10.

Barry Beazley is survived by his wife Doreen and children Linda and Mark. He had three grandchildren, Alice, Phoebe and Riki.

His funeral will be held tomorrow.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/5719121/pioneer-of-homes-for-the-masses-dies-in-mt-maunganui/
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« Reply #56 on: July 14, 2009, 08:19:26 pm »

Mr Young died yesterday, aged 95.

He was the Miramar MP from 1966 to 1981, and served in the National government as works and development minister.

Mr Young was the high commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1985.

He was born in Kawakawa, Northland, in November 1913, and served with the 2nd (New Zealand) Division during World War 2.

He married wife Joan in 1946 and they had five children.

One of these Annabel is also a former National MP.

"Although I did not know Mr Young very well, he was a stalwart of the National Party and was a prominent parliamentarian in his time," Mr Key said.

"I want to convey my sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Young."

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/5725172
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« Reply #57 on: July 15, 2009, 12:13:20 pm »



Just getting Elizabeth Taylors plot ready  Undecided
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« Reply #58 on: July 15, 2009, 12:30:46 pm »



Just getting Elizabeth Taylors plot ready  Undecided

that is sick and in bad taste ...!!

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« Reply #59 on: July 15, 2009, 12:32:42 pm »

LOL  Grin
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« Reply #60 on: July 15, 2009, 04:31:57 pm »

Grieving Elizabeth Taylor hospitalised (Source: Reuters)

ReutersElizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson

Elizabeth Taylor is still crying over the death of Michael Jackson and has now been admitted to hospital.

The 77-year-old movie legend, who has long suffered from ill health, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital from her Beverly Hills home.

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams says Taylor is still deeply grieving for Jackson, who died suddenly in June aged 50.

"The heart's gone out of her," Adams said in her column.

"She's suffering weakness, tiredness, exhaustion, emotional draining. She hasn't stopped crying. She and Michael were devoted to one another."

Taylor was denied access to the late pop star's funeral and memorial service, as she was a friend of Michael's and not the Jackson family.

http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/grieving-elizabeth-taylor-hospitalised-2846208
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« Reply #61 on: July 15, 2009, 04:50:27 pm »

No she hasnt - Im just making her spot ready for her.  She needs to be comfy  Smiley
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« Reply #62 on: July 15, 2009, 04:59:58 pm »

hmm havent seen a pic of her for ages.





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« Reply #63 on: July 18, 2009, 05:45:28 pm »

Walter Cronkite has passed away at the age of 92.
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« Reply #64 on: July 20, 2009, 02:04:03 pm »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2609353/Second-fire-at-horror-house

Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt dies
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« Reply #65 on: July 20, 2009, 06:05:15 pm »

Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt dies

did he die in a house fire Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #66 on: July 20, 2009, 06:07:00 pm »

Not on this occasion.  Grin 
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« Reply #67 on: August 10, 2009, 11:45:45 pm »

Paul Holmes' mother dies


Chrissie Hobson, mother of broadcaster Paul Holmes, died today. She was in her mid-80s.

Mrs Holmes, from the Hawkes Bay, died suddenly but peacefully sitting in her chair about 11.30am, TVNZ said tonight.

"All Kiwis are probably aware of the very, very special bond Paul had with his mother Chrissie and we pass on our most sincere condolences to the entire Holmes family at this time," said TVNZ's head of news and current affairs, Anthony Flannery.

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« Reply #68 on: August 11, 2009, 08:57:21 am »

Commiserations Mr Holmes.  It has been a particularly difficult time for them all no doubt.
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« Reply #69 on: August 12, 2009, 10:41:29 am »

Farewell Eunice.  You have left a wonderful legacy having founded the Special Olympics.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/2742347/Kennedy-family-matriarch-dies
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« Reply #70 on: August 14, 2009, 11:13:20 pm »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/2751659/Electric-guitar-inventor-Les-Paul-dies

RIP Les,and thanks for working with Gibson to produce one of the worlds sexiest guitars...........and i have 2 Grin
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« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2009, 02:27:37 pm »


From the Los Angeles Times

Guitar legend and multitracking innovator Les Paul dead at 94

By LINDSAY BARNETT | 10:26AM PDT - Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul | 1915-2009 — Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform on guitar. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording, has died. — Associated Press/November 05, 1951.

Les Paul | 1915-2009 — Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform on guitar. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed
the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording, has died. — Associated Press/November 05, 1951.


Guitar legend, inventor and pop music hit-maker Les Paul has died at age 94.  Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital, surrounded by friends and family, in White Plains, New York.

From The Times' obituary:

“One of the finest pickers on the American music scene, Paul was often cited as a major influence on other guitarists, including Chet Atkins, who called him "one of my idols."

But for many other music fans, it was Paul's innovations that will ensure his legacy. They include an early electric guitar as well as new ways to create multiple tracks and echo effects for recordings, which he used in his recordings with Ford and which were later were broadly adopted by other musicians.”


The music world was never the same after Paul introduced multi-tracking in the late 1940s. (Having taken time off from a lucrative career playing guitar with such singers as Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Paul holed himself up in a garage right here in L.A., eventually emerging with his first multitracked hit, "Lover.")  With his then-wife Mary Ford, he recorded a litany of hits like "How High the Moon," "Mockingbird Hill" and a singular version of old favorite "Tennessee Waltz." 

Beyond his innovative recording-studio creations, Paul was an extraordinarily gifted guitar player; his famous solo on Crosby's hit "It's Been a Long, Long Time" is viewed by many as one of the best guitar solos ever recorded.  When Paul's arm was injured in an automobile accident, he even made a famous request of his doctors — when told that his arm would remain locked in the position in which it was set, he asked that it be set at an angle so he could still play the guitar.  And one of rock music's most instantly recognizable guitars — created by the Gibson Guitar Corp. using Paul's guitar-building concepts — even bears the name Les Paul.


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« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2009, 05:25:16 pm »


Son and Mr F have just finished making a Les Paul guitar.   
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« Reply #73 on: August 20, 2009, 04:43:03 pm »


Gliding champ, Ray Lynskey dies

The Marlborough Express | 12:00 NOON - Thursday, 20 August 2009

Former world gliding champion Ray Lynskey, of Marlborough, has died, aged 54, after a short illness.

The well-respected member of the aviation fraternity became world champion in 1995 in Omarama, Otago.

Mr Lynskey was also the first glider pilot to complete a 2000- kilometre non-stop flight. In 1990, he flew from Woodbourne Airport to Lumsden in Southland, then to Wairoa in Hawke's Bay and back to Blenheim. His Nimbus 2B glider covered 2026km in 15 hours that day, at an average speed of 135kmh at heights of up to 28,500ft.

Marlborough Gliding Club vice-president Mike Dekker said Mr Lynskey's illness was a great shock to the gliding world.

"Ray has been a great inspiration to many, many people through the years," he said.

"It's sad to see him go."

Mr Dekker said Mr Lynskey had recently increased the amount of gliding he was doing.

"We were all expecting great achievements from him."

Mr Lynskey was a trend-setter among the international glider fraternity. He pushed the limits, but did not take undue risks.

"He was someone who kept to himself, but he was a deliberate and methodical person in terms of setting his goals and he worked steadily towards them.

"He was a measured sort of a pilot. He didn't take risks. He was careful and calculating."

Mr Lynskey was a Marlborough Gliding Club committee member and its chief tow pilot. He recently sold a hangar to the club, which Mr Dekker said had helped the club.

His funeral will be held at his hangar at Omaka Aerodrome at 1.30pm on Saturday.


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« Reply #74 on: August 24, 2009, 11:03:15 pm »


Maori lose revered leader

Tainui are mourning the loss of one of their leaders who died as the week-long celebrations to mark the anniversary of Tuheitia Paki's coronation came to an end.

Tui Adams, a well-respected Maniapoto kaumatua, died on Saturday, and Maori leaders gathered at Turangawaewae Marae yesterday to pay their respects to the man they called a "true gentleman".

Tainui chairman Tuku Morgan said a man like Dr Adams could never be replaced.

"He was often the first speaker on the celebration day of the coronation and that is the sign of his importance for the tribes of the Tainui waka," he said.

"When you lose someone like him you lose a whole lot of knowledge that few others have."

Te Wananga o Aotearoa chief executive Bentham Ohia said Dr Adams' death would leave a gapping hole in Tainui and Maoridom. "Koro Tui was a man steeped in learning, who carried himself with humility and a quiet dignity.

"He was an exceptionally generous man who committed his life to sharing the knowledge he had acquired, and in nurturing a passion for learning in others.

"His passing leaves a great sadness in me and among the multitudes of people he touched. He was a deep well of knowledge that will be greatly missed."

Dr Adams was a bedrock of support for Te Wananga o Aotearoa co-founder and Tumuaki Rongo Wetere.

A commitment continued, following the resignation of Dr Wetere, when Mr Ohia was appointed chief executive of Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Dr Adams was a kaumatua of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and senior tutor of Te Arataki Manu Korero programme, a programme he co-founded with Dr Wetere.

Te Arataki Manu Korero assists Tainui elders to understand Tainui tikanga and history. It was set up by Dr Adams to ensure the continuity of Tainui traditions and identity with a specific focus on kaumatua the traditional repositories of Maori knowledge.

The programme has continued to be successful and has been adopted by many iwi throughout the country.

He was a recipient of the Queen's Service Medal in 2000 for services to the Maori community and in 2003 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato.

Dr Adams was to be taken from the Ngaruawahia marae to Te Tokanganui-a-noho Marae in Te Kuiti this morning.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/2781113/Maori-lose-revered-leader

We were discussing a meeting with Koro Tui this afternoon  Embarrassed
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