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« Reply #275 on: March 26, 2013, 12:22:43 pm »

Tributes flow in for Barbara Anderson


ONE OF OUR FINEST WRITERS: Barbara Anderson

 The Government has paid tribute to one of New Zealand's finest writers, Barbara Anderson, who died in Auckland yesterday.

Anderson, a late starter to writing, was 86.

"Barbara Anderson was one of our finest writers, and also one of the most inspiring, becoming an internationally successful author in her sixties," Arts Minister Chris Finlayson said.

"After completing Bill Manhire's creative writing degree at Victoria University, she went on to write acclaimed short stories, novels, and autobiography."

"In 2011 she received the Arts Foundation's Icon Award, its highest honour recognising senior artists for their lifetime's work, following the award of an honorary doctorate by Otago University in 2008.

"She made a significant contribution to New Zealand literary culture and to Wellington's writing community, and will be greatly missed."

"I offer my condolences to her family and friends."

Anderson's publisher Fergus Barrowman said she would be remembered for her outlook on New Zealand life.

"No one else has captured the social texture of New Zealand with the same vivacity and wit as Barbara," Barrowman, of Victoria University Press, told Radio New Zealand.

"One of the great things about her was that she could be comic and highly entertaining while never losing sight of the serious undercurrents in her fiction."

Anderson novels included Portrait of the Artist's Wife, The House Guest, Proud Garments and Girls' High.

She wrote her first book aged 63 after attending  Bill Manhire's creative writing course at Victoria University.

Her final work was her life story, Getting There: An Autobiography, published in 2008.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/8470188/Tributes-flow-in-for-Barbara-Anderson
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« Reply #276 on: March 26, 2013, 06:06:20 pm »

thought i was up to the play with arty things through mrs aka but i can honestly say i have never heard of her,has anybody else???
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« Reply #277 on: March 26, 2013, 06:41:36 pm »

Neither have I.
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« Reply #278 on: March 26, 2013, 10:37:18 pm »

ive catered for Lady Barbara and her husband Sir Neil [ a Vice Admiral died 2010 ] when they lived in Karori
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« Reply #279 on: March 27, 2013, 09:19:58 am »

ive catered for Lady Barbara and her husband Sir Neil [ a Vice Admiral died 2010 ] when they lived in Karori

That explains it. Sorry for your loss, newt.
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« Reply #280 on: March 27, 2013, 09:41:55 am »

http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/andersonb.html
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« Reply #281 on: March 29, 2013, 06:17:37 pm »

Warren Freer former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party 1947 - 1981



One of the country's longest serving politicians died this morning.

Former Labour politician Warren Freer held the Mount Albert seat for 34 years from 1947 to 1981, an electorate subsequently held by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and now party leader David Shearer.

Freer was a staunch socialist and served as a cabinet minister in the third Labour government, holding portfolios in trade and industry and energy resources.

He died after a long illness and is survived by his wife and two sons .

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/long-serving-politician-warren-freer-dies-5390003

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« Reply #282 on: March 30, 2013, 03:44:33 pm »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/8490202/Griffiths-an-actor-of-rare-power

Final curtain call for Richard Griffiths. 
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« Reply #283 on: March 30, 2013, 03:51:11 pm »

suprised he got to 65.he was a very hard working and very big man
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« Reply #284 on: March 30, 2013, 04:55:06 pm »


but wait theres more .................. [ just got to wait till someone somewhere wakes up and starts talking ]
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« Reply #285 on: March 31, 2013, 05:11:19 pm »


http://www.farmingshow.com/news/nbnat/2122726454-tributes-flow-for-2degrees-boss-eric-hertz

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« Reply #286 on: March 31, 2013, 05:15:23 pm »

I believe the bodies are trapped in the wreckage.  Very sad.
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« Reply #287 on: April 09, 2013, 01:14:29 am »


Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

BBC NEWS | 12:02PM GMT - Monday, 08 April 2013



• Margaret Thatcher: A life in pictures

FORMER Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.

Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975.

She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

Baroness Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22067155
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« Reply #288 on: April 09, 2013, 12:34:46 pm »

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« Reply #289 on: April 16, 2013, 02:02:23 pm »

Hello Sailor founding member Dave McArtney dies


Dave McArtney

Dave McArtney, a founding member of Kiwi bands Hello Sailor and The Pink Flamingos, has died at home in Auckland.

McArtney rose to fame after founding Hello Sailor with fellow guitarist-vocalist Harry Lyon and frontman Graham Brazier in 1975.

The group built a huge following on the back of singles including Gutter Black, which was written and sung by McArtney.

He went on to found the popular band The Pink Flamingos in the 1980s.

His Hello Sailor bandmate Harry Lyon said McArtney was a loyal and longstanding friend who leaves behind an incredible body of creative work.

He and the other remaining members of Hello Sailor were planning to get together later today to "shed a tear" over their lost bandmate.

"We used to call him Dunkirk Dave. Because he's that guy you want to see on your right shoulder when you go over the top."

Lyon said he started his first band with McArtney while they were both in school in 1963.

"He's more than just bandmate. It's friendship that holds us together."

The Herald understands McArtney had cancer.

Staff and students at music teaching institute MAINZ, where he had worked as a tutor for 10 years, were going to be being told the news this morning.

McArtney has two adult children.

John Dix, the author of Stranded In Paradise: New Zealand Rock And Roll, 1955 To The Modern Era said news of McArtney's death was "devastating", in a post on Facebook this morning.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10877876
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« Reply #290 on: April 30, 2013, 08:37:47 am »

Tributes flow for Parekura Horomia

Newstalk ZB staff, Newstalk ZB
April 30, 2013, 5:52 am
 ...Acting leader Grant Robertson says the former Maori Affairs Minister will be sadly missed, not just by Labour, but by all his political colleagues...
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/16932051/tributes-flow-for-parekura-horomia/
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« Reply #291 on: May 11, 2013, 09:43:24 am »



The woman known to New Zealand and Australian TV viewers as "Mrs Marsh" through her commercials for Colgate toothpaste, has died at her home in Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The popular TV campaign which began in the late 1970s featured Barbara Callcott as Mrs Marsh, who snapped a stick of chalk which had been dipped into a glass of dyed water, to show how the toothpaste penetrated enamel to protect teeth.

Colgate says Ms Callcott continued working with children through education programs promoting oral health, until this month.

Colgate staff were saddened by the news and extend their condolences to Barbara's family," Chris Pedersen, Managing Director, Colgate, said in a statement.

"In honour of her legacy, Colgate will be initiating an education grant in her name in recognition of her contribution to oral health education," Mr Pedersen said.

- AAP

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« Reply #292 on: June 20, 2013, 02:29:47 pm »


From the Los Angeles Times....

Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

The Associated Press | 5:41PM PDT - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Actor James Gandolfini at the Roxy. Gandolfini played a supporting role in the film “Not Fade Away”, written by David Chase. — Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/November 30, 2012.
Actor James Gandolfini at the Roxy. Gandolfini played a supporting role in the film “Not Fade Away”, written by David Chase.
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JAMES GANDOLFINI, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.

In a statement, the cable channel, and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said he died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. No cause of death was given.

"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving," said Armstrong and Sanders.

HBO called the actor a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect." The channel expressed sympathy for his wife and children.

Gandolfini played mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly", and he amassed stage credits as well.

He shared a Broadway stage in 2009 with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden in a celebrated production of "God of Carnage", where he earned a Tony Award nomination for best actor. He had also been in "On the Waterfront" with David Morse and was an understudy in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1992 starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

Gandolfini's performance in "The Sopranos" was indelible and career-making, but he refused to be stereotyped as the bulky mobster who was a therapy patient, family man and cold-blooded killer.

After the David Chase series concluded with its breathtaking blackout ending, Gandolfini's varied film work included comedies such as "In the Loop", a political satire, and the heartwarming drama "Welcome to the Rileys", which costarred Kristen Stewart. He voiced the Wild Thing Carol in "Where the Wild Things Are".

In a December 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Gandolfini said he gravitated to acting as a release, a way to get rid of anger. "I don't know what exactly I was angry about," he said.

"I try to avoid certain things and certain kinds of violence at this point," he said last year. "I'm getting older, too. I don't want to be beating people up as much. I don't want to be beating women up and those kinds of things that much anymore."


http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-actor-james-gandolfini-dies-in-italy-at-age-51-20130619,0,2157518.story
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« Reply #293 on: June 25, 2013, 03:38:01 pm »

Farewell Tony.
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« Reply #294 on: June 25, 2013, 03:39:04 pm »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041568
RIP Mick Aston.   The world will be a duller place without Micks colorful jumpers.
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« Reply #295 on: July 21, 2013, 12:08:42 pm »

Influential British comedian Mel Smith dies



British comedian Mel Smith, who became a household name for a series of television sketch shows in the 1970s and 80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said overnight (NZ time).

Smith, who died yesterday (NZ time) aged 60, found fame starring in hugely popular shows Not The Nine O'clock News and Alas Smith and Jones and went on to direct the films Bean and The Tall Guy.
 
"I still can't believe this has happened," said Griff Rhys Jones, his comedy partner in his best-known TV shows.

"To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit."

Together, they formed Talkback, a highly successful independent TV production house that spawned many hit British comedies including the Ali G series, which gave Sacha Baron Cohen his first big television break.

Talkback was sold to Pearson TV in 2000 for 62 million pounds (NZ$119 million).

"Mel Smith's contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated," said Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC.

"On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/8945393/Influential-British-comedian-Mel-Smith-dies
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« Reply #296 on: July 24, 2013, 06:48:12 pm »



Kiwi archeologist who discovered 'Hobbit' species dies

Published: 3:56PM Wednesday July 24, 2013
Source: AAP

The archaeologist who discovered a new species of mini-human known as "the Hobbit" has been hailed as a scientific "game-changer" following his death from cancer.

New Zealand-born archaeologist, Mike Morwood, from the University of Wollongong led the research team that discovered the remains of Homo floresiensis on the Indonesian island of Flores, between Bali and Timor, in 2003.

He died of cancer in hospital in Darwin yesterday. ...

more?
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwi-archeologist-discovered-hobbit-species-dies-5518235

and even more:

Hobbit bones test evolution theory

Published: 7:55PM Friday July 31, 2009
Source: AAP
 
Australian research has thrown a question mark over long-held beliefs of human evolution thanks to never-before-tried technology on a set of "hobbit bones" found in Indonesia ...


read the rest of this at
http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/hobbit-bones-test-evolution-theory-2881779




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« Reply #297 on: September 02, 2013, 08:52:05 am »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/9114466/David-Frost-killed-by-heart-attack
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« Reply #298 on: September 08, 2013, 09:33:25 am »


From the Los Angeles Times....

Rochus Misch dies at 96; Hitler's bodyguard was unrepentant

In numerous interviews over the years, Rochus Misch did not
express regret for his service or doubts about ‘the boss’.


By STEVE CHAWKINS | 8:32PM - Friday, September 06, 2013

Hitler's bodyguard and telephone operator Rochus Misch in 1944. — Photo: Associated Press.
Hitler's bodyguard and telephone operator Rochus Misch in 1944.
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ROCHUS MISCH never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss."

Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He delivered a congratulatory bouquet from Hitler to a young musician who had just announced his engagement. He was in the next room of the infamous Berlin bunker when Hitler and Eva Braun, the longtime mistress who two days earlier had become the Nazi leader's wife, killed themselves on April 30th, 1945.

Misch, the last survivor of the entourage holed up in Hitler's underground lair, died in Berlin on Thursday. He was 96.

His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by Burkhard Nachtigall, an author who helped Misch write his 2008 memoir, "The Last Witness".

In numerous interviews over the years, including a lengthy 2004 oral history with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Misch said he had no knowledge of the millions of deaths by genocide at Nazi concentration camps.

"I ask you, if Hitler really did all the terrible things people now say he did, how could he have been our Fuhrer?" Misch said in a 2005 Salon interview. "How is that possible?"

At the war's end, Misch was captured by Russian soldiers invading Berlin, tortured in prison and sent to work camps in Kazakhstan and Siberia until his release in 1953. He was never charged with a war crime. Summoned as a witness to the Nuremberg trials, he was not called to testify.

A former member of an elite Nazi SS guard, Misch drew outrage from critics with his nonchalant approval of Hitler decades after the war.

"He is the most unrepentant and unapologetic Hitler supporter you could ever have the misfortune to meet," a reporter for the London Sunday Express wrote in 2003.

"It was a good time with Hitler," Misch said in the article, which was based on a 2½-hour interview. "I enjoyed it and I was proud to work for him."

Born in what is now Poland on July 29th, 1917, Misch was raised by his grandparents. His soldier father died of a battlefield wound three days before Misch was born. Three years later, his mother died of pneumonia.

Misch studied painting but in 1937 volunteered for a four-year tour in the German army, hoping, he later explained, to protect Europe from the incursions of Stalin. He was shot in the chest during the German invasion of Poland in 1939.

Impressing his commanding officers, the convalescing Misch won a spot on the unit that provided Hitler with personal aides and bodyguards. Recalling his first meeting with Hitler, at the Reich Chancellery, Misch told the BBC: "I felt cold, then hot. I felt every emotion."

"He wasn't a monster or a superhuman," Misch told the Express in 2011. "He stood across from me like a completely normal man with nice words."

Misch said accounts of Hitler as an aberrant personality suddenly flying into rages or plunging into depression never rang true.

When Misch married his wife, Gerda, on New Year's Eve in 1942, Hitler gave him 1,000 marks and 40 bottles of wine. When Gerda became pregnant in 1944, Eva Braun sent her a baby carriage.

Still, Misch on several occasions came across Hitler in what appeared to be moments of intense melancholy. Late one night in the German dictator's living room, Misch saw him in a trance-like state "staring at an oil painting of Frederick the Great that was flickering in the candlelight," he told the Express. "I felt like an intruder interrupting someone in the middle of prayer."

In 1944, Misch witnessed the attempted assassination of Hitler by top generals.

In the Reich's final days the next year, Misch was manning the bunker's phones when Hitler gathered his remaining staff for goodbyes. A little while after he and Braun disappeared into his office, someone discovered their bodies and Misch came running.

"I saw him slumped with his head on the table," he told the BBC. "I saw Eva on the sofa; her head was next to him, her knees drawn tightly up to her chest."

Hitler had shot himself and his wife had taken cyanide.

Not long afterward, Magda Goebbels, wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, ushered her six children into the bunker and had a doctor give them "some kind of sugary drink," Misch told the BBC.

"All of us knew what was going on," he said. "An hour or two later, Mrs. Goebbels came out crying."

She sat down and played solitaire to calm herself. The next day, she and her husband committed suicide.

After his release from Russian prisons, Misch ran a decorating store in Berlin with his wife. They lived just two miles from the site of Hitler's Fuhrerbunker.

Their daughter, Brigitta Jacobs-Engelken, in 2009 told the BBC a family secret: Brigitta's mother — Misch's wife, Gerda, who died in 1998 — was Jewish.

"I know it from my grandma," the daughter, an architect in Germany who worked to restore synagogues, said of the news that Gerda's mother had shared.

Misch, the good soldier, refused to accept it, his daughter said.


http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-rochus-misch-20130907,0,7348086.story
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« Reply #299 on: September 14, 2013, 05:39:28 pm »


I wonder if many people attended Rochus Misch's funeral? 
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