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« Reply #375 on: June 05, 2015, 10:48:00 pm »

Aussie tycoon Alan Bond dies

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Alan Bond, the flamboyant Australian businessman who funded the country's historic 1983 America's Cup victory before losing his fortune and his freedom, has died.
The 77-year-old Bond had been in intensive care in a hospital in the city of Perth following a triple-bypass operation on Tuesday and never regained consciousness, according to his family.

"To a lot of people, dad was a larger than life character who started with nothing and did so much," his son Craig, one of three children, told reporters outside the hospital. "He really did experience the highs and lows of life."

Bond achieved international acclaim for helping to bankroll the winning yacht, Australia II, in its upset victory in the 1983 America's Cup, handing the New York Yacht Club its first ever loss in its 132-year history in the contest.

Born in Britain in 1938, Bond sailed with his parents to the port town of Fremantle in Western Australia in 1950, leaving school at 15 to become an apprentice signwriter.

But after marrying the daughter of a prominent businessman and politician at 18, Bond plunged into the construction and real estate businesses, becoming a millionaire at 21.

A string of audacious deals in gold, oil, property, brewing and television followed, making him one of the country's best known businessmen.

In 1987 Bond, an avid collector of Impressionist paintings, secretly bought Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" for a world record $49 million to hang in his luxurious Perth penthouse office.

He also bought a country estate containing a whole village in Britain, an island off Western Australia and a number of expensive yachts.

It was also in 1987 that he paid media mogul Australian Kerry Packer A$1.1 billion for the high-profile Channel Nine television network, but was later forced to sell it back to Packer at a fraction of the price

In 1997, Bond was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding his company, Bell Resources, of A$1.2 billion ($935 million). He served four years of the sentence and was released in 2000.

Bond was bankrupted for A$622 million, which was then the largest personal bankruptcy in history, before rebuilding at least part of his fortune. In 2008, he was estimated to have amassed a net worth of A$265 million by Business Review Weekly's annual Rich List.

Bond and his first wife Eileen divorced in 1992. His second wife Diana died in 2012

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« Reply #376 on: June 10, 2015, 01:40:14 am »


from The New Zealand Herald....

Sir Peter Williams QC dies aged 80

8:39PM - Tuesday, June 09, 2015


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« Reply #377 on: June 29, 2015, 02:32:45 pm »


www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/66737554/Invercargill-identity-Louis-Crimp-dies

Oh well, sometimes it's better late than never
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« Reply #378 on: June 29, 2015, 11:40:23 pm »



If you go back to the immediate previous page in this thread (page 15) and scroll down, you'll see where the death of the Invercargill bigot was noted back in February when he kicked-the-bucket. Good riddance to bad trash, eh?

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« Reply #379 on: November 15, 2015, 09:19:39 am »


WARREN MITCHELL

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Actor best-known for playing the irascible, bald-headed bigot Alf Garnett in the television comedy series Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the actor who created the monstrous Alf Garnett; the balding bigot with his Kipling moustache and West Ham scarf became the vehicle for some of the most iconoclastic satire ever seen on television.
Indeed, so believable was Mitchell in the role that he was regularly congratulated on his views by those members of the public who were precisely the target of him and writer Johnny Speight.
The character first appeared in 1965 as “Alf Ramsey” in a one-off BBC play by Speight. Mitchell, not yet 40, was the third choice for the part; the first was Peter Sellers. Alf’s convictions were made apparent from the first line as he looked as his watch while Big Ben struck 10: “That blaaady, Big Ben… fast again.” A series, Till Death Us Do Part, began the next year and ran until 1975.
Each week, from his armchair, docker Alf would treat all within earshot to his substantial prejudices, his favoured topics being race, permissiveness, feminism and the monarchy. Particular ire was reserved for the long hair of his son-in-law and for Edward Heath, the prime minister, for not having attended a “proper” school such as Eton.


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« Reply #380 on: November 15, 2015, 06:19:24 pm »


WARREN MITCHELL

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Actor best-known for playing the irascible, bald-headed bigot Alf Garnett in the television comedy series Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the actor who created the monstrous Alf Garnett; the balding bigot with his Kipling moustache and West Ham scarf became the vehicle for some of the most iconoclastic satire ever seen on television.
Indeed, so believable was Mitchell in the role that he was regularly congratulated on his views by those members of the public who were precisely the target of him and writer Johnny Speight.
The character first appeared in 1965 as “Alf Ramsey” in a one-off BBC play by Speight. Mitchell, not yet 40, was the third choice for the part; the first was Peter Sellers. Alf’s convictions were made apparent from the first line as he looked as his watch while Big Ben struck 10: “That blaaady, Big Ben… fast again.” A series, Till Death Us Do Part, began the next year and ran until 1975.
Each week, from his armchair, docker Alf would treat all within earshot to his substantial prejudices, his favoured topics being race, permissiveness, feminism and the monarchy. Particular ire was reserved for the long hair of his son-in-law and for Edward Heath, the prime minister, for not having attended a “proper” school such as Eton.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11996002/Warren-Mitchell-obituary.html



An amazing actor - truly entertaining. RIP
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« Reply #381 on: November 18, 2015, 12:26:53 pm »




All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies




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« Reply #382 on: November 18, 2015, 02:34:14 pm »


This article (from The Associated Press) is appearing as a lead news story on numerous mainstream American newspapers' websites....



from The Washington Post....

Jonah Lomu, who revolutionized rugby with size, speed, dies at 40

By STEVE McMORRAN | 8:39PM EST - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In this October 19th, 2011 file photo, All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu watches Australia rugby players train in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand Rugby Union says Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (NZ-time) All Blacks great Jonah Lomu has died. He was 40. — Photograph: Rob Griffith/Associated Press.
In this October 19th, 2011 file photo, All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu watches Australia rugby players train in Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand Rugby Union says on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (NZ-time) All Blacks great Jonah Lomu has died. He was 40.
 — Photograph: Rob Griffith/Associated Press.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Jonah Lomu, who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed only to be felled by a kidney illness that extinguished his meteoric All Blacks career, died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 40.

“Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world,” New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said. “We're lost for words. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family.”

The son of immigrants from Tonga, innately humble off the pitch, was at his devastating best at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, scoring 15 tries in 11 games but never winning the trophy.

The stabbing death of a friend steered Lomu away from street gangs in the blue-collar suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, where he grew up.

Rugby gave him new direction. He channeled anger he felt about his father into the sport. Aged just 19 for the first of his 63 tests, he was a physical colossus for a winger — 1.96 meters tall (6-foot-4-inches); 119 kilograms (262 pounds) — and quite terrifying when pounding through defensive lines at speed.

Nephrotic syndrome, a degenerative kidney illness, curtailed his career at his peak. Lomu tried making a comeback after a 2004 transplant but was forced to abandon hopes of playing the 2007 World Cup. He played his last match in 2006.

At the height of his career, Lomu had the ear of Nelson Mandela, charmed Hollywood comedian Robin Williams — who wore an All Blacks cap and called him “mate” — and visited parliaments and palaces.

His father, Semisi Lomu, was a factory worker, devoutly religious and a harsh disciplinarian. His mother, Hepi, held together the family living on a shoestring and acted as a buffer between father and son.

“At times he was the best dad that he could be,” Lomu said in a 2013 interview. “It was just when he drank, that's when me and him disagreed. He was quite violent when he was drunk.”

“Mum was always there to protect the kids. And when Dad got angry and wanted to bash us, she would get in the way. It builds up a lot of things inside of me.”

At age 1, Lomu was sent to Tonga to be raised by an aunt who, for the next five years, he thought of as his mother. On return to New Zealand, Lomu rebelled against the strict father, leading to their eventual estrangement, and gravitated toward the streets.

“It made me battle-hardened for rugby,” he said. “When I was playing, when I found it hard, I just thought of my father and that got me through it. That anger got me through it.”

After the death of his friend, Lomu found new direction at Auckland's Wesley College, a famous nursery of Polynesia rugby talent. There, he first showed the devastating combination of size fused with speed. Playing out on the wing, with time and space to hit his stride, he crashed through or cruised around opponents.

He played for New Zealand's under-19 team and starred in rugby sevens before his All Blacks debut in June 1994, aged 19 years, 45 days. He became a formidable scoring weapon after mastering the technique of test rugby, scoring 37 test tries.

Selected late to the All Blacks squad after an injury to John Timu, Lomu burst to international fame at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. He scored seven tries in five matches, including four in a rampaging semifinal win over England.

But by then he also knew he was sick. He missed tests against South Africa in 1996 and almost all of the 1997 season.

In 1998, he won a gold medal in rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games. At the 1999 World Cup in Britain, he scored eight tries in six games, including two in New Zealand's semifinal loss to France.

Lomu remained an All Black until 2002, but his health faded. He required dialysis three times a week. After his kidney transplant, he played with New Zealand’s North Harbour province and, with moderate success, for the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

“I was hoping that it would get better but it never did,” he said. “But, you know, I would never change anything.


This story is from The Associated Press.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/new-zealand-all-blacks-great-jonah-lomu-dies-aged-40/2015/11/17/318b593a-8d90-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2_story.html
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« Reply #383 on: November 18, 2015, 03:05:02 pm »



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« Reply #384 on: November 18, 2015, 04:04:59 pm »

..good to see John Key paying respects to Jonah ...he had just seen Jonah and Nadene in London:Smiley



Jonah Lomu remembered by John Key and parliament


Prime minister John Key has expressed his shock and sadness of the passing of Jonah Lomu today.

Key who is currently Vietnam tweeted his condolences for the All Black great.

He said  Lomu was an inspirational athlete "who was generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union".


"He was the rare combination of size, speed and power, and was a game changer whenever he stepped onto the field," Key said.

"Jonah was not only a great ambassador for rugby union, he was a great ambassador for New Zealand, and he made a significant contribution to the community through his support of numerous charities," Mr Key says.

"I caught up with Jonah and his wife Nadene a few weeks ago in London during his Unstoppable charity tour. He was in great spirits and moved the audience with stories from his childhood, through to his time as an All Black and the illness which ultimately ended his rugby career. 


"On behalf of all New Zealanders, I thank Jonah for his contribution to New Zealand.

"My thoughts are with Nadene and his family at this time." 

...read more here..http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/74165414/jonah-lomu-remembered-by-john-key-and-parliament

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« Reply #385 on: November 18, 2015, 04:23:59 pm »


Now why am I not surprised that you turn out to be the clown who drags a politics story into an obituary thread.
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« Reply #386 on: November 18, 2015, 04:28:41 pm »

...WHAT.. Shocked

..its nothing to do with politics..it is the leader of our nation paying tribute to a great sportsman   Roll Eyes

..its not always about you Shocked

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« Reply #387 on: November 20, 2015, 03:26:35 am »

...Good of John Key to make the offer


Public service for Lomu 'not impossible' says PM as Auckland also ponders service


Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the possibility of a public service for Jonah Lomu but says the option is up to the family.

Speaking to media in Manila, Key said a state funeral for Lomu was "not impossible" but other options were also available, if the Lomu family wished.

Key said there was a "massive outpouring of support and love and grief" for the Lomu family, according to One News.

"That's to be expected given the man he was, so I think there would definitely be a desire from the public to show that in some formal way," Key said.

"Official memorials work well in that regard, but really it is a matter for the family to decide."

Auckland Council confirmed it had offered the Lomu family some form of public service but understood they were yet to decide.

The council said they will work with the family, New Zealand Rugby and the Government to consider how the city can best celebrate "one of Auckland's greatest sons".

"He was an icon who New Zealanders from every walk of life respected both for his prowess on the rugby field and for the way that he dealt with his health issues," Mayor Len Brown said.

A spokeswoman for Minister of Sport Dr Jonathan Coleman confirmed Key had left the door open for a public service but they understood it was early for the Lomu family who were still personally grieving.

Wife Nadene Lomu started a fundraising page on Thursday morning to support her husband's legacy.

"Jonah and I had big plans to make a difference in the world with all that he learnt and for the great husband, father inspiration and icon to the world he will always be and with that as a team together we were going to build a lasting legacy. Jonah has left this earth too soon leaving us all empty hearted," the Givealittle page said.

Nadene said she would finish building the legacy her husband created "when he burst onto the international stage leaving history and our hearts, changing the face of rugby".

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« Reply #388 on: December 12, 2015, 10:03:49 pm »

NZ Comedian Jon Gadsby Dies

Kiwi comedian and entertainer Jon Gadsby has died at home surrounded by family.

Family friend Tracey Chambers confirmed he passed away on Saturday evening after a battle with cancer at 7.45pm.

"Most of his family were with him and the rest of the family are coming to Christchurch and gathering. This is a very, very close family and while everyone knew Jon was unwell it's always a shock when the inevitable happens," she said


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75043462/Kiwi-comedian-Jon-Gadsby-has-died?cid=app-iPhone


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« Reply #389 on: December 13, 2015, 06:08:04 am »



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« Reply #390 on: January 19, 2016, 10:41:27 am »


from BBC News....

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, 67, dies

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Glenn Frey died of complications from illnesses including pneumonia.
Glenn Frey died of complications from illnesses including pneumonia.

EAGLES guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67, the band has announced.

He died in New York City on Monday from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us,” his family and fellow band members said.

The Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, with multiple hit singles including Hotel California, in 1976.

Frey co-wrote Hotel California with singer Don Henley. He wrote a number of the band's biggest songs on his own, including Heartache Tonight and Lyin' Eyes.


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« Reply #391 on: February 29, 2016, 02:14:44 pm »

Māori historian, educator and writer Dr Ranginui Walker has passed away at the age of 83.

Read more: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/academic-ranginui-walker-dies----reports-2016022910#ixzz41WEUhOWe

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« Reply #392 on: March 02, 2016, 01:16:29 pm »


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« Reply #393 on: March 03, 2016, 12:07:16 pm »


from Fairfax NZ....

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died


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« Reply #395 on: March 03, 2016, 09:37:17 pm »

R.I.P.  Martin Crowe.      You were great to watch at Eden Park.
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« Reply #396 on: March 04, 2016, 07:08:49 am »

RIP Marty Crowe - great Sportsman - lovely man.
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« Reply #397 on: March 04, 2016, 07:48:53 am »

I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢
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« Reply #398 on: March 04, 2016, 10:28:58 am »

I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢
Seems to me that some people whose names are well known, can gain even more respect after their publicised affliction.

Catherine Pulsifer said that the true test of life does not occur when all is going well - the true test of life takes place when we are faced with challenges.

And from Zhuangzi:

“He who has mastered the true nature of life does not labor over what life cannot do. He who has mastered the true nature of fate does not labor over what knowledge cannot change.”





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« Reply #399 on: March 04, 2016, 10:34:17 am »

I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢
Seems to me that some people whose names are well known, can gain even more respect after their publicised affliction.

Catherine Pulsifer said that the true test of life does not occur when all is going well - the true test of life takes place when we are faced with challenges.

And from Zhuangzi:

“He who has mastered the true nature of life does not labor over what life cannot do. He who has mastered the true nature of fate does not labor over what knowledge cannot change.”







How true.    I am often in awe of where people find strength in their darkest days.
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