Posts Tagged ‘rip’

Harry Dean Stanton, 1926-2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Cool Hand Luke, Kelly’s Heroes, Dillinger, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape from New York, Christine, Paris, Texas, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, The Green Mile, Alpha Dog, Inland Empire… the list goes on. Harry Dean Stanton died in nearly every film he starred in, and I loved him for it. Even though it now has to be in the past tense.

The internet, the news industry, and the art of the obituary

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

With January taking its toll on the list of famous people that many people love, Dave Lee’s look at the heady mix of celebrity death and how the internet changes the reporting of notable deaths is very much relevant (even if it was posted late last year):

Most conventions in journalism have been dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era. Many an old-timer’s heart has been broken when traffic analysis shows that a three-month long investigation (3,000 words) has been completely overlooked by readers in favour of a numbered list of something far less important. The trick, of course, is to present the investigation in way that suits the new way of reading. That attitude change is happening, slowly.

Obits are next.

I’m not suggesting we reduce lives to “9 Times Nelson Mandela Totally Saved The Day” or such-like, but instead we reassess how to create, quickly, modern-day obituaries that cover death in a way that doesn’t leave readers fatigued and fed-up.

Famous People Just Keep On Dying.

No empty bench in Soho Square

Friday, December 18th, 2015

I fell out of favour with Heaven somewhere. And I’m here for the hell of it now.

That’s what being alive is all about

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

From @TerryAndRob

Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

Probably one of the most gut-punch tweets you’ll read in a long time, even if we knew it was coming. Rest well…


Thursday, December 18th, 2014

It’s December 18th again. Damn.

Twenty Years Without Roland Ratzenberger

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

At this time of year, I remember one of the best pieces that Jim Hughes posted on my former Formula 1 blog Fun-1. It was a tongue in cheek look at the F1 world, with the occasional serious moment.

Such as this one. Which still resonates this time every year:

Today is the tenth anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death at Imola. So what has happened in Formula 1? Are the cars safer, slower, is the driving cleaner? Yes, No and definitely not – Michael’s outrageous punting off of JPM at Imola is graphic evidence of how low F1 driver standards have sunk in the past decade.

I watched both accidents at Imola ten years ago (I also watched Berger’s accident at Tamburello a few years previously), Ayrton’s didn’t affect me. Maybe I was still in shock, but I never liked the guy. Sure he was exquisitely fast, but his general attitude to racing – if in doubt punt your rivals off – was abhorrent to me, imagine your grief if Michael was killed today? Rightly or wrongly that’s  pretty much how I felt about Ayrton.

Roland Ratzenberger was a different matter; he was one of the good guys. I’d seen him race at Le Mans a few times, and he was no muppet paying for a seat. I believe he was Toyota’s first non-Japanese works driver, which in those days said a lot, even if Toyota’s current approach to employing drivers is somewhat surreal. Just wanting Schumi lite never mind being willing to pay him millions is rather odd…

Watching a driver (or any human being) being given heart massage  on live television is not an everyday sight, and it’s not one I want to see again. But that’s what I saw after Roland’s accident and it was very moving and disturbing. Later in 1994 I went to Le Mans and one of the SARD Toyotas had four drivers’ names painted next to the door, but only three drivers at the circuit; Eddie Irvine, Jeff Krosnoff and Mauro Martini. This is the car that Roland was supposed to have been driving.

90 minutes from the end of the race it was leading, when it slowed and stopped just past me on the pit straight with a broken gear linkage. Krosnoff got out of the car, went around the back and manually selected third gear. He then set off on a slow lap of the 9 mile circuit before pitting for the linkage to be replaced. The car lost 13 minutes and dropped back to third place, 15 seconds behind the second placed car. Irvine cut this lead at a rate of three seconds per lap, and I’ve never seen so many people willing a car to go faster. Irvine took second place on the penultimate lap, but the lead car was a lap ahead, and “Roland’s” team had to settle for second place.

Roland, Ayrton, rest in peace.

Alan Whicker, CBE, 2 August 1925 – 12 July 2013

Friday, July 12th, 2013

“This is Whicker Island, an island inhabitend entirely of ex-international interviews, in pursuit of the impossible dream.”

Farewell, and bon voyage.

Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013)

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Desert Island Discs archive:

This week’s castaway is an author. In his book The Wasp Factory, the teenage protagonist tortures insects, experiments with bombs and kills a brother and a cousin. But, says Iain Banks, that was “just a phase he was going through”. He tells Sue Lawley how, as a writer, he has not developed the filters that most adults do and so views the world with childlike eyes, describing what he sees. And this world, he feels, is very often a violent and terrifying one.

It’s also going to be a world where ‘The Quarry‘ is going to be published on June 20th. Posthumously. Damn.

Roger Ebert, June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

Clive Burr, 8 March 1957- 12 March 2013

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

After a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Clive Burr (former drummer in Iron Maiden) died last night.

Steve Harris:

This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.

I have two strong memories of Burr. The first was attending the charity concert put on by the band in 2002 to help raise funds for their ex-drummer, which Vikki and I were at (and technically Eilidh was there as well, as Vikki was five month pregnant).

The second was in a dark and dingy pub on Blackhorse Road, watching an Iron Maiden tribute band run through most of the band’s early work. Standing next to me for the second half of the gig, watching a drummer on stage being Clive Burr, was Clive Burr. The drummer on stage met with his approval, but in his words they were nowhere near “as over the top” as Maiden had been in that period.

I don’t think any other band will reach that high water mark – but if they do they’ll need a drummer as good as Burr.

Up the Irons.

Yoda had a make-up artist?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 98.

I know that there would have been a huge amount of work going into the design and look of the puppets and masks in Star Wars, but I can’t help seeing Chewbacca getting his eyebrows plucked by a busy little man who never stops chattering about his kids.

Etch-a-sketch Inventor Dies

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

André Cassagnes, the man behind the Etch-a-sketch died January 16, aged 86. If it wasn’t for him we would never have the Dilbert ‘reboot’ cartoon.

One of the Kings of the Rocketmen… Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Neil Armstrong will be remembered for Apollo 11, a mission along with Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin represented all of us on Earth and landed on the Moon. But his career, flying over 200 types of aircraft, is the stuff of legends. He flew the X1-B up to 11 miles in altitude… seven X-15 flights with a maximum height of 39 miles… Gemini 8 to 146 miles before an in-flight malfunction saw the capsule go into an uncontrolled spin at over 60 rpm… and then took Eagle  down to a safe landing.

All on the shoulders of teamwork.


Jerry Nelson (1934-2012)

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Jaiku: 1 Feb 2006 – 17 Jan 2012

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

A little corner of the internet, with its the data, connections, heritage, and history, has died.

Google just switched off the Jaiku server.