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RIP Memoriam thread?

#821 User is offline   y66 

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Posted 2021-August-17, 07:52

Barry the owl
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Posted 2021-August-19, 01:11

Sean Lock

Enjoy him playing Carrot in a Box:

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Posted 2021-August-22, 18:00

Don Everly

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The most successful rock ’n’ roll act to emerge from Nashville in the 1950s, Mr. Everly and his brother, Phil, who died in 2014, once rivaled Elvis Presley and Pat Boone for airplay, placing an average of one single in the pop Top 10 every four months from 1957 to 1961.

On the strength of ardent two-minute teenage dramas like “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Cathy’s Clown,” the duo all but single-handedly redefined what, stylistically and thematically, qualified as commercially viable music for the Nashville of their day. In the process they influenced generations of hitmakers, from British Invasion bands like the Beatles and the Hollies to the folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel and the Southern California country-rock band the Eagles.

In 1975 Linda Ronstadt had a Top 10 pop single with a declamatory version of the Everlys’ 1960 hit “When Will I Be Loved.” Alternative-country forebears like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris were likewise among the scores of popular musicians inspired by the duo’s enthralling mix of country and rhythm and blues.

Paul Simon, in an email interview with The Times the morning after Phil Everly’s death, wrote: “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of country and R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock 'n' roll.”

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Posted 2021-August-24, 08:33

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Paul Simon, in an email interview with The Times the morning after Phil Everly’s death, wrote: “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful.

The Everlys may have been groundbreaking, but Simon is being too modest -- IMHO Simon and Garfunkle had a much better sound.

But they were of different times so it might not be fair to compare them.

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Posted 2021-August-24, 13:41

Charlie Watts - drummer for The Rolling Stones
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Posted 2021-August-25, 05:56

Bruce Springsteen said:

When Mick sings ‘It’s only rock ’n’ roll but I like it’, Charlie’s in back showing you why!

nytimes.com/2021/08/24/arts/music/charlie-watts-dead.html?te=1&nl=the-morning&emc=edit_nn_20210825


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The newly formed Rolling Stones (then called the Rollin’ Stones) knew they needed a good drummer but could not afford Mr. Watts, who was already drawing a regular salary from his various gigs. “We starved ourselves to pay for him!” Mr. Richards wrote. “Literally. We went shoplifting to get Charlie Watts.”

In early 1963, when they could finally guarantee five pounds a week, Mr. Watts joined the band, completing the canonical lineup of Mr. Richards, Mr. Jagger, the guitarist Brian Jones, the bassist Bill Wyman and the pianist Ian Stewart. He moved in with his bandmates and immersed himself in Chicago blues records.

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The Rolling Stones in 1967. From left: Mr. Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones.Credit...Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis, via Getty Images
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Posted 2021-August-25, 22:46

Monty Hall, whose game show inspired a problem that is often used to illustrate the principle of restricted choice. Although he didn't just pass on (it was in 2017), he didn't get a post here at the time, and he would have turned 100 today. 100 is what the defenders score when the K-Q or the Q-J are doubleton.
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Posted 2021-August-26, 09:10

David Roberts, accomplished mountain climber and writer
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Posted 2021-September-06, 18:18

Michael Kenneth Williams known in the WC as Omar
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Posted 2021-September-16, 16:43

Clive Sinclair
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Posted 2021-September-16, 17:48

From the link above:

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Despite his involvement in computing, Sinclair did not use the Internet, stating that he does not like to have "technical or mechanical things around me" as it distracts from the process of invention.[34][35] In 2010, he stated that he did not use computers himself, and prefers using the telephone rather than email.[

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Sinclair has stated that it is unavoidable that artificial general intelligence will someday lead to human extinction: "Once you start to make machines that are rivalling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it's going to be very difficult for us to survive. It's just an inevitability."

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Posted 2021-September-19, 04:39

Jimmy Greaves, one of the greatest goalscorers in English football. Was in the squad but not the team for the 1966 world cup final having been injured in one of the group games and the coach decided not to change a winning team. His replacement Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick.

I saw him right at the end of his career playing for Barnet, but with very little televising of games in those days, never saw a whole game of him in his heyday.

https://en.wikipedia...i/Jimmy_Greaves
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Posted 2021-September-29, 15:58

I know we normally post famous people in this thread, but I thought I'd pay tribute to a regular club bridge player.

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George Martin died peacefully on Tuesday, 28 September, just a month after his 90th birthday.

For all my time at the club [15 years], and I expect for most of his time there, George has been a fearsome competitor. His desire to win was never diminished by age or by his worsening hearing, as everyone in the club could attest whenever his partner did anything that he did not agree with.

George often wrote to me with contributions to the club's history. He said, "I joined the Club in 1974/5. My wife, Val, joined the Club before me and said that I should go to David's bridge classes, which I would enjoy, which I did! In those early days we played a lot of friendly bridge at different houses on the weekend. Also many members went to the Aviemore Congress. I was the member who first directed the Individual Competition of the Club for the Lindsay Trophy. The scoring of this was a nightmare, doing it manually! I took the Advanced Directors Course and ran the No Fear at Peebles for many years."

In September 1981, George proposed holding a mini-congress in Berwick and it was held the following April with 38 pairs participating at the Headland Ballroom. He explained, "I was the member of the Club who proposed and directed the very first Berwick Bridge Congress. We had to manually score up from the travelling score sheets from 3 sections.

"I can remember that certain members took on the task of scoring each section and then pulling them all together! If they didn't balance we had to go over them again!"

George was the club's Press Officer for many years. I believe many thought that these reports focused a little too much on his own achievements but, to be fair, he was a prodigious winner.

George was Secretary of the club in the early 1980s and President from 1998-2000.

In 2001 George started the first website for the club and this continued until we switched to BridgeWebs. He also started running the summer bridge at the U3A at The Maltings in 2005.

After Robin Pearson's death, George became the regular partner of Brian Thomas and they dominated the club's events in the 21st century. They won the Royal Bank Trophy ten times together and the Scott Cup eleven times: George also won the Scott Cup four times with David Elder.

Many pairs in the Scottish Borders will be pleased that they will stand some chance of winning the Border Pairs in the future. I can see that Thomas-Martin won the trophy at least nine times and, if you did manage to finish above them, then you probably won.

In 2017 I made the mistake of telling him that he won the most master points at the club over the previous season. This clearly appealed to his competitive instincts and an offer to buy a trophy for such a competition was quickly made. He lost the battle to win the George Martin Trophy to Colin in the first year, but made no mistake over the 2018-19 season: there were 66 sessions at the club and George played in 62 of them.

Unsurprisingly for someone who created a website, he adapted well to playing online bridge during the pandemic and it provided him with a lifeline as his health started to fail. He knew that he would not be able to return to the club but was keen that online competitions should be run so that he could continue to compete. During September he played in our Open Swiss Teams, my Saturday morning event, the Wilf White pairs and the Tom Woodman teams: like any true bridge player wants, he played until the end.

It has occurred to me that I know nothing non-bridge-related about George, aside from his marriage to Val. I didn't even know he had a bridge-playing daughter until he wanted to organise an online match against her club during the pandemic. I think this is typical of bridge players.

The bridge club will be a quieter place without George, but we'll all miss him.
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Posted 2021-October-12, 10:31

Iohan Gueorguiev, ‘Bike Wanderer’
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