Gerard Cowan

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 in Ireland | 5 comments

Gerard Cowan was a wandering minstrel from the Emerald Isle whose love of music and restless nature brought him on a convoluted but fascinating journey over the course of his life. Gerard died in the United States in his adopted home of Pawcatuck, Connecticut on the 2nd February 2009 after battling for over 10 years […]

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Auf Wiedersehen Joerg Haider

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Obits | Comments Off on Auf Wiedersehen Joerg Haider

So Auf Wiedersehen to Joerg Haider the leader of the Austrian “Freedom Party” (sic) who died in a car crash on 11th October 2008. To his supporters Joerg Haider was a patriot who dared to speak uncomfortable truths. His critics saw him as an ambitious, racist opportunist who used anti-immigrant and pro-Nazi rhetoric to stir […]

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A Death in London

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 in Obits | one comment

Jean Charles de Menezes Jurors in the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest today stood in silence at the spot where the 27-year-old Brazilian was shot dead by police marksmen. The six-woman, five-man panel was retracing Mr de Menezes’s final steps and went to Stockwell Tube station where the shooting took place. They filed through the […]

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Farewell Ronnie Drew

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 in Ireland | Comments Off on Farewell Ronnie Drew

Like many native Dubliners I am sadder this weekend as the world and Irish Folk music has lost the great Ronnie Drew, the legendary Irish folk singer and musician, who died at the age of 73. Drew, the founder of Irish folk group The Dubliners, had been battling cancer for some time. In a brief […]

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 in Obits | Comments Off on Alexander Solzhenitsyn

In the times of the Soviet Union the archetype of the ideal citizen was characterised as “Soviet Man”, men like the coal miner Aleksei Grigorievich Stakhanov whose allegedly prodigious output was used as the basis of productivity to launch Stalin’s first 5 Year Plan. Hindsight shows us that Soviet Man was a feature of the […]

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The Death of Brian Keenan

Posted on May 26, 2008 in Obits | Comments Off on The Death of Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan The death through illness on the 21st May 2008 of a former Provisional IRA commander who masterminded the organisation’s bombing campaign in England has raised questions about the future of its “Army Council”. Brian “The Dog” Keenan, the son of a Royal Air Force member who grew to become the Provos’ “chief of […]

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Scotland Yard to solve Bhutto Murder?

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 in Obits | Comments Off on Scotland Yard to solve Bhutto Murder?

Benazir Bhutto. Despite London’s Metropolitan Police Force, known as Scotland Yard from its original headquarters in the yard of the Scottish Office in Whitehall, being a somewhat devalued brand in the U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered its services to the Pakistani government to assist with the “investigation” into the murder of opposition leader […]

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Should we mourn a cat?

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 in Obits | Comments Off on Should we mourn a cat?

Our cat, Freddy, died at the beginning of August in Hampden Animal Hospital where he had a second thyroid removed. He has been on a drip since the operation as his calcium levels didn’t recover and he has had to take calcium tablets as his para-thyroids (which regulate his calcium) didn’t operate as they should […]

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Marcel Marceau est Mort.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 in Obits | Comments Off on Marcel Marceau est Mort.

At the age of 84 Marcel Marceau (and with him, Bip the Clown) has died. For decades, Marceau epitomised his silent art, eliciting laughter and tears from audiences around the globe. His comic and tragic sketches appeal on a universal level, with each audience interpreting his performance in its own way. “Mime, like music, knows […]

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Arrivederci Luciano!

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 in Music | Comments Off on Arrivederci Luciano!

In the midst of the deservedly warm tributes to Luciano Pavarotti, who died today, 6th September 2007, there was the carping rent a quote on the BBC news from smart ass critic Norman Lebrecht who said that Pavarotti had divorced himself from the real world of opera and music to market himself as a celebrity […]

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