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And another one that saddens me greatly:

CMJ
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/20881346

I've been fortunate enough to be alive during the best years of Test Match Special (if not necessarily the best years of the England cricket team) and listen to John Arlott, Johnners, Jenkers, Blowers, Fiery, The Boil and The Alderman. Only Blowers is left now and he's getting on and has his own bouts of poor health.

Ideologically I'm almost the polar opposite of Jenkers but I was always impressed by his knowledge of the game and the way he put up with Fred Trueman's bluster... with only the minimum of irritation.


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Post 1062

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How could I have forgotten Bearders in that list of TMS luminaries (also no longer with us)? smiley - doh


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Post 1063

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Oh, this is another sad one for me, and I suspect a lot of others my age.

Daphne Oxenford
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20908822

She had one of the most soothing voices I think I've ever heard - perfect for reading stories to young children. There's a little of it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20908822


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Post 1064

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Oh, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of that page for the Dolly Suite smiley - bigeyes


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Post 1065

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Oops smiley - blush

http://audioboo.fm/boos/624786-listen-with-mother-narrative


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Post 1066

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Alasdair Milne
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20964772

Probably the last real Director General of the BBC.


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Michael Winner
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21123532

I don't think I've ever seen a Death Wish film. In fact I've hardly seen any of his films at all. His version of The Big Sleep, set in London with Robert Mitchum, Joan Collins, Oliver Reed and Edward Fox was... interesting.


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Post 1068

Mens Sana In Thingummy Gosho

Reg Presley
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21332048

The Troggs will probably be remembered mostly for Wild Thing but they did so much more. Like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6__s2-iytA0


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Post 1069

Websailor

Inventor of the Etch a Sketch: Andre Cassagnes


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21311866

Part of my kids childhood.


Websalor smiley - dragon


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Post 1070

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I had one of those when I was eight or nine years old but it was called a Doodle Master and it was advertised on television by Kenneth Horne... who just happened to be managing director of Chad Valley as well as the radio presenter we all remember, so maybe Chad Valley were making a version under licence, or had their own and somehow got around the patent.


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Post 1071

Websailor

Interesting. I didn't know that about Kenneth Horne.

Websailor smiley - dragon


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Yeah, he was a businessman as well as a radio star, but was advised to give up one of the two after a stroke in the late 50s and he chose business. Then he came back and did Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne while still working in industry, which might have done him in smiley - sadface


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Post 1073

Websailor

I can hear his very distinctive voice in my head as I type smiley - smiley along with John Snagge the newsreader around that time.


Websailor smiley - dragon


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Ah, now there was a voice smiley - bigeyes Rich, mellifluous, full of gravitas. I remember him commentating on the boat race each year smiley - biggrin


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Post 1075

Websailor

Along with the chimes of Big Ben from my Aunt's radio, when all had to be silent for 'The News'. The grandfather clock used to join in too. Those were the days <biggrin.

Websailor smiley - dragon


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Post 1076

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I still get a little moistening of the eye when I hear the chimes just before the news at 6pm and midnight smiley - brave


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Richard Briers smiley - sadface
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21498077

Now that does sadden me. The Good Life was one of my favourite sitcoms in the 70s (and not just because of Felicity Kendal smiley - loveblush*) and I watch the entire run, all four series every year, on Friday evenings at 8.00 or 8.30pm which I think was the time it was broadcast. At the time I was heavily into the idea of self sufficiency but I never acted on it.

And then he played Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles - a character more unlike Tom Good would be hard to imagine and the series got its hooks into me early on. That's another one I watch all the way through (also four series I think), but not as often. Howard and Hilda crack me up smiley - laugh

A lot of his other works is often forgotten though, like Marriage Lines and Brothers in Law, and he was the voice of both Roobabrb and Custard smiley - roflhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aVXeDg3U4

*I, er, also had the hots for Margot smiley - blush


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Post 1078

Websailor

Oooh, Gosho, you are as bad as my late husband smiley - biggrin

I was sad about his passing too, as he did an interview little over a week ago for my newspaper. He had the same condition as my husband, Emphysema, a nasty result of smoking smiley - sadface He was philosophical about it and didn't complain.

Heard a lovely tribute from Penelope Keith (aka Margot) today.

Websailor smiley - dragon


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Well, I've always had a thing for posh birds y'know smiley - blush I heard her talking about him on the (truncated) 6pm news on R4.

Here's one of his first outings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osj1rXISQiA He only has a bit part in it but it's one of my favourite pieces of comedy. See how many faces you can spot from 1964 smiley - biggrin


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Tony Sheridan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21503570

"Epstein promised to order it and later became the Beatles' manager, whom many still regard as the "fifth Beatle"."
Not I. Brian Epstein was instrumental in their success, but George Martin is the fifth Beatle.


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