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DanaC 04-08-2016 10:54 AM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 957040)
I'm probably gonna regret this, but:



glatt 04-08-2016 11:39 AM

I think he's referring to the engineer who tried and failed to get the Challenger launch scrubbed and he knew it was going to blow up.

xoxoxoBruce 04-08-2016 11:40 AM

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I had a whole lot of trouble getting my head around this, till I figured out it wasn't the same night. :smack:

DanaC 04-11-2016 12:10 PM

Rest in Piece, Mr Nice!


Howard Marks, who has died aged 70 of cancer, was Britain’s best-known and most charming drugs smuggler, and also a successful author and raconteur. He translated a lifetime of international cannabis dealing and a long stretch in an American jail into a bestselling book, Mr Nice (1996), and a career as a stand-up performer.

Born in Kenfig Hill, a mining village near Bridgend, in south Wales, to Dennis, a merchant sailor, and Edna, a schoolteacher, Howard spoke only Welsh for the first five years of his life. In 1964, he became the first boy from Garw grammar school to win a place at Oxford University and it was while studying physics at Balliol College that he first entered enthusiastically into the world of dope that was to define his life.

My favourite part of his story is that, having been asked at one point by a friend of his who was in MI6 to help him gain contacts in the underworld, he then, when tried for drugs trafficking, claimed he'd been using that as a cover for spying ... and it worked.


he played his MI6 card and convinced the jury, through the help of a mysterious Latin American witness, that he was assisting Mexico in anti-terrorism work and the drug smuggling was just a necessary cover.

Amazingly, he was acquitted, not least because of his charm in the witness box; one of the jury members was seen doodling a heart. He pleaded guilty to an earlier charge, was given a three-year sentence and released soon afterwards because of time already served.

DanaC 04-20-2016 11:20 AM

Victoria Wood. I'm a bit gutted by this. Damn, she was only 62.

The name probably means little to non-Brits - but she was a bit of a national treasure over here.

Here's the thing that always springs to my mind when I hear the name Victoria Wood: The Ballad of Barry and Freda.

She updated the song a few times, over the years. My favourite was the original from the 80s, but damned if I can find a copy on da toob. Closest to the original I can get is the 90's version, which is pretty close.

monster 04-20-2016 03:27 PM

:( fucking cancer. stupid bloody disease

Beest 04-21-2016 12:19 PM

Could be Prince's number is up, somebody died at his estate and he was sick apparently.

infinite monkey 04-21-2016 12:19 PM

PRINCE? Nooooooo :mecry:

Gravdigr 04-21-2016 12:26 PM

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Female pro wrestler Chyna (aka Joanie Laurer) died yesterday.

Gravdigr 04-21-2016 12:59 PM

And, yes, Prince is dead @ 57.

infinite monkey 04-21-2016 01:12 PM

It looked like a question in response to Beest but we posted it at the same time. Actually heard about it on our local non-syndicated radio station and confirmed through ABC news.

glatt 04-21-2016 01:24 PM

Shocked, I am, by that one.



xoxoxoBruce 04-21-2016 02:26 PM

The corpse formerly know as Prince.

Gravdigr 04-21-2016 04:46 PM

Good one.

Beest 04-21-2016 06:57 PM

Google has a purple rain doodle up already, did someone whip that up, or do they have them prepared like obituaries for the queen?

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