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DanaC 04-08-2016 10:54 AM

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

Whut?

ikr?

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!

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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.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...marks-obituary


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.

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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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyna

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.

Prince?

Damn.

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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