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Kofi Annan died today, previous Secretary General of the UN. A most remarkable person within the limited possibilities of his job. When I celebrated my 50th birthday ( not long ago,  lots of laughter

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Sayjaan,

 

Please don't mention Messi and Ronaldo in the same breath as the Black Panther, the finest player I have had the privilege to see playing live, and yes I have seen Ronaldo and Messi in the flesh as well but not a patch on Eusebio.

 

1968, dying seconds of the European Cup final 1-1 and he was one on one against Alex Stepney, Stepney pulled off a great save and Eusebio just stood there and applauded him, everyone remembers the Banks / Pele save Mexico '70, this one was even better.

 

Today every second of the game is recorded from multiple angles and replayed n times, back in his day lucky to have a 10 second clip on Pathe News, he was fast, could do 100 meters in under 11 seconds which back in the late 60's was podium time for Olympics.

 

I am often asked my opinion "Who was / is the best ever" and I can only go on players I have seen live, so Maradona and Pele are out of the equation only ever seen them on TV, but in the flesh Eusebio is head and shoulders above Messi, Ronaldo, Best etc.

 

RIP Black Panther, another part of my youth has passed away.

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Media mogul Run Run Shaw dies at 106

 

 

Entertainment tycoon and philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family on Tuesday morning, his flagship broadcast firm said. He was 106.

 

A TVB statement said he died at 6.55am. His family and local media put his age at 107, likely owing to a Chinese custom where children are considered a year old at birth.

 

Shaw was instrumental in shaping Hong Kong media culture, co-founding the Shaw Brothers Studio, which produced more than 1,000 films since its establishment in 1958, and Television Broadcasts (TVB), Hong Kong’s first free television, in 1967.

 

“With his vision and energy, he had built the company to become Hong Kong’s premier television and a world leader in the Chinese-language television industry,†TVB said on Tuesday.

 

“Although we knew this day would come, no words can adequately express our sorrow and lessen our sense of a profound loss. He will be sadly missed by al of us in TVB. Out thoughts are with his wife, Miss Mona Fong, and his family,†it said.

 

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http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1399612/media-mogul-run-run-shaw-dies-106

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Trigger (1944-2014) :rip:

 

Roger Lloyd-Pack, the British actor known to millions as slow-witted roadsweeper Trigger in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 69.

 

Well-known for his rubbery face and lugubrious delivery, he also appeared as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley.

 

Born in Islington, north London in 1944, he was the son of Hammer horror actor Charles Lloyd-Pack and the father of actress Emily Lloyd.

 

His agent confirmed he died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday night.

 

A versatile character actor who was at home with both comedy and drama, Lloyd Pack studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) before making his stage debut in Northampton.

 

After appearances in The Avengers and other TV shows, his screen debut came in 1968 when he played a small part in The Magus.

 

His breakthrough came in 1981 when he was cast as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the dim but amiable roadsweeper who always called Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney character "Dave".

 

"If it's a girl they're calling her Sigourney after an actress," he said of Del Boy's child-to-be. "And if it's a boy they're naming him Rodney, after Dave."

 

Lloyd Pack was the only actor, apart from Lyndhurst and Sir David Jason, to appear in both the first and last episode of the much-loved sitcom.

 

Its success would lead the actor to call his role "both a blessing and a curse" and express bemusement about his popularity with audiences.

 

'It's extraordinary to me as an actor to find oneself in a sitcom that's been successful and goes on being successful," he said. "I can't go anywhere without anyone going on about it."

 

His last appearance as Trigger came in the show's 2003 Christmas special. The BBC had hoped he would make an appearance in the sketch show later this year for Sports Relief, but he was too unwell.

 

In recent years he was seen at the Shakespeare's Globe, appearing alongside Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in its production of Richard III and Twelfth Night.

 

A committed socialist, he campaigned for nuclear disarmament and was a supporter of Left Unity, a recently formed "radical political party of the left".

 

John Challis, who appeared as Boycie in Only Fools, said the news was "very sad and very distressing" and that Lloyd Pack was "irreplaceable".

 

"My thoughts are with his family," said the actor. "He was a remarkable man and he'll be missed."

 

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among others to pay tribute, saying it was "very sad news".

 

"Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so," he said on Twitter.

 

James Corden called him an "incredible actor and person", while Lord Sugar tweeted that Trigger had been "one of my favourite characters".

 

His death was also marked by CND, who marked his death by posting a picture of the actor campaigning against Trident.

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We all knew him as simply the Professor.

Russell Johnson, the actor known as the quirky, smart Gilligan's Island character, Professor Roy Hinkley, has died at age 89.

ABC News confirmed with the actor's wife, Constance, that Johnson died Thursday morning of kidney failure.

"He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 am today," she said. "(He was) a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home."

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on the show, posted a note on Facebook, reports TMZ, that said, "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken." She added, "Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend..."

Gilligan star Bob Denver died in 2005. Alan Hale Jr. died in 1990. And Jim Backus died in 1989.

Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson served in World War II before pursuing an acting career. He appeared in several TV programs in the 1950s and '60s, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. But he was best known for his 98 episodes of Gilligan's Island, which aired from 1964 to 1967.

Johnson, a resident of Bainbridge Island, Wash., leaves behind his wife and a daughter, Kim.

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Trigger (1944-2014) :rip:

 

Roger Lloyd-Pack, the British actor known to millions as slow-witted roadsweeper Trigger in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 69.

 

Well-known for his rubbery face and lugubrious delivery, he also appeared as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley.

 

Born in Islington, north London in 1944, he was the son of Hammer horror actor Charles Lloyd-Pack and the father of actress Emily Lloyd.

 

His agent confirmed he died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday night.

 

A versatile character actor who was at home with both comedy and drama, Lloyd Pack studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) before making his stage debut in Northampton.

 

After appearances in The Avengers and other TV shows, his screen debut came in 1968 when he played a small part in The Magus.

 

His breakthrough came in 1981 when he was cast as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the dim but amiable roadsweeper who always called Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney character "Dave".

 

"If it's a girl they're calling her Sigourney after an actress," he said of Del Boy's child-to-be. "And if it's a boy they're naming him Rodney, after Dave."

 

Lloyd Pack was the only actor, apart from Lyndhurst and Sir David Jason, to appear in both the first and last episode of the much-loved sitcom.

 

Its success would lead the actor to call his role "both a blessing and a curse" and express bemusement about his popularity with audiences.

 

'It's extraordinary to me as an actor to find oneself in a sitcom that's been successful and goes on being successful," he said. "I can't go anywhere without anyone going on about it."

 

His last appearance as Trigger came in the show's 2003 Christmas special. The BBC had hoped he would make an appearance in the sketch show later this year for Sports Relief, but he was too unwell.

 

In recent years he was seen at the Shakespeare's Globe, appearing alongside Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in its production of Richard III and Twelfth Night.

 

A committed socialist, he campaigned for nuclear disarmament and was a supporter of Left Unity, a recently formed "radical political party of the left".

 

John Challis, who appeared as Boycie in Only Fools, said the news was "very sad and very distressing" and that Lloyd Pack was "irreplaceable".

 

"My thoughts are with his family," said the actor. "He was a remarkable man and he'll be missed."

 

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among others to pay tribute, saying it was "very sad news".

 

"Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so," he said on Twitter.

 

James Corden called him an "incredible actor and person", while Lord Sugar tweeted that Trigger had been "one of my favourite characters".

 

His death was also marked by CND, who marked his death by posting a picture of the actor campaigning against Trident.

viewers voted the scene of Del falling through bar-hatch as the funniest in the entire series,but definately made by Trigger's reaction.....

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