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Rest in peace Mr Maradona.

That was certainly a shock to hear while I was having dinner. I know a lot of English football fans will label him a cheat over the whole "Hand of God" thing, but there's no denying he was one of the most talented players the game has ever seen. There's a very good documentary about him, directed by Asif Kapadia, which delves into his life: the poverty that he grew up with and the fact he struggled to cope with the fame and pressures that came with being a footballer. Back in the 80s, attitudes weren't as progressive as they are now about mental health etc, and I think that if he'd had more support, he might have avoided the drugs and getting mixed up with the mafia that happened at Napoli. I think it's easy for us fans to forget that we (and the media) put a lot of pressure on players to do well - and that that pressure can be difficult to cope with. 

He had to carry the rest of Argentina on his back, which is no easy feat - just ask Leo Messi how he copes with being expected to do the same for the last 10-15 years. 

Sadly, I'm too young to have watched him at his best. I mostly just remember the 1994 World Cup. That manic goal celebration (which turned out to be drug-fuelled) and him getting sent home for failing the drugs test. 

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On 12/9/2019 at 7:24 PM, dmway said:

R.I.P., John Lennon.

2019 was one of the worst years for gun violence in the US. Remembering John this year, therefore, seems all the more poignant.

Like many people in the US in 1980, I learned of the tragedy in an unexpected way: from Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football. (For those who don’t know him, he was a very famous sportscaster at the time, perhaps the most famous - Billy Crystal used to do a spot-on perfect impression of him.) I think he made the announcement just before halftime.

What was especially touching at the time was hearing his genuine outrage about the shooting. He was a generation older than John Lennon, and those in that generation were not always tolerant of John’s generation (think of the generational differences of opinion about the war in Vietnam, and you’ll understand). I’m happy that he spoke about it during the game and as forcefully as he did.

Again, R.I.P, John (and Howard too, come to think of it - he passed on a different day, though).


This year I remembered on time...

R.I.P., John Lennon...how has 40 years gone by since it happened?


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On 12/10/2020 at 7:50 AM, xrayjets said:


I read on the BBC news website yesterday that some lowlife actually burgled Mr Rossi's house while his family were attending his funeral... I'm speechless. What kind of horrendous, ghoulish person stoops so low as to invade the house of the recently deceased and steal things? :angry: No doubt if they managed to steal anything collectible, they've probably put it up on an auction site already, hoping to profit from his passing.

I hope they find the culprit(s) and jail them. 

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Also, this morning has been a sad one with two significant losses. 

Overnight, the best-selling author John le Carre died at the age of 89: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55297558 

When I do my shift at the library tomorrow, I'll make sure his books are put on display. I know we have at least one of them in stock at the moment. His real name was David Cornwell, but he had to use a pen name as he was working for the British government when he published his first novel and they wouldn't let people publish under their real names for security reasons. He actually worked as a spy himself, which is why his novels are often praised for their authenticity - he had done the job himself and knew what he was writing about!  

And it's just been announced that the former Liverpool football manager Gerard Houllier has died, aged 73: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55300386 

He managed Liverpool to a cup treble in the 2000-2001 season, winning the League Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Cup.

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Seriously Grim Reaper, take a break... and stop upsetting us Star Wars nerds :(  Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has died. He also appeared in Doctor Who and was a regular on the convention circuit. Several of my friends over in the SW trading card group met him at conventions and by all accounts he was a lovely bloke. He will be missed. 



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