Wonderful hour-long interview with the late, great Murray Walker from 2013. Any time I think about formula 1 I can hear him, like Clive James said: “Even in moments of tranquility, Murray Walker sounds like a man whose trousers are on fire.” Murray was one of a kind, his excitement was infectious and unintentionally hilarious […]
When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door, and told his secretary to interrupt him only if one of two people called: “My wife or […]
“Democracy is not something you believe in or a place you hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.” – Abbie Hoffman
From the Irish Times: Veteran foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk has died after becoming unwell at his Dublin home on Friday. It is understood the journalist was admitted to St Vincent’s hospital where he died a short time later. He was 74. Fisk was one of the most highly regarded and controversial British foreign correspondents of […]
Alas, the greatest Bond actor has died. It was hard not to like Connery on screen, besides being the best Bond, I really enjoyed his performance in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He had great screen presence, even in smaller roles like King Agamemnon in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, he’s very memorable. He’ll be […]
Sad to hear that the author of The God Squad died today. A revealing indictment of the Church in Ireland and institutional abuse. I read it a couple of years ago.
Enjoyable interview, it’s very easy to hear and see him in your head as you read it. He’s got a distinctive voice and mannerism. The best review ever received by Elliott Gould – renowned actor and star of M*A*S*H and The Long Goodbye; not to mention, Ross and Monica’s dad on Friends – was from Groucho Marx. […]
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/29/apollo-13-how-teamwork-and-tenacity-turned-disaster-into-triumph In approaching this crisis, their delegation of authority and deference to expertise is almost total. In the face of high-stakes scenarios, it is tempting to wrest control from more junior colleagues. But in 1970 the approach of mission control was quite different. They empowered their most junior team members, giving them total ownership of […]
“Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64” Rock In Peace.
Fuck. I was only talking about him yesterday with a friend who’d recently gotten me into Audioslave. Chris Cornell, the lead singer of American hard rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52. The medical examiner confirmed Cornell’s death was suicide. Chris Cornell: rock star who kicked down the boundaries of sound Alexis Petridis […]