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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:21 AM

... and so farewell Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/09/astronomer-patrick-moore-dies

... astronomer extraordinaire, classic English eccentric and the sartorial industry's worst nightmare!

Funny old duck and well to the right of Genghis Khan (though a better xylophone player than the Mongol warlord, I'm told) but I can forgive a man who calls his cat Ptolemy most things.

Can't help wondering what he's found up there though ...

May he sleep well.

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non sociopath skin Dec 2012 OP
longship Dec 2012 #1
non sociopath skin Dec 2012 #2
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #3
LeftishBrit Dec 2012 #5
LeftishBrit Dec 2012 #4

Response to non sociopath skin (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:57 AM

1. What an institution Sir Patrick was!

He brought millions of people to appreciate the stars. He will be missed by many.

R&K

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:58 PM

2. I really enjoyed the Guardian obituary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/09/sir-patrick-moore

... a timely reminder that some people truly defy stereotyping.

D'ya know, I think I'd have liked him.

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Response to non sociopath skin (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. Gotta love this bit:

While he was in hospital after an injury, his heart condition was discovered: he relinquished his commission in 1944 and took up the defusing of bombs.


Because defusing bombs is in no way stressful, or something that could go wrong if your heart plays up ...

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:16 PM

5. Yes, I notice that too! Bomb defusing = a rest cure!

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:16 PM

4. RIP

All the great figures of my youth are dying. I was a huge fan of Patrick Moore as a kid, and wanted to become an astronomer, if not an actual spacewoman, when I grew up. I didn't, of course, but I'm still grateful to him for all the inspiration!

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