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Taztiff

War Hero
Neil Peart....drummer for Canadian classic rock/ Prog rock band "Rush".
Another of my era band members crosses the bar.....rock on Neil.
Just about to post the same thing.
Brilliant, brilliant drummer. Saw him in Southampton back in 79. Suberb
 
"Time in the limelight is short for the Working Man. Enjoy The Spirit of the Radio whilst you can. Nothing lasts forever, so make the most of your free will. Even though you're gone, you'll be Closer to the Heart"

Thanks for the music.....
 

huwshpis

War Hero
I can't imagine anybody else playing Bernard in Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister. His delivery of the deadpan wit was amazing. RIP
 
I can't imagine anybody else playing Bernard in Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister. His delivery of the deadpan wit was amazing. RIP
Aye, Pinched from the DT:

<<The death of Derek Fowlds will come as a great sadness to those, including myself*, who loved and still love Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.

As Bernard, private secretary to Minister Jim Hacker, Fowlds was the meat in the sandwich between the minister and the permanent secretary, Sir Humphrey. Fowlds had exactly the right blend of ingenuousness and innocence for the part. I particularly relish his answer when asked by Jim Hacker “When the chips are down, Bernard, whose side are you on – mine or Sir Humphrey’s?” Bernard gave the classically true answer for any civil servant worth his salt: “Minister, my job is to make sure that the chips stay up”.

Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister were both a blessing and a curse for the civil service, in which I served when the programmes were at the height of their popularity. They were a blessing because they were both affectionate and hilariously funny. They captured the essential tension between the permanent civil servant and the transient minister – the latter determined to make his name by eye-catching and popular initiatives, the latter out to preserve the status quo and to make sure that established applecarts were not upset.

Yet the programmes also had their downside for the civil service. They were so realistic that audiences – and in particular novice ministers – thought that they were true. Politicians really came to suspect that civil servants would do their best to stymie their initiatives and, if the minister could not detect or counter civil service obstruction, it was because civil servants were so ingenious in their deviousness.

It is well known that Yes Minister was Margaret Thatcher’s favourite television programme. She took the boxed sets to Chequers and watched them over Christmas holidays. I remember more than one occasion on which, as private secretary or cabinet secretary, I had to caution or try to dissuade her from some reckless course and she would say “Robin, this is just like a scene from Yes Minister”. She was right. It was.

Margaret Thatcher asked me to help the writers of the programme, Tony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, when it was migrating from Yes Minister to Yes, Prime Minister. This included giving them a conducted tour around 10 Downing Street. As a result I got to know the two authors. I also met Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne but, because both died earlier, I came to know Derek Fowlds best of the three.

Over the years I have done one or two gigs on the theme of Yes Minister with both Jonathan and Derek. I enjoyed them enormously and I believe that they did too. From different sides of the fence we all had exquisitely happy memories of the series.>>

myself* = Lord Butler of Brockwell served as Private Secretary or Cabinet Secretary to five Prime Ministers

Source https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/17/farewell-derek-fowlds-civil-servant-worth-salt/
 

RJB63

Midshipman
R.I.P " Mr Derek." In 1971 whilst I was on H.M.S Fox Basil was our mascot, they put on a show for us after lunch, Afterwards Derek personally came to every single one of us , shook our hands and thanked us for putting up with him and Basil. Brilliant bloke.
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
Life of Brian is my all time favourite comedy film

RIP Terry.
One of the best lines in any movie ever comes from LoB:

BRIAN: Look. You've got it all wrong. You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals!

FOLLOWERS: Yes, we're all individuals!

BRIAN: You're all different!

FOLLOWERS: Yes, we are all different!

DENNIS: I'm not.
Absolute classic.
 

WreckerL

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Super Moderator
My favourite line of all time. :D

RIP Terry.

Dementia sucks :mad:
The best part of that line is he's out of shot down the bottom of the screen. It always reminds me of the witch scene in the Holy Grail when someone calls out "she turned me into a newt" , when everyone looks at him he mumbles "I got better" .

Terry co-wrote and co-directed that as well.
 

BillyNoMates

War Hero
The ability to transform a line of words into something that makes you laugh out loud even if you cannot figure out just how what you just heard actually made any sense whatsoever is a talent that isn't dished out to the masses. Add something visual to it and you have something unique.


Mister Creosote.

 

Sumo

War Hero
He got a mention in Parliament.

Both Mr Rees-Mogg and Ms Vaz pay tribute to late Monty Python actor Terry Jones, agreeing on the need to "look on the bright side of life".
 
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Sumo

War Hero
The ability to transform a line of words into something that makes you laugh out loud even if you cannot figure out just how what you just heard actually made any sense whatsoever is a talent that isn't dished out to the masses. Add something visual to it and you have something unique.


Mister Creosote.

"I shall remember him as Mr Creosote. He is so funny in it and it's one of the funniest things we did. So I shall think of him exploding."

John Cleese was speaking to BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson.
 
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