in memoriam

Vale Les Paul

Les Paul, dead at 94 from complications of pneumonia. As Tim Dunlop notes, only a few months ago he was still regularly gigging in a club at Times Square, so he was doing what he loved almost right until the end.

Sunday Hoyden: Vale Bea Arthur

I only just caught her fabulous turn as Vera Charles a couple of days ago in the movie Mame! and thought to myself “what a great hoyden”, and today I heard the news that she has died, aged 86.

Remembering Anzac Day: stark lessons squandered and myths reinforced

I have little to add to these quoted comments below from Paul Norton’s Anzac Day post at LP, which focuses on the militaristic myth side of Anzac Day. As usual, there are some illiterates objecting to the use of the word “myth” as if the word means “untrue in its entirety”. The usage of “myth” when discussing recent history always, of course, nearly always refers to the meanings 2b and 2c below:

Friday Hoydens: the Redgrave women

There’s a lot of attention given to this particular death, partly because of the fame of her family, and partly because her death seems bizarre to those who don’t know much about head injuries. There’s plenty to read about both those aspects in the various MSM reports.

Lest We Forget: three images for ANZAC day

All over Australia and New Zealand, communities will gather around war memorials to remember those who have died in military service. We will listen to a speech, we will watch the laying of wreaths, we will recite the Ode to the Fallen, and we will listen to the Last Post. Later in the day we will watch those who survived, and those in service today, march to honour the dead. We will be reminded that such sacrifices should never be for unworthy causes.