Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

3 more legendary R.I.P.s ...

I could hardly ignore Vaclav Havel (1936-211): Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003).

Also Cesaria Evora (1941-2011: the "barefoot diva" from Cape Verde;

Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic for Vanity Fair among so many others, and of course a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits; whose trenchant opinions will be sadly missed as per the glowing tributes. Another defiant smoker too .....

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