Posts Tagged ‘RIP’

Farewell Jeremy Hardy. RIP

Jeremy Hardy has died, aged 57, from cancer. He was a hero of mine, an absolute craftsman with words. In a world that values eloquence and intelligent, good faith argument, but has to often make do with ‘debate’, Hardy stood apart as a man who could couch the toughest criticisms in a comedy shell. He […]

Farewell Stephen Hawking

What can you say about this hero? Boom! By his beliefs he has stopped existing now that he is dead. Fair enough. But few people make the impact he did – those that do, live on in our memory. Their insights ‘live’, recorded in books or other media. What a shadow he cast. – P […]

Farewell Leonard Cohen. RIP

I had enormous admiration for this giant, and also gratitude for the influence of his music – his soul music – his meditations and his anthems in my life. Words, many more words, will be written and spoken about Leonard Cohen, and so they should. But not by me here today. I have so much […]

RIP David Bowie

I actually, literally staggered when I was told yesterday that David Bowie had died. ‘Have you heard about David Bowie?’ someone asked me. ‘What? About his new album?’ I replied … then what a crash. Bowie was a hero to me, an artist whose influence was enormous in my life. I have written about him […]

Robin Williams RIP

What can one say about Robin Williams that hasn’t been said in the last 24 hours? I loved him, what I knew of him from his work. His brittle, manic side seemed always near the surface — but so too, even nearer and unmistakable, was his sensitive, heart-warming, generous, warm and encouraging side. Robin Williams […]

RIP Rik Mayall

A sad farewell to a comedic genius. Rik Mayall has died unexpectedly at 56. His fans will celebrate the groundbreaking The Young Ones and remember with relish his scene-stealing and virile Lord Flashheart (woof!) in Blackadder — as I do — and these were great. But for me, I will always remember his Alan B’Stard, beautifully […]

There’s no ‘proper’ dose when it comes to heroin

From Aaron Sorkin’s obituary of Phillip Seymour Hoffman … Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly “right” for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should […]

Maya Angelou on Nelson Mandela

One of the reasons I run this blog* is to post inspiring material like this … a great spirit farewells another: Wonderful. – P (* as much for me as for you)

Haere ra, Mandela. RIP.

What a great man. What an inspiration. “The quest for reconciliation was the spur that gave life to our difficult negotiations process and the agreements that emerged from it.” — Nelson Mandela to Parliament, Cape Town, 25 February 1999 – P

Goodbye Zander. RIP.

A sweet young kid in our wider family passed away last night. I write these words with tears spilling onto my shirt, choking on my grief for his mother and all who loved him. Hard times. – P  

Farewell Parekura Horomia. RIP

I watched a good tribute to Mr Horomia on Native Affairs last night. I guess it’ll be on their website soon. A shout out to Morgan Godfery who honoured him. Sincere condolences to Mr Horomia’s whanau and those many who loved him and grieve his passing now. – P

Ralph Hotere RIP

I was sad to hear this news this afternoon on my way to a exhibition opening at a gallery on the North Shore. Ralph Hotere was a trail blazer, a visionary …  and an artist. RIP – P

Farewell Paul Holmes RIP

My old workmate Paul Holmes has died.  I learned a lot from his example, good and bad — but never indifferent. My condolences to his family and those who also loved him. RIP. – P

Farewell Aaron Swartz. RIP

I’m so sorry to read of Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Whether you know his name or not, Aaron Swartz made an impact — a ‘dent’. If you don’t, and you’re interested, do some research. 1 I offer my sincere condolences to those who knew Aaron and loved him, and those who mourn his death now. Naturally, […]

Farewell Bryce Courtenay RIP

Novelist and inspirer Bryce Courtenay has died. What story-teller. What an inspiring human being. I mourn his passing but feel much gratitude for the way he gave his gifts. – P