Posts Tagged ‘obituary’

Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018 | Life

Farewell Stephen Hawking. You were the greatest skateboarder I ever knew.

Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 | News

She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra1.

Joan Rankin, 1925-2016

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 | Family & Parenting


Here’s to 90 years well-lived. We will miss you, Grandma. We all love you so much.

Jo Cox, 1974-2016

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 | News


On Thursday 16 June, Jo Cox was attacked in her parliamentary constituency of Batley and Spen. She died from her injuries. There can be little doubt that we are all horrified by this event. Such a thing happening here in Yorkshire seems almost unbelievable. The attacks leaves a family without a mother, and a constituency without a tireless champion of the vulnerable.

Sadly, we may simple be seeing the reflection of the values we have built. As BHA chief exec Andrew Copson put it:

So what do we do? How do we respond to this event as a society? The quote that comes to mind the most is that beautiful Martin Luther King quote:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The way we recover from this is not by seeking revenge. It’s not by becoming angry or further dividing our society. It is by coming together, to re-build and re-affirm our values of tolerance, respect and openness.

Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015

Friday, March 13th, 2015 | News


Someone once told me that polls of people’s favourite authors of all time consistently came up with only one living author. I don’t know if that is actually true or not, because I can’t find a source. Sadly however, even if it was, it no longer is now.

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 | Foundation, News


I, like many people, was saddened to hear about the apparent suicide of Robin Williams. Loved by many for his work as an actor in Aladdin, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Patch Adams, Flubber and above all here in the UK – Mrs. Doubtfire. This is to list just a few of the films he has starred in and to say nothing of his stand-up career.

Williams death has, at least briefly, shed a light on mental health issues in the wider public consciousness. I think this is a good thing. The more light we can bring to it, the better.

However, this only has value if we can capitalise on this attention and use it to make a positive difference for society. Which is why I am going to shamelessly use this opportunity to ask you to donate to Anxiety Leeds. You only get these opportunities every so often, and my pride is definitely less important than working to prevent more people who are struggling with mental health issues trying to take their own life.

At Anxiety Leeds we run a monthly peer-support group. To be most effective, we need to move to fortnightly. We have the volunteers ready, but currently we lack the funds to do this. Can you help us?

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 | News


Farewell to a man who changed the world.

James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013 | News

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, best known for his role as gangster Tony Soprano, passed away aged just 51, from a suspected heart attack. A Sopranos marathon is definitely in order.

Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013 | News, Religion & Politics


For better, or for worse, she will never be forgotten. Still Britain’s only female prime minister, and the most successful prime minster of the twentieth century.

Ray Bradbury, 1920 – 2012

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 | News

Ray Bradbury

Yesterday, it was announced that science fiction author Ray Bradbury, best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, had died. While it is far from a tragedy, at the respectable age of 91, he will be deeply missed.

If remembrance, here is Rachel Bloom singing about her love for Ray.