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TIL that people stuck in their ways, can still surprise you.

My dad is a good bloke, and comfortable with his life. A big old North Yorkshire man and creature of comfort, who doesn’t wish harm on anyone but is easily influenced by the papers.

Out of the blue on the phone he said: “You’ll be pleased to know, I’ve stopped buying the Sun”

Me: “Really? get in, nice one”

Dad: “Yup, I’m sick of them shiteing on absolutely everything. I’m bloody fed up of being told to be miserable.”

Me: “That’s great. What are you going to read on a morning?”

Dad: “Nowt lad, your mothers got me some pencils, I’ve not drawn owt since school, I’m gonna do some drawings again, birds and stuff”.

Legend.

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TIL that people stuck in their ways, can still surprise you. My dad is a good bloke, and comfortable with his life. A big old North Yorkshire man and creature of comfort, who doesn’t wish harm on

.....that my wife and I are expecting our first child. We are over the moon!

Who upset the honkey? 

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8 hours ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

Dad: “Nowt lad, your mothers got me some pencils, I’ve not drawn owt since school, I’m gonna do some drawings again, birds and stuff”.

 

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8 hours ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

“That’s great. What are you going to read on a morning?”

I was certain he was going to say "I'm going to read the Daily Mail." 

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Kaiser and Tsar, titles meaning emperor or supreme ruler, both derive from the name Caesar.

Also Julius Caesar wasn't a roman emperor. Despite taking absolute power in real terms following civil war instigated by crossing the rubicon the senate of the Republic didn't dissolve and bestow the title of emperor until after his adopted son had taken over following his assassination and crushed opposition in North Africa. 

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Ashamed to say I only recently learnt about this amazing guy Yakima Canutt who lived a ridiculously full life.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakima_Canutt

Started as an actual cowboy and was worlds best bronco buster at 17. Then he fell into acting and went on to become one of the best stuntmen ever and a pioneering stunt coordinator.

He even taught John Wayne how to be a cowboy and Wayne's entire persona, voice and body language were copied off Canutt, they worked together developing new ways to do stunts and movie fights. 

When he was too knackered to do stunts he became one of the top second unit action directors in Hollywood and lived til til he was 90.

That summary doesn't even do him justice, the guy really got around.

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2 hours ago, Bellenda Carlisle said:

Ashamed to say I only recently learnt about this amazing guy Yakima Canutt who lived a ridiculously full life.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakima_Canutt

Started as an actual cowboy and was worlds best bronco buster at 17. Then he fell into acting and went on to become one of the best stuntmen ever and a pioneering stunt coordinator.

He even taught John Wayne how to be a cowboy and Wayne's entire persona, voice and body language were copied off Canutt, they worked together developing new ways to do stunts and movie fights. 

When he was too knackered to do stunts he became one of the top second unit action directors in Hollywood and lived til til he was 90.

That summary doesn't even do him justice, the guy really got around.

Vic Armstrong, aka the second best stuntman of all time, raves about him and set up one of the stunts in Last Crusade as a tribute to him. Interestingly enough Armstrong followed his lead in becoming a second unit director and its now quite common for former stunt workers to run 2nd units to shoot the action for directors with no experience with it (Kenneth Brannagh leaving the bulk of Thor to Armstrong to shoot depending on who you believe) 

An absolute pioneer and trendsetter 

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What's fascinating to me is that his career pretty much all kicks in after the decline of the Wild West Show - in the days of Buffalo Bill, his career trajectory from cowboy to stunt rider to Hollywood likely wouldn't have been all that unusual (not to downplay the tremendous success he had), but to do so when the context of the travelling Wild West show had died off is quite unusual

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1 hour ago, tiger_rick said:

The closing theme on New Tricks is a cover of a real song. Only noticed because it was playing on the PA system in the local garage at lunchtime!

 

The Travelling Wilburys are one of the best supergroups ever formed. Roy Orbison, Geoge Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.

My father in law loves them, which is quality enough, but for as long as I worked at Adrians Records in Wickford, my favourite ever job, you couldn't really get any of their stuff on CD and they became stuff of legend. You could only really import something from somewhere and I remember it being ÂŁ50 or something in 2003, which wasn't to be sniffed at.

Anyways, either way, this tune is quality. 

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