Danny La Rue – RIP

One of Cork’s finest entertainers Danny La Rue died today. He was born in Cork. According to the statement on his website:

Danny La Rue – 1927 – 2009

Entertainer Danny La Rue has died at his home in Kent at the age of 81

La Rue’s spokeswoman told the PA News Agency that the star had died after suffering from prostate cancer.

“Danny died peacefully in his sleep just before midnight last night after a short illness,” she said.

His beloved companion Annie Galbraith was with him at their home in Kent.

Heres a few clips from youtube

Danny La Rue as Joan Collins

Danny La Rue

RIP Danny

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Road Deaths

Wreckage of a crash from Saragossa, Spain. The...Image via WikipediaGrannymar has an excellent post on Road safety and deaths over on her blog. Her posts and the comments reminding me of an incident that happened back in October 2006. I didn’t blog about it at the time, but i did put it on a forum. I have reproduced my post* below.

Imagine it; you are at home in the middle of the afternoon when an old school friend ring’s you. You are wondering, “What could he want.” You answer:
“Did you hear about Pat?” He asks, I reply, “no, what happened.” “He died in a car crash early this morning. Can you get in touch with Bryan and Peter?” he said. “Yea, no bother” I replied in shock.
4:10pm on Thursday 5th of October I had the above conversation. He was heart breaking then to have to contact old friends and give what little information I had.
It was Friday morning before I knew the full details and the fact he had a newborn baby son! Now I am the quite the emotional type, I was surprised I lasted the rosary last night but I dread the Removal tonight. I know when the coffin passes me, I may break down, it’s such finality.
The Government seriously needs to get its act together and give the Road Safety Authority and the Garda Síochána some real powers. Roads also need to be improved and drivers educated at a young age to the dangers of speed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s family, his parents, grandparents, brother, sisters, fiancee and son, as well as his extended family and friends and all who cared for him in their own way.

When will the Carnage End?

Grannymar makes a few practical suggestions for improvements to how things are done in the south and I think the idea of ‘R’ Licenses is one that should be looked at. As Grannymar points out “At no point that I am aware of, does the Highway Code cover driving a car full of giggling passengers. Does it tell you how the extra weight of passengers in the back seats or a heavy load in the boot can affect how a car moves when brakes are applied or when going around a bend?” Which is very true. She also raises the idea of simulators which can easily be integrated to the theory test in my opinion.

As Steph points out 279 people lost there lives on Irish Roads last year. How many more have to die before there is radical change in how we are thought to drive?

*Full thread on Gaycork.com

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Dr Patrick Hillery, 1923-2008

RTÉ are reporting the death earlier today of the Former President of Ireland Dr. Patrick Hillary. Dr. Hillary had a long history in Irish politics, having first been elected to the Dáil in 1951. He served as Minister for Education (1959-1965), Minister for Industry & Commerce (1965-1966), Minister for Labour (1966-1969) and Minister for External Affairs (1969-1973). In 1973 he was appointed Ireland’s first European Commissioner, serving until 1976 when he became President of Ireland following Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh resignation. He served in that post until 1990.

It is always sad when a former head of state dies. Though I was not alive for most of his career and was 5 years old when he stepped down as President.

There will be a State Funeral.

Dr Patrick J. Hillery
1923 – 2008
RIP

Morning Briefing, 15th January

Maidin Maith againn!!!

An nuacht ar an maidin seo!

Well the bastards (Bus Eireann) put up their fairs today and i didnt even know! really pissed off!!! Had the exact change ready and it had gone up. I last got a bus on firday and they had no signs up!

Any back on the news

Breakingnews reports on the confusion been made by Pat Rabbitte on wheather or not he would enter a coalition with FF.

RTÉ reports on more hangings in Iraq. When will they learn that will only make things worse.

EU Parliament now have 785 MEP’s with Bulgaria and Romania MEP’s attending for the first time! (BBC)

Some interesting debates are taking place on Right Wing World (hat tip: Sam) on various issues including the United Nations, the EU Constitution and others

Slán!

MORE THAN 20 UN PERSONNEL KILLED IN 2006, SAYS STAFF UNION AS IT CALLS FOR ACTION

Fatal attacks against United Nations personnel last year claimed the lives of at least 22 peacekeepers and civilian staff, mostly in southern Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Sudan, and Afghanistan, the world body’s staff union said today, as it called for greater effort to bring those responsible to justice.

“Apprehending and punishing the perpetrators would go a long way to address this situation. Very seldom those who attack and kill United Nations personnel pay for their crimes,” said Stephen Kisambira, President of the Staff Union. Last year’s figure is lower than the fatalities in 2005, when 32 UN staff were killed worldwide.

As well as the killings in 2006, there were also “numerous violations of the independence of the international civil service around the world, and staff members were detained or expelled in Eritrea,” the Union said.

The most deadly place for the UN last year was southern Lebanon during the month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah, when 16 personnel from the world body were killed or wounded, according to figures from the Staff Union’s Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.

The worst incident occurred on 25 July when an Israeli air strike hit the building and shelter of a UN observer post in the town of Khiyam, southern Lebanon, killing four observers: Du Zhaoyu, 34, of China; Hans Peter Lang, 44, of Austria; Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, 43, of Canada; and Jarno Mäkinen, 29, of Finland.

Other deadly attacks occurred against operations worldwide, particularly in the DRC on 23 January when eight Guatemalan peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission (MONUC) were killed and five others wounded by suspected elements of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

On 15 March, two gunmen attacked a compound of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Yei, southern Sudan, killing UNHCR guard David Batali and critically wounding Nabil Bahjat Abdulla, 48, of Iraq, who died later that month.

In Afghanistan, Sarajudin Noorzai, an Afghani driver serving with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was killed on 12 May by a rocket-propelled grenade while his UN vehicle was travelling between Badghis and Herat.