Vale...and thanks! “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk” ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

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And it's goodnight from him...

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zenagain Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:41pm

Sounds like a good bloke and a sad loss to those who knew him.

I liked his movie reviews.

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upnorth Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 4:41am

How good is Blue Velvet. David Lynch perfect working with Hopper and Stockman.
Most days the obituary's are the best read.

By the early 1980s, Dean Stockwell had been acting for almost 40 years and was ready for a career change. Depressed and demoralised, he had left Hollywood and moved to New Mexico, where he applied for a licence to set up as an estate agent.

Then he received a phone call from his fellow actor Harry Dean Stanton. “He said he’s going to do this movie with Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders and thinks I should play his brother in it,” Stockwell recalled.

The film was Paris, Texas (1984), a classic road movie that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and relaunched Stockwell on what was to become the most successful phase of his stop-start career. Over the next decade or so he went on to appear in some of the defining films of the era, including David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob (for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1989) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker (1997).

In between came his signature performance as the womanising, larger-than-life Admiral “Al” Calavicci in the quirky sci-fi television series Quantum Leap, which ran for five seasons between 1989 and 1993. His portrayal earned him not only a Golden Globe but a rare personal satisfaction. “I’ve been deeply affected by the sincerity, warmth and affection coming back to me from fans of the show. I’ve never experienced that before in my life,” he enthused.

Stockwell called his comeback his “third or fourth career”, for as a seemingly reluctant actor he had walked away at least twice before. As a child actor in the 1940s, he appeared on screen with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Errol Flynn but had not enjoyed it. “I had no friends, except for my brother, and I never did what I wanted to do. I had one vacation in nine years.”

His childhood mood was perhaps not helped by a practical joke Flynn played on him when he was 13 and was acting the title role in an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. During a scene shot in a tent on location in India, Flynn was meant to hand Stockwell a bowl of food. Instead, on a bet with the crew, he handed the boy a plate “piled high with fresh camel dung, still steaming”.

When his seven-year contract with MGM expired in 1950, he was delighted. “I did everything, just to get out of it,” he said. After a hiatus, he returned to Hollywood and appeared with Orson Welles in Compulsion (1959) and with Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962). When Hepburn objected to him turning up on set each day with a bottle of vodka, he told her that it was because he was “cold”. She bought him a coat and left it in his dressing room. He won best actor awards at Cannes for both films.

Moving to Topanga Canyon in the mid-1960s, where fellow residents included Neil Young and Jim Morrison, Stockwell tuned in, turned on and dropped out for a second time. One night while stoned he symbolically threw his Cannes citations into the fireplace. It was as if in the freewheeling hedonism of the hippy subculture he was finally getting to live the carefree childhood that he had been denied.

“I did some drugs and went to some love-ins,” he said. “The experience of those days provided me with a huge, panoramic view of my existence that I didn’t have before.” He later co-directed and appeared in Young’s 1982 film Human Highway. For a time he found work hard to come by but starred in such counter-cultural fringe pictures as Psych-Out, in which he played a long-haired hippy guru alongside Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper’s 1971 cult classic The Last Movie. He retired from the big screen for the final time in 2015, making another career change to exhibit his artworks under his full name, Robert Dean Stockwell. He cited his other interests as golf, chess and cigars.

He was divorced from his second wife Joy Marchenko, a textile designer whom he met in Cannes in 1976 “at one o’clock in the morning, on the beach in front of the Carlton Hotel”. She survives him with their children Austin and Sophia. Stockwell spoke movingly of the pleasures of becoming a father in middle age; mindful of his childhood unhappiness, he did all he could to protect them from the limelight. His first marriage between 1960 and 1962 to the actress Millie Perkins, who starred in the screen version of The Diary Of Anne Frank, ended in divorce.

Robert Dean Stockwell was born in 1936 in Los Angeles into a showbusiness family. His mother, Betty, was a vaudeville actress and his father, Harry, was an actor and singer who appeared in Broadway productions. His parents divorced when he was six and his stepmother, Nina Olivette, was also an actress and singer. At six he made his stage debut alongside his brother, Guy, and his first significant film appearance came in the 1945 musical Anchors Aweigh, alongside Kelly and Sinatra.

“It’s a miserable way to bring up a child, though neither my parents nor I recognised it at the time,” he later said. In one of his films as a child actor he was required to cry and recalled the director telling him to “think of a puppy dying” to get his tear ducts going.

He enrolled at the University of California but dropped out after a few months. He received a “psychological deferment” which helped him to avoid being drafted to serve in Korea. “I took drugs and pretended I was a fag,” he said.

Considering a return to acting, he attended one class at the Actors Studio, but never went back. His hero at the time was James Dean and he spent several years travelling America in a hobo-like existence, working in railroad gangs and picking fruit. When he returned to the screen aged 21, the innocent, curly-haired cherub had turned into a dark, intense and charismatic leading man.

“I’m really not a philosophical guy. I just take it as it comes,” he reflected. “Things happen in a haphazard way without cause and effect. One minute you’re nothing, and the next minute everything’s going for you.”

Dean Stockwell, actor, was born on March 5, 1936. He died of natural causes on November 7, 2021, aged 85

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truebluebasher Friday, 12 Nov 2021 at 9:22pm

swellnet drum circle sendoff Moody Blues Drummer Graeme Edge
https://www.moodybluestoday.com/graeme-edge-passing/

tbb was spoon fed Moody Blues '60/70's prog rock...happy to share Graeme's sound.
Know for a fact that fellow swellnet drummers will instantly hear the backbeat of 2 drummers.
Stranglers Jet Black + Spiderbait Kram...there's no hiding that fact... All legendary pounders.

Story in your Eyes ...modern slab drums drive this classic thru our time & onward...brilliant!

Graeme's live Drum off ... with some serious Kram Pounding
I'm just a singer in a rock'n'roll band...another all time classic that ages well with Slab sound.

'78 Steppin' in a Time Zone (Listen for Graeme's Mod cross patterns on "Own" Electro Drums?)
Teaser! Graeme actually created & recorded the 1st Electro Drum Track > 1971 Procession.
Iconic prog slab master was long pioneering new wave sounds...long before any noticed.

Weird Rock Anomaly...Drummers are usually ripped off & die broke...not this guy!
Graeme also headed his own band for a while...
Moody Blues Founder / Graeme wrote just enough (18 pieces) to stake a claim from most LP's
Moodys / Floyd fans always bought the LPs...adds up over time > (AUD) $22m Slab works fine too.
Makes one wonder if Graeme locked in any shares in Electro Drum sales? Another Time!

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seeds Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 12:17am

RIP David. One of my favourite actors and Aussie characters.

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harrycoopr Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 7:27am

Rest in Peace Tracker

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philosurphizing... Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 8:22am

Charlies Country is currently on ABC Iview.
Well worth a watch.
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/charlie-s-country

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zenagain Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 4:23pm

RIP Michael.

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blackers Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 6:35pm

Had to be done Zen, thank you.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 7:12pm

RIP Mike Nesmith (The Monkees)
tbb caught the Monkees in Feb 1987

Mike Nesmith Solo Career was above & beyond but carved out an alternative audience craving more.
Comparisons to oddball Ringo Star's quality off beat alt tracks...
Whimsical but astute...give it a listen! How could you not luv it!
Also note the superb quality of these Performances...Perfectionist!
Fans can check out the quality of his recent performances...

"Different Drum" Yes! Mike wrote this smash hit before The Monkees!

"Joanne" - really out there!

"Fly down to Rio" - way way out there!

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GuySmiley Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 10:07pm

RIP Mike

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GuySmiley Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 10:09pm

Is it too early in the summer to note the death of English cricket?

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blindboy Saturday, 25 Dec 2021 at 1:38pm

RIP Joan Didion. For 50 years the most perceptive commentator on US politics and culture. Those looking for a political education should look no further.

On a book tour in the days after 9/11.

“These people to whom I was listening—in San Francisco and Los Angeles and Portland and Seattle—were making connections I had not yet in my numbed condition thought to make: connections between that political process and what had happened on September 11, connections between our political life and the shape our reaction would take and was in fact already taking.
These people recognized that even then, within days after the planes hit, there was a good deal of opportunistic ground being seized under cover of the clearly urgent need for increased security. These people recognized even then, with flames still visible in lower Manhattan, that the words “bipartisanship” and “national unity” had come to mean acquiescence to the administration’s preexisting agenda—for example the imperative for further tax cuts, the necessity for Arctic drilling, the systematic elimination of regulatory and union protections, even the funding for the missile shield—as if we had somehow missed noticing the recent demonstration of how limited, given a few box cutters and the willingness to die, superior technology can be.”

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2003/01/16/fixed-opinions-or-the-hinge-...

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batfink Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 7:52am

Big fan of Mike Nesmith. Apart from just loving The Monkees, they’re music is top class and still sounds great, Nesmith had that world weary charisma that seemed to get under my skin, in a good way. His song ‘Rio’ is a time capsule for me, coming out in my late youth, it had great lines that stayed with me, and the general ambience of the tune sets me back to that time.

“What I thought was proper for battle, I see now is proper for love”.

Or at least I think that’s close to the lyric.

Was almost going to re-subscribe to Crikey on his death. Guy Rundle had promised an obit for the ages when he died. Would have been worth it just to read that, a world weary take on a world weary guy.

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blindboy Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 6:14pm

The great E.O. Wilson. Probably the most important evolutionary biologist since Darwin.
“ Future generations are going to forgive us our horrible genocidal wars, because it’ll pass too far into history. They will forgive us all of the earlier generations follies and the harm but they will not forgive us having so carelessly thrown away a large part of the rest of life on our watch.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/27/science/eo-wilson-dead.html

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freeride76 Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 7:06pm

The biologist E. O. Wilson, in On Human Nature (1978), argues that both Lorenz and Fromm are essentially wrong. He lists a variety of aggression categories, each separately subject to natural selection, and states that aggressive behavior is, genetically, one of the most labile of all traits. He maintains that aggression is a technique used to gain control over necessary resources, and serves as a "density-dependent factor" in population control. He argues against the "drive-discharge" model created by Freud and Lorenz, where substitute aggressive activities (such as combative sports) should reduce the potential for war, and in support of Richard G. Sipes's "culture-pattern" model, where war and substitute activities will vary directly. Wilson compares aggression to "a preexisting mix of chemicals ready to be transformed by specific catalysts that are added," rather than "a fluid that continuously builds pressure against the walls of its containers.

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blackers Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:43pm

RIP Ronnie Spector. Had some pipes.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 12:34am

blackers tribute EP...Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye {rip} Ronnie

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truebluebasher Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 2:01am

Goldie crew salutes their Dream-maker {rip}


1974 John Longhurst's dream begins...all but single handedly carved out Oz #1 Theme Park
1981 Dreamworld becomes a reality.

(Notice!) Theme song Includes footage of "Thunder River Rapids"
John's Ride was a favourite for Families as it was a new wild wet journey each launch.
Often surf fast deep troughs & waves would break well over head to leave whole crew drenched.
Next run and all exited as dry as bone...apart from one un/lucky saturated punter!


Dreamworld Tribute...likewise features said ride.

{rip} extends to park goers of same ride on that fateful day...ever in our thoughts!

PS: Few locals know or recall the extra special effort John made to preserve Qld culture.
John recycled an old Qld train ...very authentic centrepiece. (Not Tacky!)
1981 John then salvaged "Genevieve" and wot GC Gilltraps collection he could for the park.
http://www.goldcoaststories.com.au/gilltraps-auto-museum/
1987 John salvaged the Nobbys Chairlift for the Park (Ripper ride 1st & 2nd time around it was!)
https://www.facebook.com/Have-you-seen-the-old-Gold-Coast-28074504530177...
This being entrenched in Goldie Operators...to recycle & ensure Zoo critters & gear found new homes.
Dumping of old attractions is a last resort...(eg: Seaworld Monorail is the Expo 88 Royal Caboose)

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bluediamond Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 4:37pm

Keep punching Scotty.

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blackers Friday, 21 Jan 2022 at 7:28pm

Mr Loaf has left the building.

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crg Friday, 21 Jan 2022 at 7:47pm

RIP Starky...for old school GC’ers and Indo travellers they’ll know some memories with this lovable rogue. Some beautiful words from big Nick and Doris on their insta for those who knew him.

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gsco Saturday, 22 Jan 2022 at 7:52pm

A truly great human, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich-Nhat-Hanh, passed away today.

He is credited with bringing the practice of mindfulness into the mainstream consciousness of the western mind. He also had a very large influence on the founding and development of modern day mindfulness based practices, therapies and interventions in contemporary psychology.

He helped a lot of people return to the peace of themselves and the present moment. A life well lived.

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Cockee Saturday, 22 Jan 2022 at 8:40pm

Yes, THN may have been a wonderful man but he couldn't deliver the message like the Loaf. My first real concert was Festival Hall in 1978 and the Loaf delivered big time. All the better because we didn't have to acknowledge 'elders past, present and departed' as we are forced to do now. I'm sure Loaf would have told them to 'get f'ed' if they'd tried that shit on. RIP Marvin.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 22 Jan 2022 at 10:33pm

swellnet crew Alternative Meatloaf (Flip-side Send off!)
We all know Meatloaf as a world beating Rock Star...but what if...

Start with this 1960's Meatloaf Alt Psych Track ...
There is some argument as to Band's Name
Popcorn Blizzard (vs) Popcorn Explosion
Verdict : 1968 (2x) Popcorn Blizzard bands
http://www.rickbozzo.com/meatandme.html
1967 Meatloaf's Popcorn Blizzard changed > 68/69 Popcorn Explosion > 69/70 Floating Circus
https://mljs.evilnickname.org/meatloaf/singles/onceuponatime.html

1967 Popcorn Blizzard - Once upon a Time / Hello (Alt Psych- freak-out acid tracks.)

1976 : Meatloaf sings 5 songs on Ted Nugent's "Free for All" LP
https://lonestar925.iheart.com/featured/tyson/content/2022-01-21-did-you...

1984 Meatloaf : "Surfs Up!"

1985 tbb caught Meatloaf at his local Shopping centre...(Few know of this ultra alt gig!)
Sundale Shopping Centre Gold Coast. (re: Melbourne Tour)
Story goes that Meatloaf knew the owner & Australia Fair was muscling Sundale out.
Sundale were the Good Guys...just so ya know!
Sundale had a custom built DJ booth / centre stage + Jingle recording Studio.
http://www.rogerswebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/visual-lightbox-plugin/1...
tbb recalls it being very crowded more as an Acoustic request sing-a-long with Q&A .
Sundale would've recorded a souvenir.

Recall meatloaf was coming down in the 80's with Bankruptcy, Booze & Drugz...odd gig!

Meatloaf backs up Surf Track with a Skater Track. (No! Not a joke ~ Surf/Skate Combo!)

1986 THRASHIN' (Skater Flick) Title Track by Meatloaf


Intro...

Thrashin' (The Movie)
https://putlocker.gy/watch-movie/watch-thrashin-online-1706.5314021
or
https://www.facebook.com/Longboardpost/videos/trhashin-1986-full-movie/2...

{rip} Meatloaf!

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blackers Wednesday, 2 Feb 2022 at 11:14am

Vale Glenn Wheatley. Cant excuse your work with Whispering Jack or LRB but you played a mean bass.

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blackers Wednesday, 2 Feb 2022 at 11:17am

This has been widely covered too.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 3 Feb 2022 at 2:08am

Great send off blackers...{r.i.p} Glenn Wheatley...
Wikipedia has a real good timeline!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masters_Apprentices

1964 SA Surf Band Mustangs > 1965 Master's Apprentices
Layin' down a pair of '66 Psych Punk trippers...likely influenced from the wild Surf Beat era.
Coz the prog composition is modern, decisive & Wild (Acid Surf Punk...if ya like!)

"Hot Gully Wind" (Solid Slab)

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"Buried & Dead" (Hot track Warning!)

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Feb 1968 (Above) Elevator Driver by B. Cadd (Great track ) thanx Blackers...
May 1968 Glenn Wheatley left Brisbane Band > Bay City Union "Moreen"
Scroll down a bit ...just a bit more & you can play Glenn's 1st Brisbane Single...how cool!
http://historyofaussiemusic.blogspot.com/2013/09/bay-city-union.html

1969/70 "Linda Linda" & (above) "Turn up your Radio" were Glenn's first big hits with the band.

Finish with Oz timeless Classic - "Because I love You!"

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Constance B Gibson Wednesday, 9 Feb 2022 at 1:46pm

One of my cinematic crushes. Vale.

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news/monica-vitti-1931-2022

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tubeshooter Wednesday, 9 Feb 2022 at 2:50pm

RIP Johnny "Chook" Raper ..
Old school Rugby League legend ...
https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/02/09/farewelling-an-immortal-thanks-for-t...

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crg Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 1:29pm

Another one from the “probably lucky to have made it this far” category...Mark Lanegan has died. Didn’t mind his earlier Screaming trees work...RIP

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blackers Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 1:37pm

Just read that news. a sad day. He was a genius. Definitely lucky to have lived through the 90s, read his autobiography if you can.

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mattlock Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 3:02pm

One of my Favourite musos.
It was a privelige to see the Mark Lanegan Band about 10yrs ago.
His later stuff is great.
RIP Mark.

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mattlock Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 3:05pm
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One of my Favourite musos.
It was a privelige to see the Mark Lanegan Band about 10yrs ago. My wife and I cherish the signed poster from that gig.
His later stuff is great.
RIP Mark.

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blackers Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 5:39pm

Saw him solo around the same time mattock. Mighty fine song writer and a powerful voice. He will be missed.

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Finntim Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 8:01pm

Copy that Mattlock, check out his session on kexp. Haunting vocals and great guitar work. Vale and thanks Mark.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 7:55pm

Rest in peace Olive!

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Constance B Gibson Sunday, 27 Feb 2022 at 6:33pm

Come to bed, Arfur

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Constance B Gibson Friday, 4 Mar 2022 at 11:44am

Genuinely saddening. A real childhood hero gone too soon. Vale Bacchus.

I'm off for a surf.

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zenagain Friday, 4 Mar 2022 at 11:57am

I met Rod Marsh in an elevator once. Maybe he was having a bad day but he was so farking rude to me.

Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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Constance B Gibson Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 at 11:54am

Ever meet Warney in a lift too, Zen? No, don't answer.

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zenagain Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 at 1:29pm

No, but I was introduced to Craig McDermott in the Qantas Club lounge at Brissie airport and he was a first class tool.

I had a brief but pleasant chat to Ian Healy once. He was cool.

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Constance B Gibson Sunday, 6 Mar 2022 at 12:32am

When they both die, be sure and let us know.

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Constance B Gibson Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 2:25pm

According to the National Portrait Gallery this is a photo of a young Stephen Hawking (with the canes) in London marching against the war in Vietnam in 1968 (Bonus points for any other faces featured).

More than 30 years later he spoke out fervently against the war in Iraq. He also joined the BDS movement against Israel, calling the situation "like that in South Africa before 1990. It cannot continue."

He wasn't just one of the most brilliant minds of our times, he was also someone with a social and political conscience.

"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality."

Rest in power, Stephen Hawking, 8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018

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I focus Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 3:24pm
Constance B Gibson wrote:

According to the National Portrait Gallery this is a photo of a young Stephen Hawking (with the canes) in London marching against the war in Vietnam in 1968 (Bonus points for any other faces featured).

More than 30 years later he spoke out fervently against the war in Iraq. He also joined the BDS movement against Israel, calling the situation "like that in South Africa before 1990. It cannot continue."

He wasn't just one of the most brilliant minds of our times, he was also someone with a social and political conscience.

"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality."

Rest in power, Stephen Hawking, 8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018

Thanks Facto didn't know that about Hawking

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zenagain Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:44pm

Good old Google comes up with that the person in the pic is not Hawking and was confirmed as such by the other person in the pic, journalist Tariq Ali. The lady is Vanessa Redgrave.

I myself remain unconvinced. The guy in the pic seems to have a very similar mouth and jaw outline to Hawking.

https://gizmodo.com/viral-photo-of-stephen-hawking-at-a-vietnam-war-prot...

Btw CBGFacto, you've been to London, you ever go to the NPG? It's brilliant.

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Craig Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:55pm

The hairline doesn't seem to match on that left side of his head.. Also the face isn't as chiselled as that photo.