People You Thought Were Dead

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I heard an interview with him last year, and he was genuinely embarrassed that he wasn't dead yet (!). He does have a terminal illness, it's just taking a very long time to do him in.
He won plaudits for a poem* about a Japanese Maple that he imagined flourishing long after his own demise. I read an interview with him relatively recently in which he said that in fact he had outlived the tree.

*Can I just take a moment to add how downright strange it was for me to learn that a man I only knew from laughing at Japanese telly programmes was actually also lauded as a serious poet. We should all be people of parts, of course, and it sure beats Patrick Moore's damn xylophone, but still: I found this surprisingly hard to compute.
 

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He won plaudits for a poem* about a Japanese Maple that he imagined flourishing long after his own demise. I read an interview with him relatively recently in which he said that in fact he had outlived the tree.

*Can I just take a moment to add how downright strange it was for me to learn that a man I only knew from laughing at Japanese telly programmes was actually also lauded as a serious poet. We should all be people of parts, of course, and it sure beats Patrick Moore's damn xylophone, but still: I found this surprisingly hard to compute.
Clive James's memoirs and his collected TV criticism from his days as the Observer's telly critic are worth reading if you haven't done so; I remember years ago (in the days when trains had compartments...) laughing out loud at the book I was reading, as was the only other occupant of the compartment, a young woman – turned out we were both reading different volumes of his autobiography. Maybe I should have asked her out – we at least had something in common!
 

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Clive James's memoirs and his collected TV criticism from his days as the Observer's telly critic are worth reading if you haven't done so; I remember years ago (in the days when trains had compartments...) laughing out loud at the book I was reading, as was the only other occupant of the compartment, a young woman – turned out we were both reading different volumes of his autobiography. Maybe I should have asked her out – we at least had something in common!
Used to read him in the Observer, often pants-wettingly funny.

He puzzled me once with a reading on t'wireless about how he lost his virginity. Went into some detail, wasn't like anything I'd heard him do before, then at the end he said he'd made it all up. Dunno what the point of that was.

(There was a TV reviewer in the Guardian Weekend section who was also so funny that the former Mr Snail and I would take turns to read out the entire column without cracking up. One item I remember concerned the relative weights of various body parts which had been dismembered for disposal after a murder and wrapped in newspaper, after the Brookside murder/patio incident. Ex was actually crying and incoherent with laughter.)
 

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My father was a year or two behind him at Sydney University, and remembers him holding the English Department common room in the palm of his hand with his stories, much the way he did 30 odd years later on TV (and often the same stories).

Then, some time later when we'd moved to Brisbane in the 70s, the father of the family that moved in next to us had been a couple of years ahead of Clive at Sydney University. (Because of the age difference, my father and he hadn't met before, apparently.) He's actually in Clive's first memoir, but I don't remember the name Clive used for him - they worked on the campus newspaper amongst other things together. Clive also mentioned him in passing on a TV interview, when he said an old friend of his had decided in his 50s to become a woman.

I've presumed he's not been dead these past few years because I expected to hear something about him. I knew he has terminal cancer, but I suspect the local news will be plastered with coverage when it happens.
 

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I was shocked a few years ago when I read that Cyril Fletcher had passed away, mainly because I was surprised he was still alive. Although obviously he wasn't, because he'd just passed away.
 

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David Daker, who has been in many great films, is still alive and living in France.

I have no idea what his health is like, but I'm glad he's still with us.

Edit: meant to say 'films and TV programmes'.
 
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