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hutch0
Date: 2008-01-31 22:29
Subject: miles kington
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Once again, meaningless to most of you, but Miles Kington, journalist, writer, columnist and broadcaster, died today at the age of 66. I sort of missed Kington's early career, but his columns in The Independent over the past few years have been a source of great joy to me.
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User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-31 23:02 (UTC)
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Oh, that is sad -- and he was just 66, too. Coren, Kington: who next of that bunch?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-31 23:42 (UTC)
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Yes, Coren was a mighty loss. I interviewed him once, years and years ago when they revived Call My Bluff and he was one of the team captains, and he was one of the most convivial men it's ever been my pleasure to be in the presence of.

I never met Miles Kington, and as I said I came late to his work, but his columns in the Indy brightened up many a dull day.

It's hard to think who is left out of that bunch, now you mention it.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-01 22:59 (UTC)
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You know, I hadn't thought about the Goodies. I suppose I think of them as forever young. And of course there's Humphrey Lyttleton, who just goes on and on. Barry Humphries. The remaining Pythons. There are very few people of that calibre coming up to take their place. Stephen Fry, John Sessions maybe, Jeremy Hardy. And of course we lost the greatest of the younger generation, Linda Smith.
I read Kington when I could, when I remembered, and it was always a joy. As you say, I found him quiet, unassuming, a devastatingly good writer.

I really am sorry about Snufkin. I know it's no consolation, but you and PK gave him the best life anyone could and the best departing from it, surrounded by love.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-01 23:13 (UTC)
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But Kington, Coren and Sheridan Morley were in kind of a different category, I'd say. They were really the last of Punch magazine; I think it's the case that George Melly could also be added to the list. That whole particular subset of British humour seems now gone.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-01 23:20 (UTC)
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God, I'd forgotten about Melly. Isn't that awful? I guess we'd have to include Ned Sherrin here, as well. All of them bloody good journalists as well as great humourists, Coren particularly. Yeah, I think you're right, the curtain is coming down on an era of British humour.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-01 23:24 (UTC)
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"I guess we'd have to include Ned Sherrin here, as well."

Oh, gawd, yes. And I'd forgotten him.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-01 23:33 (UTC)
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A race of giants is passing, right before our eyes.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-01 23:57 (UTC)
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"A race of giants is passing, right before our eyes."

A new Olympics event, is it?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-02 00:46 (UTC)
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I'm almost tempted, you know? `And here comes Barnes, followed by McEwen, followed by Priest, followed at some distance by Amis...'
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-01 23:15 (UTC)
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"It's hard to think who is left out of that bunch, now you mention it."

As you say below, there's Humph . . . assuming he qualifies as a bunch member.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-01 23:23 (UTC)
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Oh lord yes. I can't imagine I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue without him. Good writer, too.
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