Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sir Winston Churchill Funeral Plans

Evening Standard dated Monday January 25th 1965
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Sir Winston Churchill, ex Conservative Prime Minister, ex Home Secretary, ex First Lord of the Admiralty, ex Secretary of State for War, ex Secretary of State for Air, ex Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nobel Prize winner, author, war correspondent, polo player, front line soldier, prisoner of war, speech maker, diplomat, artist, butterfly breeder and amateur bricklayer died on January 24th at the age of 90.  

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Churchill’s death was front-page news around the World.

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His state funeral was attended by representatives from 110 nations. US President Lyndon (LBJ) Johnson didn’t make it. David Ben-Gurion of Israel walked from the Savoy Hotel in the Strand. The Queen, Prince Philip, Charles, Princess Magaret and the Queen Mother attended, as did Prime Minister Harold Wilson and French Premier Charles De Gaulle.

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Born in Saint Lucia, Emile Ford came to Britain in the mid 1950’s and, along with his backing band The Checkmates, had a number 1 hit with ‘What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?’ in 1959. He had 3 more top 20 hits but hasn’t reached number 1 again, yet.

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John Heenan became the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster on September 2nd 1963 and was created a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI February 2nd 1965. He died of a heart attack at the age of 70 in 1975.

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I can’t quite understand this item. Is it sloppy reading on my part or sloppy writing on their part? Was Mr Arcadius Skidelsky dead in 1965? If he gave her the jewels, when did he pawn them? Why use the word ‘boudoir’? Is it used to imply a relationship between the woman and the Mr Skidelsky? But surely his executors chose her. But wouldn’t they wait until he was dead before executing the Will? It wasn’t immediately obvious but presumably the word ‘Image’ in the headline refers to he resemblance to his late wife. I’ve had to read the item half a dozen times to come up with this drivel. Was it worth it? Who cares?

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Abram (Bram) Fischer had been a long time member of the Communist Party and supporter of Apartheid in South Africa. He was arrested in November 1965, and in March 1966 was put tried for promoting communism and conspiracy to overthrow the Government. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in May 1975.
In December 2012 Bloemfontein Airport was renamed Bram Fischer International in his memory.

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Sounds like the record buying public had good sense, and an ear for music, when they put the Righteous Brothers’ unforgettable version of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ at number 1 rather than the Cilla Black offering.

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As it turned out Terry Downes first fight with Willie Pastrano on November 30th 1964 turned out to be his last professional bout. Pastrano only had 1 more fight Рhe lost against Jos̩ Torres in March 1965.

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A full-page advert for the European Premiere of that perennial favourite ‘The Sound of Music’ to be held on March 29th. It had already been premiered in New York and Los Angeles and was nominated for 10 Oscars; winning 5.

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