Author Topic: Capt Tom RIP  (Read 3719 times)

Ruthie

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2021, 06:32:50 pm »
Just me and my next door neighbour. It’s pouring down! RIP Captain Tom. You set a good example.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2021, 06:38:22 pm »
Well I went out and clapped even if you miserable gits didn’t.

In the words of some politician or other, he was a beacon of hope for millions.

Regulator

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2021, 07:13:56 pm »
Well I went out and clapped even if you miserable gits didn’t.

In the words of some politician or other, he was a beacon of hope for millions.


Was he?  What 'hope' did he beacon* for millions?


(And, yes, apparently it can be used as a verb).
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #53 on: February 03, 2021, 07:54:10 pm »
Well I went out and clapped even if you miserable gits didn’t.

In the words of some politician or other, he was a beacon of hope for millions.


Was he?  What 'hope' did he beacon* for millions?


(And, yes, apparently it can be used as a verb).
That tomorrow will be a good day.

Ruthie

  • Her Majester
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #54 on: February 03, 2021, 08:48:57 pm »
Working on the frontline, it was a message of support from someone with no agenda. Who had lived through very hard times but who was still kind, and dignified, and who had survived. It was a little heartwarming positivity when everything was just horrible.  He was a good person. It’s important to be a good person, more so when things are difficult.
Milk please, no sugar.

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #55 on: February 03, 2021, 08:55:03 pm »
Captain Tom, great old boy and wonderful to see what happened in the last year of his life. Huge credit to him.  Anyone that has worn the uniform will understand where he was coming from. As to this Government riding on the back of his efforts, sucking as much political juice as possible from his passing does not impress me tbh.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2021, 09:15:18 pm »
Nice guy, good attitude, made a lot of people happy.  Sadly, I think part of his popularity was that his ex-military title and war service probably rang a bell with the raving Brexity tabloids, but that wasn't his fault.

Edit: I didn't RTFT first, but basically what Flatus said.
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

bhoot

  • MemSec (ex-Mrs RRtY)
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #57 on: February 04, 2021, 12:20:12 am »
He wasn't the only centenarian walking last year. This chap https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/ramadan-charity-walk-london-covid-19-bow-tom-moore/ didn't get as much publicity but raised a lot of money by normal standards (I gave to his effort as it was local to me) and it looks like he has at least been recognised with an OBE. 

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2021, 09:36:02 am »
I think that at this point all centenarians should be forced to march up and down the nation's gardens.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #59 on: February 04, 2021, 11:58:04 am »
I believe Captain Tom was 99 when he walked around his garden. It was something he wanted to do before he got to his 100th birthday.

orraloon

  • I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #60 on: February 04, 2021, 12:03:36 pm »
He would therefore have been in his 100th year...

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #61 on: February 04, 2021, 12:23:18 pm »
I'm going to go against the grain here,

Yes it's sad someone has died, and it's good that his fundraising provided some hope for people in dark times.

I know a lot of people who have spent their entire lives supporting charities, arguably making far more of a contribution (probably not financially) and end up with no recognition, no public adulation, no birthday honours. What makes captain tom better than them, more deserving of the almost sycophantic hero worship he's receiving?
+1. You're not the only one thinking that.

It's a distraction... people in charge want you to clap to the pandemic heroes, so you don't think about the tens of thousands of lives that could have been spared by doing the right thing at the right time, rather than constantly getting it wrong.

He was obviously a good man, who in the end got squeezed like a lemon for the benefit of charities and politicians...

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #62 on: February 04, 2021, 01:14:52 pm »
His obituary said he had been on blankety-blank suggesting at least some desire for publicity.

He walked up and down his garden. Given that age related muscle loss is a real problem then he was simply doing what any medicine for the elderly person would have advised. Regular gentle exercise.

he did not do anything that required him to do something really difficult or heroic.

Nice guy, not exceptional.

Mr Larrington

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Regulator

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fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #65 on: February 04, 2021, 02:52:58 pm »
You can be not wrong without being right.
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Jaded

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #66 on: February 04, 2021, 04:32:42 pm »
Next week we are going to clap for all the centenarians that were taken before their time by the badly managed pandemic.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #67 on: February 04, 2021, 09:09:31 pm »
Can we all clap when Boris goes?

Mr Larrington

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #68 on: February 04, 2021, 09:11:18 pm »
Clap?  I'll be doing the fandango, lockdown or no lockdown.
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citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #69 on: February 05, 2021, 10:07:27 am »
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

fboab

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #70 on: February 05, 2021, 10:26:14 am »
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Tom worship actually dangerous. Remember Baal!
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #71 on: February 05, 2021, 10:37:49 am »
Can we all clap when Boris goes?

That's the only thing I'm going to be clapping for.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #72 on: February 05, 2021, 10:52:26 am »
Can we all clap when Boris goes?

I expect he's already had the clap.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #73 on: February 05, 2021, 11:11:38 am »
They'll be wanting to erect a statue to celebrate the last year of his life.

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #74 on: February 05, 2021, 01:35:12 pm »
Working on the frontline, it was a message of support from someone with no agenda. Who had lived through very hard times but who was still kind, and dignified, and who had survived. It was a little heartwarming positivity when everything was just horrible.  He was a good person. It’s important to be a good person, more so when things are difficult.

Sadly, Ruthie, some people just want to see the bad in everything and delight in looking for clues that confirm their cynicism.