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 Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Sat 25 May 12:45

While writing a reply on the topic of facial recognition, I mentioned George Orwell, someone I would refer to as a hero of mine. I can't say I have read all his works, but I have read several, and each moved me in significant ways both politically and as a person.

This got me thinking that it might be interesting in this traditionally quiet period on the forum to have a topic on our heroes - not football heroes - but figures outside of football who have inspired you.

They could be public figures, they could be ordinary folk - maybe teachers, work colleagues, acquaintances who have achieved wonderful things that have touched your life in a particular way.

Apart from Orwell, my other great heroes would be Winston Churchill and Captain James Cook.

Who would you pick?
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sat 25 May 13:08

I have a weakness for (real) Country Music - favourite artist is Merle Haggard, an outstanding all round talent.

If his real life story had been dreamt up for a film script it would have been thrown out as being too unbelievable to be true.

On a different tack, Joanna Lumley is a heroine of mine for consistently advancing the rights of the Gurkhas against an indifferent British government.

One famous example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdeK27Y65s
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sat 25 May 13:12

Care workers.
What they do for the little pay they get is remarkable.

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 25 May 13:46

Lemmy, whom I got to meet, true gent.
D Wayne Love from Alabama 3, personal friend who sadly passed on Tuesday.

And of course first and foremost, Miss Rasta and my daughter, they both make me a better person.

I Hope You're Ok Today....
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: NeilPhilp  
Date:   Sat 25 May 15:19

My mum.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sat 25 May 21:33

One example of my heroes is the people who are clearing land mines and also those who had the brilliant idea for how to do it better, using "sniffer rats":

https://youtu.be/ls2tVjq0vI4?t=84





https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/rats-unexpected-heroes-of-the-working-animal-world

I'm also quite fond of the rats.



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Sat 25 May 21:38

My parents. My sons. And William Stuart Adamson.

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Frank Butchers LoveHandles  
Date:   Sat 25 May 21:40

Damon Albarn.

Awight Pat!
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Sat 25 May 21:40

Norrie McCathie, my Dad, Andrew Carnegie, Fidel Castro and William Wallace
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: average white par  
Date:   Sun 26 May 00:01

Glen Michael, Steve Austin (a man barely alive) and David Lee Roth...

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Sun 26 May 00:10

Pffft
Everyone knows Palladin was the real star of the show🤣



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 26 May 00:35

Quote:

widtink, Sun 26 May 00:10

Pffft
Everyone knows Palladin was the real star of the show🤣


Rudy would beg to differ!

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sun 26 May 01:17

Larry Burrows, photojournalist killed in Viet Nam.





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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sun 26 May 01:50

Howard Harper and others like him - a surgeon who opened the Noor Eye Hospital in Kabul in 1966.

"During his time in central Asia... he has funded and built eye hospitals...two schools, trained dozens of eye doctors and restored sight to many thousands of people who couldn't otherwise afford it"



sources:

https://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/news/5-humble-humanitarian-heroes

https://www.noted.co.nz/archive/listener-nz-2010/howard-harper-interview/



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sun 26 May 02:13

Raoul Wallenberg and others who saved thousands of Jewish people including many children from being sent to death camps by the Nazis. Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat/ special envoy in Budapest. In 1945 he was taken by the KGB and is said to have died in prison in 1947. (1)



"Auschwitz "Selection", May / June 1944. To be sent to the right meant slave labour; to the left, the gas chambers. This image shows the arrival of Hungarian Jews." (2)



Raoul Wallenberg


sources:

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Wallenberg

(2) http://holocaust-forum.blogspot.com/2009/05/beginning-of-deportation-of-jews-from.html



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: General Zod  
Date:   Sun 26 May 08:04

Pol pot.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sun 26 May 10:47

ref: General Zod
Date: Sun 26 May 08:04

<<< Pol pot. >>>

Pot Noodle "Bombay Bad Boy"



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sun 26 May 11:02

Haing Ngor, Cambodian gynecologist who lived through the devastation of Pol Pot's genocide, suffered near-starvation, witnessed extreme torture, and wrote a magnificent book about it, "The Killing Fields".



"He told of having to abandon one of his patients on the operating table during the fall of Phnom Penh. On another occasion, he saw his pregnant wife die before his eyes. Had he acknowledged that he was a doctor, his entire family would have been killed immediately."(1)


" His memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge, is a searing account of a country's descent into hell. His was a world of war slaves and execution squads, of senseless brutality and mind-numbing torture; where families ceased to be and only a very special love could soar above the squalor, starvation and disease. An eyewitness account of the real killing fields by an extraordinary survivor, this book is a reminder of the horrors of war - and a testament to the enduring human spirit."(2)

I've read the book. Not seen the film.

(1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Killing-Fields-Haing-Ngor/dp/1841197939

(2) https://www.flickr.com/photos/unhcr/4130250395



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Mario  
Date:   Mon 27 May 15:03

That photo of the death camp selection process is so chilling.

Those who put a stop to it were heroic th their own way, whether in uniform or supporting those who wore them, or keeping the factories running, home fires burning etc.



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Bandy  
Date:   Mon 27 May 17:29

David Mitchell
Tuomas Holopainen
Marie Curie
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Mon 27 May 20:02

Hogan and his pals.

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Mon 27 May 21:03

Ref: Mario
Date: Mon 27 May 15:03

<<< That photo of the death camp selection process is so chilling.

Those who put a stop to it were heroic in their own way, whether in uniform or supporting those who wore them, or keeping the factories running, home fires burning etc. >>>


Yes I think a lot of - maybe even most - people are heroic for moments or periods of time in their lives. Some are heroic in quiet, steady ways. Such as my gran - who, in wartime became the breadwinner after her husband became disabled in his early forties, but it never made her bitter, she always had time for everyone and a sense of humour.

The examples I've given in previous posts I think are of exceptional heroism in the field of humane action. I think in the world there's always room for more of that and the quiet, steady kind.



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Mon 27 May 21:14

I remember a recording of a WW2 leader. Cant remember if it was Robert Stirling, Paddy Main or someone else but he was called a hero by the interviewer. He said he was not a hero because he was never afraid. He said the real heros were the guys who were scared stiff but still did what he ordered them to do.

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: twin par  
Date:   Mon 27 May 21:56

Mum dad pars.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Captain Desmond Fancey  
Date:   Wed 29 May 09:03

Having watched the Chernobyl program I would say 3 real heroes - I'd never even heard of - are Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov,Boris Baranov.

Their suicide mission saved certainly Europe and quite possibly most of the world from something far far worse than had already taken place.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Big T Par  
Date:   Wed 29 May 13:12

https://www.immunology.org/news/nobel-prize-2018-cancer-immunotherapy-collection

These amazing scientists are, without doubt, my heroes. I've had an extra 6 years of life, due to them.



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Bandy  
Date:   Wed 29 May 13:49

"Having watched the Chernobyl program I would say 3 real heroes - I'd never even heard of - are Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov,Boris Baranov."

According to Wikipedia it wasn't a suicide mission - two of the three listed are still alive, and one died in 2005 from heart failure, not related to radiation exposure.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Wed 29 May 14:20

Depends on what source you read.
I've read all three are dead... Dying shortly after their mission.
I've also read that one died from a heart attack in 2005 and the other two are still alive... I've read that only one of them is still alive and still works in the industry.
Given Russias tendency for being secretive it seems to be a bit of a mystery.



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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Wed 29 May 22:19

I think regardless of whether they died or not they knew it was highly probable or at least they were going to be extremely ill. Pretty much a suicide mission.

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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: AdamAntsParsStripe  
Date:   Thu 30 May 00:26

Quote:

Big T Par, Wed 29 May 13:12

https://www.immunology.org/news/nobel-prize-2018-cancer-immunotherapy-collection

These amazing scientists are, without doubt, my heroes. I've had an extra 6 years of life, due to them.


You're heroes are the definite article my friend.

If you only turn up to moan then do it elsewhere
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: helensburghpar  
Date:   Thu 30 May 11:11

Used to like The Stranglers when I was a young lad. No more heroes anymore though.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: Doves  
Date:   Sun 2 Jun 19:25

Ernest Shackleton

He was some boy.

"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.
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 Re: Who are your heroes?
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Mon 3 Jun 00:52

Yes oor Ernest - he was the monkey's banana. He got all those men home from the Antarctic by force of will. Of course his achievement got overlooked a bit because of the War. I read a fat book about him long ago and saw the film in which Kenneth Branagh plays him. Stirring stuff. Good choice Doves.
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