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RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:12:31 PM   
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Sir Patrick Moore has passed away at the age of 89 years old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939

I can't say I watched The Sky at Night all that often, but when I did I could so easily be swept up by the enthusiasm he showed for the subject.

4th March 1923 - 9th December 2012
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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:24:03 PM   
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A brilliant communicater who enthused entire generations in astronomy.

I shall always remember him punching out an alien in Independence Day UK. RIP.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:34:04 PM   
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I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:35:28 PM   
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People's whose timing is a bit shit maybe?

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:36:02 PM   
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I've always been indifferent to Patrick Moore.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 1:36:27 PM   
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Just saw the news. He was always so enthusiastic about astrnomy. A true great who'll be missed. Always liked his xylophone playing as well.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 2:02:58 PM   
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RIP Gamesmaster

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 2:04:34 PM   
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RIP Gamesmaster


Yeah this

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 2:15:35 PM   
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RIP Gamesmaster


Yeah this


And this.

Truly feels like the end of an era. Like Attenborough, he for me was one of those types who you imagined lasting forever.

RIP Patrick.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 3:16:42 PM   
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I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it? Although I do remember seeing him on Question Time once and his views on Europe were hilarious, he sat there vomiting anachronistic gobbledegook like some pre-historic volcano - being a patron of UKIP it's hardly surprising.

But the value of his contribution to astronomy is certainly without doubt.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 3:39:03 PM   
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ORIGINAL: DancingClown


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ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it? Although I do remember seeing him on Question Time once and his views on Europe were hilarious, he sat there vomiting anachronistic gobbledegook like some pre-historic volcano - being a patron of UKIP it's hardly surprising.



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Moore was noted for his conservative political views. In the 1970s, he was Chairman of the anti-immigration United Country Party, a position he held until the party was absorbed by the New Britain Party in 1980. He campaigned for Edmund Iremonger in 1979, as both men agreed that the French and Germans were not to be trusted.[58] Iremonger and Moore gave up political campaigning after deciding that they were Thatcherites.[58] Moore later campaigned on behalf of Douglas Denny (UKIP) for the Chichester constituency in 2001.[59] A Tory voter for many years, he remained a supporter and patron of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party until his death.[60] He briefly supported the Liberal Party in the 1950s, though condemned the Liberal Democrats, stating that he believed that they could alter their position radically and "would happily join up with the BNP or the Socialist Workers Party... if [by doing so] they could win a few extra votes."[59] He also stated his admiration for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party,[61] and wrote in his autobiography that Liechtenstein -- a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince -- had the best political system in the world.[62] Moore was a critic of George W. Bush's Iraq War,[63] and has stated that "the world was a safer place when Ronald Reagan was in the White House".[64] He was a Patron, too, of the British Weights and Measures Association.

Proudly declaring himself to be English (rather than British) with "not the slightest wish to integrate with anybody",[61] he stated his admiration for controversial former MP politician Enoch Powell.[65] Moore devoted an entire chapter ("The Weak Arm of the Law") of his autobiography to denouncing modern British society, particularly "motorist-hunting" policemen, sentencing policy, as well as the Race Relations Act, Sex Discrimination Act and the "Thought Police / Politically Correct Brigade".[66] He later wrote that "homosexuals are mainly responsible for the spreading of AIDS (the Garden of Eden is home of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve)".[67] However, he cited his opposition to blood sports and capital punishment to dispute claims that he had radical ultra right-wing views.[61]

In an interview with Radio Times, he provocatively asserted that the BBC was being "ruined by women", commenting that: "The trouble is that the BBC now is run by women and it shows: soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays. You wouldn’t have had that in the golden days." In response, a BBC spokeswoman described Moore as being one of TV's best-loved figures and remarked that his "forthright" views were "what we all love about him".[68] In his June 2002 appearance on Room 101 he banished female news readers into Room 101.[69]

"I may be accused of being a dinosaur, but I would remind you that dinosaurs ruled the Earth for a very long time."
—Moore responds to those who criticise his Euro-sceptic and right-wing beliefs.[70]

He was an opponent of fox hunting and blood sports.[71] Though not a vegetarian, he stated that he held "a deep contempt for people who go out to kill merely to amuse themselves."[72] He was a lifelong animal lover, actively supporting many animal welfare charities (particularly Cats Protection). He had a particular affinity for cats and stated that "a catless house is a soulless house".[73]

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 3:55:10 PM   
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Really saddened by the news.

I grew up watching his shows. As a kid looking up at the stars and dreaming. Damn shame.



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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 4:47:27 PM   
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Very sad. A great shame.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 6:28:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DancingClown


quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it?

Depends who you follow.

quote:


But the value of his contribution to astronomy is certainly without doubt.


Nobody is arguing otherwise, I was just asking a question about what they were on about.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 6:29:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: rawlinson


quote:

ORIGINAL: DancingClown


quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it? Although I do remember seeing him on Question Time once and his views on Europe were hilarious, he sat there vomiting anachronistic gobbledegook like some pre-historic volcano - being a patron of UKIP it's hardly surprising.



From Wiki

quote:

Moore was noted for his conservative political views. In the 1970s, he was Chairman of the anti-immigration United Country Party, a position he held until the party was absorbed by the New Britain Party in 1980. He campaigned for Edmund Iremonger in 1979, as both men agreed that the French and Germans were not to be trusted.[58] Iremonger and Moore gave up political campaigning after deciding that they were Thatcherites.[58] Moore later campaigned on behalf of Douglas Denny (UKIP) for the Chichester constituency in 2001.[59] A Tory voter for many years, he remained a supporter and patron of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party until his death.[60] He briefly supported the Liberal Party in the 1950s, though condemned the Liberal Democrats, stating that he believed that they could alter their position radically and "would happily join up with the BNP or the Socialist Workers Party... if [by doing so] they could win a few extra votes."[59] He also stated his admiration for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party,[61] and wrote in his autobiography that Liechtenstein -- a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince -- had the best political system in the world.[62] Moore was a critic of George W. Bush's Iraq War,[63] and has stated that "the world was a safer place when Ronald Reagan was in the White House".[64] He was a Patron, too, of the British Weights and Measures Association.

Proudly declaring himself to be English (rather than British) with "not the slightest wish to integrate with anybody",[61] he stated his admiration for controversial former MP politician Enoch Powell.[65] Moore devoted an entire chapter ("The Weak Arm of the Law") of his autobiography to denouncing modern British society, particularly "motorist-hunting" policemen, sentencing policy, as well as the Race Relations Act, Sex Discrimination Act and the "Thought Police / Politically Correct Brigade".[66] He later wrote that "homosexuals are mainly responsible for the spreading of AIDS (the Garden of Eden is home of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve)".[67] However, he cited his opposition to blood sports and capital punishment to dispute claims that he had radical ultra right-wing views.[61]

In an interview with Radio Times, he provocatively asserted that the BBC was being "ruined by women", commenting that: "The trouble is that the BBC now is run by women and it shows: soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays. You wouldn’t have had that in the golden days." In response, a BBC spokeswoman described Moore as being one of TV's best-loved figures and remarked that his "forthright" views were "what we all love about him".[68] In his June 2002 appearance on Room 101 he banished female news readers into Room 101.[69]

"I may be accused of being a dinosaur, but I would remind you that dinosaurs ruled the Earth for a very long time."
—Moore responds to those who criticise his Euro-sceptic and right-wing beliefs.[70]

He was an opponent of fox hunting and blood sports.[71] Though not a vegetarian, he stated that he held "a deep contempt for people who go out to kill merely to amuse themselves."[72] He was a lifelong animal lover, actively supporting many animal welfare charities (particularly Cats Protection). He had a particular affinity for cats and stated that "a catless house is a soulless house".[73]



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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 6:59:02 PM   
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ORIGINAL: DancingClown


quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it?

Depends who you follow.

quote:


But the value of his contribution to astronomy is certainly without doubt.


Nobody is arguing otherwise, I was just asking a question about what they were on about.


Yeah, I know, what are you taking offence about? All I said was that Twitter is more frequently a font of rumour as opposed to fact. Not all the time, of course. And then I spoke about seeing him on QT on which he displayed some mad opinions, some of which could've added weight to what you were reading about on Twitter. And that last quote was not even directed at you, it was just a general statement.


< Message edited by DancingClown -- 9/12/2012 7:00:59 PM >


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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 7:35:06 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DancingClown

quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86


quote:

ORIGINAL: DancingClown


quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Twitter is hardly a font of reliable information, though, is it?

Depends who you follow.

quote:


But the value of his contribution to astronomy is certainly without doubt.


Nobody is arguing otherwise, I was just asking a question about what they were on about.


Yeah, I know, what are you taking offence about? All I said was that Twitter is more frequently a font of rumour as opposed to fact. Not all the time, of course. And then I spoke about seeing him on QT on which he displayed some mad opinions, some of which could've added weight to what you were reading about on Twitter. And that last quote was not even directed at you, it was just a general statement.



No offence taken. Just making a general comment .

I could have quoted that other bit, but it wasn't relevant to to the point I was making.

Ah right, my mistake.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 7:41:54 PM   
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A socially anachronistic individual maybe but also an eccentric who was passionate about the subject of astronomy. In that respect he shall be missed as for the character he gave to the country. On a personal level I may well have not liked him but for that which he gave to television he shall be missed.

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 7:43:13 PM   
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I think it is relevant to point out that his views were a bit icky.

Having said that, no doubt his contribution to science, and for me he was and always will be the Gamesmaster (even though he clearly never really knew what was going on). RIP

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 7:51:15 PM   
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A man born in 1923 having old-fashioned views?



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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 8:13:01 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

I've seen some people on twitter say he had weird attitudes towards women? What's that about?


Perhaps this? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6634255.stm

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 8:15:50 PM   
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A man born in 1923 having old-fashioned views?






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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 8:23:31 PM   
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How we should remember him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=703AFmOd80o

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RE: RIP Sir Patrick Moore - 9/12/2012 8:57:27 PM   
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"I may be accused of being a dinosaur, but I would remind you that dinosaurs ruled the Earth for a very long time."
—Moore responds to those who criticise his Euro-sceptic and right-wing beliefs.[70]

A damning view maybe, but that is a great quote

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