01 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Paul Walker, who starred in street-racing blockbuster series The Fast And The Furious, has been killed in a car crash in California. He was a passenger in a friend’s car and had been in the area to attend a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide. The red Porsche reportedly crashed into a lamp post and burst into flames, killing them both. Walker was working on the seventh Fast And Furious movie at the time of his death.
Co-star Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself with Walker on Instagram and wrote:
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in peace.”
01 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
30 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
This route represents one of the most scenic spots in the world (whitewashed seaside villages, rugged rock-strewn beaches, a shimmering loch, and a ramble through the moors).
The marathon will raise funds for the children of Islay – the youth pipers and the high school seniors who will make a volunteer trip to a developing country in 2015. All entry fees will be given to this expedition. Each finisher medal will be handcrafted by an islander, making each piece unique and memorable. And, to complete a fun-filled weekend, a ceilidh, a celebration of Gaelic dancing and song, is planned for the evening after the marathon – a rare chance to witness traditional Gaelic culture as well as celebrating your accomplishment with fellow marathoners.
Entries will be on a first come, first served basis. Don’t wait since the race may fill quickly. And, make your hotel or B&B reservations soon as well.
29 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
We’re all human and we’d probably admit that on occasions we all get side-tracked, run late, make mistakes and get distracted; but on roads this can be fatal. In this day of modern technology it is often very tempting to try and multi-task whilst driving. Mobile phone use, music and passenger distraction all play a part so we are urging people to give their full attention when out on our roads.
Distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury on our roads in the UK1, but isn’t just an issue that concerns drivers. Pedestrians, cyclists and runners also have a part to play. Using MP3 players, mobile phones and similar devices when walking near roads is a major distraction for pedestrians and especially dangerous at this time of year when visibility is also reduced through the weather and the clock change.
Vicki Bristow, Communications Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership said
When using our roads, whether as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist we all need to ‘tune in’ to road safety and give it our full attention. We’re pleased to be able to support the national Brake campaign to ensure the message is spread as wide as possible. Distractions play a big part in the collisions that we have locally. It’s not uncommon to see road users so completely absorbed in their phones or music that they are entirely oblivious to where they are and what’s going on around them. Using the roads under the influence of alcohol, whether it’s behind the wheel or as another road user, also impedes any thought process and is a distraction in itself. We’re urging people when they are out and about using the road network give road safety your full attention – it’s not worth the risk.”
28 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Rachel Knowles is fundraising for The Tree of Hope, who offer hope to the families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young lives.
Matilda is desperate for the SDR operation so she can full fill her dreams of ballet classes and walking on her own. An available slot has become available between January and march 2014 for self funding but they need to raise £25,648 as soon as possible for the operation itself and 2 weeks hospital care.
The procedure is Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which is currently not a NHS funded operation. Matilda is under Great Ormond Street Hospital who applied for funding from NHS England but this was refused. Matilda is 5 years old and has a twin brother Matthew and were born 10 weeks premature.
At the present Matilda cannot walk unaided without falling over onto her knees and needs to use a walking frame or walking sticks to maintain her mobility.
Without this operation her consultants have informed her parents that it is highly likely Matilda will be wheelchair bound and will need many more operations on her lower limbs. Matilda is a very pretty and happy little girl who along with Matthew love playing and enjoy life to the full!
Your donations, no matter how small, will make a big difference in maintaining Matilda’s mobility and preventing her from facing the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Should they exceed the target amount or if they do not raise enough funds or if they cannot be used for any other reason the funds raised will go to general funds of Tree of Hope for other sick Children
28 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
in Deceased, Facts, Uncategorized Tags: 1066, Bodie, CI5, Ford Capris, George Cowley, Gordon Jackson, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Lewis Collins, Martin Shaw, parachuting, patrick sedgwick, pin up, SAS, The professionals, who dare wins
Actor Lewis Collins, has died at the age of 67 of cancer. Collins, who played taciturn tough guy Bodie alongside Martin Shaw, had fought a five-year battle with cancer.
Father-of-three Collins, who was born in Merseyside, lived with his wife Michelle and sons Oliver, Elliot, and Cameron in Los Angeles in the years before his death.
His first job was as a ladies’ hairdresser before becoming a musician playing drums and guitar in pop groups. Before deciding to become an actor, he had a number of other jobs. Collins trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art then went into Rep at theatres in Chesterfield and Glasgow, toured with Prospect Theatre Company, and then to London’s West End. He also did tours in America and Canada. Stage roles included City Sugar and The Three Penny Opera.
In 1982 he auditioned for the role of James Bond but his audition was deemed “too aggressive”. His best-known role outside The Professionals was that of SAS officer Captain Peter Skellen in the film Who Dares Wins (1982). He subsequently applied to join the Territorial SAS, a unit open to part-time reservists but was rejected because of his fame, despite passing the entrance tests.
He is mainly known for his role as tough-guy Bodie, Collins was a popular character in The Professionals, which was famed for its Ford Capris, tight trousers, and 1970s rule-free approach to policing.
The Professionals made stars of Collins and Shaw, was based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5, which had been instructed by the Home Secretary to use any means necessary to deal with serious crime. Former paratrooper and SAS solider William Bodie, played by Collins, was a keen partier and ladies man, more relaxed than his on-screen partner Raymond Doyle, who was brought to life by Shaw. The duo answered to George Cowley, the founder and head of CI5 played by Gordon Jackson, who would tell his agents to ‘fight fire with fire’ in order to get their targets.
In early 2012, Lewis was cast to play Earl Godwin in the historically based feature film production of 1066. In June, 2013, it was reported that he had withdrawn from the production and had split with his agent, Susan James
His hobbies included parachuting and sports shooting, rifle and pistol. He also held a black belt in Ju-Jitsu and was trained in karate.
28 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Road safety is a key element of the Service’s Winter Safety Campaign, and it works closely with the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia to highlight road safety throughout the year, particularly throughout the winter months.
Station Commander Alan Haley from HWFRS’s Community Safety department said:
“Our crews get called to more road incidents than we do house fires each year, and the winter months are always particularly busy. Shorter daylight hours and icy conditions present extra hazards and increased risks for motorists using the many rural roads and motorways in the two counties. Please keep an eye on the weather forecast and local news and take extra care when freezing temperatures are forecast, particularly younger drivers who may not have driven on the ice before. Avoid unnecessary journeys if the roads are known to be icy”
“It is important to take extra care when driving in the dark and to do all you can to prepare your vehicle for winter. Please prepare an ‘emergency kit’ for the car in case of break down or delay (to include an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food & drink, and a mobile phone charger for the car).”
Drivers are also advised to:
- Ensure their vehicles are properly serviced and that tyres have good tread depth.
- Be mindful of keeping a safe distance from the car in front. Remember that it can take considerably longer to stop in icy conditions, so reduce your speed and keep your distance.
- Clear all ice and snow off windows, mirrors, lights and roof – even for short journeys.