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Colin Bishop

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Heroes
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:55:24 pm »

In these difficult times a lot of us are taking stock of our situations in the light of Covid-19. So here is a little game.

If you couldn't be who you are then who would you have liked to be? In short, who are your heroes?

For me it would be Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, a superlative songwriter and Guitarist with an enormous back catalogue and a really nice guy to boot. Who could ask for more?

So! Who are your heroes and why?

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Re: Heroes
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 08:23:08 pm »

An interesting thread.


I would have expected my hero to be an engineer and I do have many engineers that I truly respect-Brunel, RJ Mitchell, Barnes Wallis to name a few.
However Id like to be HG Wells. Strange I know but his imagination of engineering and story telling fascinates me. His amazing fore thought of how flying machines would be used in the future (The Shape of Things To Come) and the rocket in The First Men in the Moon is surprisingly accurate for someone writing close to 60-70 years before it happened. And of course the fantastic War of the Worlds is so brilliantly written that you feel the anguish and the relief at the end of the book when the Martians are defeated.
With Jules Verne he inspired the steampunk genre which has some amazing engineering and fantasy mixed together.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 08:32:16 pm »

Isambard Kingdom Brunel,  or  Biggles.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2020, 05:31:42 am »

 
Brunel, Stephenson, Watt, Trevithick, Newton, da Vinci, Wilbur Wright, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin .... Indiana Jones?!  ;D
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2020, 05:56:15 am »

I still think Gustave Albin Whitehead preceded the Wright brothers by 2 years and the the Wrights only get mentioned because the sued the Smithsonian to be called the first.   <:( They did nothing after their first flights to enhance powered flight.   >>:-(

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2020, 06:29:29 am »

They did nothing after their first flights to enhance powered flight.   >>:-(

??? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_Company
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2020, 07:26:16 am »

An interesting thread.


I would have expected my hero to be an engineer and I do have many engineers that I truly respect-Brunel, RJ Mitchell, Barnes Wallis to name a few.
However Id like to be HG Wells. Strange I know but his imagination of engineering and story telling fascinates me. His amazing fore thought of how flying machines would be used in the future (The Shape of Things To Come) and the rocket in The First Men in the Moon is surprisingly accurate for someone writing close to 60-70 years before it happened. And of course the fantastic War of the Worlds is so brilliantly written that you feel the anguish and the relief at the end of the book when the Martians are defeated.

With Jules Verne he inspired the steampunk genre which has some amazing engineering and fantasy mixed together.


Wow, you could not have picked a person. I have all of his music and used to go to the Moody Blues concerts when I lived in England.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2020, 09:21:27 am »

I think there can be a difference between admiring someone and wishing to have been them, I didn't make that clear.

Whilst I admire Brunel immensely I doubt if I would have felt comfortable in hi skin so I wouldn't want to have actually been him.

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Re: Heroes
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2020, 10:05:39 am »

Bob Stanford Tuck, Battle of Britain ace.


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Re: Heroes
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2020, 10:10:18 am »

??? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_Company





Hi Martin


I think he is referring that they didnt develop their designs past what the first Wright Flyer looked like. They stayed with their basic design when others were coming up with biplanes/monoplanes, pushers/pullers, and locations of flying controls.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2020, 12:39:41 pm »


Brunel, Stephenson, Watt, Trevithick, Newton, da Vinci, Wilbur Wright, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin .... Indiana Jones?!  ;D



What, all at the same time?  I've heard of split personalities but that's ridiculous!  {-) {-)

Personal choice, Isaac Newton - it must have been fascinating to see that brain at work - let's just invent calculus before coffee and figure out the laws of motion before lunch. Wow!

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Re: Heroes
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2020, 01:01:38 pm »

Spike Milligan.
Reason? Well, somebody has to be.....

Seagoon: What are you doing down here?
Eccles: Everybody's got to be somewhere!

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Re: Heroes
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2020, 01:59:51 pm »

Captain Elvis Brandenberg Kremmen. Concert pianist, super Hero and all round good guy(well according to Kenny Everett).
Why, why not! :D
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2020, 02:34:24 pm »

Connor MacLeod.
I am Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2020, 02:46:10 pm »

I'd go first with Brunel - he totally engineered the industrial revolution's biggest leaps forward - and then the Apollo astronauts - I can't imagine the bravery to fire yourself away from the earth inside a load of 60s tech with so many ways of dying horribly and alone in space or splattered all over the moon.      Real men.
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2020, 03:01:00 pm »

Bill Gates for the sheer scale of change he brought to the world, master of the universe.
My modern world choice.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2020, 07:56:44 pm »

Sorry Lads but my Hero has to the  Wife cant think of any other person that would of put up with me for 47 years some times she even says she loves me.
                 Regards Howard.
                   
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2020, 09:50:03 pm »

My hero is a composition of all those who despite knowing that a situation would be dangerous or fatal for them, still got up and did it, and our carers and emergency services, service personel and individuals.


Every stabbed, shot, fatally dragged police officer, every brave fighter pilot or soldier in the trenches, or waiting to drop into an unwinnable zone. Every Doctor knowing their PPE isn't the right type, or sufficient, or too old to be fully safe, just getting on with it. First Aiders and MO's stabilising the wounded while still under fire. Pilots steadying a dying aircraft so their crewmates can bail out.


Too many heroes to mention sadly  <:(


As for notable heroes, I would love to have been Peter Sellers or John Lennon.
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2020, 05:15:24 pm »

my wife for putting up with me for 67 years
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Re: Heroes
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2020, 06:14:37 pm »

two individuals that i have looked up to over the years:

Bill Atkinson
Andy Hertzfeld

google them if you don't know who they are...

hint:  i have been programming on macintoshes since late 1985
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