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Offline ChristineM

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« on: January 08, 2007, 07:20:17 AM »
Last night our very dear friend, Magnus Magnusson, died.   We were last together on Thursday.   Having not met since Christmas, there was an obvious deterioration in his condition.   Stoical and gracious to the end, we drank coffee, Mag smoked a pipe, we talked, laughed and knowing his passion for birds - he was President of the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds - we discussed how, in Russia, sparrows will peck crumbs from the palm of your hand.    I said - 'Its a real privilege.'   Magnus leaned forward, looked into my eyes and replied, 'Yes, a real privilege.'

It was a real privilege to know Magnus for 28 years.   These last few months, during which we met most mornings for coffee, we knew how poor was his prognosis, but he was not, for a single heartbeat, sad or sorry for himself.   He was loving, kind, optimistic and, I cannot stress the word sufficiently, gracious.   In a press release issued by his family, they said their father had taught them how to live and, in the last few weeks, he taught them how to die.

If you read the BBC News website, you will see the obituaries and tributes to this special man we were fortunate enough to know as a friend.

Christine Martin

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2007, 12:27:18 PM »
I'm really terribly sorry to hear this, Christine.  When I was a kid in Wales in the 70s, I looked forward every Monday night (was it?) to Mastermind -- I think it's one of the best game-show concepts ever, and I can't imagine why, in this age of game-show/reality television, we haven't had a reprise of Mastermind.  But I think I most of all enjoyed Magnus Magnusson's dry wit and commentary to the audience -- funny, self-deprecating, but never mean.  He was a class act.

I'm sorry also for your personal loss.  It's never easy to lose a friend...

Best wishes,

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2007, 03:27:21 PM »
Christine, I was saddened to hear of this true gentleman's death. How I loved Mastermind as a child and I always remember a programme he fronted about his beloved homeland and the "Up-Hellya" festival. How lucky you are to count him as a very dear friend. He will be missed by many.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2007, 04:18:20 PM »
...and not to forget his historical work on Scotland, which I am constantly plundering!

We will all miss him, Christine.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2007, 05:30:32 PM »
I am so sorry to hear of Magnus Magnusson's death.  I had no idea he was so ill.  He really was an institution. 

How awful for you to lose such a dear friend, Christine.  My sympathies go out to you and your family, and also to Magnus' family at this very sad time.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2007, 06:42:25 PM »
Dear Christine,

An absolute tragedy to say goodbye to a dear friend. My sincere sympathies to you at this time.

He reached many homes in Australia. A dignified man with considerable charm and erudition many of us learned to admire.


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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2007, 06:46:31 PM »
I can only echo the sentiments of everyone above.
Mr. Magnusson was a great man, and will surely be missed by many.
My prayers and wishes go to you and his family.