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Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Chuck Berry, 1926-2017
    American guitarist, singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music
  • James Cotton, 1935-2017
    American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter

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  • Kurt Moll, 1938-2017
    German operatic bass singer who enjoyed an international career and was widely recorded
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    English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and former professional rugby league player
  • Derek Walcott, 1930-2017
    Saint Lucian poet and playwright who received the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature

Murray Ball finds a Slice of Heaven

It is with great sadness that I write a tribute to one of New Zealand’s best cartoonists.

Murray Ball (26 January 1939 – 12 March 2017) was from my home town, Feilding. Stanway I’m pretty sure, or at least Halcombe. Proud as punch they are – because he also made the All Blacks.

Murray Ball with two characters from Footrot Flats. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP-Portraits of New Zealanders-Ball, Murray-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23111673
Murray Ball with two characters from Footrot Flats. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP-Portraits of New Zealanders-Ball, Murray-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23111673

Murray Ball was someone who made us laugh, love, dream, and curse the Nor’ Wester. He brought great characters to life in Wal, The Dog, Horse, Cooch, Cheeky Hobson, and many others besides.

I’ve always been into comics. Footrot Flats is a love I share with my Dad. I remember collecting the annuals to add to our collection. We all went to the movie. A friend of mine walked down the aisle to “Slice of Heaven.” Lol.

Murray’s cartoons and characters addressed pivotal moments and issues in our history – the Springbok Tour coming to mind – rugby being very close to Ball’s heart. I still have the clipping from the Manawatu Evening Standard, when the Dog wrote in to say he was hanging up his All Black Jersey.

See ya mate. Love from Fee and The Dog.

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Recent necrology, February 2017

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    Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer, best known for his children’s books
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  • Al Jarreau, 1940-2017
    American singer and musician best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away
  • Alec McCowen, 1925-2017
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  • Babette Cole, 1950-2017
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  • John Hurt, 1940-2017
    English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades

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  • Douglas Reeman, 1924-2017
    British author of many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, who also wrote under the pseudonym Alexander Kent
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  • Emma Tennant, 1937-2017
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