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Started by FleurDuMal on Feb 3, 2021 7:41:35 AM
Man, 100, dies.

Yes, I get that Tom Moore did a great job of fundraising for NHS charities. As did Dabirul Islam Choudhury, also 100 who did a similar walk whilst fasting for Ramadan.

I’m not denigrating what he did, but I’m uneasy that a lot of his appeal was that he was ‘a soldier’. It’s interesting that a Muslim civilian didn’t attract anything like the same attention.

OK, I’m braced for the pile-on ...

Dementor - 03 Feb 2021 07:51:33 (#1 of 244)

You uncaring MONSTER!

FleurDuMal - 03 Feb 2021 07:53:18 (#2 of 244)

I expected that.

browserbutton - 03 Feb 2021 08:01:35 (#3 of 244)

He wasn't always old -- only 63 when he appeared on Blankety Blank.

Tinymcsmithy - 03 Feb 2021 08:04:03 (#4 of 244)


DesEsseintes - 03 Feb 2021 08:04:34 (#5 of 244)

If everyone was like Major Tom, nobody would have to pay any taxes.


Tinymcsmithy - 03 Feb 2021 08:06:31 (#6 of 244)


DesEsseintes - 03 Feb 2021 08:08:50 (#7 of 244)

Charity begins at home - and stays there.

National service.

browserbutton - 03 Feb 2021 08:14:55 (#8 of 244)

OK, how many out there have Barbados on their bucket list?

col2001 - 03 Feb 2021 08:18:30 (#9 of 244)

I thought it was 'See Naples and die' - not Barbados.

darkhorse - 03 Feb 2021 08:19:51 (#10 of 244)

OK, I’m braced for the pile-on ...

And deservedly so. Here goes:


DesEsseintes - 03 Feb 2021 08:21:44 (#11 of 244)

The new bossab.

frantastic - 03 Feb 2021 08:22:25 (#12 of 244)

Seyvit for man (100) dies - ffs!

Shadrack22 - 03 Feb 2021 08:24:32 (#13 of 244)

Also that full stop in the title isn’t really necessary.

WibbleAgain - 03 Feb 2021 08:25:19 (#14 of 244)


djsuggz - 03 Feb 2021 08:27:30 (#15 of 244)

I don’t make anything much by way of an association with his having been a soldier, for part of his life.

Mostly I’m just pleased that a decent old man did a more than decent thing, whilst a government argued the toss about feeding kids.

None of us are saintly. But it’s quite a thing to live one hundred years, and have the last ten months of your life’s span bring your modest deeds such global notoriety, and spark so much giving.

WibbleAgain - 03 Feb 2021 08:27:54 (#16 of 244)

You insensitive monsters. Apparently hope just died.

"He was a beacon of hope", the DM's headline screams on Google News.

Lagopus - 03 Feb 2021 08:30:48 (#17 of 244)

What the Hell is Wogan wearing in that Blankety Blank episode? Was he doing it for a bet?

kvelertak - 03 Feb 2021 08:33:19 (#18 of 244)

#16 Hope that we can fund the NHS through arbitrary acts of charity rather than general and sustained taxation. MSTM isn't the problem, the toxic milieu is. Mawkish fetishisation as distraction from the grievous underlying issues.

WibbleAgain - 03 Feb 2021 08:35:38 (#19 of 244)


I don't think the objection is for Tom Moore himself, but for the incredible response and the subsequent fame/fortune/whatever. His original intention was to raise £1,000 for the NHS. That it went viral and ended up with £32m wasn't his fault.

The "uneasiness" was for the overwhelming response, and the attempt here is to analyse why. I'd say it's futile, because it's a fluke. Of course it says something about our society and our time which produced this fluke. You can attribute an endless list of reasons and causes, and another of the band wagoning. But it's still a fluke. Luckily it's a rather good fluke.

Indeed there were other elderly (or not) people making similar attempts, but theirs didn't go viral. Which is the natural of fairly mundane stuff going viral: fluke.

And he's now dead. Not a bad way to go, at 100. RIP, Tom Moore.

Tagyourit - 03 Feb 2021 08:36:40 (#20 of 244)

He was the people's princess pensioner.

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