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Sir Patrick Moore obituary
The Guardian [UK], by Dennis Barker

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Posted By:snakeoil, 12/9/2012 7:20:16 PM

Sir Patrick Moore, who has died aged 89, had the air of a crusty, uncompromising bachelor and slightly dotty boffin who could have walked straight out of a Victorian or Edwardian novel. An amateur but distinguished astronomer, star of television programmes including GamesMaster, prolific author, composer and manic xylophone player, he was a true, quite unselfconscious British eccentric – and a populariser of science without equal in an era of great but often abstruse discovery. In his capacity as an astronomer, he helped map the moon and was for more than half a century until his

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Wish I could have seen his show. He had an enormous following in England.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: noddy, 12/9/2012 8:10:00 PM     (No. 9056968)

Great article; thanks so much for posting. FTA: ´´In the late 1980s he formed his own political party, the United Country Party, for those who had ´´common sense´´ and who wanted an end to inflation, rubbish rotting in the streets and immigration.´´

Sorry, just one more: FTA: ´´ He founded the Halley Club (after the comet), which had no subscription, no rules, no aims or objects. He described it himself as the ´´most useless club in the world – after the European Parliament, of course´´, and went on to support Ukip.´´

(UKIP - United Kingdom Independence Party.)

I will be investigating his books and his TV show. What a character.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rock n robin, 12/9/2012 8:56:07 PM     (No. 9057020)

What an interesting article! Thanks for posting. I had several of his books on the moon that I read avidly as I was growing up. I must say that I personally never found his other books (the few that I later perused) to be sufficiently complete. That being said, without any intention to slight this wildly iconic British eccentric. RIP

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