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Old 13th Mar 2019, 14:40
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rotty, Bluey, et al., I shall gladly join you in a toast to Admiral Draper! He was one of the best friends I never met! Quite dusty here in Ohio today....

- Ed
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 15:17
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Its been a long time since I boarded this ship, having swapped anti collision lights for ground based blue flashy lights. But this sad news popped up on my FB news feed and reminded me of all the good times had in here.

RIP to a funny, intelligent and true gentleman. Gone but never forgotten.

Stand down, FSL Tony Draper. We have it from here. 😞
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 15:52
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RIP FSL. Lost for words.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 16:10
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Sure doesn't feel like 5760 days ago that I read the first entry. I have never experienced a longer running (nor more entertaining) thread anywhere on the net. I suspect, including the spinoff one elsewhere, that there have been over half a million contributions before this one. Very sad news.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 16:15
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It's now over 10 years since I first enjoyed the FSL's posts. I think many of us suspected that the end was near, in truth.
There can't be many people who have had so many friends on the internet and so few enemies.
Fare thee well.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 16:23
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Twilight and the evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;


Rest your soul FSL, I'll raise a glass tonight.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 17:48
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
oh no ... I just checked his face-book page to check the date of the operation and have discovered that, sadly, Tony died just a month ago. It seems I'm the bearer of the worst possible news ... here's a link to his page:- https://www.facebook.com/tony.draper.773

'scuse me while I go and get my tissues.

This from his sister, Sylvia ...

Thank you all for the birthday greetings for yesterday. Sadly I also received the not unexpected news that my brother Tony Draper had passed away that morning. Tony was undoubtedly the brightest of us with a sharp enquiring mind. Articulate and strong willed he had many Facebook friends around the world who called him 'Captain'. He was also a gifted natural artist and an avid reader, introducing me at an early age to the magic of sci-fi/fantasy books. He once wrote a short story in the style of Spike Milligan that had us all crying with laughter. When he wasn't playing the (self taught) guitar he was studying and photographing the stars or delving into the history of his home town Gateshead.
You have left a big hole in the hearts of those who loved you my brother Anthony Hugh Draper.��
It may be somewhat too late, but does anyone have details of Tony's funeral arrangements - if they are in the future (sometimes there can be a delay).
If possible, I would like to represent PPRuNe and honour him.

I don't do Facebook . . . so I cannot access his FB page . . .

I did spent time today reflecting during my volunteer work on the enjoyment that he brought to JetBlast and his creation of TRRABB.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 21:01
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To the DRAPER family,

May your memories bring you comfort at this very sad time.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 21:08
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To quote Mr D ...

"Buggah !!"

... I suspected it was coming (and we all probably did) , but I'm truly gutted.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 21:36
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Originally Posted by Senior Paper Monitor View Post
To quote Mr D ...

"Buggah !!"
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 22:52
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Bugger.

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Old 13th Mar 2019, 23:00
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Did anyone on here ever achieve a physical meeting with TD?

He was very kind to me and sent me a 'processor' FOC when one of my self-built floortops cooked its processor.

Being only a couple of bus rides distant (and occasionally very close to his house) I planned to meet up with him at some stage, but, of course, it never happened.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 23:50
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Instinct kicking in:
Return to TRRAB.
Howl at moon.
Pour a drink.
Raise glass.
Down it.
Hunt under a pile of hammocks for clumsily hand-stitched sailcloth knickers.
Clutch to chest histrionically.
Exit to find a bottle of milk to break.
RIP, FSL
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:07
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Here on the Hill the drink generally precedes the howling but either way you'll get no complaint from me.

I've learned more about that yonder part of the world on TRRAB than I ever did from any school textbook.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:20
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Bugger indeed,
I was born about 2 miles from Tony, and he lived about 100 yards from my gran.
I used to run by his house when in grammar school PE when we would go around his park.
We corresponded infrequently and I am going to be in Gateshead next month, and was thinking of looking him up.
A truely unique bloke.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:36
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Originally Posted by Checkboard View Post
And at nine and a half thousand posts, this ship has just about sailed as well. Well all miss Tony. ;(
Would it be appropriate to retire The really boring and totally pointless snippets thread when the current version reaches the 9999 p*st count?

I don't quite know what might replace it as it has become a useful location for exactly what the title suggests - or should it be kept in honour of TD's memory?

Maybe a sympathetic mod could arrange to include a poll within this current thread?
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:37
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Sad news. RIP FSL
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:38
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Would it be appropriate to retire The really boring and totally pointless snippets thread when the current version reaches the 9999 p*st count?
I don't quite know what might replace it as it has become a useful location for exactly what the title suggests - or should it be kept in honour of TD's memory?
Maybe a sympathetic mod could arrange to include a poll within this current thread?
I'd say keep the thread in memory of the FSL
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 00:45
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Maybe it could be called something like "The First Sea Lord's Trivial Snippets Thread".

He was a one-of-a-kind person who bound this part of PPRuNe together and was much admired by those who got to "know" him. He deserves to remain in the memories of TRABBISTS.

In the future when someone asks "who was this first sea lord anyway", when finally none of us old buggers are around to explain, the mystery will deepen and end up as mandatory study in PPRuNe folklore.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 01:13
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Origanlly the TRABB thread was the very first on PPRuNe to approach 10,000 posts.

Just like the "Y2K" BUG (for real young'uns that was the fear that the year which turned the clock over to 00 would fritz the world's computers) no one knew what would happen if a PPRuNe thread clocked 10,000. And so, as everyone loved the TRaBB, it was decided to preseverve it by starting a new TRaBB before the clock-over.

And so TRaBB 2 was born, and the XXVI that followed, and even though (like Y2K) it was shown in other (lessor) threads that the 10K wasn't a limit, TRaBB continud to renew, with the first and last post given by Tony as he launched each new ship upon the Jet Blast waters.

So - my vote .... Tony Draper, the starter, the First Sea Lord, cannot end this TRaBB

.... So THIS TRaBB, TRaBB number twenty six (a quater of a million plus posts - plus about 2000 deleted ones!) should never end.

Last edited by Checkboard; 14th Mar 2019 at 01:42.
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