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Old 14th Mar 2019, 13:54
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Thanks Wholi.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 14:00
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Brilliant!!! Thank you so much Wholi.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 14:23
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We raise a glass once again, to the newly honoured Admiral.

I don't put much stock in all that "lookin' down from above" stuff but I believe if he were he'd be having a right chuckle.

Thanks Wholi.


Steady on//
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:10
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A message to all of us from his sister Sylvia ...

I've done as you suggested and sneaked a look at the PPRuNe website. If you could please pass on to all the members how much their comments have meant to all Tony Draper family. On line you clearly met the real Tony, unconstrained by circumstance and health, his brilliant and convoluted mind wandering at will. I know his life was enriched by your friendship. His ashes have been collected and will be scattered discreetly.

While it's true that we may not have a grave to visit or a memorial to look at, this thread will stand, I believe, as a fitting testimonial to a man who was well loved and respected and whose presence in all of our lives will be sorely missed.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:17
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It's a real shame we can't be treated to his take on the shenanigans currently taking place in Westminster.....communicated a few times with him regarding his his love of Marty Robbins .

As others have said, and will doubtless say, he deserves to be immortalised on here.

RIP to the FSL..
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:24
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Thanks for sharing that Bluey, and condolences and warmest regards to the family.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:25
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Bluey, Iíve told his sister of the thread name change and that it will be thus forever.

She replied.

Roj Wholey I've always considered the internet a bit of a Pandora's box, bringing so much evil into the world and no way of closing it. For Tony Draper it did the opposite, allowing him access to a world of knowledge and allowing him to be who he was. I'm stunned by the number of people who considered him friend, though I have no doubt he would just shrug that thought away. Thank you for all this.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:35
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God Bless Tony and thanks for all the entertainment and wisdom you have provided us over the years. Rest peacefully now.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 15:47
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Thanks, Wholi ... I do hope it will be some small measure of comfort to his family to know that the FSL will actually be mourned worldwide and that this thread will be always in his name.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 16:03
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Memories of Admiral Draper - also known as "Wor tony"

Being both from the North East we swapped yarns a few times over the years. In one "Off Piste" discussion about Sand Dancers - as the inhabitants of South Shields are know he sent me this clip.
A typical piece of his sense of humour, it brings back fond memories of his wisdom and dry wit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxAr...Q#action=share
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 17:36
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Originally Posted by Blacksheep View Post
Sand Dancers - as the inhabitants of South Shields are known
Wikipedia is vague (and shortcoming) on the origin of the term Sand Dancers for South Shields.
My father, who grew up in South Shields, told me that there was a significant population of Arab seamen who had settled in the area.

The original Yemeni men who came to the town were seamen who worked on British ships in very difficult conditions.
They risked their lives to feed their families and many ended up settling in the port town of South Shields.
See:- The Yemeni Project
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 18:23
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The new name is a very fitting tribute to a much missed contributor. Well done all those involved. Broke open me Christmas bottle of Highland Park last night and had one or two for him.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 18:33
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Damn! Nearly boarded the wrong ship there! Really nice tribute Wholi...
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 18:42
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Thank you Wholigan as well, from one who read the thread from day one (June 5, 2003) and archived several early editions when it could be done with the single click of a mouse.

I have estimated there were over a half million responses to his initial post, but would be interested to know if anyone knows the actual post count here on this forum.

I have shared this before, so this should be the final time I tell this story. I was at an embassy dinner n the Middle East once and seated next to a gentleman who was traveling with the VIP party probably because he and I were the only guests not speaking Italian. He was likely horrified when I asked if he was a reporter, as he was the son of the chief prosecutor at the Nurnberg trials following WWII, and the author of a few books (one of which I subsequently read).

He asked me at one point what internet sites I enjoyed, and Tony's thread was the one I singled out as being one of the most entertaining pieces of writing I had ever seen on the internet.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 22:16
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A really sad thing to hear

ive been concerned since he disappeared but always hoped he would bounce back ok.

His posts were always worth reading and the output of Piggy Press was followed with interest - and a lot of laughter.

i donít post often, but with Tonysí departure we have lost another great person.


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Old 14th Mar 2019, 22:27
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Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me;
"Here he lies where he longed to be,
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 22:31
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Desperately sad and sorry to hear that Mr D has left us.

An example and inspiration to us all to never take anything too seriously except for the love of our families and friends.

Thank You for bringing laughter into my life.

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Old 14th Mar 2019, 23:07
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Originally Posted by Wholigan View Post
Happy with that title??
Yes. Nicely done.
In honor of Tony, from Sea Fever (JOHN MASEFIELD)
--
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gullís way and the whaleís way where the windís like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trickís over
.

Sweet dreams, Tony.
And also, in the Yank jargon:
Fair winds and following seas .. forever.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 00:03
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The amended thread title looks very fitting.

Extending kindest thoughts across the miles from NZ to Mr D's family.

Eight bells of the forenoon watch: will partake in a small Ration in his honour.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 06:47
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I'll come along later perhaps... had a bit of an upset tummy yesterday, and some nosebleeds... lost me dinner, skipped supper and took it a little easy, but I had to go out for some fuel for the stoves.

Mrs. Rotty had made me some rice and egg soup last night but I dinna want it, then. Went down good for a midday snack today so I guess I'm feeling better.

Dry air... bad for the health. Got a pot of water on the fire now steaming up the place.

Steady on//
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