El Dead

So, Charlton Heston has passed away. I'm off to California to pry his gun from his cold, dead hands. It's what he would have wanted.

Keith Beach, via email, observes:

Could never understand why he named himself after two small local towns, but it could have been worse - why not Hounslow Hayes? or Feltham Staines?

… or, indeed, Chorley Dumplington. Why on Earth would anyone whose real surname was Carter want to change it for Heston? It don't make sense!

(Two name-checks on consecutive days, Keith. They'll be asking for your autograph next. Hope you like the new avatar.)

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. They're already organising events as acts of remembrance for this big star. Look out for Heston services. Thanks for the avatar and 'mentions', I'll try not to let it go to my head.

  2. "Ashby de la Zouch" would have done it too but with only one small town required and with an, er, exotic twist

  3. My favourite Heston movie is The War Lord, set in Norman England in the 10th century. When it came out (in 1965), I went to the cinema & watched it 4 times in a row.

  4. Guess he's now in the ideal position to play that final battle scene in El Cid.

    Whilst on the subject of recently deceased celebrites, I was wondering if Arthur C Clarke's headstone is a black monolithic slab with the sides in the ration of the first three squares.


  5. Oops! I did of course mean 'a black monolithic slab with sides in the ratio of the first three squares'.

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