Geoffrey Hughes “Onslow” Keeping Up Appearances dies

Geoffrey Hughes, who played Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, has died from prostate cancer aged 68.

Hughes, who grew up in Liverpool, died on Friday night.

He joined Coronation Street in 1974 as Eddie Yeats, a character with a criminal past.

In between further brushes with the law, Yeats went into partnership with Stan Ogden in his window cleaning business, and had a short-lived curtain-making venture with Hilda Ogden.

He also tried to sell shoddy goods to his neighbours on numerous occasions.

Hughes ceased to be a Coronation Street regular in 1983, but made a brief final appearance as Yeats in 1987.

He first appeared on Keeping Up Appearances in 1990, playing Onslow, the lovable slob and brother-in-law of Hyacinth Bucket.

To the dismay of the socially climbing Bucket, Onslow lived in a scruffy council house with a rusting Hillman Avenger in in the front garden

In real life, however, Hughes enjoyed sailing, golf and cricket, and in 2009 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight.

In 2010 Hughes was rushed to hospital for intense radiotherapy after collapsing at his Isle of Wight home.

Hughes had thought he had beaten prostate cancer the previous year, but the actor and his wife Sue were given the news the disease had returned.

Hughes, who publicly supported cancer charities, first appeared in 1960s classics such as Z-Cars and The Likely Lads and was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.

Other roles included Vernon in Heartbeat and Uncle Keith in teen drama Skins.

Hughes also guest-starred in episodes of Doctor Who, Casualty, Boon and The Upper Hand.

William Roache, the long-serving Coronation Street star who plays Ken Barlow in the soap, said: “I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing.

“He will be greatly missed, one of the Street’s memorable characters.”

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said: “We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes.

“He created a legendary and iconic character who will always be part of Coronation Street.

“Everyone connected with the programme send our sincerest condolences to his family.”

Anne Kirkbride, who plays Deirdre Barlow, said: “The rainbow must have been for him. RIP Geoff. Really sad xx”

Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus Dent in the soap wrote: “The wonderful Geoffrey Hughes has lost his battle with cancer. RIP and thanks for all the laughs x”.

Mathew Horne, the star of the sitcom Gavin and Stacey, also paid tribute to Hughes, tweeting: “Sad to hear of Geoffrey Hughes passing. Onslow was the original LAD.”

White House gives cool welcome to bill restricting online ammo sales

The White House gave a cool welcome on Monday to Democratic legislation that would effectively ban online or mail-order purchases of ammunitionin the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater.

“I haven’t seen the specific piece of legislation that has been offered up today,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily press briefing. “But as that and other pieces of legislation make their way through the legislative process, we’ll evaluate them.”

The proposal, crafted by Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg and Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy, aims to restrict the ability of Americans to buy unlimited quantities of ammunition over the Internet, or by mail order, anonymously.

President Barack Obama has called for a common sense response to the slaughter in Aurora. But the White House has played down his appetite for new legislation as opposed to tightening or toughening existing measures—such as background checks—to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill. And the president has underlined his support for the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

“He believes in the second amendment of the constitution, in the right to bear arms,” Earnest said again Monday.  “But he also believes that we should take robust steps, within existing law, to ensure that guns don’t fall in the hands of criminals or others who shouldn’t have them.

The new legislation, dubbed the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act,  rests on four pillars, according to Lautenberg’s office:

It requires anyone selling ammunition to be a licensed dealer.

It requires ammunition buyers who are not licensed dealers to present photo identification at the time of purchase, effectively banning the online or mail order purchase of ammo by regular civilians.

It requires licensed ammunition dealers to maintain records of the sale of ammunition.

It requires licensed ammunition dealers to report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within any five consecutive business days.

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I sold a beer to the Pope

Not quite but there was a time I could sell a beer to the Pope, not now, well maybe can still sell him a beer but nobody is buying anything else.  For several years I made a pretty good living selling on Ebay, selling trash to treasures including my infamous bowl with a hole, an old wooden dough bowl with a big hole in the bottom brought me a staggering $50. I made over a thousand on reel to reel music that I bought for pennies, serger thread that also costs me pennies brought me over a thousand, you get my drift.

Today is a different story, took items to the local auction, was disappointing to almost the point of tears, collector Barbies that a couple of years ago would have fetched big bucks sold for $7.50, baseball cards complete sets $7.50, an electric stove used for 4 months, $15, a solid maple bed $15, our largest sale today was a vintage clock that didn’t work brought in $35 and a broken down modern hutch brought in $35.   Fortunately I still have enough Barbies to give to my granddaughters and baseball cards to my grandson.


Representative Mike Kelly, speaking on the House floor today, managed something very rare in the history of the institution – he got a standing ovation. Applause is usually forbidden in the house, but Kelly‘s blistering attack on regulatory red tape and Washington’s culture of control was apparently so powerful that several of his fellow house members couldn’t resist showing their support, clapping, standing up and shouting


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Hidden Obamacare Secret: “RFID Chip Implants” Mandatory for All by March 23, 2013

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H.R. 3200 section 2521, Pg. 1001, paragraph 1.
The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— ‘‘is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘‘and is— ‘‘a class III device; or ‘‘a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”

What exactly is a class II device that is implantable? As you saw earlier, it is the device approved by the FDA in 2004.

Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act:…

A class II implantable device is an “implantable radio frequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

Chad Everett “Dr. Joe Gannon” dies

‘Medical Center’ star Chad Everett dies at age 75

Published July 25, 2012

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The star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center” who went on to appear in such films and shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place” has died. Chad Everett was 75.

Everett’s daughter says he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer.

His acting career spanned more than 40 years and included guest starring roles on such TV series as “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Without A Trace.” He most recently appeared in the TV series “Castle.” His films credits include “The Jigsaw Murders,” “The Firechasers” and director Gus Van Sant’s “Psycho.”

Everett is survived by his two daughters and six grandchildren. He was married to actress Shelby Grant for 45 years until her death last year.

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A bird in the hand is worth $65M according to the IRS

Pair inherits $65M sculpture, but can’t sell it to pay $29M tax bill

Published July 24, 2012

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Heirs of a wealthy New York art dealer were left a $65 million sculpture that might just be more trouble than its worth.

Illeana Sonnabend, who died in 2007, left an art collection worth an estimated $1 billion. But one item in particular, Robert Rauschenberg’s “Canyon,” is an heir’s nightmare, a lawyer’s dream and an IRS conundrum. The bequest comes with a $29 million tax bill, but since the piece includes a stuffed eagle, it can’t be sold.

Lawyers for Sonnabend’s children and beneficiaries, Nina Sundell and Antonio Homem, are hoping federal tax collectors change their valuation of the item, since they’re stuck with the piece – and the taxes on it. But for now, the IRS isn’t budging, and the case may be decided by a jury.

“We are hopeful for it to be resolved before a trial,” tax attorney Ralph Lerner told

Federal law makes it a crime to possess, transport, sell or otherwise convey a bald eagle, whether it is alive or, as in this case, stuffed. Sonnabend got an informal waiver from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1981 that allowed her to keep the piece, considered a masterwork of 20th century art. (Rauschenberg got a waiver for the artwork by showing that the bird had been killed and stuffed long before the restriction was enacted.)

Sonnabend died in 2007 at age 92. The estate tax, which at the time of Sonnabend’s death stood at 50 percent on estates above $1 million, was suspended in 2010 as part of the Bush-era tax cuts, which were renewed and remain in effect until the end of this year.

Placing a value on an item that cannot be sold is no easy feat. The venerable auction house Christie’s placed the value of “Canyon” at zero. The IRS initially put it at $15 million, then jumped the figure to $65 million when Sundell and Homem refused to pay, according to The New York Times.

The IRS, which declined to comment on the matter, is not only asking for $29 million in taxes, but also an $11.7 million “gross valuation misstatement” penalty, according to Forbes.

Sundell and Homem, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, have paid $471 million in federal and state estate taxes related to the collection and have already sold roughly $600 million worth of art to pay those taxes, Lerner told

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