recent deaths – from print and speech

50p coin commemorating Britains accession to t...
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Those of us who have and interest in coins will remember the 1973 fifty pence piece. It had a ring of hands on the reverse with one female hand amongst the others. It was to commemorate the European Economic Community. The one female hand was to represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. However, it features most prominently in my memory as being one very important part of a book, The Queen’s Nose, by Dick King-Smith who died yesterday. Amongst other books, his story of The Sheep Pig became better known as Babe in film.

The Queen’s Nose has since been made into a children’s television series, but for me – as with most adaptations of books – the book is always better.

More locally the Strabane Fast Talker, George Cunningham, also died yesterday. To see the Ulster Television clip that made him famous, click here.

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