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By Dave W
#1659970
A fascinating and highly talented individual, and by all accounts a very pleasant bloke too.

For most of us, just one of the following would be an achievement. He was them all.
    Royal Marine
    Special Boat Service unit commander
    Diplomat
    MP
    Party Leader (respected across political lines)
    Statesman and international negotiator
    Peer (deserved...)
    Successful author
    Linguist
    Original researcher
    Historian
    No doubt other stuff

At the recommendation of another forumite I happen to be reading my way through his military history output at the moment. Very well written and not just using others' material - he went to primary sources.

77 was way too young. :(
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By masterofnone
#1659972
Not sure what the prognosis for bladder cancer is, but the poor guy only had 6-8 weeks from his diagnosis if the papers are anything to go by. Bloody shame.