|Funny old World||Private Eye, 8 February- 21 February, 2002|
|1943 air crash||We'll Meet Again, BBC online service|
|Julian Brind retires||Harpers the wine and spirit weekly 2002|
|Cubs seek ex-members||St Albans & Harpenden ReviewApril 25, 2002|
|Terror on tightrope||Leyton & Leytonstone Guardian, October 3, 2002|
|Diamond couple's double celebration||Newbury Weekly News, August 29, 2002.|
FUNNY OLD WORLD
"We don't want to interfere in the Parsi religion,"Jangoo Gagrat told a meeting of the Disposal of the Dead with Dignity Action Group in Bombay, "but Parsis have to face facts. The population of the Indian vulture has declined drastically over the past few decades, and nowadays the Towers of Silence are full of decaying corpses, most of them barely eaten. And that clearly constitutes a major public health hazard."
But speaking on behalf of Bombay's 55,000 Parsis, high priest Dastur Nadershah Unvalla refused to consider other forms of disposal. "The scriptures say it is a heinous sin to bury or cremate the dead. Ever since the eighth century, we have been disposing of our dead by placing them atop one of our Towers of Silence, and letting the vultures strip the bones bare. It's true that Parsis in Europe and America bury their dead but that's a disgrace. They are not following the true teachings of Zoroaster, and I look down upon them."
However, Gagrat's action group is agitating for a change in Indian law. "The government seems unaware that the city's biggest collection of biomedical waste comes from these towers, because eventually even the Parsi priests cannot stand the stench of rotting flesh, and ask the authorities to take away the putrefying remains in specially blessed plastic wheelybins. Other religions have had to modify their ancient funeral rites, in response to urbanisation. Hindus, for example, are often prosecuted for throwing half burnt corpses into the river. At present, the Parsis are legally exempt, but they really have to make a decision soon. Either accept some form of cremation, or else start breeding vultures."
(Borneo Bulletin, 8/12/01. Spotter: Jonathan Brind)
Halifax Crash - do you know crew member Robert Charles Rosam? Looking for anyone who knows whereabouts of family or friends of crew member Robert Charles Rosam. My uncle George Brind, and all crew were killed when the plane crashed shortly after take off from Gibraltar on 28th January,1943. Airmen are all buried at Ceuta (Spanish Morocco). Researcher from Ceuta is studying the lives of these young men but cannot trace anyone who can help with information about Robert Rosam. Can you help? Also...
Were you with the R.A.F. at ITW Bridlington between July 25th and September 12th 1942? You might be one of those in photos taken while my uncle, George Brind, was there. He died in an air crash in January,1943 and I have lots of his photos and would like to learn more about him and his comrades. Can you help?
Not dated entry from the archive of the BBC's We'll Meet Again. Seen in April 2002.
JULIAN BRIND TO RETIRE
By Charlotte Hey
Julian Brind MW, Waitrose's director of buying for wines, spirits and tobacco, retires in June after 19 years with the supermarket. He will be succeeded by Derek Strange, who is currently responsible for buying beer, spirits and tobacco.
Strange joined the Waitrose wine department in 1984 and took over his current position four years ago. Beers, spirits and tobacco combined account for around half the turnover of the department.
'It is my intention to maintain the high standards we have on the wine side by supporting [MWs] Dee Blackstock and Simon Thorpe, and Nick Room,' said Strange. Brind will continue with Waitrose on a consultancy basis, to 'give the department the continuity derived from having worked with Julian for the past 18 years,' said Strange.
Harpers the wine and spirit weekly: http://www.harpers-wine.com/Not dated but presumably some time in 2002.
NOTE from Jonathan Brind: MW, I think, stands for Master of Wine.
Cubs seek ex-members
Were you a cub at 4th Harpenden Kinvig Pack? This month the pack celebrates its 10th birthday. We would like to get as many ex-cubs to join us on our birthday, especially the very first eight cubs that started the pack going again. They would now be 18 and possibly in the 6th form at the local schools. If you would like to meet up with old friends, get in contact. Spread the news amongst your friends if you are still in contact with them. Call Elaine on 01582 462034.
Elaine Brind, Cub Scout Leader, 4th Harpenden Scout Group, Lower Luton Road, Harpenden.
St Albans & Harpenden Review, Wednesday April 25, 2002
The Big Top in Lea Bridge Road, scene of Marco's fall. (2/1 607)
TERROR ON TIGHTROPE
Performer in hospital after 25ft fall
By Graeme Culliford
A DARING tightrope walker had a terrifying brush with death at the circus last week.
Circus performer Marco shocked onlookers when he fell 25ft during the dangerous finale of his high-wire act.
Wearing two blindfolds and with a Mexican basket on each foot, he attempted to walk the tightrope in front of startled spectators at the Robert Brothers Famous Circus in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton.
The stunt was the final performance of a 90-minute show on Friday. Circus organisers said that Marco, 46, was supposed to pretend to fall, but hang on to the tightrope with his foot.
He slipped and hit the ground, however, and was rushed to hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Jonathan Brind, 49, from Leyton, was an eyewitness.
He said: "I thought he was absolutely superb. Marco was one of the best high wire acts I have ever seen.
"But my partner Katy said she thought he was having a bad night as he kept stumbling. I noticed that he tended to stumble when he was close to one side or the other.
"For his finale he put two black hoods over his head and put his feet into objects that looked like buckets.
"He'd got about 5ft from the platform when he lost his balance. He tried to grab hold of the tightrope with his feet but with the buckets on he couldn't get any purchase.
"He came straight down on to the ground.
"There were a few screams and then a hushed silence.
"A few seconds later the circus staff were asking the audience to call an ambulance."
A circus spokeswoman said that Marco was out of hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.
She said: "He's fine, he just put his foot in the wrong place. Circus performers know that they are always taking risks - that's the nature of their business. This kind of thing does happen now and again.
"Marco's been doing this act since he was seven. He chose to be a performer at a very young age and he knows the risks.
"It's like an electrician could get killed putting his hand in an electric box.
"I've no idea whether he intends to carry on performing. I would think that the answer is definitely yes."
Robert Brothers Famous Circus is next due to perform in Edmonton.
Leyton & Leytonstone Guardian Thursday, October 3, 2002
|Diamond couple's double celebration
A NEWBURY couple celebrated 60 years of marriage- and the arrival of their eighth great-grandchild on the same day.
Mr Ernest Brind and his wife Edith renewed their vows at St. Mary's Church, Shaw-cum-Donnington, on Saturday and then held a celebration party at Shaw Social Club - which Mr Brind founded 44 years ago.
What made the day even more special was the birth of 81b 14oz great-grandchild Stephanie-Marie Haines, just hours before the service.
Family from as far as America, Ireland and across the UK came to WestBerkshire especially for the diamond wedding celebration.
The couple, who have lived at Laburnum Grove, Newbury, for 52 years, met at Swift Cleaners more than six decades ago and have not looked back since.
Mr Brind later became managing director of the company but also kept his hand in at Shaw Social Club, which he formed after buying a £50 hut in 1958. He eventually became the secretary and treasurer of the club and was a governor at Winchcombe School.
Both have lived in the Newbury area all their lives with Mr Brind, aged 79, growing up in Russell Road and Mrs Brind, aged 81, spending her early years in Corporation Cottage.
The couple have two daughters, Pamela and Gillian, one son Stephen, nine grandchildren and eight great-children - with three more due early next year. Daughter Mrs Pamela Haines said that everybody thoroughly enjoyed the church service conducted by the Rev. Brian Taylor, and that the party was a great celebration of her parents' marriage. "They have been very loyal to each other. They both worked at Swift and then when dad started running the club Mum was down there working with him, so for 60 years they have literally been together. They have been brilliant parents to us," she added.
Mr and Mrs Ernest Brind
Newbury Weekly News
August 29, 2002.