Sunday, 26 March 2017
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lemmyThe Motörhead frontman’s reputation as one of rock’s most infamous hell-raisers belied his keen intelligence and interest in social and political issues.

Few musicians have walked the rebel’s walk with as much conviction as the Motörhead frontman Lemmy, who has died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer. Despite his high-profile image as a hell-raiser, Lemmy’s influence as a musician and songwriter should not be underestimated.

jimslaterJim Slater was once the most influential figure in the City, and certainly one of the most feared. The godfather of “asset-stripping” – gaining control of a company then selling off its underperforming assets – he made and lost a fortune before reinventing himself as a children’s author. “I don’t deny asset-stripping, though the phrase is used as a smear,” he once said. “If a firm has its assets stripped it means they have not been properly used.”

Born in 1929 in Cheshire, he was brought up in Wembley, north London; his father was a builder. He attended Preston Manor County Grammar School, whose motto is “Duty before rights”. An able maths scholar, he was good at chess and collected stamps. He left school at 16 to train as an accountant, though somewhat half-heartedly. His training was interrupted  by two years’ National Service, which proved a transformative experience. “In the Army, I met many no-hopers, going nowhere. It made me realise I must get down to it,” he told Hunter Davies in The Independent in 1992.

Maureen O’Hara - Ireland’s first great Hollywood star (1920-2015)Maureen O’Hara, who died on Saturday, was Ireland’s first great Hollywood star and appeared in over 50 films.

Ranked among the world’s most beautiful women, she is best known in Ireland for her role as the headstrong Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man - “the sexiest film ever made” according to the director John Ford.

omarsharifOmar Sharif, whose surname means "noble" in Arabic, was born on 10 April 1932, as Michel Demetri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Melkite Greek Catholic family of Syrian-Lebanese descent.

His father, Joseph Chalhoub, was a wealthy merchant of exotic woods who settled in Egypt in the early 20th century, where Omar was born and raised. His mother was a noted society hostess with Egypt's King Farouk a regular visitor, before he was deposed in 1952.

mariabarrosoLisbon's Red Cross Hospital says former First Lady Maria Barroso Soares, whose husband Mario Soares was a two-term head of state has died. She was 90.

After democracy was introduced in 1974, Maria Barroso became a lawmaker while her husband became foreign minister and prime minister.

partickmcneeDaniel Patrick Macnee died a natural death at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93, with his family at his bedside, according to his son, Rupert.

Macnee was best known for playing the internationally recognized, charmingly elegant, quintessentially English, and slightly mysterious character of John Steed in the 1960s’ British television series, The Avengers.

guntergrassThe renowned German writer, artist and activist Günter Grass, who has died at the age of 87, had a long and warm association with the Algarve.

His passing on Monday in the northern German city of Lübeck brought to an end an extraordinarily creative career steeped in both accolades and acrimony.

manoeloliveiraThe Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira, who has died aged 106, was among the most original and profound artists working in the medium.

But it was only in the 1980s, when Oliveira was already in his 70s, with eight feature films and six shorts behind him, that he began to gain international recognition and awards, including on two occasions the Venice film festival honorary Golden Lion for his overall career (1985 and 2004).