Brian Smith, R.I.P.

25 thoughts on “Brian Smith, R.I.P.”

    1. I often disagreed with him too. At one point I even blocked him from posting. But that was early on, before I got to know him better. If we clashed, it was only because he was as devoted to Australia as I am to the US.

      1. That is so very true, especially if you have been following them for a while, and gained a small insight into their lives.

  1. I wish I would know the memorial details, so I could attend in person and represent all those friends he made in the blogging community around the world. I sense the family are keeping this one private. This is a lovely tribute from you, Pied Type. He was such a character (the old curmudgeon) – many of his comments were designed to get a “rise” – despite being born in England – he became a quintessential Aussie stirrer. You needed to take him half seriously, and then halve that again 🙂 kind regards Gwen aka Garrulous Gwendoline

  2. A lovely tribute to ElBob.
    I loved that Brian retained his Cockney charm and wit, and even after all those years living down under, he still thought of himself as English. He would say we were English, not British and definitely not a Brit. He loved the royal family and remained staunchly loyal to our queen and country right up until the end. I am so glad I had the pleasure of knowing him.

      1. I’ll bet he did 😀 I’ve always disliked it too. I feel I’m English first and British second! Not everyone feels that way, just the odd bods amongst us. 🙂

      2. I used to sort of conflate the two, thinking that someone called a Brit or British was from England. Thanks to Brian, I’m a lot more aware of the distinction now.

      3. Oh, yes, he was quick to point out that the United kingdom of Britain consists of four separate countries. I sometimes have difficulty sorting out other countries, it can be tricky. 🙂

  3. Hey, I heard from LordBeariOfBow’s daughter, Sarah, today and she said, “If you could thank everyone (on WordPress) for me that would be fantastic. Dad would have loved to read the tributes and messages.”

    So I wanted to pass on her thank-you!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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