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Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« on: February 19, 2020, 20:43 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51562165

I remember being at a very raucous party somewhere in Cambridge with her and her sometimes boyfriend Nigel Henbest.  She drunk us all under the table!  (Not that long before your time Sam!)  ;D
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2020, 21:28 »
Can't say I've heard of her, but... :rip:
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2020, 21:38 »
You have clearly read a sheltered life Simon.   ;D
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2020, 22:50 »
You have clearly read a sheltered life Simon.   ;D

No, can't say I have.  Who's it by?   :)x
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 08:50 »
Stephen Hawking of course!   :laugh:
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2020, 12:46 »
 :facepalm:
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 19:54 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51562165

I remember being at a very raucous party somewhere in Cambridge with her and her sometimes boyfriend Nigel Henbest.  She drunk us all under the table!  (Not that long before your time Sam!)  ;D

I am sure it was way before my time anywhere in Cambridge, but not long before I was born! A name I often encountered but don't recall actually encountering. I miss being active in astronomy. No time for it these days though.
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2020, 20:00 »
She gave a talk at the Cavendish when I was FAS secretary and we always stayed over on the Saturday night to go out for a meal.  Heather wanted to party and I was with Pam Spence and Mike Inglis who were real party animals and total nutters and I felt obliged to attend if I wanted to keep my street cred.  The guy who owned Astronomy Now was also at the party. 
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2020, 20:06 »
She gave a talk at the Cavendish when I was FAS secretary and we always stayed over on the Saturday night to go out for a meal.  Heather wanted to party and I was with Pam Spence and Mike Inglis who were real party animals and total nutters and I felt obliged to attend if I wanted to keep my street cred.  The guy who owned Astronomy Now was also at the party.

Sounds like lots of fun. I don't recall any epic parties when I was secretary, or heck before then..... I remember a meal with you and Ron at one point at some services... maybe going for lunch at Cambridge at some point?
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2020, 21:13 »
Ron Kelly was not exactly a fun person as he was so introverted and felt very hard done by.  Callum was quite dour too.  When Pam was president it was rock 'n roll.   :)x
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2020, 17:40 »
Ron Kelly was not exactly a fun person as he was so introverted and felt very hard done by.  Callum was quite dour too.  When Pam was president it was rock 'n roll.   :)x

Money was well managed though.... the reserves they had were astronomical
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Re: Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2020, 20:32 »
Yes, that was mainly due to the late great Doc Sutton wielding the axe on the annual spring convention at Coventry which was always lost money.   :facepalm:
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