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Tuesday, 19 May 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #32 – 19 May 1937

Professional wrestler and actor ‘Bomber’ Pat Roache was born on 19 May, 1937 in Birmingham.  His wrestling career included winning the British and European heavyweight championships.  At 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he was a formidable opponent.

In his acting career, he is remembered fondly as Bomber Busridge in the 40-episode TV comedy/drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 – 2004), about bricklayers abroad.  The ensemble cast included Jimmy Nail, Kevin Whately and Tim Healy.  Roach appeared in 36 episodes.  Created by Franc Roddam, the senior writers were Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

His film work included an uncredited part as a bouncer in A Clockwork Orange (1971), a Sherpa in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and a Chieftain in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991), as well as small parts in other films and guest roles in many TV shows.

Away from sport and acting, Pat Roache owned a scrapyard and a gym in Birmingham.

He died at 67 on 17 July, 2004 from cancer.

Sources: Wikipedia/IMDB

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