R.I.P. Richard ‘Kip’ Carpenter

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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD creator Richard Carpenter 

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD creator Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter, creator of the British series’ CATWEAZLE, THE GHOSTS OF MOTLEY HALL, DICK TURPIN, SMUGGLER, ADVENTURER and the iconic ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, died yesterday, Feb. 26, at his home in Hertfordshire, England. He was 78 years old. Cause of death was given as heart attack.

Anthony Horowitz, creator/writer of the FOYLE’S WAR television series and author of the best-selling Alex Ryder action thriller novels, last year told the British daily THE GUARDIAN that Carpenter had given him his start as a screenwriter in the third season of ROBIN OF SHERWOOD.

Horowitz said, “It was one of the biggest shows on television. It was as though an unknown writer was given six episodes of DOWNTON ABBEY, but Richard, who was known as Kip, just said, ‘Go for it!’ … I wrote five episodes … Richard Carpenter taught me how to get into a scene and how to get out of it. He was my starting point … I had the greatest time of my life working on the show.”

Born in Norfolk, England, Carpenter started in show business as an actor before turning to writing scripts. In addition to his original creations, he also did television adaptations of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE BORROWERS, BLACK BEAUTY, STANLEY’S DRAGON and I WAS A RAT, among other credits. However, the three seasons of ROBIN OF SHERWOOD are arguably Carpenter’s best-known work

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Although ROBIN went out of production in 1985 and had its last set of first-run episodes broadcast in 1986, many of the cast and crew remain close in 2012 and there is still an active fandom. Carpenter appreciated this high degree of camaraderie among both his ROBIN colleagues and their admirers.

In an interview that is part of the making-of documentary on the ROBIN OF SHERWOOD DVDs (and now Blu-rays), Carpenter said, “If I was in any way responsible for people having a friendship that has lasted, then I’m very proud of that. I’m sort of as proud of that as I am of the series, because that’s even more important than a series, actually. It really is.”

Carpenter is survived by his wife Annabel Lee, children Harriet and Tom, and two grandsons.

In reply to the Robin of Sherwood fan-club, Jeremy Bulloch (Edward of Wickham) had this to say…

Hi Christine
yes it’s very sad news.
I spoke to Annie this morning and she is very shocked.
Tom & Harriet are being a great comfort to her.Here are a few words on my feelings about Kip.
Nothing is Forgotten and Kip will certainly never be  far from our thoughts.
My memories of the long days filming and Kip’s quiet way of asking for the
dialogue not to be changed too much kept the Merries in their place.
I felt very honoured to play the part of “Edward of Wickham”and I was surprised
that we didn’t do a fourth season.
Thanks to you Kip for letting me play the part of the holy village leader.
You’ll never be forgotten.Never.
R.I.P. Kip, you will be missed but your legacy remains.
Nothing’s forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten!
>>—> Trelawney

Earth Time Lapse from Space

Thanks to my best mate Paul Woodstone for sending me the link to this Time Lapse clip from International Space Station – amazing!

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The Royal Wedding…

What a great wedding – check out the moves! >8o)

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How true is this…

Got this e-mail today, and thought it would make a good blog entry…

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend,

Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth 

records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.


He will be remembered as having cultivated such

valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain,

why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe

it was my fault.


Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t

spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies

(adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned

but overbearing regulations were set in place.


Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for

kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using

mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an

unruly student, only worsened his condition.


Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked

teachers for doing the job they failed to do in disciplining their

unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required

to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a

sticky plaster to a student; but, could not inform the parents

when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.


Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten

Commandments became contraband; some churches became

businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their



Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself

from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for



Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed

to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a

little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.


Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,

Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility;

and his son, Reason.


He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My

Rights, someone else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim.


Not many attended his funeral because so few realised

he was gone. If you still remember him pass this on,

if not join the majority and do nothing.


Consider it passed on..

>>–> Trelawney