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Sir William Ormerod, CBE, actor, philanthropist and molecular engineer, (and cousin of Major William Martin, Royal Marines), granted, in recognition of his varied accomplishments, an honorary citizenship by Neutral Moresnet, has died. posted by orthogonality (16 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
posted by orthogonality at 6:26 PM on December 23, 2008

As usual, checking the tags would have helped me figure this out a whole lot faster.
posted by ericales at 7:27 PM on December 23, 2008


There's a little Ormerod left in all of us.
posted by gubo at 7:27 PM on December 23, 2008

posted by lumensimus at 7:40 PM on December 23, 2008

I served with Sir William Ormerod; I knew Sir William Ormerod; Sir William Ormerod was a friend of mine, and YOU, sir, are no Sir William Ormerod.
posted by kcds at 7:56 PM on December 23, 2008 [2 favorites]

It was difficult to know what to make of this post. Now that I am through that difficulty, I will try to come to know what to make of what I know that I made of this post.
posted by goldfinches at 9:44 PM on December 23, 2008

I don't quite get Victoria Coren's complaint. If you're worried about gatecrashers, you don't "spread the word" and allow people you've never heard of to effectively self-invite by soliciting their own invitation.
posted by raygirvan at 2:54 AM on December 24, 2008

Victoria Coren's original article.
posted by adamvasco at 4:44 AM on December 24, 2008

Terence Jolley
posted by adamvasco at 4:50 AM on December 24, 2008

"Molecular engineer" is pushing it a bit, though the deleted Wikipedia entry was interesting: "unmarried, but many friendships from his acting days lasted until the end of his life." You don't say?
posted by exogenous at 6:32 AM on December 24, 2008

He stole that quote from Braveheart.
posted by pmbuko at 12:52 PM on December 24, 2008

Terence Jolley

Doesn't say much for selection procedures for magistrates.
posted by raygirvan at 4:48 AM on December 25, 2008

Heh! Good times. He will be missed. It must be noted though, that his honorary citizenship of Neutral Moresnet was revoked when his 'witch' bluff was called (although the answer remains a mystery).
posted by tellurian at 6:53 AM on December 25, 2008

Your search - cache:2dEJ6SO4BOkJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_William_Ormerod Sir William Ormerod - did not match any documents.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 4:09 PM on January 7, 2009

Mr. Gunn, that link was supposed to go to a copy of the now-deleted wikipedia article for Sir William. I couldn't find any copy of it.
posted by exogenous at 5:08 PM on January 7, 2009

What a delightful story. I used to have a great crush on Vicky (if I may) when she played poker on TV. I loved Alan Coren's Punch articles as a kid.
posted by fcummins at 3:57 PM on January 9, 2009

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