18/04/2024
Norwich, GB 7 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

MEHRAN KARIMI NASSERI, aged 77

Thrown out of Iran, he lost his papers and was a refugee trapped in Charles de Gaulle airport where he lived for 18 years – and inspired a film.

TED OATES, aged 101

Growing up in Huddersfield he joined the TA and the Army and had a dramatic escape through Belgium and France andwas part of the evacuation of Dunkirk. His story became the basis of a film.

DOMINIC HOPKINS, aged 57

A talented musician, ill health took his life into other directions but he returned to music. He ultimately died in tragic circumstances.

ROLAND MESNIER, aged 78

Learned his trade in France, he became chief pastry chef at the White House, serving 5 presidents and never cooking the same meal twice.

HEBE DE BONAFINI, aged 93

An Argentinian housewife, both her sons were kidnapped and murdered during the Dirty War. She set up the ‘Mothers of the Disappeared to protest – but became a controversial character.

MIGUEL ETCHECOLATZ, aged 93

A policeman in Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a torturer and killer during the Dirty War. It took years to bring him to justice – but he never repented.

MARTHA WHITE, aged 99

Two years before the Rosa Parks incident, Martha was persecuted on a bus in Baton Rouge. It led to a bus boycott and inspired the Civil Rights Movement.

PADDY HOPKIRK, aged 89

A brilliant rally driver from Northern Ireland, he was excommunicated from the Catholic church before winning the Monte Carlo Rally and appearing on the London stage. He bravely saved the life of a rival and won the MBE.