Funny Obituary

(a phrase that seems almost sacrilegious in the U.S., but that describes a common phemonenon, I'm told, in English newspapers): Eric Muller points to a good one, with an interesting anecdote about law, marijuana, and more.

Sounds like a quintessential character in a yet-to-be-written J.P. Donleavy novel...but why on earth was the judge sampling the evidence? If true, that's truly amazing, and I will spare the effects such a practice may have on anglican jurisprudence.
8.4.2005 6:25pm

...spare [making jokes about] the effects...
8.4.2005 6:26pm
Split Lip Rayfield (mail):
makes a great story, but come on, no one here really believes it, right?
8.4.2005 6:53pm
PLM (mail):
The Daily Telegraph has published two paperbacks of favorite obits. (They are probably at I have also saved several when I've been in England because of the unflattering, and often humorous, account of the person who died. (Little asides such as No one knows why X--the deceased--was elevated to the House of Lords.) The obit of the wife of the British painter Graham Sutherland was devastating.
8.5.2005 12:45am
Anybody remember the Mary Tyler Moore show where Mary and Rhoda were updating obits and got goofy, and Ted accidentally read one on the air?

cathy :-)
8.5.2005 11:58am
Peter Bepler (mail):
Not only are English obits far superior to the American variety, they are indeed the subject of annuals, or anthologies, or such, which are better bedside reading than, say, the DNB. Eugene, I'm too lazy to check this, but I'm curious to know whether the difference between US and UK obituary writing style is attributable to differences in the law of libel? That is, you can print in the UK truly outrageous stuff because, under their law, no cause for libel (or defamation) survives the libelee? Also, I understand that in the UK obits are written primarily by outsiders, either volunteers or by invitation, who knew the subject personally; in the US I understand obit writing is a job assigned either to the novice or the burnt-out case (happy to be corrected by any newspaperman with a more informed view).
8.5.2005 7:09pm