Been and Gone: The Beatles’ decorator, and a famous brothel keeper – BBC News

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Image caption John Lennon at home in Weybridge, in the house embellished by Kenneth Partridge

Our regular column treating the deaths of significant – but lesser reported – parties of the past month.

Kenneth Partridge discovered fame as a designer of residences for dad starrings and other beautiful people during the 1960 s. Among his fees was a flat for Ringo Starr which Partridge embellished with purple silk wallpaper and lead-streaked reflects. Unfortunately much of this was ruined by Jimi Hendrix, to whom Starr subsequently leased the flat, who hurled colour all over the decoration while on an acid excursion. Partridge also designed the interior of John Lennon’s mock-Tudor house in Weybridge although neither Lennon , nor his wife, Cynthia, were impressed by some of his more lavish suggestions. He satisfied in designing extravagant defendants, one of which investigated a recreation of Dante’s Inferno with the emcee wander through ardour while being prodded with a fork by Partridge who was dressed as the Devil while another, at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, viewed guests being shuttled in a fleet of Rolls-Royces hired from a neighbourhood funeral company.

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Image caption Fernande Grudet

Fernande Grudet , better known as Madame Claude, was the best-known brothel keeper in France. During the 1960 s her expensive establishment in a sought-after region of the French uppercase was frequented by politicians, police chiefs and members of the Mafia. John F Kennedy, Marlon Brando and the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi were allegedly among her most famous buyers. She experienced the protection provided for in the law by encouraging her “swans”, as she referred to her daughters, to obtain snippets of useful information from their clients, which she then passed on to the police. She is believed to have made a fortune over the years but was necessary to abscond France when she was engaged for 11 m francs( 4.9 m) of unpaid taxes. She afterwards reverted and served a four-month incarcerate convict before withdrawing to the French Riviera. “There are two things people pay for, nutrient and sex”, she once said. “And I wasn’t any good at cooking.”

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Image caption Douglas Tompkins, photographed in Argentina, 2009

Douglas Tompkins walked away from a successful business vocation to become one of the world’s passing conservationists. He’d made his coin as co-founder – with his first bride – of The North Face, which they built up into one of the world’s largest suppliers of camping material and outdoor paraphernalium. He sold his share in 1966 to join his wife in founding the fad room, Esprit. A fan of the outdoors, he grew paid great attention to potential impacts the fashion business had on environmental matters and retire Esprit in 1989, selling his share back to his now estranged partner. Instead he moved to Chile, re-married, and worked on a number of preservation projections which implied buying up big tracts of ground to retain biodiversity. Among his achievements were the creation of Pumalin Park and Corcovado National Park, with an area totalling 1.5 million acres. A keen kayaker, he died of hypothermia after being shed into an icy river.

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Image caption Douglas Tompkins, photographed in Argentina, 2009

Mariuccia Mandelli was one of Italy’s most successful clothes designer. She founded the label Krizia, which applied Milan on the way map and pioneered daring patterns of women’s clothing including trouser dress and hot pants. She satisfied in eccentricity, establishing clothes from eel scalps and creating a range of knitwear emblazoned with wild animals. She embarked reaching attires for her dolls when she was just seven but submitted to the wishes of her parents and trained to be a teach. At 19 she discontinued, sold her Lambretta scooter to parent some money, and began selling dress from the back of her old-time gondola. The appoint Krizia was taken away from a persona in Plato’s dialogue on female vanity. By the 1990 s she and her husband ran a business with a turnover in excess of 340 m and had built up a loyal following in China and Japan.

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Image caption Centre Point in center London – the brainchild of Harry Hyams

Harry Hyams ‘s Centre Point tower in London realise him grow, for some, the unacceptable look of property development in the 1960 s. Already a successful entrepreneur, he took advantage of council proposals for a( never constructed) roundabout at the junction of Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road to gain a lease on land there. The 35 -storey tower completed during 1966 but remained empty for the next 14 years, because Hyams wanted to lease it out to a single occupier. Even as an empty building, its initial significance of 5m more than quadrupled, but Centre Point became a focus for homeless donations, who claimed the London property boom promoted owners to keep builds exhaust. Hymans shunned advertising, and even nursed his company’s annual general meeting on New Year’s Day to deter anyone from attending.

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Image caption King Bhumibol with his puppy Tongdaeng

As the pet dog of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Tongdaeng enjoyed the protection provided for in a law vetoing specific actions which eroded the dignity of the country’s predominating monarch. This resulted in a factory worker being prosecuted for posting a cynical word about Tongdaeng on Facebook. The animal – whose mention intends “copper” in Thai – was accepted from a litter born to a move dog. The king referred to her as “a common bird-dog who is uncommon” and wrote an fond profile of her which soon became a bestseller. The dog, said here king, would prove proper respect by always sitting less than that of her owned even when he contacted down to hug her. In 2006 Tongdaeng, together with her puppies, peculiarity on a commemorative define of Thai postage stamps.

Among others who died in December were 😛 TAGEND

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister – one of heavy metal music’s most famous figures

Wayne Rogers – Trapper John in the long-running TV succession MASH

Natalie Cole – Grammy award-winning jazz and r& b singer

Jimmy Hill – musician, manager and scholar who changed the face of tournament football

Nicholas Smith – Mr Rumbold in Are You Being Acted?

Meadowlark Lemon – whiz of the Harlem Globetrotters

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