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Offline Toronto Villa

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RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« on: December 07, 2023, 12:18:38 PM »
The day after our wonderful win very sad to hear of the passing of poet Benjamin Zepaniah. A dedicated Villa fan and ambassador. Here is him speaking passionately about us. RIP brother Ben.

https://x.com/justin_avfc_/status/1732718543634833835?s=46



« Last Edit: December 07, 2023, 01:13:14 PM by dave.woodhall »

Offline Toronto Villa

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2023, 12:32:05 PM »
Edit: I see this is being discussed in the celebrity thread. Mods feel free to close this thread.

Offline Somniloquism

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2023, 12:50:17 PM »
Actually take the posts from there into here as he deserves his own separate one as the other thread is also about faux fans which he is definitely not.

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2023, 12:59:43 PM »
Yeah I agree keep this for him, I've met him many times and aside from being a massive villa fan and probably the most talented speaker I've ever heard in the flesh he was also one of the nicest and kindest of people. Villa and Birmingham as a whole has lost a genuinely great man today.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2023, 01:09:38 PM by paul_e »

Offline darren woolley

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2023, 01:08:53 PM »
I've met him once he was real gentleman very sad news.

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2023, 01:09:02 PM »
What terrible news. A proper gentleman.

Offline Duncan Shaw

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2023, 01:10:22 PM »
That's very sad news.

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zepaniah
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2023, 01:12:00 PM »
Very sad news, I always liked listening to him, he was a gifted wordsmith and by all accounts a lovely human being. Another HEITS. Hope he's given a fitting send-off.


Offline PeterWithesShin

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2023, 01:46:06 PM »
His poetry wasn't my thing, but that's more poetry overall than about his ability as he was obviously very talented. He was though a great orator, and everything i've heard about him is that he was a very good human being. The world, and especially our city, is a bit darker today.

Offline tomd2103

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2023, 01:51:11 PM »
Very sad news.  RIP Benjamin, I hope there is some kind of fitting tribute at the match on Saturday.

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2023, 02:01:14 PM »
Tears in my eyes last night after that win.

Tears in my eyes hearing this.

Offline Billy Walker

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2023, 02:15:23 PM »
Sad, sad news. Sincere sympathy to all the great mans's family and friends.

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2023, 02:17:55 PM »
Yeah I agree keep this for him, I've met him many times and aside from being a massive villa fan and probably the most talented speaker I've ever heard in the flesh he was also one of the nicest and kindest of people. Villa and Birmingham as a whole has lost a genuinely great man today.

All this. I met him a few times and he was lovely. A really vital, powerful voice in our culture too. So sad to lose him so young.

Offline Axl Rose

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2023, 02:27:59 PM »
Very sad news.

What a massive loss. Too young.

Offline Witton Warrior

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Re: RIP Benjamin Zephaniah
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2023, 02:44:16 PM »
Oh buggery!

Such a great poet, character and Brummie/Villa ambassador!
Loved the guy and his word play

I just hope he saw the score!


 


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