Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Claire Rayner - talking sense

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk

We are very sad to hear of the death of Claire Rayner, nurse, campaigner and agony aunt author of more than 90 books, and longtime friend and supporter of New Humanist and honorary associate of the Rationalist Association. Claire had been ill for some time, but she was always willing to help out and support us, and she always responded to invitations even if she couldn't come - she'd call the office and say really nice supportive things in her smoky voice. Here's something typically forthright and funny she wrote for us in 2003. She was an all-round straight talking no bullshit sort of person, with a practical empathy that made millions seek out her advice. This gem pretty much sums here up: "She told her relatives she wanted her last words to be: 'Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him.'" (BBC)

So long, Claire.
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