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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

COMMENT: Nigel Ryan

A memorial requiem mass at the Brompton Oratory for Nigel Ryan - known to a galaxy of friends as 'News at 10' - he directed the News for ITN for a decade. 
The programme has never been so good and punchy, before or since, it had an energy, and immediacy and a credibility not easy to achieve. 
A beautiful mass - was sung by the famed Oratory Choir - my usual gripe, the congregation singing hymns - 

Unaccompanied by the mourners, the Celtic Alleluia and Sanctus Benedictus Missa pro defunctis 1614 were a marvel.

A man who spoke three languages, had experienced bloody wars as a Reuters Correspondent, he broke many a heart with his charm and memorable good looks. 

Tempus fugit.

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