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Old 01-11-2008, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default The "Troubleshooter " dies at 83

Most Brits will probably instantly know who he was
One of the better BBC series that I really enjoyed was an early reality type multi episode creation of the one time Chairman of the UK's prestigious Imperial Chemical Industries, another Sir John but this time Sir John Harvey Jones , each programme saw him visiting a factory or other organisation and troubleshooting it by using his busines acumen.
sometimes if he got exasperated at the ignoring of his advice he would use his catch phrase "well I don't know about you, but I'm going for a beer"
I remember the way he reprimanded a Soviet block glassware factory for stockpiling a particular range of poorly selling product because nobody would or could decide to curtail production which would have cost many workers their jobs. Sir John has just died at 83 the Daily Telegraph obit at:-
has this photo

"Harvey-Jones: 'Everyone says Iím a smart-arse who can solve any bloody problem. Iím not'"
I very much liked another quote too:-
""This strategic plan is a load of bloody cobblers," he told the South Yorkshire police force in one episode, to the evident discomfort of the chief constable"
I also enjoyed one of the few biographies I have ever bought in 1992

the best picture I could find of "Getting It Together"
No I cannot scan my own copy because my scanner is on strike dammit
thanks to the wonder that is youtube you can now watch the BBC report on his death

if you see this lying note
"we're sorry this video is no longer available" simply ignore it
and try the direct link:-
Add an "h" at the beginning then cut and paste
"Sir" John Fowles Bt
Honorary Curator Bootleg Museum

(where Sir does not signify that I am a fully benighted Knight just a Bt which signifies a humble Baronet -?? read the wiki!)
I meant no one no harm
Once inside we found a curious moonbeam
Doing dances on the floor

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