Dr Benway operates on another plane

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Dr Benway operates on another plane

Postby Belle Lettre » 26 Jan 2016, 13:36

It is a virtual certainty that Paul would not have let his funeral proceedings pass without some witty and ribald quip. I would not have done a very good job of stepping up to the mark on his behalf; my inclination runs more to the reciting of "Stop All The Clocks", screaming and rending of clothes. Happily, having just come back from his funeral and an hour or two spent listening to the lurid stories of the friends of his youth, I can curb any urges toward the maudlin.

I do know that a eulogy would cause him some embarrassment. He had a profound dislike of affectation and was even unhappy with being paid compliments, though happy to pay them himself on occasion. As he once said to me:
"I'm just a railwayman. I read a bit, that's all".

I will therefore spare his blushes. Maddening at times yet uniquely loveable, he was unlikely to be forgotten. Those of you who knew him here will remember him as a stalwart of the post-prog thread and a Zep scholar. He was an erstwhile guitarist and I always wished he would go back to it. He loved Free. And Dio. And Robbo. And, regrettably, Ace Frehley. And Wishbone Ash. I am listening to The King Will Come as I type. The other week I played three albums in a row as a particular tribute to him - posted on Facebook's Now Playing page, I'm afraid. Free Live followed by Strangers In the Night followed by Angel Witch. I was not prepared to listen to Steely fucking Dan.

He was widely read in any case, but he was also something of an authority on military history, German and World War Two in particular. The pain I felt on reaching for my phone to text him a query as to the date the siege of Leningrad was lifted and then suddenly remembering he was dead is still hollowing me out. The manner of his passing was so very sudden, but I don't need to go into that.

His was a restless turn of mind. He had some low moments but could nearly always snap out of those moods in the end. I hope that he was at peace when he upped and left. I am saddened that he never got to Scotland as he wanted to do - he nearly made it in October but had miscalculated his work roster. I wish that I could buy him another pint in Whitstable, and we could go and have another look at Peter Cushing's house.

He was very dear to me and will always be with me. However, if he had read this far, he would now be laughing at me and saying "Why not post a link to my most successful thread, 'Who Has Ever Taken A Shit In a Field?' But I can't find it. It must have been one of the ones lost when the server was changed. Is that some sort of metaphor, I wonder? Anyway, here are a couple of quotes for you:

From the Post-Prog thread:
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Describe it for us, Dr B.

It's like a horse chestnut suspended in a skull full of brine. A First World War gasmask gathering dust in a child's playhouse. A lesbian footballer doing battle with cheese.

From a thread called " What did proggers do before prog?"
Mostly knitting and wanking.

But they don't do him justice, and I have indulged myself long enough. If you've read this far, I thank you.
Stay around somewhere beyond my ken, my dear Paul, and thank you for everything.
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Postby Nick?? Dougie?? » 26 Jan 2016, 13:43

Rest his sweet soul. What a beautiful piece of writing.
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Postby Moleskin » 26 Jan 2016, 13:44

Beautiful. RIP
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Postby fange » 26 Jan 2016, 13:48

RIP, Dr. B. :(
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Postby Flower » 26 Jan 2016, 13:48

That is a beautiful tribute.

I didn't know Paul but the world will be a sadder place without him.

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Postby Hugh » 26 Jan 2016, 13:50

RIP Dr B .

I remember knitting and wanking.

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Postby Jeemo » 26 Jan 2016, 13:51

But smokey in here, lovely post Carol.
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Postby Foxhound » 26 Jan 2016, 14:20

And only 53. So very sad.

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Postby Count Machuki » 26 Jan 2016, 14:36

Oh, that's rotten. RIP

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 Jan 2016, 14:54

Yeah, I remember Dr.Benway's name. Not exactly a 60.000 posts poster but he showed up regularly.

Too young, really.

And I saw you playing the albums on FB, Carol.

Thanks for this and RIP.


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Postby Pansy Puff » 26 Jan 2016, 14:56


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Postby Charlie O. » 26 Jan 2016, 15:16

Hugh wrote:RIP Dr B .

I remember knitting and wanking.

And others. He was a good 'un.

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Postby yomptepi » 26 Jan 2016, 15:36

very sad, but he has been well remembered to us. Thanks for that Carol. RIP Dr B.
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Postby Footy » 26 Jan 2016, 16:38

I never met Dr Benway but the persona your beautifully written tribute has evoked rather makes me wish that I had.

I'm sorry our paths never crossed and I'm deeply sorry, Carol, for the loss of your friend.

RIP Dr Benway.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 26 Jan 2016, 16:42

He looks like a nice guy.

I hope I'm remembered a little bit the same way.
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Postby kath » 26 Jan 2016, 16:55

a wonderful tribute. thank you.

we had our boardly interchanges, and i recall them fondly. he went to a few listens. we got into at least one conversation about said wishbone ash, leading to my expounding at great length over whichever album, closing with, "so yer coming to the listen then?" his response, with a smile, was a very succinct no. mwhaha. he was very kind regarding my sick steven wilson fetish. in fact, one year for his birthday, i made him a bday pic with his baphomet avatar and steven wilson's head on it. in truth, i always enjoyed reading him when he posted. so, so sharp, witty, but with heart. i wish i had known him better, but i am thankful i get to see him through yer eyes.



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Postby Wally Bingbang » 26 Jan 2016, 17:01

So sorry for the loss of your friend, all of you who knew him.

Lovely rememberance, Belle.

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Postby Nikki Gradual » 26 Jan 2016, 17:30

I remember his posts well. Very sad, especially at such an age (or lack of).

Lovely tribute Carol.
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Postby C » 26 Jan 2016, 23:00

A fitting tribute to a good lad.

RIP prog goon


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Postby C » 26 Jan 2016, 23:04


Dr Benway wrote:
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From what I've read she was mostly full of cock.

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