RIP: Tony Hart

I have fond memories as a child in the early 80’s seeing Tony Hart and his art gallery on TV. What made is special for me as a child was his little plasticine character, Morph. It was the earliest claymation I can remember and was definitely a springboard for other Aardman Studios characters, like Wallace and Grommit. 

 

tonyhartArtist and children’s presenter Tony Hart has died, aged 83.

Hart, who lived in Surrey, had suffered from health problems for a number of years, including two strokes. His family said he died peacefully.

The affable presenter inspired children to paint and draw on shows like Vision On, Take Hart and Hartbeat for nearly 50 years before he retired in 2001.

Fellow artist Rolf Harris led tributes, calling Hart “a very gentle and talented guy”.

“He enthused and inspired a whole generation of kids into creating their own works of art, simple or complex. [source BBC]

Condolences go out to the Hart family, his friends and all his fans. Another legend has gone.

Bone marrow transplant 'cures HIV patient'

According to doctors, in Germany, a leukaemia patient, who was also infected by HIV, is HIV free for the last 20 months since his bone marrow transplant. Experts are saying that 1 in 1000 Americans and Europeans have a genetic mutation that prevents the HIV from attaching to cells in their bodies.

The clinic said since the transplant, tests on his bone marrow, blood and other organ tissues have all been clean.

“More than 20 months after the successful transplant, no HIV can be detected in the patient,” the clinic said in a statement.

Such a donor supplied this patient with a bone marrow transplant and has subsequently cured him from HIV for almost 2 years now. You can read more about this on BBC News.  – thanks to David for the link.

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HIV Particle - Image Copyright Russell Kightley