Mr Miyagi (real name, Pat Morita) passed away on Friday. Karate Kid's Mr Miyagi was the perfect role for Pat. He made Miyagi in to an icon. This film caught my generation in the sweet spot of our childhood years, firmly imprinting Miyagi in our hearts and minds as the embodiment of all things wise. (How many thousands have tried to catch a fly using chop-sticks? How many thousands have tried the crane kick?)
George Best. Every time I see footage of him on field, he reminds me of Pele or Maradona at his peak. He was right up there with the very best of the best. We are talking about a category occupied by no more than a handful of individuals. True natural talents, these men owned the beautiful game. It was magic. Say as much as you want about the Rooney's of this world, but they are simply not of this calibre.
Bruce Lee. This is a little strange. A bronze statue of Bruce Lee was unveiled in the Bosnian city of Mostar yesterday, chosen as a symbol of the fight against the ethnic divisions. A great quote:
"We will always be Muslims, Serbs or Croats," said Veselin Gatalo of the youth group Urban Movement Mostar.
"But one thing we all have in common is Bruce Lee."