Heroes

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#1
My place of work has recently asked that we make a list of five 'heroes' that will have to be shared and commented upon by the rest. It's some sort of corporate / team building bollocks apparently.

Resigned as I am to this pish and having fought my urge to go for Fred West and such, I've come up with:

Thucydides
King Robert I
Julius Caesar
Patrick Roy

and Maurice Richard.

I'd like to know if the rest of you have people you admire (and not just as a spur of the moment sop to the consultants who asked as mine are)
 

Auld-Yin

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#2
Perm any five from these........................



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Mark The Convict

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#3
'Corporate team building', eh? That deprives most people of the will to live, although 'role playing' is arguably the really excruciating bit.

I, personally, have no heroes, they've all got feet of clay, but maybe this list will shut your tormentors up for a while. Or maybe not.

Gordon Gecko
Tyler Durden
Warren Anderson
Tony Hayward
Lord Pirrie
 
#4
You have missed an obvious easy candidate a team building disussion:-

Winston S Churchill for:-

Leadership - understood and set the spirit of a nation

Communications - Brilliant orator and excellent written skills - minutes on one side of a piece of paper

Team building - takes a lot of skill for a conserative politician to build a cabinet from the leader of the opposition and trade union leadsers.

Moraity - he waged a war fopr national survival while keeping on the moral high ground and inventing with FDR a tjhe four freedoms and the atlantic charter which are the goals of the free world.

Everyone knows hwo he is but most are ill informed and he attracts criticism as an imperialist - but he is a good candidate.

In fact if you can persuade your company to adopt winnine as a hero I can put them in touch with a management development consultancy that uses him as a role model- for a commission obviously ;)

If you have to put up with management nonsense - at least use one of the best as inspiration
 
#7
Auld Yin's are hard to beat but I go for;

Mr. Benn
Mr. Benn's pal with the Tailor shop.
Martin McGuiness
Gerry Adams
Bernadette Devlin
 
#8
Fred
Shaggy
Thelma
Daphny (she'd still get it!)
Scooby Do
 
#9
Check the avatar. Xuanye Aisin-Gioro a.k.a. Qing Shengzu, the Kangxi Emperor. Soldier, scholar, scientist, statesman, patron of the arts and polymath. Encouraged China to learn from Western science, was no mean mathematician in his own right and according to the Jesuit Karel Slavícek played a pretty good harpsichord.
 
#10
Check the avatar. Xuanye Aisin-Gioro a.k.a. Qing Shengzu, the Kangxi Emperor. Soldier, scholar, scientist, statesman, patron of the arts and polymath. Encouraged China to learn from Western science, was no mean mathematician in his own right and according to the Jesuit Karel Slavícek played a pretty good harpsichord.
Very brief thread hijack;

I often wondered who your avatar was.

I read a book a few years ago by Gavin Menzies "1421 The Year China Discovered The World" very interesting, dunno how true though, but I enjoyed it.
 
#11
Winston S Churchill for:-

Leadership - understood and set the spirit of a nation

Communications - Brilliant orator and excellent written skills - minutes on one side of a piece of paper
History.

Always written by the victors.

You need to google Mr Churchills name, and understand how The Allies finished top in WW2, in spite of Mr Churchchill, and not because of him.

Here is a starter for ten.

The fall of Singapore - blame him!

Co
Contrary to what the history books traditionally purvey, the British military in Malaya and Singapore were not caught napping by the Japanese.
Yet the history books virtually absolved him for the humiliating defeat, pinning the blame instead on British military leaders, accusing them of being indecisive and unprepared for the Japanese attack.
I always thought Churchill was a decent bloke, but it seems to me( if you dig around on the internet) he is just a precursor to our modern day politicians.
 
#12
Your Dad
Flashman
Richard Todd
Otto Skorzeny
Sven Hassel

Team building chat, let them chew the bones out of the last two.

Don't forget, fictional characters count
 
#14
I read a book a few years ago by Gavin Menzies "1421 The Year China Discovered The World" very interesting, dunno how true though, but I enjoyed it.
One comment I read was, "Menzies must be a very good historian to make so very little evidence do so very much work". The hard evidence on Zheng He's voyages showed they were pretty spectacular accomplishments, there was no need to gild the lily to that extent.
 
#15
Don't forget, fictional characters count
In which case, your Flashman must definitely be number 1 (well, he's my hero, anyway)
Followed by:
Horatio Hornblower (but not the one portrayed by Gregory Peck)
Robin Hood (but not the PC prat portrayed by Kevin Costner)
James Bond (he was a nasty shit to women in the books, slapping them around whilst mixing a perfect martini)
The Emperor Mong (Now, he really exists as I have had several run ins with him)
 
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chrisg46

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#17
Richard Burton was not a fictional character?? or have i missed something?

I will nominate... Guide (and other "assistance") dogs. I think they are fecking brilliant, helping those who cant to do simple things like picking up phones etc.
That will be a good one for a group discussion...
 
#18
Richard Burton was not a fictional character?? or have i missed something?

I will nominate... Guide (and other "assistance") dogs. I think they are fecking brilliant, helping those who cant to do simple things like picking up phones etc.
That will be a good one for a group discussion...
Seconded, My Dad has one. Amazing creatures oh and Hong Kong Phooey
 
#19
One comment I read was, "Menzies must be a very good historian to make so very little evidence do so very much work". The hard evidence on Zheng He's voyages showed they were pretty spectacular accomplishments, there was no need to gild the lily to that extent.
Just googled the book, it gets a bit of a slap on wiki, but it was a good read nonetheless.
 
#20
Richard Burton was not a fictional character?? or have i missed something?
Of course he was. You don't think a shit tailor would really have married Elizabeth Taylor, do you?
 

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