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Darth Vader Actor Dave Prowse has died aged 85

THE English actor Dave Prowse, who earned an MBE in his career died after a "short illness" and became 1 of the most famous icons of film. Bowington Management, who represented Dave broke the news of his death saying:- "It's with great regret and heart wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85."

Dave Prowse was formerly a bodybuilder who represented England in the 1960's, but it was his height and girth that made him special, leading on to his future TV and film roles. These roles would ultimately mean he would become known to sci-fi fans worldwide. From his appearances in TV shows, like:- "Doctor Who" story:- "The Time Monster," in 1972, when he placed the:- 'Minotaur,' to his 1976 role in Space 1999's episode:- "The Beta Cloud," as 'The Creature' and that's not forgetting his appearance on the hit TV series:- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," in 1980. On that show he was the bodyguard of:- 'Hotblack Desiato.'  He was extremely popular with fans, but interestingly, the role he loved the best was playing the:- 'Green Cross Code Man.' This role encouraged children to think about road safety in the UK and landed him his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award, the 3rd highest ranking of the British Empire Awards, given out by the Queen.

Dave's imposing stance didn't just get him on the small screen and just in the Star Wars films, but his film career started with a film produced by the English Horror Film Company, Hammer Studios, called:- "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell." In that film he played Frankenstein Monster. He also played:- 'Julian' in:- "A Clockwork Orange" and in the film:- "Carry On Henry" he was Bearded torturer, to name a few other films. But it was his role in Star Wars that would ultimately become his biggest and well known role. Oddly, he will also be know for always complained that he never got any publicity as Darth Vader, but for many, he is and always will be the world's most popular villain.

In 2017 he pulled out of public appearances after retiring from life as Darth Vader, as he started to struggle with arthritis and other issues. The above is the last full open talk we had the pleasure of filming. It gives a fantastic insight into this iconic actor's life from his own mouth.

Our Editor Patrick Trollope had quite a few meetings with him over Dave's the last few years of public appearances. Patrick said:- "Dave was an amazing person. Always interesting and very open. You know where you stood with him. It was a pleasure to have met him and to have been able to do some events with him. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. An icon, who will be remembered for generations... RIP Dave, thanks for making me interested in Sci-Fi!"

Prowse died at a Hospital in London, England, on 28 November 2020.

Liverpool boxer supports NOVID sanitisation system to get his sport back in the ring


THE acclaimed Liverpool boxer, JJ Metcalf, who already has 21 professional wins from 21 fights, with 13 KOs to his name, is keen to get back in the ring once more whilst ensuring the safety of everyone involved in opposing corners. Even while no physical audiences are allowed, the health and wellbeing of the boxers and their support staff is still of vital importance, and JJ has been on hand recently to try out the groundbreaking NOVID system, getting in the booth himself to get the message across that his sport will do all it can to keep promoting safety and protection.

JJ, who is known professionally as:- 'Kid Shamrock' and is promoted by Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions, had a fight cancelled only last month with Jack Flatley due to a positive test for one of Flatley's team. JJ had to isolate because of Covid19 restrictions, after his opponents corner man tested positive for the illness. JJ's scheduled bout against Jack Flatley for the Commonwealth Super Welterweight Championship fight had to be called off in line with the protocol of the British Boxing Board of Control.

Whilst fast turnaround testing, track and trace are still to be finely tuned and more available to everyone in the UK, JJ has been keen to find out more about NOVID, and how its innovative fogging system delivers an antiviral and antibacterial solution which is 99.999% effective, non-toxic and kind to the environment.


JJ Metcalf says:- "After missing out on the opportunity of my last fight it was a disappointment for myself, my colleagues and everyone who enjoys watching live boxing. I was really keen to see the NOVID booths when they were in Liverpool at the Grand Central, where I have fought before in the Dome.. Until we can have events attended by the public, it is vital as boxers that we are able to fight, in a safe environment, and I think NOVID could play a really useful role in getting us back where we belong."

The team behind NOVID have been busy trialling their system all over the UK, and beyond, to demonstrate how their invention helps us to take extra precautions in order to slow the spread of Covid19, which will become even more pressing during December and the run up to Christmas. Their single person and multi person booths deliver the NOVID solution which is 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly and safe for use by the general public, thanks to NOVID's partnership with SHEILDME, whose range of products is unsurpassed with regard to safety certification.

NOVID company director Gerry Brown says:- "It's really wonderful to see someone as noted and respected as JJ Metcalf trialling our NOVID booth in Liverpool. Even as a supremely fit and healthy boxing champion, JJ is so aware that his efforts in the ring cannot take place without the safety of everyone who works with him, too. We have had such positive feedback so far on our system and are hoping that once the public are allowed to attend live boxing events once more, the NOVID system can be put into place, too, for year round protection so that in the future we can be more prepared in terms of health protection."

NOVID's system, which is also effective in dealing with illnesses such as Influenza and Norovirus are now in use in a range of sectors from Harley Street Dentists to Irish Rugby Stadiums.

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