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Mice Net : October 2008
in memoriam Vale Miles Douglas Clarke July 13,1952 – September 1,2008 not going to hold sufficient interest, and he took himself off to university to start his training in journalism. While at university a beautiful woman of Austrian origin, Ulli, conquered his heart, and shortly afterwards became his wife. He worked as a journalist on The Argus newspaper in Cape Town, covering the police round where, in apartheid South Africa, he saw the worst of what people are capable of, but also how fine and noble the human spirit is, even in the face of great adversity. He left the opposition press to work for the State broadcaster, challenging the strict boundaries around what could and could not be reported. He had a knack of cutting through the pomposity. His acerbic eye, humour and professionalism gained respect from all sides of the political spectrum. Shortly after he moved to Australia, falling in love with his adopted country, but retaining his passion for Africa, and continued his journalism career, this time in the business press. Within the business events industry he forged enduring friendships. He was popular, he was liked, he was witty, gregarious… he mixed and mingled at social and business events with ease and impeccable manners. Over the years he came to know the industry and its members better than any other. He made a difference, and his family should be proud of the contributions he made. And when he wasn’t working – writing, reporting, questioning and travelling the world – he was spending time with friends and family. Indeed, if friendship was an Olympic event, he would have had a string of gold medals. We should remember not what was lost, but what was won – 56 years of experience and friendship and adventure; 30 years of love and companionship with a beloved wife (whose love, devotion and commitment to Miles were absolute, as was his to her); a legacy of two proud sons (he was the ultimate family man; he adored his boys); countless happy days – his wedding day, the birth of his two sons, summer evenings spent at Kilcare, long walks with Elvis (his dog). He enthusiastically embraced life, but often found it hard to bear. He will be missed by so many. M - Excerpts from eulogies by Tony Clarke, Andre Bijlsma, Derryn Heilbuth, Ian Stuart, and Evan and Connan Clarke. Miles will be greatly missed by everyone at mice.net magazine. With a constant finger on the pulse of our industry, not a week would go by without phone calls or e-mails from Miles with a great story or idea for our next issue – he knew his stuff! Our friend and work colleague will be sadly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to www.beyondblue.org.au. mice.net 11 iles was one of three brothers, born in South Africa to loving parents. He had a rebellious streak, choosing not to complete his schooling, and began work in a restaurant. By 21 he had a significant share in a steakhouse and a number of other investments. Later, he decided that a life running restaurants was