R.I.P. quarsan May 7, 2018 7:11 AM   Subscribe

Farewell to veteran Mefite quarsan, aka Andy Carling, who joined in March 2001—writer, editor, former EU journalist based in Brussels, latterly living in England's Lake District.
posted by rory to MetaFilter-Related at 7:11 AM (52 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ah, man, that's sad news.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:11 AM on May 7, 2018


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Mods, his user page says passed away May 2017, just FYI.
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:06 AM on May 7, 2018


Oh no. :( I'm so sorry to hear this.

About 10 years and more ago, Andy used to interview politicians on http://www.blairwatch.co.uk/ (which is now defunct) and posted the links to political threads on Mefi. He was also an inspired writer. Some samples:

"It's part of a journalists job to go where they're not wanted. It's part of their job to stay when people tell them to go."

The Big Man and the Little Girl (cw: child sexual abuse)

My book burning with Pastor Jones (A review of Eat, Pray, Love)

One night in a disused laboratory

Consider the Lily Tarn

The Fell Walkers' Guide to Eternity:
* Chapter One: A Vision Of Judgement
* Chapter Two: On Nature’s Invitation Do I Come
* Chapter Three: Fears In Solitude
* Chapter Four: The Apparition of the Brocken
* Chapter Five: Waking Dreams — A Fragment

The last chapter ends:
I have as many memories as there are raindrops.

But the future remains unknown. Time takes me back and forward as it wishes, but not into the undiscovered country of the future. This may be a blessing, because in all my travels, whatever the time, I’ve noticed things are changing really quickly now, rain, temperature, all the seasons are different, like a pattern is being lost to the forces of chaos It takes a long time to notice the small changes, the slight increase of random, violent events and how normal cycles become abnormal ones. I’ve also seen the slow darkening of the skies, how the stars all twinkle because of dust particles in the atmosphere. A couple of brief centuries ago, this was rare and unusual. Oh I wish I could have shown you the stars long ago, they were so beautiful and alive you’d understand why our ancestors worshiped them.

How I got here, who or what I am no longer has any interest for me. But after wandering on the fells and through the ages I know that I will be here in this ever changing beauty for eternity.

It just won’t be long enough.
It never is. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

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posted by zarq at 8:14 AM on May 7, 2018 [28 favorites]


[Fixed the date typo, thanks.]
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posted by holborne at 10:42 AM on May 7, 2018


Oh no. Sorry to hear this.
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posted by Mitheral at 10:50 AM on May 7, 2018


When I first joined, he and quonsar were both active and it took me quite a while to realize they were different users, rather than a single user with some big personality swings. Looking thru his posts now, I see he even made a Metatalk post about it.
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posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:02 PM on May 7, 2018


I am sorry to hear this.
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posted by mmoncur at 12:13 AM on May 8, 2018


I had the same confusion as a lurker, donnagirl.

He was a lovely writer; thank you for posting those links, zarq.

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posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:50 AM on May 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


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posted by wheek wheek wheek at 1:32 AM on May 8, 2018


Really sorry to hear this. I remember him more as Andy the [goodnatured] twat behind Zoe McCarthy's My Boyfriend is a Twat.

RIP Andy, a lovely, laid back Northerner who will be missed.
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posted by NailsTheCat at 12:21 PM on May 9, 2018


I am so sorry to hear this. What a neat guy.
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posted by but no cigar at 10:41 PM on May 11, 2018


Late in hearing this, but so very sorry to learn of hi passing. Thank you for letting us know, rory, and thank you for the great tribute & links, zarq.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:38 AM on May 23, 2018 [1 favorite]


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