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Further to David McKittrick’s obituary of Albert Reynolds (22 August), I should say that there are few better ways of learning what makes a politician tick than travelling with them at close quarters on delegations to challenging countries.

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James Foley was one of the few to have explored the present Middle East turmoil from end to end – from Libya in the west to Afghanistan in the east. A man of easy charm and relaxed mien, he penetrated places where Westerners now fear to tread, and in his career in journalism demonstrated bravery unknown to many who have spent much longer in the business than his brief six years.

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Helen Bamber, the psychotherapist and human rights activist, described torture – which she fought against in almost 100 countries during a work span of close on 70 years – as an attempt to kill a person without their dying. During a long life devoted to remedying the impact state-authorised torture had on the spirit as well as the body of victims, Bamber ended her life knowing that she had done more than probably anyone else in Britain – possibly the world – to put healing balm on to the aching scars of thousands of men, women and children.

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Reynolds, centre right, with John Major in 1994; the two got on well, though peace talks put their relationship under great strain

Albert Reynolds: Politician who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland but could not keep together two coalition governments

As Irish prime minister in the early 1990s Albert Reynolds played a pivotal role in the peace process, which he enthusiastically promoted in the teeth of widespread hostility in its highly controversial early stages. It was a politically perilous business, but that was part of the Reynolds make-up.

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Candida Lycett Green: Author who helped 'Private Eye' get off the ground and edited the letters and prose of her father, John Betjeman

Candida Lycett Green was a writer of limpid, graceful English prose with 16 books to her name; a champion of the English countryside and its buildings, both as a weekly columnist for The Oldie and as Commissioner of English Heritage; a strikingly beautiful television presenter; a loving, generous friend and hostess who relished introducing her chums to each other; a devoted mother who was herself the daughter of celebrated parents; a fine horsewoman; an elegant gardener and decorator; a splendid cook; a richly funny conversationalist who would begin telephone calls with the greeting, "Mrs Green here"; and part of the original group who started Private Eye.

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Jack Sherburn swooped over the Aberdares, the lush forests and tumbling waterfalls on the mountainsides yielding no clues – or so it seemed – to where Kenya's rebels were hiding.

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Sam Galbraith: Neurosurgeon who survived a lung transplant and served as Scottish education minister

Galbraith: ‘Anyone who thinks Scotland is a great left-wing nation is wrong,’ he said. ‘We live on the myth that it is perfect’

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‘He wanted to bring back idealism to our country,’ said a former political colleague

Gordon: the BBC’s Head of Radio Sport described him as ‘a true gentleman who was loved and and admired by his colleagues’

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The BBC’s Head of Radio Sport described him as ‘a true gentleman who was loved and and admired by his colleagues

Morris Stevenson, footballer: Gifted and stylish footballer whose magical dribbles and perceptive passing helped bring silverware to Morton

Stevenson: he was especially effective laying on chances for the rampaging Allan McGraw.

Philip Mottram: Film-maker and inspiring teacher whose generosity of spirit made him the London Film School’s guiding light

Mike Leigh and Michael Mann both appreciated Mottram’s contribution to their education in film

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