August 20th, 2004

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Why I love the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk) Obituaries.

1. Lady Palmer
Wife of a former Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire who devoted herself to charitable causes and championed the art of topiary .

2. Colin Bibby
Ornithologist whose work paid handsome dividends for the Dartford Warbler and who once had to eat his hat.

3. Julia Child
American television chef who learned to cook in France and was not afraid to be seen making a hash of it.

4. Donald Justice
Poet and teacher who expressed brooding thoughts elegantly.

5. Rick James
American rocker whose ambition was to reconcile funk with pop and to give a greater priority to the lyrics.