Mick Tully (27th December 1949 - 16th August 2010)

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Mick Tully was a highly prolific anagrammatist and long-time alt.anagrams regular who died on the 16th of August 2010 at his home in London at the age of 60. Mick won several Anagrammy Awards and was an occasional contributor to the Anagrammy Forum in his latter years.

His death was announced by long-time friend and fellow anagrammatist Tony Crafter who received an email from Mick's sister:

"I've just had a very sad email from Mick's sister Clare (copies of which she has sent to some of the other regulars) to say that Mick was found dead yesterday. They are awaiting a coroner's report but suspect it may be another stroke or a heart attack. This is a terrible shock as were all looking forward to seeing Mick at the meetup with Zoran this weekend. We shall all raise a glass to him when we meet but, at the moment, I feel very sad and somewhat stunned."

Mick's anagrams always displayed his irreverent sense of humour and were often outrageously rude but always very clever.

Outside of anagramming, Mick was famous for his brilliant practical jokes and pranks, including letters of newspapers and other institutions, written under various noms de plume, the most memorable being Pudni Wasti, which spelled backwards is "It's a wind-up".

The Mick Tully Memorial Award for the Most Consistent Anagrammatist of the Year has been set up in his honour.


All the Award winning anagrams by Mick Tully

NAME CATEGORY, June 1998:
eq.1st - Mick Tully with:
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland =
HRH to Blair: Entertaining, drinking under a daft dome, Tone?

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, August 1998:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Michael Flatley =
Him? Feet all clay.
He fell? Calamity!
Each fall timely?
Calmly hail feet.

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, September 1998:
1st - Mick Tully with:
The Presidential Video =
A vile, red-hot penis diet.
He stained it? Lie proved.
Evildoer in it? He's taped.
Do entire tape? He's livid.

SPAM CATEGORY, March 1999:
1st - Mick Tully with:
FREE PORNO PICS =
I prefer no cops.

OTHER NAMES CATEGORY, April 1999:
1st - Mick Tully with:
The Microsoft Corporation =
Motto: Rich fornicates poor.

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, August 1999:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Election promises =
Come-ons - lies - tripe.
Promotes nice lies.
Politicos? Me sneer.

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, November 1999:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Dolly Parton's greatest hits =
Gross tits? Pan that yodeller!
Lads to hail pretty songster.
Oh-so-pretty art tingles lads.
Pretty girl's tone 'as lads hot!
So, hot star dangles prettily...

AWARDSMASTER'S CHOICE CATEGORY, March 2000:
2nd - Mick Tully with:
Dilatation and curettage =
Agitated an irate old cunt.

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, May 2000:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Legalise prostitution =
It's legislature option.
Touts tip: girlie on sale.
Log stilettoes up in air!
Regulate, list position.
Elite tooling upstairs!
Priest: 'Out, legislation!'

ANAGRAM SET CATEGORY, June 2000:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Tandoori chicken =
Darn, I cook ethnic!
Chaotic dinner, OK?
Rancid? Choke on it!

OTHER NAMES CATEGORY, November 2000:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Flanders Fields =
Sad, friends fell.

AWARDSMASTER'S CHOICE CATEGORY, September 2001:
3rd - Mick Tully with:
The Intel Corporation =
Tailor one rotten chip.

GENERAL CATEGORY, December 2001:
1st - Mick Tully with:
Designated driver =
Danger is diverted.

AWARDSMASTER'S CHOICE CATEGORY, January 2002:
2nd - Mick Tully with: [Darts champion]
Martin Adams =
I'm a darts man.

GENERAL CATEGORY, March 2002:
eq.2nd - Mick Tully with:
Snort cocaine =
Nose narcotic.


Eulogies from Anagrammy regulars

Zoran Radisavlevic:
I enjoyed in Mick's anagrams and I think it was a privilege to met him 2004 on the meeting of anagrammatists in London. Rest in peace, Mick.

Larry Brash: I am sad to hear of his sudden passing. I had noted to myself some while ago his absence on the Forum following his last stroke and often wondered how he was.

It is no secret that Mick and I had had our conflicts years ago. When I first met him online back in the late 90's we immediately clicked, sharing a similar sense of humour and catholic upbringings. His amazing stories of his pranks and letters to the newspapers had me in stitches. Pudni Wasti (its a windup) will live on in my mind.

Sadly we did fall out over the schism between a.a. and the Anagrammy Awards in 2002.

I was pleased when we made amends 2 years ago and felt privileged to meet him at the London meet-up in Sept 2008. Unfortunately by that stage his health had taken its toll and he seemed a shell of his former self.

We will miss him.

Mike Mesterton-Gibbons:
Very sad news. He was an anagram genius. Sixty is way too young to die (especially from the perspective of the upper fifties). So long, Mick.

Rosie Perera:
I'm late to join this chorus of tributes. I didn't know Mick apart from his rare contributions here on the Forum, but I appreciated his wit, even when he was being a pain in the butt which he sometimes was. Sad to hear of his untimely demise. He will be missed, and has earned his eternal place in the Anagram Hall of Fame. I hope you all have a great meet-up in the UK tomorrow (today alread for you) and share fond memories of him as you raise your glasses to his memory.

Alan Yoshioka:
How very sad. May he rest in peace.

Adie Pena:
My sincerest condolence and deepest sympathy to Mick Tully's family and to the Anagrammy community.

Mey Kraus:
We've lost a giant.

Chris Sturdy:
I too was a great fan of Pudni :-) The forum, the usenet, and the printed press will be a poorer place for his (and her, for sometimes Pudni was a she, I believe) passing.

We'll drink a pint in the Metropolitan in his memory on your behalf!

Rick Sengupta: I'm so, so, incredibly sad at this. My sincerest condolences.


Some anagram eulogies

David Bourke:
The Mick Tully Memorial Award for the Most Consistent Anagrammatist of the Year =
Let's commemorate him...to a friend at rest, tragically taken away from us this month.

Michael Tully, rest in peace =
Ultimately in place...cheers!

It's the anniversary of the death of Michael Tully =
Daily toast: Very much on the lash in the afterlife.

Chris Sturdy:
Michael Tully, rest in peace =
Ah, nice Celt. I'm really upset.

Dharam Khalsa:
Michael Tully, rest in peace =
The primally acute silence. =
Then a crucial timely sleep.

Rick Rothstein:
The chorus of heavenly angels ~
have chosen Tully, he's gone far.

Harshal M:
The death of Michael Tully =
My health fell out... it ached.


Long anagrams about Mick

David Bourke:
'Although you have been found guilty of a serious offence, there are mitigating circumstances,' Judge Michael Forde told Craig Hilton Bell, while passing judgement on him in a Brisbane court. 'In particular, you are the first person in the history of Queensland ever to be convicted of procuring a sexual assault against himself, and for that reason I have decided not to pass a custodial sentence.' Earlier, Bell's counsel had explained the circumstances that led to Bell, 43, having committed an estimated 300 offences. 'Due to fear of losing his position as loans manager at the Commonwealth Bank, the defendant felt under pressure, and found that he could only become sexually aroused if his testicles were fondled by women. In order to satisfy his needs, he began visiting women doctors all over Queensland, claiming that he had been hit in the groin with a cricket bat, and asking them to examine his testicles. Most of the doctors never realised that he was obtaining gratification in this way, but complaints were made after he became visibly aroused during one examination. Technically, the only sexual assault that has taken place is upon my client, though clearly at his own request, and we therefore request leniency.' Bell pleaded guilty to 35 charges of sexual assault against himself, and was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. (The Courier-Mail [Brisbane], 27/7/02. Spotter: Norm Reynolds)
=
'Once again, you have been found guilty of a serious, senseless offence, and as usual, there are no mitigating circumstances whatsoever...' Judge Lord Peregrine McTunstall-Pedoe told Michael Gilbert George Tully (54) of Northolt, passing judgement on him at Harrow Crown Court. 'Indeed, you are quite the only man in the County of Middlesex ever to be convicted of lamb, sheep, calf and camel rustling while dressed in nothing but a pair of blue and green galoshes. Alas, next time, I feel I can have no choice but to pass a long custodial sentence. Get out, man!' Earlier, barrister Sir Osama Fathallah-Hussein-al-Qaida Q.C. had explained the circumstances that led to Tully committing the obnoxious offence. 'Basically, my client spends up to 23 hours a day in front of a computer doing `anagrams'. (No your honour, I have no idea what they are either). This unfortunate addiction has left my client with little free time with which to interact with females...members of the fairer sex...and therefore he felt the need to take...how can I quite put this...avail himself of the animal's arse. My client assures me that this regrettable, sad, lax incident is behind him, and base acts of casual bestiality shan't ever occur again'. As Tully, a self-employed (ex?) licensed mini-cab driver, sank to his knees, sobbing senselessly, he was ordered to do 300 hours listening to Des O'Connor, and fined £430 (and costs). (Pinner & Harrow Bugle) 27/7/02. (Spotter: David S. Bourke)


Mey Kraus:
Sonnet Thirty
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

=

My Final Answer To My Friends
I, on the edge of a supernal night,
Can't fathom why these relatives and friends
Had wept and wondered how can someone end,
And asked if me I've seen some giant lights...
Essentially, I scoff at this exchange.
Love's peaceful force and faith kept me content;
Ten thousand anagrams I wrote and sent,
Until no words were there to rearrange.
Life was these lights - so, on this heavy note,
Life never ends for someone who is whole;
You only reach a point where life's too numb.
Right now, I wish I'd chased that one big goal;
I wish I had... but now, it's so remote.
Perhaps, for once, I'd lie down and succumb.

Mey Kraus:
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

=

Keeping vigil on the night of a wake

Us peers and kin and friendly folk
Have rendezvoused to praise this bloke
And yet, it's quite the downward slope
For all the grief this might evoke.

The key is not to weep and mope
If we are hungering to cope;
We'd sip some beers and have some fun -
He'd like it, too (or so we hope).

And so, we hear the stories spun
Of who he was or what he's done,
Yet know his fable as a whole
Might not be known to anyone.

The heavy loss might take its toll,
Yet we should remedy this hole;
We raise some pints to bless his soul,
We raise some pints to bless his soul.

Harshal M:
Like burnt-out torches by a sick man's bed
Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone;
Here doth the little night-owl make her throne,
And the slight lizard show his jewelled head.
And, where the chaliced poppies flame to red,
In the still chamber of yon pyramid
Surely some Old-World Sphinx lurks darkly hid,
Grim warder of this pleasaunce of the dead.
Ah! sweet indeed to rest within the womb
Of Earth, great mother of eternal sleep,
But sweeter far for thee a restless tomb
In the blue cavern of an echoing deep,
Or where the tall ships founder in the gloom
Against the rocks of some wave-shattered steep.

=

He Died Of ...?

As helpless life's conclusion breezes nigh,
No power charm comes rolling to this bed.
As mourners get absorbed before I die,
Gray content gets known deep in this hard head.
Remotely fresh to crunch me to the Death,
And why the hell at healthful sixty-one?
My elder face takes one mere, feeble breath
My desperate head prepared to ask a ton;
A splendid warmth of strength was up a sleeve
To enter life with rather mirthful birth.
It now depressed me - that's what I believed -
So was it worthwhile, dwelling here on Earth?
The product looks too dreadful here to think,
So just clutch up the harmless glass and drink.


Anagram Genius Archives

Mick was probably the most prolific submitter of anagrams to the Anagram Genius Archives. There are many others in there under his various pseudonyms.

Over 7000 anagrams


Updated: May 10, 2016


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