September 7, 2009 at 11:33 #12577
In particular the South China Morning Post.
This is a real stab-in-the-dark question and I don’t expect a an answer, but I shall try regardless.
I have noticed only recently that Racing Editor Murray Bell’s profile has been removed from the SCMP Racing website.
His last articles were published only a month ago, so it seems he had returned to work again after time off.
Does anybody know if Murray has taken up a new business opportunity in HK or has moved at all? It just seems peculiar that he has departed so abruptly without any mention of it in the press.
I had a special bond with Murray over the past year as he mentored me in this weaning period of becoming a journalist. Regrettably I have not contacted him since February and planned to do so today.September 7, 2009 at 19:40 #247740AdrianParticipant
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Sorry don’t know Murray’s current status. The last time I had lunch with him was in Singapore back in May. At that time he was still with SCMP but was also very busy organising owners syndicates – they had a runner on SAIC day in Singapore.
I’ll try and find out for you.September 8, 2009 at 02:59 #247806
Murray has a ton of interests in the industry – of which he is a brilliant mind in all of them – so it’s possible he wanted a fresh start and is a walk-up starter in any industry sector.
The other option is, he wants to raise his 1-year-old in his native land.September 8, 2009 at 13:47 #247835AdrianParticipant
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I’m told that Murray has left SCMP (voluntarily) and is still working in Hong Kong but I’m not sure of the name of the company. I know it is racing related though and as I mentioned he does have his Singapore syndicates etc. Alan Aitken is currently looking for a new colleague at SCMP.
Murray is a top bloke – a real internationalist and I hope we’ve not lost his attendance at the big events.September 8, 2009 at 14:32 #247841
Is Murray contactable via e-mail?September 8, 2009 at 18:55 #247884witParticipant
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i’ve heard the same as adrian.
murray seems to be on facebook:
witSeptember 9, 2009 at 07:16 #247972
Thanks Wit. I do not consider people of Murray’s umm … "experience" to frequent these networking sites, but I am trying in all my power to reach him.
Murray is truly one-of-a-kind for his intelligence and intuitiveness — and I do not mean to embarrass him — but what sets him apart from most is his selflessness and humility. Rare traits in this otherwise egotistic industry.
When everyone else (99.9%) probably binned my messages once realising they could not recognise the sender’s name, Murray wrote a novella as a response. He has given me priceless information about the industry and reined me in (or at least attempted to) "whilst my youthful exuberance threatened to overwhelm my talents." — His words.
Murray is one of very few allies I have in this industry as I did not seek to make too many contacts at Racenet (a miserable failure on my behalf), but he might just be the most powerful ally I will ever have.
I regret severing my ties with him back in February — all because I was too afraid to tell him I resigned from Racenet. I couldn’t care less how I felt, but I did not want to disappoint him. My self-centredness rings true.
Sorry for delving into a personal tale of mine. I guess Murray has had a pretty deep effect on my life.September 9, 2009 at 12:50 #247987witParticipant
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…I do not consider people of Murray’s umm … "experience" to frequent these networking sites, but I am trying in all my power to reach him.
i’m no expert on this kind of thing but take a look at the photo halfway down this page:
and then tell me
a. that the bloke on the right doesn’t look like the Murray Bell on the facebook link (complete with toddler and racing friends)
b. that the bloke in the middle doesn’t look like the John Bell still on the SCMP racing staff :
(The scmp’s typical email format would make John Bell’s email SPOILEMAILHARVESTERjohn.bell@SPOILEMAIL … ERscmp.com)
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