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  • #12577
    MDeering
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    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.

    #247740
    Adrian
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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.

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    MDeering
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    Thanks Adrian.

    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.

    #247835
    Adrian
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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.

    #247841
    MDeering
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    Is Murray contactable via e-mail?

    #247884
    wit
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    i’ve heard the same as adrian.

    murray seems to be on facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/murray.bell03

    best regards

    wit

    #247972
    MDeering
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    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.

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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:

    http://www.johnmeagherracing.com/news14.htm

    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)

    http://www.facebook.com/murray.bell03

    and

    b. that the bloke in the middle doesn’t look like the John Bell still on the SCMP racing staff :

    http://racing.scmp.com/freeservice/tipsterprofile.asp

    (The scmp’s typical email format would make John Bell’s email SPOILEMAILHARVESTERjohn.bell@SPOILEMAIL … ERscmp.com)

    best regards

    wit

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