- Saying, "Hello darling!" in a Roger Moore-esque fashion... to people of either sex
- Gliding a horizontal cigarette under his nose, before smoking it.
- Suggesting another drink in the airport bar, when your names are already being tetchily called out over the tannoy.
- Speaking with his characteristic sexual frankness among reserved people, then wondering why tumbleweeds roll past in the ensuing silence.
- Answering a bedside hotel phone and saying, "Hello?"... while still fast asleep.
- Smiling, even during periods of incredible adversity.
- Surprising people by asking sudden questions - ie, to a bundle-carrying hotel worker emerging from a lift, "What have you got in there?".
If you knew Ray and would like to recall another Palmer-ism, please do so in Comments below...