Points!!! Lots of Points!!! With the sad passing of Stephen Hawking, Christine, Sarai, Lee, Paul C, Paula, and Neil all score 74 points. Jemm was the only one to list Ken Dodd, so 60 points to her. I even scored myself with Jim Bowen, 70 points to me!! Well done everyone! Half of us have now scored, not too shabby a showing for so early in the year.
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Sir Ken Dodd, 90, English comedian (Diddy Men), singer (“Tears”) and actor (Hamlet), chest infection.
- Hubert de Givenchy, 91, French fashion designer (Givenchy).
- Claudia Fontaine, 57, English singer (Afrodiziak) and backing vocalist (Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello).
- Jim Bowen, 80, English television presenter (Bullseye) and comedian (The Comedians).
- Stephen Hawking, 76, English theoretical physicist, professor (University of Cambridge) and writer (A Brief History of Time).
- Adrian Lamo, 37, American computer hacker (WikiLeaks).
- Abu Zarin Hussin, 33, Malaysian snake handler, cobra bite.
In Other News
It didn’t take long for the leader of far-right group Britain First to be punched by fellow inmates in jail. Paul Golding, 36, was attacked in HMP Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey and moved to a care and separation unit after the attack on Wednesday afternoon. It was reported that Golding was left with a suspected broken nose when he was attacked by two fellow inmates. Kent Police, which is investigating the attack, said Golding suffered “minor facial injuries which wont make him any uglier”. Golding and Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, 32, were jailed earlier this month after being convicted of religiously aggravated harassment. Fransen was only handed a 36-week sentence and Golding was jailed for a measly 18 weeks.
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has revealed on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. He had tweeted on 6th March that he was suffering from a “rare disease” but did not say what it was. Khan, 51, has acted in more than 100 films including Bollywood hits Piku, Maqbool, Haasil and Paan Singh Tomar. His English language films include Life Of Pi, Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spider-Man. Health experts say neuroendocrine tumours can develop in many different organs in the body and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Some tumours can cause abnormally large amounts of hormones to enter the bloodstream and cause symptoms such as heart problems, changes in blood pressure or cramps.
God didn’t take kindly to a gathering of his flock last week as he produced a lightning strike which killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois said. 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centres. The weather ‘accident’ in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service. “Doctors say that only three [more churchgoers] are in critical condition but they are getting better.”
A man’s claim that he is alive has been rejected by a Romanian court after he was officially registered as deceased. Constantin Reliu, 63, moved to Turkey for work in 1992 and did not have any contact with his family for almost two decades. After his wife heard nothing from him since 1999, she presumed he had died and got a death certificate drawn up in 2016. Mr Reliu was then arrested in Turkey as his permission to stay in the country had expired and he was subsequently deported. Upon arriving back in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead and was therefore unable to work. Mr Reliu took the issue to court but lost his case because his appeal was deemed to have been made too late. “I am officially dead, although I’m alive, I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything,” he said. Mr Reliu has said he wishes to return to Turkey where he owns a business but first needs to get his identity back and the death certificate annulled in order to leave the country.
On This Day
- 1925 – The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.
- 1937 – The New London School explosion in New London, Texas, kills 300 people, mostly children.
- 1965 – Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
- 1980 – A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fuelling operation, killing 48 people.
- 978 – Edward the Martyr, English king (b. 962)
- 1745 – Robert Walpole, English scholar and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1676)
- 1845 – Johnny Appleseed, American gardener and missionary (b. 1774)
- 2009 – Natasha Richardson, English-American actress (b. 1963)
- 2017 – Chuck Berry, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (b. 1926)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Kurt Russell (67), Rob Lowe (54), John Boyega (26), Gary Sinise (63), Patrick Duffy (69), Alan Tudyk (47), Jerome Flynn (55), Erik Estrada (69), Judah Friedlander (49), Jimmy Nail (64), Eva Longoria (43), David Cronenberg (75), Fabio (59), Will.i.am (43), Michael Caine (85), Sasha Grey (30), Billy Crystal (70), Quincy Jones (85), William H. Macy (68), Annabeth Gish (47), Danny Masterson (42), Jaimie Alexander (34), Aaron Eckhart (50), Liza Minnelli (72), Ron Jeremy (65), Thora Birch (36), Alex Kingston (55), John Barrowman (51), Johnny Knoxville (47) and Nina Hartley (59).