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Dead Pool 20th May 2018

Points!!! Both Trish and Dave had the UK’s oldest living/now dead person listed as their Cert, so 137 points each to them; which also propels Dave to the number one spot on the table, but he has now used up both his Woman and his Cert. Interesting times ahead! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Bessie Camm, 113, British supercentenarian, oldest verified person in the United Kingdom.  
  • Ulla Sallert, 95, Swedish actress and singer.  
  • Margot Kidder, 69, Canadian-American actress (Superman, Black Christmas, The Amityville Horror) and activist.  
  • Tom Wolfe, 88, American author (The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) and journalist.  
  • Ray Wilson, 83, English footballer (Huddersfield Town, Everton, national team), world champion (1966), Alzheimer’s disease.

 In Other News

Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday from a week-long hospitalisation after treatment for a kidney condition, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady’s condition may have been more complicated than initially revealed. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, has declined to release additional details, citing Trump’s right to privacy. Donald Trump heralded his wife’s arrival home with a tweet in which her name was spelled incorrectly. “Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House,” Trump wrote. “Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!” The first lady had been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre near Washington since Monday, when she underwent an embolisation procedure to treat an unspecified kidney condition the White House described as benign. Word of the hospitalisation came as a surprise because there was no indication in numerous public appearances in recent weeks that Trump had been ailing.  

New Zealand’s “first bloke”, Clarke Gayford, has posted a picture of himself fending off an aggressive shark with a pole. Mr Gayford, a television host, is the partner of New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern. “A childhood myth is ruined,” he lamented in a tweet after spotting a dolphin in the background while he was protecting himself from the shark, a bronze whaler, also known as a copper shark. In the 1963 film Flipper, the titular dolphin saves his friend, a boy named Sandy, from a shark by ramming it with its snout. “So it turns out that not only do dolphins not help, they actually quite like watching,” Mr Gayford added. The encounter took place  while he was helping a cameraman film bottle-nosed dolphins off Great Barrier Island, near Auckland. “I had to fend the large one pictured off with a pole several times, as it was getting quite agitated,” the fishing programme host added. “We got out not long after.” It was not Mr Gayford’s first close encounter with a shark. In March he posted an image of himself with an “overly amorous” whale shark that pinned him against a boat.  

NBA Hall of Fame player Bill Russell is in the hospital in Washington state dealing with some apparent heart issues. Law enforcement sources tell us … an ambulance was called to Russell’s home in the Seattle area Friday night, and the 84-year-old Celtics legend was rushed to a nearby hospital. We’re told Bill was having heart trouble and shortness of breath … and is still hospitalised. We’ve reached out to get an update on his condition. The 11-time NBA champion centre was also hospitalised in 2014 after collapsing at a speaking gig in Lake Tahoe, but recovered quickly. Bill’s considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and recently attended Game 1 of the Celtics playoff round vs. the 76ers. Obviously, the crowd went wild.

On This Day

  • 325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church. The world becomes a worse place. 
  • 1645 – Yangzhou massacre: the 10-day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.  
  • 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.  
  • 1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.  
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.  
  • 1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

Deaths

  • 1506 – Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, discovered the Americas (b. 1451)  
  • 1996 – Jon Pertwee, English actor, portrayed the Third Doctor (b. 1919)  
  • 2011 – Randy Savage, American wrestler and actor (b. 1952)  
  • 2012 – Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1949)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Peter Mayhew (74), Grace Jones (70), Amanda De Cadenet (46), Sam Smith (26), Pete Townshend (73), Tina Fey (48), Miriam Margolyes (77), Yun-Fat Chow (63), Paul Whitehouse (60), Andrea Corr (44), Megan Fox (32), Pierce Brosnan (65), Debra Winger (63), Danny Trejo (74), David Boreanaz (49), Stephen Mangan (50), Janet Jackson (52), Cate Blanchett (49), Tim Roth (57), Sofia Coppola (47), George Lucas (74), Danny Huston (56), Robert Zemeckis (67), Francesca Annis (73), Greg Davies (50), Siân Phillips (85), Martine McCutcheon (42), Robert Pattinson (32), Harvey Keitel (79), Samantha Morton (41), Iwan Rheon (33), Mark Heap (61), Zoë Wanamaker (69), Stephen Colbert (54), Dennis Rodman (57) and Stevie Wonder (68).

Dead Pool 13th May 2018

And it was turning out to be a dull week… Let’s begin with awarding the points!! 136 points to Paula who had Delphine Gibson as her Woman which propels her into fourth place and 36 to Dave who also listed her. More points thanks to Tessa Jowell’s untimely death go to Louise and Paul C, 80 points each, which has deposed Nickie from the first place spot as Paul C is now the new leader by five points!! Surprisingly, nobody had Dennis Nielsen on their list this year. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Carlos Carvalho, 47, South African filmmaker, struck by giraffe. 
  • Delphine Gibson, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest verified person in the United States. 
  • David Goodall, 104, English-born Australian botanist, assisted suicide by lethal injection. 
  • Scott Hutchison, 36, Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist (Frightened Rabbit, Mastersystem, The Fruit Tree Foundation). 
  • Tessa Jowell, Baroness Jowell, 70, English politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2001–2007), MP (1992–2015) and peer (since 2015), brain cancer.  
  • Dennis Nilsen, 72, Scottish serial killer.

 In Other News

Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her husband has said. Scott Mitchell told us that the 80-year-old Eastenders and Carry On star had been diagnosed four years ago and had been given medication to help manage the condition. But he said that her memory loss and confusion had grown worse in recent weeks. “I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barb­ara and she loves talking to them,” he said. “Rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they’ll know that if her behaviour seems strange, it’s due to Alzhei­mer’s and accept it for what it is.” The 55-year-old said he had decided to speak out because he “did not want someone else to dictate how or when the diagnosis came out”. He added: “I don’t want it to come across that she’s sitting there unable to communicate, because she’s not. We’re still going out for walks or dinner with friends and we still laugh together a lot.” A small circle of friends who had begun to notice her occasional confusion were told shortly after the diagnosis, he said. But he stopped the news from going public after his wife struggled to come to terms with it. She has now retired from charity work as well as acting, he added.   

Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in intensive care following surgery on a brain haemorrhage, Manchester United have announced. The 76-year-old successfully underwent an emergency operation on Saturday at Salford Royal Hospital, where he remains. In a statement on Wednesday evening, United said: “Sir Alex Ferguson no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.” It added that Ferguson’s family have been “overwhelmed” by messages of support and encouragement since news broke over the weekend. “They continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.” Ferguson is the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history, winning 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups alongside a host of other trophies during his 27 years in charge.  

As you have just read in the death listing, an award-wining film director was head-butted to death by a giraffe while shooting footage at a safari lodge in South Africa. Carlos Carvalho, 47, was taking closeups of the animal named Gerald when it suddenly swung its neck and knocked him flying through the air. Mr Carvalho died of his injuries that night after being flown to a Johannesburg hospital, said filming agency CallaCrew. He had been shooting scenes at the Glen Afric farm in Broederstroom, which is famous for featuring in the British TV series Wild at Heart. Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge, said the bull giraffe would not be put down as he was not considered dangerous. “When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos, Gerald will remain at the lodge. He did nothing wrong.” he said. A spokesperson for Glen Afric also suggested that Carvalho had “gone off on his own” and ignored safety instructions not to approach the animals. 

On This Day

  • 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the “First Fleet”) to establish a penal colony in Australia.  
  • 1971 – Over 900 unarmed Bengali Hindus are murdered in the Demra massacre.  
  • 1972 – Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.  
  • 1972 – The Troubles: A car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people are killed and over 66 injured.  
  • 1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives. 
  • 1984 – T-800 tries to kill Sarah Connor.

Deaths

  • 1835 – John Nash, English architect, designed the Royal Pavilion (b. 1752) 
  • 1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)  
  • 2012 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1941)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Malin Akerman (40), Rami Malek (37), Emilio Estevez (56), Stephen Baldwin (52), Ving Rhames (59), Gabriel Byrne (68), Catherine Tate (50), Pam Ferris (70), Holly Valance (35), Bono (58), Maureen Lipman (72), Rosario Dawson (39), Albert Finney (82), Glenda Jackson (82), Billy Joel (69), Stephen Amell (37), David Attenborough (92), Traci Lords (50), Adrianne Palicki (35), George Clooney (57) and Alan Dale (71).

Dead Pool 6th May 2018

Welcome to a special bank holiday edition of the Dead Pool Newsletter where nothing special is added. Not a lot to report, no points to be awarded, but it’ll give you something to read when you’re perched upon your throne. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage. A United statement said the procedure “had gone very well” but Ferguson “needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”. The Scot, 76, retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday when he presented Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy. Ferguson’s family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital. 

BBC presenter Andrew Marr will have an operation this week to remove a malignant tumour on his kidney. The former political editor is expected to  “make a full recovery and will be returning to the airwaves soon”, his agent Mary Greenham said. The broadcaster will not be hosting his weekly Sunday programme, the Andrew Marr Show, while he recuperates. The broadcaster will not be hosting his weekly Sunday programme, the Andrew Marr Show, while he recuperates. He added: “I’m having a small hospital operation and I will be back as soon as I possibly can, so be kind please to whoever is sitting in this chair next week.” In her statement his agent added that he and his family “have asked for privacy at this difficult time”. The surgery comes five years after Marr suffered a stroke, which saw him take a nine-month break from his Sunday morning show. He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.  He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.  

A man was mauled to death by a bear after he reportedly tried to take a selfie with the creature. After stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Prabhu Bhatara is said to have spotted the injured animal in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India. His fellow SUV passengers obviously advised him against trying to take a picture with the creature. As he sidled up, the bear struck and a struggle ensued. A stray dog also stepped in and bit the bear but its intervention failed to deter the larger animal. Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said Mr Bhatara “died on the spot.” He added: “The bear is being treated for its injuries.” India had the highest rate of deaths linked to selfies for the two years between March 2014 and September 2016, with 60 per cent of all deaths taking place there, a study claimed last year. Of 127 reported selfie deaths in that period, 76 occurred in India, a collaborative study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi found. 

On This Day

  • 1840 – The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.  
  • 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.  
  • 1937 – Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.  
  • 1954 – Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.  
  • 1966 – Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England.  

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Henry Cavill (35), Zach McGowan (38), John Rhys-Davies (74), Lance Henriksen (78), Michael Palin (75), Richard E. Grant 61), Adele (30), Mitch Pileggi (66), Agnetha Fältskog(68), Jane Asher (72), Pharrell Williams (45), Jolene Blalock (43), Eva Mendes (44), Dean Stockwell (82), Matt Lucas (44), Penn Jillette (63), Jennifer Jason Leigh (56), Charlotte Rampling (72), Michael Sheen (49), Christopher Guest (70), Cristiano Ronaldo (33), Bradley Cooper (43), January Jones (40), Clancy Brown (59), Diane Keaton (72), Robert Duvall (87), Vinnie Jones (53), Marilyn Manson (49), Hayao Miyazaki (77), Gal Gadot (33), Kirsten Dunst (36), Burt Young (78), Michelle Pfeiffer (60), Daniel Day-Lewis (61), Uma Thurman (48), Kate Mulgrew (63), and Willie Nelson (85).

Dead Pool 29th April 2018

After last weeks excessiveness, it was too much to ask of the flying monkeys to haul in a few more notables. However, the scythe of the Grim Reaper ne’er remains still and kept itself busy by removing a few Z list celebrities. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News 

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain at Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend to continue his recovery, according the latest health update from Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath. The 41st president was hospitalised on April 22nd after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, one day after the funeral of his wife Barbara Bush, who died April 17th. He was in intensive care until April 25th and is now recovering in a regular patient room. McGrath tweeted Friday that , Bush is “in excellent spirits, and is looking forward to resuming his schedule and going to Maine next month.” Let’s keep a sharp eye on what happens. 

We don’t normally highlight people after their  deaths, but I thought it was apt that Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, was given a little nod. The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s. He was responsible for the boxy look of the ZX80 and ZX81 and the Bauhaus-inspired appearance of the Spectrum. Mr Dickinson also helped to develop the technologies for the UK company’s touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards. It’s fair to say that his machines spawned a generation of coders that helped to establish the UK’s reputation as a creative, game-making powerhouse. A spokesman at Dickinson Associates confirmed he had died earlier this week. Mr Dickinson had been diagnosed with cancer in 2015, for which he had received successful treatment. However, the cancer had returned last year. Mr Dickinson had then travelled to the US for specialist care but had died suddenly between bouts of treatment.  

They say bad luck comes in threes, and for Dylan McWilliams, a 20-year-old from Colorado, that has unfortunately proved true. The young outdoorsman has survived his third bloody brush with the animal kingdom – a shark attack while body boarding off the coast of Hawaii. “It’s kind of crazy,” Dylan told us at DPT from the island of Kauai. “I don’t seem to have a lot of luck but it’s kind of lucky in unlucky situations.” He was enjoying the Pacific waves on Thursday morning when he felt something hit his leg. He explained: “I saw the shark underneath me. I started kicking at it – I know I hit it at least once – and swam to shore as quickly as I could.” Worried about the trail of blood he was leaving, he told local media after the attack: “I didn’t know if I lost half my leg or what.” The shark, believed to be a tiger shark between 6 and 8ft (about 2m), left distinctive teeth marks in Dylan’s leg that needed seven stitches. His second brush with death occurred on a camping trip in Colorado last July, when at 4am, while sleeping outdoors, he was woken up to find his head being clamped in the jaws of a bear. “This black bear grabbed me by the back of the head, and I was fighting back, poking it in the eye until it let me go,” Dylan describes vividly. His friends awoke to the commotion, but after the 300 pound (136kg) male bear stomped on Dylan, it walked away. Nine staples to the back of his head have left scars and a pain when he touches them, but the experience hasn’t put off the young man from his love of the outdoors. And this brings us to Dylan’s arguably least deadly run-in three years ago – a rattlesnake attack during a hiking trip in Utah. “I was walking down a trail and I thought I kicked a cactus but couldn’t see one, and then saw a rattlesnake all coiled up.” The then 17-year-old made the call not to go to the hospital because he figured he had only suffered a dry bite. “There was a little venom so I did get a bit sick for a couple of days,” the aspiring police officer said. I think we better keep an eye on this chap. 

On This Day

  • 1770 – James Cook arrives in Australia at Botany Bay, which he names.   
  • 1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor; Hitler and Braun both commit suicide the following day.  
  • 1991 – A cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 miles per hour (249 km/h), killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as ten million homeless.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Penélope Cruz (44), Jessica Alba (37), Ann-Margret (77), Jorge Garcia (45), Jay Leno (68), Sheena Easton (59), Russell T. Davies (55), Pablo Schreiber (40), Channing Tatum (38), Giancarlo Esposito (60), Jet Li (55), Kevin James (53), Joan Chen (57), Melania Trump (48), Al Pacino (78), Renée Zellweger (49), Hank Azaria (54), Gina Torres (49), William Roache (86), Aidan Gillen (50), Djimon Hounsou (54), Barbra Streisand (76), Shirley MacLaine (84), Rory McCann (49), Lee Majors (79), John Hannah (56), John Oliver (41), Michael Moore (64), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (52), Jack Nicholson (81), Sheryl Lee (51) and John Waters (72).

Dead Pool 22nd April 2018

What a week! They seem to have  been falling like flies and a couple of surprise youngsters that would have qualified as Mavericks too! Anyhow, let’s dispense some points! Barbara Bush scores Shan and Dave 58 points each and Dave also scores again with the passing of Nabi Tajima and listed her as his Cert as did Julie, Paul C had her as his Woman, so 133 points each to them, also Lee had her as a norm, 33 points. So quite a few shifts in the league table, well done all of you! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for “several years”. The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had “threatened to go public”. “I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “Coming out is better than being outed by a third party.” Wurst added that regular treatment had suppressed the virus to the extent it could no longer be detected in her blood – and could no longer be passed on. “I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatisation of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV,” she added. So you could say that she doesn’t have HIV and this is not a real story.  

The world’s unofficial oldest man has died in Chile a week after he broke three ribs falling out of bed. He was believed to be 121. Celino Villaneuva Jaramillo was never recognised as the world’s official oldest man because he lost his birth certificate in a fire 22 years ago, when he was 99. But his state ID, which was hand-delivered by Chile’s justice minister two years ago, listed his birth year as 1896 and ministers said government records showed he was as old as he claimed. That birth date would have made him nine years older than the world’s official oldest man, 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, from Japan; and four years the senior of the world’s oldest woman, another Japanese national called Nabi Tajima, who is 117. Jaramillo’s death at 121 also comes just shy of beating the record for oldest human who ever lived, set at age 122 by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997.  

Rachel Weisz has announced that she is expecting a baby with her husband Daniel Craig. The 48-year-old actress told the Dead Pool reporter they did not know the sex of the baby, saying: “We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.” As we all know, these pregnancies tend to be classed as high risk due to her age and may cause a plethora of problems for both mother and child. Let’s hope both make it. The Oscar-winning actress is currently promoting her new film Disobedience – based on Naomi Alderman’s book of the same name – in which she stars and has produced. 

And finally, the man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British partner. It was the first-ever case of the infection being incurable with first choice antibiotics, but now two similar cases have been reported in Australia. The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – failed to treat the disease. Dr Olwen Williams, the president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. She told the BBC: “He was very lucky that he still had one remaining antibiotic that was used successfully. There is no news as to whether the gentleman in question was dumped by his partner upon his return to the country. 

On This Day

  • 1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse.
  • 1992 – In a series of explosions in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people are killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless.  
  • 1993 – Eighteen-year-old Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham.

Deaths

  • 1908 – Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Scottish-English merchant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1836)
  • 1933 – Henry Royce, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (b. 1863)  
  • 1994 – Richard Nixon, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)  
  • 2002 – Linda Lovelace, American porn actress and activist (b. 1949)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Toby Stephens (49), James McAvoy (39), Andie MacDowell (60), Charles Grodin (83), Tony Danza (67), Iggy Pop (71), Queen Elizabeth II (92), Andy Serkis (54), Clayne Crawford (40), Clint Howard (59), Jessica Lange (69), Carmen Electra (46), Ryan O’Neal (77), George Takei (81), Nicholas Lyndhurst (57), Michael Brandon (73), Leslie Phillips (94), James Franco (40), Kate Hudson (39), Tim Curry (72), Hayden Christensen (37), Ashley Judd (50), Maria Sharapova (31), David Tennant (47), Rick Moranis (65), Chloe Bennet (26), Edgar Wright (44), Hayley Mills (72), James Woods (71), Conan O’Brien (55), Rooney Mara (33), Jennifer Garner (46), Sean Bean (59), David Bradley (76), Victoria Beckham (44), Claire Foy (34), Ellen Barkin (64), Ruth Madoc (75), Emma Watson (28), Seth Rogen (36), Luke Evans (39), Emma Thompson (59), Maisie Williams (21) and Samantha Fox (52).