We have some winners people! Laura and Abi both correctly guessed that the powers that be would go ahead and execute Anthony Allen Shore by poking him with a deadly cocktail of chemicals. Can’t say we’ll be missing that guy. Well done to Laura and Abi, 95 points each!
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Cyrille Regis, 59, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City, Aston Villa), cardiac arrest.
- Dolores O’Riordan, 46, Irish singer and musician (The Cranberries, D.A.R.K.).
- Peter Wyngarde, 90, British actor (Department S, Jason King, Flash Gordon).
- Charles Burnett III, 61, British-born American investor and land-speed record holder (Inspiration), helicopter crash.
- Jessica Falkholt, 29, Australian actress (Home and Away), injuries from a traffic collision.
- John Barton, 89, British theatre director, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- Peter Mayle, 78, British author (A Year in Provence).
- Anthony Allen Shore, 55, American serial killer and rapist, execution by lethal injection.
- Jim Rodford, 76, English musician (The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Argent)
In Other News
Sir Ken Dodd, 90, is in hospital battling for his life!! The goofy comedian is reportedly under the weather with a severe chest infection after catching the flu. Dodd’s hospital dash was apparently made by an ambulance in his hometown of Liverpool nearly a week ago. It’s been claimed he was struggling to breathe when paramedics were called on Friday. Ken caught the flu whilst performing a gig at the Liverpool Echo Arena in December. However, a spokesman for Sir Ken said that the comedy legend is expected to make a full recovery. “He went in for a check on Friday because with everything that has been going around and Ken’s age, it’s better to be safe than sorry. They are just keeping a close watch on him and making sure all is well. His wife is reportedly at his bedside with him. Sir Ken rose to fame with his Diddy Men characters who appeared with him on stage and TV. He also had a radio and recording career, with his signature tune Happiness released in 1964. Dodd also made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours, none of which made anyone laugh.
BBC newsreader George Alagiah is to undergo medical treatment for bowel cancer for the second time. The news was confirmed by the 62-year-old’s agent, who added: “He is in discussions with his medical team about treatment options and the way forward.” Alagiah was previously treated in April 2014, returning to the screen 18 months later. In a statement, the BBC said: “Everyone sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment.” Alagiah said: “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that. “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.” Alagiah found out he had stage four bowel cancer in 2014 after complaining of blood in his stools. He had to undergo three operations to remove eight tumours in his liver as well as having chemotherapy.
Brazil legend Pele is resting at home according to his spokesperson, who dismissed reports he had been taken to hospital with exhaustion. The 77-year-old was due to travel to London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association. Pele – the only player to win three World Cups – withdrew and the FWA said he was being monitored by doctors. But his spokesperson called reports of his hospitalisation “fake news”. “He just didn’t want to make a long and stressful trip to London, in and out of who knows how many planes and airports,” said Jose Fornos Rodrigues. “That’s all.” Pele has been taken to hospital for kidney and prostate problems in recent years.
Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from public life following a long illness. A statement from his son said Moss had made the decision because of his “slow recovery” from health problems. The 88-year-old spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016. Moss and his wife will now “spend more time with each other and the rest of the family”, said the statement. Moss is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship. Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.
Radio host and TV presenter Chris Tarrant was found to be over the drink-drive limit after he was reported to police by a fellow pub-goer. The star had been served four brandy and ports at the Bladebone Inn in Bucklebury, Berkshire, before driving home, Reading Magistrates Court heard. Tarrant, who admitted drink-driving, was banned from driving for a year. After the hearing, he told reporters: “I made a mistake and I paid for it. I shouldn’t have driven.” The Who Wants to be a Millionaire host was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. The 71-year-old said he “honestly didn’t think” he had been over the legal limit when he got in his Mercedes to drive the short journey home, on 16th December. Prosecutor Hasrat Ali told the hearing that staff and drinkers at the pub were “concerned that he had decided to drive home”. “One member of the public had noticed that Mr Tarrant had stumbled near the bar area,” she said. As a result of a discussion in the pub, a member of the public phoned the police. Thirteen minutes after the call was made, officers arrived at Tarrant’s home in Osgoods Gully, Bucklebury. Tarrant’s counsel Simon Ray said the drinks that were bought in the pub were not all consumed by his client. He added that the TV presenter had a knee condition that explained the stumble. District Judge Shomon Khan said despite the “relatively low reading” nothing he could say would “reduce the seriousness of the offence”. He also fined Tarrant £6,000. He should have phoned a friend….
On This Day
- 1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
- 1961 – Four hundred thirty-five workers are buried alive when a mine in Coalbrook, Free State, South Africa collapses.
- 1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.
- 1793 – Louis XVI of France (b. 1754)
- 1924 – Vladimir Lenin, Russian lawyer and politician (b. 1870)
- 1938 – Georges Méliès, French actor, director, and producer (b. 1861)
- 1950 – George Orwell, British novelist, essayist, and critic (b. 1903)
- 1959 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1881)
- 1998 – Jack Lord, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920)
- 2013 – Michael Winner, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1935)
- 2015 – Leon Brittan, English lawyer and politician (b. 1939)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Rainn Wilson (52), David Lynch (72), Tom Baker (84), Bill Maher (62), Buzz Aldrin (88), Katey Sagal (64), Dolly Parton (72), Tippi Hedren (88), Rob Delaney (41), Michael Crawford (76), Dave Bautista (49), Kevin Costner (63), Mark Rylance (58), Jason Segel (38), Jane Horrocks (54), John Boorman (85), Samantha Mumba (35), Sharon Mitchell (61), Jim Carrey (56), Zooey Deschanel (38), Betty White (96), James Earl Jones (87), Sophie Dee (34), Naveen Andrews (49), Denis O’Hare (56), Kid Rock (47), Michelle Obama (54), Caroline Munro (69), John Carpenter (70), Kate Moss (44), James May (55), Eva Habermann (42), Sade (59), James Nesbitt (53), Mario Van Peebles (61), DJ Jazzy Jeff (52), Claudia Winkleman (46), Jason Bateman (49), Faye Dunaway (77), Carl Weathers (70), Mark Addy (54), LL Cool J (50) and Dave Grohl (49).
Welcome to the first official newsletter of the season. Attached to this weeks email is a list of each competitors email address, can you all please double check yours and update your outgoing list so we don’t annoy anyone who has dropped out. If you’re reading this on the website and didn’t get an email, please let me know.
Not much to report, nobody of relevance has died yet, but good news for those of you who have listed Dick Van Dyke, his younger brother has just died, so there is hope the almost-immortal Dick might soon follow his sibling. Oh, and don’t shit yourself when you see the dead Pfeiffer in the following list like I did…
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Jon Paul Steuer, 33, American actor (Grace Under Fire, Little Giants, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and musician, fire.
- Michael Pfeiffer, 92, German football player (national team) and manager (Roda JC Kerkrade, Alemannia Aachen).
- Frank Buxton, 87, American actor (What’s Up, Tiger Lily?), screenwriter and director (The Odd Couple, Happy Days).
- John Young, 87, American astronaut whose was on (Apollo 16, STS-1).
- Jerry Van Dyke, 86, American actor and comedian on My Mother the Car, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Coach. He died due to declining health from injuries in an car accident.
In Other News
Singer Sam Bailey has said she is “determined” to get back on the pantomime stage after being knocked out by a loft ladder at her home. The 40-year-old had been trying to retrieve a suitcase when she was hurt in the bizarre accident on Tuesday. The X Factor star is playing the role of the Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. While recovering at her Leicester home, she thanked emergency staff and tweeted to say she was “on the mend”. Bailey, who won X Factor in 2013, posted to say she was “gutted” not to be performing after the accident. Martin Ballard, a BBC Radio Leicester presenter and the dame in the pantomime, said the cast was “shocked” to hear the news. “Sam’s singing is irreplaceable and she drives the whole story,” he said.
After taking some time out from the spotlight, Robbie Williams has now revealed he spent seven days in intensive care after doctors discovered ‘abnormalities’ on his brain. The former Take That star was forced to cancel his Russian tour dates back in September due to a ‘mystery illness’ which left him in ICU, but so far hasn’t given specific details why. Now, Robbie has opened up about his health scare, revealing he was rushed to hospital after he became seriously ill while backstage at a gig in Zurich. ‘My left arm went numb and I couldn’t stop dribbling out of the side of my mouth’, he told our roving Dead Pool reporter. ‘I had a headache and I was also having trouble breathing. I couldn’t get a full breath.’ When a doctor examined the 43-year-old star, Robbie was told he could still perform the show as he doesn’t normally use his brain, but later flew to London for emergency tests where doctors found what looked like blood on his brain. ‘That was obviously very scary, but everyone kept telling me not to worry as I had nothing to lose’ he continued. ‘I was confused and scared, but I knew I was in the right place. And, maybe naively, I felt like I knew I was going to be OK,’ he added. Sadly, Robbie revealed that after seven days in intensive care, he was declared fit to leave and then spent two months recovering back at his home in LA.
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek is on a leave of absence from the show after undergoing brain surgery for blood clots — medically known as subdural hematoma — that were “caused by a fall I endured two months ago.” Wearing a yellow sweater, jeans and a blue “Jeopardy!” hat, the 77-year-old wryly addressed our reporter, calling the procedure “a slight medical problem.” “Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” he said. “The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon.” Nothing quite like that American optimism.
On This Day
- 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
- 1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.
- 1928 – A disastrous flood of the River Thames kills 14 people and causes extensive damage to much of riverside London.
- 1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
- 2015 – Two gunmen commit mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, shooting twelve people execution style, and wounding eleven others.
- 1536 – Catherine of Aragon (b. 1485)
- 1943 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (b. 1856)
- 1989 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (b. 1901)
- 2007 – Magnus Magnusson, Icelandic journalist, author, and academic (b. 1929)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Eddie Redmayne (36), Rowan Atkinson (63), Norman Reedus (49), Nigella Lawson (58), January Jones (40), Bradley Cooper (43), Diane Keaton (72), Clancy Brown (59), Robert Duvall (87), Hayao Miyazaki (77), Marilyn Manson (49), Vinnie Jones (53), Julia Ormond (53), Matt Frewer (60), Julian Sands (60), Michael Stipe (58), Mel Gibson (62), Victoria Principal (68), Tia Carrere (51), Cuba Gooding Jr. (50), Verne Troyer (49) and Frank Langella (80).