Dead Pool 14th September 2014
Well, what a massacre of a week!! They’ve been falling thick and fast and there are points to be awarded! Let’s start by awarding a former winner, Paul C. 75 points for guessing John Bardon, well done that man! Now onto the Ian Paisley points. John had him down as his Cert, 162 points!! The following also had Paisley and get 62 points: Shan, Sylvia, Martin and Jemm. Well done all of you, with well over half of us now having scored, other than me and a few others. Yes, even your erstwhile Dead Pool Master has yet to score too. So don’t feel bad if you’re still sitting on a duck, even an old pro like me finds this game a bit hard some years…
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Stefan Gierasch, 88, American actor (Carrie, Dark Shadows, High Plains Drifter).
- Molly Glynn, 46, American actress (Chicago Fire), struck by falling tree.
- Fanny Godin, 112, Belgian supercentenarian, was nation’s oldest living person.
- S. Truett Cathy, 93, American restaurateur and businessman, founder of Chick-fil-A.
- Sean O’Haire, 43, American professional wrestler, suicide by strangulation.
- Jane Baker, British television writer (Doctor Who, Space: 1999, Watt on Earth).
- Graham Joyce, 59, British speculative fantasy author, cancer.
- Denny Miller, 80, American actor (Tarzan, the Ape Man, Wagon Train), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Robert Young, 49, Scottish guitarist (Primal Scream).
- Richard Kiel, 74, American actor (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Happy Gilmore).
- Bob Crewe, 82, American songwriter (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)“, “Lady Marmalade“) and record producer (The Four Seasons).
- Sir Donald Sinden, 90, English actor (The Cruel Sea, The Day of the Jackal, Two’s Company).
- John Bardon, 75, English actor (EastEnders).
- Ian Paisley, 88, Northern Irish politician, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (1971–2008), First Minister (2007–2008).
In Other News
Iran’s supreme leader has undergone prostate surgery at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of 75-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The official IRNA news agency said the operation, which was described as routine, was successful. There were no immediate details on what had prompted the surgery or the underlying medical condition, but as we all know, once an geriatric starts getting medical treatment, these doctors never leave them alone until they’re dead!
Toronto’s controversial mayor, Rob Ford, has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumour in his abdomen, health officials said on Wednesday. Rueben Devlin from Humber regional hospital said Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumour. Ford, 45, became an international celebrity last year after he acknowledged using crack in a “drunken stupor” following months of denials. The mayor returned to work in June after a rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse and is running for re-election on 27th October. The Toronto Sun reported that Ford was hospitalised in 2009 for a tumour on his appendix, leading to its removal, along with part of his colon. The mayor’s father died of colon cancer in 2006.
Michael Schumacher has left his hospital in Lausanne, nine months after suffering a life-threatening injury in a skiing accident. His manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement that the former F1 world champion still faced a long and difficult road ahead and would continue his rehabilitation at home. The statement further said that Schumacher’s move should not be interpreted as a sign of massive changes in his health status but fell short of actually saying anything useful.
Greg Norman is recovering in hospital after almost cutting off his hand with a chainsaw. The 59-year-old Australian posted a picture of himself on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday night as he recovered in a hospital bed in the United States. Norman said he was “damaged” but “lucky” to still have a left hand after the chainsaw accident. “Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected,” he wrote. “I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand.”
A US television news anchorman in Illinois has shared the heartbreaking news with his viewers that he has only six months to live. Dave Benton, 51, explained that he has a brain tumour which is too big to operate on, but said that as a born-again Christian he was ‘at peace’ and hoped to keep working for as long as possible. Personally I’d be flying around the world quaffing cocktails and shagging prostitutes, but each to their own.
And finally, in a Darwinian accident waiting to happen, a teacher in the US state of Utah who was legally carrying a gun in her primary school was seriously injured when it accidentally discharged. The incident happened in a staff toilet before classes started and no children were in the building. Utah is among a number of states that allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons into primary schools. Luckily a substitute teacher was brought in to supervise the wounded teacher’s class. I don’t know how vicious toddlers are in the US, but obviously the need to carry a pistol upon your person says a lot about American kids.
On This Day
- 1752 – The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).
- 1901 – President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
- 1917 – Russia is officially proclaimed a republic.
- 1959 – The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
- 1715 – Dom Pérignon, French monk (b. 1638)
- 1852 – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Irish-English field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1769)
- 1901 – William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States (b. 1843)
- 1982 – Grace Kelly, American-Monacan actress and singer (b. 1929)
- 2005 – Robert Wise, American director and producer (b. 1914)
- 2006 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-American bodybuilder and actor (b. 1926)
- 2009 – Keith Floyd, English chef and author (b. 1943)
- 2009 – Henry Gibson, American actor and singer (b. 1935)
- 2009 – Patrick Swayze, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1952)
- 2012 – Jacques Antoine, French game show producer, created The Crystal Maze and Fort Boyard (b. 1924)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Shannon Elizabeth (41), Evan Rachel Wood (27), Hugh Grant (54), Adam Sandler (48), Rachel Hunter (45), Eric Stonestreet (43), Michael Buble (39), Colin Firth (54), Moby (48), Harry Connick Jr. (47), Linda Gray (74), Ian Holm (83), Jason Statham (47), Freddie Jones (87), Virginia Madsen (53), Brian De Palma (74), Guy Richie (46), Topol (79), Martin Freeman (43), Pink (35), Doug Bradley (60), Dario Argento (74) and Julie Kavner (64).
2013 League Table
Next week peeps!