Dead Pool 31st August 2014
Cor Blimey Governor! We have a points bonanza this week, all thanks to Dead Pool favourite, Richard Attenborough who died last week at the age of 90, thus bestowing 60 points to the following people: Barry, Millie, Tasha, Ceri, Claire, Stu and Neil. Well done all of you, commiserations to Justine and Christine who had his brother David, but it’s still early days, who knows what next week will bring, like last week has been a particularly bad week for Bass players, as you will see from the list below:
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- John Fellows Akers, 79, American businessman, President (1983–1989) and CEO (1985–1993) of IBM.
- Philippine de Rothschild, 80, French winemaker.
- Richard Attenborough, 90, English actor (Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Jurassic Park) and Academy Award-winning film director and producer (Gandhi).
- Leonid Stadnyk, 44, Ukrainian farmer, world’s tallest man claimant, brain haemorrhage.
- Samuel Sadela, 114, Nigerian pastor, unverified claimant for world’s oldest man.
- Jim Petrie, 82, British cartoonist (Minnie the Minx).
- Bill Kerr, 92, South African-born Australian actor and comedian (Hancock’s Half Hour).
- John Anthony Walker, 77, American naval officer, convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
- Glenn Cornick, 67, British bassist (Jethro Tull), heart failure.
- Tim Williams, 30, American bassist (Suicidal Tendencies).
- Jason Curley, 42, Australian bassist (Tumbleweed).
In Other News
Legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts has been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital in intensive care with double pneumonia, according to reports. Roberts was en route to Las Vegas for a promotion on Wednesday when he lapsed into unconsciousness. He was in a coma for 24 hours but has now regained consciousness. Roberts had battled substance abuse problems but had turned his life around in recent months thanks to his association with onetime protege Diamond Dallas Page whom Roberts credited with saving his life. Methinks he spoke too soon!
Comedian Joan Rivers is in serious condition at a New York hospital a couple of days after she was admitted suffering a cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said. The tart-tongued comedienne, 81, has often been criticised for her making insensitive jokes. Last year, she was criticised by some Jewish groups for making jokes about the Holocaust and during this month’s Gaza conflict, she caused fresh controversy when she said that that Palestinian civilians “deserve to be dead”. I’m sure they are now returning the favour by wishing her a speedy recovery… **Edit: She’s now been placed on full life support, things don’t look too promising for her**
Talking about the Holocaust, George Galloway, the Bradford West MP was released from hospital on Saturday morning having suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising! Neil Masterson, 39, has been accused of shouting about the Holocaust and attacking him. Well done that man, give him an OBE in next year’s honours. The attack upon the much hated Galloway was instigated by comments Galloway recently made about the conflict in Gaza in which he claimed Bradford was an Israel-free zone, looks like he was very wrong about that too.
In a case of supreme Darwinism, a nine-year-old girl has accidentally shot dead a shooting instructor who was teaching her how to use a powerful Uzi submachine gun. In a case of utter stupidity with an ending that nobody could predict, Charles Vacca was showing the unnamed youngster how to fire the weapon at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in the Mohave Desert in White Hills, Arizona, when the gun recoiled as she pulled the trigger. Sadly, this is not an uncommon happening in the US, at least 100 children have been involved in accidental shootings between December 2012 and December 2013 where a child has found a firearm at their parents house and accidentally shot a friend, family member or themselves.
Here are a few names for you to consider for next year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are handing out honorary lifetime awards to actor/singer Harry Belafonte, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, Irish-born actress Maureen O’Hara and French screenwriter and actor Jean-Claude Carriere. The youngest of this troupe is 73, so lets hope they make it to November to collect their statuette. Previous recipients of the award include actors Eli Wallach and Lauren Bacall, who both died recently, director Francis Ford Coppola, Angelina Jolie and Steve Martin. It doesn’t bode well for any of them…
On This Day
- 1422 – King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
- 1888 – Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper‘s confirmed victims.
- 1895 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
- 1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- 1968 – Garfield Sobers became the first batsman ever to hit six sixes in a single over of six consecutive balls in first-class cricket.
- 1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 1422 – Henry V of England (b. 1386)
- 1688 – John Bunyan, English preacher and author (b. 1628)
- 1867 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic (b. 1821)
- 1869 – Mary Ward, Irish scientist (b. 1827)
- 1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (b. 1845)
- 1969 – Rocky Marciano, American boxer (b. 1923)
- 1973 – John Ford, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)
- 1997 – Dodi Fayed, Egyptian film producer (b. 1955)
- 1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1961)
- 2012 – Max Bygraves, English-Australian actor and singer (b. 1922)
- 2013 – David Frost, English journalist and game show host (b. 1939)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Steve Guttenberg (59), Dave Chappelle (41), Rupert Grint (26), Stephen Fry (57), Gene Simmons (65), Elvis Costello (60), Billy Ray Cyrus (53), Claudia Schiffer (44), Rachel Bilson (33), Paul Reubens (62), Shania Twain (49), Jack Black (45), Jason Priestley (45), LeAnn Rimes (32), Florence Welch (28), Elliott Gould (76), Rebecca De Mornay (55), John McCain (78), Peggy Lipton (68), Cameron Diaz (42), and Warren Buffett (84).
2013 League Table
Next Week peeps!