Dead Pool 4th June 2017
Welcome all, another week passes by and yet more celebrities kick the bucket. This week we have the joy of handing out points, with the sad demise of John Noakes, Martin scores 67 points, well done that man. This week we also learn that actress Sondra Locke is 73 years old and looks younger than I do.
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- John Noakes, 83, British television presenter (Blue Peter, Go With Noakes), Alzheimer’s disease.
- Manuel Noriega, 83, Panamanian dictator and military official, military ruler (1983–1989), complications from brain surgery.
- Reinhold Hanning, 95, German Waffen-SS concentration camp guard and convicted war criminal.
- Molly Peters, 75, British actress (Thunderball).
- Roy Barraclough, 81, British comedian (Cissie and Ada) and actor (Coronation Street).
In Other News
Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has revealed she has again been diagnosed with breast cancer and will postpone a number of planned tour dates as she embarks on treatment. A statement posted to her official Facebook page said the star of Grease and Xanadu was reluctantly cancelling some upcoming performances in the US and Canada after receiving the diagnosis. “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum,” the post stated. The statement said the singer, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, would undergo treatment that included photon radiation therapy, as well as “natural wellness therapies”. Newton-John, 68, became an ardent supporter of breast cancer awareness and research after her initial battle with the disease. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction at the time.
Golf star Tiger Woods was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida early on Monday morning, police say. Police recorded the arrest at 07:18 local time. The golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show. The police record lists the charge as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). It specifies an unlawful blood alcohol level and says that he was released “on his own recognisance”, meaning he promised in writing to co-operate with future legal proceedings. The 41-year-old golfer has been recovering from recent back surgery and last blogged about his health on 24th May. He wrote that the surgery had relieved terrible pain and that he hadn’t “felt this good in years”. He said the outlook for a return to competitive golf was “positive” but that he was not in a “hurry”. “I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said. “I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.” The mugshot shows a dishevelled Tiger Woods, bleary-eyed and unshaven – just the sort of image he would not want associated with himself in public. The picture will haunt him throughout these proceedings and beyond. This is someone who has put back together his public life after that epic fall from grace with all the news of the extramarital affairs that broke in 2009.
And finally, an Australian fisherman has described how a 200kg (440lb) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him over and lacerating his arm. Terry Selwood, 73, had dropped a line at his “usual spot” at Evans Head in New South Wales when the animal launched itself out of the water. He said the 2.7m (8.8ft) shark landed in the boat, which measured about 5m, and grazed him with its pectoral fin. Mr Selwood was rescued after radioing for help. “I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn’t register what happened and then I thought, ‘oh my God, I’ve got to get out of here,'” he told the media. “There I was on all fours and he is looking at me and I am looking at him, and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I could not get out quick enough.” Bill Bates, a member of Marine Rescue Evans Head, said his crew found Mr Selwood standing on the side of the boat covered in blood. “We offloaded the owner into our boat and gave him immediate first aid and stabilised the bleeding, it was a 5m boat so you can imagine there was no more room for people when the shark was in there.” The crew brought Mr Selwood to shore following the incident on Saturday, and he was taken to hospital. He has since gone home. New South Wales fishing authorities said the animal would undergo a post-mortem examination, which was standard practice for “any deceased shark in good condition”. “This enables us to take tissue and blood samples for ongoing science and research purposes,” a Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman said.
On This Day
- 1783 – The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
- 1784 – Élisabeth Thible becomes the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon. Her flight covers four kilometres in 45 minutes, and reached 1,500 metres altitude (estimated).
- 1896 – Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
- 1913 – Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V‘s horse at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness, and dies four days later.
- 1940 – World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends: British forces complete evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers, only to the House of Commons, his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech.
- 1798 – Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and author (b. 1725)
- 1968 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (b. 1898)
- 1989 – Dik Browne, American cartoonist (b. 1917)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Imogen Poots (28), James Purefoy (53), Morena Baccarin (38), Dominic Cooper (39), Jewel Staite (35), Justin Long (39), Zachary Quinto (40), Liam Cunningham (56), Dana Carvey (62), Sally Kellerman (80), Amy Schumer (36), Morgan Freeman (80), Brian Cox (71), Jonathan Pryce (70), Rene Auberjonois (77), Heidi Klum (44), Alanis Morissette (43), Clint Eastwood (87), Colin Farrell (41), Brooke Shields (52), Lea Thompson (56), Tom Berenger (68), Sharon Gless (74), Colm Meaney (64), Stephen Tobolowsky (66), Duncan Jones (46), Keir Dullea (81), Jennifer Ellison (34), Leigh Francis (44), Annette Bening (59), Danny Elfman (64), Melanie Brown (42), Kylie Minogue (49), Gladys Knight (73) and Sondra Locke (73).