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Dead Pool 16th December 2018

Slight points jiggle this week  as I ploughed through your lists for missing ‘dead un’s’,  seems we all missed the death of Devin Lima at the age of 41 back in November, points awarded where needed. With just over two weeks to go, I hope you have been working on your ’19 lists. Remember, 13 names in total. I’ve already got a couple of list; I have already submitted mine and my theme this year is Star Trek, all of my listings have a connection to that particular program. Of course, you lot don’t have to have a theme, I just found it more fun. 

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In Other News

Police visited Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson after an alarming social media post sparked fears for his welfare. Concerns were raised for the US comedian and actor, 25, following an Instagram post in which he wrote: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.” He added: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” Davidson, who was engaged to pop star Ariana Grande earlier this year, concluded the message with a heart emoji. He later deleted his Instagram account and appeared as scheduled on SNL, which is broadcast live. New York police said they had checked on the comedian, but did not say where officers met him. Earlier this month, the comedian wrote on Instagram about suffering from borderline personality disorder, being targeted by online trolls, and feeling suicidal. He said he was speaking out about his mental health “only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth”.  

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back. The firm’s SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which US agencies have awarded astronaut wings. It marked the plane’s fourth test flight and followed earlier setbacks in the firm’s space programme. Sir Richard is in a race with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to send the first fee-paying passengers into space. In 2008, Virgin Galactic first promised sub-orbital spaceflight trips for tourists would be taking place “within 18 months”. It has since regularly made similar promises to have space flights airborne in the near future. But delays and a fatal crash in 2014 prevented Sir Richard’s original ambitions. So, what does this mean for us? Many well known celebrities have already booked a flight on Bronson’s ‘almost safe’ space ship. Amongst them Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton, Bryan Singer, Princess Beatrice, Tom Hanks, Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher, although fuck knows how he’s going, maybe they’ll serve him up as the inflight meal. Could this be the way someone scores the perfect 13 in one hit?  

US actress Sarah Hyland has described how having to undergo two kidney transplants left her “contemplating suicide”, US media report. The 28-year-old, who stars in the popular sitcom Modern Family, opened up about her kidney dysplasia in an interview with Self magazine. She said her body rejected a kidney donated by her father when she was 21, but luckily her brother was a match. Now she’s drained her family of organs, she’s feeling rather unenthusiastic of her future. “I had gone through my whole life always being a burden,” Hyland said. “When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault. It’s not. But it does,” she said. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.” Hyland was treated with dialysis after her body started to reject her father’s kidney two years ago. During her treatment, it was established that her brother, who said he “had her back”, was a match. She said that going through “26 years of always being a burden” because of her health issues made her feel “really helpless”, but that she was now “stable”. Hyland also suffers with endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue that lines the womb is found in other parts of the body, often resulting in intense pain. Last year, the actress was criticised about her appearance, with some fans suggesting that a photo posted on Instagram made it look as though she was promoting anorexia. “I’m here to say that no-one should aim to be the weight that I am right now,” she responded on Twitter at the time, adding: “I’m not in control of what my body looks like.” “I was born with so many health issues that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life.” 

On This Day

  • 1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.  
  • 1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbour as a protest against the Tea Act.  
  • 1901 – Beatrix Potter privately publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It goes on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide.   
  • 1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake of 8.5Mw , rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.  
  • 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Miranda Otto (51), Krysten Ritter (37), Billy Gibbons (69), Christopher Biggins (70), Benny Andersson (72), Charlie Cox (36), Don Johnson (69), Helen Slater (55), Garrett Wang (50), Alex Cox (64), Vanessa Hudgens (30), Natascha McElhone (49), Miranda Hart (46), Ted Raimi (53), Vicki Michelle (68), Dick Van Dyke (93), Jamie Foxx (51), Christopher Plummer (89), Steve Buscemi (61), Taylor Swift (29), Robert Lindsay (69), Jennifer Connelly (48), Mädchen Amick (48), Bill Nighy (69), Sarah Douglas (66), Kenneth Cranham (74), Connie Francis (80), Dionne Warwick (78), Kenneth Branagh (58), Kirk Douglas (102), John Malkovich (65), Judi Dench (84), Michael Dorn (66), Beau Bridges (77) and Donny Osmond (61).

Dead Pool 9th December 2018

Not a good week to be a wrestler, but then again, when is? No points to be awarded this week but plenty read up on. I hope you’ve all been working on your lists for 2019 as I am now officially opening the gates for your submissions. You can either email them to me directly on mail@thedeadpool.rip or fill in the online form on the website. 

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In Other News

Canada’s Adonis Stevenson is in a “critical condition” in hospital after losing his WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City. Stevenson, 41, who was boxing’s oldest and longest-reigning champion, suffered an 11th-round knockout, slumping in the corner after a flurry of punches. He was put on a stretcher, before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel said his boxer was in intensive care. Unbeaten Gvozdyk, 31, told a news conference on Saturday night: “I talked to the people at the hospital. He was very confused when he arrived, we suspect a concussion. It’s very disturbing.” On Sunday, Michel tweeted his thanks on behalf of Stevenson’s wife and family: “Thank you for your many messages of encouragement and support. #Superman is currently under careful medical supervision of very competent doctors in a controlled environment. #hope.”    

An inmate in the US state of Tennessee has been executed by electric chair after arguing that a lethal injection would involve suffering. David Earl Miller, who spent 36 years on death row, was the latest of an increasing number of inmates attempting to avoid lethal injection following several botched executions. Another Tennessee inmate, Edmund Zagorski, was electrocuted last month. Lethal injection is the state’s main method of execution. However, Tennessee inmates on death row whose crimes were committed before 1999 are allowed to choose electrocution instead. Miller was pronounced dead at 19:25 local time on Thursday at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Tennessee department of correction spokesman Tylee Tracer said that Miller’s last words were: “Beats being on death row.” Miller was found guilty of killing a 23-year-old mentally ill woman in 1981. In court, both Miller and Zagorski had cited the August execution of Billy Ray Irick, who turned purple and took 20 minutes to die! It follows a series of executions using different combinations of drug where prisoners have appeared to suffer. The US constitution bans cruel and unusual punishments, yet allows the electric chair? Zagorski’s execution was the second time the state’s electric chair had been used since 1960. In neighbouring Alabama, more than 50 inmates have chosen to be killed in the nitrogen gas chamber rather than be given a lethal injection after being given the option earlier this year.    

A woman who sat on her boyfriend and suffocated him to death during a drunken rage is facing nearly four decades in prison after she admitted to his murder. Windi Thomas stabbed Keeno Butler in the hand with a knife and battered him with a table leg before she smothered him with her body at their home in Erie, Pennsylvania. The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to the third-degree murder although her lawyers argued the she killed Mr Butler by mistake after collapsing on top of him while drunk. Mr Butler’s death was ruled homicide caused by “respiratory insufficiency secondary to blunt force trauma to the neck and thoracic compression, exacerbated by blunt force trauma to the head.” After killing the 44-year-old in March, the court heard that Thomas dialled police and told a dispatcher: “I killed my boyfriend.” After arriving at property, investigators found a table leg with bolts protruding covered with blood. She told police that she had been drinking and looking to purchase crack cocaine. 

On This Day

  • 1892 – English soccer club Newcastle United is founded  
  • 1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.  
  • 1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first of only two diseases that have been driven to extinction (rinderpest in 2011 being the other).  
  • 1996 – Gwen Jacob is acquitted of committing an indecent act, giving women the right to be topless in Ontario, Canada.  

Deaths

  • 1048 – Al-Biruni, Persian mathematician (b. 973)
  • 2012 – Patrick Moore, English lieutenant, astronomer, and educator (b. 1923)   
  • 2012 – Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, co-created the bar code (b. 1921)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Kim Basinger (65), Teri Hatcher (54), Nicki Minaj (36), Dominic Monaghan (42), C. Thomas Howell (52), Kristofer Hivju (40), Ellen Burstyn (86), Tom Hulce (65), JoBeth Williams  (70), Noel Clarke (43), Nick Park (60), Frankie Muniz (33), Little Richard (86), Marisa Tomei (54), Jeff Bridges (69), Tyra Banks (45), Tony Todd (64), Pamela Stephenson (69), Jay Z (49), Amanda Seyfried (33), Brendan Fraser (50), Julianne Moore (58), Daryl Hannah (58), Jean-Luc Godard (88), Ozzy Osbourne (70), Lucy Liu (50), Britney Spears (37) and Connie Booth (78).

Dead Pool 2nd December 2018

A points extravaganza!!! With the sad passing of George  H.W. Bush, twelve of us have scored! Well done to Paula, Jemm, Debbie, Julia, Christine, Sarai, Doug, Mark, Nick, Laura and Julie who all score 56 points, but an extra gold star to Paul G. for scoring 156 points by having Bush down as his Cert. With only this month left to go, the top end of the table looks quite static as they’ve already scored with their Cert & Woman and just below them are a few of you who have yet to score your big points, who knows what will happen!! 

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In Other News

Fernando LaFuente says he has been “watching my own death” after a club he had played for reported he had died. When Ballybrack FC told the Leinster Senior League that LaFuente had died in a traffic accident, one of their matches was postponed and others were preceded by a minute’s silence. The club has apologised and the league has started an investigation. “My work started sending me all these news articles – that’s how I found out I was dead,” LaFuente told RTE Radio. The Spaniard, who has moved to Galway and no longer plays for Ballybrack, said the club contacted him last week to let him know he may hear reports he had been involved in an accident. He added: “I was aware there was going to be some story on me but I thought it was going to be me breaking a leg or something like that. LaFuente acknowledged the idea of a man in his 20s “with his whole life in front of him” dying in a car accident was “sad” but added: “It’s funny for me because I’ve been watching my own death.” Ballybrack’s game against Arklow Town was called off following their announcement, and the league placed a death notice in an Irish newspaper offering its “heartfelt condolences” to his family and the club. LaFuente said: “I have a really good relationship with the club. As soon as I heard the news, I wrote to them. They got straight back to me and told me what was going on and they apologised. “I had to call my mum straight away and she basically didn’t know anything. She saw this morning my photo on all the newspapers. I haven’t spoken with her yet because she didn’t answer any of the messages I sent.” League chairman David Moran told us the club’s secretary had resigned on Tuesday.  

A British rower is in a coma in a US hospital after falling down some stairs. Anna Thornton was hurt in the fall earlier this month in Seattle, Washington, where she is studying. British Rowing confirmed she was in a “stable but serious condition” and are supporting her and her family. The 21-year-old, from Nottingham, defended her double scull title at the World Under 23 Championships in July. In a statement, the University of Washington said: “We have been closely monitoring the condition of Anna Thornton, a member of the UW women’s rowing programme who is in a stable but serious condition with injuries resulting from an accident earlier this month. “At this time our focus is on supporting her, her family and teammates in any way possible. Anna’s family has requested for their privacy to be respected at this time.” Miss Thornton started rowing at the Nottingham Rowing Club at the age of 12 and represented Team GB Juniors at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She is currently in her third year of studying public health at the University of Washington. The statement from British Rowing added: “At this time our focus is on supporting her and her family in any way possible.”  

A multimillionaire farmer died after his dog hit a lever inside the cab of his tractor, putting the vehicle in motion and crushing him as he was building a rookery, an inquest has heard. Entrepreneur Derek Mead left the JCB farm loader with the engine running and with the animal inside, as he worked on the structure in his garden. The father-of-three was crushed against a gate and suffered a fractured vertebrae and traumatic asphyxia in the accident on 4th June 2017. He was found by his son who called the emergency services. Paramedics tried to save him but he died at the scene. It is thought the small dog may have jumped up to see where the 70-year-old was, and hit the lever, which was apparently as easy to turn on as a car indicator, putting the vehicle into motion, the inquest at Flax Bourton, Bristol, heard. Son Alistair, who cried throughout the one-hour hearing, found Mr Mead trapped against the gate and unresponsive. In a statement read at the inquest, he said: “Dad was crouched down facing the machine with his back to the gate as if he had seen the machine coming towards him and ducked to avoid it.” Summing up, assistant coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said: “Mr Mead was very experienced in using the piece of equipment. “The most likely explanation is that the dog inadvertently moved the shuttle lever, causing Mr Mead to be trapped against the gate. “The death of Mr Derek Mead was one of a very tragic accident.” 

On This Day

  • 1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral is consecrated in London.  
  • 1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.  
  • 1999 – The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive following the Good Friday Agreement.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Sarah Silverman (48), Woody Allen (83), Deep Roy (61), Bette Midler (73), Ben Stiller (53), Ridley Scott (81), Mandy Patinkin (66), Billy Idol (63), Gemma Chan (36), Joel Coen (64), Don Cheadle (54), Diane Ladd (83), Gena Lee Nolin (47), Karen Gillan (31), Judd Nelson (59), Ed Harris (68), Martin Clunes (57), Jon Stewart (56), Armando Iannucci (55), William Fichtner (62), Sharlto Copley (45), Kathryn Bigelow (67), Robin Givens (54), Bill Nye (63), Rita Ora (28), Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (30), Kristin Bauer van Straten (52), Tina Turner (79), DJ Khaled (43), Christina Applegate (47), John Larroquette (71) and Bruno Tonioli (63).

Dead Pool 25th November 2018

Welcome all, to a strangely historical deadly day, where the Earth itself has tried to kill more people than people have. Normally we’d find one or two deadly earthquakes per day, but the 25th of November seems to have fuckloads of disasters listed, so make sure you stay inside! With just over FIVE weeks to go, it’s probably time for you to start researching next years list.

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In Other News

Zimbabwe’s former President Mugabe, 94, is unable to walk because of ill health, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. Mr Mugabe has been in Singapore for treatment for an undisclosed illness for the past two months, he added. The former president also made several medical trips there towards the end of his time in power. Mr Mnangagwa became head of state a year ago after Mr Mugabe was ousted following the intervention of the army. Up to that point, Mr Mugabe was the only president Zimbabwe had known, having been in power for 37 years. President Mnangagwa was addressing a rally in his predecessor’s home area when he talked about the former leader’s health. “He is now old. Of course, he now is unable to walk but whatever he asks for we will provide,” the AFP news agency quotes him as saying. When Mr Mugabe was in power officials said he was being treated for eye problems, denying rumours that he had cancer. Despite being unable to walk, Mr Mnangagwa said the former leader was feeling better and would be back in the country next week. Unsurprisingly, the government is paying for Mr Mugabe’s treatment.      

A woman allegedly killed her boyfriend and served his remains in traditional dish, police in the United Arab Emirates have said. The alleged victim’s brother was visiting the suspect to ask about his sibling when he spotted a tooth in her blender, prosecutors say. Although she told him they had broken up, his suspicions were aroused and he called in the police. At first the woman denied involvement but then broke down and said that she had killed him during a “moment of insanity” They added that the Moroccan native also claimed that she had supported the victim during their seven-year relationship, and then he told her that he was going to marry someone else in her homeland. It is then alleged that she butchered his body and minced it in a blender. She reportedly told investigators that she used the meat to cook machboos, a dish made from rice, spices, and typically, lamb, not human. She is then alleged to have served this to a group of construction workers nearby in order to get rid of the evidence. The leftovers were fed to neighbourhood dogs. The suspect allegedly asked a friend for help to clean the house. While she noticed the bloodstains, the friend is not thought to have witnessed the crime. Investigators did not offer details on how she carried out the killing, but they said that the woman faces a court date once the investigation is complete.

On This Day

  • 1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.  
  • 1759 – An earthquake hits the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000.  
  • 1833 – A massive undersea earthquake, estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2, rocks Sumatra, producing a massive tsunami all along the Indonesian coast.
  • 1839 – A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40-foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (which has never been completely rebuilt). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.   
  • 1926 – The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history kills 76 people and injures more than 400.  
  • 1950 – The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 impacts 22 American states, killing 353 people, injuring over 160, and causing $66.7 million in damages.  
  • 1984 – Thirty-six top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.  
  • 1987 – Typhoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that destroys entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm. 
  • 1996 – An ice storm strikes the central U.S., killing 26 people. A powerful windstorm affects Florida and winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.  
  • 2000 – The 2000 Baku earthquake, with a Richter magnitude of 7.0, leaves 26 people dead in Baku, Azerbaijan, and becomes the strongest earthquake in the region in 158 years.  
  • 2008 – Cyclone Nisha strikes northern Sri Lanka, killing 15 people and displacing 90,000 others while dealing the region the highest rainfall in nine decades.  
  • 2009 – Jeddah floods: Freak rains swamp the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during an ongoing Hajj pilgrimage. Three thousand cars are swept away and 122 people perish in the torrents, with 350 others missing.

Deaths

Cunt of the Week

An American man who was killed by tribespeople on a remote Indian island said he was travelling there to “declare Jesus to these people”. In a letter to his family in the days before his death, missionary and adventurer John Allen Chau said they “might think I’m crazy”, but that he was willing to risk death to try and convert the people of North Sentinel island to Christianity, even though he didn’t speak their language. Also, what Chau might not have considered is that the Sentinelese are rather quite happy not knowing about Jesus. It is illegal for anyone to travel to the small island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar chain which sits in the Bay of Bengal and is administrated by India. Members of the Sentinelese tribe have resisted contact with the outside world for generations and are known to attack outsiders with bows and arrows. Initial reports of Mr Chau’s death described him as an adventure tourist, and police told journalists it was “a case of misdirected adventure”.  But in his letter and journals Mr Chau makes clear that his primary motivation for visiting North Sentinel was that of a Christian missionary. Describing his first encounter with the tribe Mr Chau wrote that he kayaked to shore and was met by a group of young people carrying bows and arrows. “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,’” he wrote. One of the young Sentinelese shot at him and the arrow pierced a copy of the Bible he was carrying. As you can see, God did try to intervene to save his life, but the stupid cunt persevered. He returned to the island the next day, 16th November. On the morning of 17th November, the fishermen watched from the boat as members of the tribe dragged Mr Chau’s body along the beach and buried him, police said. It is unclear whether the authorities will risk further conflict with the Sentinelese by travelling to the island to recover Mr Chau’s remains. In Mr Chau’s journals from his final days at North Sentinel, according to the Washington Post, he makes clear just how aware he was of the potentially deadly outcome of visiting the Sentinelese. “I don’t want to die!” he wrote. “Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else continue? No. I don’t think so. I still could make it back to the US somehow as it almost seems like certain death to stay here. His letter to his parents begins: “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people. Survival International estimates that there are around 100 tribespeople living on North Sentinel. They are primarily hunter-gatherers, although they also fish using small canoes, and unlike most of the protected tribes in India have been almost completely isolated from the outside world “for thousands of years, as far as we know”, Ms Grig said. Researchers don’t even know what language they speak, let alone what belief system they follow. “People in the Andamans are appalled anyone would attempt to go there,” she said. “Not only is there an enormous risk to [the visitor’s] life, but it is potentially devastating for the tribe, who will have no resistance to the sorts of diseases you might bring in from outside. We know of Amerindian tribes where 90 per cent have been wiped out on first contact.” A disastrous British colonial expedition to the island in 1880 could explain why the tribe is so hostile to outsiders. The explorers kidnapped two elderly Sentinelese tribespeople and four children, but when the adults quickly became sick and died, the children were immediately returned to the island with “gifts”. “Who knows what devastation sending them back wrought, particularly if they were carrying any pathogens,” Ms Grig said. “It is conjecture, but it may well be part of their history and shared knowledge – that when you have contact with outsiders, many people die. If that’s the case, it is clearly self-defence when they kill someone [like Mr Chau] in this manner.” What is blatantly obvious from what has happened, Darwinism is certainly beating Christianity at this point.

Last Week’s Birthdays

Katherine Heigl (40), Sarah Hyland (28), Stephen Merchant (44), Denise Crosby (61), Billy Connolly (76), Conleth Hill (54), Michelle Gomez (52), Miley Cyrus (26), Kelly Brook (39), Ricky Whittle (37), Scarlett Johansson (34), Jamie Lee Curtis (60), Mark Ruffalo (51), Mads Mikkelsen (53), Terry Gilliam (78), Goldie Hawn (73), Alexander Siddig (53), Björk (53), Carly Rae Jepsen (33), Sean Young (59), Ming-Na Wen (55), Bo Derek (62), Jerry Hardin (89), Adam Driver (35), Jodie Foster (56), Meg Ryan (57), Terry Farrell (55), Robert Beltran (65), Owen Wilson (50), Linda Evans (76), Delroy Lindo (66) and Alan Moore (65).

Dead Pool 18th November 2018

After what seems to have been months without a single point scored, we’ve now have had a glut of deaths and I can finally bestow some points at last! 55 points to Mark, Laura, Lee and Paula for correctly guessing that Stan Lee would die this year! Well done all of you!    

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In Other News

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler are among those whose homes have  been damaged or destroyed as two wildfires sweep through California. The singer said she had been left “devastated” after her Malibu home was destroyed in the blaze as California battles one of the most destructive fire’s on state record. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department!” In another tweet, Ms Cyrus shared details of how to donate to various organisations involved in the relief effort. Actor Gerard Butler also took to Twitter to share a picture of the charred remains of his car and home, which were also destroyed in the Malibu fire.  He wrote: “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating,” he wrote in the post. “Heartbreaking time across California.” Singer Robin Thicke’s Malibu home also burned down entirely, according to his representative. The 41-year-old singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are “safe and surrounded by friends and family” and “thankful to firefighters”. “As we drove to safety, they risked their lives trying to save our home,” Mr Thicke said. Many other celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Alyssa Milano and Lady Gaga were forced to evacuate their homes in southern California. But don’t feel overly sorry for these people, Gerard Butler is worth £30 Million, Robin Thicke has £15 Million and the 25 year old Miley Cyrus is worth a staggering £200 Million.  

David Arquette was bloody, mangled and nearly tortured Friday night in a wrestling match … and there was NOTHING FAKE about it. David was in a ‘deathmatch’ — that’s the name and not really an understatement — at a Game Changer Wrestling event. The actor-turned-wrestler was up against Nick FN Gage and it was just brutal. Gage broke a light tube over Arquette’s head. You see David grab his neck as blood pours from the area. Shockingly, the fight continues. Toward the end, it looks like David gives up, climbing out of the ring, but then the 47-year-old hops back in as he bleeds profusely. Gage stomps on him, but David fires back by smacking Gage with a chair. It didn’t take long … David gets pinned. After the match, David told his fans he needed a few stitches and he was fine. He ended by saying death matches weren’t his thing… 

And finally, a loyal dog which has waited on a busy road for more than 80 days after its owner died there has captured the hearts of online communities in China. Footage of the animal in the middle of the road in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, has been viewed 1.4 million times on the popular Sina Weibo microblog. China’s Pear Video website said the dog has been seen in the road every day since its owner died on 21st August. A taxi driver said people try to help but the dog runs away. “Drivers often give the little dog bits of food, but when we get out, he goes away,” he said. “This owner’s relationship with her dog was very deep. After she was killed, this little dog has just stayed standing guard. “Every day it’s in the road, I always see it. The relationship between man and dog is so true.” 

On This Day

  • 1421 – A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as St Elizabeth’s flood. Sadly they couldn’t find a little boy with a finger that day…   
  • 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronised sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.    
  • 1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.    
  • 1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children.    
  • 1987 – King’s Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city’s busiest underground station, King’s Cross St Pancras.   
  • 1991 – Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.

Deaths

  • 1247 – Robin Hood, heroic outlaw in English folklore (b. 1160)  
  • 1886 – Chester A. Arthur, American general, lawyer, and politician, 21st President of the United States (b. 1829)  
  • 1962 – Niels Bohr, Danish footballer, physicist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)   
  • 2002 – James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)   
  • 2015 – Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1975)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Rachel McAdams (40), Martin Scorsese (76), Tom Ellis (40), Danny DeVito (74), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (60), RuPaul (58), Jonathan Ross (58), Maggie Gyllenhaal (41), Missi Pyle (46), Martha Plimpton (48), Gemma Atkinson (34), Gigi Edgley (41), Mark Benton (53), Beverly D’Angelo (67), Jonny Lee Miller (46), Petula Clark (86), Sandahl Bergman (67), Paul McGann (59), Prince Charles (70), Gerard Butler (49), Whoopi Goldberg (63), Jimmy Kimmel (51), Ryan Gosling (38), Anne Hathaway (36), Gustaf Skarsgård (38), Wallace Shawn (75), Neil Young (73), Leonardo DiCaprio (44), Demi Moore (56), Calista Flockhart (54) and June Whitfield (93).