Dead Pool 3rd September 2017

Welcome all, to the  special 20th Anniversary Edition of Princess Diana’s Death Edition of The Dead Pool, where we will not be mentioning her again because nobody gives a fuck nor gave a fuck twenty years ago. No points to award this week, better luck next time!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Melissa Bell, 53, English singer (Soul II Soul).
  • Richard Anderson, 91, American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Forbidden Planet).
  • Shelley Berman, 92, American comedian and actor (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Meet the Fockers, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, 85, English Roman Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Arundel and Brighton (1977–2000) and Westminster (2000–2009).

In Other News

Veteran singer Tom Jones announced Saturday that he was reluctantly postponing a U.S. concert tour scheduled to kick off next week because of health issues. The 77-year-old Welsh crooner said on Twitter that his Autumn tour would be delayed “following medical advice. He did not reveal the state of his health or provide further details. Jones sent his “sincere apologies” to U.S. fans planning to attend the shows. A statement on his website said the rescheduled tour would take place in May and June of next year and that tickets for the postponed shows would be honoured. The surprise postponement of his tour dates prompted numerous concerned comments from fans who wished him well on Twitter. Jones’ wife of 59 years, Linda, died last year of cancer.

An Aberdeen footballer has been rescued from a river after a night out in Glasgow. Gary Mackay-Steven, 26, was suffering from the effects of hypothermia when he  was pulled from the River Kelvin by firefighters early on Sunday morning. The former Celtic winger was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by paramedics. Aberdeen FC confirmed the player was treated for hypothermia and was now “recovering well” at home. A club statement said: “On behalf of Gary, the club extends its thanks to the emergency services involved. “The club will not be commenting further on the matter.”

Yet another matador suffered severe injuries after he was gored by a bull and dragged around the ring on its horn. Experienced bullfighter Sergio Flores, 26, was speared in the armpit and tossed in the air by the rampaging animal during a performance in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He was carried around the ring for nine seconds as helpers frantically tried to rescue him after the 500kg bull’s horn became lodged under his arm. The audience feared the worst as Mr Flores was left motionless and bleeding heavily on the bullring floor. He was eventually carried from the ring to the stadium’s medical centre before being taken to hospital, where he was said to be in a serious but stable condition. Medics later said he had suffered two puncture wounds between his arm and chest, as well as head injuries. It was not clear if the bull was injured. Mr Flores has been bullfighting since 2007, according to Mexican newspaper El Sol de Tlaxcala.

And finally, staff and guests were forced to flee after two “out of control” pensioners rampaged through a Highland Perthshire resort hotel, a court heard. Robert Fergus, 72, ran naked with a pair of scissors in the public reception of the MacDonald Loch Rannoch Hotel and smashed a glass pane. His wife Ruth, 69, threatened to shoot a staff member after “reacting badly” to the alcohol she consumed earlier. The couple were fined £4,100 at Perth Sheriff Court. Mr Fergus, from Troon, was also ordered to pay the hotel £800 compensation to cover the cost of the damage from the incident. He had admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards four staff members, wilfully destroying property, and drink driving. Sheriff Gillian Wade told Mr Fergus: “I don’t think I need to tell you it’s a very sorry state of affairs. I have no doubt you will regret it for the rest of your life.”

On This Day

  • 301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.
  • 1189 – Richard I of England (a.k.a. Richard “the Lionheart”) is crowned at Westminster.
  • 1666 – The Royal Exchange burns down in the Great Fire of London.
  • 1878 – Over 640 die when the crowded pleasure boat Princess Alice collides with the Bywell Castle in the River Thames.


  • 1658 – Oliver Cromwell, English general and politician (b. 1599)
  • 1991 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 2012 – Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader and businessman, founded the Unification Church (b. 1920)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Keanu Reeves (53), Salma Hayek (51), Keith Allen (64), Burn Gorman (43), Lily Tomlin (78), Craig McLachlan (52), Steve Pemberton (50), Barry Gibb (71), Richard Gere (68), Chris Tucker (46), Jessica Henwick (25), Cameron Diaz (45), Peggy Lipton (71), Michael Chiklis (54), Carla Gugino (46), Rebecca De Mornay (58), Elliott Gould (79), Joel Schumacher (78), William Friedkin (82), Lenny Henry (59), David Fincher (55), Jack Black (48), Jason Priestley (48), Brian Thompson (58), Shania Twain (52), Ai Weiwei (60), Billy Boyd (49), LeAnn Rimes (35), David Soul (74), Aaron Paul (38), Peter Stormare (64), Barbara Bach (70), Paul Reubens (65) and Reece Shearsmith (48),

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