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Dr_T last won the day on October 15 2018

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  1. Dr_T

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    The death of Bob Hawke takes my team Pity Da Foolz back into the Top 20. Previously in this forum I said that he was the pick I would change given the chance as he didn't make the Drop 40. Funnily enough, of my 4 picks who were not either Drop 40 or unique, 3 out of 4 of them have died (Hawke, Fatima Ali, Andrew McGahan), leaving only Fernando Ricksen. Looking around the teams I can see I am long odds of repeating last year's win. I feel like DDP's version of Leicester City. Go the Foxes.
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    23. Bob Hawke

    I don't think there is much argument that Hawke is the best Prime Minister we have had in my lifetime (1971 onwards). He instigated great reforms (superannuation, universal medical insurance i.e. Medicare) whilst maintaining a sensible level of fiscal responsibility. At his peak he was extremely popular with the Australian public, certainly more so than any other Prime Minister after him (although that wasn't really hard). But at different times in his life he was also a renowned alcoholic and womaniser. He was lucky that he served in the 80s and not under the same scrutiny that the current politicians face where his transgressions would've given too much ammunition to his political enemies on both sides of the Australian political divide. Hard to know how this will affect tomorrow's election other to say that it won't have helped Scott Morrison's chances of re-election. I am pretty sure that by the time I go to bed tomorrow night Australia will have its 31st Prime Minister, Bill Shorten.
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    A Joke

    The funny things are that there are no high rise buildings in Wagga Wagga. It is a regional city of about 50,000 people. While there may be a few building in the centre with maybe 3 or 4 storeys I doubt there would be anything that remotely qualifies itself as a high rise (although this may just be because building was temporarily suspended by the workplace tragedy described in the aforementioned post). Fosters is barely sold in Australia. You may be able to find 6 packs at the very large bottle shops but by and large it doesn't really exist in Australia. I remember drinking it when I regularly visited Melbourne about 20 years ago where there was a pub I knew that sold schooners (405 ml) for $2. My memory of it was that it is a very nondescript Australian lager, perfectly drinkable but not very interesting. Wikipedia notes that while it is in the top ten most consumed beers globally, it is not widely consumed in Australia. Considering that these guys are tradies who are still on the tools working in NSW I would say that their beer would be most likely be Toohey's New.
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    A Joke

    The funniest parts of that joke are that they are working on a high-rise in Wagga Wagga and that the bet was for a carton of Fosters.
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    23. Bob Hawke

    The Australian Labor held their official campaigne launch in Brisbane on Sunday. There they trotted out all of the living former Labor Prime Ministers except Bob Hawke. Probably doesn't mean too much-maybe just doesn't want to be seen in the same room as Keating, Rudd and Gillard, but could be another indication of declining health.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Barry du Bois looks very healthy in an ad which is on Australian tv at the moment. I think the chance of him dying this year is low-I would have 5%. Here is some information on his condition from the Australian Cancer Council site. Barry Du Bois I had been putting up with persistent neck pain for months when a trip to the beach changed everything. I was enjoying a Christmas surf with my brother and nephew when, after going under a big wave, I heard a sharp crack in my neck. The sound, and pain that followed, made me realise that this injury was more serious than the building-related ache I had thought it was. I didn't know it at the time but that crack was the last of my c1 vertebrae caving in. It took another three months of tests to find out that the cause of the snap was actually cancer. I was diagnosed in 2010 with Plasmacytoma Myeloma, a cancer of the immune system which attacks healthy bone marrow and destroyed the vertebra at the top of my spine. Once the doctors stabilised my neck and I'd had extensive surgery, I started radiotherapy. Being a middle aged, healthy and strong man, I took the highest level of radiotherapy that you can take. This treatment saved my life. I was scheduled to start chemotherapy but at this stage, and we monitor it bi-monthly, I still haven't had to undergo chemotherapy. The disease is still in my body, it's not something that will go away and I'll never be cured of it, but it's something that me, my wife and my team of doctors will continue to manage for the rest of my life.
  7. If they live at Frogmore Palace I think Kermit has to be a real possibility.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    To be honest, the whole thing is quite pointless really isn't it? while it can be quite random, it is interesting to follow your team to see where the bar is on who obits and who doesn't.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Not quite the right metaphor. To me, it is more like trying to deliberately hit fouls to break the record for the longest at bat. After all, the endeavour takes some level of skill to identify these poor unfortunates who are going to die but don't have the requisite level of fame. But at the end of the day it is in itself, pointless.
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    The 2019 Deathlist Cup

    Good luck to everyone in the quarter finals. Interesting to read the masterlist. No surprise that as we move towards the pointy end of the competition that the runners are more obscure. Certainly wouldn't like to have my name on there! Good luck to them as well.
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    Death And The Scrabble Deficit

    Someone who died a couple of years ago but very topical in Australian and probably a lot of American media today. Justine Damond Ruszczyk was shot dead by an American police officer a couple of years ago after calling the police about a possible rape. Today the police officer, Mohamed Noor, was found guilty of third degree murder and manslaughter. It was a very tragic incident but interesting to see the American legal system charging and sustaining a guilty verdict of murder by a police officer on duty. By my count 59 Scrabble points c.f. age of 40. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-01/mohamed-noor-guily-of-murdering-justine-damond-ruszczyk/11060600
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Kathleen Blanco might be moving into scoring position. https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-governor-kathleen-blanco-under-hospice-care/
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    23. Bob Hawke

    Hawke said before Christmas that he might not live long enough to see Labor topple the Coalition-the election has been called for May 18. I doubt that he'll croak before then but he is looking very frail and he has lived hard at times.
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    The 2019 Deathlist Cup

    Well I pity da fool that gets knocked out in Round 2. Well done Torva! Best of luck to you and everyone else in Round 3.
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    Hooroo, Mate.

    Things definitely not looking good for former Australian test cricketer Bruce Yardley. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/former-australian-cricketer-bruce-yardley-dies-20190327-p5186e.html
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