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    Now for the Cosmonauts: Two dead this year, including one today. 5 Soviets left from this era, including 2 involved in original cosmonaut training.
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    With today's news thought it was time to comprehensively update this list and bring it back into a more prominent position for people's use. First the Americans: Down to just 4 moonwalkers, 8 moon travellers and 3 other early astronauts left. Youngest is 83, oldest is 91. It'll be a busy decade!
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    By-Election Bingo 2017-22

    Agreed about Skinner. And Corbyn. And McDonnell. But 42 MPs have already announced they won't be seeking re-election next time around, and the oldest 20 of those have an average age of nearly 71. So plenty of oldies on their way and there'll be more to follow I'd imagine. Only 32 deaths in the past 22 years, compared to 62 in the previous 18. Plus it's hard to build up a head of steam in this game when there's an election every 3 years.
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    By-Election Bingo 2017-22

    This Parliament will fall before Christmas. Once the October 31st cliff edge is cleared one way or the other, the opposition will give Boris his election. Can't believe there's only been one scoring hit in this pool in 2 and a half years. There have been at least 41 changes of party allegiance in this Parliament but none have led to a by election. Death is becoming less of a factor, probably due to improved healthcare and younger MPs. It seems in future, appointments or elections for other posts are more likely causes of by elections: Regional Mayor, Police and Crime Commissioner, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly... To illustrate the point, here's a rough breakdown of the last 10 Parliaments according to reasons for by elections: 1979-1983: 20 by elections, 15 deaths, 2 new roles, 1 party change, 2 others 1983-1987: 31 by elections, 11 deaths, 5 new roles (15 Northern Ireland Unionists had by elections in opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement, all but one re-elected) 1987-1992: 24 by elections, 20 deaths, 4 new roles, 1992-1997: 18 by elections, 16 deaths, 2 new roles 1997-2001: 17 by elections, 10 deaths, 5 new roles, 2 others 2001-2005: 6 by elections, 4 deaths, 2 new roles 2005-2010: 14 by elections, 8 deaths, 2 new roles, 4 others 2010-2015: 21 by elections, 6 deaths, 6 new roles, 2 party changes, 7 others 2015-2017: 10 by elections, 3 deaths, 4 new roles, 3 others 2017-2019: 5 by elections, 1 death, 2 recalls, 1 new role, 1 other Things to consider for the next round. And as Biblio says, there's going to be a febrile atmosphere and the potential for more upheaval to come.
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    Scavenger Hunt Bingo Deadpool II

    Nearly 3 months without progress but an EU leader has died! Gets me a third category and Fixed Business and GC a second. Toast and Time get a second EU Leader. This one's taking a while to play out!
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    Fort William Football Club

    Nobody appears to have noted that nearly half the goals (5) that Keith scored were scored...by Keith.
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    The Vicar Of Dibley

    My first topic! Was watching this the other day and I'm slightly surprised this hasn't already got a thread as it's 20 years old now and the cast weren't exactly spring chickens when it started. Despite this, of the main cast we've impressively only lost Roger Lloyd-Pack, but most of the rest are primed to go in the next few years. Anyway, I had a search and turned very little up but if someone knows something I don't then feel free to move this. In order of age (or death) the main cast is as follows: Roger Lloyd-Pack (Owen Newitt) - b. February 1944, d. January 2014 Liz Smith (Letitia Cropley) - b. December 1921, d. December 2016 John Bluthal (Frank Pickle) - b. March 1929, d. November 2018 Trevor Peacock (Jim Trott) - b. May 1931 (aged 89) Gary Waldhorn (David Horton) - b. July 1943 (aged 77) James Fleet (Hugo Horton) - b. March 1954 (aged 68) Dawn French (Geraldine Granger) - b. October 1957 (aged 62) Emma Chambers (Alice Horton nee Tinker) - March 1964, d. February 2018 John Bluthal randomly turned up in the latest Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! last month, seemed in fine fettle there, but otherwise I have very little recent information about any of them. James Fleet was in Mr Turner last year playing Constable but it was a small part. Nice range of ages, should keep us interested for a fair while yet and the first three will surely go within the decade. Thoughts? EDIT: Updated July 2020
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    Scavenger Hunt Bingo Deadpool II

    I suppose if you've spent a lifetime surviving having your head pounded and lights punched out, a bit of old age, Parkinson's and dementia is nothing.
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    Scavenger Hunt Bingo Deadpool II

    Seriously? 3 and a half months in and DI can already win? Not good enough Biblio, sort it out.
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    MMMDP 2018

    Let's go with John McCain.
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    Doug Ellis

    Just popped up on the Play-off Final - he's at Wembley. Looks pretty frail and old now...like most 94 year olds I suppose. Think Prince Phillip looked better at the Royal Wedding though, and he's got 3 years on Deadly...
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    Scavenger Hunt Bingo Deadpool II

    Somehow in all the excitement, I missed the fact that Charles Neville had died. So not the first hit of Scavenger Hunt Bingo 2.0 but an early hit nonetheless! And already the field is shortening...could be much shorter than the last one - or go on for even longer. Love the Scavenger Hunt!
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    We sent shit far further that Pluto in the late 1970s , that's nothing new. If you think there's nothing to learn by going to the moon then I must courteously disagree with you. We've spent 154 hours on the moon's surface - that's less than a week to explore a surface area the size of Asia. Staring through a telescope and examining samples can only tell us so much - at some point you need to go and actually explore. Establishing a colony on the moon may not sound ambitious in the age of Operation Mars, but why not? Humans, permanently living off Earth. Somewhere you can make a round trip to in a week. I'm not saying it's likely to happen, but there's no reason why it shouldn't. At some point in the distant future, I can see our descendants saying "Imagine if they'd actually bothered to go back sooner..."
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    The Chequered Flag

    Surprised you haven't mentioned the first British F1 Champion, Mike Hawthorn. Won the championship in 1958 then retired because he didn't want to die racing cars. Died 3 months later on the A3. And of course Sir Frank Williams, paralysed since a crash on his way back from Paul Ricard in 1986.
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    Alex Ferguson

    Don't know if this has been posted anywhere else, but since it's not in here, thought I'd post. Out of the woods?
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    Scavenger Hunt Bingo Deadpool II

    Bugger. I saw my name tagged here and thought 'a hit!' and I was right...except it was three months too early. At least I picked a doddery one. I would be pleased to accept Biblio's kind offer in this unusual circumstance and will conform to SC's request that I do not pick a new unique. Which leads me to...could I have Barbara Barrie please? Might as well pick the illest person. Anyway, we're now over 2 months in and no score as yet. But as I mentioned previously, we only had one hit by this point in Game 1, so perhaps we all need to be patient. We all know the excitement in this game comes a year in...
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    Historically Already Dead Pool

    Come very late to the party on this one but as a history teacher I may as well throw my hat into the ring. In no particular order: 1. Amelia Earhart 2. Isambard Kingdom Brunel 3. Queen Victoria 4. Millicent Fawcett 5. Woodrow Wilson 6. Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) 7. Leonardo da Vinci 8. Thomas Edison 9. Wilfred Owen 10. Emily Bronte 11. William Shakespeare 12. Lord Horatio Nelson 13. Mary Shelley 14. Gavrilo Princip 15. Simon Bolivar 16. Emmeline Pankhurst 17. JMW Turner 18. Jane Austen 19. King George V 20. Vladimir Lenin Eclectic mix with no great thought behind it, save a few notables for this year. Whether I'll be around to claim many hits is debatable but you never know...
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    Queen Elizabeth II

    Not that unusual at such events. Didn't watch this one but at the Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012 she didn't speak, Prince Charles paid tribute and she just smiled on stage. Don't think she's the sort for a 'Thanks for coming to one's birthday bash, be sure to grab a goodie bag and a piece of cake on your way out...'
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    Rosalynn Carter Former First Lady of the USA

    Second ladies is the term. Just as the Veep gets to ride in Air Force 2, etc. etc.
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    Barbara Bush

    Also discovered reading something last night that she is the only person to have seen both her husband and her son sworn in as president. The only other time it has happened in American history was with the Adams family (not that one). However Abigail Adams died in 1818 and son John Quincy Adams was not elected until 1824 (incidentally like Bush Jr. JQA won the electoral college but lost the popular vote).
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    The Deathlist Cup 2018

    Jesus, I'm even getting beat in heaven.
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    The Deathlist Cup 2018

    12 days too late! Even though that's an eternity in this game... Points in Deathlist Cup heaven though.
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    Andy Ripley and other boofheads

    I was literally about to post the same story. What a curious tale.
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    Peter Kay

    Looks in excellent health for a dead man. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43686310 EDIT: Closer pic from Twitter.
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    The Deathlist Cup 2018

    Oi, I beat Spade on merit thank you very much! As for Deathlist Cup heaven, feel free to use my team from Round 2 for what might have been since NONE of them died. Though obviously Ray Wilkins, Efrain Rios Montt, Father Joseph Mallin, Jocelyn Newman and Jaka Jamba would all DEFINITELY have been in my starting XI - lucky escape there Heef!

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