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  1. The dead of 2016

    This bloke https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/27/george-mcrobie-obituary?CMP=share_btn_link George McRobie has died. Interesting to me because he was my great uncle. I never actually managed to meet him but he was clearly a top fellow. Tomorrow I'm going to visit the house near Moscow where he spent part of his childhood and to meet my cousin three times removed for the first time who was Uncle George's first cousin. All very exciting. It seems I have a few ancestors and distant relatives who were actually good for something.
  2. Authors Last A Long Time, But....

    In his younger days, Grass was in the Waffen SS, a fact which he managed to keep secret for quite a while. After that he had a hard job maintaining his status as honorary citizen of Gdansk.
  3. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    Nice to see this is still on the go. I trust Rotten Ali is still running it in a suitably prejudiced and arbitrary manner, true to the spirit of its founder?
  4. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    This is appauling: "quite frankly" is clearly a sub-clause and, therefore, needs commas on either side and "This is more harsh" simply continues the sentence so the "t" should be lower case! This from someone who thinks "peddling" has something to do with riding a bicycle
  5. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    That's a lucky break for Mary then. Still strictly speaking a breach of the spirit of the rule, but possibly meriting a slightly lesser penalty.
  6. Death List Convention

    There was a small DL Con held on Tuesday last in the Dutch town of Utrecht. Magere Hein was there and I think I was there too. Much beer was drunk. Of that I am certain. A most enjoyable event, hopefully to be repeated.
  7. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    Well. I'm reminded of something I wrote a week or two ago about Rule 5: "I think the spirit of the law in this case intends to penalise those selecting very young, low hanging fruit of the tabloid variety." Admittedly he isn't extremely young, though far too young to die. I can't imagine how he could be more tabloid than he is. I mean his widow's name is Cola for pity's sake. I don't know, I've been out of the country for 20 years, but back then you would have got in the papers just for being called Cola. Low hanging fruit definitely. Which brings us to the question of his celebrity. Taking the rule literally. it follows that since his death was reported in the paper he must be famous enough to qualify for celebrity. Unfortunately his death was reported in the Mail, an organ which no intelligent person in the world, never mind Notapotato, could consider to be a reliable, respectable source of international news. So that's definitely an infringement, unless someone can find an obit somewhere else. The rules don't specify the penalty for breaking rule 2 but the tacit implication is that the candidate is not a valid choice and thus scores no points. Include with this the penalty for breaking Rule 5 and Mary should actually be getting minus points for his candidate. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That was me summarily ridiculing MPFC. Others should feel free to join in. PS: I'll leave it up to Rotten Ali to decide what really to do. He does a grand job and is probably a bit fairer than me.
  8. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    It's unpredictable and arbitrary. It has HDP written all over it.
  9. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    She was 29. I'm only 25. In my view, that makes her ancient. I think the spirit of the law in this case intends to penalise those selecting very young, low hanging fruit of the tabloid variety. The above exchanges sort of imply that Notapotato's definition of tender years is a somewhat higher age that I would have expected. Nevertheless, I don't think Hallenga falls into this category. Just to keep things fair, I'd like to propose a new rule: "Notapotato reserves the right to ridicule any participant at any time for any or no reason. In the absence of Notapotato this task may be performed by anyone else so inclined."
  10. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    Ok, I suppose people have got the bonus for less.
  11. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    Hmm. Hard to say. Give me some examples.
  12. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    I can now confirm that Notapotato considers the Huffington Post to be a Reliable and Serious Source of International News.
  13. The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    I had to think about this one because I've never really considered Misch to be a particularly nasty piece of work, but I suppose on the bottom line protecting the F├╝hrers life has to be considered a crime against humanity, whatever he may or may not have believed he was doing. So yes. Crimes Against Humanity Bonus for Rochus Misch. I just went through the teams to see which one might be eligible for the prize for the most interesting or original or unusual or whatever selections. None of them made me laugh, which may have been a decider. I'm still thinking about it. Can anyone be bothered counting to see which teams are the most original, in that they have the most unique picks? That might help.
  14. Death List Convention

    Well Bruges was lovely. A bit expensive on the whole but very beautiful and only a bit too full of tourists in one or two places. Took me an hour or two to stop repeating the mantra "this place is a complete feckin' shithole", but after that I had quite a lot of fun with my festival friends. Sadly no Deathlisters were there; Hein may have come if I'd stayed a day longer but it wasn't possible
  15. Death List Convention

    Hein: see above.
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