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    British Science Fiction Series

    Yeah. I went straight for was the last of the three Blakes 7 titles (1981). Oh! The memories! The smiles! The lack of budget! The cheese! I also found this: Vila lives!. There is a huge B7 community out there. Out of necessity, I recently joined a mailing list populated by sadder folks even more in need of fresh air and vitamins than we are here. They spend their days speculating on whether Blake is really dead, and how it might have gone on and such things. Unfortunately for B7 enthusiasts (is there a special name for them?) Paul Darrow (Avon) has dissociated himself from a company which wants to do some kind of a remake because he reckons they aren't being true to what the late Terry Nation would have wanted. Never mind. Did anyone else make their own teleport bracelet out of a Robinson's Orange juice bottle? Sorry to dredge this up from the depths of the 1995 things to do thread (back in the good old days of LPIII God rest his soul), but in the light of the recent death of Peter Tuddenham and the fact that the Mrs and I have resultantly turned into B7 fans in a small sort of way, I thought it might be time to resurrect the subject with a view to taking a fresh look at the respective states of health of the actors in what was once described as: .He was right too. Those guys are real stage actors of a sort you don't see nowadays. Don't forget Jaqui Pearce (Servalan) was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years back. Maybe not one of the least survivable cancers, but who knows what having to work with all those cheesy failed Shakespearian bit-part actors might have done to the health of the regular cast. buy the DVD and you'll know what I mean. I offer and as evidence that at least one of the actors had some other work afterwards.Actually (In case I omitted to mention it before) I walked past Paul Darrow once on the stairs of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (My chosen place of study at the time, early 90's sometime) without realising what a superstar I'd failed to wish good day to. such is life eh. For those unacquainted with this masterpiece of late 70's sci-fi is as good a starting point as any. Anyone who wants to see Lesley Judd showing you how to make a teleporter bracelet on Blue Peter will have to get in touch with me personally. And while we're on the subject, what does the panel think on the subject of the Servalan/Margaret Thatcher question? I mean bearing in mind that when Servalan first appeared on B7 (Feb '78) Thatcher was still quite a way from being Supreme Commander. And assuming that I am not alone in finding Servalan quite sexy and Magaret Thatcher not at all sexy, what is this all about?
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    The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    After months of arduous labour on the parts of Notapotato and Magere Hein, The Hartlepool Deadlypool is ready to accept entrants. A cut above the usual deathpools, the Hartlepool Deadlypool distinguishes its self in that it requires the participants not only to predict the deaths of celebrities, but also the order in which the deaths will occur. A fiendishly complex scoring system combined with a uniquely arbitrary and unpredictable team of administrators and some opaque and incomprehensible rules should all make for an exciting game in the course of the year. So get your entries in! Closing date is the 31st of December. Probably. The Hartlepool Deadlypool
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    Dick Cheney

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4010175.stm
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Shirley Temple

    At 76 Shirley is getting on a bit and she has already had cancer once. Worth keeping an eye on if you ask me.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The Hartlepool Deadlypool

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

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

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

    I can now confirm that Notapotato considers the Huffington Post to be a Reliable and Serious Source of International News.
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    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 Führers 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.
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    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
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    Death List Convention

    Hein: see above.
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    Death List Convention

    So folks, sorry to be so unpredictable. I've decided not to drive to the UK. There's a festival on in Bruges I'm quite interested in so I'm driving there tomorrow morning. I'll stay for two, possibly three nights, though hotels seem to be pretty pricey. If anyone wants to come by for a Grimbergen or three then please PM me. I'm now going to prepare for my trip by watching the film.
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    Death List Convention

    Don't worry about it; he loves you. £200 for the ferry? The ones I'm loooking at cost between €80 and €130 return with a car.
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    Death List Convention

    So Tu and Wed, in the middle of the week. And getting to Calais... It's possible, but not quite what I have in mind. I need some persuasion. regards, Hein I'll pick you up in Antwerp. I understand Wednesday/Thursday might suit Six better.
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    Death List Convention

    Six says no to Bruges. For me if I were planning to drive that way, It wouldn't be much further, and still cheaper than flying, if I went on to Calais, got on a ferry to Dover and we met somewhere on or near the South coast. Hein?
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    Death List Convention

    How about Bruges on Tuesday/Wednesday then?
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    Death List Convention

    Well August is here and my diary has surreptitiously filled itself up with the exception of next week. Anyone up for a pint, anywhere, between now and next Friday?
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