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  1. The Watcher

    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    John Manners at 105 still keeps going and having played first class cricket in 1936 is surprisingly the only man alive to have played first class cricket before WW2.
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    We should know them because between them they created/patented/invented at least 4 typeface/fonts. Although Zapfino, Aldus and Optima may not be known to many, PALATINO is extremely well known. "Just My Type" by award-winning author Simon Garfield gives further information.
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    The Zapf typeface is known worldwide.
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, the world renowned calligrapher & typographer is 102 on 2 Jan, 2020. Surely worth a pick as her even more famous type-face creator husband Hermann Zapf (1918-2015) seemed to escape selection over the years.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Eileen Ash (nee Whelan) [108- oldest ever test cricketer], John Manners (105 - oldest ever first class cricketer & only surviving first class cricketer to play before WW2), John Woodcock (93 - cricket journalist whose father was born in 1857 & whose paternal grandfather was born before the Battle of Waterloo), Sheila Mercer (100 - former Emmerdale actress & sister of Brian Rix), June Spencer (100 - actress in The Archers), Clarissa Eden (widow of a former prime minister), Michael Medwin (96 & actor & boss of Trevor Eve in Shoestring), Glynis Johns (96 & Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins but too frail for a cameo in the recent Mary Poppins film), Tony Britton(95 - actor), Peregrine Worsthorne ( 96 next month & former editor, journalist & political commentator - esp on election nights), Wally Fawkes (artist of Flook for 35 years in Daily Mail & then in Daily Mirror, Christopher Tolkein (94 & author), Desmond Morris (91 & naturalist), Doreen Mantle (93 & actress).
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    Eileen Whelan (108 year old test cricketer), Roberta McCain (107), John Manners (105 - only surviving player to play first class cricket before WW2), Pearl Carr (96), Murray Walker (96), Glynis Johns (95), Tony Britton (95), Peregrine Worsthorne (96 next month), Henry Kissinger (96),Michael Medwin (96), Wally Fawkes (95), James Garbutt (94), Christopher Tolkein (94), Sidney Poitier (92), David Attenborough (93), Mel Brooks (93), Doreen Mantle (93),Desmond Morris (91), Lionel Blair (90), Christopher Plummer (90 next month), Frank Williams (88), Eileen Derbyshire (88), Virginia McKenna (88), Patricia Greene (88), Josephine Tewson (88), Trevor Peacock (88), Brian Murphy (87),
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    People I Was Surprised To Find Are Still Alive

    Walter ("Wally") Fawkes is 95. He drew the Flook cartoon in the Daily Mail for 35 years and when it was suddenly dropped Maxwell had it in the Daily Mirror for a while. He eventually wrote Flook as well but earlier on people such as Barry Took, Humphrey Lyttleton (a fellow jazz musician) & Barry Norman had written the cartoon strip which appeared alongside Carol Day and Rip Kirby strips.
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    People I Was Surprised To Find Are Still Alive

    Peregrine Worsthorne will be 96 on 22 December. He was a journalist & national newspaper editor in his time & is married to Lucinda Lambton who used to be a prolific broadcaster.
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    1. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas has apparently (in Daily Express today) given marriage hints to Michael as he has been married to his second wife (not Michael's mother) for 65 years who was 100 earlier this year.
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    British Character Actors

    Changed this afternoon. The perils of relying on Wiki - one only has to look at the fact that they state the longest marriage was by a Bradford couple of over 90 years but Guinness World Records never includes it.
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    British Character Actors

    According to Wiki Jean Heywood is still alive! (98)
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    Time that John Woodcock (born 1926) is added to this forum. He was cricket correspondent of The Times from 1954 to 1987 and has written for the paper every year since. He has outlived at least one successor (Christopher Martin-Jenkins) & amazingly his father was 70 when he was born. Not many alive today had a father born in 1856!!! Even more astonishing is the fact that his paternal grandfather was born before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815!!! Research online so far has only found the 2 living grandsons of the US President from 1841-45 to have a grandfather born earlier.
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    British Character Actors

    Michael Medwin is 96 and surely fits into this thread. He is a contemporary of the ageless Nicholas Parosns and like him appeared on stage & screen in the 1950's. Medwin may be best remembered as the genial boss of Eddie Shoestring in the series that starred Trevor Eve. When Eve decided to move onto other ventures after 2 series, Robert Banks Stewart was asked to come up with another series. He came up with Bergerac which was based in Jersey & ran for 9 series and even used plots that had been intended for further series of Shoestring!
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    British Character Actors

    Two British character actors who seem to remain under the radar are James Garbutt (born 1925) & Jean Heywood (born 1921). They played a married couple, (the Seatons) in the James Bolam drama When the Boat Comes In. Jean Heywood also played the housekeeper in All Creatures Great and Small. She replaced Mary Hignett (1916-1980) who played Mrs Hall the first housekeeper who was in the first three series but died after a risky double hip operation when initially she had gone into hospital for only a single hip operation but according to Wiki was persuaded by medical staff to have a more complicated procedure. Jean Heywood has outlived her predecessor in the role of housekeeper by almost 40 years.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Jon Pertwee's first wife is also still alive. She is the actress Jean Marsh & the co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs. She made her return to the series when it was brought back over 30 years later but due to the success of Downton Abbey it disappeared without trace! Her co-creator Dame Eileen Atkins must also be a similar age.
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