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    The 100 Club

    Eileen Ash (nee Whelan) born 30 October 1911 is the oldest ever test cricketer (male or female). She rang the bell at Lords about 5 years ago to signal the start of play at a test match. Surely even coverage on the national news when her innings ends.
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    Notable Coronavirus Victims

    Linda Lusardi and her husband are the latest 'celebrities' to say they have the disease.
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    World's Oldest

    Jeanne Calment may not even have been a centenarian as every few weeks there seems to be another report or documentary casting doubt that the same person reached 122. Many state that she 'only' reached 99! For many years the oldest man was a Japanese gentleman who lived to 120 or 121. He was pictured in Guiness World Records with Norris McWhirter who had flown to meet him. Eventually he was discredited as a fraud although it may have been his family who perpetuated the fraud.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    So the final player to play first class cricket before WW2 has died aged 105 - he played as long ago as 1936. He was the oldest ever first class cricketer but Eileen Whelan at 108 and a former Women's Test cricketer is still alive.
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    H-h-h-h-hancock's Half Hour

    Apparently the first ever to go one minute without H,R or D. Also in the much delayed obituary in today's paper, she once chaired Just a Minute in an all woman show which was the only show Nicholas Parsons did not chair until Gyles Brandreth chaired two shows a few months ago. Also it stated that only 3 women have appeared in more shows - probably Sheila Hancock is one?
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    The Fringes Of Fame/family Of The Famous

    Prince William & Prince Harry's great-aunt has died aged 99 and a half. She was Diana's aunt & the elder & only sibling of her father Earl Spencer.
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    The 100 Club

    Centenarians are dropping like flies. Surely one of the centenarian cricketers will join them soon as they are aged 105 (last male cricketer to play first class cricket before WW2) & 108 (female test cricketer & probably oldest ever international player at any sport)?
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    World's Oldest

    The oldest British woman is bizarrely exactly the same age as Bob Weighton at 111 years 333 days. Up to about a year ago Bob Weighton & another British man were joint oldest men in the UK & used to exchange birthday cards until the other gentleman died. The 3rd oldest Briton is Violet Davies-Evans who is only a day younger at 111 years 332 days!
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    World's Oldest

    Irene Triplett is 'only' 89 but is the oldest (& conversely youngest) person to still be receiving a pension from service in the American Civil War which ended 155 years ago! Her father who saw active service (& also reputedly saw Abraham Lincoln who was shot in 1865) was over 80 when she was born.
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    British Character Actors

    Robin Parkinson is now 90. He was the 3rd (not 2nd) actor to play Monsieur Leclerc in Allo Allo despite Wiki getting it wrong & also giving 2 different first names for " It is I, Leclerc". (Ernest or Roger - take your pick!) Jack Haig (1913-1989) was the first actor to portray Leclerc. Haig also stood in regularly for Clive Dunn in the stage show of Dads Army. After Haig's death Derek Royle (1928-90) took over the part. However he died after 1 series & is also remembered for being the father of the better known actor Carol Royle. (now appearing in Endeavour). Robin Parkinson (b 1929) took over the part until the series ended.
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    How well that illustrates the proverb, "Empty vessels make most noise".
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    People I Was Surprised To Find Are Still Alive

    I think the whole episode reached quadruple confusion mode. Endeavour is a prequel to Morse in which the John Thaw character is played by Shaun Evans. John's daughter Abigail Thaw has a regular supporting role as the local newspaper editor. In last Sunday's episode which was set in 1970 the real-life character of Sally Alexander appeared in a scene with Abigail Thaw who is her real-life daughter of course. The part of Sally Alexander was played by Abigail Thaw's actual daughter!
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    People I Was Surprised To Find Are Still Alive

    Both wives of John Thaw & also Jon Pertwee are still alive & John Thaw's first wife (before Sheila Hancock) was portrayed in Endeavour last Sunday as she was a leading Women's Liberation activist in the 70's which is the decade Endeavour has now reached. Confusingly JohnThaw's daughter Abigail is a regular in the show (as editor of the Oxford Mail) & also her daughter appeared last Sunday as well as someone playing her own mother in a scene at Ruskin College where a significant Women's Liberation Movement meeting was held!
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    British Character Actors

    Michael Medwin is 96. He was a matinee idol in the 50's but many will remember him as the radio boss in Shoestring in which he was the superior of Trevor Eve's investigative radio reporter. When Trevor Eve declined the opportunity to do any more series, the creator of the show Robert Banks Stewart was asked to come up with another series & he devised Bergerac which ran for 9 series & made a star of John Nettles.

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