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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Although Herman Zapf (1918-2015) a famous German type designer and calligrapher died 4 years ago, his widow who was also born in 1918 is still alive. Zapf created fonts such as Palatino (favoured by the writer Dean Koontz), Optima & Zaphifo (!); his widow Gudrun Zapf von Hesse (born on January 2nd 1918) is an equally famous typographer & calligrapher.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    Amazingly there are currently 4 ex-cricketers alive who are over 100. The oldest is John Manners (born 24 September 1914) who is the only living cricketer who played first class cricket before WW2. He played for Hampshire & Combined Services. No other first class cricketer ever lived to 104 & he is closing in on his 105th run! Incredibly he played first class cricket way back in 1936 not in the summer of 1939. Archie Scott is 101 & was born on 26 January 1918. Eileen Whelan is a former women's English Test player and was born on 30 October 1911 so will be 108 later this year. Thelma McKenzie is a former ladies Test player for Australia and was born on 6 April 1915.
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    Clive Dunn

    Which means his age on the list is now twice as wrong as it was... (btw, having spent part of my childhood on holiday near Maryport, I can only agree with your sig. Silloth, on the other hand, rocked.) Corporal Jones is now as old as the the part he played in Dad's Army. Good one Clive - there's only you, Pikey, Warden Hodges, Mrs Fox & the Vicar left!
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    The 1st Death Of 2011

    I think I pick Gerry. He must have some sense of irony, releasing an album "life goes on" in 2009. Prince Philip (aka Phil the Greek) must be worth a pop as he is almost 90 & there are 2 Royal Weddings coming up & his 65th wedding anniversary and his wife's Diamond Jubilee - surely all the excitement will not be good for the old ticker?
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    The Dead Of 2011

    Betty White is aqbout 88 & her demise would mean a Golden Girl departing for the Pearly Gates for the 4th consecutive year. Dora Saint is most conspicuous by her absence.
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    Diana Wynne Jones

    Surely Dora Saint (aka Miss Read who writes rather twee but very popular nostalgia books about rural schooldays) should be on the 2011 list as she is 98 this year.
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    Frank Bough

    I think Id rather stick knitting needles into my eyes. I do like old Frank, a dirty old sod in the best traditions of dirty old sods. Unlike todays "stars" who spit roast 19 year olds with their mates and get found out double quick, Frankie must have been indulging in all sorts of naughtiness for eons before he got found out. I suppose now, he can barely get it up enough not to piss on his feet while standing at the bog. Poor Frankie. BBC presenters seem to go for ever - apart from Frank Bough, there's David Coleman & a host of former radio presenters such as Roddie Forsythe & Stuart Hall.
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    Deathlist 2011

    Graham Crowden (from Waiting for God), John Horsley (Doc Morrisey from Reginald Perrin), Sir Bernard Lovell & Ruby Mohammad (aged 112) must all be considered possibles for 2011.
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    Dick Francis

    Very surprised that Dick Francis was not on the 2010 list - but even more amazed that Sir Bernard Lovell (96 this year) & Ruby Mohammad (The Mother of Islam & 112 this year) are not on our sacred role of mortality.
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    Clive Dunn

    Welcome to DeathList, McDunn, where only the dead go scot free. I'm glad to learn you're enjoying sourself so well. Mr Dunn's been here almost forever and I expect him to stay forever as well. regards, Hein McDunn - Clive has outlived your distant cousin 'Jock' Frazer - the Walmington-on-Sea undertaker by over 20 years.
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    Clive Dunn

    Colin Bean (Private Sponge) & Eric Longworth (The Town Clerk) both died last year so that only leaves Frank Williams (The Vicar - who has outlived The Verger by over 30 years!), Bill Pertwee (The ARP Warden), Ian Lavender (Pike), Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox & the widow of Bill Frazer!) & of course, CLIVE DUNN.
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    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    What a looker! Zsa-Zsa won't go break-dancing any time soon but seems good for another 5 years - her family seem remarkably long-lived.
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    Estelle Getty

    How old is she? 79 I believe.
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    Ideas And Possibilities For 2011

    What about Ruby Mohammad - the Mother of Islam? She is (allegedly) 113 - surely a cast-iron cert for 2011?
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    Ideas And Possibilities For 2011

    That's a shame, I like him in Dexter. He survived the Ice Truck Killer, I'm sure a spot of cancer won't trouble him.
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    Ideas And Possibilities For 2011

    That's a shame, I like him in Dexter. He survived the Ice Truck Killer, I'm sure a spot of cancer won't trouble him.
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    Ideas And Possibilities For 2011

    2009 didn't have too many major losses in the film industry. Probably the biggest names in the film industry to have passed away in 2009 were ... you guessed it, Patrick Swayze and John Hughes with honorable mentions going to Brittany Murphy and Karl Malden (distinguished old school Hollywood character actor). Farrah was more well known for her TV work (her filmography was sporadic at best) and MJ only did the occassional movie. 2008 incurred heavy losses in the film industry with the deaths of Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Sydney Pollack, and Heath Ledger. Wither 2011? It's looking too far forward for me, but I expect that Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, and James Garner will have all died by 2011 if not in 2010. I'd Expect Hevy Losses This Year in the Film Industry: Here are My Top Ten 1.Kirk Douglas 2.Norman Wisdom 3.Dennis Hopper 4.Peter Falk 5.Jerry Lewis 6.Micheal Gough 7.Barbra Kent 8.James Garner 9.Tony Curtis 10.Dino DeLaurentis Trust me I Bet Half of these will be gone by Christmas
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    Clive Dunn

    Bob Hope - 100 years before he went to the Great Comedy Club in the sky. George Burns - 100 years before he stopped making Americans laugh. They were both comedians as well as being comic actors. Too many people - especially in the media - try to pigeon-hole 'celebrities' into one category at the expense of all others. Fair enough that Jordan and Naomi Campbell are NOT authors - well not in the recognised sense!!! - but people such as Roy Hudd and June Whitfield ARE comedians as well as comic actors as are Eric Sykes and Russ Abbott. The fact that so many die young such as Tony Hancock, Kenneth Williams, Eric Morecombe, James Beck, Richard Beckinsdale is due to either: Depression, An excess of nervous energy Alcohol abuse Heart problems - often due to their life/work balance and the effort required to make people laugh.
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    Clive Dunn

    Why do comedians often live so long? Apart from "Jonesy" (Clive Dunn), there is Bill Pertwee, Eric Sykes, Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton, Barry Howard,June Whitfield, Roy Hudd, ............
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    Frank Thornton

    Both Frank Thornton & Peter Sallis are nearing 90 and extremely frail which is why there have been no new Last of the Summer Wines for a year. Frank Thornton appeared a generation older than Nicholas Smith who is a sprightly 75 & played Mr Rumbold to Frank Thornton;s Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served?
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    Christopher Lee

    I don't think 'Fangs' Lee will be leaving this mortal coil for a long time yet. Apart from Bollywood actors, he has appeared in more films than any other living actor. (& more than most dead ones as well!)
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    Clive Dunn

    Although two have died this year, ghere are still afew left from Dad's Army apart from the Immortal Jack Jones! Firstly the two who have died are Eric Longworth(approx 90) who played the Town Clerk & looked old 35 years ago! The other one who died was Colin Bean(approx 84) & he played Private Sponge. The other survivors are Bill Pertwee (Air Warden Hodges), Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox) & Frank Williams (The Vicar) - he's outlived The Verger by 32 years - it had been hoped that they could star as a double act in a sit-com.
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    Ludovic Kennedy

    A sad loss but inevitable. He looked old 30 years ago when he presented "Did You See?"
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