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  1. 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)?

  2. On 24/02/2020 at 12:32, Clorox Bleachman said:

    And a fortnight later, Chitetsu Watanabe is being reported dead in Japan:




    That makes Bob Weighton the world's oldest man.

    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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  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 15 hours ago, msc said:

    Katie Price's autobiography (sic) now runs to 6 books, apparently.


    Teddy Roosevelt told his in one book.

    How well that illustrates the proverb, "Empty vessels make most noise".

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  6. 23 hours ago, Grim Up North said:


    I would have preferred this if you had left out the Jon Pertwee reference and expanded the Endeavour reference to something along the lines of it being about a character played by John Thaw when he was older just for maximum confusion value.

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 2 hours ago, Big Chungus said:

    In the committee's defence, his illness was very short and he had been in excellent health until then.

    He missed 2 episodes of JAM in 2018 & 2 more last year. There seems to have been a much longer period between series of JAM than usual - in recent years there are 6 or 8 shows of JAM (recorded 2 at a time) and then a series of a different show lasting about 6 or 8 weeks then back to JAM. Additionally, on his 96th birthday (Oct 2019?) he was photographed between his wife & The Duchess of Cornwall in a wheelchair & it was also widely reported that due to a fall he was unable to particpate in a carol concert last December that his daughter has been involved in for many years and in which he reads a lesson.

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  10. Obituaries in at least 2 British national papers today for Anne Robson aged 108. She was not surprisingly Britain's oldest female WW2 veteran but she was also a senior commander for the War Office at Aldershot. She was responsible for the physical fitness of all women in the Auxiliary Territorial Service based in England, Scotland & Germany. Her obituaries appear to have been reduced due to the extensive ones for Terry Jones. However, the one in The Times says that "She lived through the suffragette movement, saw the radical advance of women's rights during her lifetime and lived through the tenure of 21 British prime ministers, four monarchs and two world wars."

  11. How many centenarian couples have there been when at least one has been really famous or perhaps both have been famous? I don't mean couples who are only famous for their age such as the Chands. The obvious two are Bob and Dolores Hope who both reached 100. Currently Kirk and Ann Douglas are both at least 100. 

  12. 19 hours ago, Clorox Bleachman said:

    Guinness World Records, Ripley's Amazing etc never acknowledged the Chands. Their 90th wedding anniversary (no name for it as 'oak' for 80th is the furthest records go) went unrecorded except by Wiki and various newspapers. Guinness & most sources state the record W/A is 86 years. Additionally, the site that records the oldest living Britons (there are about 170 aged 107 and above) refused to add Mr Chand a few years ago when I suggested him as one of the oldest men in the country due to sources being unable to be verified.

  13. 10 minutes ago, Grim Up North said:


    This is the lady I really struggled to establish if she was alive or dead during the submission process.


    She appears to be alive and dead. :-)

    She appears on various lists of the oldest ever European royalty as still alive and the next oldest who is still alive is not surprisingly Prince Philip.

  14. On 31 March 2020 Princess Felicitas of Salm-Horstmar will be 100. She is currently the 6th oldest ever European royal. The list is headed by the last (& Dowager) Duchess of Gloucester (102) & the Queen Mother (101).

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  15. 45 minutes ago, roaming_comrade said:

    Taking someone like the top 3 is just lame imo. Statistically you almost cannot fail to get at least 1 out of 3 this year. Not too mention Roberta McCain is again just somebody's parent like Bill Gates Sr.

    Agree that Roberta McCain is as relevant as Bill Gates Senior - but she is certain to get an obit in the quality papers in this country. She is also the widow of a Wiki entry naval commander who died decades ago as well as the mother of the senator (& Trump nemesis) John. However the oldest ever Test cricketer (female) & the oldest ever first class cricketer (male) are as newsworthy as the oldest ever in other sports.

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  16. Good thoughtful list but the following should have been very close to making it - but probably not making it to 2021:

    Eileen Ash 107 (Former England test cricketer)

    Roberta McCain 107 (Twin sister lived to 99 & mother of the late politician John)

    John Manners 105 (Oldest ever first class cricketer & only person alive who played FC cricket before WW2)

    June Spencer 100 (Archers actress)

    Clarissa Eden 99 (Widow of Anthony who was prime minister 60 years ago)

    Nicholas Parsons 96 (actor & game show host)

    Glynis Johns 96 (Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins)

    Kenneth Kaunda  95 (former political leader)

    John Woodcock 93 (cricket writer including decades on The Times; paternal grandfather was born before the Battle of Waterloo)

    Ethel Kennedy 91 (last survivor of her generation of the Kennedy clan - widowed sInce 1968)


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  17. A trio of Archers actresses:(PC - actors)

    Lesley Saweard (85) - the world's longest active soap actor - at 62 years this is longer even than William Roache (59 years)

    Patricia Greene (88) - Jill Archer, matriarch of the family, 2nd wife of the late Phil Archer & daughter-in-law of Dan & Doris Archer - 2nd longest active soap actor (approx 60 years)

    June Spencer (100) - world's oldest active soap actor

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  18. 5 minutes ago, The Happy Reaper said:


    I initially read that as "...gone to meet his maker"!

    The more that comes out about Prince Andrew -  not only the Epstein allegations but it is alleged that at least one enterprise he was involved with meant he gained financially -  it should not be mentioned to Prince Philip in hospital as it could cause a serious relapse. One wag online thought a visit from Fergie (aka The Duchess) dressed as Santa's Helper might prove the final straw for the Duke of Edinburgh!

  19. 3 hours ago, Toast said:


    No need for the exclamation mark - she died in a plane crash. 

    Anyway he was the youngest by some distance, so their years of death don't mean anything.

    His mother and one of his sisters lived well into their eighties.  So did his grandmother Princess Victoria, so it might be a gene that's come down from Queen Victoria.

    Yes, he was the youngest by some years & one sister died in a plane crash aged 26 - apparently having just given birth to add to the tragedy - although some think the crash was due to the pilot trying to land urgently due to her condition. However, his father was only 62 when he died, & apart from the sister who reached 87, the others were only 63 & 76. It is generally believed that due to the Russian royal family being 'abandoned' by George V, it was felt that the same could not happen to 'Greek Phil' - otherwise he may have only been a footnote in history & rumoured to have been born on a kitchen table.

  20. Patricia Driscoll is 92 today. Not a well-known name but she will get many obituaries when she dies. An actress but best known for presenting Picture Book over 60 years ago as one of the 5 Watch with Mother programmes - the others being Andy Pandy, The Woodentops, Rag, Tag and Bobtail and The Flower Pot Men.

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  21. 1 hour ago, Sir Creep said:

    You didn't overcome Sean's point.  
    Do you know who invented the bundt cake?  No -- but 'bundt cakes are known worldwide'.   Guy died over a decade ago, fwiw, I think he was from Minnesota.
    So next time answer the man's point....not with what they did, but why we should KNOW them.


    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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