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    The 100 Club

    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.
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    World's Oldest

    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.
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    Non-British Royals

    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.
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    Non-British Royals

    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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    Thoughts and Opinions on the 2020 List

    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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    Thoughts and Opinions on the 2020 List

    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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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    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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    1. Prince Phillip Duke Of Edinburgh

    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!
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    1. Prince Phillip Duke Of Edinburgh

    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.
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    1. Prince Phillip Duke Of Edinburgh

    His 4 sisters died in 1937 (!), 1969, 1981 & 2001 so difficult to know where he gets his longevity from.
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    So near but so far! Really this text should be in a fascinating range of fonts that were created by the Zapfs! So she died 11 days after my recommendation.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    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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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Arthur Scargill
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    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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    2. 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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