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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Random picture of Derby. Entries for the 2020 Derby Dead Pool are now open! Emails appear to be very slow sending out, if you haven't received one by, idk, tomorrow, let the Cmme know. I'll let our other members introduce themselves below, especially as they are doing the Data Entry bit, so you can shower them with bribes and likes... Rules are as before, but The Herald newspaper returns as a Qualifying Obit. As do the ITV local pages, which weren't already one on the 2019 list.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    Welcome to Derby, where you'll never leave... Somehow its December, which means it is now time to start drawing up your teams for the 26th edition of one of the oldest running deadpools in the world. That's right, the Derby Dead Pool, or DDP as its also known. As with 2020, the 2021 DDP will be co-hosted by the team of msc, @Grim Up North and @gcreptile. The emails are going out (apologies again for any gremlins), and so its only now to say the DDP is open for entries! RULES For the hard of reading, a reminder of the four rule changes 1. DONT PICK FFBI PEOPLE. Those who ignore this will be mocked mercilessly. 2. UNIQUE PICKS are now worth 4 points instead of the old 3, to reward those who score with knowledge or punts on notables everyone else ignores. 3. THEME TEAMS need to be a theme team ie they cant be "all men" or "all DDP survivors from last years top ten". Esoteric is OK, taking the piss is not. 4. QUALIFYING OBITS - All from 2020 plus Last Word, Daily Record, Scottish and Sunday papers, STV, UTV, Economist, UK Yahoo, Radio Times, Economist, City AM and The Independent. Otherwise, good luck one and all!
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    That woman doesn't look like she qualifies - unless Croatian longevity is worryingly low! - but I'm pretty sure a theme team of Covid survivors is easily possible with names that would be fine anyhow. Michael Rosen for example.
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    Political Frailty

    My memory of that documentary was that David Cameron looked as though he'd already achieved something great just by forming government, which was a warning sign for his utter fecklessness at the task. (Which isn't a political lens view - people don't argue if Maggie was competent, more what her policies were; Major managed to win an election everyone assumed doomed, other Tory leaders have show aptitude for the job at least that Cameron proved he lacked on a regular basis.) There was so many stupid plots going on at the time. The Lib Dems understood very little - when they went for the deal with Cameron they settled for very little overall. The Lib Dem team didn't like Brown. One of them Labour team (coughEdBallscough) didn't like the Lib Dems, so they were sparky from the off. Some on the Labour side thought it a good election to lose (usually always bollocks) and others were looking for David fn Milband to replace Brown. (But as usual, David Miliband was hiding in a loo shitting himself at the thought of being decisive...) The head of the civil service (Gus O'Donnell at the time iirc) hurried along negotiations as the money markets were doing their usual panic (and this was right after Greece went bust so there was a lot of international money panic). Gordon Brown felt (tbf not unreasonably) that the Prime Minister had first go at putting together a coalition. There was also the frankly ludicrous suggestion put about in the press that he resigned immediately before a successor was decided, which as you know is not how Prime Ministerial succession works - there can be no vaccuum - unless Lord Palmerston dies in office. By the time he realised the other parties viewed the election as a referendum on himself, it was too late. (And what was that offer of AV? The Lib Dems spent twenty years asking for PR, lets offer a completely different system all together...) The problem for Clegg was partly that he didn't realise the symbolism of u-turning on the student tuition pledge, and he didn't know how to spin the 2010 decision as a success (ie as a graduate tax that only the well off pay) and he didn't realise how toxic the Tory party were to a vast number of his own voters. When experienced heads tried to warn him against "being too cosy" (Kennedy, Campbell, Ashdown) he was distrustful. When the polling went against them, he distrusted that. When the locals and the devolved elections were massacres, he thought it temporary. His main team, much like Corbyns 4 years later, believed the electorate were on their side until the exit poll dropped. (As John Curtice later put it, dropping from 24% of the vote to 8% and believing you can hold 70% of your seats is somewhat foolish!) There was more of this but due to household duties my train of thought has now died. Don't all cheer at once!
  5. If it helps, the guinea pig in the trial was me, whose tech skills are so low my computer does actually say no!
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    There wasn't enough time last Christmas with us learning a system by scratch to change anything but it was top of the agenda for 2021. At the moment it cuts out the Mirror sob stories types (basically the names who would get @ in their name) but it will no doubt be tweaked as actually putting it into practice stress tests any gaps! (However by that point it'll be a matter for my successor, as I plan to find one for 2022 in the first half of 2021)
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    As mentioned previously, those picks are BANNED as of 1/1/2021. Because I fucking hated them and all, and now I (and Grim/Reptile) had the power to ban them.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    midnight UK time, 31st December. There has been some Jan 1st leniency in the past from various previous hosts but if Grim and Rep are hard on the technology side by then, I am very much the bad cop when it comes to "oops I left it down the back of the sofa" excuses!
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    A dedication, looking it up. Although this is a bit circular as I can't imagine a reference to a Memorial Cup without a line about how "(name on cup) was a footballer who played for (team) and died in January 2021....etc etc"
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    Sounds like the hole that magician found himself down in 2016?
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    Political Frailty

    He's Pa Broon in the post above!
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    Political Frailty

    Never heard of her! This felt like a challenge but is surprisingly difficult: most contenders (Dewar, Galbraith, Cook to pick 3) are long dead. There was some reasonably decent local MPs that dont fit the bill, far more nonentities (John Robertson was an MP for 15 years in Glasgow and I couldnt pick him out of a crowd), and more than one complete and utter cunt. And the associated bit presumably DQs folk who left the party like Denis Canavan and Jim Sillars, and the long since retired (and admittedly marmite but solid political figures none the less) like Pa Broon and Gavin Strang. And I think that's covered all of them. I'm stumped, there's no one left.
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    The 19th Death of 2020

    Tom Smith to fuck off the DDP Cmme...
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    Only Famous For Being Ill And Dying

    Yeah, especially since she got the Sun gig *before* the cancer. (She also had a number of here, there and everywhere gigs ala Simon Ricketts but like Ricketts they've mostly disappeared from the internet by now...)
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    how long till' the next hit ?

    January 2021.
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    Thoughts and Opinions on the 2020 List

    I think it's been pretty good tbh with you...
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    19. Valery Giscard d'Estaing

    Well done DL. 18! I never thought I'd see the day back in the grim days of the 2010 and 2011 lists! Amusing that the record goes with the death of one of the duller people still living on it too imo.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    You know the WWE were banned from an arena a church ran in 1998 because they got told not to swear, and Mick Foley - the only person not warned about this - swore. My last post feels a bit like not warning Mick Foley about swearing right about now! It wasn't however that one name, so phew!
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    I mean if its a name for one of the Crumble teams I'm about 90% sure they'll be OK but sure. (Also, slightly worried this is the last unnamed person on my shortlist! ) PS Obviously I have no say in anyone else picking the name of course.
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    Doctor Who

    She seems decent but isn't given stuff that plays to her strengths. The main writer - Chris Chibnall - is one of the worst on TV (he also did Broadchurch which was horribly written too). Subtle as a sledgehammer to the nuts.
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    Doctor Who

    The sad thing is, I can't even argue this. It was.
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    Advent Avalanche 2020

    Well done Spade.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2021

    Its a facetious reference to Varadkar. In short it means if your campaigning has become so renowned you are referred to worldwide - Phelan for example was on CNN in 2018. But folk like that are incredible rare. I suppose a 2021 example is Ady Barkan who has noterity internationally now for his campaigning (aided by Biden support). Whereas Stand up 2 Cancer campaigner Cameron Patel was only really known around Leicester. And is dead, which is another bad reason to pick them.
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    Confirmed by the WWE.
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    Band Aid

    Aye, just cut out the bit where I said it wasnt Geldofs fault... (Although tbf, those specific lawyers at the time were playing hardball over Hutchence getting to see Tiger Lily, his own daughter. But that somewhat detracts from the point that Geldof himself wasn't to blame...)

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