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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    All (?) theme teams now have (THEME) at the beginning of their name. Is this a good step? It changes the alphabetic order in the list of teams. Also, I am completing the list of celebrity infos right now. Any requests for changes of the old ones? You know, stuff like, Donald Trump is now president and so on....
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    Ask A Deathlister

    Is it time to freak out over the Corona virus? I say yes!
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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Aww, much appreciated..
  4. There's no recent death or news item to create this thread, but there are a couple of really old, really rich people worth watching: Warren Buffett, 83, 4th richest person alive, has been in the news for choosing his successor at Berkshire Hathaway. Charles and David Koch, 78 and 74, 6th richest people alive, CEOs of Koch Industries, have massively funded conservative politicians in favor of fossil fuels. Bernie Ecclestone, 83, under corruption charges and threatened as boss of Formula 1 racing. George Soros, 83, 26th richest person alive, massive supporter of The Democratic Party, doesn't look too healthy but there are no bad news so far. Ingvar Kamprad, 88, Founder of IKEA, very secretive. DEAD Sheldon Adelson, 80, Las Vegas casino magnate, another guy who spends millions of dollars on politicians to ensure that society will go on in a way he thinks is best even after his death Karl Albrecht, 94, 23rd richest person alive, Germany's richest guy and co-founder of ALDI, his brother died last year. When will it be his turn? DEAD Liliane Bettencourt, 91, 11th richest person alive and richest french person, owner of L'Oreal, was involved in a corruption scandal and legal trouble with her daughter. DEAD Also worth watching: The Walton Family, owners of Wal-Mart and maybe even Bill Gates who is still only 58, but looks much older, in my opinion.
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    Van Halen

    Thread for popular hard rock band Van Halen - and especially for Eddie. After several bouts of tongue cancer, rumours are that it is back again now: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/eddie-van-halen-health-issues/ The last time, the cancer had spread to his esophagus. It seems to be working its way through his body. Eddie blames his nicotine addiction. Anyway, the other members are also reaching -or have exceeded- your average rock star life expectancy.
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    Deathless Days

    Every day, I check Wikipedia's list of daily deaths: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_2015 I used to think that there is never any day with less than 7 deaths per day*. But that belief was refuted when the 6th of November only had 6 deaths (there's almost no chance left another death appears). Sometimes it takes a while for a death to be known and to be noted, but so far, the 20th of December only had one death. Could this be the least deadly day ever? *=That rule is not true for years prior to 2010, because Wikipedia wasn't yet as careful and thorough with their death notifications.
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    The 2nd Death of 2020

    Arap Moi again, and again and again until he suddenly drops in September.
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    45. Terry Jones

    Aah,... RIP...so the rumours and personal between-the-lines statements were true... Which does surprise me a little, because dementia isn't THAT deadly as cancer.... however, I believed those statements and had him on my main team. So I thought about checking how my team is doing now.... then it dawned in me that I am responsible for the score update myself... I'm at work now, it will happen this evening.
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    Death By Numbers 2020

    Hello Everyone, as the 2019 season is coming to a close and two contestants are trying to have that lucky shot at the end of the current competition, let us take a look forward and announce the 2020 version of the Death By Numbers deadpool. Initially designed by Shaun of the Dead / Sean, then hosted by RadGuy / Phantom of the Midway, then taken over by me, this is where you can all the names you didn't quite have the space for in your other teams - because this is where you have to enter 50 names for a complete team. The general rules: Send me 50 main team names by pm or just post them in this thread, if you want, from Dec 1st until Dec 31st 2019, 23:59 GMT. You can choose one joker with double points - and you can also submit up to five substitutes in case one of your 50 dies before the end of the submission window. You may also choose new subs before the game starts if they die. Submission form: A little change from last year - just give them in the normal "First name", "Last name" format You don't need to number them before! No birthdays anymore! And only note their claim to fame if there might be confusion, for example: Kamala Harris (wrestler) Kamala Harris (US senator) My intent is to be able to just enter the submission into excel and connect them with my database. The rest should follow. The scoring is [year of birth] - 1900 = score. So someone born in 2001 will get 101 points in case of death You may submit the following people: living, not having set a precise date of death (by execution, dignitas, or whatever), at least 18 years old on the beginning of January 1st, 2020, and being somewhat notable. "Somewhat notable" means: they should at least be notable for something else aside from being terminally ill. "Something else" being something that has an effect on society. Terminally ill activists are okay if they've done at least something generally beneficial, a campaign, a book, a court case, or fundraising that might affect other people. If they're only in the news because of their tragedy or because they need our sympathy I will not accept them. So no "cancer mums with cancer kids", no "terminally ill fans", no "ordinary person in a coma because of a car crash". This also counts for brothers/sisters/children of notable people - unless they are so notable that every relative is also notable by default, like the House of Windsor, or maybe the Bush family. Unfortunately, it is me who will decide if the person is famous enough. Previous BBC coverage in whatever form will convince me. Just as an example: Criscilla Anderson - no! Jose Santa Cruz - no! Litsa Menounos - no! Roberta McCain - okay - she has a WIkipedia page, too. Small addition: "Oldest Person of XYZ" will always be allowed - even a completely irrelevant person (in the grand scheme of things) will be accepted if they are the oldest person of their country, or last survivor of World War II, Korean War, etc... Usually those people do not give many points, but maybe 5 pts is better than zero? Anyway, I will allow them. Substitution phase: On the 1st of July 2020 GMT you may switch 5 old people for 5 new ones for whom all the above rules also apply. When is a hit a hit: If the person permanently dies in 2020 (GMT!) and their death gets noticed in written form by qualifying media outlets within 2020 or the first seven days of 2021. The qualifying media outlets, i.e. QO rules are as such: Everything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool 2020 plus The New York Times. Your host: I will also submit a team and will do so two posts below by December 15th at latest and hide the names with "XXXXX XXXXX" and reveal them on January 1st. I will submit a bit later than last year, but then I want to avoid last year's situation, where I ran out of subs and then filled the gaps with "new" names, especially Edmund Capon, who revealed his illness mid-December. So I hope I will not run out of subs if I submit a little later. As a change over last year, I will also make use of the substitution window, but only use 2 names. After all, there's always a pretty broad consensus of a couple of names (this year: Ivan Milat, Michael Sleggs, Tom Long), so I wouldn't steal anyone's names by picking those who are universally known anyway. Also, I will substitute on the 30th of June, so you can see my two names. I will not read your submission emails until January 1st (I think you can check that) to prevent the impression that I might take a name from your posts for other deadpools. This also means that I might discuss borderline acceptable picks with you on January 1st or 2nd. We will have to talk then. If you're unavailable I will replace an unqualifying name with one of your substitutions. If you post your team right in this thread, you save me some work but also give away names. If you pm me, please make sure that I know what the mail is about in the header "Death By Numbers", "Team submission" or something like that. If you have other questions, you can also ask in this thread!
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    5. Daniel arap Moi

    Question, is it "moi" as in the french "L'état, c'est moi", or is it "moi" as in "boy"/"toy"..you know, like, english? I think of it as french.
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    The Joker's Dead Pool 2020

    In it for the first time, not expecting much, but let's see where this goes: 17. Andretti, John 21. arap Moi, Daniel 34. Banali, Frankie (WC) 36. Barker, Bob 39. Baxter, Stanley 40. Bayh, Susan 46. Bennett, Jana 53. Bilton, Tim 82. Crosby, David 89. Dole, Bob 90. Doleman, Chris 91. Donner, Jörn 92. Douglas, Kirk 96. Eastaugh, Vicki 115. Gorbachev, Mikhail (WC) 117. Gray, Henry 120. Griffiths, Lisa 122. Gulpilil, David 123. Hagen, David (WC) 128. Heywood, Pat 132. Hume, John 136. Johnson, Dewayne "Lee" 137. Johnson, Katherine 140. Jones, Terry 144. Kerslake, Lee 146. Lasorda, Tommy 149. Lewis, John 154. Lormor, Anthony 160. Lynn, Vera 165. Nelson, Willie 171. Obayashi, Nobuhiko 177. Pahor, Boris 181. Pérez de Cuéllar, Javiér 185. Philip, Prince 189. P-Orridge, Genesis (WC) 193. Reid, Harry 195. Richard, Henri 197. Robinson, Michael 198. Rosher, Danielle 204. Sang-chul, Yoo 212. Sisson, Gemma 216. Smith, Tom (WC) 217. Smullen, Pat 223. Stiles, Nobby 228. Tanaka, Kane 231. Trintignant, Jean-Louis 233. Tobin, Peter 234. Trebek, Alex 247. Wertmüller, Lina 253. Youyou, Tu Subs: Jimmy Greaves Glynis Johns George Alagiah
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    Only Famous For Being Ill And Dying

    "Inspirational" Kathryn Cartwright who wrote "Fuck cancer" on her face, has died at 28: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/inspirational-woman-who-wrote-fk-21328345.amp
  13. So I watched "The Circle" on Netflix and Miranda reminded me of Leah Bracknell. That made me sad.
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    Cure for Cancer....

    Saw it being discussed on Reddit yesterday. The headlines are more eye-grabbing than the research suggests. It's basically an idea, needing research, years away from fruition. Cancer cures, and the news about them, are an industry on their own.
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    Deathrace 2020

    Good one, I didn't expect anything in English.
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    She's supposedly had health issues for a while now. But it could be that low ticket sales "caused" these issues. On the other hand, she's 61 and trying to act like 30. All the yoga can't make her body that flexible again. I doubt it's something that could interest us though.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Thanks people for checking the database on your part, by the way. I updated here and there.... for example, Gustav Gerneth was picked four times. As his death went without great notice (well, none at all outside of Germany), he is sub-able. Only one out of those 4 people did provide subs though.... Conway Berners-Lee seems similar. A google search now doesn't immediately show his death, so I subbed him as well, new joker is the 2nd picked person on that team (Murray Walker). Kenneth Alwyn moves in at nr. 20. LotL and LotM are next. Theme team league....not immediately, probably next weekend. Edit: Now that we know how this all works, the process should be better and faster next year. The master datalists need updating. It will happen in the course of the year.
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    Hares Death Pool 2020

    Oh yeah, my pick Danny Oosthuizen died in the night from the 5th to the 6th....another massive point haul: https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/beloved-cape-argus-columnist-and-dignity-project-champion-danny-oosthuizen-dies-40143472
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    Hares Death Pool 2020

    Deathray, if you have time, you can add those massive 3 pts for Karen Simpson for me again.
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    Deathrace 2020

    Banana has two people without q/o now....so yeah, it could have been over. Well, I had Qaboos and David Stern on other deadpools. I could do a whole lot better, too (Grindstaff for me, too). This year, we all were just a little poor with the "fringe famous about to die" people. So now we must wait for the "standard" picks in ill health, you know, Tobin, Arap-Moi and so on... Main disappointments for me: Warren Strain and John "Bam" Carney, probably.
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    Inverse Dead Pool 2020

    Well, I do find it very hard this year.... 1. Linda Nolan 2. Angela Lansbury 3. Bill Turnbull 4. Dick Van Dyke 5. Betty White 6. Rolf Harris 7. Billy Connolly 8. Doddie Weir 9. Paul Gascoigne 10. Queen Elizabeth II 11. Barbara Windsor 12. Olivia Newton-John 13. Henry Kissinger 14. Greg Gilbert 15. Olivia De Havilland 16. Leon Spinks 17. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 18. George Alagiah 19. Pope Benedict XVI 20. Jimmy Greaves 21. June Brown 22. Jill Gascoine 23. Prunella Scales 24. Leslie Phillips 25. Nobby Stiles
  22. Well... no more royal highness: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51163865
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    Death By Jazz

    Jazz musician Rex Martey fulfills his life-long ambition of getting a record deal, at 82, and suffering from prostate cancer: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-51155914/jazz-musician-rex-martey-signs-record-deal-aged-82
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    Death By Numbers 2020

    To be fair, Samantha Last is/was an iffy case - but she was a beneficiary of the rule that in cases of doubt, "BBC coverage in any form will convince me" (it's in the rules!). And Last had it: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-49771450 By the way, I think the person that gave me the most headscratching was Sir Creep's own pick Erminia Motika, who basically is the mother of an American celebrity chef. She might have a different last name than given, or the name "Motika" is an anglicized version of "Mattichio". But well, it could be that she was in front of a camera herself a few times. So I thought I just go with it instead of a big discussion.
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    Death By Numbers 2020

    Yep, Last and Tolkien are in! Also, I had to adjust my formulas for the jokers..... and Deadsox already hit his one, so instead of the previous 40 pts he got 80. Otherwise, slightly quieter than last year, this previous week? Rank Team Points 1 Clorox Bleachman 153 1 Joey Russ 153 1 Death Impends 153 4 RadGuy 152 5 gcreptile 113 5 JiroemonKimura 113 5 Banana 113 8 Book 112 9 drol 108 10 Skinny Kiltrunner 84 10 Torva Messor 84 10 Toast 84 10 msc 84 10 Cpt. Chorizo 84 10 DevonDeathTrip 84 16 Deadsox 80 17 theoldlady 69 18 The Mad Hatter 44 18 Etushispushingupdaisies 44 18 The Quim Reaper 44 18 Kenny 44 22 John Key 40 22 ThePrematureBurial 40 24 markb4 24 25 The Unknown Man 0 25 YoungWillz 0 25 Great Uncle Bulgaria 0 25 Bibliogryphon 0 25 Gooseberry Crumble 0 25 Sean 0 25 Grave Danger 0 25 The Old Crem 0 25 Chilean Way 0 25 Pedro67 0 25 Sir Creep 0

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