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  1. Octopus of Odstock

    ALS/MND/other degenerative diseases

    They've been reunited but only of sorts. Stephen Darby, able to walk in the original, is now too ill to attend. Rob Burrow can no longer talk and Doddie Weir is a fraction of the man he used to be. Burrow says he's stabilised since lockdown. It's on a video in BBC breakfast, just trying to find the link. I think Burrow and Darby are likely to go first; Doddie is probably likely to battle on until 2024 judging by their progression. bbc.in/3LH018m
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    Jiang Zemin

    Mrs McCluskey and Piet Schrjivers I think would've got more coverage in normal circumstances.
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    The Chequered Flag

    If he survives this, he needs to be added on the immortals list. The article pretty much sums up his recent dire health.
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    Rupaul And Other Drag Queens

    Mantel did better than BBC's own Michael Barratt. Only just mind.
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    Oldest Living football league players

    Jimmy Elder has died; https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/2022/september/pompey-mourn-jimmy-elder/
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    The grand Old Duke of Kent

    Well, yes, she was the centre of attention at her own funeral!
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    Deadpool Detective Work

    There is - or was - a way of doing it via tax records. But you would have to know what tax district they lived in to do the search. It was the only way we found the death of an old Italian racing driver as we knew where he lived. The website is https://agenziaentrate.gov.it/portale/web/english but I can't see anything linking to a search function any more.
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    David McCallum

    Isn't someone here related to Mr McC and said they were in fine fettle?
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    12. Queen Elizabeth II

    If cause of her death is revealed, it should be good for another few pages.
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    The Chequered Flag

    He was at both funerals today. Looked his age but not too bad.
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    Duchess of Kent

    I would imagine those still alive who were at King George's funeral must be in single digits now.
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    Duchess of Kent

    Diana's funeral: The ceremony at Westminster Abbey opened at 11:00 BST and lasted one hour and ten minutes. The royal family placed wreaths alongside Diana's coffin in the presence of Britain's living former prime ministers – John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath – and former Conservative MP Winston Churchill, the grandson of World War II-era Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.[25] International guests included Sir Cliff Richard, US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, William J. Crowe, French First Lady Bernadette Chirac, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, Queen Noor of Jordan, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Sir Elton John, George Michael, Chris de Burgh, Michael Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Richard Branson, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Richard Attenborough, Ruby Wax, as well as Imran Khan and his then wife, Jemima Khan.[25][26][27] The prime minister, Tony Blair, read an excerpt from First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13: "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love".[28] Among other invitees were the King of Spain, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan, the deposed King Constantine II of Greece, and South Africa president Nelson Mandela.[29] The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, and the Dean of Westminster, Wesley Carr, were also present in the abbey and delivered the bidding, the prayers, and the commendation.[30] The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and conducted by Organist and Master of the Choristers, Martin Neary; the organist was Martin Baker.[30] Music before the service included the hymn Quite a lot, including George Michael, Pavarotti, the three former PMs and Nelson Mandela for starters. Future scavenger hunt definitely. Can't believe Michael Barrymore was there!
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    Duchess of Kent

    That BBC link I posted earlier that said she was there has now removed her as an attendee.
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    The grand Old Duke of Kent

    Just reading about the funeral procession in 1952 and the Duke of Kent, then just a teenager, walked behind the coffin with Prince Philip, Prince Henry and the Duke of Windsor. Surely this makes him the only person directly involved in both funerals?
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    Duchess of Kent

    Could she have been with the Earl of Airlie, Lady Pamela Mountbatten and other aged Royals? I can't see Lady Mountbatten in that group either but enough news agencies said she was there?
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