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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2022

    Babes In Toyland were big in alternative and indie circles in the early/mid 90s and toured extensively in the UK. I expect Kat will get an obit in somewhere like The Guardian, especially due to her links to Courtney Love (who famously nicked her style).
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2022

    I'd heard she was in a hospice. Sounds pretty grave to put it mildly. Met Lori (and the rest of the band) numerous times back in the day, Lori in particular was always super nice. I've got loads of old photos - I'll dig some out when the time comes.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2022

    Haven't got proper confirmation other than this Reddit thread but Babes In Toyland guitarist-singer Kat Bjelland has stage 4 liver failure and is not eligible for a transplant. Really sad news. They were always phenomenal live, and also were responsible for my first - and last - stagedive and the only time I've been properly assaulted at a gig (some arsehole thumped me right in the face at Reading 1993).
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    Curse Of The Eurovision

    Due to post-Eurovision comedown after Saturday night I had a look at past contestants who may be going to the great Song Contest in the sky sooner rather than later. Of course, most probably won't get an obit over here but there are a few that I'd be surprised won't be mentioned in the press when God decides their douze points are up and may be worth a look: Lys Assia (b. 1926). First winner of Eurovision 50 years and 1 day ago exactly. Despite her age she's in fine fettle and pops up occasionally on ESC-related programmes, most recently the 'Congratulations' programme that the Beeb didn't decide to show here in the UK. Survived a vicious attack when her apartmernt was burgled a few years ago so is obviously made of stern stuff. Pearl Carr (b. 1923). Of 'Sing Little Birdie' fame. Could possibly already be dead but don't recall hearing anything. Corry Brokken (b. 1932). One for our Dutch Deathlisters. Won once, and might get a UK obit because she hosted the Contest in 1976 when Brotherhood Of Man won. Nana Mouskouri (b. 1934). Getting on a bit but looked in rude health last Saturday so I can't imagine we'll be wiping the tears off our oversized glasses just yet. Udo Jurgens (b. 1934). Still recording and touring but is getting on a bit. Kenneth McKellar (b. 1927). In 1966 when the rest of Europe were sending cutesy France Gall clones, the UK decided to enter... a man in a kilt. Will certainly get an obit due to being a major man of Scottish song rather than any Eurovision 'achievements'. Rudi Carrell (b. 1934). Already mentioned on here I believe. Suffering from lung cancer and prognosis not good. Not sure he'd get a UK obit but if Monica Zetterlund can then I can't see why not. Freddy Quinn (b. 1931). One of the first German-language pop stars. Massive in the 50s and early 60s, he's sort of the equivalent of the Austrian-Germanic Cliff Richard (only without the 'edginess' *cough*). Katie Boyle (b. 1926). Getting on a bit and we don't see her much on TV these days. She hasn't even popped up in a Eurovision-related programme for a while. Perhaps she's never got over being manhandled by Guildo Horn back in Brum in '98. News of a few others who probably won't get a UK obit but maybe of interest to some anyway: Riki Sorsa (Finnish Rod Stewart lookalike from 1981 who wore a nasty yellow and pink jumpsuit and sang a crap reggae song) has been diagnosed with cancer. Vice Vukov (b. 1936) - represented Yugoslavia in 1963/1965. Was elected to the Croatian parliament and became ambassador to Switzerland, so his political stature might just give him an obit. Last November he fell down the parliamentary building stairs and sustained a serious head injury. Apparently his chances of recovery are even slimmer than Ariel Sharon's, being in a persistive vegatative state.
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    50. Captain Tom Moore

    So many? I think I could manage 10 max at the moment.
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

    See also Almaty, Colombo and Lagos. I'M TOO OLD TO BE LEARNING NEW CAPITAL CITIES
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

    I have too many Dutch friends to call NL 'Holland'...been there, done that, had people hissing through gritted teeth "Holland's a province". Saying that, you rarely hear the Dutch football team being referred to as 'The Netherlands'. Odd.
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    50. Captain Tom Moore

    Me and Kate Bush quite liked Theresa May and had hopes for her. Your point? And before anyone pipes up "Tory!", lest we forget Kate wrote (admittedly in jest for a Comic Strip film) 'Ken'.
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    50. Captain Tom Moore

    Bollocks. Bollocks. The Queen or Paul McCartney, probably. I'd say Cliff but there'll be too much snide and snark when he goes, sadly.
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    50. Captain Tom Moore

    That's my opinion too. He was just someone who happened to get lucky that his charity walk went viral and ballooned. That's it. Plus he was of the generation that fought in WW2 - I stress I don't know the full details and only going by Wikipedia, but while I can't imagine serving in Burma was a bundle of laughs, I can't find anything that suggests heroism above and beyond the call of duty, nor was he a POW. Though it can be argued all those who fought in the war were heroes, there's nothing to suggest he was anyone special. Just a nice, ordinary man who got lucky late in life with a news story that blew up. All that said, RIP. Sad news, but not unexpected.
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

    Granted Aung San Suu Kyi is by far the most famous person from Burma, but Richard Beckinsale was famously half-Burmese (and so Kate and Samantha are also part-Burmese). Also the radio reviewer/writer Sue Arnold is half-Burmese - I wish I'd known she was more-or-less blind when I worked with her as it used to drive mad trying to type what she was dictating, I thought she was just making it up on the hoof. Oops.
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

    I still use Burma and Rangoon too. Mind you, I still say Calcutta and apparently Bangalore was renamed 'Bengaluru' in 2007! No, me neither. My main problem with 'Myanmar' is that I'm not sure how to pronounce it - I've heard both Mee-anmar and My-anmar on the BBC, which is normally a good arbiter on such things.
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    Most Significant Death Of Each Month

    I'd go with Diana Rigg for September too. I know Ruth Bader Ginsburg was important but she didn't marry James Bond or kick ass in The Avengers, did she? As for August - I'd go for John Hume (I'd say Benny Chan but his death got surprisingly little coverage considering the films he made). I genuinely have little idea who Chadwick Boseman was as I have zero interest in the Marvel franchise.
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    Tony Blair

    I'm hoping the stress gets to Johnson, and soon. He will not be mourned.
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    Tony Blair

    Leaders nearly always age quickly. Even David Cameron's looking rough, though I hope that's due to the torment of knowing he's destroyed the UK and I hope he suffers forever more with no respite. As for Blair - the long hair on top doesn't suit him, the (now) high forehead isn't flattering and makes him look rather haggard, and his lips have lost their plumpness which is always a sign of ageing. Plus he's never got those awful bottom teeth fixed. Otherwise he strikes me as pretty healthy.
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    People I Was Surprised To Find Are Still Alive

    Admittedly I'm not the most discerning or critical Madonna fan to put it mildly, but I thought 'Madame X' was amazing. For the first time since 'Confessions...' it sounded like she was enthused, like it was something *she* wanted to do, she was following her own path, rather than being dictated to collaborate with current pop stars/producers by the record label. I'm not sure what the future holds though, other than the forthcoming(?) Madame X Tour DVD and she's currently prepping for a life story biopic or documentary of some kind - I'd love her to make one last album with Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray, but the injuries she sustained during the Madame X tour will surely have to make her re-evaluate her live shows in the future. While she is in tip-top shape, her body will simply not let her do the things she used to be able to do. Bodily at least, her age is catching up with her and I suspect it came as a real shock to her.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2022

    Have you ever seen a fat Burmese person? I haven't. They seem to have a natural willowly frame. Agree about Suu Kyi though, but I think it depends how this coup pans out. Saying that, she's not getting any younger - will be 76 this year.
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    Cloris Leachman

    Sad news but a grand age. I know her best as Phyllis in The Mary Tyler Moore Show - not quite as scene-stealing as Nancy Walker but not far off. I've never seen The Last Picture Show (I know...) and last saw Young Frankenstein well over 30 years ago so can't really comment on her film career but seemingly v impressive. RIP.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Tom Stevens, bassist with the Long Ryders has died. No cause given other than "suddenly". Very sad news - the Long Ryders were a fantastic band, and one I've never quite managed to see live (in around 2002ish I was working not 500 yards from Leeds Irish Centre but couldn't sneak out to see them without being noticed, and their more recent London dates were stupidly priced so had to give 'em a swerve).
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    James Bond 007 (Connery/Moore/Villains etc)

    Sad news about Rémy Julienne - absolute legend of a driver.
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    The Dead of 2021

    Yeah, half-siblings. Famously was partially the inspiration for the lead in The Little Drummer Girl, which she auditioned for and, err, didn't get.
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    The Dead of 2021

    Blummin' double post...
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    The Dead of 2021

    Clive Merrison on Twitter has reported the death of actress Charlotte Cornwell, best known as Anna in 'Rock Follies', and also the sister of recently-deceased John Le Carre. Really sad news - she was fab in 'Rock Follies'.
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    Marianne Faithfull

    Love her, cannot stand her voice - even on 'As Tears Go By'. And although she states in the Guardian article that doesn't like being thought of as a muse, I've always thought her and Jane Birkin ought to do a double-header gig. It would be a wonderful evening. Also, Marianne as 'God' in Ab Fab is the greatest piece of casting ever imho.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Mark Keds of the Senseless Things dead. Doesn't give a reason but he was a massive smackhead back in the day and for a long time afterwards.
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