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Posted 02 March 2004 - 03:10 PM

Things are looking hopeful for a long awaited first success of the year with today's sudden and unexpected announcement from Alistaire Cooke that he is to retire. I think the most promising aspects of this are firstly, that he has already retired and there will no no farewell Letter from America. The BBC and the highly egocentric Cooke would have insisted upon 15 minutes of reflection on 72 years at the sharp end of political journalism in the USA at the very least.
And secondly, that he has retired at all. Cooke, though brilliant, has survived so long because he has a deep, insecure sense of self worth coupled with immense vanity and pride. When the new wave of modernisers came in when Cooke was in his 80s, he kicked up such an almighty public stink, they had to keep him on.
So I think it must all mount to a sudden trauma on the health front.

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 10:59 PM

I read the same news Arnold, however your detailed analysis does put this into sharp focus.

Sounds like time to start thinking of that first witty headline of the year...

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 12:21 PM

It will all depend on how he goes. If he falls into a vat of boiling oil it would be "Alistair Cooked".

Have to hope it's that then as I can't think of any others. Fortunately I'm not in charge of creativity around here

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 04:06 PM

Listening to R4 yesterday I heard that Mr Cooke was giving up his regular Letter from America (which may well be missed by no one). Perhaps his health has taken a turn for the worse.

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 04:07 PM

Bollocks, that serves me right for not reading things properly.

Apologies.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 05:06 PM

When he does go to that big radio station in the sky - if he is buried, is he 'under-Cooked'? Similarly, does cremation qualify as 'over-Cooked'? Either way, I think it is safe to say he will be 'un-Cooked'.
"Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile." - Julie Burchill

#7 Stayin Alive

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 06:35 PM

We also have to make sure the Reaper doesn't try and recycle the Lew Grade quote either.

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 08:26 AM

How about Ali's Stair Way to Heaven

Or Al's Last Letter From America - "Hi, I'm Dead"

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 10:20 AM

Or maybe.. .Al's Last Letter "Hi, I've Stopped Breathing"

Or for those who appreciate his style and delivery...Al's Last Letter "Hi, I'm Dead, Good Evening."

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 10:23 AM

Or possibly more accurately...Al's Last Letter "Good Evening, I'm Dead."

Ok, I'll stop now.

#11 The Yeti

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 03:09 PM

"Good Evening, I'm ... <gasp>..."
Loud clunk.

Has this gone on too far yet ?
life, n : the whim of several billion cells to be with you for a while.

Dodo deado, Dodi deado, Di deado, Dando deado ... Surely Dido's looking dodgy ?

Despite the high cost of living, it still seems popular.

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 03:33 PM

It can't have gone too far when the (letter) writing's on the wall for a black letter day.

love and kisses

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 07:16 AM

DeathList is clearly on fire with news of Alistair Cooke's demise...

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:19 AM

I apologise for ever doubting you.

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 09:13 AM

Ah, good old Alistair - bang on deadline as usual.

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:16 PM

How about "Late of America"? Hmm not great. What have you got on this Mr R?

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:16 PM

An excellent analysis and delivery from the DeathList forum and, even more exciting, the DeathList.net team moves strongly up the leaderboard in the Derby Dead Pool. It was intended to enter our top twenty selections in the pool but a few tweaks to get some younger blood in the team meant we missed out on our real number 20, Queen Juliana. It seems we may now have to look to our joker, Ronnie Biggs, to really start setting the pace.

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:18 PM

Well Stats I've gone with Cookies and crumbling - not great either I agree

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:20 PM

What about "Death List cooking on gas"?

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:23 PM

Hmmm - I was toying with "Cooke Well Done" for a while





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