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On 04/03/2023 at 05:00, stanton said:

Tom Sizemore: Saving Private Ryan actor dies at 61 after brain aneurysm https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64721187

He was also in Enemy of the State in an uncredited role.

He appeared in several episodes of the reboot version of Hawaii Five O as a policeman.  In one episode, he gets to re-act his final scene from Heat but in the other role.  It was a nice homage to the film.

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32 minutes ago, tamthebam said:

Blobby Blobby Blobby's Out Out Out

Killer of Meadowbank Thistle Bill Hunter (dropped him from this year's DP too)


I hesitate to find pleasure in the death of any person but if this is true I won't be as sad as I might have been with others.

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Week 9 update

This should be fun. First is an obituary for Walter Mirisch: Walter Mirisch obituary | Film | The Guardian


Walter Mirisch, who has died aged 101, was one of the few film producers of the post-Hollywood studio era who had the intuition and the know-how of the old moguls of the 1930s and 40s, combined with the daring and confidence to entrust the movies to the artists themselves.

This resulted in a string of films that gained the approbation of mass audiences and critics alike in the decade following the foundation of the Mirisch Corporation (also known variously as Mirisch Production Company and Mirisch Films), the company set up in 1957 by Walter, his brother Marvin and his half-brother Harold.

The company quickly gained a reputation for careful budgeting, quality of production and the complete creative autonomy it gave to film-makers, who included Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment), John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), John Ford (The Horse Soldiers), Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther), Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair) and Robert Wise (West Side Story). Films under the Mirisch Corporation banner accrued 87 Academy Award nominations and 28 Oscars in all.

Not a bad return. Mirisch was 101 when he died so he's worth 24 Base Points for @JustOneCornetto with a Solo Shot taking that to 74 points.


Up next this week was pole vaulter turned minister, Bob Richards: Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Bob Richards dies at 97 (espn.co.uk)

He was a Solo Shot for @LoonsYouthTeam but as yet there aren't any UK sources. ESPN doesn't count. I'll keep looking. 


Up next this week was former Speaker of the House, Betty Boothroyd: Lady Boothroyd obituary | Betty Boothroyd | The Guardian


Betty Boothroyd, Lady Boothroyd, who has died aged 93, overturned more than 700 years of parliamentary tradition in 1992 when she became the first woman to be elected speaker of the House of Commons. She was a successful and popular speaker who acquired international fame for her brisk, good-humoured style and for the warmth and wit she exuded, along with a whiff of glamour.

Boothroyd was the Labour MP for West Bromwich from 1973 and for West Bromwich West – when the seat was split in two the following year – until her retirement in 2000. She played a leading part behind the scenes as a rightwing party loyalist in the power struggles within the party during the 1970s and 80s. She was a shrewd political tactician, as was shown by her success in winning the speakership. She was only the third Labour MP ever to take the chair and she did so by defeating the Conservative candidate, Peter Brooke, by 372 votes to 238 in the first contested election for speaker in over 40 years.

Boothroyd had a down-to-earth, no-nonsense manner. She was, famously, a former member of the Tiller Girls dancing troupe but she was also a working-class northerner, born and raised in the Yorkshire mill town of Dewsbury, the only child of parents who had both started work at the age of 13. She failed the 11-plus and became a shop assistant and then a shorthand-typist. Barbara Castle, for whom Boothroyd once worked as a secretary, wrote that the moral of Boothroyd’s career was: “You never know what people are capable of until you give them the opportunity to show it.”

I also enjoyed this:  She brought a pizzazz to the speaker’s role, declining to wear the traditional full-bottomed wig, thus appearing attractively stylish and modern, in contrast to her predecessors.

I also enjoyed this: After her election as an MP, Boothroyd made a feisty maiden speech, ignoring what had previously been the convention to avoid controversy when first contributing to a parliamentary debate. She claimed to be able to speak for “ordinary working people” and attacked the then Conservative government for its failure to alleviate the injustice of the two-tier society that existed in the UK.

I also enjoyed this: She was judicious about the use of her considerable political authority as a member of the Lords, but campaigned against Brexit. She also deplored the Labour party’s lurch towards the left under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and despaired of the subsequent loss of the party’s former “Red Wall” northern seats.

Boothroyd died at 93 so she's worth 32 Base Points for @Bodie, @Melanius Mullarkay and @Suspect Device.


Up next this week was French footballer, Just Fontaine: Just Fontaine obituary | Football | The Guardian


The French footballer Just Fontaine, who has died aged 89, was one of the major surprises of the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden. Arriving there with the France squad as a reserve striker with few expectations of being called to the colours, he ended up with the remarkable total of 13 goals – a record that will surely never be surpassed.

Fontaine’s partnership in those finals with the dazzling Raymond Kopa, the one who really pulled the strings, was jaw-dropping. “Those French forwards are like greased lightning,” remarked Tommy Docherty, then a Scotland wing-half. Sturdily built, Fontaine had pace, together with a flair for knowing when and where the ball was coming to him; especially from Kopa, who operated as a deep-lying centre-forward.


Altogether he had won 21 caps for France, the last of them arriving in 1960, and had scored 30 goals for the national side. In club football he won the French first division title four times (once with Nice and three times with Reims) and the French cup twice (once with each club).

After he stopped playing, Fontaine became president of the footballers’ union in France, of which he was a co-founder, and managed the French national team for a short time in 1967. He then took charge of Paris Saint-German for three years and, although his managerial career never quite equalled his achievements as a player, he was also at Toulouse (1978-79), after which he managed the Morocco national side (1979-81). In 2004 he was named by Fifa as one of the 100 greatest living footballers in a list compiled by Pelé.

Not a bad return, really. Fontaine died at 89 so he's worth 36 Base Points for @LoonsYouthTeam with a Solo Shot taking that to 86 points.


And finally this week we have cartoonist and clarinetist Wally Fawkes: Wally Fawkes, jazz musician and artist who drew the ‘Flook’ comic strip for more than three decades – obituary (telegraph.co.uk)



Walter Ernest Fawkes was born on June 21 1924 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and moved to England aged seven with his family in 1931. They settled in Sidcup, then in Kent, where he attended Sidcup Central School and Sidcup School of Art before moving on to the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

During the Second World War, Fawkes drew military maps and painted camouflage, and some of the work he produced during the war years appeared in an exhibition attended by the Daily Mail political cartoonist, Lesley Illingworth. Impressed by Fawkes’s obvious talent, Illingworth got him a job on the art staff of the Mail in 1945 doing small spot illustrations as well as cartoons and illustrations for the paper’s children’s annual.

When the Mail was reduced to tabloid size in 1971, “Trog” moved to Punch, for whom he drew brilliant full-colour covers and the weekly political cartoon. In 1984 he transferred to the Daily Mirror. After contributing to Today from 1986 to 1987, Fawkes took up work for the London Daily News, and also worked for the Times magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Express, The Oldie magazine and The Week.


Fawkes died at 98, so he's worth 27 Base Points for @tamthebam with a Solo Shot taking that to 77 points.

After all of that, the standings look like this:

1. JustOneCornetto 255
2. The Naitch 208
3. buddiepaul 194
4. LoonsYouthTeam 187
5. psv_killie 185
6. peasy23 165
7. The DA 153
8. Desp, Ned Nederlander 151
10. Karpaty Lviv 145
11. Sweaty Morph 140
12. get_the_subbies_on 138
13. Arabdownunder, Bully Wee Villa, cdhafc1874, D.V.T., Frosty, HK Hibee, Mark Connolly, microdave, qos_75, throbber, weirdcal 134
24. Arbroathlegend36-0 110
25. Arch Stanton, Ludo*1, mozam76 101
28. alta-pete, Billy Jean King, Indale Winton, sparky88 84
32. tamthebam 77
33. ICTJohnboy 69
34. paulathame 68
35. atfccfc, chomp my root, DG.Roma, Donathan, Fuctifano, gkneil, HI HAT, lichtgilphead, Lofarl, lolls, Michael W, pub car king, The_Craig, thistledo 67
49. sleazy 55
50. Aim Here 43
51. Bodie, Melanius Mullarkay, Suspect Device 32
54. amnarab, choirbairn, Derry Alli, expatowner, Oystercatcher, stanton 31
60. Everyone else 0

The spreadsheet has also been updated with these scores: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RxCIfczRUmrRrW79tUQ0vJ5KaHZpYENsTKmDqW4X3W4/edit?usp=sharing

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On 05/03/2023 at 12:48, tamthebam said:

Blobby Blobby Blobby's Out Out Out

Killer of Meadowbank Thistle Bill Hunter (dropped him from this year's DP too)


An old University pal of mine (who himself has passed on)  would not be unhappy to hear of Hunter' demise. He absolutely despised the man for what he did to MTFC.

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