Tommy Smith

I’m so, so sorry. We’ve been a bit busy at DDP Towers recently, and as a result are so late on Tommy Smith’s obituary that the newspapers have already moved on from paying tribute to the legendary Liverpool defender and are now reminding everyone that he was a big old racist. A racist Liverpool legend, […]

Ivor Broadis

It does feel as though Ivor Broadis had been England’s oldest former international since about 1973, so it’s no surprise that we finally bid farewell to him in 2019. He served with the RAF during the Second World War, but never saw active service. He got plenty of action on his return to civilian life […]

Georgia Engel

Georgia Engel got off to an inauspicious career as an actor. Her first job was in an off-Broadway show called The House of Blue Leaves, for which she was paid one dollar a performance. The theatre then burned down. That fire was a blessing in disguise, though. The House of Blue Leaves moved to Los […]

Richard Cole

The last surviving participant in the Doolittle Raid has, like the monkey, gone to heaven. Richard Cole was co-pilot of the first flight of said raid, which saw more than 80 US Air Force individuals take to the sky in the first significant aerial attack on the Japanese mainland following Pearl Harbor. Although the attack […]

David J. Thouless

Some days it feels as if 40% of the content on this site is dedicated to dead Nobel Prize winners… David J. Thouless got the Physics gong back in 2016, thanks to his work on “topological phase transitions”. What are topological phase transitions you ask? Well, they’re sudden changes between states of matter. Thouless was […]

Rex Garrod

A self-described “bodgineer”, Rex Garrod worked as a speedway driver before switching to the world of make-do-and-build engineering. He first came to wider attention with the Channel 4 daytime education show The Secret Life of Machines, where he and co-host Tim Hunkin explained how everything from vacuum cleaners to office lighting works. He went on […]

Sandy Ratcliff

Sandy Ratcliff was a member of the original Eastenders cast, and the first star of the show to find their life fodder for the tabloids. It was quite a life for them to delve into, though. Expelled from school at 14, she became a bassist for some minor rock bands before Lord Snowden picked her […]

Daniel Hanson

Nottingham isn’t just underachieving football teams and gun crime. It was also, until Daniel Hanson died, home to Britain’s best dressing gowns. A lecturer at Nottingham Trent University until a chance encounter with the Harrod’s menswear buyer on a train, Hanson turned a small endeavour into a globally recognised brand. His dressing gowns were favourites […]

Bill Heine

In 1986, on the 41st anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, Bill Heine installed a 25ft fibreglass shark through the roof of his suburban home in Headington, Oxfordshire. It was intended, somehow, as a protest against the American bombing of Libya (US planes took off from the local Heyford airbase) and began a six-year battle with […]

Shane Rimmer

One of British television’s all-time great “Rent-A-Yanks”, Shane Rimmer was actually born in Toronto, Canada. But you wouldn’t know it from his 40-odd year career on UK screens. He played the murderous deranged GI Joe Donelli on Coronation Street and as US government officials in both A Very British Coup and Ant and Dec’s Alien […]