The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big Iain back in 1996. Other hosts: Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid (2003-7), Octopus of Odstock (2008-9), The Man in Black (2010-17), Spade Cooley (2018-19). Now the Committee of msc/Grim and Reptile (2020) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Christopher Tolkien

AND IN THE DARKNESS BOUND HIM Academic, novelist, and book editor, Christopher Tolkien was the world’s foremost expert on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was almost as if his dad wrote the books and Christopher himself edited them. Trained at the Dragon School (not actually made up), Christopher became a tutor at New […]

Bobby Brown

TWO CAN PLAY THAT DEATH When a local Banker played Bobby Brown in the DDP, the system assumed it was the singer. In fact, so sure was it, it corrected the chaps previous DDP team which also had the other Bobby Brown. In fact this is the former football manager who led Scotland to their […]

Alun Gwynne Jones (Lord Chalfont)

REALIGNMENT OF THE RADICAL DEAD A fairly popular deadpool pick in recent years, Lord Chalfont (or Alun Gwynne Jones as he was before his peerage in 1964) has died shortly after turning 100 last month. New centenarians of late have no staying power. A World War Two veteran who fought in Burma for three years, […]

Welcome to DDP 2020

Hello, and good morning.   There is a decent chance that, if you look at the List of Teams for 2020 (link on the right hand menu as usual), you may find a notice about your own DDP email link not working. Please ignore this message. It is an automated thing added by one of […]

Roger Scruton

ROGER REPATRIATES SOUTH Long time British philosopher and gay botherer Sir Roger Scruton has died to give many people success on the DDP. Editor of the Salisbury Review for 20 years and a specialist in the aesthetics of conservatism, Scruton became himself after witnessing the May 1968 student protests in France. Whereas Ken Clark produced […]

Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

OH MAN, THE SULTAN’S QABOOSHED The Sultan of Oman’s 50 year reign has been ended by dying at the age of 79. News of his impending demise hit the airwaves in December, and so thirty teams dived on the chance for a royal knockout, including DDP veterans I’m Sorry for Your Trouble and Carkers Convention. […]

Pete Dye

PETE DYES Pete Dye designed golf courses. He designed dozens of the things, including the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, owned by some random billionaire or other. He designed golf courses for university and private clubs in a career that lasted thirty years. He had been battling Alzheimer’s for some time, and was […]

Edd Byrnes

BYRYNES IT DOWN Ed Byrnes was a funny comedian who often appeared on TV and made fun of Alanis Morris… no, sorry, wrong guy.   Edd Byrnes was a singer and actor perhaps best known, cinematically,  for his role as Vince Fontaine in blockbuster Grease. Two teams decided he was the one that they wanted, […]

Infanta Pilar de Borbon

QUEEN OF SPAIN’S BEARD? Infanta Pilar was the older sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain. She was the older daughter of the Count of Barcelona. She was the Duchess of Badajoz. She was President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006, which was apt as later in life there was some […]

Elizabeth Wurtzel

FINAL HARVEST OF THE WURTZEL “Sylvia Plath with the ego of Madonna” as The New York Times once called her, Elizabeth Wurtzel was an infuriatingly egotistical writer, the sort she had to be to write a memoir in her 20s. She also, to be fair, revolutionised the entire concept of mental health writing, and if […]