Derby Dead Pool

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, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, and from 2010 The Man in Black...

Latest Stiffs: 7th December 2015 by The Man in Black

Stone dead Temple Pilot

As you can see above, the nomination period for the Derby Dead Pool 2016 begins in earnest! Take a look at the rules (for regulars, there are a few changes, for the newbies, they're just the rules!) Meanwhile, we've had a couple of deaths...
Scott Weiland rode the crest of the "grunge" wave in the early 90s with his band Stone Temple Pilots. He later formed the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver with ex-Guns 'N Roses guitarists Slash and Duff McKagan. Weiland struggled with drug addiction for much of his career and was found dead whilst on tour in Minnesota aged just 48. No cause has been verified and so the two teams that picked him have until the end of the year to get that unnatural points bonus...
Elmo Williams was a film editor whose greatest success in Hollywood came in 1952, with an Oscar for his editing on 'High Noon', which starred Gary Cooper. His death at 102 leaves Olivia de Havilland as the oldest living Oscar winner aged 99 and a unique hit for Spongebobs Old Stars...

[Scorecard] (Weiland) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 10pts
[Scorecard] (Williams) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 7pts
Latest Stiffs: 30th November 2015 by The Man in Black

North heads south

There's just one month to go for DDP 2015 and the race is as tight as ever. Looking ahead to next year, there will be a tightening of some of the rules ahead of the next edition, with the the nomination period barely a week away. But more on that later. First...
Douglass North was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1993 with Robert Fogel with their research into why some economies fair better than others. He was 95 and a hit for two theme teams, one dealing with Nobel Prize winners (very apt for this time of year when the awards are handed out) and another for economists, so a neat combination there.
Kim Young-sam was a South Korean politician, reaching the pinnacle of his career when he became President of South Korea in 1993. Kim lead the pro-democracy movement which eventually despatched the country's military leadership (and there was me thinking South Korea was always this bastion of democracy as opposed to it's oppressive northern neighbours!). He died aged 87. Another pair of teams scoop the points.
This next hit is a case of change but no change in the leadership of the DDP. Michael C Gross was a graphic designer who created the instantly recognisable 'Ghostbusters' logo for the 1984 hit film and various spin-offs. He also created a memorable cover for the satirical National Lampoon magazine in 1973 with the magazine threatening to kill a dog if it wasn't bought! Gross died of terminal cancer aged 70. Gross was a hit for the top two teams in this year's DDP, with The Living End and Thomas Jefferson Survives locked in battle with just 31 days remaining. Just two points separate the teams with double-champ David Quantick's Showbiz Pals still in touch. One hit in the next few weeks could make all the difference...

[Scorecard] (North) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Young-sam) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Gross) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 7pts

The nixed life of Henry VIII

Australian actor Keith Michell has died. Michell was a respected thesp and theatre director. He followed Laurence Olivier no less as the artistic director of the Chichester theatre in 1974. But he's best known for his role as the larger-than-life King Henry VIII in the award-winning 1970 series 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII', which was later made into a film two years later. Michell even enjoyed a stab at the pop charts, with his 1980 rendition of children's tale 'Captain Beaky and His Band' taken from the album which he narrated with other actors and was written by the late Jeremy Lloyd. Michell was 88 and a hit for two teams.
South Africa-born Redvers Kyle was for many years the "voice" of Yorkshire Television, providing continuity links and announcements from 1968 until his retirement in 1993. He also provided voices and narration for children's TV shows 'How We Used to Live' and 'The Giddy Game Show', which is making The Man in Black feel quite nostalgic! Kyle was 85 and a unique hit for The Funky Faz's Crypt Of Chortles.
Setsuko Hara was a Japanese actress, best known for her role in the highly rated 'Tokyo Story' (1953), considered one of the finest films ever made. It was one of six films she appeared for acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu. Hara died aged 95 in September, but eventually this obit from the Guardian has benefited two teams, including The Bedsoring '20s who are having another solid year. Next update should be when nomination time comes around yet again, with some changes to the rules. Watch this space...

[Scorecard] (Michell) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Kyle) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Hara) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts
Latest Stiffs: 16th November 2015 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett]

The Scarse git has the last laugh on Alf...

Till Death Alf Does Part...

The great British characer actor Warren Mitchell has died. Mitchell had a long and varied career, appearing in the likes of 'Hancock's Half Hour' and the Carry On films as well as a multitide of straight and comic roles on stage, film and TV. But one cannot ignore his most famous part, that of the working-class bigot Alf Garnett in the classic (and controversial) TV sitcom 'Till Death Us Do Part', which ran from 1966 to 1975 and produced two spin-off movies and a sequel series in the 1980s. It made Mitchell a household name, albeit often making an ambivalent impression on the audience which his egregious creation. The left-wing Jewish actor inbued the right-wing cockney racist with such authenticity he was often mistaken by some of the British public for holding similar opinions, ones he was quick to refute. It's testimony to Mitchell's skills as an actor that he was never typecast despite being associated with such an iconoclastic character. Mitchell aged 89. and was a hit for 10 teams.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (10 teams) = 6pts

The Man Who Would Be Dead

Another great character actor has also exited stage left. Saeed Jaffery became one of the most recognisable Indian actors in Britain with a series of memorable roles on film and TV such as Michael Caine and Sean Connery's droll Gurkha factotum Billy Fish in 1975's 'The Man Who Would Be King' and in India-set epics 'Gandhi' and 'A Passage to India'. He also has a parallel career in Bollywood and was one of the scene's most respected actors. Jaffrey aged 86 and was a unique hit for Last Gasp Saloon.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

No more Payne for Cynthia

Cynthia Payne gained considerable notoriety in 1980 when on trial for running an exclusive brothel with some notable clientele. She later became the subject of not one but two films released in 1987: 'Personal Services', starring Julie Walters and directed by Terry Jones and 'Wish You Were Here', which was based on her young life. She made the most of her 15 minutes, even standing for Parliament. Payne also has a rather curious DDP record, that of the longest gap between nominations - 11 years between 2003 and 2014! Payne died aged 82 and is a unique hit for theme team Death At The Movies.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

Schmidt's stubbed out

Helmut Schmidt was Chancellor of West Germany from 1974-1982. The chain-smoking Schmidt took over from the popular Willy Brandt in the wake of the Stasi scandal (when a key aide was revealed as an East German agent) and steered the burgeoning West German economy through the choppy waters of the 1970s. He was a key mover in the development of the EMS, which would lead ultimately to the adoption of the Euro. He won federal elections in 1976 and 1980 and took on the left-wing terrorist organisation the Red Army Faction. Schmidt was forced out of office in 1982, when his liberal partners in the coaltion, the FDP, split from the SPD to form an alliance with the centre-right Christian Democrats, lead by Helmut Kohl. Schmidt died aged 96 ironically a couple of months after he finally quit smoking! 26 teams benefit including 2004 winners who get a 7th hit.
One less "Phil Taylor" for the Man in Black to worry about during nomination time is Motörhead drummer "Philthy" Phil Taylor who has died. Taylor joined the thrash metal legends in 1975, with the band enjoying hits such as 'Ace of Spades' and the classic live album 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith', released in 1981. Taylor left the band in 1984 before rejoining for another stint on the skins in 1987. Taylor was 61 and a unique hit for Grobler's Stiff Ones.
Pat Eddery was one of flat racings most successful ever jockeys. He won over 4,600 races - only the legendary Gordon Richards won more - and secured victories in the classics including three Derbys and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1986, riding Dancing Brave. Eddery retired after a 36 year career in 2003 but in a rather sad retirement has reportedly succumbed to alcholism aged just 63, a unique hit for I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

[Scorecard] (Schmidt) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (26 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Taylor) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts
[Scorecard] (Eddery) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Nick Bockwinkel

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Jonah Lomu, Dora Doll, Guo Jie, Mal Whitfield, Peter Dimmock, Maurice Strong

Player of the Month - October, Death Stinks and P@F Deathlist - 15 points

Latest News

Oscar Pistorius will be spending more time in prison as his crime is changed to murder. Meanwhile Bruce Forsyth pulls out of co-hosting 'Strictly Come Dancing' this Xmas as he recovers from a fall. Will it be the last time we see him to see him last?
The Theme Team League is updated for October with Red-Flagged still in the lead.

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Further Information
Derby Dead Pool is hosted by The Man In Black with contributions from Big-Iain, Rude Kid, Siegfried Baboon, Octopus of Odstock, WEP 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded, The Grey Horde, Thomas Jefferson Survives, Bibliogryphon, David Quantick's Showbiz Pals, Dickie's Gone the Way of the Dinosaurs & The End Of The World As We Know It

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