That’s magic

Posted in Predictors on March 31, 2016 by Cate

paul danielsEven though we knew it was imminent after the announcement of inoperable brain cancer, Clogpoppers stops what it is doing to salute the passing of magician Paul Daniels, at the age of 77. He leaves behind his lovely wife Debbie McGhee, who will no doubt receive a substantial amount from his will, while Predictor Logan Steele pulled the rabbit out of the hat on this occasion, but only makes three points.




‘Bye George!

Posted in Predictors on March 9, 2016 by Cate

gmartinWell, this is quite a week! After Nancy’s long-overdue departure to the other side a few days ago, she’s been rapidly pursued by fellow nonagenarian and former Beatles producer, George Martin. He popped earlier today at the age of 90, following…er…oh, something as yet unannounced. Assuming it’s not suicide, on this occasion it’s Predictor Heck Static who picks up the trio of points on this occasion.

Nancy that!

Posted in Predictors on March 8, 2016 by Cate

untitledAt long last, one of the Clogpoppers nonagenarians finally shuffles off their mortal coil! Former first lady – the seemingly much-loved and nationally-treasured Nancy Reagan – was dispatched to join husband Ronald after congestive heart failure, aged 94. That’s a pity – she’ll miss the election, and perhaps seeing the first female president take the oath of office. On the other hand, if Trump gets in, she’s probably better out of it…three points to me, anyway!

In other news, Boutros Boutros-Ghali popped, aged 93, leaving behind a name that everyone knew, even though nobody would ever be able to tell you what he actually achieved in life. Strangely, Wikipedia lists his death as coming after being admitted to hospital with “a broken pelvis or leg“, which all sounds a bit queer.

Authors Harper Lee, 89, and Umberto Eco, 84, went too, of a stroke while sleeping and pancreatic cancer respectively. And then….feck! Actor Frank ‘Father Jack’ Kelly fell off the feckin’ wagon for the last time, aged 77. Arse!



Boys keep…popping

Posted in Predictors on January 13, 2016 by Cate

2016’s celebrity death wagon has been started up and has hit the highway! Legendary singer David Bowie shocked the world by dying unexpectedly at the age of 69, although, after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, he knew it was coming and managed to get one last album out.

January didn’t stop there, oh no. Hot on Bowie’s heels came the death of actor Alan Rickman, also 69 and after a secret cancer-related illness. Then the still-reeling public was stunned further by the also-cancer-related passing of genial Irishman/British national treasure Sir Terry Wogan, aged 77.  Cue lots of “top of the mourning” headlines.

Other notables for January: Tory grandee and [for those of you who remember your 90s sex scandal] philanderer Cecil Parkinson, 84. Glenn Frey, founder of the Eagles, 67, following surgery complications. Gordon Goody, Great Train Robber [can’t be many of them left now eh?], 85, heart attack, then actor Frank Finlay, 89, after heart disease, who, coincidentally, starred in a film based on the Great Train Robbery. Small world.

It’s been a busy start to the year.

2015 final report

Posted in Predictors on January 13, 2016 by Cate

2015 was a spectacularly dull year for Clogpoppers, with only a couple of predictions fulfilling their promise. Must try harder.

But look at the ones which got away since our last round-up. Novelist and famous sister Jackie Collins died of breast cancer at 77. Cilla Black, flame-haired TV host and Liverpudlian, popped at 72 after falling over at home. Actor Omar Sharif shuffled off after a heart attack in Cairo – probably not the first to do – while singer Natalie Cole, 65, was the last of the year, staying in 2105 by mere minutes.

The only pop which ruined the Clogpoppers Xmas party was the death of Motorhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy‘ Kilminster. An absolute legend.

Vampires and troubadours lost forever

Posted in Predictors on July 2, 2015 by Cate

christopher_lee val doonican






Well, it’s been a bit quiet of late – 2015 has seen a distinct lack of celebrity deaths from the Clogpoppers stable. But someone always pops sooner or later [usually later] and recently ‘Dracula’ actor Christopher Lee took the final stake to his heart, aged 93. And then, just hours ago today, it was announced that be-cardiganned Irish crooner Val Doonican has died “peacefully” at the age of 88. Points on the board – three from Lee for zombie boy Alex, while Kriseliz picks up another trio for Val. Well done, chaps – they’ve both been a long time coming.


Meanwhile, the first half of the year has witnessed the passing of Leonard ‘Spock’ Nimoy from Star Trek, 83, the result of “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”; famous first wife Cynthia Lennon, 75, following cancer; soul/blues/R&B/whatever singers Percy Sledge and B. B. King, 73 and 89 respectively; Swedish sex symbol Anita Ekberg, 83, and Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown, at the age of 71.

Mad. And now just gone.

Posted in Predictors on December 2, 2014 by Cate

Mr. Grim Reaper likes to call back in one of his own every now and then and so last week his people got in touch with celebrity gangland villain “Mad” Frankie Fraser‘s people and the deal was done. Mr Fraser went quietly following leg surgery, aged 90 – certainly a lot quieter than some of his victims probably did, seeing as he liked to work them over with tools such as pliers and bolt-cutters. Still, everyone loves a dodgy sarf London character, don’t they?

Especially Predictor Matthew Lee. Frankie’s return to the underworld nets him a trio of points to move him up that leaderboard!

In other news, author PD James wrote her last chapter, aged 94, while soul singer Jimmy Ruffin never returned for a final encore at the age of 78, and neither did 70s singing sensation and road safety pioneer Alvin Stardust, who shuffled off at 72 following prostate cancer. Actor Warren Clarke went relatively early, in his sleep, at 67, and musician Acker Bilk tootled off, having lasted until 85. And the former leader of Haiti, ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, was gripped by a heart attack at 63 – not a nice person really, so we’re surprised nobody fired a bullet his way before that.