Someone on here - possibly a guest - was foretelling the imminent demise of old Denis, as he hadn't appeared in the media for a year. Well, he's not appeared here, but a journalist from The Guardian has visited him in recent days.
At 97, he is obviously not as physically robust as people remember him – as with one of his successors at No 11, Lord Lawson, one sees a slimmer version – but still mentally alert, a genial host, who proudly showed us (I was with Alun Evans, incoming British Academy chief executive) around various studies, and an impressive collection of books, paintings and photographs. There were fond references to Edna, his late wife, and to his three children, with whom he keeps in close touch.
One of the secrets of longevity is said to be an active interest in life. Over coffee, his helper, Carol, gave him the latest Hansard – “very good debates in the Lords, you know”. There was an amusing moment when he opened his Coutts bank statement in front of us: “Oh, £10.75 in credit I see… ”
No change there then.
DDP – C Bloomfield (joker), M Crowe, H Fawkes, K Granger, E Lubbock,
S Simon, J Hill, J van der Westhuizen, S Milne, R Sakamoto, P Sledge, G Campbell, J Villeneuve Sr, V Seselj, M Wilson, A Briggs, P Sallis, P MacNee, P Sutcliffe, C Aherne
Other Combined Deadpools – A Hiller, S W Beckett, D Ellis, T West, F Fielding, M Anderson,
L Nimoy, R Ginsburg, R Ford, N Bockwinkel, P Tobin, Topol, O Pooley, J Woodward, H Wouk, G Janner, B Adelyadej, M Ali, R Angelil, D Berkowitz, T Booth, G Cole, J Havelange, S Kuttner, F Ricksen, S Sim, S Wagstaff, D Tutu, FGD Jean, C Mitchelmore, E Cameron, R Moody, J Prior, R Benaud, G Ratzinger, A McQuarrie, S Mercier, G Lee Boggs, N Kember, G Balydon, P Cardin, J Lingard, Rev B Graham, C James, N Lawson, C Woodhead, F Starr, S Hall, B Walden, C Moncrieff, P Worsthorne, R Mugabe, J Perry, L Ferlinghetti, L Carrington, C Eden, W Russell, B Aldiss, R Hardy, K Dodd, B Newbery, T Lehrer, E Morricone, P Cellier, P Dickinson, J Plowright. J Astin, M Gorbachev, J Dickens, A Ashley, T Dalyell, J Molyneaux, R Mason, S Poitier, R Atkins, J Fontaine, M Falkender, M Imison, W Ewing, S Lewis. Total 7/100
2014 – 24/100
Shadow Deathlist 2011- 10/50