The writer of this obituary……

….is just squealing with joy at being able to get this line in:

Her other lovers included Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel and Davis’s friend Quincy Jones. Another was Darryl Zanuck, the Hollywood film producer who accompanied her in Uganda during filming of The Naked Earth (1958)

It’s an English thing, a colloquialism…..

11 thoughts on “The writer of this obituary……”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    OT

    I have to confess to being a Bad Man. When I first saw this on the BBC website:

    “A six-year-old girl has died in hospital after she was struck by a falling tree at school.”

    My first though was she had less chance of dying of Covid but I’ll bet that’s what he family were most frightened of.

    Still, a very sad case.

  2. @BIND

    Fatalities from falling trees or branches in the UK average about 6 per year, or 1 in 10 million, according to https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/research/managing-trees-for-safety/

    Slightly more people die from being struck by lightning.

    Bigger risk with schools is transport-related accidents. I used to teach at a rural school where there was complete chaos getting hundreds of kids onto their buses at the end of every day – almost no pupils within walking distance – and about half the teaching staff were needed to do all the marshalling. Few years before I joined, they’d had an accident where one of the kids had died after being struck by a bus in the parking area. But there are also deaths and serious injuries from other causes – falls down flights of stairs during busy lesson changeovers for example.

  3. Fatalities from falling trees or branches in the UK average about 6 per year

    So according to the NHS England data via Hector Drummond’s blog, there have been 4 deaths of or with covid 19 (without known co-morbidities, 16 with) this year in the 0-19 year old range. If we scale that to take into account that we’re only 3/4 of the way through the year, that still suggests only 5 total for the year.

    It looks like Mr InND is quite correct that the girl mentioned was more likely to be hit by a falling tree than succumb to the killer virus currently wiping out the country.

  4. @BIW

    Actually those figures would suggest the opposite wouldn’t they? Since the denominator is different – 6 deaths among 66 million people (UK population) would be lower risk than 4 deaths among roughly 15 million kids? Similar order of magnitude though.

    I’m never completely comfortable with this hiving off of “people with co-morbidities” as if their deaths somehow shouldn’t count towards risk calculations, particularly since – depending on which list of co-morbidities is used – some of them are actually very common and it would probably not be reasonable to expect them all to go and live in a bubble until this is all over. If you want a “personalised” risk-assessment and you happen to be one of those lucky people without co-morbidities then it’s clearly fair enough, whereas using it for population-level risk is obviously dodgy and a bit of a statistical sleight-of-hand. The intermediate zone is when you’re trying to produce an individual-level risk but for someone you can’t know whether they are in a low or high-risk group for COVID. For a child, the assumption they’re more far more likely to be in the low than high category is probably fair enough but as you get into age-groups with more common co-morbidities it gets dodger, I’d be very wary of anyone relying on figures for “80+ year olds without co-morbidities” as if they were somehow representative…

  5. Good point about the denominators, missed that.

    About “of and with” and “without co-morbidities”, that’s partly just a reaction to the clear and obvious number inflating going on in the official figures. It became so obviously egregious they had to go back and recount with the “within 28 days of a test” rule.

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