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But they are also endlessly fascinating - even when they've shuffled off this mortal coil.
You may recall that shortly before she herself shuffled off this mortal coil, my mother requested that I keep a bottle of champagne in my fridge, to be opened in celebration upon the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Inspector Morse might have shuffled off this mortal coil, but there are still killers about and Lewis has proved a worthy successor in the crime stakes.
Perhaps a fan could walk into Fratton Park and insist the club is dead, only for the man behind the counter to insist it hasn't shuffled off the mortal coil.
I'm boycotting in protest that the BBC seems to think we don't mind grey-haired men but women get shuffled off when they are deemed too old.
Defending it has attracted many avid football fans, who would consider it completely unacceptable if the buckeye, after which the Ohio State University's football team is named, shuffled off to Michigan, where OSU's archrivals dwell.
The continuing anti-Birmingham ridicule will be resurrected every time a politically-correct council comes up with another equally crazy notion which I suspect will be long after Mr Chubb has shuffled off this mortal coil.
Needless to say, the whole disaster got booed more than Dan Cloutier, and the embarrassed folks on the ice sort of looked at each other and shuffled off.
CROONER Matt Monro might have shuffled off this earthly coil all of 21 years ago, but his memory lives on in the ultimate tribute show.
When you called, you dealt with Michael, you weren't shuffled off to someone else," he says.
Freezer Queen Foods, the 48-year-old Buffalo, New York, maker of frozen dinners, has shuffled off into oblivion with the sudden closure of its plant by corporate parent Home Market Foods of Norwood, Massachusetts.
Tapped by Rudd to, "Do some aerodynamics in your spare time," Wright--along with Rudd and Lotus founder Colin Chapman--discovered and harnessed the power of ground effects by reshaping the underside of a Formula One car, then was shuffled off to Team Lotus where he developed Chapman's nascent active suspension brainstorm into a race winner.