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Des Hickinbottom

This week’s Des is Weston-Super-Mare loving Des Hickinbottom.

Des is 83 years old and is a retired bus driver who spends almost all of his holidays by the seaside in England.

Des isn’t particularly famous, but he was featured on the BBC website, which in my eyes is a claim to fame in itself. If Des is good enough for the BBC then he is good enough for Golf with Des.

You can read Des’s full story here….

Many thanks to my friend Tessa for pointing me in the direction of this particular famous Des.


This week’s famous Des is our first female Des – Desdemone!

I’m afraid I cannot tell you too much about Desdemone because I have absolutely no idea who she is, but according to my colleague Sally she is a biblical figure.

So there we are.

No Famous Des this week

You may have noticed that this week there has been no Famous Des. This is for 2 reasons….

    1. Due to recovering from Creamfields, I forgot all about it
    2. Iā€™m running out of Famous Deses


Des Lynam

You all knew it would happen, so after weeks of Famous Des’s this week we are pleased to feature the King of all Des’s……DES LYNAM!!!!

Des is a housewives favourite and is primarily known for being the BBC’s Grandstand and Match of the Day anchorman.

However, he defected to ITV in 1999 and presented their football coverage. He soon got bored and retired in 2004.

He soon got bored again so returned to our screens, being a guest host on Have I Got News for you. After the death of Richard Whitely, Des wasted absolutely no time whatsoever in putting his hat in the ring to claim the dead man’s chair as host of Channel 4’s Countdown, a role he holds to this very day.

Data Encryption Standard!

This week’s famous Des is a real treat for our more techy readers!

The Data Encryption Standard (DES) is a cipher (a method for encrypting information) selected as an official Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) for the United States in 1976, and which has subsequently enjoyed widespread use internationally.

In some documentation, a distinction is made between DES as a standard, and the algorithm, which is referred to as the DEA (the Data Encryption Algorithm). When spoken, “DES” is either spelled out (dee-ee-ess) or pronounced as a single syllable (dez or dess).

The origins of DES go back to the early 1970s. In 1972, after concluding a study on the US government’s computer security needs, the US standards body NBS (National Bureau of Standards) ā€” now named NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) ā€” identified a need for a government-wide standard for encrypting unclassified, sensitive information. Accordingly, on 15 May 1973, after consulting with the NSA, NBS solicited proposals for a cipher that would meet rigorous design criteria. None of the submissions, however, turned out to be suitable. A second request was issued on 27 August 1974. This time, IBM submitted a candidate which was deemed acceptable, a cipher developed during the period 1973ā€“1974 based on an earlier algorithm, Horst Feistel’s Lucifer cipher. The team at IBM involved in cipher design and analysis included Feistel, Walter Tuchman, Don Coppersmith, Alan Konheim, Carl Meyer, Mike Matyas, Roy Adler, Edna Grossman, Bill Notz, Lynn Smith, and Bryant Tuckerman.

Data Encryption Standard InfoBox Diagram