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Monday, June 02, 2008

I'm Going to See 125...Or 70...OK At Least 50...No? Can We Give Me 40 Years?

Good news on the life expectancy front:

One hundred and twelve years later, Henry William Allingham is in rude health as the oldest man in Europe. On Friday the First World War veteran will celebrate his birthday by watching a fly-past of vintage aircraft, including a Hurricane and a Spitfire.[...]

Allingham, with a twinkle in his eye, has always attributed his own longevity to 'cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women'.

He was involved in the greatest naval clash of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland, and in 1917 was posted to France to service and rescue aircraft that crashed behind the trenches at Ypres and the Somme.
Rob expects to make the same announcement, only it will be at my 55th birthday. Friends and family will ask, "How did you live to see 55 Rob?" I'll answer -- "Whiskey, cigarettes, pot, and wild women. With some healthy doses of penicillin along the way."


Full story here.

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