Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happy Birthday

Gertrude Baines turned 115 this week and while some people attribute their longevity to specific things eg herring and orange juice (not in the same glass although you can find recipes for them together on the net) she credits "her religion and clean living". I prefer the more pragmatic answer my great-grandmother gave when being interviewed on her 100th birthday. When asked how she'd lived to be 100, she replied "because I haven't died yet". Alas, she died not long after, within the week I think, just after receiving a congratulatory message from The Queen - which is not to say they found her with the paper crumpled in her hand - but I'm fairly sure it was the next day.

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