Tuesday, April 24, 2007
And, while I am on the subject of gold age, this story has everything. Alec Holden won £25,000 by living to be 100. He laid a £100 bet at 250/1 when he was 90. His longevity recommendations - notably keeping breathing and not working too much - have a precise, genteel and very English charm as does the fact, mentioned on the radio, that he plans to holiday in Eastbourne, where, presumably, he will feel very young. I saw him on TV. He doesn't look a day over 75 and he smiles with Buddha-like detachment while playing online chess. The bookies, William Hill, are now extending the pay-off age for this kind of bet to 110 as so many more people are living to 100. You read it here first. It's still worth a punt. Only your beneficiaries can lose. Has Alec laid another bet? I think we should be told.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 9:38 am