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Old 10-22-2008, 06:49 PM   #16
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As record numbers reach their century, five centenarians give their unexpected recipes for a long and happy life | Mail Online

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Alec Castle, 100, has been married to Vera, 81, for 61 years.

He has six children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lives in Alnwick, Northumberland. Alec says:

There is nothing like routine. I come from a military family and my days in the Army instilled a sense of routine in me from a young age.

.......I always tried my best to avoid stress. I never sought out extra responsibility and was happy living a modest life.

It's better to exercise your mind than your body.

Since my Army days, I haven't exercised apart from walking to work and some light gardening. I think it's important to exercise my mind, though, and even now I like to do crosswords.

I've smoked a pipe my whole adult life and never had any health problems.

I didn't drink much as a younger man, but in recent years I've taken to drinking whisky and the bottle is never far from my reach.
Chocolate is my biggest love and I devour dozens of biscuits and cakes every day. I've been known to eat an entire chocolate cake in one go.

I never eat fruit and rarely eat vegetables. My family can't believe I have lived this long on my diet.
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'Hard work and two large sherries a day'
Molly Reeves, 100, lives in sheltered housing in Oldham. She had two children (both deceased) and has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She married her husband, John, in 1932 after they met while ballroom dancing. He died in 1991. Molly says:


I've never worried about a healthy diet.

I have a happy outlook on life and always have two large glasses of sherry before I go to bed. That's my secret and that's what keeps me going.
Long life is nothing to do with a healthy diet because when I was a child we were poor and I lived off toast and dripping.
Whenever I go out for drives with my granddaughter and visit country pubs, I always make sure I have a Baileys or a Tia Maria.
I love boxing: I do it at my weekly keep-fit class. I feel a bit achy afterwards, but I really do enjoy it. It's a great laugh.
The secret of living a long life is just to be happy. I had a good husband and a happy family. You always have to keep smiling and don't forget to help others.
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i do take the point that stress is as unhealthy as anything else. stress does kill.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:18 PM   #18
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That's hard to argue but why is it that myself and almost ALL of my friends constantly grew up with both parents smoking, which meant TONS of second hand smoke - in the house, in the car, in restaurants, cafe's, libraries and YES hospitals - and hardly anyone back then had asthma??? Is it maybe because with all that smoke it somehow built up our immune systems??? You've got to wonder at least don't you? Obviously it's better that kids are not exposed to that amount of smoke BUT I do not think it's as bad as people think. Again, why is it that hardly anyone I knew back then had asthma?? And now it's running rampant?

I think the danger of second smoke is junk science.It's has been a very succesful ploy by anti-tobacco to press on with their agenda.

The Baby Boom generation grew up in a time where smoking was allowed virtually everywhere...schools, hospitals, banks, stores....everywhere.
Almost three fourths of adults smoked.

If second hand smoke is a killer like we are being led to believe, the baby Boomers should be dropping off like flies.

But they are not, they are the ones now creating the nanny state.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:53 PM   #19
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I think the danger of second smoke is junk science.It's has been a very succesful ploy by anti-tobacco to press on with their agenda.
That is not correct, dangers of passive smoking are well attested to, PROLONGED exposure to second hand smoke increases risk of lung cancer by approximately 35-40%.

However, and this is where you might have a point, the anti-smoking lobby don't trouble to point out that 135% of a small risk is still a small risk.

Banning smoking in, for example, open air public areas such as railway station platforms really does strike me as, to use the old cliche, political correctness gone mad.

I can somewhat understand banning it in football stadiums and the like as if you are sitting behind a chain smoker it really is quite annoying - but the health risk, frankly, of sitting near to a smoker in an open air environment like a stadium for a couple of hours is negligible.

If we are going to be truly consistent on this, then let's look at banning the internal combustion engine.

But that's a nettle the anti-smoking lobby don't want to grasp, funnily enough.
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That is not correct, dangers of passive smoking are well attested to, PROLONGED exposure to second hand smoke increases risk of lung cancer by approximately 35-40%.

However, and this is where you might have a point, the anti-smoking lobby don't trouble to point out that 135% of a small risk is still a small risk.

Banning smoking in, for example, open air public areas such as railway station platforms really does strike me as, to use the old cliche, political correctness gone mad.

I can somewhat understand banning it in football stadiums and the like as if you are sitting behind a chain smoker it really is quite annoying - but the health risk, frankly, of sitting near to a smoker in an open air environment like a stadium for a couple of hours is negligible.

If we are going to be truly consistent on this, then let's look at banning the internal combustion engine.

But that's a nettle the anti-smoking lobby don't want to grasp, funnily enough.

Oh yes!

We should all press on to banning the internal combustion engine.

Its been killing people for the past one hundred years.


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Oh yes!

We should all press on to banning the internal combustion engine.

Its been killing people for the past one hundred years.


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Why such weak "answers"? I think we deserve better. Yes, the combustion engine has caused quite a few deaths, BUT it provides another USEFUL purpose. What other useful purpose do cigarettes provide?
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:38 AM   #22
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Interesting. Good points all around. Most here, unfortunatley, will think of it as some kind of smokers conspiracy and will therefore dismiss it alltogether.
Dude, don't blow this for us, man. DO NOT BLOW THIS! It's not a very good conspiracy if everyone know about it, jesus.

Everything in that smokers club report is false. How would they even know why people die - they're not even dead! SICY! this one please*.












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