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Byline: Paul Routledge

YOU'RE not old until you hit 70, says a survey of 60-somethings who think 60 is the new 50. Apart from the nonsense of calling things "the new", this is a questionable presumption. It might even qualify as sphericals.

I'd like to meet some of these rock climbing, sky diving, marathon running oldies who want to resit the 11-plus they failed half a century ago, because I don't see many round here. People in their 60s say they feel 10 years younger and still only regard themselves as middle-aged. In the middle of what, precisely? Half-way to living to 130? HUMOUR Look at the small print and you see the survey was conducted by a commercial website offering educational courses. For money, of course. This is another sales pitch posing as scientific research.

I shall be 70 next year and I don't consider myself middle-aged. Mother Nature tells me I am old, whether I like it or not.

In his one and only foray into humour, former Labour premier Jim Callaghan said that gentlemen over 70 should not try to put on their socks while standing up. How right he was, about that if nothing else.

Us oldies should try to stay fit and be open to learning new skills. But you don't need to buy this advice on the internet. The Routledge Institute of the Bleeding Obvious dispenses it free.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2012
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