Longevity of anglers – the evidence

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The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishingBabylonian Proverb

In which case Eric King-Turner has spent so much of his time in rivers, he probably has weed growing in his armpits.

The 103-year-old Englishman opted to emigrate to New Zealand at the start of the year, drawn by the trout fishing and as an article and accompanying photograph in  The Nelson Mail suggests, he looks set to redefine the term ‘Heaven can wait’ for a while yet.

I’m amazed by his teeth, by the fact that wild brownies that size probably don’t come quietly, and that a qualified journalist can devote three paragraphs to the reasons for such longevity without once reiterating that Eric married a woman 16 years his junior.

Good on you, Mr King-Turner; even if I’m ashamed to say I can’t look at that photo without thinking of Thriller.

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