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“OF A CERTAIN AGE…” - MAR 28 - 8.45PM

Sir Muir Gray, keeping healthy for the over 50s

The ole’ dog.
My goodness, Sir Muir Gray, what a charmer. I’ve no idea how old he is, but I don’t think he’d have any problems ‘pulling’ Faye Dunaway (approx. 75) or Raquel Welch (70s too).
Which is quite appropriate since his talk this evening was all about looking younger, living longer and looking better. And to be honest with you, I was quite dismissive about this event beforehand.
I just thought it’d be full of people of a ‘certain age’ being asked to participate in wincingly lame exercises. But it wasn’t. In fact, it turned out to be a fascinating exploration of age and health and how the two cross.
Sir Muir is no New Age guru; quite the opposite actually with a track record that’s quite rightly seen him knighted; he pioneered breast and cervical screening, is a director of Better Value Healthcare and author of the bestselling “Sod 60!” And “Sod 70!” Books.
He also has a preference for bright, garish ties and could probably, with some dignity, launch a fitness DVD while wearing Lycra.
What he had to say though was refreshing and clear; forget all that 21st Century wellbeing mumbo jumbo and plug yourself back into the basics - walking, posture, careful but sensible diet (although the idea of standing at your work desk isn’t something that especially inspires).
Inventive, playful, impish, he certainly managed to entertain this cynical old 55-year old and I certainly sported a spring in my step when I walked out of his talk. 

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd