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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 University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer