I loved the story of Buster Martin, the man who celebrated his 100th birthday today by turning up for work at Pimlico Plumbers (but beware.) I heard him interviewed on Radio Five this morning and thought I could detect a hint of a West Country accent which was explained because he grew up in a Cornish orphanage before moving to London.
Buster puts his longevity down to drinking a pint of bitter every day and the bit of the interview that put a smile on my face was when the interviewer asked, “You were eight when the First World War started. Do you remember it?”
“Yes,” said Buster, “I was in a pub drinking a pint of bitter.”
“You started drinking when you were eight?” asked the interviewer incredulously.
“No,” Buster answered, “I started when I was seven.”
Lift your glasses please to a very colourful character.