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Bright young thing

04 December 2015


From Dr Andrew Connell

Sir, — It is said that George Bernard Shaw and his wife decided that Ayot St Lawrence would be a healthy place to live in after seeing the inscription “Her time was short” on the gravestone of a villager who had died at the age of 70. Does Andrew Brown’s description of Professor Richard Dawkins (born 1941) as “middle-aged” (Press, 27 November) suggest that he has a similar confidence in the healthiness of the habitat of North Oxford? Or may we just take it as evidence that 60 is indeed the new 40?

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