Lucky old Icelandic males, topping the longevity table (your report, 14 December). The heading of your article, “We’re living longer, but
with years of illness”, immediately brought to mind the gist of the punchline of a sketch in a Scottish comedy programme a few years
Three creaking old ladies sitting in plastic armchairs in a care home each declared in turn how they attributed their great age to not smoking, abstaining from the demon drink and getting plenty of exercise.
“Just think,” said one, “if we hadnae looked after oorsels we might have missed all this.”