Predictable the article points out that "[Henry] once attributed his grand age to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women".
What I found interesting was at the end of the article there is a list of some of the key events in Henry's life.
If you had to make a list of key events in world (or Scottish) history over the past 113 years, would your list look anything like the following:
1896: Born.Amazing that they missed trivial events like:
1901: Queen Victoria dies.
1912: Titanic sinks.
1919: End of Spanish flu pandemic, which killed up to 100 million people.
1924: James Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister.
1925: John Logie Baird invents his mechanical television system.
1928: Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
1930: Planet Pluto discovered.
1940: Winston Churchill becomes prime minister.
1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide. Atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
1946: Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg. Mr Allingham celebrates his 50th birthday.
1948: NHS launched.
1954: First successful organ transplant.
1961: East Germany begins building Berlin Wall. Mr Allingham retires, aged 65.
1963: JFK assassinated. Sir Alec Douglas-Home becomes prime minister.
1967: Floppy disk invented.
1973: Three-day working week ordered by government to save electricity.
1977: Elvis dies.
1983: First commercial mobile phones available.
1986: Chernobyl power station explodes.
1996: Dolly the sheep born. Dunblane massacre. Mr Allingham turns 100.
1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, killed in car crash.
2001: Terrorist attacks on New York World Trade Centre and Pentagon.
2009: 65th anniversary of D-Day.
- both World Wars (WWI is missing altogether, WWII is hinted at with references to Hitler's suicide, Nuremberg trials)
- Russian Revolution - rise and fall of communism
- Coronation of queen Elizabeth
- Moon landing
- Creation of the EU
I guess they didn't have room for these events as they were saving space for the Death of Elvis and Dianna, and the birth of Dolly.