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One reads that we are living longer today than ever.

But, as ever, there is nothing new under the sun.

The Rev P Mason, of Petersfield, sent me a copy of the Daily Mirror dated November 21, 1929, which includes a short item telling of a Mrs Russell, of Fareham.

On that day she celebrated her 106th birthday.

Yes, she was born in 1823.