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Features | March 2019

It’s Oldie of the Year time! And our premier prize, our Lionel d’Or Oldie of the Year Award, goes to the great Lionel Blair, 90.

As Gyles Brandreth writes in his appreciation of Lionel, ‘According to Richard Ingrams, founder of this magazine, to win an Oldie of the Year award, you can’t simply be an elderly achiever: you also need to show that you still have “snap in your celery”.
‘Well, as chairman of the judges, I am happy to report that this year’s overall winner turned ninety last December and is positively bursting with snap, crackle, pop, élan, joie de vivre, panache, dash, bubble, bounce, and va-va-voom.’

ALSO IN THE MAGAZINE: Professor John Sutherland discovers that Paul McCartney is a Chaucer expert; Laurence Marks describes how his prostate problems led to an awkward encounter with the police; Sister Teresa remembers the holiness of Sister Wendy Beckett in the monastery they shared; Nicky Haslam considers the ugly look of today’s fashion and yearns for the elegance of Christian Dior’s New Look; and Gogglebox’s Mary Killen says that moving to the country has cost her a fortune.

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