Read the article yesterday about life expectancy projections being revised. Apparently a baby girl born today can now only expect to live (on average) to the age of 90.3 years. Only 90? I recall as a kid in 1950s Bolton I once asked my mum how long people live for. I distinctly remember her reply: "73 for women and 69 for men". Crikey, 69! But then when I really think about it, back then it seemed half of the male population of the town had silicosis, emphysema, or some or other lung or heart disease. Aye. Things were better in my day.