i'm working at national geographic at the moment in shepherd's bush. round the corner is a great pub called the Old Parr's Head that serves thai food. i've been there a few times before, but never noticed the information card on the table. apparently, the name salutes one thomas parr - a chap born in 1483 near Shrewsbury. he joined the army at 17, but didn't marry until he was 80. this is where it gets fruity. he had his part in the birth of two children (both of whom died young), and at 100 years old, played away from the marital bed. his fame spread, and he was painted by Rubens and Van Dyke (I have to find those pictures). he died in London aged a massive 152 years old. Charles I was so impressed, he buried him in Westminster Abbey. best of all? he had a beard.