13 August 2010

Winnie Langley RIP - dead because of credit issues

No matter how you spin the story, the article makes it quite clear that Winnie had succumbed because she quit smoking. Only, if you believe the lede,

A pensioner, Winnie Langley, who smoked for more than 95 years and only gave up because she could no longer see the end of a match, has died a month short of her 103rd birthday.
Winnie quit because of her poor eyesight. However, a closer reading of the article points to the real root of the problem:
Winnie Langley had already cut down from her five-a-day habit to just one cigarette last year because of the credit crunch.
Yeah... and of course, the British health authorities didn't see it fitting to provide Winnie in her hour of need with the measly five ciggies per day.

No matter, Winnie has had a good run:
Throughout her life it is thought the defiant OAP, who outlived her husband, son and all of her 10 stepchildren, smoked more than 170,000 cigarettes.
Which goes to prove.

RIP, Winnie.


winnie the pooh! said...

Yes wise 1. My father at the age of 30 decided he would go from 100 to 1! LOL! Unfortunately, he did not live to see his 100th birthday. Unlike winnie, he always swallowed. LOL! He was wise enough to set up a Will. LOL!

Yitzchak Goodman said...

I wonder if British cigarettes cost massively more than it would normally cost to produce and market them because of the taxes, just like in the U.S. Cigarettes are edging closer and closer to being illegal while marijuana becomes more legal as time passes by. If she had lived in California she probably could have saved money by switching to a joint a day.

David All said...

My parents' long time next door neighbor, John passed away earlier this year at the age of 99. Until he was 95, John not only smoked, but drank alcohol as well. John was a long time amatuer gambler and when he got too old to drive the 30 miles to the local race track, my dad would drive him down so John could still bet on the horses. When he was in his late 80s, John killed a ground hog that was in his garden with a single rifle shot! If he had not stopped smoking and drinking I am sure John would have made 100 easy.

OT: Democratic Senatorial nominee in South Carolina Alvin Greene is indicted on charges of promoting pornography. See http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/13/politics/main6770175.shtml?tag=stack
There has been a number of stories over the last year about South Carolina Republicans doing or saying something crazy, starting with Gov. Sandford's trip to Argentina to see his mistress; so I thought it only fair that post this story about a Democrat in South Carolina doing something stupid.         

David All said...

Oh (Beep)! Again multiple posts. Sorry Snoopy, this does not appear to be my week for getting things right. Will stop posting for today before I make any more mistakes. Have a great weekend, everyone.

jams o donnell said...

Sounds like someone with the "Churchill" gene!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

But she was a real smoker, not a recreational one!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I don't even know what to say. Is it the climate of NC that does it to people?

Oh, and does it mean that Alvin G. will not be a nominee anymore?

SnoopyTheGoon said...

No problem, all cleaned up.

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