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Jeanne Calment: the supercentenarian who met Van Gogh and lived to see Tony Blair elected PM 

Calment’s extraordinary longevity proves the trick to long life is a relaxed attitude towards the rules

By Lucinda Smyth  

On Youtube there can be found a video dating from 1994—titled “Jeanne Calment”—which features an elderly woman being interviewed by a journalist. As the video opens we see the journalist leaning in to shout in the old woman’s ear: “You met Van Gogh?” She immediately responds in a loud croaky voice: “Yes.” “When did you meet him?” yells the journalist. The answer is again, immediate, and unapologetically blunt: “I met him at the end of his life,” she says. “At…

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