Michael Palin: “I am glad to be alive each morning, you get an easier ride after 75”

No one would call him elderly, but Sir Michael Palin already reckons every day he wakes up is a good day. “I am glad to be alive each morning, I shave without slitting my throat and then lope downstairs without banging my head,” the Monty Python star jokes. Turning 75 last year made him think about how very peculiar ageing is. He acknowledges that, to younger people, three-quarters of a century sounds “very near the end”. Even when Sir Michael hears about Government projects, for example, which will occur in 10 years’ times, he thinks, “Well, I won’t see that”. But then he remembers fellow national treasure Sir David Attenborough, still working and “clambering over plateaus and swamps” at the age of 92. He says: “I realise I’ve reached the age of 75 without feeling like someone of 75. “Physically, I am a little bit slower than I used to be. But I’m still fairly fit, and probably fitter and looking after myself better than in my mid-20s. “But I do think about it because my friends are all ageing as well.” With age also comes more respect, he has discovered, though the humble star says: “You get a slightly… Read full this story

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