Man gets to his 100th birthday without ever having eaten green vegetables

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A man is celebrating reaching the grand old age of 100 – despite never being able to eat his green vegetables.

Brian Robinson, who turned 100 on November 5, 2019,  is allergic to chlorophyll, found in a number of green vegetables, so has never eaten a ‘green veg’ since discovering his allergy.

The Oxford University Graduate, former army officer, hotel owner, post master and now retired gentleman of leisure has had a remarkable life – which included talking to Winston Churchill.

The centenarian, from Glastonbury, Somerset, said the secret to living to 100 is not due to his avoidance of green vegetables, reports SomersetLive.

He added: “Nor is it a good Scots whisky or a beer.

“I’m not a wise person, but my advice to live long and happy is just find the right person to live with.”

He celebrated with his daughter and his second wife’s family, and received a birthday card from Brasenose College, Oxford University, which moved him the most.

Mr Robinson graduated from the college in 1938, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.



Brian and Barbara Robinson from Glastonbury looking forward to his 100th birthday on November 5, 2019
Brian and Barbara Robinson from Glastonbury looking forward to his 100th birthday on November 5, 2019

“Leading edge” deafness condition

He had a pioneering operation to address his deafness as a child, often wearing a dressing over his ear.

He recalls being in and out of hospital a lot in his youth.

His case was even written up in the medical journal, Lancet, as it was so leading edge at the time.

Childhood issues didn’t stop Mr Robinson achieving a great deal in his life.

He graduated in 1938 and after leaving university joined the army as an officer in the Cipher Regiments in India.

Brian was a Cipher-Lieutenant, one of just three in India, along with one Captain.

Mr Robinson recalled: “I was in Calcutta HQ when I got a call from Winston Churchill.

“He wanted a General sacked and I was given the duty of telling the General he was fired.

“He just accepted it, he was in the army after all, but I don’t think he was too happy about it.”

After the war Brian joined his sister and brother-in law to run the Moor Park Hotel, Chagford in Devon.

Mr Robinson said: “The Government, just after the war, limited spending abroad to £10 overseas.

“When that lifted people wanted to go abroad again.

“Rationing didn’t affect us too much, I got bits off the black market at times.”



Mr Robinson outside the moor Park Hotel, Chagford, Devon in the 1950s
Mr Robinson outside the moor Park Hotel, Chagford, Devon in the 1950s

From India to Somerset

After his venture into hotel life Brian bought the Post Office in Meare, Somerset, where he met his second, and current wife, Barbara.

He said: “She used to come into the post office to get her money.

“We were all friends before our spouses died and it seemed natural that we ended up together.”

When he retired from the post office in the 1990s he bought a flat in Glastonbury.

Brian added: “Barbara had a house in Frome so we decided to sell that one and my flat and get a house together in Glastonbury.”

The couple have been married for 28 years.

When Mrs Robinson pointed out to him that their silver wedding anniversary was upcoming, a few years ago, he said: “I’ve already had one of them.”

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As the family prepare to help him celebrate his 100th birthday he considered the future.

“I’ve no idea what Brexit will do”, he said. “That’s a problem for our children.

“The next election I will be voting, you have to have an influence and try and make things better.”

Brian’s wife Barbara, 84, said: “He’s well looked after by me and his carers. They love him to bits.”



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