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June 03, 2011

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ejh

I note with some depression that he’s a year older than me.

Do you mean in the sense of "what have I achieved?" or "oh my God, the bastard's going to be with us for decades to come"? (Such was my reaction a few days ago on reading that this chap was only a year older than me.)

jamie

Mainly it's the "you know when you're getting old when x is younger than you". Obviously he isn't, but President of China isn't one of those jobs you imagine even being close to the age of the incumbent.

ejh

Actually looking at that Ferguson piece I realise he studied history at Oxford at exactly the same time as I did. Christ. Mind you I can't remember ever being invited down the pub by Norman Stone. There's Oxford and there's Oxford.

Alex

Has anyone actually seen him speaking German?

chris y

President of China isn't one of those jobs you imagine even being close to the age of the incumbent.

Depends how old you are, son. He's 12 years younger than me. Other mere chabbies who seem to have gained the influence and power due to the wisdom of my grey hairs include Obama, Putin, Cameron and Sarkozy, so I'm getting used to it.

ajay

I was depressed to find recently that I was older than the Trade Minister of one of the former states of the USSR, and my depression was alleviated only slightly by the realisation that she was amazingly hot.

chris williams

I was invited for tea at Norman Stone's, but turned down the offer. I was rather a hands-off undergraduate all round, to be honest.

It is time for 'how bad did I feel about fancying a member of the house of lords?' yet?

Barry Freed

Ajay, Vera Kobalia?

And being of an age with ejh I share the sentiment.

chris y

It must have been a bit of a bugger for her to negotiate with the IMF until lately.

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