In this extract Leslie Greer says that she thinks men improve with age something which she doesn't notice as much with women.

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Do you think that men and women age differently or do they age the same?

I think that men improve with age, and I don’t think I’m the only person who thinks that, I can remember one particular thing, a man called Vivien Mercier, I think he died… but he was in college at the same time as I was and I thought he was a wet, really! But I understand that he became quite a distinguished professor or something and I did meet him a few years ago and I looked at him and I thought ‘my boy, you have improved!’ and he’s not the only one, I think men tend to improve… and I don’t think it’s so noticeable with women…

That they age?

That they improve with age… and of course the great difference with women is that they have children, have to look after them…

What do you think are the main signs of ageing that you kind of recognise when somebody’s getting older?

Well, their looks of course and of course some people go off their rockers… and of course you don’t see as well as you used to, and you don’t hear as well as you used to and that sort of thing but…


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