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Eric Woodward with FHM magazine

Eric Woodward with FHM magazine

No problem for centegenarian Eric!

A 100-year-old man from Hertfordshire has just landed the job of Agony Uncle for lads magazine FHM!

Eric Woodward from Flamstead is one of four centegenarians who have been picked by lad's magazine FHM to solve other men's problems across the country.

Dubbed the "centurions", they have a combined age of more than 400 years and will use this experience to answer a range of questions posed by readers.

100-year-old Eric

100-year-old Eric

Joining Eric are Buster Martin, 100, from London, Harry Patch, 109, from Somerset and Alec Holden, 100, from Surrey.

Eric, who puts his great age down to having always been quite athletic, says that he has always tried to give advice to other people.

"I've always given advice as it applies to myself" he explained.

"If anybody asks me a question about health or something, I just say that I try to live a healthy life and don't abuse my body."


In their first columns, the men answer questions on subjects ranging from career problems to travel and relationships. When asked what advice he would give to someone who found their job boring and wondered if they should just be brave and go, Eric responded:

"My advice would be that if they were unhappy at work to look for another job that they might be happy in.

"I've always been happy in the jobs I've done" he continued.

"At my last firm they had compulsory retirement at 65 and that was a sad day for me. I was very sorry to have to leave, I enjoyed my work so much and the people I worked with so my advice to anybody who is unhappy in a particular job is try another one in the hope that you might be happier in it."

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