Britain's oldest man Reg Dean, who died on Saturday, was born in 1902 the year after Queen Victoria died. He had lived through four crowned monarchs and 21 Prime Ministers.
Speaking in 2011 he said there were three questions "that you must learn to try and answer.
"One is, who am I? Two is, why am I here? And three is, where am I going?"
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Nearly 38,000 runners will hope to complete Sunday's London Marathon making it the biggest event in its 35-year history.
Rain across central Britain with longer, intense downpours with thunder in places this evening. A lucky few will stay sunny and dry.
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