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At an especially old age. Even at the ripe old age of 90, my grandmother still loves to go shopping.
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at/to a very old age: My grandmother lived to a ripe old age.My uncle was still driving a car at the ripe old age of 89.
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At the ripe old age of seventy-two he was climbing around a corner of a lofty precipice of the Pic du Midi--nobody with him--when he slipped and fell.
since the sad news of the icon's passing at the ripe old age of 97.
LIVERPOOL'S European Cup goalscoring hero Alan Kennedy is back playing for England at the ripe old age of 64.
For 35 years he kept a well-known hostelry in Meriden Street, but had retired from business before he died at the ripe old age of 79.
The world's oldest known spider has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for years during a long-term population study in Australia, researchers said Monday.
20 Number of Australian Open campaigns for Roger Federer, who is favourite to win Down Under at the ripe old age of 36.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Pud adopted his people at the ripe old age of eight and immediately conformed to every feline cliche in the book.
ISLAMABAD -- TOKYO: An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21.
While I did it at the ripe old age of 10 (Daisy, of course, which I wore out), now at age 70 I still own a bunch.
But scientists have now declared the tree dead at the ripe old age of about 600.
Long-serving ice cream man GIOVANNI ROZZO, of Cambridge, is still driving his van and serving 99s at the ripe old age of 103.
Lawrence Harrison, a founder member of Skelmanthorpe Squash Club in 1975, has decided to take up the sport at the ripe old age of 78.
As a young man, Cardano predicted he would die at the ripe old age of 75 on September 21, 1576.
Philip Singleton: the man tasked with making Millennium point a truly amazing venue Page 4 From changing the city's skyline to transforming Birmingham's art scene Page 5 Back on track: MG aims to take Touring Car Championship by storm Page 8 Baker aims to pay off costs of business startup - with bread Page 16 Protests at threatened Island House as council puts pressure on developer Page 19 Still running the family builders' merchant company at the ripe old age of 93 Page 25 LETTERS PAGES 25-27 NEIL ELKES PAGE 28 RICHARD McCOMB PAGE 29 BUSINESS VIEW PAGE 30 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PAGES 32-33 LEGAL PAGE 35 FINANCE PAGE 36 PERSONAL FINANCE PAGE 37 MANUFACTURING PAGE 40 SPORT PAGES 46-52
Los Angeles, June 1(ANI): Hollywood star Tom Cruise reckons that his friend and England footballer David Beckham will land a starring role in the 2014 World Cup at the ripe old age of 39.