Meet 103 woman who doesn't watch TV. She said that's the secret to her long life!

Gertrude 'Topsy' Hindley, 103
Box clever: Gertrude Topsy' Hindley has missed some of the world's most historic moments - because she's never owned a TV.

A 103-year-old woman believes the secret to her long life is not watching television.

Gertrude “Topsy” Hindley has missed seeing some of the world’s key events unfold because she has never owned a TV.

Topsy, who used to work as a carer, said: “I’ve never had one. I used to go round and care for older people and I don’t think any of them were without a TV.

“All my friends have them too but I didn’t want one. I just want peace.”


Key events she missed watching during her time

It means she did not see Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, JFK’s assassination, the moon landing or the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 2011, an estimated two billion people around the globe tuned in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton.


And a decade earlier, the world watched in horror as the 9/11 terrorist attacks unfolded on live television.

But Topsy’s family believe avoiding the gogglebox has protected the pensioner.

Nephew Richard Hindley said: “She has never really been aware of what’s going on in the world. I think that’s why she’s lived so long.

"She hasn’t been worried about the news because she’s never had a TV.”

He added: “She did know about big events when she was younger but she hasn’t taken as much interest in current affairs as others do.

“She had a transistor radio in her bedroom, but used it for local radio.”

The formerly married pensioner, of Sidmouth, Devon, has even beaten Pope Francis when it comes to her dislike of TV.

Last week the pontiff revealed he has not watched it for 25 years.

Topsy, who has no children, said the only time she has looked at the box was during visits to friends.


Richard added his aunt was “content with her own company”.

Other things she missed watching...

PAQueen Elizabeth II

1953 Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation


Popperfoto/Getty ImagesApollo 11


1969 First man walks on the moon


East German border guards try to prevent a crowd climbing onto the Berlin Wall in 1989 (Pic: Getty)


1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall is celebrated


WennJeremy Kyle


2005-now ...she might have a point there, to be fair

Source: Mirror

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