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The BBC's David Dimbleby, the Presented of Question Time and the anchor for every election since 1979, has chosen to have a scorpion tattoo on his shoulder.

The BBC's David Dimbleby, the Presented of Question Time and the anchor for every election since 1979, has chosen to have a scorpion tattoo on his shoulder.

David Dimbleby

(Photograph by BBC via Guardian

I am happy for him!

 You are only old once - David Dimbleby 

He Chose a scorpion because of his star sign(which is not to say that he 'believes' in astrology), and because he liked the idea of it "sitting on my shoulder ready to attack my enemies". He also remarked: "You are only old once. I have always wanted a tattoo. I thought I might as well have it done now. It's a dream come true for me."

At this point I am proud to say, on behalf of my late former colleague, Dr Emma Lindley, that her research indicates that Dimbleby may not be unusual in this respect. It was principally Emma's work, supported by The Hanover Trust that lead to the report: What older people want: sex, skydiving and tatoos.

The overarching message of the report was that there is an enormous sense of playfulness and experimentation among older people. Dimbley, and his new scorpion, have many like-minded allies.

I have never wanted a tattoo, but I admire the spirit of doing what you really want to do before it's too late. What really matters is the scorpion tatoo you have on the inside...

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