London, Oct 10 : A woman, who's celebrating her 105th birthday, has said that celibacy and staying single is the key to her long life. Chaste Clara Meadmore revealed that sex in her era meant getting married and, at the age of 12, she made up her mind that she would remain single and would lead a celibate life.
"I've just never been interested in or fancied having sex. I imagine there's a lot of hassle involved," The Sun quoted Clara, as saying. "I've never had a boyfriend and never been bothered about relationships. When I was a girl you only had sex with your husband - and I never wed," she added.
Clara, who was born in Glasgow in 1903, mowed her garden till the age of 97.
"I've always had lots of platonic friendships with men, but never felt the need to go further," she said.
"I made my mind up at 12 never to marry and I've not gone back on that. I've always been too busy doing other things. People have asked if I'm a homosexual - the answer is no," she added.
Clara, who served in Egypt with the Women's Royal Army Corps during World War Two, revealed that she could still remember the sinking of Titanic, when she was 8 and the outbreak of world war one.