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Sir David Attenborough Has Revealed When He'll Retire

Sir David Attenborough Has Revealed When He'll Retire

Sir David Attenborough has finally revealed when he's going to retire - and it's good news for us all.

The 91-year-old explained to Radio Times that the only time he'll stop is when he starts handing in 'sub-standard' work. That's never going to happen, surely?! Long live David.

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He explained: "I would like to think I would be able to detect when I couldn't find the right words any more,"

"If I think I'm not producing commentary with any freshness, or which is apposite or to the point, I hope I would be able to recognise it before someone else told me."

He continued: "I spend a lot of time fiddling with the words. I write a commentary, and feel it's finished, then go back over it the next day and find it full of infelicities, clumsiness and redundancies.

"If I thought I was turning in substandard work, that would stop me."

Here's some of his incredible work...

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In case you fancy learning more about the legend that is David, here's some more information.

Our Dave's childhood was spent collecting stones, fossils and other natural specimens. He was destined for his future career from day one. The childhood innocence still reflects in his work now, when he talks about nature and animals - there's a gentle twinkle in his eyes. This is one of the main reasons we love him. He's passionate. Is it just me or is that pretty rare these days? The most passion I seem to come across from younger generations is when they're talking about their favourite YouTuber or when they're screaming at Justin Bieber concerts. And outside his hotel. And while they're queuing up. Probably when he brushes his teeth, I don't know. But when Sir Dave's on the screen and he shouts 'BOO' at a sloth, you know you've got a man who loves what he does. That's rare and it's bloody charming.

You may not know this, but David Attenborough married his true love in 1950 when he was in his mid-twenties. They were married for 47 years until her death in 1997. He's never re-married and instead says that his work keeps him busy. He told the Express that he does still sometimes get lonely. In his memoir, he put: "The focus of my life, the anchor had gone... Now I was lost."

Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

He was once asked what he would have done if he hadn't have got into TV and he replied that he would've liked to have been a teacher. If that doesn't strike up an image of you learning science from him with a warm glow in your belly then you're not human.

Sir Dave is like your granddad. I've said this before and I'll say it again. He's a good man. He's knowledgeable . He's kind-hearted and he can tell you great stories. I reckon if you checked his pockets, there would be a picture of his wife, kids and grandkids and a load of Werther's Original.

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Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

 

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