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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 August, 2003, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Centenarian seeks soulmate
Salvatore Bordino
Bordino is said to court every woman he meets
A 102-year-old Italian who has survived both world wars and outlived two wives is looking for a new soulmate - but not only for a platonic relationship, as he keenly underlines.

In the tiny town of Borgia, in Calabria, Salvatore Bordino is known for chatting up all women who cross his path.

"I have got a house, a pension, and I can still fulfil my duties as a man. Why shouldn't I find a wife?" the centenarian asked Italian newspaper Il Nuovo.

A retired cemetery worker, Mr Bordino prides himself on being in good health and economically independent. He lives alone in a two-bedroom flat, drives a three-wheeled pick-up truck and occasionally fixes broken watches for his fellow townspeople.

She must be pretty and in very good health - I still haven't called it a day on certain activities
Salvatore Bordino
"You should see how he looks at women - he courts them all, just like a fisherman who hauls in the nets hoping to catch at least one fish," said Filippo Vonella, a 35-year-old local baker who has befriended him.

Apart from women, Salvatore has another life-long passion - hunting.

But a few years ago, authorities took away his gun licence on the grounds that he might pose a threat to the community.

Shortly after, he proved everybody wrong by winning a clay-pigeon competition at the local shooting range, but his career as a hunter was over.

Now he is focusing on finding himself a new wife:

"She must be pretty and in very good health. I still haven't called it a day on certain activities," he said.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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