Fredie’s sister died in the pandemic – over a hundred years ago. Spanish flu 1918. Fredie’s just turned 116. Happy birthday Fredie. All Fredie wanted for his present was a banned commodity — cigarettes. His British ‘world-record rival’ Bob – four years younger than Fredie – wanted something even harder to find – an end to the corona virus.

11 May 2020 By Paul Martin

Fredie Blom is on a desperate quest – to get some cigarettes. During the pandemic lockdown in his native land South Africa, all cigarettes and cigars are banned from the shops — along with all alcohol products.

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