Sid Prior – the remarkable 96-year-old worker from Fulham whose home was gutted by fire – is settling seamlessly into life at his new flat for ex-servicemen.
And Sid reckons it is his army background that has allowed him to manage the trauma of the last few weeks AND continue going to work at B&Q in New Malden.
"I'm adaptable – once you've been in the army you're ready for anything," said Sid, who laid telephone lines in Africa and Italy during World War Two.
He moved into a block of flats run by the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation in Fulham Road last week, having been staying with friends in Northolt since the fire at his home of 73 years in Racton Road in January.
The trauma would have broken many people of his age, but such is his indomitable spirit he's taken everything in his stride and is enjoying the change of scenery.
"It really hasn't been a hassle, just like it wasn't a hassle when I gave up a nice family life to go abroad with the army.
"The new place is easier to move around in as it's just on the one level, I've got hot water all the time and the double glazing is so good that I didn't hear a squeak when Chelsea were playing at home the other day.
"I've had so much help from my friends in decorating the place, and the council were great in finding me somewhere so quickly. Usually it takes six months so I'm very happy."
Since the fire, Sid has been getting up at 5am and travelling to work in Wimbledon every Wednesday as normal, and hasn't given up his regular glass of wine at The Goose in North End Road.
"I was there rocking and rolling on Friday night," he said.
He even found himself in the news again the other week when he took place in a flash mob dance at B&Q.
Nothing, it seems, certainly not his age, can keep this incredible man from continuing to live his life to the full.