The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux

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Apr 212021
 
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux

What joy: a train lover writing for train lovers Settling down with a Paul Theroux train book is like a long rail journey with a well-loved friend. You know what you’re in for, and it’s a treat in store. Theroux is great at evoking landscapes and people, and his own love for trains shines through. […]

Resource Toolkit – Change the Story

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Nov 222020
 

If you’re setting an intention for positive change, changing the story is an important part of shifting you or someone else out of a habitual response. One of my biggest insights since turning 60 has been the way repeating stories shape our lives. The older we get, the more of a limitation our stories become, […]

Timeline insights

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Nov 222020
 

If turning seventy is a kind of watershed, looking back over your life and seeking the meaning is a Helpful step. It may give you a sense of where the plotline is, of what you’re still seeking, or of missing pieces in the picture, which become a goal to complete in the future. This process […]

Love me do: reinventing partnership in later years

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Nov 222020
 

Love can still be wonderful in our later years, but we have to let go of some baggage first – like all the simplistic ideals from the pop songs of our youth. We can’t expect our partner to look like a twenty-something film star, and we’re unlikely to find instant sexual fireworks (remember the song Wild […]

Not Fade Away: The Story Behind The Book

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Nov 212020
 
Not Fade Away: The Story Behind The Book

Alan Heeks shares the roots of his fresh approach to creative ageing… I believe that shipwreck and re-invention are the healthy essence of the mid-life crisis, and I did mine pretty thoroughly. Two weeks before my 50th birthday, I moved out of my 27-year old marriage, leaving the family home and my two daughters. The […]

How NOT to have a midlife crisis

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Nov 212020
 
How NOT to have a midlife crisis

Therapy: the book by David Lodge The ‘hero’ of this book is Tubby Passmore, 58: balding, bulging, and thoroughly lost.  Although he’s outwardly successful – well-off, modestly well-known as scriptwriter for a top sitcom, with a steady if dull marriage, Tubby is depressed and confused. Through the book, we piece together his life story, and […]

A view from age 74: Giles

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Nov 212020
 
A view from age 74: Giles

Advice to those in their sixties: Delegate to others more than you think you can safely do!  You can’t do it safely.  How did you learn? Don’t delay this! Get out into nature and meditate, pray, ask questions of yourself – you are god or whatever you call that thing. Recognise crises as invitations to […]

A view from age 71: Gay

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Nov 212020
 
A view from age 71: Gay

Staying happy in your seventies Be proactive in caring for mind, body and soul. For me this begins with daily yoga and meditation practice. Be ever open to new experiences and ideas. Keep the brain working in whatever way is best for you. (I learn the words to happy/positive songs and sing them out loud […]

A view from age 56: Jane Sanders

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Nov 212020
 
A view from age 56: Jane Sanders

Two score and ten –  fifty years and growing It is said that you know you are getting old when doctors and policemen look impossibly young. I had this experience about a year ago when I encountered an orthopaedic consultant who told me bluntly that ‘at my age’ they would not want to offer me […]

A Realistic and Positive Book on Ageing: Also helpful for the ‘young-old’

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Nov 202020
 
A Realistic and Positive Book on Ageing: Also helpful for the ‘young-old’

The warmth of the heart prevents your body from rusting: Marie de Hennezel. This is the best book on ageing I have read: well-informed, realistic, as well as warm-hearted and inspiring.  Marie is one of the leading French experts on ageing: she has been studying this field for years, and draws on some excellent role models […]