Archive | November, 2011

Your festive cheer starts here

From food to falconry and bells to re-enacted battles, there’s a wide range of events on offer to excite and entertain across the country Despite the very best efforts over the years of Oliver Cromwell and our more politically correct local councils, all things Christmas continue to dominate the end of- year calendar in communities […]

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Deck the halls

Panto, presents and plenty to do for the fast-approaching festive season A Dickens of a celebration Richard Emmitt, Grassington Dickensian Festival On three Saturdays before Christmas (December 3, 10 and 17), the village of Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales really goes to town and back in time for its famous Dickensian Festival, now in its […]

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Best of Both worlds?

Quieter than a city but with more facilities than a village, market towns are proving the ideal location for an increasing number of retirees If you believe later life inevitably means moving to a traditional retirement location such as the coast or the countryside, think again – many of today’s retirees are heading for the […]

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A place you can aspire to retire in

Retain your independence as you get older by choosing dedicated, luxury retirement accommodation Ask anyone what they aspire for in retirement, and independence will be near the top of the list. So how is that best achieved? By accepting the fact that as one gets older health and wellbeing may decline by varying degrees. What […]

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Make the most of your money

An alternative to annuities, pension drawdown plans could offer greater flexibility, investment control and opportunity to grow your fund Most people think that when it comes to receiving a pension you must buy an annuity. But there is another way. It’s called a pension drawdown plan. Like an annuity, it provides an income – but […]

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Managing arthritis – the natural way

Arthritis can strike at any age but with the right support, this painful and debilitating condition doesn’t have to control your life There won’t be many sufferers who think that arthritis is something we should just put up with as we grow older, although that is often what we are told. For many it is […]

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Ready for the next chapter

Campaigner, broadcaster, writer and reality TV star – Esther Rantzen has never shied away from reinventing herself and, at the age of 71, has new challenges in her sights There are far worse places to be on a sunny afternoon than on Esther Rantzen’s two-tiered roof terrace, gazing out at the panoramic view over north […]

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Time to say goodbye

Ease the distress of your family when the time comes by planning ahead and arranging the funeral you want, today In 1789 Benjamin Franklin wrote that ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’ – a phrase that still rings true today, and yet so few of us plan our […]

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New adage for old age

After decades spent making a house a home, should older people downsize to ease housing shortages for the young? A report by think-tank the Intergenerational Foundation triggered a wave of alarming headlines recently when it appeared to suggest that, to ease the housing shortage for younger people and families, older folk should be urged to […]

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Get Up And Go – unwrap the festive season

It’s never too early to get ready for Christmas. Read our recommendations on where to go and what to buy your loved ones. And if the youngest in your family already have more toys than they know what to do with, read our tips on how you can help them save for a rainy day. […]

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