Archive | April, 2012

I couldn’t live without… A portrait of my father

Paul Nicholas on his father’s influence Who was your dad? His name was Oscar Beuselinck and he was unlike most other lawyers of his generation. He grew up in the 1940s when solicitors were upper class and bowler-hatted; he was an office boy at 14 and ended up running the firm, becoming a flamboyant libel […]

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Why youth wants words from the wise

WRVS campaign is calling for older people to help younger generations navigate tough times by sharing their accumulated life experience. Chief executive David McCullough wants Get up and go readers to get involved Think young people have no time for the older generation? Then I’m pleased to say you can think again. A recent poll […]

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Grow your own bookworm

Once upon a time, young minds were excited by the written word. With their grandparents’ help, the story can have a happy ending even in today’s multimedia world My favourite remark about reading came from a nine-year-old who’d just seen the movie version of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. “It was […]

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The family that laughs together

Forget the generation gap – there are lots of things that still bring old and young together in mutual mirth Recently, my niece overheard me yodelling the lyric of a well-known but hardly current song. Stately as a Galleon (Old Time Dancing to give it its proper title) as performed by the matchless Joyce Grenfell. […]

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Sunshine state beckons

Florida is one of the hottest retirement destinations around – and not just because of the year-round high temperatures On the basis that every cloud has a silver lining, a positive upside to the US downturn is that Florida is now fantastic value for Britons retiring to the so-called “sunshine state”. The infrastructure is sophisticated, […]

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Get Up and Go – May

Check out our great ideas for health, home and lifestyle. Read our interviews with stars of the stage and screen. See what our money writers have to say about the best ways to invest your hard-earned funds. Distributed with The Sunday Telegraph  [issuu layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fcolor%2Flayout.xml backgroundcolor=fff9b6 documentid=120427134050-db06dc88a4dc48ecae23e4da6bed8bab docname=guag4_final username=Lyonsdown loadinginfotext=GUAG4 width=610 height=400 unit=px] Download the PDF 

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Drinking until you drop

Alcoholism in older people is a growing problem and it’s not just the drinker it affects – families need support and help, too, says Deborah Wain In his 40s, Keith* had had a brush with alcoholism, though both he and his family believed he had managed to escape its worst excesses. But as he neared […]

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I couldn’t live without… My egg timer

Jeffrey Archer treasures his writing time Why an egg timer? It’s a beautiful object, silver and glass. My wife had it made for my birthday by Garrard the jeweller to help with my writing schedule as the sand runs out in exactly one hour. I work four two-hour sessions each day over an initial 50-day […]

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Cool, calm and collected

Coins offer more than just monetary value. Collecting can relieve anxiety, unearth historical findings and introduce you to a social world of like-minded people People collect coins for many reasons – their beauty, value, memories of friends, family and fun times. But why do they enjoy it and what skills does a coin collector need? […]

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Out & about

Our top tips will help you make the most of what’s going on around the country during the upcoming month By George! Celebrate England’s patron saint at the largest St George’s Day festival in the country at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire (21-22 April). The entertainment spans the centuries, from medieval jousting knights and soldiers of the […]

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