Author Details: Julie Nightingale

The sporting spirit

Enjoying the games this summer doesn’t have to mean taking part; you can be just as involved from the comfort of your own home Sport is omnipresent on our TV screens this summer with the Open and, of course, the Olympics to come. For those of us who enjoy the drama of Centre Court, wickets […]

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Media watch

Our pick of age-related stories in the news Calling all great-grandparents. Retirement is for pursuing your hobbies and other dreams of selffulfilment, travelling the world, creating the perfect cottage garden or just propping up the bar at the golf club of a lunchtime – correct? Alas, no. According to a report by Butlin’s – yes, […]

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Raise a glass to Her Majesty

Sixty years at the helm has not only proven the Queen’s commitment to her public, but gives us a chance to get the bunting out and the fizz on ice. Cheers! This bank holiday, millions of us will be icing a Victoria sponge or three, swathing ourselves in bunting and preparing to raise a glass […]

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Our pick of age-related stories in the news  

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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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Just call me Beatrix Potter

It’s time to come out of hibernation, shrug off the sweaters and enjoy what spring will bring – wildlife, greenery and plenty to do Spring is here and not before time. If you’re anything like me and detest January and February, the arrival of warmer days and lighter nights is a blessed relief to the […]

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Letter from the editor

Over-50s have more to worry about than pensions and wrinkles these days – lovers and lambadas are a high priority, too When the beautiful actress Cherie Lunghi appeared in Strictly Come Dancing in her mid-50s, she attracted attention as much for her age as for her ballroom prowess. Columnists marvelled at how she could “keep […]

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Letter from the editor

Welcome to your new-look Get up and go We’ve had a redesign, creating space for more interviews, news and events, plus an expanded finance section. And we have a new columnist, the writer and broadcaster Hunter Davies, who will be holding forth on what it’s like to be a grandfather and all round older person […]

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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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How Doris ‘met’ my mother

My mother has recently been reading Team of Rivals, the biography of Abraham Lincoln written by US author Doris Kearns Goodwin. The heavyweight tome was an acclaimed bestseller and followed an earlier biography of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt which won Kearns Goodwin the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and which my mother has also read. […]

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