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Senior moment

I made a vow many years ago never to discuss my health with people younger than me. They don’t want to know. Why should they? It’s boring, dreary, unsettling. You can see them thinking, “He’s old, what does he expect . . .” I remember thinking the same when I was young, which of course […]

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Welcome to Oldagia

Sixty is old to most people. Most people are 38. It sounded very old to me when it happened. I couldn’t say it. I’d got used to stuttering out “Fffffffffff . . .” for my 40s and 50s. But the hissssssssssss of 60 was hard to pronounce. It’s senior citizen, weight round your middle, conversations […]

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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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Hunter Davies

Senior moment When my wife was pregnant with our first child, back in – can’t have been that long ago, impossible, seems like yesterday, let me think, using both hands – back in l964, I got a call from the Royal Free Hospital to ask if I would like to come along to something brand […]

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An appointment with excellence

From much-loved traditional brands of food and cosmetics to software designers and window cleaners, the royal warrant is a proudly worn badge of distinction for companies of all kinds As self-appointed wardrobe mistress to my grandmother I relished wintry Sunday afternoons organising her possessions. There was such pleasure to be had in lining up her […]

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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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Full of beans

Some 70m cups of coffee are imbibed every day in the UK, which is a considerable number of cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and plain old filter types for a nation traditionally devoted to tea. In these pages we offer a flavour of what coffee is all about for the people who make it, sell it, buy […]

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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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