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Leaving your home in safe hands

Retirees who leave their homes for time abroad are often worried about the safety of their property – but that can be a thing of the past, thanks to a new security scheme. By Graham Norwood Lock-up-and-leave – it’s a phrase often used by hard-sell estate agents, but when it comes to maximising your retirement […]

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The king of swing

Get expert advice before you take the fairways for the first time. The experts agree that lessons are the wisest initial investment in golf but what else do you need to buy to get started? Most coaches will let you try out clubs and advise on the most suitable, as one size doesn’t fit all. […]

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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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Location, Location…

Warm weather really is par for the course at the best golfing hotels and resorts Fancy combining golf with a sunshine holiday? Europe and the US have no end of luxury resorts to choose from, but face increasing competition from Dubai and up-and-coming destinations such as Morocco. And China boasts the world’s biggest golf club, […]

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The sport where anyone is game

Ahead of this year’s Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Deborah Wain looks at the sport and hobby fit for all ages It’s something many look forward to in retirement – the opportunity to play a leisurely round of golf in lush, serene surroundings. And it is one of relatively few sports in which […]

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Residence of royalty

No need to curtsey but towns and counties with royal associations do offer elegant and sophisticated surroundings for older homebuyers The bunting is up, the tables are out and the celebrations are in full swing – and there’s a way you can enjoy a royal life far beyond this summer’s diamond jubilee street parties. The […]

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Remembering a right royal childhood

I have no memory of the king having a stutter. He was just an old posh English bloke speaking very slowly We go back a long way, me and the royal family. Can you believe I have lived through four reigns? I tell my grandchildren this and they think it’s a fib, for of course […]

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Taking a leaf out of my book

Alan Titchmarsh has gone into print about his growing admiration for the Queen – and how she really does know her onions Alan Titchmarsh, gardener, broadcaster and author of Elizabeth: Her Life, Our Times (BBC Books, £18.99), explains why he will be celebrating the Queen’s 60 years (he’ll be joining the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, […]

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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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Better by design

British interior design is even bigger news than before in this jubilee year. British style is big news, and nowhere more so than in interior design. “There is plenty of interest in British style from overseas,” says Melanie Adams, wallpaper specialist at decorators’ merchant Brewers. “When we introduced our London Life wallpaper (£28 a roll) […]

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