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Over the years we
have come across special interests in our lives more
From comedian to
best selling local author, Alton Douglas proves that it
is never too late for a career change more
1911 Census goes online. Online access to the records of 36
million people in 1911. more
- The choice is yours
U3A stands for the University of the Third
Age, which is a self-help organization for people no longer in full
time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities
in a friendly environment. U3As Offer the chance to study over 300
different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history,
life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.
age if I can start the day by not falling over when pulling on my
'y' fronts, I reckon it's a good omen.
when approaching my computer I find that I've remembered to put
the mouse on charge overnight, and not left it languishing on the
desk, dead, that's even better. more
life - Board of Trade Acquaintances
Any Seafarer knows that the months cooped up with other men inside
steel boxes have their compensations, as well as their drawbacks.
It's an instant Brotherhood of sorts; a team of usually like-minded
souls bound together come hell or high water. more
are two particular agonies that occur in a Seafarers life and neither
has anything to do with loss of life or shifting cargo. more
wife's perception of her seafaring husband can contrast totally
with his shipmates' view. The very nature of his calling is instrumental
in fostering this concept. It's an unnatural life in essence for
a married family man, and a Seaman's wife has to be a very special
person to accommodate the 'on off' relationship required when her
husband spends over half his married life away from home. more
always preferred General Cargo ships. I always felt you always met
a nicer class of chap. Notice I didn't say better class of chap,
that's a different story. No, just tramping round the world, taking
your time, ensconced with a sociable set of like minded blokes was
a nice way to spend half your life. more
a crate of bloody cauliflower," I shouted.
"A what?" said Laura, my Russian wife as she pulled her
dressing gown cord tight and walked into the hall from the kitchen.
I pointed downwards towards the open front door step. more
all started with an in growing toe nail, and a very painful one
at that. At least that's what my dear wife, Laura, told me and she
should know as it was her nail that was doing all the in-growing.
The doctor had done his bit, the out-patients department at the
local hospital had done theirs, and I had done all the house work
while Madam had barked out orders from a reclining chair. more
Buildings for Your Twilight
Many of us work
hard all of our lives to be able to spend some quality
time divulging in our passions. Upon retirement we finally
have the time to really explore those passions.
Yes, I'm talking about our hobbies.
wasn't particularly looking for Janner when I wandered into the
Trevelyan Arms for a pint of Geoffrey's old and filthy. I was actually
having a hard time with the Telegraph crossword, not an unusual
illustration of times past, when drinking in the country Pub meant
just that. When father and son built a relationship, not learned
learnt at mother's knee.Cast your mind back, if you're old enough,
and see if you can remember this scenario. It could be anywhere
in the country and it lasted some forty years, from the nineteen
twenties to the mid sixties. more
Taken on Mother's Knee by Kit Chapman
the crow flies it was a hundred and forty four miles from our village
in Staffordshire to Sydenham in London. Nothing these days. Jump
into the car and zoom up the Motorway, with perhaps only a stop
for a coffee at the Rank Services to break the journey. more
in retirement - Tips & wellbeing
difference a little warm weather makes! Although Spring has been
so late this year, my garden is starting to grow…especially
the weeds. Why is it that they grow so well, even with the cold
and lack of rain? more >>>
well known television company is making a series for ITV West about
people's 1950'S memories of the West Country as children. more
Testimony Films, a well known television company is making a series
for UK TV History about the loves and losses people faced in the 2nd
World War. If you have a dramatic story to tell, we’d love to
hear from you. more >>>
you ever noticed what an amazing editing job we do when we think
about the past? more
you ever wonder how some people manage to find time for 'hobbies'
and 'pastimes' when you are only JUST fitting in everything you
HAVE to do in the space of each 24 hours? more
hobbies are things that children or adults can do which can be educational
and have a lasting impact. more
one of the gradually emerging lucrative activity for hobbyist, and
environmentalist for that matter, is organic gardening. more
my childhood memories, pride of place on the top of Christmas tree
always went to a fairy dressed in white. more
you started, here is a partial list of reproduced products inspired
from the 1950's. more
n Roll The summer of 1955 with Bill Haley's song "Rock Around
the Clock" changed the music we listened to forever. I was hooked.
Then came Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the
rest is history. more
planting a garden there are many questions which you must ask yourself
before you begin. Where are you going to plant it, do you have the
garden equipment to do so and how big do you want your garden to
is fun and rewarding and may be considered a hobby, talent or both
and sometimes it’s just luck. Gardening is not as easy as it
looks and involves dedication, time and consistency and many trials
and errors. more
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is a word that has such a pleasurable and contented ring about it
- hobbies, something that you enjoy doing and adds to the
quality of your life. Perhaps like me, you envisaged retirement
as a time to at last indulge yourself with all the hobbies and interests
which had to be pushed into the background during the hectic years
of working and looking after the family, only to discover that retirement
is just as hectic and that it is still a job to fit in hobbies.
was immediately whisked back to my childhood and to the wonderful
sight of fields of yellow cowslips and of that never-to-be-forgotten
smell of the untouched perfume of wild cowslips mixed with
the clean country air. more
You Prepared For A Life of Leisure?
the end of WWII, there were 42 workers paying into Social
Security for each person receiving benefits. Today, barely three
people contribute for each recipient. Projections are that by
2030, when most baby boomers will have retired, just two working people
will contribute for each person receiving benefits. more...
is it that many of us have so much trouble finding joy in
our lives? Often, we tend to live in the future, or conversely,
the past, but not in the present. more...
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