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'I don't need to hear about sportspeople's religion or sexuality'
Sport, and sports people have a very high profile in our community, receiving much attention in the Press and general...
How chocolate wrappings saved the day when the engine stopped
Back in the late 1960s, I was based in Perth. I drove out to Kalgoorlie, entering a local business....
Sick of being called a 'senior'? How about being a 'super-adult'?
It’s well known that lots of Baby Boomers don’t see themselves as ‘old’ and don’t like to be regarded as...
Holden are ceasing production in Oz, but they'll live on forever
The story began in 1852 when a young bloke from Staffordshire in England arrived in Australia. His name was...
Being a mentor can breathe new life into over-60s
Can age 50-plus talent build profitable mentoring-as-a-service businesses? Yes, because they are already doing it. And there aren’t enough mentors...
A tale of a pair of glasses
When John and I left home on an extended trip in our motorhome, John packed not one pair of reading...
Part 2: From photographer to a second career as a glass artist
This continues Susan’s story about her French town’s mayor, Pierre Lequien. You can read Part 1 here. Pierre gave up...
Part 1: Becoming a photographer
My village mayor, Pierre Lequien, had once been a photographer and I asked him what made him choose the profession....
The flying truth
Flying in a machine high above the ground is an unnatural thing to do, but I love it. I enjoy...
Meeting the requests of the grandkids at meal times
Poppie and I have shared lots of experiences with grandchildren. We have nine grandsons and nine granddaughters which gives...
'I was a newlywed, excited for my new life ahead when I fell ill'
I have written about our young married life before, of our moving to New Zealand. Of the days I called...
Why anyone who teaches just for long holidays doesn't last long
I was lucky to have worked in some great schools with some amazing teachers, many of whom supported me in...
'I learned more, and was given more, as a teacher than I expected'
It was my great good fortune as a teenager to stumble into the path of becoming a teacher. Mind you,...
'Watching my grandson's concert, I wondered if I'd make it to more'
Last night I went to a primary school concert. Haven’t been to one in a very long time so was...
'Weddings have changed for the better since we were young'
I recently attended my niece’s wedding, and it made me think how the nature of weddings has changed in modern...
The songs that define our memories of the Vietnam war
A powerful documentary on SBS TV prompted me to write this article, of how the attitudes changed in the...
Vale, Australian car industry
Car manufacturing was a good – even great – industry for our country but, unfortunately, low build volumes (by world...
Here's your astrological forecast for October
“Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free.” – B. Richardson Uncovering. Digging deep....
'The aged pension needs to be raised, and at least one MP agrees'
Independent Senator Andrew Wilkie and I met yesterday to discuss the many problems over sixty’s have in this country. As...
A tribute to my mother for her birthday
Elsie was born in 1914, to a family in Bristol; there were six children her father lost his well-paid job...
'A cold is not the flu, and you can't get flu from the vaccine'
I realise what I’m about to write will bring a certain number of “I told you so” comments, but so...
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