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Hobby Spaces for Seniors

Over the years we have come across special interests in our lives more



Changing Direction

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

Rare and original movie memorabilia beats traditional markets. more [image]

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Survey conducted by Efamol Active 50+, which reveals a generation of 50+ Britons who given the choice would shun more traditional past times more [image]

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Lifestyle - 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.
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At my age if I can start the day by not falling over when pulling on my 'y' fronts, I reckon it's a good omen.

If, 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 [image]

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Sea 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.
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Joining & Leaving

There are two particular agonies that occur in a Seafarers life and neither has anything to do with loss of life or shifting cargo. more [image]

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Wives & Sweethearts

The 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 [image]

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Let's Go the Nice Way Round

I 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 [image]

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MY CORNWALL - Acceptance

"It's 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.
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The Foot Woman

It 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 [image]

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Hobby 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.
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Cornish Antiques

I 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 occurrence. more [image]

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Brick Walls & Vimto by Kit Chapman

An 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 [image]

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Journeys Taken on Mother's Knee by Kit Chapman

As 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 [image]

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Gardening in retirement - Tips & wellbeing

What a 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 >>>

A 1950's childhood

A well known television company is making a series for ITV West about people's 1950'S memories of the West Country as children. more >>>

Wartime Love

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.
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Nostalgia: What Are We Really Looking For?

Have you ever noticed what an amazing editing job we do when we think about the past? more

HOBBIES & PASTIMES..Find Time For Your Passion.

Did 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

Model Hobbies

Model hobbies are things that children or adults can do which can be educational and have a lasting impact. more

Organic Gardening: Going Back to the Basics

Nowadays, one of the gradually emerging lucrative activity for hobbyist, and environmentalist for that matter, is organic gardening. more

Childhood memories - Christmas Tree Topper Ornaments

From my childhood memories, pride of place on the top of Christmas tree always went to a fairy dressed in white. more

Reading in a Tree by Michele R. Acosta

Today is like many of the summer days I spent at my grandparents' house more

1950's Home Decor Redesign

To get you started, here is a partial list of reproduced products inspired from the 1950's. more

A Nostalgic Flashback Of The 1950s

Rock 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

5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden

When 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 be? more

5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can’t Live Without

Gardening 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


HOBBIES 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. more


A whiff of Nostalgia…

I 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

Retirement In the New Age

Are You Prepared For A Life of Leisure?

Consider These Numbers…

"At 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...

Looking Back...

Why 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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