5 mn read This time last year my best friend died. Scott Taylor, Canadian, dramatist, artist, pianist, cultural commentator, polymath, survivor of an abusive childhood, collector of Susuki vases, author of a 700 page as yet unpublished tome ‘Dismantling Mouths’, and, in his own words, ‘a neurotic’s neurotic’. In January this year, I attended, virtually, a seven hour […]
5 mn read Yes, we’re having an Awards Ceremony on Nov 23rd at Hoxton Hall and they will be fun, flamboyant and fierce. And there will be dancing to reggae and world music by two of our wonderful members who are both DJs, Becca Leathlean and Debbie Golt. Yes, these awards are to celebrate getting older with panache, […]
7 mn read My cousin Danielle who is three years younger than me has done everyflippinthing before me forever. Got tits. Started her periods, her 12 and fecund to my 15 and sexless, straight as a board, a carpenter’s dream. She got into punk while I was still trying to figure out the chords to Bob Dylan songs […]
5 mn read Let’s start by asking what we mean by ‘invisibility’? Not feeling like the head-turner we were at 28? No one homing in to chat us up at a party? Not having a voice? Being ignored? Being unable to find anything to wear suitable for our age, shape, and physical needs? Having no sense of role […]
6 mn read I think your attitude toward Christmas depends on your early experiences and the bounds of your imagination for presents need not be about money but depend on the fact that you have given time and thought into people you love and like.
5 mn read I wish there were free public classes in household economising. My upbringing in remote North West England taught me a great deal about thrifty living. Our only heating was solid fuel, wood from the land, and anthracite delivered periodically by a muscular man in a leather tunic, face black with coal dust, who’d dump a small […]
5 mn read When Groucho Marx was asked, ‘How does it feel to be 80?” he replied, “it’s better than the altoinative!’ I recently experienced my 70th birthday, which I celebrated by retiring from my day job as a Mounted Park Ranger in New York City Parks Department. For my birthday party, I took part in a burlesque […]
6 mn read Janet Kelly, 61, is a writer and started writing novels in her 50s. She has four published books as well as a number of scripts in development.
5 mn read The days are lengthening, the angle of the sun’s rays is becoming more acute and, all around us, nature is revving up, getting busy and starting to surge with springtime aliveness. It’s easy to think that all this activity has only just begun, and to a certain extent this is true. However, a glance through […]