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23 April 2009


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Hurray for you. I've found reaching 60 and finishing work totally liberating and am determined to put the world to rights before I'm finished. Great photos, and there are many more beautiful vibrant woman like those you show.

Right on, D. Comments by young people about older people can be inane...."she doesn't look her age" etc.

Hear, hear. I'm not there yet, but getting ready. Oh, the joy of the free bus pass and not having to pay library fines...

I was reading Alan Johnson's speech today to the newly merged Age Concern and Help the Aged - there's a shift afoot, but it has some considerable way to go.

Great post! I'm off to see Gary Moore in Bristol and Bob Dylan in Birmingham next week and I expect we young 60s will have an even better time than our 30 year old son because we've known it from the beginning.

I hope it wasn't me!!(That made the remark) My best friend is 60 this year, 16 years older than me. I never even think about it, we both feel about 17 in any case.
I sat at the next table to Julie Christie in a cafe in Moscow a couple of years ago. She's very unstarry and relaxed. (No make up and smoking like a chimney.)
Germaine Greer is another good example.(Or bad example, depending on your viewpoint!)

Ha Ha. I've posted the comment and since realised it couldn't have been me. You described them as "uber-cool" and young. Relief...

I posted today about an 80-something who might defy your young reader's expectation as well as about a 50-something friend who would do the same -- enjoyed your addition to my personal compendium of post-50 inspirations.

Hear, hear!

I felt the same on reaching fifty, and I'm sure when I'm sixty, nothing much will change.

Isn't Julie Christie ageing well! She looks terrific!

Ms. Bakewell makes a good point about our society not being able to support millions of unproductive older people. Those younger HR people/Hiring Managers need to think about that before they automatically turn down anyone over 50! Goldivas.com http://www.goldivas.com/ is working at changing cultural perceptions of aging. I think things will have to change as our numbers grow.

Great post!Bravo!

Thank you for all your encouraging comments and don't worry Rattling On - it most definitely wasn't you, although I'm sure you are the essence of coolth!

Great post! Just being young doesn't make you cool.

After all, age is just a state of mind.

springsteen is going to be 60?
time is flying.
anyone who is "older" always looks/seems a lot older to anyone who is younger. i'm always surprised when i realize that someone younger than i am (by 10 years or more) does not consider me a peer. happily i'm not too hung up on how others see me though. the writer who irked you, he/she will learn soon enough. they'll write another piece then, and it will have a distinctly different tone. ;)

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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