Mr and Mrs 50 Plus https://mrandmrs50plus.com Celebrating Being Over 50 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:19:21 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-favicon50plus-32x32.jpg Mr and Mrs 50 Plus https://mrandmrs50plus.com 32 32 Wanna Dance? https://mrandmrs50plus.com/wanna-dance/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/wanna-dance/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:04:13 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21848 Don’t give up on this video clip.  Just keep watching!!  It’s only a short clip.  You’ll feel much better for it. We realise that we’ve been bogging you down in a whole heap of mundane over the last couple of weeks. Being over 50 isn’t all about getting older after all.  What we need more […]

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Don’t give up on this video clip.  Just keep watching!!  It’s only a short clip.  You’ll feel much better for it.

We realise that we’ve been bogging you down in a whole heap of mundane over the last couple of weeks.

Being over 50 isn’t all about getting older after all.  What we need more than anything is a good old belly-laugh now and then.  When we first saw this video we both laughed our socks off.  It’s just one of those ‘feel good’ clips that you can’t help smiling at, no matter how much of a Victor Meldrew you happen to be.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

All those clips saying ‘eat this, drink that, rub such and such into your skin‘ probably do help in their own (little) individual ways, but when did you last feel as good as you do watching this cockatoo strutting his stuff.

‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.’ (Proverbs 17:22)

or in modern-day speak: ‘ laughter is the best medicine ‘.

There is actually a lot of truth in the above saying.  Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

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Make A Weekend Of It In Marylebone https://mrandmrs50plus.com/make-a-weekend-of-it-in-marylebone/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/make-a-weekend-of-it-in-marylebone/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:17:34 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21263 Lying in the heart of central London, the Marylebone district is a quick side-step away from the tourist trap of Oxford Street where you’ll find a network of Georgian streets with a busy village vibe (albeit a stylish design-led capital city kind of village vibe!). It’s a great base for a visit to the capital […]

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Lying in the heart of central London, the Marylebone district is a quick side-step away from the tourist trap of Oxford Street where you’ll find a network of Georgian streets with a busy village vibe (albeit a stylish design-led capital city kind of village vibe!). It’s a great base for a visit to the capital – and there’s plenty on your doorstep to make a weekend of it.

WHERE TO STAY

We stayed at Z Hotels Marylebone on Gloucester Place, one of seven hotels the chain has in London, which offer ‘out of town prices’ in hot-spot central locations (such as Marylebone, Soho, Covent Garden and Piccadilly).

Z Hotels Marylebone

The hotel is a conversion of five townhouses – across three sites on Gloucester Place; numbers 23, 33 and 51-55. With a big nod to boutique hotel-living, rooms are stylish and modern, decked out with crisp white bedlinen, en suite showers and of course, WiFi. They’re cleverly, compactly designed. In some of the smaller rooms you may have to clamber over your other half to get into bed). But hey, you’re in the heart of the capital where space is at a premium, so what do you expect?.

Z Hotels Marylebone

Breakfast is taken at number 51 in a pleasant, airy dining room with a long, central table. As a really generous offering, too, the hotel offers free cheese, breads, olives and wine between 5pm and 8pm. We thought his was a lovely touch, perfect for a pre-dinner or roam-around-London appetizer and aperitif.

221B Baker St

Staff are friendly and welcoming and the hotel is ideally located for walking for some shopping and dropping at both Oxford street and Marylebone Village as well as visiting The Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker street or strolling around Regent’s Park.

WHERE TO SHOP

The shopping streets of Marylebone village are lined with an eclectic mix of independent boutique stores as well as high-end chains.  There’s The Conran Shop, TOAST, Anthropologie and Paul Smith so there’s plenty for you to spend a pretty penny on.

The village has also become known as something of a foodie shopping hot-spot, with stores such as The Natural Kitchen filled with organic, ethical and sustainably sourced food and drink, slow-reared meat butchers The Ginger Pig and Marylebone Farmers’ Market every Sunday.

Oxford Street is just a stone’s throw away too. It’s worth heading there just to spend some time browsing the many floors, departments and restaurants of Selfridges flagship store.

London

WHERE TO EAT

There are plenty of top-notch restaurants, delis and café’s to refuel at.

Try celebrity-favourite The Chiltern Firehouse, housed in a Grade II listed building that was once a fire station. Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes creates a menu of modern US and European-inspired dishes.  It’s like a New York style brasserie with an open kitchen. Book ahead by around two months (!) to avoid disappointment!  Or try your luck at getting a table in the courtyard (walk-ins only) if you’re not that organised!

The Providores & Tapa Room offers informal drinks, tapas and great breakfasts downstairs and inventive world fusion cuisine upstairs.

For a more casual affair, and a stop-off from shopping just off Oxford Street, try the authentic Lazeez Lebanese Tapas restaurant. Dine street-side with the shisha crowd or take a table in the small interior.  Here you can watch some of the super-rich exit the side entrance of Selfridges straight into their waiting limos. Don’t miss the creamy hummus and mutabaal (aubergine with tahini).

Lazeez Lebanese restaurant

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Tax Avoidance – Tony’s Monday Moan https://mrandmrs50plus.com/tax-avoidance-tonys-monday-moan/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/tax-avoidance-tonys-monday-moan/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:17:12 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21248 Here is an insult to your integrity. The following statement was made recently by a HM Revenue & Customs spokesman: Everyone must pay their fair share of tax, regardless of wealth and status – no one is above the law No Tax Avoidance for PAYE Earners In 2009 HMRC established a taskforce focusing on Britain’s […]

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Here is an insult to your integrity. The following statement was made recently by a HM Revenue & Customs spokesman:

Everyone must pay their fair share of tax, regardless of wealth and status – no one is above the law

No Tax Avoidance for PAYE Earners

In 2009 HMRC established a taskforce focusing on Britain’s wealthiest individuals. It has investigated 2,150 people thought to owe around £1.9billion. There has been one successful prosecution.

That is the tip of the iceberg.  Lawyers Wilsons have published research which estimates that the number of Britons paid more than £1m a year has increased to 18,700. Guess how much tax they pay!

“The richer you are, the more chance you have of paying less tax”

                                                      John McEnroe (former tennis player)

The main group of citizens who can’t avoid paying tax (although many consider it socially responsible to meet their fiscal responsibilities) is middle England: those wage earners on PAYE. They are taxed to the hilt and HMRC have draconian powers to audit their financial records. An investigation by HMRC is an experience to be avoided.

Why am I moaning?

“Income tax has created more criminals than any other single act of Government”

                                                   Barry Goldwater (US Senator)

soccer players

Tax Avoidance

So, who doesn’t pay their fair share of tax?

  •  The rich. Their incredibly well remunerated accountants make sure of that.
  •  Drug dealers. No HMRC official will go near them.
  •   The cash kings. Every day of every week, trades people, plumbers, painters, gardeners, to name but a few, levy a reduced fee for payment in cash.
  •   The self-employed. Their tax affairs depend on self-assessment which is open to corruption. Some will be caught but not many.
  •   Footballers. Their agents negotiate contracts which specifically maximise low tax payments e.g. Image rights.
  •  Illegal immigrants. Our abject failure to maintain our border security checks has resulted in great numbers arriving and living off cash handouts.
  •  Russian oligarchs. The hypocrisy of the City is breath-taking: money laundering rules are openly flouted as corporate London gobbles up their fees.   
  •  Amazon, Starbucks, Google. They are running rings around HMRC by using inter-country, cross border structures. Put another way, they have no intention of paying a responsible quantum of UK corporation tax.

Tax avoidance is easy for all the above!

starbucks no tax

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin”

                                                                          Mark Twain

You may not be aware but you are paying around 190% tax on a litre of petrol. I explain this fully in my novella ‘The Man Who Hated’. Milton Grant hates society and especially people who don’t pay taxes. If you want to find out what he does to the arrogant Ray, download the book from Amazon and read pages 31 – 37.

                                         The Man Who Hated novella

Unfair Tax System in UK

The system of taxation in the United Kingdom is grossly inequitable and, as with the honours system (examined in the last Moan) reflective of the downwards spiral in the integrity of our politicians. It was discovered earlier this year that Jeremy Hunt, then the Health Secretary, after the worst NHS winter on record, was building a property empire with flats being sold by the local Conservative chairman. The PM was so impressed by his enterprise she promoted him to Foreign Secretary. There would have been a wink and a nod about a future peerage (which is why he is so vocal about supporting her catastrophic ‘Chequer’s Agreement’).

MPs earn so much money by doing so little (just have a look at their pension entitlements and expenses) that they couldn’t care a damn that you are being screwed by the taxation system.

At least you are paying your taxes. So many don’t.

” Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today”

                                 Herman Wouk (now 103) Prize Winning US author

 

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Top Tips for Managing Hot Flushes https://mrandmrs50plus.com/what-causes-hot-flushes/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/what-causes-hot-flushes/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:41:31 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21227 There are approximately 34 menopause symptoms.  In the top 5 of the most reported symptoms and synonymous with the menopause is… Hot Flushes.  Hot flushes (and night sweats) can have a massive impact on a woman’s life.  It often leaves some women not wanting to go out due to the frequency and intensity of their […]

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There are approximately 34 menopause symptoms.  In the top 5 of the most reported symptoms and synonymous with the menopause is… Hot Flushes. 

Hot flushes (and night sweats) can have a massive impact on a woman’s life.  It often leaves some women not wanting to go out due to the frequency and intensity of their hot flushes. By understanding what causes hot flushes, managing your hot flush triggers and making lifestyle changes you will notice your hot flushes lose their intensity, become less frequent and leave you feeling more in control of your menopause. You get your life back!

Unless you experience what a hot flush feels like it is very hard to appreciate the intensity of the heat a woman feels when an episode occurs. Trying to explain to someone how it feels is difficult as there really is nothing to compare it to which will make others understand what it is like. This makes it extremely difficult to manage in work situations where the woman needs to be cooled down, but co-workers are reluctant to have windows open or fans on in the coldest of winters. Loved ones also find it amusing as the individual reaches for a fan, opens a window or begins to peel of her clothing. For a woman experiencing hot flushes it is certainly not something to laugh about, but laugh we do as it is sometimes, the only way to get through it.

What causes Hot Flushes?

Scientists are not completely sure as to why or how they occur, but they do concur that the hypothalamus, a small region of the brain, is involved in the process.

The hypothalamus is located at the base of the brain near the pituitary gland.  It is responsible for releasing hormones, controlling metabolic functions and regulating body temperature.


As oestrogen levels decline it causes vasomotor symptoms: sudden increase of blood flow causing heat sensation in the chest, neck and face. This process triggers the hypothalamus to release a hormone which increases heart rate causing blood vessels to dilate. This increased blood flow causes the body to produce sweat as a cooling mechanism.

Hot Flush Triggers

Declining oestrogen is responsible for hot flushes, but certain triggers can also bring on a hot flush episode. This is due to the trigger causing the body to “heat up” and responding accordingly by releasing hormones in to the blood stream to cool the body down.
These triggers may contribute to the intensity, duration and frequency of a hot flush:

• Alcohol
• Spicy Foods
• Stress
• Caffeine
Overweight
• Smoking

By making changes to your lifestyle you can minimise the impact hot flushes have on the body. Remember whatever changes you make may take time for the body to adjust itself.  Therefore, be consistent, keep going and don’t give up.

cut down spicy foods
Top 5 Tips for controlling hot flushes:

1. Keep a journal.  Each time you have a hot flush write down the duration, intensity level, what food or drink you had prior to the onset.  Also note any activity you were doing and how stressed you are feeling.  If you are making lifestyle changes, journalling will help you keep track and see how far you have come.

2. Cut out or cut down on alcohol.  If you like a glass of wine of an evening and experience hot flushes, cut it out completely for a few weeks.  See if alcohol is your trigger.

3. Avoid spicy foods.  If you regularly eat spicy foods, try less spicy meals, or cut out completely to see if this helps.

4. Exercise –stress and being overweight are hot flush triggers, by introducing exercise into your daily routine you are helping your body to cope with stress and manage your weight gain.

5. Meditate – introduce relaxation techniques to help you lower your stress levels. Meditation is beneficial in reducing stress and is easy to do and costs nothing… just your time.  If meditation is not for you there are other relaxation techniques for you to explore.  Consider mindfulness, yoga, guided visualisations, massage therapy or reiki.  Also, don’t forget the simple pleasures like taking a walk or relaxing in the bath.

For further information and support on the menopause visit: https://www.mistressofthemenopause.com or find us on Facebook

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Burial or Cremation? https://mrandmrs50plus.com/burial-or-cremation/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/burial-or-cremation/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:00:41 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21177 The decision whether to go for a burial or cremation is the single biggest worry for relatives needing to arrange a funeral. Apparently 34% of us would struggle to know if they should choose a burial or cremation when arranging a funeral service for someone. And a third of people would be most concerned about […]

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The decision whether to go for a burial or cremation is the single biggest worry for relatives needing to arrange a funeral.

Apparently 34% of us would struggle to know if they should choose a burial or cremation when arranging a funeral service for someone. And a third of people would be most concerned about how they would pay for the funeral. Obviously people also worry about choosing the right sort of music and who they should invite

Burial or Cremation?

1000 people over 50 were asked what their biggest concerns would be if they had to arrange a funeral for someone else. The most common answer was being unsure if the deceased wanted to be buried or cremated.

prepaid funeral plan

Most people had an idea of the cost of a funeral and estimated it at around £4000. 32% of the respondents worried however about how they would pay for the funeral.  Meeting the costs of even a small funeral would be difficult for the majority of people. Many respondents said they would find it difficult too to choose the right funeral director on behalf of the deceased.

Prepaid Funeral Plan

Some far-sighted people take out a prepaid funeral plan.  This is obviously a particularly effective way to make financial arrangements in advance for your own funeral.  Not everyone like to think of such things but it would alleviate affordability issues for the relatives left behind. If you take out your own funeral plan, of course,  you can also make your funeral wishes known. So when the time comes, at least your loved ones won’t have to make difficult funeral decisions on your behalf.

Emma Simpson, Marketing Manager at Ecclesiastical Planning Services, said: “The funeral directors we work with often tell us about how difficult it can be for people to make key funeral decisions on behalf of someone they’ve lost. Pre-paid funeral plans allow people to put these decisions down on paper and make choices in advance, while making financial provision at the same time. This means that when the time comes, the pressure of the decisions doesn’t compound any grief for the bereaved.”

Source: OnePoll Research of 1,000 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, November 2017

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Exercising as You Get Older https://mrandmrs50plus.com/exercise-after-retirement-old-age/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/exercise-after-retirement-old-age/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:15:21 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=21120 Types of Exercises for Older Adults The way people talk about exercise, you’d think it could cure anything at all; it’s been proven to reverse physical decline, protect your brain, improve your mood, and keep your heart healthy. Even if you have never exercised before, it’s never too late to begin.  In fact, research suggests […]

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Types of Exercises for Older Adults

The way people talk about exercise, you’d think it could cure anything at all; it’s been proven to reverse physical decline, protect your brain, improve your mood, and keep your heart healthy. Even if you have never exercised before, it’s never too late to begin.  In fact, research suggests taking up exercise after retirement can help to prolong your life, increasing your chances of living until 90.  It’s even been called a miracle drug.  The NHS recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week at a moderate intensity (or 75 minutes at a vigorous intensity).  Surprisingly however, only 2% of older adults in Britain achieve this.  A mixture of cardio and strength-building exercise is recommended.

Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardio raises the heart rate, getting blood pumping around your body and the sweat flowing. Its role in maintaining and improving heart health could hold the key to preventing cognitive impairment as we grow older. Some parts of the heart can stiffen with age, with the left chamber more susceptible to age-related damage. This is crucial, as the left ventricle is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood around the body, including the brain.  In turn, the parts of the brain susceptible to low blood flow affect memory, and are also risks for Alzheimer’s.  So a healthy heart really does mean a healthy mind.  Aerobic fitness can even improve your ability to communicate, with recent research showing that the more exercise you do, the less likely you are to be searching for that word.


Benefits of Strength Training

The benefits of strength training are many-fold for all ages. Strength training fights the effects of aging by strengthening muscles and increasing muscle mass.  This is important because you lose between five to seven pounds of muscle every decade after the age of 20, and strength training is the only way to counteract that loss.  In addition, increasing functional fitness helps with everyday tasks, improving balance and core stability, making you less susceptible to a fall.  Similarly, it can help reduce symptoms of osteoporosis and lower back pain, common in older people.  Above all, it can also improve the quality of your sleep, posture and make you feel more in tune with your body.

Exercise Ideas for Getting Started

Swimming.

This is a fantastic option as it’s non-weight bearing so it takes the pressure off your joints, while still offering the benefits of a cardio workout.  Also, it can be a group activity, and meeting up with others to exercise is sure to brighten your mood further. If you’re feeling brave, you could even try cold water swimming, which this 76 year old swimmer has said makes her heart beat “like a hammer” and she hasn’t been ill in 25 years.

Swimming as exercise
Stay at home exercises after retirement.

Physical exercises don’t have to mean a trip to the gym – there’s plenty you can do from the comfort of your own home. Stannah works with an internationally renowned occupational therapist, developing a home-based exercise program to build strength.  It includes three levels; beginners, intermediate and advanced to cater to varying ability, including seated exercises. Find out about the program here.

Day to Day Exercise

Find exercise in every day.  Even tasks like carrying home the shopping, gardening and gentle housework benefit the body as they create movement. In addition, activity like this also replaces (or breaks up) sedentary time.  This is as dangerous for our health as smoking, claim the experts.

Yoga or Pilates.

Yoga or Pilates can be really beneficial for flexibility, core stability and strength, which are key to maintaining independence and preventing falls. They can also be done in a class with others or, if you prefer there are plenty of online YouTube channels where you can bring the workout into your living room.

Exercise for balance.

Regular exercise such as TaiChi and walking can reduce the risk of a fall by 12% in people over 65.  Stannah has also developed their free Balance App, suitable for all ages.  The app takes you through a series of short exercises, taking only a few minutes, in order to improve your balance.  Furthermore, these exercises aim to improve bone density, posture and muscle strength.

Start Slowly

It’s important that whatever stage of fitness you feel you are, you begin within your capabilities. Start slowly, and build up from there, ensuring a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility.  Try and find something you like, as you’re far more likely to stick at something you enjoy.  Exercise after retirement could even double up as a social occasion! If you need additional inspiration or guidance, try our exercises, or even invest in a session with a personal trainer who can get you on the right track safely.

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Too Embarrassed To Wear Hearing Aids? Try The Signia Styletto! https://mrandmrs50plus.com/too-embarrassed-to-wear-hearing-aids-try-the-styletto/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/too-embarrassed-to-wear-hearing-aids-try-the-styletto/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:26:52 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=20822 It’s hard to believe that huge numbers of people are too embarrassed to wear hearing aids!  However new research from Signia  has shown that over half of people who need a hearing aid aren’t wearing one because of embarrassment or discomfort! Becoming hard of hearing is something no one looks forward to when we get old. […]

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It’s hard to believe that huge numbers of people are too embarrassed to wear hearing aids!  However new research from Signia  has shown that over half of people who need a hearing aid aren’t wearing one because of embarrassment or discomfort!

Becoming hard of hearing is something no one looks forward to when we get old. And it seems that wearing a hearing aid is even more unpopular. A new survey commissioned by hearing industry innovator Signia, found that over half of people might who need a hearing aid aren’t doing so because of discomfort (57%) and embarrassment (56%).

Too Embarrassed To Wear A Hearing Aid?

However to plug this gap in the market, Signia have created the NEW Styletto – a hearing device which uses design, style and technology. Styletto is a hearing aid that consumers will be proud to wear.  It addresses the needs of ‘baby boomers’ for whom quality, design and the freedom to stay active are extremely important.

Signia Styletto Hearing Aid
The survey also revealed that for those who 
did wear a hearing aid, 71% wished they had got one sooner. The main reasons for this included that it would give them a better social life  (63%), better mental/emotional health (39%), better performance at work (23%), less fatigue in the evening (19%).

Experts warn that by choosing not to wear a hearing aid, many could be seriously damaging their quality of life.

Hearing expert Geoffrey Cooling commented…  “Experts have long been flagging the increasing rates of consumers who do not wear a hearing aid.  They are damaging their quality of life in not doing so. It’s a real shame that so many people are put off by wearing one when they would really benefit. Audiology technologies have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and people need to know this. It can be really damaging to let hearing loss go untreated, and it can be really isolating experience.”

The Signia Styletto Hearing Aid

Maarten Barmentlo, Signia’s marketing lead, said…  “Hearing aids have long been associated as being out of date and not at the cutting edge of today’s cool technology.  We wanted to change that perception. The Signia Styletto has implemented the best possible technology! This ensures that not only does the product deliver incredible sound, but is also a very user-friendly device.”

 

As well as technology, design and wearability are two other key components of the Signia Styletto  concept. It is the first truly desirable hearing aid built with beautiful, tactile materials in a choice of three striking brushed metal finishes.  We think it looks more like a piece of high-end wearable tech than a medical device. It borrows design language we are familiar with, with a seamless slim form factor, and smooth lines and is a genuinely gorgeous object. The Styletto also allows genuine freedom for the user.

Wearable Technology

Borrowing from the usability of modern wearable technology, the Styletto also provides users with freedom and flexibility unlike any other hearing aid before. The device charges exactly like a smartphone device with fully rechargeable built in lithium-ion batteries. It also comes with its own portable charging dock.  This allows up to four days of continuous use on-the-go without the need to go home to power up. The charging dock is so small it easily fits into a shirt pocket making it really portable.

As with all Signia products Styletto does not fail to deliver on sound quality, giving crisp and perfect audio to the user. Signia’s NX Audiology technology ensures industry-leading sound and a top-quality natural voice processor.

For further information please visit: signia-pro.co.uk/styletto

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Become a Millionaire – The Monday Moan https://mrandmrs50plus.com/become-a-millionaire-the-monday-moan/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/become-a-millionaire-the-monday-moan/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:02:58 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=20587 YOU can become a millionaire. I reveal ‘How’ below. Sir Gareth Southgate? An article in ‘The Times’ saying that the HM Revenue and Customs is now vetting nominees for honours prompted this week’s moan. If it believes any person has embarrassing histories, such as participating in tax avoidance schemes, they can issue red or amber […]

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YOU can become a millionaire. I reveal ‘How’ below.

Sir Gareth Southgate?

An article in ‘The Times’ saying that the HM Revenue and Customs is now vetting nominees for honours prompted this week’s moan. If it believes any person has embarrassing histories, such as participating in tax avoidance schemes, they can issue red or amber warnings to the Honours Committee(s). Gareth Southgate, England’s Football Manager, has participated in film schemes which have been targeted by HMRC.

Are you seriously telling me that Gareth won’t get an Honour?

The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals’ personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom and the British Overseas Territories

There are many people who receive totally deserved and hard-earned honours and who generate public and private applause and respect.

The Honours System

You can apply to receive an honour (MBE, CBE, OBE and/or KBE (knighthood) and DBE (Damehood). Just google, ‘The Honours System’ and fill in the forms.
Unfortunately, the whole process has, over the years, been disgraced and polluted by unscrupulous Party donors, business people with huge sums of spare cash to spend on political publicists and by politicians.

Harold Wilson

Leading the way in 1976 was Labour’s Harold Wilson who stunned the nation with his resignation list. But worse, far worse, was to follow. In 2016, following the humiliating defeat of the Referendum campaign, the egocentric David Cameron took ‘cronyism’ to new levels of self-interest when he rewarded forty-six of his political allies with honours including Samantha Cameron’s stylist Isabel Spearman, who received an OBE, and his two drivers.

But the soon to be former Prime Minister did something far more questionable when he nominated thirteen allies for peerages. This is far more than just the privilege of being able to call oneself ‘Lord’. It is generally accepted that a peerage is worth an annuity of one million pounds. This is the aggregate of the daily allowance and generous expenses but that is just for starters. Peers occupied many other positions for which they are paid and many have received payments from the EU. They will be eligible to chair Government Committees and enquiries. Many are sucked into the educational system as University Chancellors. The financial markets relish having peers on Boards of Directors (Lords Howard, Mandelson and Lamont to name but three – there are many more). The charity world loves being associated with Peers. There are 791 peers eligible to sit in the House of Lords.

What is The House of Lords?

The peerage is a legal system comprising both hereditary and lifetime titles in the United Kingdom composed of various noble ranks and forming a constituent part of the British Honours System

So, there is the answer to the challenge of how to become a millionaire: gain a peerage. Here are some suggestions on how to do this.

Firstly, go to public school, preferable Eton. Then you join the civil service and become part of the gravy train that sees career diplomats rewarded with peerages.

Become a Millionaire

Secondly, make a fortune and become a millionaire in the first place and then become a political party donor. Keep feeding in donations, be seen in the right clubs, make sure you back the winning politician(s) and you should find yourself on the way to the Upper House.

Thirdly, become a Member of Parliament and sit there always agreeing with Downing Street and perhaps becoming a minister. The test will come when there is a leadership contest. Fund the winner. If you finance the loser, start again.

westminster

Fourthly, there is another subtle way of gaining a peerage. Become a government minister and be useless at the job. Clearly there are quite a few contenders in the present Cabinet. What happens is that eventually the Prime Minister has to sack you. But the PM will not want an enemy on the back benches. So, when telling you that you’re out, the PM will drop a hint that if you behave and vote every time for the Government, the peerage will come.

There is another way to gain entry to the House of Lords. Become a bishop. The archbishops of Canterbury and York, the bishops of London, Durham and Winchester and twenty-one others (according to seniority) are all eligible to sit in the Lords.

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The upper house has traditionally played a major part in upholding the constitution of our country. Television has done it no favours and the proceedings shown must baffle middle England. There is now a movement to have an elected upper house.

HMRC may stop the odd tax fraudster from being elected to the Upper House but it is irrelevant. The system is so corrupt and ridden with cronyism that its reputation is nosediving.

Perhaps the better way to become a millionaire is to buy a lottery ticket.

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Loneliness In The Over 50s https://mrandmrs50plus.com/loneliness-in-the-over-50s/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/loneliness-in-the-over-50s/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:32:37 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=19443 Below, Teal Swan writes about loneliness in the over 50s.  She explains how loneliness, as time goes on, needn’t be inevitable … Loneliness in The Over 50s The world today is obsessed with youth.  Value, significance and desirability seem to be contingent upon youth.  All we have to do is to stand in line next […]

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Below, Teal Swan writes about loneliness in the over 50s.  She explains how loneliness, as time goes on, needn’t be inevitable …

Loneliness in The Over 50s

The world today is obsessed with youth.  Value, significance and desirability seem to be contingent upon youth.  All we have to do is to stand in line next to the magazines at the supermarket or turn on the television to know it.  When we begin to age, we feel ourselves slipping into insignificance. We often feel ourselves losing value and desirability and to others.  The result is that we begin to feel isolated. One of the single biggest impacts of the changes that come with aging is loneliness.

As we age, we face several physical, psychological and social changes that enhance this sense of loneliness.  For example, our children grow up and they move out of the home to live their own lives separate from us. We often lose mobility as well as the energy to actively participate in things the way we used to.  Many of our friends begin to get sick and even die. Research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that 43% of older adults openly report feelings of loneliness. These feelings of isolation greatly impact our health as well as our happiness in life.  What we need is connection.

Loneliness Over 50s

Connection

Connection is a necessary part of life for all of us, whether we are infants, school children, teens, young adults, adults or seniors.  We all have a need for connection and it is a need that we cannot un-need. Therefore, our well-being is dependent upon adapting to maintain connections and developing new connections even as we age.  

Connection can be thought of as a link between yourself and that other thing.  And the primary ingredient for connection is intimacy.  When most of us hear the word intimacy, we think of sex. Obviously, if we think of intimacy in this way, it makes us feel threatened when we think of the notion of having intimacy with a friend, sibling, caregiver or child. But it’s important to understand that intimacy is not about sex. Intimacy is about knowing yourself and being known by others for who you really are in all aspects of your life.  It is a meeting at the heart centre where empathy and understanding occur. Intimacy is to see into each another so as to deeply connect with the other person. It includes seeing into, feeling into, listening into, perceiving, and understanding each other. To have genuine intimacy with someone, we have to be willing to commit to becoming an expert on them.

 

Isolation

Isolation is preventable when we accept that connection is our greatest need and take the steps to ensure that we get it.  By actively prioritizing social interaction we can combat feelings of isolation associated with age. We can meet with people and attend social events even if we have to go outside our comfort zone to do so.  We can also make use of technology to stay socially engaged. And most importantly, when we interact with people, we can make the conscious choice to really let them in on how we feel, what we think and who we are.  We can be brave enough to really see and feel and hear and understand them as well.  The closer and more linked we feel to people, the healthier we will be and the happier we will be, no matter how old we are.  After all, in the end all that will really matter to any of us is the people we shared our life with.  And we all have so much life to share.    

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Teal Swan, author of The Anatomy of Loneliness

Teal Swan Book - The Anatomy of Loneliness

In this book Teal looks at loneliness in the over 50s as well as in other age ranges.

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The Height of Great Dining – Searcys at The Gherkin https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-height-of-great-dining-searcys-at-the-gherkin/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-height-of-great-dining-searcys-at-the-gherkin/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:16:00 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=19159 Here’s what Kim had to say about her visit to Searcys at The Gherkin … If you’ve been searching high and low for a special venue in which to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary with a loved one or friends, then keep your sights set high and go to The Gherkin. Or more precisely, […]

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Here’s what Kim had to say about her visit to Searcys at The Gherkin …

If you’ve been searching high and low for a special venue in which to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary with a loved one or friends, then keep your sights set high and go to The Gherkin. Or more precisely, Searcys at The Gherkin.

The iconic building which changed London’s skyline may now be almost dwarfed by some of its sky-high neighbours, but it’s not standing still.

Searcys at The Gherkin

This summer saw the Searcys at The Gherkin restaurant relaunch and refresh with a new name – the Helix Restaurant.

We were lucky enough to languish over a lunch at the 39th floor venue, seated with floor to ceiling views of the capital spread below us.

The modern menus showcase UK produce – and we enjoyed a scrumptious top-notch 3-course menu with wine pairing.

asparagus started

Here’s a taster of what’s on the mile-high menu! For starters I chose crisp English asparagus served with succulent white meat from a Dorset-caught crab served with grapefruit and a soy and sesame sauce.

Fine Dining at The Helix Restauant

welsh lamb main course

My main was tender and juicy Rhug Estate Welsh lamb, served with courgette, bell pepper sauce and feta mousse.

And for dessert, I discreetly devoured a delicately baked Lemon tart.  Served with meringue, passion fruit, raspberry mousse and crème fraiche ice-cream, it was divine.

lemon tart dessert

As well as the excellent food and service at Searcys at The Gherkin, the view from our vantage point was ever-evolving, thanks to the changeable British weather. While misty clouds enveloped the building at the start of our visit, the sun shone for the starters , rain came in for the main course, a thunderstorm for dessert (complete with a little fork-lightning for an extra atmospheric boost) and then the sunshine returned as we washed everything down with the last of our wine. It was quite the show!

Top Tip:

Ask to take your post-dinner coffee one floor up at the Iris Bar. Newly opened to the public this summer, the Iris Bar was previously for members only. It’s on the 40th floor and you’re right at the very pinnacle of the building with panoramic 360 degree views. The Iris bar gets its name because, viewed from above, the Gherkin’s summit is designed to look like the iris of the eye.  This in turn to portrasy the Gherkin keeping an ‘eye’s view’ over the city.

There are no walk-ins at Helix or Iris – You have to book in advance. You’ll also need to bring ID with you.

Visit searcysatthegherkin.co.uk for more details

The GherkinPhotos copyright of Alistair Heap and Searcys at The Gherkin

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