Mr and Mrs 50 Plus https://mrandmrs50plus.com Celebrating Being Over 50 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:08:55 +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 Novella Nostalgia – The Monday Moan https://mrandmrs50plus.com/novella-nostalgia/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/novella-nostalgia/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:16:44 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=27866 “Ant, I prefer to read literature.” The speaker was my sister. My family name is ‘Anthony’. Gill calls me ‘Ant’. I found the girls at the tennis club (I was fourteen years old when the chemicals started stirring) thought it was a narcissistic name, so I became ‘Tony’. I hoped that my likeness to Tony…

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“Ant, I prefer to read literature.”

The speaker was my sister. My family name is ‘Anthony’. Gill calls me ‘Ant’. I found the girls at the tennis club (I was fourteen years old when the chemicals started stirring) thought it was a narcissistic name, so I became ‘Tony’. I hoped that my likeness to Tony Curtis, who was making ‘Spartacus’ at the time (he was Antoninus) would help my cause. One day, Helen (who played at junior Wimbledon) approached me and my dreams ran wild.

“Did you know that Tony Curtis’s real name is Bernard Schwartz,” she said.  She went on to beat me 6-0 6 -1.

My sister, and this was a few months ago, was replying to the question, “Have you read my latest novella?”

It was all Audrey Hepburn’s fault.

As my City career began to wither, I started writing novels. My DCI Sarah Rudd series has proved popular and her next adventure (‘I Will Find You’), when she goes to Syria to rescue an orphan while being pursued by a hitman, comes out next Spring. One Sunday, Annie (she’s Italian and loves telling me about her latest row with Reggio, her husband), who serves in the newsagents, sold me a copy of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. That winter evening, I watched it for the first time.

Moon River

As Audrey Hepburn sat on the iron steps outside her Manhattan apartment, playing her guitar and singing ‘Moon River’, the tears poured down my face.

The DVD had a second section and included an interview with the director, Blake Edwards (Julie Andrews husband). I watched it three times and then read the novella written by Truman Capote on which it was based.  Now, I had an idea. I wrote a summary and took it to Teresa.

Teresa is my publicist. She’s obviously bonkers (would you want to be my publicist?) but one of her real qualities is that she doesn’t do equivocation. She delivers straight. She read my summary. I was shaking.

Like It!

“I like it,” she announced. “But….”

We were on the fifth floor of Waterstones in Piccadilly and I calculated I could throw myself out of a window before anyone could stop me.

“You’ll need to write three novellas to have any credibility.”
She then created the novella nostalgia concept wherein each is based on an iconic classic film. Our designer created the logo.

Today is a red-letter day which is why I am using valuable Mr Moan time to tell you about it.

Gloriana

We have now published five novellas and the most recent has been written by Oliver Richbell, a lawyer come author, and is called ‘Gloriana’. It tells of a group of remainers who intend to solve Brexit by assassinating the Prime Minister. We now have eighteen reviews on Amazon, mostly four and five stars.

We have three more coming. Olly has written ‘The Courageous Witness’, focusing on the Jodi Foster film, ‘The Accused’ (care: the rape scene is one of the most graphic pieces of cinema I have ever watched) and I have written ‘A Search for the Truth’ inspired by the Gregory Peck film ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’, dealing with the issue of anti-Semitism.

And we now have Billie-Jean, shown on the left below with publicist Teresa, who is writing a fantastic detective story inspired by the 1945 Joan Crawford film, ‘Mildred Pierce’

There is a well-respected book reviewer called LindyLouMac who has today put on Amazon a review of ‘Gloriana’ (four stars and favourable comments – well done Olly). In it she says:

Novella Nostalgia is certainly a name to look out for as more titles are added to the collection

Perhaps I should send her some flowers.

I hope that she doesn’t find out that my real name is Anthony.

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Win 1 of 3 AA Skincare Beauty Sets https://mrandmrs50plus.com/win-1-of-3-aa-skincare-beauty-sets/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/win-1-of-3-aa-skincare-beauty-sets/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:31:10 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26883 Fancy winning an AA Skincare Beauty Set?  Well we have a Fab Hydrating & Toning Face Kit from AA Skincare up for grabs in our latest competition!  In fact we have 3 of them so there’ll be 3 lucky winners! Hydrating & Toning Face Kit The Hydrating & Toning Face Set is packed with more…

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Fancy winning an AA Skincare Beauty Set?  Well we have a Fab Hydrating & Toning Face Kit from AA Skincare up for grabs in our latest competition!  In fact we have 3 of them so there’ll be 3 lucky winners!

Hydrating & Toning Face Kit

The Hydrating & Toning Face Set is packed with more than 20 natural ingredients to rejuvenate and revive all skin types.  The star essential oils in this aromatic beauty kit are Frankincense & Rose – known to help hydrate and tone skin.  The set contains a Frankincense & Rose Cleansing Face Gel,  Frankincense & Rose Face Toner and Frankincense & Rose Moisturising Face Cream.

AA Skincare has the perfect natural skincare Christmas gift solution for every skin type and they don’t cost the earth!  In fact, gift pack prices start at just £14.90 (including P&P) for a Rose & Pomegranate Hair Care Kit.  Can’t beat it!

The full range of AA Skincare beauty and skincare gifts includes everything from beauty boosting face masks and lotions through shampoos and conditioners to soothing liquid soap and hand cream.  Each kit is beautifully packaged in soft colours and designed to nourish and hydrate skin to restore its natural balance.

AA Skincare Beauty Sets

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The gorgeous natural beauty Christmas gifts from AA Skincare include: Rose & Pomegranate Hair Care Kit, The Soothing & Balancing Face Kit,  Vitamin Boost Face Kit, Helping Hands Kit, Detox & Restore Face Mask Kit, Natural Remedy Kit, Face Rejuvenating Kit,  Rose & Pomegranate Hair Care Kit,  Refresh & Renew Face Kit and of course, the Hydrating & Toning Face Kit!

AA Skincare is a new natural skincare brand from Amphora Aromatics Ltd – one of the UK’s largest suppliers of essential oils and aromatherapy products.  We’re great fans of this amazing range of natural beauty products and they make great Christmas gifts!

If you’d like to Win 1 of 3 AA Skincare Beauty Sets, then enter below…

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The competition will close on the 17th December 2018. We will notify the winner by email after the closing date.  They will then also be shown on our winners page.
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The VAX Blade 2 MAX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-vax-blade-2-max-cordless-vacuum-cleaner/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-vax-blade-2-max-cordless-vacuum-cleaner/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:25:22 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26825 MrandMrs50Plus have been getting used to their new VAX Blade 2 MAX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.  To say they’re impressed is an understatement as you can see … We’ve had a cordless vacuum cleaner for a few years now and to be honest I can’t imagine ever going back to the old style. I don’t miss…

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MrandMrs50Plus have been getting used to their new VAX Blade 2 MAX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.  To say they’re impressed is an understatement as you can see …

We’ve had a cordless vacuum cleaner for a few years now and to be honest I can’t imagine ever going back to the old style. I don’t miss at all the days of carrying a heavy cleaner upstairs. Nor do I miss hoovering with a big, long, trip-hazard of a wire trailing after me. And thank goodness I don’t have to keep finding a new socket to plug in to every time I get to the end of the flex!

We moved into a new house a few weeks back and boy was it in a state! The people before us had a very fluffy, long-haired, smelly dog. As a consequence there was a huge amount of dog hair in every conceivable nook and cranny. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time sweeping, hoovering and cleaning since the move but with all the work going on, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

New VAX Blade 2 MAX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Anyway to cut a long story short, my cordless vac (made by the same man who sells the ridiculously expensive hairdryer) died a death. After a bit of research and shopping around, I opted for the brand new VAX Blade 2 MAX cordless vacuum cleaner. It was a stab in the dark I suppose. The only VAX I’d ever used before was one of those old wet/dry cleaners and I didn’t get on with that at all.

vax cordless cleaner

This VAX, however, is a whole new ball-game. A game-changer in fact, to expand the metaphor! The suction is pretty amazing – as good as it gets I reckon. With a 45 minute run-time, I can easily do the whole house top to bottom on a single charge. The VAX Blade 2 MAX is much more lightweight than you’d expect and it’s dead easy to convert the upright stick cleaner to a mini hand-held one. I find this option makes light work of cleaning the stairs and you really can get into every corner. The dirt bin is a good size too, as you can see.

It’s sleek, black and streamlined and looks pretty unobtrusive on the utility room wall too. Remember how cumbersome most of the corded vacuums were and indeed still are? I’m well chuffed with my new cleaner, as you can probably guess! Another plus point is the fact that the power button is an easy on/off switch.  My old Dyson used to really hurt my thumb and hand as the trigger switch had to be kept pressed down. In fact this was the reason, I advised my Mum, who has arthritis in her hands, to buy the VAX cordless cleaner instead!

For the first time ever this year, the sales of cordless vacuums have exceeded corded cleaner sales. And looking at the performance of the new VAX Blade 2 MAX, it’s hardly surprising.

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Botanicals Cleanse Melts https://mrandmrs50plus.com/botanicals-cleanse-melts/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/botanicals-cleanse-melts/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:25:31 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26793 I’ve been a convert to cleansing using the hot muslin cloth method for a while now. I’ve tried a few different cleansers over the years but recently I’ve been using one of the Botanicals Cleanse Melts. There are two scented cleanse melts for different skin types. I have the Nourish Cleanse Melt with rose and…

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I’ve been a convert to cleansing using the hot muslin cloth method for a while now. I’ve tried a few different cleansers over the years but recently I’ve been using one of the Botanicals Cleanse Melts.

There are two scented cleanse melts for different skin types. I have the Nourish Cleanse Melt with rose and camellia which is perfect for my more mature skin. I’m very tempted to try the Gentle Cleanse Melt next time, simply because so many people I know have recommended that particular one!

Botanicals Gentle cleanse meltIn the pot the Botanicals Cleanse Melts are kind of semi-solid.  However, once they get in contact with your warm skin they start to melt.. All you need is a pea-sized amount which you  between your fingertips before massaging gently into your face. I go round and round in circular movements before removing it with a warm damp muslin cloth. To be honest I sometimes use an ordinary flannel and can’t tell much of a difference. Though I have to say that the rough texture of the muslin cloth is great for gentle exfoliating too. Using a hot cloth opens up the pores nicely so that you can wipe away the impurities easily.  The cleanse melts are perfect for me as they are lovely and gentle on my skin.

With Botanicals I love that everything is 100% natural. They always use the best quality organic ingredients which clean and clear the skin without stripping it of all its natural oils and moisture.

It’s worth noting too that as well as being Soil Association certified, all Botanicals products are suitable for vegans’ and are ‘not tested on animals’!

Would I buy it again?  Oh yes, without a doubt!

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Spending Habits of The Over 55s https://mrandmrs50plus.com/spending-habits-of-the-over-55s/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/spending-habits-of-the-over-55s/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:46:57 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26649 It appears that the spending habits of the over 55s are significantly different to other age groups.   With Christmas on the horizon, our spending habits are revealed below! Keeping a firm grip on your finances can be a tricky task. As the days get shorter and seasonal adverts start to rotate on the telly, it’s…

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It appears that the spending habits of the over 55s are significantly different to other age groups.   With Christmas on the horizon, our spending habits are revealed below!

Keeping a firm grip on your finances can be a tricky task. As the days get shorter and seasonal adverts start to rotate on the telly, it’s likely you’re already thinking about budgeting for Christmas.  But you really don’t need to overspend!

Don’t Over-Spend At Christmas

Christmas is much more about quality time with your loved ones than it is about buying the most expensive gifts and laying on the finest spread. However, if you’re anything like us you’ll still be determined to push the boat out and make it as memorable for the whole family as possible.

overspending at Christmas

Before you can start putting money aside for presents and food, there’s all those monthly and weekly expenses to think about. Paying the bills, filling up the car, shopping for groceries – even adding into the pension pot. It can be a delicate balancing act when you want to treat your loved ones but need to take care of the essentials.

It helps to know that you’re not alone when it comes to this dilemma, though. A survey by Norton Finance shows the positive and selfless attitude that over-55s have when it comes to how they want to spend their cash, and what could be done to make life easier.

Spending Habits of The Over 55s

From the survey we learned that 32% of over-55s try and spend as little money as possible on luxuries for themselves. While they don’t mind the occasional small treat, they’re not usually eyeing up a new high-price pair of shoes or visiting the travel agent to book an expensive exotic escape.

When asked about spending money on treats, 68% of over-55s surveyed said they enjoy making purchases for their partners, children and grandchildren. That’s higher than any other age group – which shows that, despite our occasional worries over money, family always comes first. Something to think about the next time the little ones try to drag you into every toy shop on the high street!

grandchildren

On average, over-55s spend £94 a month on these treats and luxuries – enough for the occasional meal out with friends or tickets to a show. This average amount is higher than any of the other age groups who answered the questions – proving that even when we’re careful not to spend too much on spoiling ourselves, we can’t help but spoil our loved ones on a monthly basis.

Internet Access Should Be Free

Utility bills are one of the things we think about more when the heating tends to stay on longer in the Winter. According to the survey, 15% of over-55s are reluctant to spend on gas and electric. But think of it like this – because so many of us aren’t extravagant, there’s nothing wrong with getting cosy on a cold night.  It’s nice to enjoy some me-time with a good book or catch up on TV.

Speaking of utilities, according to the survey, 18% of  over 55s think that internet access and broadband should be free. It may not be an essential like the other utilities are, but it’s still a wonderful thing to have. The next time you’re looking at family holiday snaps on Facebook or browsing the online sales in search of Christmas presents, think about how valuable it is to have instant access to a world of information – whatever the cost might be.

So as we wave goodbye to a scorcher of a summer and think about Christmas, don’t feel the need to make everything as lavish as possible. Judging by the responses, our generation is already one step ahead of the rest when it comes to making sure we care for our loved ones.  And as the survey reveals, having a positive mind-set about your spending habits is just the start.

 

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Over 65s Are Not As Lonely As You’d Think! https://mrandmrs50plus.com/over-65s-are-not-as-lonely-as-youd-think/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/over-65s-are-not-as-lonely-as-youd-think/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:05:04 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=25672 We often hear of the connection between loneliness and the elderly.  However, a recent BBC report revealed that young people actually feel the loneliest. So, age doesn’t necessarily equate to isolation. And it’s perfectly natural to enjoy your own company too! Here are seven reasons why the millions of people aged over 65 living alone…

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We often hear of the connection between loneliness and the elderly.  However, a recent BBC report revealed that young people actually feel the loneliest. So, age doesn’t necessarily equate to isolation. And it’s perfectly natural to enjoy your own company too! Here are seven reasons why the millions of people aged over 65 living alone in the UK are not necessarily lonely:

More Time for Relationships

Older age provides the opportunity for more time to spend with those we love. Therefore, it is important to nurture – or reignite – relationships with friends and family. Not only that, but there are still plenty of chances to find love and companionship in older age with a third of over 70s reporting ‘frequent sexual activity’.

Loneliness and The Elderly Befriending Services

Age UK helps to combat loneliness in later life through a befriending service, providing either weekly face-to-face or phone interaction. This offers a tool for the elderly, and especially those who may be house-bound or without companions, more regular social interaction. The internet is also a way of keeping loneliness at bay, with Stannah research revealing that 32% of the elderly spend more than half an hour on social media each day, either to entertain themselves or to keep in contact with people.

loneliness and the elderly

Social Activities

Loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  So loneliness must be taken just as seriously. To help prevent this, there are plenty of resources across the country which the older generation have access to.  Resources such as friendship centres run by Age UK, and walking football, which boasts social and physical health benefits.

Pursue New Hobbies

Retirement offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a new hobby or learn a new skill, from embroidery to dancing or bowling! It’s a privilege to have more time than ever to take in part in activities you love, or have always wanted to try, while meeting like-minded people in the process. Discovering a new talent can also be a real confidence booster. For example, why not be like Susan Sarandon and join a ping pong club?

Pets as Companions

It is not possible for everyone, but often as we get older, we have more time to look after pets – with owning a pet being a proven way of combatting loneliness and promoting happiness. Having a pet later on in life provides plenty of company and love to those living alone, with dogs in particular helping to combat feelings of loneliness.

pets and loneliness

Improved Sense of Purpose

Working life doesn’t always offer the flexibility to give back to the community. In retirement however, volunteering can prove a rewarding activity and chance to help those needing support.  Whether it’s cooking to feed the homeless, or knitting clothes for children abroad.

Attending Places of Worship

Seniors often have more of an affiliation with a place of worship. Attending religious services can be uplifting and make seasonal celebrations all the more magical. Religious centres offer a real sense of community spirit, so make for a worthwhile social activity too.

church

Loneliness can strike anyone, at any age. But knowing where to turn to when we feel alone is important. Don’t forget to give back, too!  Reaching out to people both close to you, and those you have lost touch with, may brighten their day as well as yours.

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Gaynor Childs from Stannah

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DermaTherapy Bedding – No More Night Sweats! https://mrandmrs50plus.com/dermatherapy-bedding-no-more-night-sweats/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/dermatherapy-bedding-no-more-night-sweats/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:02:54 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26293 Mrs 50 Plus has been using the DermaTherapy Bedding over the past couple of months and has become a big fan … Read on … As most of you know by now, I am a  menopausal woman in her mid-fifties. I’ve been having hot flashes and night sweats for some years now and am used…

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Mrs 50 Plus has been using the DermaTherapy Bedding over the past couple of months and has become a big fan … Read on …

As most of you know by now, I am a  menopausal woman in her mid-fifties. I’ve been having hot flashes and night sweats for some years now and am used to waking up in the middle of the night in a bath of sweat.   Since I started using the DermaTherapy sheet and pillowcase however, I’ve noticed huge improvements.  My pillow-case is no longer damp when I wake up in the morning,and I’m getting far more undisturbed sleep. Waking up refreshed is no longer a thing of the past.

The bedding is unbelievably soft and silky too and feels lovely against my skin. Mr 50 Plus comments every time how slippery and satiny the sheets feel. To me it feels as if I’m getting into a bed with clean, cool,  fresh bed linen every night. And, let’s be fair, you can’t beat that!

I’ve been finding the Simba Hybrid Duvet a great help overnight.  But combining the duvet with the DermaTherapy Bedding has made even more of a difference.

As with most of these engineered fabrics, I’m not quite sure how they do what they do.  All I can say is that, whatever it is, it works a treat!

On the DermaTherapy site it says they offer:

“A range of bedding available in cot to super-king size, engineered with advanced fabrics to provide a cleaner, drier and hypoallergenic sleeping experience, providing innovate solutions for those who live with menopause, pressure sores, and various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis”

I’ve got to say that the sheets aren’t cheap, but boy do they make a difference!

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The Brutal Face of Business – Tony’s Monday Moan https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-brutal-face-of-business-tonys-monday-moan/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-brutal-face-of-business-tonys-monday-moan/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 16:41:41 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=26443 Today Tony’s having a good old moan about the brutal face of business!  Asset stripping, immoral businessmen … you name it! “A bottle of Gevrey Chambertin,” I said to the waiter. Asset Stripping My lunch guest raised his eyebrows. Jim Slater was one of the most feared City predators. He had asked to meet me.…

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Today Tony’s having a good old moan about the brutal face of business!  Asset stripping, immoral businessmen … you name it!

“A bottle of Gevrey Chambertin,” I said to the waiter.

Asset Stripping

My lunch guest raised his eyebrows. Jim Slater was one of the most feared City predators. He had asked to meet me. We met outside a ludicrously expensive London restaurant. As we entered, he said, “you’re paying.” The wine list was proffered and I pointed to the Red Burgundy section and muttered my order mainly because it was the only part I understood. When the bill came it cost £37 which, in 1985, was a lot of money. I dare not put it on company expenses and paid the bill myself.

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Jim Slater

Jim Slater was born on 13 March 1929. After qualifying as an accountant in his early twenties, he spent a period of time in hospital where he used to read company balance sheets. He realised that many companies under-valued their assets (premises, machinery, goodwill and so on) in the balance sheet.  So he went about raising funding and started to buy businesses. Once he’d bought them, he would then sell off the assets and often put the companies out of business. He made a fortune and introduced a new word into financial terminology: asset-stripping, of which he was the absolute master. He did not care a damn about the morality of his actions – unemployment, directors losing their homes and suicides.

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Of all the people I met in the City he was the most avaricious. The American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, wrote about an individual’s ‘hierarchy of needs.’ Each person wants money for food, shelter, clothing and on to the luxuries. There comes a point where all needs are satisfied. Not Slater. He wanted to make money and to grind the other party into the ground. To him it was a financial orgasm and he needed it regularly.

Went Bust

He founded, together with the Conservative MP, Peter Walker, Slater Walker Securities which he ran with the subtlety of Attila the Hun. At one point it bid for the Midland Bank. In the Secondary Banking Crisis, it went bust and the Singapore authorities tried to extradite Slater on charges of fraud. However, he managed to escape their clutches.

He re-invented himself and when privatisations, encouraged by Margaret Thatcher, and including British Telecom, water and the electricity companies, hit the markets Jim wrote a series of investment books. He had read some of my articles in ‘Banking World’ and wanted to discuss private share ownership (while drinking expensive Red Burgundy). I was leading a Government body set up to promote investment clubs and we became friends. It was only later I realised that I was not a friend, just a pawn in his game of financial chess.

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In his later years he sponsored Tim Henman, the tennis star and played, to a high standard, the board game of chess. In 1972 he had sponsored the World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Jim Slater died on 18 November 2015, aged 86. He once said to me: “I can accept a person making a mistake. I cannot accept them not learning from it.”

I passed his test. Never again did I select a bottle of wine without looking at the price!

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Winter Sun Fun https://mrandmrs50plus.com/winter-sun-fun/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/winter-sun-fun/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:03:49 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=25697 Looking for some ideas for winter holidays or winter sun fun? A warm weather foreign getaway when Britain freezes is a great way to recharge the batteries. Package holiday specialist Holiday Hypermarket have crunched their booking numbers to reveal the 10 winter sun destinations that will be most popular from December to March. Winter Holidays…

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Looking for some ideas for winter holidays or winter sun fun? A warm weather foreign getaway when Britain freezes is a great way to recharge the batteries. Package holiday specialist Holiday Hypermarket have crunched their booking numbers to reveal the 10 winter sun destinations that will be most popular from December to March.

Winter Holidays

Cape Verde

Why: This 10-island archipelago sits of off the coast of Africa and it mixes tastes, colours and cultural influences from Portugal, Brazil and Africa. There is year-round sunshine and glistening beaches for those who want to relax, and at only six hours flight time it’s one of the easiest winter sun destinations to reach.

Where: Boa Vista means ‘beautiful view’, and the island that is closest to Africa boasts a desert landscape and stunning coastline. Sal is beach heavy with white sands and heart-pumping water sports.

How hot: Average temperatures don’t go below 250, ranging from 260C in December to 250C in March.

Mexico

Why: Mexico’s gorgeous beaches are perfect for lazy days and siestas before wild fiestas dominate the night. The hotels are modern and stylish. For adventure, head inland to see ancient Mayan ruins and towering temples in jungles that are criss-crossed with zip lines to whisk explorers through the treetops.

Where: For Mexico Holidays Cancun and Playa del Carmen offer warm waters and palm-fringed white sands on the Caribbean coast, while Puerto Vallarta on the west coast has a lively arts scene and vibrant nightlife and is a favourite for celebrities.

How hot: January and February are the coolest months, but still have an average temperature of 230C, which goes up to 250C in March.

Dominican Republic

Why: With average temperatures of 290C and higher most visitors don’t make it past the breathtaking beaches, so they miss the stunning interior of lush valleys, cloud-covered forests and crashing waterfalls that makes this one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries.

Where: Coastal resorts from Costa Dorada to La Romana to Uvero Alto offer beautiful beaches and warm waters for a chilled escape.

How hot: Average temperatures range from 310C in December, to 300C in March.

Winter Holidays Mexico

Jamaica

Why:  Nowhere does laidback as well as Jamaica and with temperatures around 300C through our winter months it’s easy to see why the beaches, jerk chicken and fantastic water sports are so tempting.

Where: Discover two different sides of this wonderful island by comparing the restrained elegance and 18th-century charm of Falmouth with the party atmosphere of famous Montego Bay.

How hot: Average temperatures stick around the 300C mark from December to March.

Vietnam

Why: Diverse Vietnam has real wow factor, with sunlit rice fields, soaring mountains and peaceful bays among the incredible landscapes. The country’s war-torn past has left behind an array of compelling attractions including the Viet Cong tunnels and fascinating museums. Other highlights include the World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Phu Quoc where there are stunning white-sand beaches and coral reefs.

Where: Half of Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc, is dense jungle and a protected national park. The 20-or-so beaches are unspoilt and the marine life is incredible.

How hot: Vietnam’s climate varies from north to south. In the central region, where the best beaches are, temperatures are around 300C from December to March. These also benefit from being outside the rainy season.

Costa Rica

Why: Costa Rica is on the thin strip of land that connects North and South America.  It’s a country kissed by the waters of the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean on the other. The are long, deserted beaches with lush rainforest and a volcanic interior. On the coast the pace of life is incredibly relaxed, or those look for adventure can head inland to explore the incredible National Parks.

Where: The majority of the resorts are located along the Pacific coast, with the north-western Guanacaste region particularly popular.

How hot: Average temperatures range from 260C in December, to 280C in March.

Cuba

Why: The Caribbean’s largest island is so much fun. The capital Havana is still packed with cars and buildings that haven’t moved on from the 1950s.  Although new investment means change is under way! However the sumptuous beaches along the coast are as tempting as ever.

Where: Cayo Coco, Caya Guillermo and Cayo Santa Maria are tiny paradise islands off the Cuban coast.  Havana is the country’s vibrant capital.

How hot: Average temperatures stick at around 310C from December to March.

Gambia

Why: With temperatures topping 300C and great big golden beaches it’s little wonder Gambia has been growing in popularity as a winter sun destination. On top of brilliant beaches, Africa’s smallest country can offer some of the best wildlife reserves and forests in west Africa. The locals are so welcoming they earned the country its nickname of ‘the smiling coast of Africa’.

Where: Bijilo, Cape Point, Kololi and Kotu Beach bring together incredible beaches, lively markets and restaurants that serve every style of cuisine.

How hot: Average temperatures range from 330C in December, to 330C in March.

India (Goa)

Why: With a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese culture, Goa is undoubtedly as one off. This beautiful, culturally rich country is no longer the preserve of backpackers.  Now it’s couples and families now being drawn to discover its unmissable charms.

Where: Goa has a year-round tropical climate with unbeatable beaches, music and markets.

How hot: Average temperatures hover around 320C for our winter months.

Mauritius

Why: Mauritius is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, five-star resorts and magical lagoons. Away from the beach, explore sugar and tea plantations, colonial houses and the abundant national parks.

Where: Grand Baie is the island’s liveliest and most popular destination.  However esorts including Belle Mare, Flic en Flac and Le Morne are relaxing alternatives.

How hot: December to March are usually the warmest months, with temperatures around 300C.

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Below health and wellness writer Sara Davenport writes about high cholesterol …

Do you have high cholesterol levels?  Has a doctor advised you to cut down on artery-clogging fats, to steer clear of all those ‘cholesterol baddies’?  Eggs and cheese in particular ?  Are you taking statins to prevent you from having a heart attack or stroke?  If so, do your own research carefully! Looking at the official statistics, it appears there is no evidence to connect fatty foods with high cholesterol levels, or high cholesterol levels with heart disease. 

4 Facts About Cholesterol 

1 Cholesterol is not a ‘bad’ thing:

It’s actually a very good thing. Your body makes the wax-like substance in quantity, mainly in your liver and your gut.  Cholesterol is essential for almost all your body’s functions: for hormone production, for digestion, to keep your memory sharp and your brain capable. It boosts your central nervous system and your cells. You really need it. With levels that are too low, things stop working properly and without any cholesterol at all you would be dead. It’s that simple.

2 High cholesterol does not cause high rates of heart disease.

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The image of the artery clogged by saturated fats is outdated. Researchers have found no link at all between eating a high saturated fat diet and having high cholesterol levels. There is no evidence that connects fatty foods with high cholesterol levels, or high cholesterol levels with heart disease – or stroke or Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Malcolm Kendrick analysed global World Health Organisation (WHO) data and found: “Every single one of the seven countries with the lowest saturated fat consumption has significantly higher rates of heart disease than every single one of the countries with the highest saturated fat consumption.”

Eat Fewer Carbs

In fact, eating more rather than less fat slows down atherosclerosis.  Researchers also found that it was carbohydrate, not fat, that blocks arteries.

3 High cholesterol is not linked to higher death rates:

No research proves that. There is instead a significant association between higher cholesterol levels and lower numbers of deaths, and the reverse, low cholesterol levels and higher death levels for men. There is an even clearer pattern for women.

The PURE study which looked at the diet of more than 153,000 people in relation to cardiovascular disease levels for over 7 years found instead that high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality.

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4 Statin statistics:

The latest research shows that even if you are in the highest risk group possible (male, older and have already had a heart attack) you will gain no benefit at all.  If you are on statins for 5 years, for every 100 patients, 1.8 men will live, on average, an extra 6 months and 98.2 will gain nothing!  Many people suffer debilitating side effects from the drugs.  Yet the tendency now is to encourage you to stay on them for the rest of your life.. However there is no research that shows you gain any benefits at all taking statins for cholesterol above 70.

How to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is now thought to be a sign of chronic inflammation in the body, and the best way to reduce it is simply to eat proper whole foods and walk briskly for half an hr a day.  Put on your Fitbit, up your daily step quota and solve your cholesterol problems as you go!

by Sara Davenport

Sara Davenport has decades of experience in the complementary health field. She is the Founder of Breast Cancer Haven . She also writes the blog RebootHealth.co.uk which looks at all aspects of health and healing, bringing you a regular dose of DIY get-well advice.

 

 

 

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