Old lecture young – a fail even when sung 1

This intergenerational thing can be tricky – as evidenced by the negative reaction from French youth to a polemical new song aimed at fund-raising for charity food banks. “You had everything — peace, freedom, full employment, We have joblessness, violence and AIDS.” – young singers’ lyrics of Toute la Vie (All Life Long) ”Everything we have, we had ...

Happy #InternetDay! May our treasured net stay forever free!

Happy #InternetDay! May our treasured net stay forever free!
Happy Birthday, dear Net. Congratulations on reaching 45 years of age! It was on the 29th of October in 1969 that two computers in northern California made a connection. A computer at UCLA connected to one at Stanford University and began to send an electronic message. It didn’t go that well. The first two letters of the ...

Sounds – and pictures – of South Africa’s musical past

Sounds - and pictures - of South Africa's musical past
What were you up to in the 1980s? Humming a tune can sometimes jog your memory. An image can also take me back in time. Because we played records then. And they came in cardboard album covers. This protective package for the vinyl inside was a canvas for 20th century pop art. Listening to music was ...

Growing old in Greece means just surviving

Growing old in Greece means just surviving
Ask Greeks how they’re doing and they no longer answer “Fine”. Now they shrug and say “We’ll survive” or “What can we do?” The ever-present backdrop is the debt crisis that erupted following the 2008 global recession that continues to shake and shape Greece’s 11-million people. The older generation has been especially hard hit by ...

How to be old and happy in Denmark

How to be old and happy in Denmark
My New Old Self is taking an occasional look at the wide world through the lens of aging. The idea is to check out what’s it like getting old in various places around the globe. This is a quick look at Denmark. Without this Scandinavian country of only 5.6-million people, there would be a lot ...