My New Old Self Debuts in Hard Copy 1

My New Old Self Debuts in Hard Copy
My New Old Self launched a real world version of this online blog – with a column in the local newspaper.   Can’t read a word of the column above? It was easy enough to make the blog-to-newspaper transition, but it’s harder to go the other way. A newspaper column’s dimensions are hard to fit ...

Old people should – die? Thanks, Google 1

Old people should - die? Thanks, Google
Google is like those annoying people who finish your sentences. You start to type into the search bar and before you finish the first word or two, it’s suggesting the rest of what it thinks you want to find out. It’s not mind-reading and it’s not suggestion. It’s called “auto-complete”. An algorithm that predicts and ...

Staying Spry at 60-plus

Staying Spry at 60-plus
See Granny Run. That’s my first response to sports competitions for seniors. Because there’s always a super-sporty over-achieving grandmother. The South African version of elder-sport is the Golden Games and a southern African granny is a gogo. So 81-year-old Katie Barendse was dubbed the Golden Games Gogo. I am in awe of the Golden Games ...

Relentless Celeb Photos Thru the Ages

Relentless Celeb Photos Thru the Ages
Photos of Gorgeous Celebrities Over 60 are not proof that women don’t necessarily peak in their 20s, as HuffPo says in punting its pix of aging female stars. They’re proof that you can run but you can’t hide from the Schleb Culture, no matter how old you get. We were bombarded by the impossibly big ...

Viva Old People Who Dance Like Teenagers!

Viva Old People Who Dance Like Teenagers!
My New Old Self would like to go on record as endorsing old people who dance like teenagers – whether they’re jiving at home or on a public platform. This is in response to a comment from ex-African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema. The 32-year-old South African launched his new political party with ...

What they are really doing when they fix our computers

What they are really doing when they fix our computers
Too bad that rule about older making wiser doesn’t apply when it comes to computers. A lot of us rely on people half our age for digital problem-solving. Our children, other young relatives, offspring of friends or neighbours, youthful computer consultants. After turning over our computers to these experts what do we do? Get busy ...

Da Granny Who Rocked Da Show (for her age) 3

Da Granny Who Rocked Da Show (for her age)
That granny was da best she rocked da show for her age lol That’s a Facebook comment from a fan of Ann Wilson, who despite – or perhaps because of – her advanced age, stole the SA’s Got Talent show. The Got Talent reality TV show bills itself as the “World’s Biggest Talent Show… Any Act, ...

Older Persons, it’s your day – and week 1

Older Persons, it's your day - and week
We’re in the limelight this week, so here are a few tips to help you deal with all the attention. Have a cup of strong coffee before you read the official UN statement on the International Day of Older Persons because it’s in UN-speak so it might put you to sleep. There’s the usual mention of ...

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting 1

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting
When we were kids a password was something you said to get into a secret club. Then there was a long period when I can’t recall much mention of passwords. We somehow muddled through life without them, back when we used pens and typewriters. It was only later in our lives, with our memories well ...

Brag about yer age? Yeah, right!

Brag about yer age? Yeah, right!
“Let’s feel good about being 50, 60, 70 and beyond” advises The New York Times. “Let’s even brag about it.” Brag about getting older? Yeah, right. This weekend I went to visit a friend and quickly realized that the other guests were not my age. As I settled into the wrinkle-hiding shadows with a drink, ...