Binge-watching? Life’s too short 1

Binge-watching? Life's too short
“Binge-watch” is the latest Word Of The Year. binge-watch, verb: “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession” – Collins English Dictionary Lexicographers – word-watchers – noticed that the usage of this word had increased by 200% over the previous year, so it was named 2015’s top word. Watching as many ...

Don’t personalise me! 1

Don't personalise me!
I needed a new handbag and made the decision not to buy “pleather”. That’s the term for plastic that’s supposed to look like leather, but does not. Except perhaps at a glance, from a distance. What’s more, its ersatz veneer eventually begins to peel, especially at the seams. Pleather (noun, adjective): Imitation leather, Plastic Leather ...

Vacation or anticipation – which is better? 3

Vacation or anticipation – which is better?
It’s nearly the end of January and my memories are fading. Not in general (that happens year round). I mean specifically, about what I did last month. My pleasant memories of my December holiday are getting dimmer. My cheery post-vacation mood is wearing off. So it’s time for… Not another holiday, it’s obviously too early ...

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!
“Watch your step!” I have heard that warning a lot in my life, and have often been grateful for it. However, there are a lot of people out there who seem not to heed such counsel. As a result they are putting themselves at risk for the latest health hazard of the digital age: Distracted Walking. ...

My New Old New Year’s resolutions

My New Old New Year's resolutions
Yet another new year… Instead of sighing and wishing time wouldn’t keep marching on, consider this. Judging from advice on making the most effective new year’s resolutions, it seems that we of a certain age are doing a lot of things right. Which means that we can happily ignore all the exhortations to reinvent and ...

10 Tips on Holiday Travel 1

10 Tips on Holiday Travel
Whether you go to relatives for the holidays or use the December-January break to take a vacation, you have to spend time getting there. Travelling during the busiest time of the year can be stressful. ‘Tis the season, but by the time you arrive at your destination you may be less than jolly. So it’s worth ...

‘Twas the season for writing Xmas letters 2

'Twas the season for writing Xmas letters
Welcome to the December Holiday instalment of my seemingly endless musings on What I Miss. About how ’twas. As every man, woman and child on the planet has been been reminded by looped Christmas carol compilations in shops and restaurants since October, ‘tis the season to be jolly. What My New Old Self misses when ...

Face it, it’s about Face Value 3

Face it, it's about Face Value
I just watched a movie starring some of Hollywood’s top talent and everyone was looking old. In a good way. If you think that’s not possible, read on. The movie itself doesn’t really matter. It’s the looking old part that is my focus. For the record, the film is called Homesman. The title is a reference ...

For the love of bacon 2

For the love of bacon
Have you checked out the sizzling debate over bacon’s impact on the human lifespan? Bacon lovers are reeling from a new study by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified bacon as carcinogenic. News stories about this research have been passionately defensive of bacon. It would seem that the headline ...

Feeling down? Try some… nature!

Feeling down? Try some... nature!
As recommended here before, try this to improve your life as you get older…