Mourning Madiba: Antidotes to Media Overload

Mourning Madiba: Antidotes to Media Overload
This isn’t a list of Top 10 Antidotes to Mourning Madiba Media Overload, but just a few tips to help you cope during this remarkable period of history. Because it’s only going to get more intense during this week of memorials, culminating with the funeral of Nelson Mandela at his rural home on Sunday. The ...

Madiba’s plea not to wander at night looking for the kitchen

Madiba’s plea not to wander at night looking for the kitchen
  Nelson Mandela certainly proved wrong the old saying about the good dying young.* We have had the privilege of watching one of the world’s most impressive human beings grow old and reach a ripe age. It’s not often that a leader inspires the world as Mandela did in his prime. That he continued to ...

The day they tell you: Granny, you can’t drive your car! (but we still love you)

The day they tell you: Granny, you can’t drive your car! (but we still love you)
It’s said that in Florida bars catering for retirees a top pick-up line is: “I’ve still got my driver’s license.” Say you get lucky and someone very appealing is telling you, as per the Beatles song: “Baby you can drive my car – and maybe I’ll love you!” It would be a real downer to ...

Cherishing the Feel and Smell of Paper 1

Cherishing the Feel and Smell of Paper
My New Old Self recently expanded from cyberspace into the world of hard copy. After launching a blog about getting older, I accepted an invitation to write a fortnightly column in a local newspaper. It was like coming home, to wake up and find the paper waiting on my doorstep, then to open it and ...

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 ...