Confessions of a fashion-forward fifty-something

“Everyone, I’ve found, has view about what I should wear and what’s appropriate for my age” Hello, my name’s Erika, I’m 55 and I wear faux fur, bright red lipstick and over-the-knee boots (not necessarily all at the same...

The dos and don’ts of talking to someone with cancer

Faced with the devastating news that someone you love has cancer, it can be hard to know what to say or do. We’re often not very geared up for emotional response, the British. We don’t always deal with difficult issues like mortality, ageing and...

The geeks strike back: Why a love of sci-fi and fantasy should be celebrated to infinity and beyond

Damian Holmes explores the pop-culture phenomenon of science fiction and fantasy among older enthusiasts in their 50s and older, and reasons why it should be without a stigma for the later generations of fans I have a confession to make: I love Dr...

Love cheat of Arabia

They say divorce is the psychological equivalent of a coronary. For Yvonne Gibney, it was more like open-heart surgery with no anaesthetic. Yvonne, a senior nurse clinician from the Wirral, tells her shocking tale of bigamous betrayal…

“I hid my prostate cancer scare from my wife” – why men’s silence about health can be deadly

Peeing blood made Bob Blair go to his doctor for tests, but he spent a week waiting for the results before telling his wife. Suffering in silence can be deadly, so why do men do it? The saga started with an ordinary 20-mile cycle ride along the...

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