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  1. What can we learn from The Town that Never Retired about being employable over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There was an excellent programme aired on BBC1 recently, hosted by Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford of The Apprentice, The Town that Never Retired. For those who missed it, a group of pensioners , all in their 70s, went back to work, to establish how they could cope in today’s workplace, and how feasible it would be for employers to include older workers in their teams. Halfway through the programme, the pensioners were joined by jobseekers under 25, to see how the two groups compared from an employability perspective. The results were extremely interesting – especially when taking into account the fact that we will all be expected to work longer, and for those of us in our early 50s now, it is...
  2. Is Mary Beard right not to change her appearance for our TV screens?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Mary Beard is 57, intelligent, and on our TV screens presenting and sharing her passion for all things Roman. But it seems that not everyone is happy. Why? Because Mary does not conform to the stereotypical image of the presenters we are used to seeing on screen. It seems that while some appreciate her in depth knowledge of Roman history and culture which Mary so happily shares, others, such as critic AA Gill are keener to criticise Mary’s lack of make-up and use of a personal stylist. Mary is happy to be appear on screen without artifice, being comfortable in her own skin, and according to an interview given by Mary for the Daily Mail, she is hoping...
  3. The ‘Duct Tape Dummy’ woman takes about ‘Mary Queen of Frocks’ and clothes for curvy women

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    Interview by Fabafterfifty Penelope Else is finding fame as the ‘Duct Tape Dummy Woman’ on Mary Queen of Frocks. We caught up with Penny for her thoughts and insights on issues raised by Mary Portas’ latest TV series What prompted you to get involved in Mary Portas’ programme? A friend sent me the link, and I was excited that someone with some fashion retail clout was inviting me to get involved in what I interpreted as being a fashion revolution. I’m trained in pattern-cutting and draping on the stand (amateur, not professional!), and was getting more and more into designing my own clothes. I’d had visions of debating with professional designers, poring over fashion sketches, analyzing fit & fabric – really getting into the nub. What do you feel about the choice of...
  4. Decisions, Decisions. Downton Abbey or Spooks?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty British TV at its best. Like so many I have been looking to forward to the return of Downton Abbey since the last episode of the first series, where Mary had been ill advised and made Matthew wait too long to respond to his marriage proposal.  How will the lives of those upstairs and downstairs at Downton be changed by the onset of war? What will become of the girls if suitable marriages are not arranged? And what of Mr Bates- will the existence of an estranged wife spell doom for his romance with Anna the housemaid? So why did the BBC decide to schedule its final series of the excellent , but very different series, Spooks at the same time? Lady Mary of Downton Abbey or...
  5. Lulu’s Golden Rules for Fitness and Getting Ready for Strictly and Brendan!

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    Article by Lulu I am often told I don’t look my age – and I certainly don’t feel it, which helps!  It seems that 60 is the new 50 . . . however, I must admit it’s not something that just happens (unless you are very lucky).  I am not obsessed, but I do put a bit of time and effort into looking and feeling my best – I consider it part of my job.  I work in a youth obsessed industry – and I want to go on singing and rocking and rolling as long as is humanly possible – so that means looking after both my looks and my health and energy levels.  I am a great believer in ‘use it or lose it’ and I do...
  6. Dallas Returns and this time Sue Ellen’s the Powerhouse

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Who can forget the hysteria surrounding the TV series Dallas as we all discussed ‘Who shot JR?’ I’m looking forward to Dallas returning to our screens ( in 2012), but looking forward even more to the fact that in the new series Sue Ellen, the long suffering wife of JR Ewing returns , apparently not as a drunk, but as the power behind the Ewing family. Actress Linda Gray who played Sue Ellen in the original series and who reprises her role in the new version has said that she wants Sue Ellen (according to an interview with the Mail on Sunday) ‘to be a woman for the modern age’. Looking terrific at 70 In the trailer released for the new Dallas Sue Ellen looks terrific at 70, and would easily pass for a woman...
  7. Coronation Street Fab for 50 Years

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    Article by Julie Tempest   As Coronation Street celebrates its 50th birthday, Julie Tempest looks back at her own highlights. Guests at the wedding of Albert Tatlock (front fourth from left) and AlicePickins in 1969. In true Coronation Street style, the wedding did not go ahead as the vicar was delayed and Alice got cold feet. For as long as I can remember as soon as the iconic theme tune came on the TV, the cry would go up, ‘it’s on!’ and the family would settle down to watch Coronation Street. From those early black and white days through to the full colour HD CGI packed 50th birthday episodes, I’ve been watching. We’re a similar age and have gone through a lot together as I’ve identified with the plights of different characters...
  8. I’m Dancing You Asking? The Strictly Final

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    Article by Julie Tempest Julie Tempest trips the light fantastic with dance teacher Brenda Hague ready for the final of Strictly Come Dancing It’s amazing to think Strictly Come Dancing has been on our TV screens for just six years. Of course we had Come Dancing on and off from 1949 to 1998 but although I remember seeing it occasionally, it didn’t make me want to put on my dancing shoes. Pan’s People got me tapping my pre-adolescent toes to Top of the Pops, then there was John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever when the audience strutted out of the cinema and over the road to the bus stop. Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing did it for a lot of people – who didn’t want to be Baby in the film’s...
  9. Pamela Stephenson- Strictly Inspirational!

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    Article by Fabafterfifty As Pamela Stephenson inspires us all as she dances her way to the final of Strictly Come Dancing and into the hearts of midlife women everywhere, we have to applaud her for staying real and relishing the fact that she is ‘chronologically advantaged’! With so many women over 50 feeling invisible, Pamela has shown that you can compete on your own terms in whatever you choose to do and be fabulous over fifty. At the age of 61, Pamela openly admits that it can take up to 5 hours to get her ‘camera ready’ for the Strictly shows. She admits to having botox, wearing hair pieces, fake eyelashes, spray tan, and being ‘squeezed’ into shapewear (although not quite as necessary now after losing 2 stone through the series). She has...
  10. Coronation Street Hits 50 and its in good company!

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    Watching the  first ever episode of Coronation Street  and seeing all the original cast members from Elsie Tanner to Ena Sharples, I found myself feeling incredibly nostalgic – not only because it was in black and white, but because it really highlighted how much the world has changed in my own lifetime.

    So, what  iconic symbols have  reached this landmark 50th anniversary?

    Here’s the Fabafterfifty ‘Top Ten’ selection

    • Coronation Street
    • Barbie
    • The Mini
    • The Pill
    • The Flintstones
    • NASA
    • Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space
    • Dr Martens boots!
    • The Smurfs
    • Blue Peter

    I wonder if the ipad will still be talked about 50 years from now?…

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