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  1. The ‘Duct Tape Dummy’ woman takes about ‘Mary Queen of Frocks’ and clothes for curvy women

    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...
  2. Decisions, Decisions. Downton Abbey or Spooks?

    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...
  3. Lulu’s Golden Rules for Fitness and Getting Ready for Strictly and Brendan!

    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...
  4. Dallas Returns and this time Sue Ellen’s the Powerhouse

    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...
  5. Coronation Street Fab for 50 Years

    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...
  6. I’m Dancing You Asking? The Strictly Final

    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...
  7. Pamela Stephenson- Strictly Inspirational!

    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...
  8. Coronation Street Hits 50 and its in good company!


    coronation street imageArticle by Fabafterfifty
    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?…

  9. Has Gillian McKeith moved one step too far out of her comfort zone?

    Article by Fabafterfifty We are encouraged to move outside our ‘comfort zone’ once in a while, but has Gillian McKeith gone a little too far outside hers, and what has made her do it? For all those who haven’t seen the programme I’m a  celebrity , get me out of here’, Gillian McKeith is a TV nutrionist who has elected to join a group of celebrities for up to 3 weeks in the Australian jungle, where the viewing public vote initially to have the celebs face ‘bushtucker trials’. Here the chosen celebs eat bugs (or worse), escape from underground pits filled with rats, cross ravines etc etc,etc. The celebs know what they are getting themselves into as the series has been running for several years. The programme is designed to push...
  10. Pamela Stephenson and Mary Byrne- both Fab after Fifty!

     Article by Fabafterfifty  Great to see  two ‘ real’  women Pamela Stephenson ( 60)  and Mary Byrne ( 50)  both over 50  and both with curves dominating the weekends peak time viewing on Saturday evening, and showing their younger counterparts in two very different competitions that women over 50 can be sexy, talented and respected in their own right . Both are the leading the way in proving to the wider world that you don’t need to be under 30 or a size zero to be considered attractive, sexy or worthy of a place on our TV screens. How refreshing, and what a great step in the right direction ! What woman watching couldn’t have been buoyed on by Pamela’s Rumba on Strictly Come Dancing, or Mary’s rendition of ‘You Don’t have to Say you Love Me’ on the X Factor. ...
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