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  1. Inspirational Women over 50: Interview with R&B Legend Ruby Turner

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I felt extremely privileged to have the opportunity to interview R&B legend Ruby Turner MBE. What energy!! Ruby has released 20 solo albums during her career and has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry and Jools Holland  Her latest project is writing and performing the theme song for a new film called The Host. This is what Ruby had to say when I caught up with her during Lockdown.   You’ve had a fabulous career. How did you get started? I have been so fortunate and had an amazing time for more than thirty years with my music, the theatre, acting.  I always found joy in singing and sang in the BBC Arena...
  2. An Interview with Entrepreneur Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne Perfume

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon What drives women to become entrepreneurs? I caught up with Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne perfume to ask her what inspired her to set up her business – and why she has a passion for perfume. What was your first perfume? The first perfume I remember buying for myself was White Musk from Body Shop, but my first expensive perfume was given to me by my mother – it was Madame Rochas – it had been given to her by a male patient as a thank you gift – but my mother felt uncomfortable wearing a perfume given to her by another man, and  so she gave it to me. I loved the bottle – it was a...
  3. Interview with author of My Perfect Sister, Penny Batchelor

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to feature interviews with women who inspire, and also to highlight books that are relevant to our demograhic that I think you will enjoy. Today Penny Batchelor, author of My Perfect Sister talks about the inspiration behind her book, her motivation to start writing, and the role her own disability had to play.   Tell us a little about yourself I live in Warwickshire with my husband Chris. As well as a writer I’m a keen traveller, knitter and a voracious reader! I’m in my mid 40s and it has been a lifelong ambition to become a novelist. When did you start to write? I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to do so. Last year my parents moved house and brought...
  4. Karen Gider shares her midlife reinvention story, overcoming many life hurdles to follow her dream and create a global Face Yoga business

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Karen Gider shares her ‘Fab Woman’ reinvention journey with the readers of Fab after Fifty.  Overcoming many obstacles in her life, Karen has entered her 50s with the confidence and passion to follow her dreams  and grow her Face Yoga business globally. A little about Karen I am originally a Glasgow girl ,50 years of age, single with 2 boys, age 13 and 17 . What were your main activities ( job, commitments etc) before turning 50? I have had amazing jobs that challenged me as a person .My positions were varied , from a Scottish whisky consultant to a personality and promotional girl. Then onto a prison officer in a HMP prison working in the holistic department and looked after ladies who self- harmed ....
  5. Inspirational: Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka saves gorillas and the community as she breaks new ground and inspires others

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Every now and again you meet somebody, who is so inspirational you know that the encounter will leave a lasting impression.   I had the opportunity to meet and interview Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka on her visit to the UK when she was a finalist in the TUSK awards due to her incredible work with gorillas and a guest speaker at Media Hub. Gladys has dedicated her life to preserving the gorilla population in Uganda. Her 50th birthday is just weeks away. Always passionate about animals ( Gladys set up a wildlife club at school), she trained to be a vet, becoming Uganda’s first  ever dedicated wildlife vet – an achievement she is incredibly proud of – to do as woman – and before any man had achieved this before her….breaking...
  6. Inspirational Interview with Artist Janice Sylvia Brock – her journey from Painting by Numbers as a child in hospital to her art hanging in the White House

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I am so fortunate to be able to connect with so many inspirational women through Fab after Fifty. Janice’s story is one of the most moving and inspirational I have shared to date. I am now a very, very 69 years young. I was born in Manchester with my two sisters Suzanne (who is a dancer and choreographer) and brother Stephen (who trained as an architect and musician), and Julie,(who achieved her degree in languages). I knew immediately that painting would become my major passion. Paint flows in my veins…. I have been married twice and suffered an abusive relationship for many years after that. I met the love of my life, Roy, in 1996 and he passed away from cancer in 2012. We...
  7. Shaking Life Up a Bit: Combining Travel with Volunteering

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    Article by Diana Hudson Life is busy with work and managing families, and we can sometimes lose sight of what really excites us. We put our own lives on the back burner, always waiting for that “opportune” moment when we promise ourselves that we will do something for ourselves again. But how likely is it that the opportune moment will present itself? Imagine if you were chatting to a friend who needed to have a change of scene. You would be full of ideas of how this could be done: make a few plans, swap with colleagues and friends, pull in a couple of favours, cook up some dinners and pop them in the freezer. A few weeks wouldn’t be too much to...
  8. Karen transforms her health and her life in her 60s by taking up fitness and a healthier lifestyle

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   When I posted a question in our Fab after Fifty Facebook community , about what epitomised being ‘Fabulous over 50’ there were some truly inspirational responses. One was from Karen Robertson, who at 63, started a fitness regime, and now 65 she has lost nearly 4 stone and gone from a size 22 to a size 12. This is how Karen responded to the question: “For me it is being fab after 65 – I was overweight and very unfit all through my 50’s resulting in two hip replacements, type 2 diabetes and HBP. Last Feb when I was 63 I was size 22 and 15.5 Stone I...
  9. Katherine: Midlife Reinvention. From working in Public Sector to becoming a garden designer

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Katherine Hathaway share her reinvention story, as she leaves behind a career in the public sector to follow her dream of becoming a garden designer About Katherine I live and work in Chippenham which is on the borders of the Cotswolds about 20 minutes from Bath. I’m engaged to a lovely man called Chris and I have a beautiful daughter who just turned 18 and  is about to sit her A levels. What were your main activities (job, commitments etc) before turning 50? In my career I have worked in temporary help provision, in a manufacturing business, in Government and for a University. I’m pretty eclectic! In my late 40s, I was a senior civil servant working at the heart of Whitehall advising Ministers, designing and implementing new Government...
  10. Maggie Cox: writing a book about fashion in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon The latest of our ‘Fab Women’ sharing her midlife journey with Fab after Fifty is Maggie Cox, who has just published a book about fashion for mature women. About Maggie I worked as a newspaper reporter and commercial writer for many years before taking up a second career as owner of dress shops in Broadway and Stow on the Wold.   From my home in the Cotswolds I write about fashion and am passionate about helping older women find their own individual style. When did you start to write? So…. I have been writing ever since I was twenty, with my first job as a reporter! What have been the challenges for you? The biggest challenge when writing a book was finding my own individual voice.  It’s a totally different way of writing, much more chatty and easy,...
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