Brian Jones Diary

I’m Brian – not Bridget! – Jones and this is my diary. It’s about what really matters in life – staying healthy, keeping your finances on track, setting goals and making the most of time. It’s about seeing the world, engaging with modern society, enjoying leisure and being with family and friends.

Am disappointed with my National Trust membership

I joined the National Trust not long after my 60th birthday. On and off over the years I’ve thought of joining but never got round to it but something happened in my brain when I turned 60 and I thought now was the time.  A kind of older person version of when Harry Enfield’s KevinContinue reading “Am disappointed with my National Trust membership”

Perspectives – to Botox or wrinkle

Sometimes it feels to be a good to be a man, especially when I trawl the internet for perspectives on turning 60. This article by beauty director Valerie Monroe on the Oprah.com website highlights the issues women face about their face. As a man I don’t give mine a second thought, hardly look at itContinue reading “Perspectives – to Botox or wrinkle”

Home learning courses galore!

I want learning to be a key part of my retirement life. For years I’ve wanted to speak French – I spent a couple of years making slow progress on an evening course then abandoned it.   I’m also interested in developing my range of digital skills including Search Engine Optimism. There’s plenty of fun stuffContinue reading “Home learning courses galore!”

Our divided country – public v private

In one of the bleaker days of our Covid year I heard the news of the Wales lockdown and the impact it will have on the livelihoods of those running small businesses. Some of the stories of livelihoods that will be lost – as a result of the ridiculously named ‘fire-breaker’ – in the retailContinue reading “Our divided country – public v private”

We’re planning 2021, more in hope!

We’re going to start planning 2021 tonight. Amazing really after the fruitless exercise of planning 2020. I’ve hardly looked at the big year planner wall-chart I bought this time last year. It’s not even on the wall anymore, the only things that continued to happen were the annual due dates for insurances, tax that kindContinue reading “We’re planning 2021, more in hope!”

Me and my lawn

At what age does a man become obsessed with his lawn? This past year I’ve spent more time thinking about, my lawn then ever before. It occupies about half of my back garden, is about at 40 feet long by 20 feet wide and with the sun shining, all freshly mown and neatly edged it’sContinue reading “Me and my lawn”

Six tips to make you optimistic

I’ve been consciously trying to stay positive these last few weeks.  News of the resurgence of the virus, depressing talk of more lockdown and the cancellation of our winter break have all put this to the test. I found this article on the increasingly ‘go-to’ restless.co.uk website for the over 50s by Elise Christian reallyContinue reading “Six tips to make you optimistic”


Some Useful Links

The Centre for Ageing Better – A UK-based Lottery-funded project which works to create change in policy and practice to improve housing, health, employment and communities.

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing – Useful research and an interesting blog

Later Life – A range of courses helping people prepare for retirement

British Heart Foundation – 20 retirement transition tips from Britain’s leading heart charity

Age UK – an interesting article about preparing emotionally for retirement

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