Marrakesh comes alive at night

Marrakesh feels alive more than just about anywhere I’ve been.  Nothing captures this better than the city’s night life.  Stroll past almost any bar, café or restaurant and there’s always something going on. The bars the locals go to are always lively with lots of animated conversation amongst what appears to be exclusively middle-aged men. Continue reading “Marrakesh comes alive at night”

World’s greatest restaurant stumbled upon after day in the desert

Went to what is indisputably the world’s greatest restaurant last night – La Trattoria in Marrakesh. We discovered it by chance a few years ago after a very long trip to Ouarzazate, the so-called gateway to the desert.   We’d been out for most of the day and were both very tired and wanted somewhere toContinue reading “World’s greatest restaurant stumbled upon after day in the desert”

More money off deals for the over-60s

Following on from yesterday’s blog about discounted travel for the over, here are some more money off deals for the over-60s starting with cinema: Odeon – Enjoy discounted weekly Silver Cinema screenings for over-55s on a Wednesday at Odeon Cinema. Tickets are £3 and come with a hot drink and biscuit! Showcase Cinema – If Wednesdays areContinue reading “More money off deals for the over-60s”

Discounted travel offers for the over-60s

Sixty used to be when your pension started if you were a woman, nowadays many of us will have to wait until we’re 67.  It made me wonder whether there’s anything these days you can get cheaper or free when you reach this lifetime landmark. In preparation I thought I’d do a bit of researchContinue reading “Discounted travel offers for the over-60s”

Reconciling our retirement dates and dreams

My wife dropped the bombshell last night that she was considering putting off her retirement to “somewhere between 60 and 65”. She turns 57 in a couple of weeks’ time and she’d previously talked about 60 as a likely date to, at least, cut back her hours. There’d been nothing hard and fast about that,Continue reading “Reconciling our retirement dates and dreams”

Will my new committee role feel like work?

Through choice I spent yesterday evening at a committee meeting. I spent much of my working life avoiding them and now that I’m retired I’ve started going to them when I don’t have to.  Judging by the others in the room it’s what retired people do.  In fact, aged 59, I was welcomed as newContinue reading “Will my new committee role feel like work?”

60th birthday party planning gathers pace

The first of my 60th birthday invites are out.  I handed a few out at Saturday’s surprise party and Mrs Jones is taking some with her to work today.  The rest will go out later largely electronically via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, text message and email, might even post one or two. The invite features picturesContinue reading “60th birthday party planning gathers pace”

I am not happy with my Cex-life

A quiet Sunday looms as Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across the UK.  First thing today me and Mrs Jones made the most of a brief respite in the storm conditions to go for a quick 5k run.  We’ve gone and booked ourselves in for a 10k on March 8th and thought we really ought toContinue reading “I am not happy with my Cex-life”

My lawnmower Valentine gift to myself

I’m getting myself a lawnmower for Valentine’s Day. Is there not a sadder statement? A lawnmower’s hardly romantic after all but what makes it even worse is that I’m buying it for myself.  Unless Mrs Jones springs a surprise later that’ll be the only present I get. Saddest thing is I’m actually quite excited aboutContinue reading “My lawnmower Valentine gift to myself”

No to nudity in new film Emma!

I studied English when I was a student back in the early eighties.  One of the aspects I most enjoyed was discovering that I liked literature I never thought I would.  Books, for example like, Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene or George Eliott’s Adam Bede. Most of all though, to my surprise, I really enjoyed whatContinue reading “No to nudity in new film Emma!”

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