Warning – maintenance in progress

Maintenance. Let’s face it, it’s not a sexy concept, is it? It smacks of drudgery and duty, to me at least, something that you really ‘should’ do, but which often falls by the wayside in place of something more exciting and shiny. As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in Hocus Pocus “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to […]

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Be like Donovan – keep the thrill alive

Earlier this week, I was listening to an episode of Blood On The Tracks, the Colin Murray-fronted show, where guests bring their record collections and debate their favourite tracks in certain chosen categories. In one particular round, the guests were asked to name their favourite act to come out of Scotland. Fashion queen and former guitarist in The Fall Brix […]

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Let’s talk about death, baby*

A not-insignificant part of my week has been taken up discussing the aftermath of loved ones dying. As part of our continual reassessment of the free advice guides we supply at Age UK, we run focus groups with older people to ensure we’re covering the right topics. With information about money there’s little room for leeway, but an emotional topic like bereavement […]

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