How a big birthday can concentrate the mind

I’ve never had a bucket list, says Elaine Kingett , but I’m 70 next year and that concentrates the mind wonderfully, as Samuel Johnson reputedly said. All those ‘regrets of the dying as told to nurses’ lists that pop-up on Facebook have been creeping into my head. Regrets, I’ve had a few but none I can doRead more

There’s still time to visit the Choose Love store

  The aim of the  Choose Love pop-up store on Broadwick Street, London is that you go home empty-handed, for a good cause. Open until the end of January it’s the brainchild of charity organisation  Help Refugees.  I popped in yesterday and on display in the shop are lifejackets, food, clothing, tents, blankets: real products for refugees. The ideaRead more

Menopause at Work

The lack of awareness of how menopausal symptoms can affect women in the workplace has been highlighted by a new study; carried out just down the road from me at King’s College Hospital. Myra Hunt emeritus professor of clinical health psychology told the Guardian that while policies to support pregnant women are the norm, the menopause remains aRead more

Films to see in January 2018

This is the best time of year for cinema-goers. The run-up to awards season is the point to catch all the main contenders. Fine by me, I love to watch films the old-fashioned way and can’t wait for the Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s a toss up which comes first but my desire toRead more

The joy of having a proper diary

Call me old-fashioned, but I like to greet the new year armed with the right stationery. Make that a Margaret Howell calendar and a proper diary . Electronic versions might be quick and easy but I spend far too much time staring at a screen already – and where’s the beauty? I much prefer to keep dates and notes inRead more

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  We’re having a quiet, minimalist Christmas at That’s Not My Age Mansions and are just about ready to hunker down with a box set and a bag of shortbread biscuits. Let the lolling begin! Thank you so much for all the lovely feedback this year; I’m always delighted when readers take the time toRead more

Inspired by the 80-something Superagers

  Two things have made me want to start running properly, again. One was the travel journalist I met in New York who began entering marathons in her 50s (we cheered her on at around the halfway mark) and the other is Superager Irene Obera, 84. ‘You have to move it or you’re going toRead more

Have yourself a Small Business Christmas

  Christmas is a small business at That’s Not My Age Mansions. And this together with the Blue Planet 2-effect means I’m scaling things back this year. Not that I have much to buy; a lot of my friends now live outside London and by telepathy and a tendency not to see each other as often as we’dRead more

Christmas cards you’ll want to receive

Every year I frugally plan to send Christmas cards to the friends and family I don’t see very often – and say Happy Christmas, in person, to those I do. But then the festive season arrives and I go all or nothing. Women To Look Up To is a brand that aims to shine a light on modern female roleRead more

Rachel Whiteread: at the Tate and on TV

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. The artist’s life-size cast of the inside of derelict a house in London’s East End was demolished soon after. I was born in the same year as Whiteread and have followed her career; from the award-winning concrete house (House 1993-1994) to the currentRead more