Make it macramé

Making things has never been a strong point. I got myself into a right tangle when we were taught to knit at junior school. The entire class had to knock up a white cotton dishcloth and I ended up staying behind after lessons because mine looked like a string vest. Even though I haven’t boughtRead more

Old news and old friends….

For the last few weeks the exterior of That’s Not My Age Mansions has been having a facelift. Painters on the scaffolding outside the windows at 8am, dressing gown at the ready at all times. And I have literally been all over the place. Dislodged. Not conducive to book-writing but nothing really when you considerRead more

Using Tinder when you’re not 20

I’m on Tinder. It’s a dating app and it’s not just for sex anymore, so I’m assured but I really wouldn’t know; says Elaine Kingett. Quite a few young friends have met long term partners this way and yes, there are a lot of older men to swipe through. Though it does bring out theRead more

Are we all winging it?

A friend of mine gave me some brilliant advice, the other day, instead of putting pressure on ourselves to be perfect at work, at home, at everything;  being ‘good enough’, is good enough. Modern life means we’re all permanently stretched, constantly connected and totally wired. (Thank you Mark E Smith). Apparently, the ‘good enough’ lifeRead more

Going to an exhibition and giving the brain a rest

Did you hear Christiane Amanpour on Desert Island Discs? (Brilliant – and still available to listen to,  HERE ). The former war correspondent, now CNN anchor and chief international correspondent was talking about balancing work and life. When work involved reporting from a war zone: taking holidays, surrounding herself with love and giving her brain aRead more

How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more

The summer adventures of a solo female traveller aged 66

After almost a month in Crete, writer and journalist Elaine Kingett reports back on the latest phase of her summer adventure: Did I discover a swarthy Cretan shepherd, complete with hairnet, Mitsubishi pick-up and gun to sweep me off my feet? Or an Albanian lothario-builder interested in showing me his tattoos, gold tooth and halfRead more

Use my body while it’s still young

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Making a song and dance about ageing isn’t, er, strictly my business. Use My Body While It’s Still Young is a show by Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud featuring four experienced dancers aged between 65 and 79-years-old and live music by singer songwriter Rebekka Karijord. Tickets for Use My Body While It’s Still Young are availableRead more

That is MY age: It’s the 40th anniversary of punk

Aged 12, in 1976, I was a bit too young to pogo. I also lived in Blackpool. Hardly the epicentre of cool but we did have our own punk band: The Membranes (lead singer John Robb was a local hero). By the time I was 15, I was sneaking into the local fleapit to see the SexRead more

At what age can women look the age they are? Quote of the week from Suzanne Moore

In a fantastic piece for the Guardian, journalist Suzanne Moore talks about the pressure to look a certain way and how this affects women and men of all ages and is ‘no longer confined to youth.’ Moore is a brilliant, no-bullshit, award-winning writer and she emphasizes the celebrity-driven focus on appearance rather than talent, abilityRead more