Seaside entertainment, sinuses and other stuff

This week’s unexpected intermission was due to the unfortunate combination of a WiFi malfunction and a viral infection. Once my sinuses had joined the party, I was scuppered. We’d gone down to Ramsgate to stay with friends for a couple of days while the damp in our bathroom was being treated. When will I learnRead more

Digital Detox: going off-grid for the weekend

I was half-way up a hill in the wooded, wilds of North Devon on Sunday when my phone leapt into life, bombarding my pocket with a string of family Whatsapp messages from my three adult offspring. It was all kicking off in London, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Anyone heard from Mum?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Did she get there?Read more

Creative Women at Work: meeting Rae Feather

When we meet, Rae Feather is not what I expect at all. Having followed the accessories entrepreneur on Instagram for some time, I’d imagined a 20-something, trust-fund-tastic Sloane. Then there she is, warm and sunny and 50-something with a gorgeous Irish accent; bringing the coffee and making wry jokes. You could knock me down withRead more

Rachel Howard: the artist you need to know about

Why have I never heard of Rachel Howard? Is what I thought earlier this year when a gorgeous painting caught my eye as I walked past Blain Southern’s London gallery. Curious, I did a sharp right turn and headed straight in. Where I discovered that the under-the-radar, 49-year-old artist has another larger exhibition opening thisRead more

Caring for an elderly parent and finding joy in the meantime

One of my friends recently had to pack up her London flat, pack in her job and move back to Canada to care for her elderly mother. I’ve been chatting to Alexia a lot recently via email and suggested she write down her experience for That’s Not My Age; as caring for parents and lovedRead more

Pilates is the new clubbing

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young,’ so said Joseph Pilates. I am reminded of this quote when I attempt to  take up running again and it’s a bit stop-start-y. On the day I buy a new pair of running shoes ( Asics Gel Kayano 24;  I overpronate) myRead more

Down with ageism in the workplace

In a week that celebrated the centenary of some women winning the right to vote (those over-30, who were married or owned property. Men just had to be over the age of 21) we are still battling for equality. The gender pay gap, equal representation in parliament, sexual harrassment and ageism in the workplace areRead more

Something to look forward to: Laura Linney on stage in My Name is Lucy Barton

Our Christmas gift to each other was a smart TV – we’ve joined the 21st century, people. Many an evening is spent scrolling through Netflix on the settee – and we do actually watch stuff, too. While revisiting The Squid and the Whale recently, I concluded that Laura Linney is one of those actors who has appearedRead more

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