Songwriter, actress, and singer Lua McIlraith takes a riotous look at ageing in her one-woman show ‘Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully’, says Margaret Jennings.Has your sex drive taken a bit of a dip as you age? Or what about your constant battle with the scales? And how are you managing with babysitting those ‘modern’ grandkids? If any of those issues strike a chord with you, then you’re on the same page as Dublin -based Lua McIlraith, who has written a one-woman show called Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully, featuring “a riotous look in song” at the perils of ageing.The material for her lyrics is taken from her own life and that of her friends and she compiled the show, she says, because “there was absolutely nothing out there relevant to older people, that wasn’t utterly negative”.The 75-year-old amateur songwriter, singer, and actress blasts all that negativity away when she takes to the stage, striking a high note in more ways than … [Read more...] about Third act: 75-year-old strikes a high note on stage
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As more young people struggle to get on the property ladder, a recent study revealed that a third of millennials will never save enough money to buy their own home. But Hazel Wood from Essex bought her first home at age of just 22- and without any help from the bank of mum and dad. The now 23-year-old is now revealing the tricks she used to save up a deposit and help other young people get on the housing ladder. Inspiring Hazel says saving up for your first property doesn’t have to mean giving up on holidays or going out with friends. The social media influencer and paraplanner explains: “I bought my first home in July last year. I saved a £20,000 deposit within two years by myself and I covered all the associated costs with no help from family. “I did have to make sacrifices but I still provided myself with a monthly allowance to spend on what I wanted like socializing or shopping. “And during my two years of saving, I had multiple holidays. I just … [Read more...] about Thrifty 22-year-old saves £20k deposit without missing out on hols or nights out
YOUR ‘fresh’ apples are up to a year old, your sausages can be only 32 per cent pork and your washed, bagged salad might contain enough listeria, salmonella or ecoli to kill you. These are just some of the Secrets Of Your Supermarket Food uncovered in Sian Williams’ new Channel 5 show. Sian finds a scary 40 per cent of supermarket chickens are still infected with deadly campylobacter but that there are no nutritional differences between cheaper intensively farmed birds and free-range chickens. Supermarkets love to make money by charging a premium for specialist diet products. While only 1 per cent of the population has coeliac disease, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow have released gluten-free cookbooks and up to 13 per cent of people now admit to being gluten-free fuelling a global industry worth £2.5 billion. Another hot diet trend is for foods with added protein – which come at a hugely inflated cost. Here, Sian Williams talks us through the secrets of … [Read more...] about The horrifying supermarket secrets you need to know including apples that are a YEAR old and nearly half of chickens infected with a deadly bug
Maisie Hammersley, from Emsworth, has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family, neighbours and friends. Maisie was born and brought up in Southsea, where she worked as a seamstress until her marriage to Jack Hammersley in 1940, when she moved to Southbourne. They had their son Patrick in 1959 and daughter Judy, in 1948. After a couple of years living in Surrey while Jack worked in London, the family moved to a new house in Emsworth in 1959. And Maisie has happily lived in the same house ever since.Maisie has pursued a wide range of interests during her life. In the early days of her marriage, she bred cocker spaniels and grew vegetables to supplement the wartime diet. She has always enjoyed gardening and only gave up the garden fork a couple of years ago.Maisie’s creative skills are many and varied, including all kinds of sewing and knitting. She was also an active participant in the Havant WI craft market until it closed a few years ago.Maisie … [Read more...] about Emsworth 100-year-old is still cracking jokes on her birthday
THE World’s oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday today – January 2. Kane Tanaka took over the title of the world’s oldest person in July 2018. Here’s more about her and her incredibly long life. Who is Kane Tanaka? Kane Tanaka was born in Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture on January 2, 1903. Still alive, she celebrates her 116th birthday today. The Japanese national was certified as the oldest living person following the death of 117-year-old Chiyo Miyako in July 2018. Kane was born prematurely and raised on breast milk from women other than her mother. During World War II, she worked in a store selling rice cakes with her husband Hideo. After both Hideo and her son died during the war, she continued to work at the same store until her retirement at the age of 63. In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews. At age 103, Tanaka was diagnosed with colon cancer but survived. When she was 107, her son wrote a book … [Read more...] about Who is the world’s oldest person Kane Tanaka and how old are they?