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Memories of a Lewisham which has long since gone…

18 Sep 2020

DC offers us memories of a time and place which is long gone, and from a very personal perspective, but that will not be forgotten as long as such writings can be shared.

Ladies; by the hair of my chinny chin chin? I say ‘ NO, NO!’.

17 Sep 2020

Perhaps BN has ‘stubbled’ upon one of those worries that ladies often have, but tend not to talk about, in her post today.


16 Sep 2020

OK reminds us of an arguably hard truth which is often side stepped with the phrase he discusses in this message…

If you get them- remember to spend them…

15 Sep 2020

MP offers us a little advice about one of those little tasks that get forgotten, often until it is too late, to do anything about it and reminds us of the advantages of checking while we still have a little lock-down time on our hands…

My neighbour, the agony aunt…

14 Sep 2020

Visiting people who are not able to get out is one way that those, who can, can make a big difference and break down the barriers of loneliness, government guidelines permitting.  But MM asks one version of the question, ‘How do you know if you have outstayed your welcome’?

How tired is your electric blanket?

13 Sep 2020

JN sent us this bit of advice well into the winter of last year, and while we did post it then, LPG feels that this is the optimum time of year to remind readers of the importance of getting it checked before plugging your electric blanket in again.   

Let’s twist again…

12 Sep 2020

This is a message for all the LPG readers who started their computer relationship in a small way, but now spend so much time behind one these days that their exercise habits are suffering.  OW has found a way of achieving a bit of the best of both worlds.

Avoid turning an introduction into a cat-fight

11 Sep 2020

FT offers a little advice to make sure that anyone planning to acquaint a new cat with their existing family moggie does not end up with a feline feud on their hands.   

The ultimate ambition…

10 Sep 2020

Rudy offers his thoughts on an age old saying and its relevance to the world we live in today.

Another step to ‘steppage’ improvement…

09 Sep 2020

For the benefit of the fitness conscious among us, KC exercises his brain to produce a good argument for not forgetting the importance of washing your hands properly

Working out what is where…

08 Sep 2020

Today FT takes the time to remind us of a fundamental rule needed when conducting a computer spring clean…

Every picture tells a story (chapter 19): The selfie, the mask and the mobile phone.

07 Sep 2020

LS tells us a masked story which LPG suspects is not unique but, if you are wearing one while reading, it might just manage to help you hide a little smile.

Don’t skip it – Do it today!

06 Sep 2020

LPG is happy to think that someone reading our pages has been inspired to write to us and, in the light of the significance of today, National Fight Procrastination Day, we hope that DP is able to realise one of the aims of her post today which is inspiring others to ‘get on with it!’ 

A little Poem from me to you…

05 Sep 2020

Perhaps, as PF suggests this poem might inspire a few other readers to put pen to paper and create a verse or two which will amuse, encourage, raise spirits or just get readers thinking enough to produce a little something of their own.  LPG cannot wait to be able to offer a few more verses.

Speeding at 24 MPH…

04 Sep 2020

XX has decided to remain even more anonymous than usual due to the subject matter discussed today but the subject will be of interest to any drivers who also count themselves LPG readers.

Reunite… some families do it, some schools do it, we could do it!

03 Sep 2020

IA has read one of LPG’s earlier posts, and found inspiration in one word which was included there.  As a result, she found a reason, for the mission that she is suggesting.  Readers may find it a little radicle, but older people are always being told that having a project is one of the most important ways that we can keep grounded as we get older and she has found one for us today… 

Staying cool when the heat is not going away!

02 Sep 2020

Perhaps it has all been said before but HB finds it vital to try to find a few more ways to stay cool during these summer nights and offers us her internet findings…

Responsible ‘shopaholism’ – can be good for some?

01 Sep 2020

SA talks us through her experience of shopping in a different way…

Written last Bank Holiday, in preparation for this one…

31 Aug 2020

FS offers us a wish and prediction for today’s Bank Holiday…

Having a go and letting you know; Toasting Trinidad and Tobago …

30 Aug 2020

CB reports on her attempts to try her hand at a bit of west Indian cooking while celebrating the independence of Trinidad and Tobago today…


You will note that we are posting this a day early and that Trinidad and Tobago will actually be celebrating their independence tomorrow, but if you want to try this you now have a day to get the ingredients together. 


Please forgive us for posting this a day early but we had two requests to feature something special for you tomorrow.

What can you do for them after all they have done for you?

29 Aug 2020

SM reminds us today of the amount that our hands do for us over the years and offers ways that we can appreciate them, pamper them and transform them a little

Quality v Quantity. What sort of friend am I being really?

28 Aug 2020

Perhaps QF has posted more questions than answers today about things that we may be doing to help friends, or even to ourselves, which are not always good for us, and while there is no definitive ‘one solution fits all’, answer what is focussed on today is bound to get you thinking.

Seeing past the fog to the shop-shelves…

27 Aug 2020

As LS has taken the time to point out today, glasses and face masks are not a match made in heaven.  She tries to offer some suggestions to make the match a little more comfortable for those who have no choice but to wear both…

3 – 2 – 1…

26 Aug 2020

Perhaps we at LPG find ourselves celebrating a little late this year, but having reached another milestone of existence we offer an update on the state of the organisation which, as always comes to you with a call for the continued help of our readers…

Get the big bones out today!

25 Aug 2020

PL puts the spotlight on another of those national days today as she reminds us that if every dog has its day, this may well be it…

Celebrating our ‘happily ever afters’

24 Aug 2020

PM offers us a positive thought for the day that readers may or may not completely agree with, but her positive message has to be worth reading… 

One subtle way to deal with embarrassment…

23 Aug 2020

LD obviously has an eye for the little things in life as she highlights a predicament which nearly everyone has experienced at some point in their lives and explores a subtle way to deal with a sticky situation…

Versed thoughts (chapter 9): The Same Country

22 Aug 2020

War; where and what it leaves behind is the subject of Foster’s poem this month…

My A to Z of Lockdown living…

21 Aug 2020

There are no two ways about it; lockdown is going to be with us for a sizable while longer.  CJ offers her personal framework for continued survival of the ordeal….

‘TO BE OR NOT TO BE... ONE OR THE OTHER’; there is a question….

20 Aug 2020

Rudy picks a heavy subject today and tries to lighten it while reminding readers of the reasons why we need to make a decision…

Breathing your way to reduced back pain and weight?

19 Aug 2020

Many people are interested in getting maximum results with relatively minimum input these days and EB has found us an interesting, but very short, set of exercises that claim to do just that.  In just two minutes a day it is claimed that measurable improvements in inch loss and weight loss can be achieved.  That must be worth taking a look at.

Not every conversation needs to be a happy one…

18 Aug 2020

The question of needing to feel useful is explored in today’s post.  Perhaps NT makes the point that neighbours who don’t get out much appreciate visitors who don’t always only make small talk.

Pensioner-parents learn from the birds?

17 Aug 2020

Perhaps GM has a two pronged batch of advice for LPG readers who qualify as such, but who come into the category of being a grandma or grandad… 

In preparation for a good laugh…

16 Aug 2020

RO reminds us that we are approaching National Tell Joke day and offers a little preparation…

Those that will have to keep holding their breath…

15 Aug 2020

MP makes a point, at a point in the coronavirus story, where at least one aspect of being locked down will cause what has been a level playing field for one section of our population, to start tilting again.

Happy Virtual Birthday to you…

14 Aug 2020

AN shares some ideas for virtual party goers of all ages in a bid to ensure that the skills that lockdown has taught so many, don’t become history when the pandemic does…

Be kind if you still have to say, ‘No, not today thank you’.

13 Aug 2020

SP shares his experience of being on the other side of a cold telephone sales call….

Third in the queue for too long?

12 Aug 2020

Those of us who still need to get to the shops these days are all probably used to the self-isolating system of queuing. If you opt to join the queue, there is a lot of time for thinking while you wait, and JC used hers to come up with this thought…

Ladies, perhaps a little egg on your face from time to time is a good thing…

11 Aug 2020

BN has a few suggestions to pass the time and make you feel good about yourself no matter how old you are, and LPG would venture to suggest that perhaps a few of our gentleman readers may venture to have a go too.  If you try it LPG would love to share your results anonymously of course…

Not every TV offers HD…

10 Aug 2020

TN sheds a little light on how to make sure that you are able to receive your television channel if it goes digital and your television is not equipped to do the same….

Versed thoughts (chapter 11): Future Unknown

09 Aug 2020

Realistic, depressing?  How do you envisage our post-Covid world shaping up? JD offers us his predictions in verse today.

In appreciation of our firry friends…

08 Aug 2020

SW reminds us of one of the celebratory days which ultimately focusses in on one reason that so many pensioners who find themselves living alone manage to cope…

In appreciation of our firry friends…

08 Aug 2020

SW reminds us of one of the celebratory days which ultimately focusses in on one reason that so many pensioners who find themselves living alone manage to cope…

The under/over 45 divide…

07 Aug 2020

KC offers a personal view of where he draws the line and when it comes to the technological knowhow…

An independence day challenge…

06 Aug 2020

On the Jamaican anniversary of independence, TM offers a challenge as she highlights one of the national pastimes which can be quite a serious business over there where they have their own unique way of playing this particular game…     

Mentioning the unmentionable…

05 Aug 2020

CL takes the time to spotlight some items of clothing that tend to become less important as we get a bit older as she questions just where we would be without our smalls on this, National Underwear Day, or any other for that matter.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 14) – …a little lesson in making room for them…

04 Aug 2020

AR has chosen us a stunning picture this morning, in spite of its greyness.  But while this post is inspired by such pictures there is a little to be learned about the best way to organise them in this message…

Distant family members that have jumped into my reality

03 Aug 2020

Although being locked-down for so long may well be seen in future history books as a very negative experience that so much of the world had to suffer, there were many good things to come from the episode.  AN highlights one for us today… 

Seeing past the fog to the shop-shelves…

02 Aug 2020

As LS has taken the time to point out today, glasses and face masks are not a match made in heaven.  She tries to offer some suggestions to make the match a little more comfortable for those who have no choice but to wear both…

A taste of loneliness…

01 Aug 2020

CM has been inspired by some statistics found on the internet and, with the degree of hindsight Covid-19 has given her, she passes her interpretation of the message that can be read between the lines on today… 

Thinking of faraway places…

31 Jul 2020

So many have missed out on their annual vacation this year and NC offers a comment or two on that subject today…

To the 10% born on the other side… in preparation for a Happy International Lefthanders’ day

30 Jul 2020

We posted this article on 13 August last year but GB asked us to repeat his message two weeks in advance of this particular celebratory day in the hope that some of his left handed peers are remembered with a small gift which might make life a little easier for them, on the up and coming International Lefthanders day this August 13th.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 15) – Christmas is never far away…

29 Jul 2020

AR’s snap truly appears quite ordinary until you read and understand the reasons that he has shared it…

A little more advice for those left behind…

28 Jul 2020

GF adds a post script to an earlier message on the subject of the administration associated with losing someone close…

Friends, Mums, Daughters, Sons and Dads get to this back routine…

27 Jul 2020

Perhaps, whatever your relationship or friendship, TP’s focus today may be a way of allowing the waking up process to become a little less of an ordeal for those older housemates who are lucky enough to live with a younger family member or friend but there is nothing to stop you having a go if you live alone…

This time last year – keeping cool…

26 Jul 2020

We have followed SL’s instructions and kept this message on ice for a whole year in the hope that if it is really hot at the moment this project may attract some of our readers’ attention.

Brothers and sisters, repair the rifts…

25 Jul 2020

GG brings up a subject that can so often grate on so many people who also identify with the role of being a sister or a brother.

Versed thoughts (chapter 12): Designed to provoke opinion…

24 Jul 2020

Rudy offers a short poem in a bid to fire the imagination and fuel a reaction…

Should you be in credit and are you missing out?

23 Jul 2020

SW offers a few facts and figures on the subject of pension credit and asks the question are you eligible and not claiming? 

Versed thoughts (chapter 8): Fingers

22 Jul 2020

This is only Fosters fourth gift to LPG and, if nothing else, we are learning of the small intricacies that so many never observe or think about; or it may well be that we have never, so far, thought them worthy of verse.  Foster and his poetry is going some way to letting our readers think otherwise…

Beware of overpaying for a TV licence…

21 Jul 2020

Perhaps SW’s warning comes with little notice of the date that many older people are likely to be re-enrolled into the list of television license payers but no matter how little the notice, forewarned is forearmed… 

Dish-washing v Dish- stacking…

20 Jul 2020

CC points us to a question that draws out the same need to come down on one side of the fence or the other that Marmite provokes…

What’s in a name... if you can say it right?

19 Jul 2020

VL comments on the anguish that getting some of the names of her friends right has caused her over the years, and wonders if other readers feel the same…

Have you found anything of value at the bottom of your draws?

18 Jul 2020

JS offers an interesting subject for those who have dedicated a little of their ‘at home’ time finding one genre of memorabilia that many of us have concealed in the boxes and draws around our houses.  

Every picture tells a story (chapter 13) – to click or not to click…

17 Jul 2020

Perhaps KY has found a topic to write about to day which offers more questions than answers when it comes to taking pictures.

Old friends…

16 Jul 2020

LPG suspects that Rudy is just putting the thoughts of many of our readers on paper with this message and we hope that a few of our readers will be prompted to remember old friends…

A good day to predict the Weather…

15 Jul 2020

Perhaps WD learned very little about the truth of the St Swithin’s legend today but he has provided us with a reason to smile and check the weather forecast for a few weeks as he highlights his personal St. Swithin’s day predictions…

Having a go and letting you know – A salute to France …

14 Jul 2020

LPG would like to congratulate CB on carrying through with her promise to try this very French dish and may we also wish all our French friends a happy celebration day.

The other end of the GP spectrum

13 Jul 2020

For those who have never heard of Patient Participation groups or what they aim to do, IB introduces LPG readers to one aspect of the GP surgery which it might be worth getting involved with.

The real cost of connecting with media

12 Jul 2020

SW gives a little insight into one aspect of paying for things by direct debit when he suggests that readers check that they are getting the best deal from the companies who provide their telephone and communication services.   

A silly thought on a serious day…

11 Jul 2020

SC and his lateral thinking impacts on one of the year’s world awareness days as he looks at World Population Day from an interesting standpoint…

Versed thoughts (chapter 10): Couples

10 Jul 2020

Perhaps Filippa F has highlighted one of the problems which has always been there, but that it will become even more important for us to all think about during the coming months as we all find our way back to post-Covid normality.

Dreams, REM and remembering…

09 Jul 2020

Remembering is something that older brains are likely to have problems with at the best of times.  JN takes a look at one possible aspect of improving yours… 

Is personal freedom overrated?

08 Jul 2020

LY explores a somewhat philosophical question today as she offers her thoughts on real personal freedom and what that means to a pensioner.  If you disagree or have another point of view LPG looks forward to the opportunity to share it with our readership. 

Life’s too short; let’s celebrate…

07 Jul 2020

This is the second of two messages on the same subject that YP was kind enough to send us and though the subject matter is somewhat tough to deal with, if you read the first, some preparation might be in place already… LPG offers the wish that something positive comes out of today’s celebrations…

Having a go and letting you know – this is my warning to you …

06 Jul 2020

CB throws down a cooking gauntlet for readers who like to flex their culinary muscles today with a promise of her findings. 

Tough preparation for a global celebration …

05 Jul 2020

YP makes an effort to trigger some readers into action today with her attempt to prompt that action which can be the hardest to initiate…

Weight, water and exercise….

04 Jul 2020

KC offers some science to back up a good reason for spending a little more on your water bill…

Your bank account – one possible way of staying in control…

03 Jul 2020

LM makes a really good point today when challenging readers to ask themselves what would happen if they could not get to the bank. Perhaps her memory-jogger and advice will give some readers something to think about…


This post was sent to us in Early February, before Covid-19 was ever heard of, but is a perfect example of a reason to have telephone banking in place.

Don’t be put off; keep holding on!

02 Jul 2020

DC reminds us that we should not be put off by those recorded messages that we all hear when making an official telephone call these days. 

So much red tape at a time like this…

01 Jul 2020

Perhaps GF is pointing out the obvious on a subject which is hard to broach at the best of times in the hope that the authorities that can, will make dealing with this particular problem easier for those who are left behind. 

An emergency history and geography lesson…

30 Jun 2020

JB, inspired by an aunt’s birthday offers birthday wishes and a geographical history lesson on the telephone emergency services.

Making sure UV not overdone it.

29 Jun 2020

DH takes the time to remind us that it is important to be mindful of the properties of the sun and the fact that you can sunbathe from behind the living room window

Let’s take a post-pandemic leaf out of the farmers’ book…

28 Jun 2020

Perhaps CJ is not the only person who has revived a few old friendships and relationships with the help of lock down and the telephone over the past few months.  Her farmers’ analogy may be just what is needed to make sure that such renewed friendships are maintained.  

See, snap and be ready…

27 Jun 2020

Here is a little information which might make the rest of lockdown a Littlemore bearable for those who like to take photos of their grandchildren, or indeed anything that may appear on their computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone screen…

Striving for a personal ‘happily ever after’’ at the end of every night’s sleep

26 Jun 2020

Perhaps WD is offering something that is not possible for us all to achieve as we approach international Sleep awareness day, but just think of all the extra sleep you will get trying to follow the rules of this experiment!

Do all the time-savers really save time?

25 Jun 2020

AK takes the time to look at one aspect of just how time consumption has been affected by all the new innovations put in place to do just that…

The importance of a different type of dating…

24 Jun 2020

DC, inspired by an older relative, passes on a quite relevant, bit of advice that is so basic that we so often forget…

Err on the side of caution for just a bit longer…

23 Jun 2020

In this climate where the government is perpetually changing the lock-down rules that are designed to bring us out of stay-at-home mode, AY has a message for LPG readers.

Versed thoughts (chapter 7): Simon the Swan

22 Jun 2020

Poetry has, for a long time, been a way of triggering the mind into thought and, while many younger people find it more difficult to appreciate, we old school’ individuals are much more likely to read and take motivation from its subtleties.  Please try Foster’s rhyme for size.

Perhaps another thing to add to your ‘lock down’ to do list…

21 Jun 2020

CB shares something found at the bottom of a cupboard which might just make a difference to those lock down telephone conversations and also be useful when we get back to being able to receive guests again…

‘The doctor Said.’… you mean ‘The doctor advised’!

20 Jun 2020

Just every now and then we can find ourselves in the doctors consulting room disagreeing with his solution to the medical problem that we have explained.  WR throws some light on where that leaves the patient…

Inheriting a sticky hobby?

19 Jun 2020

TG offers some advice for any reader who has inherited a stamp collection and has no idea what to do with it. 

The soap, the knife, the gun and the blunt instrument…

18 Jun 2020

Perhaps it is not possible for the values of the world to stand still, but LPG has to ask if EC is the only telly watcher who would like to turn back the clock just a little? 

Let’s all think dirty, just for today…

17 Jun 2020

DR asks us to spare a thought for the bin men today as we live through their special day and suggests that though it stemmed from one of the many American ideas, all bin men, no matter which country they work in, could do with our thoughts and appreciation today. 

When hot nights make sleeping difficult…

16 Jun 2020

Perhaps CL has hit upon an issue that is affecting even more of us, this year, as our nights seem even longer and lock down continues, but some very interesting solutions are offered in this post. 

Magna Carta, a celebration of national law…

15 Jun 2020

DL sent this thought to us a while ago now but we at LPG felt it would be fitting to post it on the anniversary of the great signing in spite of the fact that it is more of an observation on how the world has used this document rather than of its content.   

Spot the difference…

14 Jun 2020

HS shares one of the new pastimes that being home for so long has given him the time to get started on…

Dating for the rest of this year…

13 Jun 2020

Perhaps DL’s advice is a little late but with half the year left, this is worth taking into consideration… 

Ode to those with a smart phone and butter-fingers…

12 Jun 2020

Perhaps CJC has been inspired because of personal experience, but LPG suggests that unless you are truly technically minded, you leave such a task to the professionals and appreciate his poem for its artistic content. 

The value of vinyl these days…

11 Jun 2020

RR focusses in on yet another collectable which could have a lot more than intrinsic value…   

Time for corporate contemplation…

10 Jun 2020

Perhaps Rudy has a conscience jogging message for all the business owners and bosses as covid 19 continues to influence our lifestyles…

Someone to look up to.

09 Jun 2020

Perhaps CK is obviously a grandmother, but she has some strong opinions on the positive influence that grandparents, particularly grandfathers when it comes to the boys, can have in helping to ensure that their grandchildren have at least one ‘flesh and blood’ role model to look up to as they learn the ways of the world.

Is the state of your garden surviving the virus?

08 Jun 2020

KR is reminded of that little bit of green that he was neglecting and hopes to remind any other potential partners in crime that it is still out there and in need of some TLC…

Birthday inspiration.

07 Jun 2020

CJC offers a poem today and wonders how many other family patriarchs (and matriarchs, in this world of equality) have found themselves in a similar situation… 

Lockdown…The best of both worlds.

06 Jun 2020

Perhaps Rudy has found a project, for some of our readers, that can be planned while there is still a little lock down time… 

Keeping a bit more in touch

05 Jun 2020

NS offers a somewhat ambitious notion that might make this continued lock down period a little more interesting as those who already know how, help the less able along… 

Keeping them out rather than killing them when they are in…

04 Jun 2020

As promised we are repeating this post in preparation for another British summer.  Perhaps GD is not the only pensioner who has issues with this problem.  The internet introduces us to some alternative solutions to dealing with this summer’s fly invasion.

Man to man…

03 Jun 2020

SD knows that the end of lockdown will be celebrated in many ways and suggest that men of all ages prepare for the man-to-man hug situation. He suggests that you can’t be too old to be prepared…

Crossing things out can sometimes be quite satisfying…

02 Jun 2020

Perhaps CT has a message that is relevant at any time but especially while we find ourselves at home more…

Dozy days and sleepless nights…

01 Jun 2020

Perhaps AV is one of the many pensioners that finds themselves with too much time on their hands at the moment, but her loss of early morning sleep is our gain as she shares her very early thoughts on the age we are living through at the moment… 

The expressionless face of our world’s streets.

31 May 2020

Perhaps FI has a point when arguing that it is better to do something that might not have any effect at all, but may just help you avoid giving or catching this virus… 

Just not the same...

30 May 2020

SD makes a really poignant point as he points out one of the fundamental actions that so many of us have not had the opportunity to perform for what seems like a really long time…

Girls of a certain age, do you remember?

29 May 2020

Oh memories, RP shares a few of hers while admitting that they go back a bit.  The staff at LPG are sure that these memories may be shared by a few other ‘girls of a certain age’ and hope that RP is able to do a little jogging as you read through them. 

Routine; one way of maintaining yours...

28 May 2020

AY reminds us of a message which, though written some time ago might be quite relevant to some self-isolators…

Is that everything?

27 May 2020

GS offers readers the benefit of the learning curve that preparing a holiday has offered and hopes that the things learned along the way may be helpful to fellow readers traveling the same path.

Have all the models rolled away?

26 May 2020

Rudy skims the surface by broaching a subject that is surely very close to many grandparents’ hearts in these times we are living in…

Thank you NHS, and here are some other people we need to thank…

25 May 2020

RL highlights another group of people that we need to thank for helping so many get through the traumas of lockdown…

Age; the ‘Looks Taker’

24 May 2020

Rudy offers one take on the evolution of humankind…

Keep loving them, but remember to keep your distance…

23 May 2020

Perhaps, even after living with Covid-19 for all this time there are still some aspects that we may have missed. Today PK revisits the situation from the pet owners point of view

Something else to do while you’re in the queue…

22 May 2020

We English are renowned for our patience when it comes to waiting in queues, but even that is being tested these days. HW offers another insight into our new way of shopping and offers something else to do when you run out of mobile phone conversation during the presently extended waiting times.

Versed thoughts (chapter 6): Measurements

21 May 2020

Foster has penned another poem written with the backdrop of Coronavirus echoed in its verses….

Foot freedom and feeling the floor.

20 May 2020

AH finds another way to address electrical imbalances in the body for those who can try something which will cost them no extra money at all.

The world’s ‘Money Grabbers’ or the ‘Financially Shrewd’?

19 May 2020

Without prejudice, Rudy broaches a small point which finds itself in the area of national interest today. 

Our shrinking homes.

18 May 2020

Those who are literally self-isolating find the loneliness hard to deal with but VL offers us an insight into life on the other side of the coin…

No Egghead or Chaser…

17 May 2020

No doubt, being forced to watch more television than usual has triggered Rudy’s writing today, but perhaps some readers will identify with his perception of the differences between the things that were important to the educational era of the youngsters who are today’s pensioners… 

Swapping the word ‘home’ for ‘alert’.

16 May 2020

IP offers her take on the Prime Minister’s recent national address.

Another little known national commemoration day

15 May 2020

PA originally sent this thought to us exactly 11 months ago with the suggestion that we repost it giving readers a month to make arrangements to make plans to mark the day this year.

Will the world ever agree on anything?

14 May 2020

Perhaps GK is looking at this issue simply but this message offers food for thought for our readers who have an interest in things political…

A special message for nappers on World Sleep Day.

13 May 2020

AJ suggest that those LPG readers, who are prone to napping, consider the answer to a very relevant question on the day put aside for sleep awareness, now that they are particularly rested. 

A little nonsense that might make you smile…

12 May 2020

SD tries to give readers something far removed from our recent experiences with the reminder of a celebrity day that might lighten our lives regardless of if we are still all self-isolating or if we are   taking our first steps beyond the front door again as we are reminded of National Limerick day …

Let’s prepare for a sleep in…

11 May 2020

The day after tomorrow will be World Sleep day, one of the new wave of celebration days, and HJ asks us to have a think about our sleep patterns in preparation.

My storage problem risen to new heights…

10 May 2020

LPG would say this is one of those articles which should come with a side-order of ‘don’t try this at home’ but for those potential hoarders who own their own house, are able, have help and can exercise a degree of common sense, it may be one solution to a problem.

Versed thoughts (chapter 5): Extensions

09 May 2020

There is no doubt that Foster’s inspiration for this poem is the instructions that we continue to receive on the importance of washing your hands ….

May Day on Friday?

08 May 2020

TK highlights VE day and offers some facts about bank holidays in general.…

Why must the wicked be strong?

07 May 2020

Rudy offers us proof that a mixture of self-isolation and music can create all manner of thoughts…

They can’t catch the virus but they could catch you…

06 May 2020

Perhaps HW has a point when mentioning that going shopping can be a lengthy business these days and he offers a little advice about your car if you decide to drive before you queue…

Age, Culture, Gender, conscience and Church…

05 May 2020

Rudy offers us a conscience-provoking thought for today as we continue to have more time for deep thought on our hands and live without so many of the things that we have become so used to.

A celebratory week that is likely to be hard to observe this year…

04 May 2020

PM offers us some thoughts inspired by an early morning browsing session which informed her of a celebratory week that we are all likely to cancel this year… 

In spite of everything, let’s try to celebrate today…

03 May 2020

WF reminds us that today is World laughter day and, in spite of all the reasons that celebrating might be challenging, suggests that trying our best to observe this event might be good for us…

Thank you NHS, and here are some other people we need to thank…

02 May 2020

RL highlights another group of people that we need to thank for helping so many get through the traumas of lockdown…

Something to do with the help of your window or back door?

02 May 2020

NE reminds us that tomorrow will be National Dawn Chorus Day and has a suggestion for all those people whose sleep is affected because of the upshot that this year’s self-isolation has caused…

Stamps; not that bad a deal…

01 May 2020

TG, commemorates the anniversary of the penny black by offering us an unusual history and perspective on the impact it has left on the world of postage…

A message from LPG

30 Apr 2020

LPG offers a message, at this very difficult time, to all our readers and those who offer their thoughts and concerns to be shared on the website pages. 

One way of keeping up to date during lock down…

29 Apr 2020

Perhaps NI has found another result of self-isolation which might be waring some readers down as the weeks continue.  If so her offering of a solution may be of some help

GDPR.. get them to show what they know about you…

28 Apr 2020

Perhaps CP is saying something that we all remember becoming a topic with a high profile a couple of years ago when the law changed.  But when we click to accept a sites privacy policy do we take on board exactly what we are doing?

Will we feel different about taking that first trip out when UK lock down ends?

27 Apr 2020

Perhaps AY’s point will get us all thinking about how quickly the enforced state of staying at home has changed from being an inconvenience to personal protection for many of us, and he wonders about what and how we will feel when it is over…

Self-isolation; a friendship changer

26 Apr 2020

Perhaps OK has a point when wondering how self-isolation and all those telephone calls that we have made will change our friendships… 

Remember the plug…

25 Apr 2020

ZC points out one of those details which is really obvious, but that often gets missed, and offers readers another good reason to plug appliances out when you are not using them; especially if you are up to date with certain mod cons.  

Money; is collecting really worth it?

24 Apr 2020

Perhaps OL has found some information that will change the way that the commemorative coin collectors among our readers see that hobby.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off….

23 Apr 2020

Perhaps this is a variation on a theme but RM offers a slither of positivity in what can be seen at the moment as a pretty negative world…

Eating; getting started again…

22 Apr 2020

FI offers us a few solutions to the problem of getting back to eating after a bout of illness which might force you to lose your appetite…

Another effect of self-isolation

21 Apr 2020

Perhaps NI has a new perspective of Self-Isolation to offer today, or perhaps it is one that the past month or so has forced us all to think about.  However, you look at it making plans may be one way to fight your way through this challenge. 

According to the Chinese, ‘hanging by the neck’ won’t necessarily kill you

20 Apr 2020

Perhaps we should firstly say ‘don’t try the eastern version of this before checking with your GP’, but KR shares a possible therapy to improve neck and back pain, although the first time you see the Chinese version, it might make your eyes water…. 

A healthy reminder for your car…

19 Apr 2020

Perhaps HW has a timely reminder for those drivers amongst us ….

A sticking point which might help pain…

18 Apr 2020

Acupuncture; we have all heard of it and for some it works well, but OE is still on the fence and would really value another opinion.

A sticking point which might help pain…

18 Apr 2020

Acupuncture; we have all heard of it and for some it works well, but OE is still on the fence and would really value another opinion.

In honour of the real Statistics …

17 Apr 2020

FB sends a message of acknowledgment for those who will not get to the other end of this crisis with us…

Computer voice discrimination?

16 Apr 2020

Perhaps VC has found the answer to a question that few will actually worry about as long as they can understand their computers and virtual assistants when they need to, but did you know that so much scientific research went into the voice we just take for granted if we ever hear what a computer has to say?

The vacuum that makes for a clean sleep…

15 Apr 2020

CL reminds us of the value of one of those chores that we all know needs doing, but that we rarely get around to, with a reminder of the value of cleaning over replacement… 

The vacuum that makes for a clean sleep…

15 Apr 2020

CL reminds us of the value of one of those chores that we all know needs doing, but that we rarely get around to, with a reminder of the value of cleaning over replacement… 

10 Kilos! Please don’t all return!

14 Apr 2020

GW has been ill, come through to the other side, and made a discovery or two along the way, and offers a little advice to fellow readers

Turning the clock back to legibility…

13 Apr 2020

GD offers us a master class in restoration, perhaps for the artistic, but seriously geared towards those readers who may have lost the visibility, which afforded them proof of purchase.

Getting to the other side with thanks!

12 Apr 2020

LPG Appreciates FB passing on yet another experience of self-isolation so far…

Keeping the neighbours guessing…

11 Apr 2020

YF highlights a thing or two that those planning a spell away from home may well know but need to be reminded of at any time of year

Down in the mouth in more ways than one…

10 Apr 2020

Perhaps YS is offering some information that many sufferers already know here but there is a lot of advice which may well be useful to those people who usually suffer in silence.  Perhaps some will find something new that helps to eradicate their mouth ulcer a little more quickly…

Things floating right in front of your eyes….

09 Apr 2020

Perhaps ES’s google search has found the answer to an age old affliction that most of us have forgotten affects us, although there are always differing degrees of severity. Perhaps this post will get some readers checking what is going on with this aspect of their vision.

Keeping your visits real…

08 Apr 2020

LPG would like to thank RE for this observation.  As we get older there is more of a likelihood that we will spend time with a relative who is in care, but until the experience is realised it is very hard to have any understanding of what to expect and, having the opportunity to share any thoughts on the subject, must have the potential to forearm the care home visitors of the future.  

Tea; making a meal of it…

07 Apr 2020

FW tells us a lot about tea in today’s message but perhaps an equally valuable piece of information and advice is to be found at the very bottom of her piece

Something to do while ‘Self-Isolating’

06 Apr 2020

AF has taken the time to put what LPG suspects are the feelings of so many pensioners on paper. By way of an exercise devised to keep contact with those who he cannot reach in any other way his thoughts are very relevant at this time of the ‘coronavirus lock down’ situation we find ourselves in at the moment…

Pensioners and time; opposing points of view…

05 Apr 2020

EW’s comment on time may also help some readers with the age old pop up problem that computers have the habit of offering its users more and more each day, although there is another really pertinent train of thought, which perhaps affects all readers of this site, offered here…

In the interests of National Self-Sanity…

04 Apr 2020

EB suggests that we move away from the focus of the statistics surrounding Coronavirus and find some other things to do during self-isolation…  

It doesn’t have to be a touch; any movement will do…

03 Apr 2020

Perhaps FM is a little behind the times but her story makes a really good point when it comes to protecting plastic money. 

Successes, regrets, two vid’s and too kids…

02 Apr 2020

WB shares a personal measure of philosophy when reflecting on the different ways that generational factions of the same family can perceive the lessons to be learned from life.  

London, honestly, I kid you not!

01 Apr 2020

Perhaps it is a little ironic that all London Boroughs can attribute their origins to such a pointed day, and while OW passes on this nugget of fact we also learn more about the details of the 32 boroughs here.

A message from LPG

31 Mar 2020

LPG ask that readers are a little patient with them at this time and mention that they are happy to accept any offers of administrative  help

My contribution to the ‘Coronavirus will not bring us down!’ campaign.

29 Mar 2020

If self-Isolation is to be the way forward for us oldies, we will need to keep our spirits up and make sure that we have things to do which will occupy our minds.  With this in mind Flippa offers us a challenge which will go some way to keeping us positive. 

Knees; trying my best to delay the foreseeable…

28 Mar 2020

RM shares her research on things that might, if taken onboard now, delay the effects of arthritic and painful knees.

Sleeping while sitting all night – one reason why it is not a good idea…

27 Mar 2020

Perhaps IB is not the only reader to have experienced the effects of swollen ankles.  She shares some online advice on the subject.  

Insurance renewal – don’t just pay… Haggle!

26 Mar 2020

NS passes on some self-learned advice taken from a recent experience and offers a little advice on how to get a better deal.

Another way that shopping can be a therapy…

25 Mar 2020

NH finds a conversation subject that, when broached during a visit, might just help put someone’s mind at rest and also give you a new topic of conversation.

Potentially sorting out one pain in the neck…

24 Mar 2020

OP homes in on the neck strings today and shares a few remedial ideas found on line…

Everything needs a bit of a spring clean ….

23 Mar 2020

Is yours sticky or did you have an accident with a cup of tea or coffee? FT offers some solutions for getting it clean again; we are talking about your computer…

Coronavirus house arrest?

22 Mar 2020

Perhaps GK has found a way that even coronavirus can allow us to smile for a short while, but a very positive suggestion is offered in today’s message…

Coronavirus house arrest?

22 Mar 2020

Perhaps GK has found a way that even coronavirus can allow us to smile for a short while, but a very positive suggestion is offered in today’s message…

A change of heart or just a change of your options…

21 Mar 2020

GH reminds us of the reversal of the rule regarding organ donation in the UK at the time that the change takes place.

Back pain, financial pain, mental pain…

20 Mar 2020

GA offers two possible alternatives to back pain, the more prominent one being to find something a little more painful to suffer from for a little while, and she offers her findings for other sufferers to watch or react to.  Advertising may have more than one way of helping…

Back pain, financial pain, mental pain…

20 Mar 2020

GA offers two possible alternatives to back pain, the more prominent one being to find something a little more painful to suffer from for a little while, and she offers her findings for other sufferers to watch or react to.  Advertising may have more than one way of helping…

Keeping your hands clean in these uncertain times…

19 Mar 2020

We are all getting worried about the continuing news surrounding the situation we find ourselves in because of the coronavirus and how it is impacting on our world at the moment.  As older people we need to be particularly careful and yet, as the threat continues, so many of the shops around us are running out of the most basic items.  GK offers one solution…

The inter-generational mobile phone.

18 Mar 2020

HC offers us excerpts of a conversation that was shared with a much younger family member and which might give a little insight into the differences in the way outlook affects different generations.

There is more to SAD than just feeling that way…

17 Mar 2020

KB has done some serious research into the benefits of Vitamin D and just how SAD we can become it we don’t get enough at this time of year…

Something positive from America?

16 Mar 2020

LPG applauses CT as one of our readers who surfs the internet and does not let the little nuggets of information found go to waste.  We offer thanks for that and encourage readers to check the facts offered here.

Minimising your ability to be taken for an April Fool.

15 Mar 2020

LPG follows in BH’s footsteps and urges every pensioner to check the expiry date on their freedom pass today and act accordingly…

Where are you found in the personality spectrum?

14 Mar 2020

Perhaps LY spends a lot of time in the doctor’s surgery waiting room but that time is not wasted, LPG for one is very appreciative for the consequences of the googling session and colourful spectrum of facts that can result. 

Where are you found in the personality spectrum?

14 Mar 2020

Perhaps LY spends a lot of time in the doctor’s surgery waiting room but that time is not wasted, LPG for one is very appreciative for the consequences of the googling session and colourful spectrum of facts that can result. 

...just not sweet enough for me – but I am working on it!

13 Mar 2020

BC offers her thoughts to all the sweet-toothed readers who are trying to make 2020 the year that they curb their sugar addictions…

Every picture tells a story (chapter 10) – are Plastic flowers disrespectful?

12 Mar 2020

UB has shared a picture which could be seen in a very negative way but hopes that readers, who were bereaved this time last year and find themselves wondering what to do now, might take something positive from it.  

Your kids, your kids’ kids and your opinion…

11 Mar 2020

Perhaps CK has opened up an issue here that many grandparents battle with, while she discusses the pros and cons of having an influence in our grandchildren’s discipline. 

The potentially positive relationship between becoming a heavy breather and blood pressure…

10 Mar 2020

Perhaps JA has found one answer to reducing stress levels and consequently improving the blood pressure with an additional or alternative approach to the exercise that might help.

A subject that gives us all a bit of a headache at times….

09 Mar 2020

Perhaps KB has a few facts that could help with one of the most common annoyances that have a habit of getting in the way of our daily lives.

Respect to the fairer sex.

08 Mar 2020

There is no doubt that there are many different perceptions of women held by their male counterparts.  Rudy offers us his on this International Women's Day.

Tenants, keep your heads above water…

07 Mar 2020

JW has a little information which might benefit the tenants who add to the number of LPG readers…

Every picture tells a story (chapter 8) – Parking space considerations...

06 Mar 2020

MP has taken note of LPG’s suggestion regarding the value of using the camera on your smart phone, if you have one.  Perhaps this picture may bring home to Lewisham’s drivers the need to park just a little more responsibly. 

Face improvement perhaps?

05 Mar 2020

There are some of us that never cease to be amazed at what can be found on the internet and PF does not disappoint with the discovery offered today.  If you take the advice offered in the message, please let LPG know how you get on so we can convey your findings back to those readers who are interested in comparing results.

Back-up falsies and finance…

04 Mar 2020

TM opens up one of those subjects that is often thought to be embarrassing to talk about and which can affect many younger people, but which more pensioners than any other section of our community will identify with, as the subject of a toothless smile comes to the fore.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 11) - Begging Florida USA style…

03 Mar 2020

Perhaps PY has found a picture that, on first viewing, will provoke any Brit to smile but when we take a look under the surface, even begging can be a complicated affair…

Every picture tells a story (chapter 11) - Begging Florida USA style…

03 Mar 2020

Perhaps PY has found a picture that, on first viewing, will provoke any Brit to smile but when we take a look under the surface, even begging can be a complicated affair…

Step out and step up while you still can…

02 Mar 2020

PY points out the possible reciprocal advantages of just being there for a while…

One year later and I have not practised what I preached…

01 Mar 2020

QK again urges readers who have not yet made a will that there may be an advantage in getting it done this month.

Pope Gregory XIII did try his best, but we are still not leaping perfectly.

29 Feb 2020

It only happens once every four years but AV has prepared us an interesting look at this extra day’s significance…

Every picture tells a story (chapter 9) – London skies can be beautiful too.

28 Feb 2020

There are many different perceptions of what is beautiful and SP may not have captured yours here, but she has offered us yet another reminder of what can be done with a mobile phone’s camera and points out that London has its own unique scenes to offer. 

Self-understanding with a pinch of salt…

27 Feb 2020

No matter how old or young we are, there are times when we are misunderstood or when we misunderstand how people understand us.  SF may have found a way to help us understand ourselves just a little bit better.

A healthier Lent this year.

26 Feb 2020

EB offers some thoughts on short-term vegetarianism.   

Vegan ways to ‘Shrove’ it up on Tuesday

25 Feb 2020

JL acknowledges that pancakes have to keep up with the times and offers LPG readers a few Vegan options…..

Is not having a blue badge making you blue?

24 Feb 2020

YM highlights the fact that it may be worth taking another look at the Blue Badge rules if you feel that you could do with the service but have no chance of qualifying, and points out that there has been a change that might make all the difference. 

Could your cold do with a toddy today?

23 Feb 2020

JW reminds us of a little something that might make a winter cold seem a little better for some….

Don’t get caught on a bus looking like an April fool…

22 Feb 2020

BH is no fool and wants to be sure that no one is caught on April fool’s day with an out-of-date freedom pass…

Don’t waste time regretting what you let get away…

21 Feb 2020

AF shares another motivational message as he looks at a more positive way of evaluating achievements.

Classier, not pricier budgeting…

20 Feb 2020

TG reminds us of one of those little money-saving tips that we letter-writers need to add to our ‘to-do’ list with two weeks to go before yet another budget.

Step up communication in 2020

19 Feb 2020

TS is talking about perhaps one of the most important skills that we need as we go through this life and that is the ability to communicate.  It is something that is learned when we are young, but can we find ourselves at a point where we have forgotten the basics?

A badge collection story.

18 Feb 2020

LPG would like to thank HN for taking the time to be a helpful neighbour and also to tell us her story and how things could have been so much easier…

A little bit of salt; is not always a bad thing...

17 Feb 2020

Perhaps PY has found the one good reason for pouring a little more salt on your dinner, although only a few will benefit…

Long live the Chequebook!

16 Feb 2020

Perhaps GJ has found an anniversary that we older people should continue to acknowledge while she acquaints us with a few facts about using a pen and paper to pay for your purchases.

Britain leaves Europe

15 Feb 2020

PN expresses disappointment when sharing a view on one aspect of the way that Britain left the EU…

Some things should never change just like valentine’s day

14 Feb 2020

Perhaps the information contained in today’s post is up for debate and perhaps not, but there is one thing for sure and that is that FI is suggesting that age has nothing to do with it. 

Heat… but please be careful!

13 Feb 2020

CT offers us an interesting heating DIY project but warns… Don’t try this in your home!


Could you burst into song and produce an accurate version of your National Anthem?

12 Feb 2020

Perhaps GK’s thoughts today question one aspect of patriotism wherever your allegiances lie, or perhaps brings into question the ability of the older person’s singing prowess.

Check the state of your ‘even keel’.

11 Feb 2020

FB takes the time to share a couple of bits of internet information which may help anyone who is worried about their balance today but throws real emphasis on never trying them when alone, just in case…

Check the state of your ‘even keel’.

11 Feb 2020

FB takes the time to share a couple of bits of internet information which may help anyone who is worried about their balance today but throws real emphasis on never trying them when alone, just in case…

Fully charged, overcharged… just how charged should we be?

10 Feb 2020

This research was born out of concern for all those who leave the electric blanket plugged in overnight, which LPG points out is not always the best idea no matter how cold it is.   AH offers concerns about just how electrifying each of us really is and needs to be.  Although LPG suggests that we need not worry too much as we have all managed to make it through a few decades successfully in relative ignorance. 

… and how old are you?

09 Feb 2020

Readers may well think that PY is only talking to the male readers today but he also has a message for all newly retired pensioners that is relevant which ever age or gender is involved. 

British Women are sociable

08 Feb 2020

Rudy takes us on a trip down WWII memory lane and points out that although there are relatively few WWII veterans who are now likely to be able to confirm his thoughts, there will be many readers who will identify when they think of how their parents got together…

Don’t dwell on ‘the me I used to be’…

07 Feb 2020

XX shares an experience that is personal but not unique when he broaches the subject of low self-esteem and Inferiority complexes in a very personal way in the hope that others who feel that they have similar issues start recognising and doing something about it, although you will note that he prefers to remain more anonymous than usual.

Health, the rise and fall…

06 Feb 2020

The list of lost hospitals AM has linked us to has provoked memories which are likely to be shared by many.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 8) – Parking space considerations...

06 Feb 2020

As MP mentioned in this message there is power in pictures as is illustrated by the message and you don’t have to be a driver to make a difference. 

The feel of the key under your finger…

05 Feb 2020

One of the biggest conundrums that anyone is ever going to face will occur when they decide to buy a new computer or lap top. FT suggests one of the features that may make a difference.

Grandma’s Help

04 Feb 2020

Rudy focusses in on the Grandfathers today, as he looks at an accepted cultural behaviour trait and discusses some of the reasons behind how it is arrived at.  

A call for regulation in all countries.

03 Feb 2020

Perhaps GD has a point when saying that things are not perfect in the UK, but they are a lot less perfect in some other countries around the world, while it is also made clear that things will never change without the help of the general public…

What today, the weather and ‘I’ve Got you babe’ have in common…

02 Feb 2020

KB offers us a film that should be an example for many while explaining a custom which originated in Pennsylvania USA…

Dig out your 20s – I bet you have more than you think!

01 Feb 2020

Perhaps UG is offering some advice that is needed in preparation for the newest Banknote turnaround if the statistics are to be believed…

Connect during the anticipation months…

31 Jan 2020

Perhaps TS’s suggestion that we all become a little braver when it comes to not letting the simplest of opportunities pass us by, is one worth thinking about… 

Expecting too much?

30 Jan 2020

Perhaps AF shares a problem that may be hiding somewhere at the back of many older minds, but a philosophy is offered here to deal with any self-disappointment for readers who believe that they share such feelings of underachievement.

Expecting too much?

30 Jan 2020

Perhaps AF shares a problem that may be hiding somewhere at the back of many older minds, but a philosophy is offered here to deal with any self-disappointment for readers who believe that they share such feelings of underachievement.

Nice trip? One way to ensure it is good to be home.

29 Jan 2020

This may be a fundamental point but GS focusses in on a couple of things we can do before going abroad to minimise illness when your return home. 

Don’t be too independent to use a walking stick?

28 Jan 2020

OE suggest one good reason of not being too ready to forgo the use of a walking stick in public…

Do white coats have an effect on you?

28 Jan 2020

Doctors… we have problems getting an appointment and when we finally get our consultation our blood pressure can tell all sorts of fibs.  JA explains…

Ladies, here’s one I made earlier…

26 Jan 2020

UG offers us a view of her multitasking activities and invites readers to remember one of those little details that could be seen everywhere not that long ago….

The Bible; if you have read it, did you understand it all?

25 Jan 2020

BT offers a little insight for those readers of LPG who also read the Bible and points us in the direction of one possible answer to one of the many really big questions that are used to challenge the Christian faith.

Giving back a little driving advice…

24 Jan 2020

Perhaps BH has stumbled on something that will benefit all those LPG readers that also drive and the information offered could well improve the way you sit in general whether you drive, travel by car or sit when you are stationary. 

Visitors from abroad, where do you start?

23 Jan 2020

ML takes us on the virtual journey she experienced while preparing to receive relatives who were on a more literal journey of their own. 

Harry, Meghan and Canada

22 Jan 2020

PN offers a personal view in response to the news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from official life and leave for Canada.

Judge Rinder got me thinking.

21 Jan 2020

AN reminds us of how important it is to get a written contract for all sorts of arrangements we make no matter how friendly the whole situation starts out…

A day to ‘celebrate’ for all the wrong reasons…

20 Jan 2020

Do you feel as blue as this Monday is supposed to make us all feel? EP helps us celebrate on what has scientifically been proved to be the most depressing day of the year… 

Watch them grow, watch them go!

19 Jan 2020

CP comments on one typical street scene which does not fill those who actually notice with pride.

I like their style

18 Jan 2020

Perhaps Rudy offers a point of view that more pensioners need to consider as they continue to save all the money they have spent a lifetime working for…

New Year’s Honour or Horror?

17 Jan 2020

PN shares the disappointment that all older people might feel when considering the deeds that appear to have led to the service that this newly appointed Knight of the realm has given the nation while offering a little history lesson.

Is your home still your children’s storage facility?

16 Jan 2020

PB takes the time to present a dilemma which many pensioners seem to be afflicted with, although there are few answers offered and a plea for any solutions that readers have to share.

Post Code conundrums…

15 Jan 2020

Most of us don’t really need to find one that often but, when you do, trying to find a post code is one of those things that it can be really frustrating not to know especially when you need to know.    LC offers a little good news for those of us that still prefer to post letters. 

Is this goodbye old friend?

14 Jan 2020

Perhaps NS’s fear at the prospect of having to bin her ‘Windows 7’ laptop prompted this post, but it might help others who have heard about this deadline, to get a better understanding of what it will actually mean. 

Drinking habits – how good are yours?

13 Jan 2020

MJ rethinks some watery advice offered last year and brings us up to speed…

The science behind a night time snuggle…

12 Jan 2020

SW has a message which offers those who find sleep a challenge a new perspective on one of the reasons for the difficulties that some experience and all because of an American holiday…

LPG would like to say a big thank you…

11 Jan 2020

On ‘International Thank You Day’ LPG would like to offer our whole-hearted thanks to everyone who make the production of this website possible.

Ways to keep a little road map little… perhaps?

10 Jan 2020

Perhaps HL sees the spider vein problem from a female point of view, but we all know that solutions work for both genders, so LPG suggests that gentleman readers take the time to take a look too…

Children and Grandchildren (your gifts)

09 Jan 2020

Rudy gives us his man’s view of children and grandchildren and the time they have for their parents as those parents get older.

The electronic thieves...

08 Jan 2020

FS offers a warning for anyone planning a visit which might include a casino experience…

Thinking of thanking someone? Do it on Saturday!

07 Jan 2020

Av finds another international celebration day for us all to think about….

Thunder? Be more worried about the lightning…

06 Jan 2020

Perhaps we don’t have thunderstorms of anywhere near the magnitude of those of the last century but WS reminds us that it is still worth remembering what to do in order to stay safe... just in case…

Epiphany and the ‘take down’?

05 Jan 2020

JN offers a reminder and a short lesson about why the decorations should come down today… or tomorrow?  Either way don’t forget. 

Not again in this lifetime…

04 Jan 2020

Rudy offers thoughts on a subject that can often be difficult to deal with today but shares some positivity.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 7) - My beautiful staircase…

03 Jan 2020

HB proves that the simplest of pictures taken in the most unsuspecting of places can have a profound effect on us for so many reasons.

Retirement; the youngsters need to start planning early.

02 Jan 2020

MT feels that while the government are spending a lot of effort educating youngsters about the importance of being financially prepared for retirement, perhaps a little more emphasis should be spent focussing on other aspects.

Ask more questions…

01 Jan 2020

Perhaps we need to be reminded of the power that not making assumptions can promote in our lives and of the inconvenience and heartache that can be avoided by observing this life principle.

A new kind of new year’s resolution.

31 Dec 2019

YD offers a variation on the theme of New Year’s Resolutions and puts a challenge out to all those who view them as hard work and destined to fail…

A new year’s resolution worth ‘breaking’?

30 Dec 2019

BH offers a little advice on how to break a lifelong relationship with too much sugar…

Make sure you are always contactable whatever happens…

29 Dec 2019

CW makes yet another case for always having your phone or some other communication device within reach and LPG offers information about a fairly new idea for making that possible if you have a smart phone. 

One way to eliminate the rug to carpet falling hazard…

28 Dec 2019

There are many ways to overcome any one problem, and LY has found a new and useful one for those readers who have a ‘curled up edge on your rug’ issue to sort out…

How do you know and what can you do?

27 Dec 2019

Perhaps NU has offered some information which will help you help a friend, or yourself to realise a possible gambling habit.

Wikipedia, are they really strapped for cash?

26 Dec 2019

NS offers some comments on one of the internet resources that is often used by the writers that contribute to our site and askes ‘Do they or do they not need our money?’

Keeping the message brief today…

25 Dec 2019

LPG offers a Christmas message to our readers…

Noise? keep your neighbours up to speed.

24 Dec 2019

DP takes a look at one of those neighbour dispute issues which could be alleviated if preplanning involved keeping everyone in the picture

Christmas; a time for the family-feud cease-fire…

23 Dec 2019

MM makes a rather unconventional Christmas appeal for all those pensioners who have families that don’t always see eye to eye.

Yes, we pensioners can still multitask?

22 Dec 2019

AH reminds us that the young think that they know it all but we still have a skill or two to offer as we get older…

The ‘Three-Diary’ way of life?

21 Dec 2019

DW passes on a tried and tested method of making sure that your day goes without a hitch (or at lease with less hitches than before)

An interesting aspect of making a GP appointment.

20 Dec 2019

Perhaps DP’s experience is not unique.  It is a simple story but begs the question; we know that being a GP has to come with its own set of problems but do our GPs actually know what patients often have to go through just to get an appointment.

Could we ‘fatties’ learn something from following Japan’s lead?

19 Dec 2019

Perhaps FL has found a little information that might just help those of us who are on the larger side to not feel quite so bad about it (if they do), and follow a few hints that might make a positive difference.

Every picture tells a story (chapter 6) - A whole new way of looking at the world...

18 Dec 2019

KA offers us a picture which will be familiar to some but breath-taking to others and explains the circumstances of its capture.

No you haven’t seen it all before... If asked take another look.

17 Dec 2019

MN has used the London Sea Life Aquarium as a back drop to bring this issue to the attention of our less mobile readers but any of the tourist attractions anywhere in the world could have provoked NM’s message today.

Spilt milk – get over it!

16 Dec 2019

Nearly everyone has heard of this proverb but sometimes we forget to remember when it will best be put into practise. 

Unconditional Air however sunny it is outside …

15 Dec 2019

KA passes on one experience of a visit to one of the warmer USA states in order to prepare readers who are preparing for their first visit.

Reach for the ceiling or perhaps the sideboard!

14 Dec 2019

JN offers an idea that might make this Christmas a happier one for a few neighbours….


Movies in Lewisham Borough again…

13 Dec 2019

For all those of us who remember the social aspect of going to the cinema, LPG passes on some encouraging news received from Lewisham Council. 

My aunt, an inspiration.

12 Dec 2019

With some 360,000registered blind and partially sighted people in the UK there have to be quite a few readers who know someone with this disability.  YG tells us a little about someone she knoew who lives with blindness.

Whether just for Christmas or for life: some advice for when things change….

11 Dec 2019

PL has heard the warning that is offered nearly every Christmas, and which is usually amid at all those little ones that think that a dog would make a cool Christmas present, and offers some timely advice for older dog owners who for very different reasons might be put off acquiring a really valuable friend because of the fear of the future…

Older and colder… Avoiding the draught…

10 Dec 2019

JW shares a thought about keeping warm as the cold whether starts to show signs of things to come. 

Avoid double booking… On the wall or in the phone…

09 Dec 2019

Perhaps GG has found the perfect solution or two to a double booking predicament that can sometimes crop up.

Never too old to ‘do your thing’ on the dance floor.

08 Dec 2019

Perhaps GM is a little previous with this thought but then again, it is never too early to get started and why should dance only be a thing we do at Christmas. 

Observation… do you know a Mrs. X or a Mr. Y?

07 Dec 2019

GW focusses on that person who you notice in the background and then usually dismiss; the one that gets mentioned in your social conversation and then forgotten, and highlights a way that we can help.  

Keeping the magic of Christmas.

06 Dec 2019

SC offers an opinion that all grandparents and great-grandparents of younger children might consider reading before the Christmas Shopping starts.  

Practice makes for the Perfect Password…

05 Dec 2019

KT has some information for readers when it comes to dealing with internet security issues. 

Working on the Detox from the outside in.

04 Dec 2019

LPG has repeated this post in the hope that we are on time to give a little scope to your Christmas shopping.  In preparation for that time when it is notoriously difficult to buy a present for those older friends who have already got nearly everything, JL wanted to help readers to cast your minds back and suggests that, if you tried any of these detoxing recipes out in June, now might be the perfect time to prepare an original Christmas present for a friend or two…

Defrost and demist; make sure you can see!

03 Dec 2019

TS is obviously an advocate of the fact that ‘prevention is better than cure’ (an old West Indian adage) and offers some orthodox and unorthodox methods for readers to try in advance of the 2019 big freeze.

Spending time apart can keep you together.

02 Dec 2019

Perhaps NA’s advice is a little late for many readers as the retirement horse has already bolted for those that our posts are aimed at.  But having been there we are in a position to pass this message onto those sons and daughters who are getting to that pre-retirement age zone.

Keeping the message brief today…

02 Dec 2019

LPG offers a Christmas message to our readers…

How tired is your electric blanket?

01 Dec 2019

Perhaps JN offers some timely advice for those who feel the cold and are about to add the electric blankets to their bedclothes for another winter.

So that’s why God invented Cotton Wool!

30 Nov 2019

We know that loneliness is a problem for us elders.  ‘No one visits any more’ is often an observation which is made but FW asks could some of us do a little more to help ourselves?

Really Bagging the Bargains; box verses black.

29 Nov 2019

We have saved HY’s comments for today so that they coincide with Black Friday which is fast becoming the new Boxing Day sales day that was. 

Christmas present shelf life…

28 Nov 2019

Perhaps CS is a bit early with this comment but as Christmas present buying begins to be one of the real dilemmas perhaps this article is worth a read.  


27 Nov 2019

HG offers some information for all the grandparents amongst us which may just make visiting the little ones and their mums a more positive experience…

Older driver; older car; more to pay-

26 Nov 2019

CE gives a view of the council’s way of protecting the ozone and how it will affect the drivers of the borough.

Looking good while seeing well…

25 Nov 2019

FE shares what the internet has to offer on choosing the best optical frames to help you see well and look good.

Christmas… No I don’t Roy!

24 Nov 2019

SC shares his thoughts about the pre-Christmas holiday preparation season.

A children’s lesson that grandparents can help to teach.

23 Nov 2019

GM finds herself so impressed with one aspect of her children’s parenting skills that she would like to pass on the idea. 

Something that we all want?

23 Nov 2019

Perhaps KD is secretly trying to persuade more people to watch a personal favourite movie, but the continued use of that two-word phrase during the film has given rise to a larger set of thoughts which we are asked to share on this World Peace day. 

Co-Codamol and constipation; another solution?

22 Nov 2019

Perhaps PI adds to the comments that were made by CG earlier this year and highlights the side effects of a remedy designed for a completely different problem. 

Some raw facts about Crudivorisme

21 Nov 2019

JW is not sure that the focus of today’s post is for everyone but perhaps a new habit might be an interesting departure and create a fresh, raw subject for our attention.

Older drivers, keep Driving

20 Nov 2019

Perhaps AR has a message for readers who are worrying about getting back in the driving seat after surgery, and is a reader who is very qualified to comment confidently on the subject.    

One race that paper is still winning…

19 Nov 2019

Perhaps SP’s trip down memory lane shows that not everything electronic is best as he discusses the differences between our reading preferences….

Don’t become conspicuous by your absence…

18 Nov 2019

Perhaps OH’s post is one that will register with some of our readers as the realisation because they need a personal reminder, or because they can see a message that needs to be passed on to someone that they know.

Mortals like me

17 Nov 2019

Rudy offers an opinion on the very emotive subject of euthanasia.

Grandparents it was too late for last Christmas… but this year.

16 Nov 2019

NG offers an idea for all Grandparents who want to do something really special for their little ones this Christmas and although we shared it last year we are honouring our promise to give sufficient warning so that those who want to can make it a reality for this year. 

With WWII still in mind…

15 Nov 2019

Taking into consideration the time of year we have reached, we thought that this information might be appropriate and offer some added interest to next year’s holiday destinations for some of our readers.  So, although we have not been able to reconnect with the person who sent us the link, LPG has taken the decision to post an email we received and the link to a website that may offer some interesting reading for those who have an interest in WWII related online material.  

You can fool others (but not yourselves)

14 Nov 2019

Rudy offers his thoughts on a subject that has to affect a large proportion of pensioners, particularly those who live alone…

Drones – the ups and downs….

13 Nov 2019

IB introduces us to a potential hobby that has managed to build itself a bit of a negative reputation but offers a favourable report of first contact.

Drones – the ups and downs….

13 Nov 2019

IB introduces us to a potential hobby that has managed to build itself a bit of a negative reputation but offers a favourable report of first contact.

Handbags at dawn and dusk…

12 Nov 2019

Perhaps SY is typical of the vast majority of his sexual gender or maybe it is that women are a species apart at all stages and ages of life.  Share your opinion whatever your reasons.

How quickly some of us forget again.

11 Nov 2019

OV again offers something for us to think about one year on….

The sensory organs of the inanimate objects around us.

10 Nov 2019

It is so simple to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and, once said, we cannot take our words back.  RB reminds us of one instance where perhaps loose words should be avoided.

Go in fighting, or give up; there is an alternative…

09 Nov 2019

CP, has found a much misquoted statement to make todays point.

Saving up for Next Christmas

08 Nov 2019

As promised LPG has posted an article which originally went out at a time which may have fired a few imaginations with self-made promises of action later.  Perhaps now is the time to get your Christmas club started in time for the big day in 2021…

Finding yourself in Airplane mode when you are close to the ground…

07 Nov 2019

PL answers a question that may affect you if you have a smart or iPhone in spite of the fact that you have never set foot on a plane. 

Show your appreciation and subscribe…

06 Nov 2019

LPG has done its best to supply a very simple answer to a relatively complicated question today and hopes it might dispel any fears that internet surfers may have about showing their support for you tube…

My attempt to inspire positivity…

05 Nov 2019

JD knows that one contributing factor when it comes to depression is the loss of freedom that the evenings afford us as we approach winter

Whose mobile phone is it anyway?

04 Nov 2019

OK tells a little story which helps her to make a point which is so logical that we often forget, although having read her story I think that she won’t.

The annoying sound of commerce.

03 Nov 2019

Perhaps it is a sound that we are all used to by now and although it annoys FW, we at LPG are grateful that the upset was not so bad that she decided not to send us this offering…

Keep connected one way or the other!

02 Nov 2019

IA sends us a message which focusses on the need for friendship as we get older, and ways of keeping in touch when getting out of the house becomes difficult.

What really makes you you?

01 Nov 2019

CM has chosen one of the most searching questions that there is to be broached for today’s post and, although there is no indication that the answer is offered here, there are some online pointers to be considered.

A West Indian thought with a Halloween flavour…

31 Oct 2019

Rudy questions a very West Indian perception of Ghosts and Ghouls this Halloween.

A little trip down quiz memory lane…

30 Oct 2019

CL brings us a thought or two which will take you back to days gone by…

If you don’t check no one else will…

29 Oct 2019

Perhaps RW is reminding readers of a principle that many of us just don’t really bother with any more but that we would benefit from revisiting as a regular activity.

Halloween one year on

28 Oct 2019

We have kept this article on hold for just under a year as WS requested and found the premise under which it was written to be an interesting one.  LPG would love to find out what thoughts it has provoked after its year in waiting.

Phone a friend

27 Oct 2019

As PC suggested a lot earlier this year, when we first posted this message, we are reminding readers of the value of having a friend to phone regularly now that the days are getting shorter again

Opposing elements – same outcome?

26 Oct 2019

Perhaps some readers have already learned about this alternative way of dealing with unwanted yet personal documents that we collect but LY offers the facts again for any reader who is interested. 

The opening…

25 Oct 2019

Perhaps LS should not give the government any new ideas but today’s message spotlights a little problem that will need to be addressed in the relatively near future. 

Having the older finger on the button.

24 Oct 2019

Perhaps TK’s preoccupation with statistics will help to acquaint LPG readers of the trend towards how we elders are managing when it comes to finding our way around the world wide web, without our having to plod through the details…

Keep making the effort…

23 Oct 2019

Perhaps MA’s message today might spur a few of our readers on when they may be flagging in the middle of a project or feeling a little downhearted and unable to begin …. 

The merits of hanging your head…

22 Oct 2019

Perhaps BH has found the answer to some neck pain issues, although it may be more of an answer for the younger and fitter pensioner….

Lewisham council’s hidden gift.

21 Oct 2019

MB asks questions about a free gift that Lewisham council are offering its parking permit holders, if you can find the relevant information in the relative depths of their websites online small-print…

The cost of the air that we breathe…

20 Oct 2019

Perhaps SL does not have the strongest sense of smell, but a keen sense of how others perceive the smell when they arrive for a home visit has produced some interesting findings for LPG readers today.

My ‘good and bad list’ and my need to Keep Striving!

19 Oct 2019

OH takes the time to offer a personal look at the importance of life focus today from the perspective of the pensioner. 

Getting all four corners together…

18 Oct 2019

LY shares a secret which will allow us older homemakers to replace a duvet cover with maximum efficiency and minimum effort.  

I heard about it and then I heard it!

17 Oct 2019

LT tells of how she temporarily became one of the 10% of the nation to have experienced tinnitus and its effects.

The ‘Sting Jet’ that had no name…

16 Oct 2019

BJ reminds us of a day in history that came as a surprise because we were officially put off the scent  and askes do you remember what you were doing that day?

Audio Description – not only for the blind.

15 Oct 2019

CL knows that the AD button was designed to help blind television viewers to be clear about what is going on when they are watching their favourite programs but has found another use for this feature of our modern television sets.

Electric blankets; a good or bad thing?

14 Oct 2019

BL was good enough to send us this post to us last year but we have decided to repeat it in the hope that it will be read before those electric blankets are taken out of storage in preparation for this year’s winter.

The front-garden take-over.

13 Oct 2019

NP offers us one perception of the way that our London streets are changing.

The busy/boredom balance…

12 Oct 2019

KB finds us some more information on the negative subject of the mind-state; a subject that has become the focus of quite a lot of research and that perhaps this message could influence how you see yours…

Owed to not backing down, thanks CP and well done mum!

11 Oct 2019

This is the second part of a story that IC promised when the first part was sent to us and, perhaps it might give other motorists who are challenged the inspiration to stand their ground…

Warm heart… and do you have the other problem too?

10 Oct 2019

Even in the warmest of weather some older people suffer from cold hands- warm heart as they say but perhaps KR has found a few ways to get your heart working a little more efficiently so that your hands benefit. 

Upright gone a bit wrong.

09 Oct 2019

HW offers some solutions to something that can happen so gradually that you don’t even realise and shares some interesting exercises and other advice on the subject of dealing with the hunched shoulders effect. 

New technology and older people

08 Oct 2019

Perhaps HH has no answers but, with security in mind today’s offering focusses on one of those questions that is lurking at the back of many a mind as we, and the relatives that we care for, get a bit older. 

Is that everything?

07 Oct 2019

GS offers readers the benefit of the learning curve that preparing a holiday has offered and hopes that the things learned along the way may be helpful to fellow readers traveling the same path.

Happy Grandparent’s day…

06 Oct 2019

CMC reminds us of an eight-year-old’s perception of grandparents’ on Grandparents day.

Our day and most of us don’t even know it.

05 Oct 2019

IB reminds some but introduces more to an annual day which has been selected to honour the Grandparents among us. 

Keeping them out rather than killing them when they are in…

04 Oct 2019

It is a bit late in the year now because the really hot summer of 2019 is coming to an end, but while the heat and small annoying flying things are fresh in our memories LPG has posted GD’s thought with the promise that we will repeat this gem of information next June so that readers who feel inclined can prepare and try this deterrent.  

Ode to National Poetry Day…

03 Oct 2019

indulgence while celebrating National Poetry Day with this offering… We would also take the time to remind readers that we are always looking for all contributions for our pages….

Setting people and poetry free…

02 Oct 2019

Rudy takes the time to explore some of the rules surrounding the accepted laws of poetry on this, the eve of National Poetry Day and offers us a conscience-jogging contribution of his own.  We would also take the time to remind readers that we are always looking for all contributions for our pages….

Cold lonely-night remedies…

01 Oct 2019

LPG would like to thank XX for this insight into a subject that may be thought a little personal for our website.  As personal as it is, LPG has no doubt that many others are affected by similar circumstances and may now feel able more to share similar thoughts.   LPG continues to aim to pass on any information that other readers may be able to identify with and which may improve another reader’s outlook on life.  XX sent us this post at the end of last winter but, as it begins to get a little colder again in the evenings, LPG thought it appropriate to post it again. 

The laying down of a little online gauntlet…

30 Sep 2019

MA, challenges todays readers to test their skill when it comes to displaying the attribute of observing attention to detail with two short online quizzes.  

The laying down of a little online gauntlet…

30 Sep 2019

MA, challenges today's readers to test their skill when it comes to displaying the attribute of observing attention to detail with two short online quizzes.  

Sorting the lies form the truth…

29 Sep 2019

RB tenders another aspect of ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ question that PM offered us earlier this month. 

Mensa and me…

28 Sep 2019

Perhaps NS is throwing down the gauntlet with this challenge….

How do you know if it is happening to you?

27 Sep 2019

EP is talking about one of the issues that register with pensioners for many reasons and offers a theory that recognition of depression in its early stages can only be a positive way forward for all pensioners.  

Has Christmas got anything to do with your birthday?

26 Sep 2019

Perhaps this was not the case when we were young, but AV has discovered some information which may be of interest to those older relatives as they continue to work out what to buy the younger members of the family for a birthday treat. 

This gives ‘keeping your nose clean’ a whole new meaning!

25 Sep 2019

AB may have found a way to reduce the number of tissues and handkerchiefs used in Lewisham, and throughout the world, during the winter of 2019 if some of the, so far uninitiated, take up this suggestion.   

Good news carried for us and for the environment.

24 Sep 2019

MR points out that the message bought to us today may bring a fact that many readers already know, but hopes that a few more will learn through today’s message. 

Fish, horses and computers...

23 Sep 2019

RL reinforces the notion that any opportunity to learn a little about using a computer, even to do the most basic of things, can only be a good thing no matter how old you are.    

It could be worth checking.

22 Sep 2019

DC reminds us that there are ways of starting the process of checking that you are not missing out on any benefits you may be entitled to without giving away all your financial secrets at the first hurdle.

A bit of cold weather advice

21 Sep 2019

We know that 2018 produced a relatively mild winter, but all winters always bring the need to use a lot of energy to keep warm and the worry is always how and if we will be able to cover the cost.  SL shares some information worth reading on this subject.

Use the sensory help around you….

20 Sep 2019

Rudy Morgan makes a comment that may register with some LPG readers and perhaps reminds us that we are so lucky to have these perception aids to hand as we get older.

Spotting the signs…

19 Sep 2019

BB highlights the issue of modern slavery; something that perhaps we could be seeing but not actually noticing while it happens in the street where we live.

Give them the money not yo