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Back-tilt?

14 Jun 2021

EB is always on the lookout for anything that will improve the growing level of pain in her back and, discusses the merits and otherwise of one solution that is becoming more popularly available, the inversion table…



The ‘outside / inside’ - ‘old / young’ balance…

13 Jun 2021

NB comments on one of our earlier posts today and offers a slightly different opinion on the question of staying beautiful as you get older...

 

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Happiness or contentment, which is more important to you?

12 Jun 2021

CC shares an interesting comment on human nature as she weighs up the value of happiness as opposed to contentment. 



Becoming more attractive to your goals…

11 Jun 2021

MC introduces the law of attraction, an arguably complicated subject to explain in a few minutes, but one that she feels that we older people can benefit from even though it appears to be designed for those who are still working.



This one will take you back…

10 Jun 2021

RY focusses in on the fact that, whatever the topic, there is often something really obvious that one expert can learn from another and with this in mind she has requested that we take you back to one of our older articles which informs about the significance of hyperlinks today…  



Don’t get too detached from your floaters…

09 Jun 2021

ES picks up on something else we should be aware of when it comes to eye health…





Re-evaluating when it comes to your BFF…

07 Jun 2021

CM offers a bit of an alternative perspective with regard to a lesson that lockdown has taught her during the past year as she suggests a way to celebrate National Best Friends day…

 

As is often the be the case, National Best Friends Day coincides with World Oceans day and we have had another contributor offer some thoughts for that so, we have posted CM’s message one day early to give readers a little time to prepare for this particular celebration. 



A Video that everyone should watch…

06 Jun 2021

While it is available for all to see on YouTube, FM offers all LPG readers the opportunity to watch a video which has some very relevant information on home security for all of us…



Nostalgia; memory mind-stretchers…

06 Jun 2021

EB attempts to get the nostalgic juices flowing as he suggests something different to perpetuate our electronic conversations…  



What a deep intake or two of breath might just be able to do for you…

05 Jun 2021

It is something that we have learned to do without even thinking about it until we get a bit short of it.  RO shares a little research she has done about breathing…



Getting things stuck in our ears…

04 Jun 2021

FB offers us one solution to a problem that, depending on the ages of your housemates so often is so prevalent in our modern times.  Sitting down to a family meal where everyone is present, and has no electric friends sharing the experience, can only have a positive effect on the most diverse collection of housemates…



Nostalgia-memory mind-stretchers…

03 Jun 2021

EB attempts to get the nostalgic juices flowing as he suggests something different to perpetuate our electronic conversations…  



You’ve most probably heard of them, but have you really heard them?

02 Jun 2021

KV comments on pop music through our time, the difference that 50 years has made to the way that it is and the way that we older folk are likely to perceive it …



A day to promote niceness…

01 Jun 2021

Perhaps PM has a point when offering us the reminder of an excuse to say nice things.  LPG wishes all readers a Happy National Say Something Nice Day… 



No news continues to be good news; especially for my pet…

31 May 2021

As a pet lover, PK finds a news item offering her a notion that has given her great concern, and yet another example of why even those which might arguably be thought of as lighter news items, are worth skipping for her…



When there is more to numbers than maths…

30 May 2021

HE tries to help when it comes to the discrepancies that might be a problem for those of us lucky enough to have more than one television at home…



One of those things we don’t really talk about…

29 May 2021

XX has found one of those subjects that most of us don’t want to talk about in polite society, but he strongly suggests that letting it talk for itself is often a lot more embarrassing…

 

Our LPG editorial team are becoming quite good at finding a National, International or World celebratory day for nearly every subject offered to us.  Today is no exception so we would like to wish you a very happy World Digestive Health day.



Is purple the new green?

28 May 2021

Although a web site has not yet managed to be able to tell you how they taste, EB has found some interesting information about the colour purple that she suspects that many people have not learned about and that might be beneficial to all …



100 years of speculation but, am I telling the truth?

27 May 2021

KB has found an intriguing anniversary for us today, but who knows if he is telling the truth…



Having a go and letting you know; Guyana, sorry about the heat…

26 May 2021

Perhaps CB bit off a little more than she could chew this month in spite of her precious relationship with Guyanese food.  She opts for something more cooling next month as she celebrates with the Seychelles…  



Independently mixed-up celebrations?

25 May 2021

CL brings up the question of patriotism and just how complicated it is getting these days….



Thinking of brothers of all ages…

24 May 2021

On this National Brothers Day, JL offers one aspect of brotherhood that might resonate with some of his fellow LPG readers…



My Little Survey…

23 May 2021

LM tells us about one very simple way that we can help with the fight against Covid-19 if we have a smartphone.



Finding someone to sort it all out when the time comes…

22 May 2021

As OG said in his message, this is not an easy subject for anyone but it is a subject that many of us put off until it is too late.  This message addresses one aspect of writing a will.



Pain? Perhaps you can think yourself better…

21 May 2021

GA’s message offers an alternative that many will have heard of but might have dismissed when it comes to the relief of chronic pain.

 

There are many attitudes to meditation and also many aspects of mental and physical help that it is reported to promote. GA offered us this thought late last year, but LPG would like to repeat it on this National Meditation Day in the hope that any readers who missed it and might benefit by trying, might be more willing to make this the first day that they have a go to see if it makes any difference in their battle against chronic pain.



Suddenly I am a trend-setter in my old age...

20 May 2021

Perhaps lockdown is all over, even though we have to be careful which will leave lots of older people continuing to be locked down for a while yet.  CJ suggests one way of spreading a little happiness if you are living in sheltered accommodation and stuck at home…



Junk letters, scam letters and telling the difference…

19 May 2021

CY offers a reminder of a few of the ways that you can tell scam mail from junk mail...



Versed thoughts (chapter 35): Life is short in Spring…

18 May 2021

As another spring threatens to turn into summer, Foster is inspired by his observations of the season… 



Checking what lockdown has done to your memory…

17 May 2021

JW gives a few pointers to help if you think that your memory has suffered during lockdown, or at any other time…



Acknowledging kids of all ages

16 May 2021

Perhaps today is the day for remembering the many ages of childhood. IW tells us a little about her perspective of it through the generations as she acknowledges National Children’s Day… 



Philosophical thinking; other people’s opinions…

15 May 2021

MN offers us her take on the importance of both being forthright with our opinions even if they are not always the ones that will promote continued peace among the ranks, and she also reminds us of the importance of taking note of some of the not so positive observances of our friends…



Please don’t let stress, confusion or embarrassment get in the way… Get Help.

14 May 2021

MV focusses in on the fact that getting into debt is not exclusively experienced by the young…



Getting the pop-ups to pop down!

13 May 2021

Perhaps RL has found a little information which might make all the difference to your future internet browsing experience; a difference for the better



East verses West, who is looking anyway…

12 May 2021

HW receives a visit which gets her thinking about CCTV in yet another completely new light…



Perhaps some of the most important and often forgotten diary entries…

11 May 2021

It might be that we are truly coming to the end of lock down this time, and before it is all over, JA reminds about the importance of not letting the end of lockdown also be the end of all those conversations that have allowed us to learn so much more about each other…

 

LPG has chosen to post this message at the start of National Conversation Week and hope it helps to inspire…



Do you decide with your head or your gut?

10 May 2021

TP offers a message which will give many readers a bit of a dilemma on a day dedicated to such scenarios, as he wishes you a happy ‘Trust your Intuition Day’.   



Knowing what you are doing verses bits of paper…

09 May 2021

NB appears to be giving out two messages here but the idea of finding a new pastime to immerse yourself in while Lockdown decides if it is over or not cannot be a bad thing to consider…



The need to boost your booster…

08 May 2021

LK has learnt something about covid-19 vaccinations which she felt should be passed on to her fellow LPG readers…  



Popping down to the bank; becomes even more of a thing of the past…

07 May 2021

Perhaps DC is reflecting the thoughts and feelings of some other Lewisham residents who just happen to be pensioners when it comes to financial matters



Degrees of achievement…

06 May 2021

Perhaps this is a message that many retirees should take onboard whatever their achievements…

 

In the light of the particular subject that Rudy has focused on today, LPG asks that our readers remember our main aim which is to give pensioners from any part of the world a platform where they can share their thoughts, concerns, ideas and stories, and that you don’t have to do the actual writing.  Please let us know what you want to say and we will write it for you.  It is also to be remembered that if you would rather leave your message anonymously we are happy to arrange that too.  To us all writing is an achievement.



The nail-paint drying eternity…

05 May 2021

DB tells us about one genre of shops that, when lockdown allows, she cannot wait to be able to make use of again….



…and another thing about facemasks…

04 May 2021

DR reminds us that successfully protecting what needs to be protected when wearing a facemask is a little more complicated than just remembering to put it on your face…



Help, it’s Mayday?

03 May 2021

Perhaps PM found her maypole dancing distressing which inspired her bank holiday message today, but she wishes you the best anyway…



This one’s for the carers…

02 May 2021

MV focusses in on one aspect of being an unpaid carer that may not have occurred to some of our readers…



Can I introduce you to the ‘Enrich your life’ list…?

01 May 2021

PK, offers a strategy for making getting up in the mornings a more positive experience for those who are not so ready to embrace it…  



A friend when I really needed one…

30 Apr 2021

FE tells us about the difference that having an electronic assistant in her home has made during the pandemic…



Let the music take control, just a little bit…

29 Apr 2021

There is little doubt that everyone can think of a bit of music that will provoke a click or nod of the head wherever you are, and GM lets us know just how much we could be missing by not letting our bodies do a little dance.

 

GM sent us this message last year but LPG felt that it deserved to be repeated in an effort to help readers celebrate International Dance Day which happens to be today…



We do it to ourselves and it seems that we just can’t stop!

28 Apr 2021

DR focusses in on one aspect of animal behaviour that the human animal also appears to practise without even thinking about it and reminds us of the advantages of stopping, at least until the end of this pandemic…



Collaboration or competition; the ultimate motivators…

27 Apr 2021

For those who are fast running out of things to talk with their friends about during lockdown, LF offers some ideas to help us focus and have fun during the last part of this pandemic.

 

The editorial team look forward to sharing some of the results of our readers’ efforts so please



Are we nearly there yet?

26 Apr 2021

Perhaps LS is offering theories on the way that we are all feeling in today’s climate of lockdown…



A good day to get on the blower…

25 Apr 2021

National Telephone Day is an American invention but, AJ brings us news of one celebration which perhaps we all need to appreciate.  



How does yours smell?

24 Apr 2021

MH shows us just how one simple hypothetical question can spark a whole subject for investigation and wonders if any of it might be helpful to fellow readers…



Dentures, soap, water, bleach, vinegar and more…

23 Apr 2021

LPG suspects that most of our readers ware them but tend to put them in and then forget them.  XX has found ways of cleaning dentures during lockdown without having to order the denture cleaning tablets…



Versed thoughts (chapter 33): Dew

22 Apr 2021

Foster takes the time to make a few observations about one of the incarnations of water that we often miss, especially since leaving our houses at any time has been all but prohibited



Today is the day to ask yourself, ‘Are you a mug… person?’

21 Apr 2021

JN reminds us that today it might be nice to celebrate National Tea Day with a sip or two and a friend for conversation; and from a cup with a saucer and all the other nicety’s. 



Fear of my front door…

20 Apr 2021

PA offers a little advice to those readers who, now that staying at home is gradually becoming a thing of the past, are not sure that they want to be unrestricted anymore…



Fear of my front door…

20 Apr 2021

PA offers a little advice to those readers who, now that staying at home is gradually becoming a thing of the past, are not sure that they want to be unrestricted anymore…



Will real window-shopping still exist post pandemic?

19 Apr 2021

It was always going to happen but FB finds one of those things we are very likely to miss even more when this pandemic is over… 



How many languages can you read?

18 Apr 2021

TF shares a lesson that she recently learned, and that may well open up the possibility of finding an easier way of communicating with friends who talk a different language. 



A masked-walk in the park...

17 Apr 2021

MA offers a little advice to those readers who have adhered to the lockdown rules to the letter and also to the point where the thought of getting out and about again might be a challenge when we are all allowed our geographical freedom again.  



Focussing in on patience…

16 Apr 2021

Perhaps IY offers us one of the few character traits that might have been strengthened as a result of the strains that Covid-19 has put in our paths over the past year…



Has lockdown improved your knowledge of what is in your house?

15 Apr 2021

Perhaps HS has noticed a detail of lockdown that is more common than it should be after all the time we have had to ourselves.  His mission today is to persuade readers to have one more go at a house tidy-up session before lockdown finally ends…



Now is the time to answer this question with a resounding ‘Yes.’…

14 Apr 2021

With the restrictions changing daily OW feels it more important than ever to remind readers about the importance of exercise…



Go on Gentlemen.

13 Apr 2021

Perhaps YD is an LPG reader who gets out to the shops earlier than most in order to witness the early morning coach trip gatherers, but her observation might just prompt a few more gentlemen to make up the numbers and make a few happy memories into the bargain…



Remembering ‘The Flying Brickyard’…

12 Apr 2021

Perhaps space travel is not for everyone but there will be a lot of people who remember hearing the news broadcasts and media interest that Space Shuttle Columbia attracted at the time.  CSC helps us to remember today. 



Celebrating with Butlin’s… I sometimes wish I was back there!

11 Apr 2021

YF celebrates the 85th birthday of the first ever Butlin’s Holiday Camp with some memories that might help readers to remember the magic of holidays after a year when getting away to anywhere has fast become a distant memory…

 

As ever LPG are always looking for your stories and would value the chance to write some of your holiday adventures down so that we can share them with the rest of internet land.  Please visit our contact page and get in touch; as ever if you tell us the story, we will do the writing and keep it all as anonymous as you want.    



Brothers and sisters, repair the rifts…

10 Apr 2021

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.

 

We printed this article last year but have opted to repeat it on this National Siblings Day…



Blunt signs and explanations…

09 Apr 2021

BH throws a little light on those rather curt little notices that warn us about roadworks…  



Our days need structure… now is the time to put it back.

08 Apr 2021

AO offers us another motivational message as she looks at what we can do to prepare for the day we all hope is coming when lockdown becomes something we used to have to live with. 



A reminder about covid-19, food and us…

07 Apr 2021

FI revisits the rules surrounding cooking and eating safely as we prepare to step out of our isolation bubbles…



The potential cost of nodding off in front of the telly…

06 Apr 2021

TM offers us a bit of information he learned because he woke up from a television doze at just the right time to be reminded about how many people are entitled to Pension Credit but don’t claim it



The ultimate intrinsic question…

05 Apr 2021

Perhaps LB has offered one reason to take a good look around our homes while there is still the time to do it, as she poses a very simple question that also can be very challenging to answer…

 

LPG echoes LB’s challenge and looks forward to receiving more answers to this question from readers who would like to share.



Happy Lock-down Easter… again?

04 Apr 2021

VM offers us an interesting Happy Easter wish mixed with the thought that perhaps we are getting so used to lockdown that it is gradually becoming a way of life for us.



Having a go and letting you know; Senegal, I think my version looks good…

03 Apr 2021

CB cooks without tasting this month and explains the reasons why her short sightedness had got her into a spot yet again, and prepares us for a taste of South America in May…

 

Tomorrow, being Easter Sunday, we have an article dedicated to that theme so perhaps offering this post a day early will help any readers wanting to make any last minute plans for a taste of Senegal and a day’s notice to gather your ingredients… 



Patience then and now…

02 Apr 2021

IP comments on one aspect of our present global predicament while looking back to a time when things were not nearly so bad, now we are armed with hindsight… 



The ultimate April fools’ year needs to stop here…

01 Apr 2021

RB remembers April Fools day with a positive but defiant message this year… 



Remembering how to tête à tête…

31 Mar 2021

Perhaps this is a skill that we will need to brush up on after lock-down.  GW offers a few tips for initiating a first-time conversation when there is no phone involved…



Every picture tells a story (chapter 32): Twilight without the zone…

30 Mar 2021

GF shares one of her pictures and some thoughts on the subject of twilight…



It’s the thought that counts, but do something with it…

29 Mar 2021

Maureen B encourages readers to let LPG help them to share those issues, big or small, which might influence change, no matter how slightly…



Learning to like myself a little better…

28 Mar 2021

Perhaps lock-down has played quite a few tricks on the peace and order that we have all come accustomed to in our personal lives.   NH may have found one way to redress the balance.



Don’t forget Benjamin Franklin, William Willett and British Summer Time tonight…

27 Mar 2021

GN offers a warning of that often-forgotten event that gets us so many times as she throws a little light on tomorrow’s changeover to British Summer Time



Reasons for us oldies not to shy away from the camera…

26 Mar 2021

HW has a message for all those pensioners who avoid having their picture taken as she sends us a message that so many pensioners need to hear and, although she did not specify which day we should post it, LPG feels that today is especially appropriate as it has been designated National Self Confidence day.



Getting going again…

25 Mar 2021

AF tries to help us get our minds ready for the actions that so many of us have started in our heads while we have been sitting at home and developing those unrealised plans to a point where they become just a little more than a proverbial figment of our imaginations.



Insurance renewal – don’t just pay… Haggle!

24 Mar 2021

NS offers some tips learned from a recent encounter while offering some age old advice that many of us may have forgotten over the years…



A reason to stagger your jabs…

23 Mar 2021

Perhaps IB was one of the few who had a bit more of a reaction to her Covid-19 vaccination than most, but she makes a point when suggesting that it is better that everyone in the same household doesn’t become ill at the same time…



Every picture tells a story (chapter 16) – Shopping this time last year

22 Mar 2021

SP took the time to put some personal feelings down on paper and get a picture to remember.  The interesting thing will be to see how differently the picture can be intuited with hindsight.



All the questions and answers but one less form to fill in...

21 Mar 2021

RY reminds us of the good and bad aspects of not having to be so conscious of a day that was never a national holiday or an annual affair, and that still exists even though most of us have probably forgotten.  Have you guessed it yet? 



Happy Happiness day!

20 Mar 2021

AH sent her message when we were feeling the full effects of Self-isolation with strict instructions that we at LPG were not to set it free until today.   We add our wish for a very Happy Happiness day to all our readers…  



Having a go and letting you know; Tunisia, I nearly cracked this one…

19 Mar 2021

CB offers us her most successful efforts so far this month, in her opinion, as she celebrates with Tunisia and looks forward to trying a Senegalese dish in April. 

 

LPG gives you a day to collect your ingredients if you want to celebrate Tunisia’s Independence Day because we have received two posts which have special significance on March 20th…



A day to acknowledge the egg on your face...

18 Mar 2021

OT celebrates ‘Awkward Moments Day’ as she shares an objective one which she witnessed a while ago now.

 

LPG is in agreement with OT when she comments on how awkward moments quickly become memories to smile about, if you have one to share, LPG would love to post it.



A fact that might help if circumstances have to change…

17 Mar 2021

EC hopes that she can help you to help someone else if finances force a need for limited connectivity…



Every picture tells a story (chapter 17) – this time last year…

16 Mar 2021

AY takes us back a year to the time when we were all busy fighting a modern war… 



The ‘negative voice in my head’ challenge…

15 Mar 2021

Rudy sets a six-month challenge for all those readers who also are part of the ‘negative thinker’s club’, as he informs us about one of the many national days of celebration and gives us six months’ notice.



Things you learn at a grand ‘mother’s meeting’.

14 Mar 2021

FL has some advice passed on by a neighbour which could be the solution to combatting loneliness and offering a little insurance when it comes to what you leave behind… 



Focussing on your imagination and creativity…

13 Mar 2021

NM offers us a few exercises which are designed to test the extent of one’s creativity and imagination today…

 

LPG have postponed the posting of MN’s message somewhat because tomorrow, which is also Mothering Sunday, marks the 11th anniversary of World Imagination Day.



Don’t give up giving up, you’re definitely half way there!

12 Mar 2021

If you have given something up for Lent this year EB offers a word of encouragement, and whether you are a giver-upper or not at this time of year, she highlights one aspect of Lent that most of us have never even thought about…. 



High-rise cups of tea…

11 Mar 2021

LB asks us to pause and remembers when they went up and when many were taken down, as she makes her fears known when she looks up at the newest parts of Lewisham…



When you can no longer ‘bend down and touch your toes’…

10 Mar 2021

NK offers readers a possible answer to at least one problem that Covid-19 has offered us…



Avoiding the risk of regret…

09 Mar 2021

VC talks today about the national reluctance of the British to take the metaphorical plunge and reminds us that, having looked at all the possibilities and variables, now might just be the time to assess the risk of not having a go.



You’re never too old to be young…

08 Mar 2021

Perhaps MA has found something trivial to most that might just trigger memories of times gone by even if you are a pensioner that was not old enough to see it in the year it was first released…



Time to take stock and give your ‘To do’ list a little rest…

07 Mar 2021

If nothing else, the internet has acquired a definite knack for finding writers who are guaranteed to get it telling both sides of the same story, and GG has found a codicil to one of our recent posts which gives us all an excuse to procrastinate to our hearts content for a week (with just a few bits of small print thrown in)



Re-evaluating luck…

06 Mar 2021

Covid-19 has changed so many lives in so many ways.  Rudy offers an insight into some of his experiences of life and luck. 



A day to get on your knees?

05 Mar 2021

EL reminds us that today is the National or Global Day of Prayer and urges us to have a word in the ear of whichever God we believe in about the state of our world today, even if you can’t think of anything else to pray for. 



Versed thoughts (chapter 30): Walking there and back.

04 Mar 2021

Now that the injection of protection is on the way Foster brings us a poem to help us see the light at the end of the Coronavirus tunnel…



Gentleman, please take a serious lockdown look in the mirror.

03 Mar 2021

Rudy suggests that taking a real look in the mirror is something that more men might need to do…



Soap sanitizer and skin…

02 Mar 2021

LPG found it commendable that a gentleman, KC, offers us a reminder to be kind to our hands as well as keeping them clean in our Coronavirus-clad environment today, and strongly suggest that these are wise words for all of today’s hands…

 



Making a will… I need to walk as well as talk, do you?

01 Mar 2021

QC finds his situation unchanged in spite of the promises he made this time last year. He offers a reminder to all readers who find themselves in a similar situation when it comes to the subject of making a will.



Cars are still getting faster but our brains have reached their speed limit!

28 Feb 2021

Many of the drivers amongst us would like to go faster but AM looks at the need for speed from a unique perspective today.   



Please don’t let Trypanophobia stop you from having the Jab…

27 Feb 2021

We have all heard stories of those who have refused an offer to take the Covid-19 vaccination and while we are hearing news of different reasons that the decision is being made, TP has done a little research in his bid to overcome one fundamental reason that might be causing some to bypass it…



Christmas gifts; the other element of surprise…

26 Feb 2021

HY has a suggestion or two for subtly dealing with the problem of unwanted Christmas gifts….



It’s a question of time …

25 Feb 2021

TF takes a philosophical look at the whole question of regret and still setting examples no matter how old you are…



Stop thinking for 5 minutes…

24 Feb 2021

VM has revisited an activity (or perhaps a state of inactivity) that she has long since got out of the habit of practising, and recommends a degree of relevance that it may offer as we find ourselves locked down yet again…



I love my children but, oh for freedom. Please bring on the Jab.

23 Feb 2021

LK tells us of a positive predicament, but a predicament all the same, which lockdown and her larger family have caused…



Versed thoughts (chapter 27): Turnips.

22 Feb 2021

Foster never disappoints when reminding us of those little things that we often forget to appreciate, and his poem today has given LPG the opportunity to do a little online research vis-à-vis one of the humbler vegetables in our winter armoury…



Avoiding a bit of a Christmas rip-off?

21 Feb 2021

Perhaps MP has found a way that, with time to prepare, we can save ourselves one of the new costs of Christmas 2020 that Covid-19 presented us with…



Why I have become a news-broadcast channel ‘turner-over’ …

20 Feb 2021

PK does her best to offer something a little more positive by way of news today… 



Pensioners, how financially well off are we really?

19 Feb 2021

FL found that a recent discussion started her thinking about one of those fundamental questions that gets us all wondering from time to time as she takes a look at what constitutes an average pensioner’s income these days…



Embrace the celebrations…

18 Feb 2021

OC supports a reason to celebrate at least some of the many observance days that we find happening around us, even if only to keep ourselves sane in these times we live in…. 



A day when ashes and random kindness meet.

17 Feb 2021

SA finds us a day that needs to be celebrated for more reasons than one



Having a go and letting you know; may I present my Lithuanian surprise?

16 Feb 2021

CB has decided that the results of her attempts at culinary excellence this month have not reached the level needed for her to show us a picture, but she offers a Lithuanian inspired alternative and best wishes for a Happy Independence Day to all Lithuanians…



A two course pancake celebration perhaps?

15 Feb 2021

JL offers us an excuse to put our culinary skills to good use while reminding us that pancake day is upon us again, and suggests a double dose of pancake delights.



Versed thoughts (chapter 25): Exchanging Hearts

14 Feb 2021

Foster has found inspiration from the bard and offers us a reminder of the significance of the day…



Looking back on a very bad year…

13 Feb 2021

Rudy takes a philosophical look back at a year that many of us will be happier to look back on than to have lived through…  



The start of a year of strength – but do we Oxen measure up.

12 Feb 2021

Perhaps, in the potential absence of the usual Chinese New Year celebrations with their colourful and vibrant events around the world, CK’s reminder that all Chinese Oxen might like to acknowledge their year might make for a positive start to today. 



Some you win and some you lose, but celebrate by soldiering on anyway…

11 Feb 2021

IG reminds us of the importance of not giving up on this International Inventors’ Day.



Even a quite Chinese New Year is about more than the zodiac animal being celebrated…

10 Feb 2021

In preparation for their up and comming day of importance, OC throws some light on the reasons that the Chinese New Year is such a loud celebration and predicts that it is likely to be all but silenced this year….



Letting standards slip a bit… after all, what’s the hurry?

09 Feb 2021

Perhaps DP’s reminder of yet another way that Coronavirus has snuck into our lives will help those readers who can identify with her sentiments today…



Versed thoughts (chapter 29): Keep in Touch

08 Feb 2021

PF offers us a warming little verse to help us through these dark pandemic-clad days. 



Internet adverts, time, money and balance

07 Feb 2021

KA gives some hints about how to avoid all the adverts that pre-empt the videos and websites that LPG so often leave links to, and also looks at the inconvenience that they cause us from the web-providers side of the coin.  



Should you be Body popping at your age?

06 Feb 2021

MA dispels one excuse that may have already persuaded many less resolved LPG readers to give up on a new year’s resolution of physical exercise… 



Attacking arthritis from within and without…

05 Feb 2021

CH offers us some more help designed to combat the negative effects of arthritis…



The significance of ‘the 3 Fs’.

04 Feb 2021

HW promotes the power of online togetherness in our physical and virtual endeavours to get fitter…



Helping to cure your GP’s virtual blindness…

03 Feb 2021

Perhaps you will agree with EL who tells us that when your GP appointment is conducted over the telephone or online they are relatively blind.  She offers one way that we can make sure they get the best information when it comes to your blood pressure readings…



Candles up, decorations down and don’t forget the groundhog...

02 Feb 2021

It is likely that the winter weather and the 3rd covid-19 lockdown are now both as bad as they are going to get, but KB offers a few glimmers of light with today’s message… 



Ladies and gentleman please check your bits!

01 Feb 2021

At the beginning of this month of February which has been nominated NATIONAL SELF-CHECK MONTH, we have decided to repeat what we at LPG think is a really important message that HC brought to the fore last year…



Keeping the cost of keeping in touch affordable.

31 Jan 2021

Perhaps it is a little late in the day but HS’s advice today might make a little difference to one bill that the pandemic has altered… 



Geography, History and (harsh) reality…

30 Jan 2021

The discovery of an obsolete webpage provokes LB to revisit a few thoughts of nostalgia today…  



Celebrate the day without losing any of the pieces.

29 Jan 2021

Just in case you did not know, today is national puzzle day and BL offers readers a puzzle or two to challenge the mind…



Numbering your drawers before you get started…

28 Jan 2021

Perhaps OL’s predicament and shared strategy will not be new to anyone but, if nothing else, it might remind some readers of a problem that they have been putting off for a while… 



Every picture tells a story (chapter 26) – Mirrors don’t always tell the whole truth…

27 Jan 2021

HW has taken the time to share some of her personal thoughts on the physical characteristics of getting older as she looks at the cruellest and kindest ways of looking at them…



Listen, what is your house trying to tell you?

26 Jan 2021

MF offers a little information that might be helpful to readers who are also home and flat owners…



Focussing on those ‘I told you so’ moments.

25 Jan 2021

Though this idea is not new, perhaps TO’s reminder of the power of the post-dated letter  could be the way forward for so many scenarios where proof of when a thought was first conceived might be needed.



Versed thoughts (chapter 28): Counting the Waves

24 Jan 2021

Foster offers us a poem steeped in the realism of what is happening around us today…



Televisions; it’s not all about watching them.

23 Jan 2021

SA has a point when she tells us about the many bits of small print that comes with the territory of buying yourself a new television although she has perhaps found one aspect of the whole process which often comes as an extra surprise.



Versed thoughts (chapter 21): Demolition

22 Jan 2021

Foster offers a little more information about one aspect of his regular park of choice.



Quick, painless and good for you; today is the day!

21 Jan 2021

Perhaps hugging is a display which we should all practice more regularly.  SD offers some reasons why and on this, National Hugging Day, reminds us that this may be the day to celebrate an action that could improve the lives of all…



The ultimate solution to everything but can it keep a secret?

20 Jan 2021

SK offers a suggestion to one of those problems that we all have but don’t want to admit to…



2020; focussing on the positives.

19 Jan 2021

RP offers his take on the year past and the one that is to come…



The unwrapped hopes of many a gift-giver…

18 Jan 2021

It is true that most people are both present givers and receivers throughout the year, but while it is often all about the receiving for many, JL adds a few words which focus on the feelings of present givers.



A message for ‘World Religion day’

17 Jan 2021

Maureen B at LPG tells us what a little internet research on the subject has taught her about the more diverse faiths that can be found around our world as she  inspires readers to Pick up the gauntlet and throw a little more light on their beliefs.



In times of crises…

16 Jan 2021

Many of us might have learned throughout this pandemic that we find ourselves in, that our crises just keep coming or perhaps it is the lack of them that is the problem.  Either way OC suggests that those who are being affected, take an educational tour of the internet to find a few solutions…



Will fireworks become a thing of the past?

15 Jan 2021

IB is attempting to show LPG readers something that has caught his imagination, and even though the technicalities may be of little interest to some, the end result is worth taking a look at. 



Your pension… have you missed anything?

14 Jan 2021

KE challenges readers to take a good look at their pensions and check if you’ve missed a bit…



One way of fighting fire with fire…

13 Jan 2021

YJ tells a story today and hopes that the advice given to him may just help any reader who might find themselves being intimidated in a similar way as he was…



Twiddle, press or dial; it all takes so much longer now…

12 Jan 2021

CP makes an observation and wonders how many of us oldies have had similar experiences of technology over the years…



The entertaining element of competition…

11 Jan 2021

RS shares her thoughts on some television memories old and more recent in a hope to make readers smile today… 



If you have to get lost in them, focus on the positive ones!

10 Jan 2021

Perhaps HS offers us a way to not let the negative aspects of our lives detract from the positive bits, and LPG cannot let the opportunity pass while we neglect to ask readers who take this short story therapy onboard to pass a few of your writings on to us so that we can post them anonymously and inspire other readers.



Your heart, a little maths, and the number 220.

09 Jan 2021

EA offers a tip or two for keeping a check on how fast your heart is beating.



‘D’ day is on its way (again)…

08 Jan 2021

Perhaps BC is working on adding another celebration day to our already- over-full quota, but officially or unofficially, if you missed it last week her logic could make perfect sense…

LPG apologises that we are a day late with BC’s requested day of publication on this article and we hope that our postponement does not detract from its significance….



Make sure your kids remember that they are your kids…

07 Jan 2021

Perhaps ES has a point when reminding us that we are the parents and that those of us who have children close to home need to strike the fine balance between allowing them to give us the help we need and taking full control of our lives, as they see it, for our own good.



The importance of a regular ‘Stand up break’ for the RFYOPs among us…

06 Jan 2021

It is something we have always done and perhaps sitting down for a lot longer each day than usual has been one of the results of this year’s pandemic. JN focusses in on ‘sitability’ today…   



Hot or not while you are sleeping.

05 Jan 2021

IB shares a few interesting theories with regard to how the same temperature can make us feel hot or cold and what effect that might have on getting enough sleep.  



Happy divorce day?

04 Jan 2021

Perhaps YP has found a bitter/sweet subject for today’s message but she also recognises that its root will resonate with many LPG readers…



Having a go ; Myanmar, thank you for a spicy celebration where quantity is the watchword…

03 Jan 2021

CB learns about the importance of measurement when cooking the hard way as she pays homage to Myanmar’s day of celebration and looks to Lithuania and her culinary plans for one of their national celebration days.

 

LPG gives you a day to collect your ingredients if you want to celebrate this Independence Day because we have received two posts which have special significance on January 4th



Perhaps a new way to greet 2021…

02 Jan 2021

WA sets us all a challenge as she encourages us to try finding a new way of saying hello to 2021



One year on… (chapter 1)… I hope your glass is a little fuller

01 Jan 2021

AO marks the beginning of this year with a reflection that other LPG readers may be able to relate to, but ends her message on a positive note…



2020; a vintage year…

31 Dec 2020

SD offers us his eye view on the year we are about to leave…



In preparation for a national day with a subtitle…

30 Dec 2020

DT looks at New Year’s day in advance, and reminds readers of one possible precaution which many of us might do well to prepare for just in case we find ourselves needing to observe one of the other celebrations January 1st is known for…



Elton John sang it, and saying it is still hard whatever the reason…

29 Dec 2020

It’s short, easy to spell, but often so hard to say. SA reminds us of one of those short words that is, so often, so very difficult to get off the tongue...



Forty years of Top Forty’s…

28 Dec 2020

JN offers some interesting online nostalgia for the pop music fans of yesteryear…



Who is really in control?

27 Dec 2020

Perhaps there is no one answer to the question that CM poses today but, at the risk of depressing some readers she focuses in on one of life’s bigger conundrums…



Every picture tells a story (chapter 12) - The morning after the night before…

26 Dec 2020

AK has taken up the challenge and sent us a message with the instruction to keep it for a whole year before letting it lose on LPG readers.  LPG believes that this is a way to check just how much your thoughts and outlook have changed, if at all and if they concur with the thoughts of other readers.  LPG appreciate any comments that readers have to offer…



A short message for Christmas….

25 Dec 2020

LPG offers a Christmas message today... 



You might be spending Christmas alone this year… but you will not be ‘alone’!

24 Dec 2020

AN confronts a subject that will affect so many more people this year than ever as she broaches the subject of spending a more positive Christmas Day if you have to spend it alone…



Medication that stats show we prefer not to take…

23 Dec 2020

There are tablets and tablets, and TK thinks that the human race is not as fond as they could be of either…



A PC Christmas poem

22 Dec 2020

MM offers a poem which he hopes brings season up to date somewhat…



Versed thoughts (chapter 22): Newgrange

21 Dec 2020

Foster Murphy takes the time to highlight the significance of our shortest day in a very noteworthy way this year…



Skip the vouchers this year…

20 Dec 2020

MP reinforces a message that has changed this year when mentioning that those last minute shopping gift vouchers may not be the best 2020 Christmas present-panic buy... 



Introduction to a memory… MY UNCLE NORMAN

19 Dec 2020

MC shares a memory of a dear uncle today, one that was provoked by a picture found during a bit of a sort out.  Perhaps a rummage around in a draw you don’t open often, or a box full of history, has provoked a few such memories of a person or event in your life that is worth sharing.  LPG would love to share it with our readers. 



There’s none so queer as folk; especially at Christmas…

18 Dec 2020

WD offers us a little more unusual food for Christmas thought today



Let’s talk about one of our personal top-tens today …

17 Dec 2020

DT takes the time to focus in on fingernails with a reminder that not being able to get to the salon is an issue that affects the female hand while many older male hands could also do with a little TLC.



Here’s looking at Christmas 2020, but forward to Christmas 2021…

16 Dec 2020

OS sheds some light on a Christmas discussion that she suspects is being debated by parents who have both young children and parents of their own throughout the country at the moment, and offers a solution that perhaps a mother of pensionable age might be able to settle.



2020, the Covid-19 year, the year that never really happened

15 Dec 2020

HB doesn’t have the most positive news for us today but every now and then we have to accept a bit of realism.



Hearing, phones, aids, quality and quantity.

14 Dec 2020

PH started out with the intention to find out a little more about phones that are easiest to hear but learnt a little more about the whole question of being able to interact with electronics when you have hearing loss.



A new look at our places of interest…

13 Dec 2020

VH reminds us that there is more than one way to See what our capital city has to offer these days. 



The importance of making up the numbers…

12 Dec 2020

QV jogs our memories as she focusses on the importance of those long-forgotten day centres and clubs that are now a distant memory .  She reminds us that if any of the independent ones are to survive the post-pandemic world, they will need their members to return. 



Their checking up on us can be a good thing.

11 Dec 2020

Perhaps FM has pointed out something that is very obvious today but, though there can be a lot of annoyance caused when banks check up on your spending, it can sometimes be a good thing…



A reason to clean your ears before your video call…

10 Dec 2020

Perhaps CL adds to the list of general online rules vis a vis video calling etiquette specifically added for the benefit of the older first time dabbler.



Pain? Perhaps you can think yourself better…

09 Dec 2020

GA’s message offers an alternative that many will have heard of but might have dismissed when it comes to the relief of chronic pain.



Are we shoppers ‘just making do’ again…

08 Dec 2020

MR focusses on the extremes of one particular aspect of modern shopping in the UK, and points out that while quality is still the way forward, we have to ask if we are getting the quality that we should all continue to be used to?



Let the music take control, just a little bit…

07 Dec 2020

There is little doubt that everyone can think of a bit of music that will provoke a click or nod of the head wherever you are, and GM lets us know just how much we could be missing by not letting our bodies do a little dance.





Getting your computer to be kinder to your eyes…

05 Dec 2020

A lot of readers will know this already but for those whose computing sessions are being spoiled because of the effect that the screen has on their eyes, KA might have just found the answer…



Both fashionably and financially priced out of the present giving market?

04 Dec 2020

MP highlights one of those parenting issues that perhaps needs to be shared with their children in order that they have a more positive Christmas with their grand and great grandchildren in future years.  



Maintain the closer relationships that lock-down forged…

03 Dec 2020

HG offers a little advice about being a pensioner with children.



An awareness day or two worth noting…

02 Dec 2020

BB flags up a couple of national awareness days that need to be remembered, and challenges readers to be observant rather than celebrate.



Violence; for whose glory?

01 Dec 2020

While covid-19 is more likely to have been a natural affliction which was sent for the whole world to battle against, Rudy offers some words about his concerns surrounding a phenomenon that the human race is throwing at the young and impressionable, which may well come back to haunt us all. 



Your back, the space and making sure it will fit…

30 Nov 2020

LY touches on the problems that confront anyone who has decided to buy a new settee…



Will lock down be our only Christmas visitor this year?

29 Nov 2020

JN is thinking about Christmas 2020, and even though when Benjamin Disraeli could never have envisaged anything like coronavirus he first quoted, ‘I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.’  she applies the same principle.



Ivy, getting to the route of the problem…

28 Nov 2020

KR advises readers to take a look at the walls outside their houses today just in case they have an Ivy problem that needs to be nipped in the bud…



If you need to share a secret, tell it to a man.

27 Nov 2020

Perhaps CK’s conscience has been somewhat set free now that she has shared her thoughts on secret keeping…



‘Live and let live’… do we, should we, can we…

26 Nov 2020

RB takes a look at a life-principle that many of our generation have accepted over the years and questions its relevance in our modern world…



The minefield that is buying a new mobile phone….

25 Nov 2020

HC attempts to throw some light on where to start when buying a new mobile phone…



A present that there will be space for…

24 Nov 2020

How many times have you said or heard an older friend complain about the fact that they really don’t have any more space for Christmas presents?  AR offers a solution which may solve the problem if you can find someone to help with the technicalities.



Be suspicious of official letters too…

23 Nov 2020

GC resurrects a subject that comes up every now and again in our pages as he tells of yet another instance of identity theft. 



The ‘Good Person; Bad Person’ life balance assessment… Part 2

22 Nov 2020

PN continues to delve a little deeper into her theory that there is nearly always room for improvement when we take the time to take a good look at the elements that make up our characters, as she offers some possible ways of adjusting them for the better.



A pre-Christmas winter spring-clean…

21 Nov 2020

ND offers a little conscience pricking session with some advice on one possible thing we can do with lockdown number two…



Versed thoughts (chapter 23): Observations

20 Nov 2020

Foster celebrates International Children’s Day with a short poem…



Why think big today? …

19 Nov 2020

NM helps us celebrate a day dedicated to the big questions that the world has to offer and also offers the reassurance that we can all have a go at philosophising on such an important day…



From the bottom of the garden to a dedicated room…

18 Nov 2020

LPG would like to thank WD for reminding us of one of those little known celebratory days that, as is rightly pointed out, we take for granted.

 

LPG received two commemorative pieces destined to help readers to acknowledge two very separate observances tomorrow, and so we have posted this one a day early.



Finding a public toilet in Lewisham borough…

17 Nov 2020

CG helps Lewisham council acknowledge an aspect of Lewisham life that becomes more apparent as we get older, at a time when the world celebrates one of the more understated inventions of our time… 

 

LPG has received two messages on this subject which is why this one comes to you two days early, in the light of November 19th being World Toilet Day 



Having a go and letting you know; Moroccans, it’s not all about the pot. Is it?

16 Nov 2020

In celebration of Morocco’s independence, CB has a go at preparing a Tagine without actually owning one, and promises to put her baking skills on show next month

 

LPG has again managed to receive three posts which were destined to appear on the same day, so we have decided to give you two days’ notice just in case you would like to join CB in a culinary Moroccan celebration of your own…  With two days to go we wish all Moroccan readers a very happy National Independence day…  



Tragedies of now and then…

15 Nov 2020

Perhaps Rudy’s comment for today can be seen in either a realistic light or a depressing one but it can be argued that his conclusion rings true. 



Socks, stockings; what’s really inside?

14 Nov 2020

Perhaps DT has brought something to the surface that many readers leave to the podiatrist but a little research has found a few things that we can do apart from cutting them which might make a little difference.



Knees playing up, perhaps something to try…

13 Nov 2020

JL acknowledges that doing nothing, whatever the problem, will get you nowhere and offers her thoughts that those with arthritis of the knee might be helped by taking a look at the information she has left for you. 



From the three R’s to the three T’s and more; lessons in learning…

12 Nov 2020

OS shares a few lessons about learning which she hopes will encourage the reluctant to have a go at learning something now or improving on what you have learned so far as lockdown number two allows us the time to have another go at it. 



Two minutes and a red flower…

11 Nov 2020

Just in case we forget, OV offers a timely reminder of the significance of today even if we have not had the opportunity to buy or even see a poppy so far this year…



Borrowed browsing… the pros and cons of keeping your history to yourself…

10 Nov 2020

There is always something new to learn when it comes to computers. RJ just might have a little information about a function which may be of interest to those who want to keep their browsing history a little less public…



Playing the scammer at his own game…

09 Nov 2020

KT has discovered two videos which will entertain today but reminds us that there is an underlying educational aspect to be taken into consideration while you watch and smile…



The ‘Good Person; Bad Person’ life balance assessment…

08 Nov 2020

PN finds herself focussing on one of life’s many big and deep questions today as she challenges us to assess how good or bad a person we really are…  



Alternatives to the kitchen chopping challenge.

07 Nov 2020

KE offers her alternative ideas when it comes to slicing, chopping grating and grinding up one’s kitchen ingredients as our hands have more difficulty with this cooking chore…



Stopcock; where is yours?

06 Nov 2020

TS reminds us that forewarned is forearmed as winter sets in again and she offers advice about something worth knowing even if you never need to use the knowledge…   



Keep them in tonight…

05 Nov 2020

LPG would like to thank PK, and are happy to repeat this reminder each bonfire night, though it is a variation on an annual theme it cannot be mentioned too often during this particular time of year.



Today; a day to share and half your troubles?

04 Nov 2020

PW finishes what she started yesterday by pointing out that there is at least one age-old adage which is still very relevant in our lives today… 



A day to take a good look at yourself and work out if you are stressed.

03 Nov 2020

In preparation for tomorrow, which is also National Stress Awareness day, PW suggests that we start by taking a look at the stress that affects our own lives.



A day to take a good look at yourself and work out if you are stressed.

03 Nov 2020

In preparation for tomorrow, which is also National Stress Awareness day, PW suggests that we start by taking a look at the stress that affects our own lives.



From 0 to 500+ in 84 years!

02 Nov 2020

Perhaps we all need to be reminded of one of the days which started this ball rolling.   CL has found some facts and figures to help us remember and perhaps reminisce the evolution of our viewing habits…



What you’ve got and what you’ve not…

01 Nov 2020

Cold, ‘flu or coved-19? HB offers a little information for those who are just wondering what this winter’s cold may have brought with it… 



Do those who celebrate really know why?

31 Oct 2020

LG repeats her seasonal message for the second year as she gives us another reminder of a holiday that she thinks is really not for young children.



Well and truly rooted in the UK now...

30 Oct 2020

Rudy offers us a thought to acknowledge Black History from his standpoint…



Dirty fingers and your printer’s clean bill of health…

29 Oct 2020

OG gets technical with the help of YouTube…  



I recognise the problem? What do I do now?

28 Oct 2020

LPG is so please to know that our main aim of sharing pensioners’ thoughts in a bid to improve the similar experiences for others does really work.  GF has been inspired to throw some more light on the plight of readers who are not feeling as positive as they could at the moment.



Masked recognition: apparently it’s all in the shape of the eyes…

27 Oct 2020

DR offers a little instruction found on the subject of expressing oneself from behind a mask.



Every picture tells a story (chapter 24): Accidental soup, not carved faces…

26 Oct 2020

Pride in achievement has brought us this very ordinary looking picture on first view, but SF is especially pleased to be able to share this aspect of a true accomplishment.



A welcome dinner guest with an electronic twist…

25 Oct 2020

JE talks about the time when even daily meals were much more of an event, and how those who live alone can still make an occasion of it…



More about high water bills…

24 Oct 2020

FL offers a little more information that could be helpful when it comes to the subject of optimising your water bill.



Most of us have one, but how often do you really ‘dash away’ these days?

23 Oct 2020

HW comes up with a subject near to (or perhaps as far as possible from) the hearts of most people in this day and age, Ironing… 



What would be in your top ten all-time favourite telly programme list?

22 Oct 2020

RS investigates a subject that does not, at first, appear terribly interesting but, if nothing else, the list she has chosen to share will bring back some memories of the way that television has portrayed some of our most popular moments of the past sixty or so years.



Ladies and gentleman please check your bits!

21 Oct 2020

HC has a health reminder that needs to be shared and passed on to people of all ages….



The ‘Pucker up’ observed from all perspectives…

20 Oct 2020

LG comments on something from her childhood that, now she is older, may well be seen from a completely different perspective…



Wear it at all times…

19 Oct 2020

SK offers a variation on a theme today as she talks about accidents that, even though they do happen, can be compounded if you are unable to tell someone and get help.



Ladies, the letters will stop coming but you should keep going…

18 Oct 2020

HC passes on some information that was inspired by something she watched on television, and LPG is happy to pass her reminder on to all LPG readers.



Blood, if you can’t deliver it, getting it collected might be the answer…

17 Oct 2020

It may be getting a little easier to get out and about again but there are still many restrictions in place, and making sure that your health does not suffer in other ways can still be a bit of an obstacle course.  YM has found an answer that might just help those who are having difficulty getting blood tests organised.  



October; a month of colourful history…

16 Oct 2020

AJ, acknowledges the month of October and one of the celebrations it has become noted for. 



Our health and mixed messages…

15 Oct 2020

CP offers a comment or two on the state of our NHS and where, that leaves the man in the street.



Having a go and letting you know; Austria, Germany; I tried…

14 Oct 2020

CB calculates that her Wiener Schnitzel represents the national dish of a border, and has asked us to time the printing of it in the middle of two neighbouring countries’ respective independence celebrations as she explains the results when she had a go, and she looks to Morocco for her next challenge…   



Working out just how much you personally need….

13 Oct 2020

LS offers us his revelations on the optimum recipe for working our exactly how much sleep you need each night. 



A life-lesson for fingers of all ages…

12 Oct 2020

Perhaps BC, as she suspects, is not the only older cook who finds themselves with injured fingers from time to time.  with this in mind she has selected to use her message to focus on a culinary skill that we all think that we have learned but that, the next time we miss, we may find needs a little more honing…



Caring for your carer…

11 Oct 2020

Today heralds the start of National Carers week and AK points out something that he has observed and, even though he has no personal experience of having a health issue that is progressively making him more independent, brings us an often- forgotten message.



In the words of Max Bygraves, ‘I want to tell you a story’…

10 Oct 2020

PF’s informs us of a post-genre that has been conspicuous by its absence from the LPG website pages lately, and does her best to promote an essence of balance-redress…. 

 

Please remember that if you have a story to tell on the telephone, or to send us via letter, (rather than email) the LPG editorial staff are happy to do the writing for you.   Feel free to use the details on out contact page to get in touch…

 



The advantages of masked mistaken identity…

09 Oct 2020

DR shares an anecdote and some advice for those with limited powers of recognition



Wearing and watching… sorry washing…

08 Oct 2020

LS offers us some more face-mask related advice which needs watching if you are wearing them…



Worst case scenario; make your decision known and then get on with your life…

07 Oct 2020

QK pulls no punches with the subject that he broaches today. He focusses on one of those not so pleasant decisions that is so often left to the children to make, but one that we should have some control over and suggests that we think about it in advance…



10 minutes of Internet positivity that just might perk you up…

06 Oct 2020

AO revisits the subject of negativity that Covid-19 may have left some readers with …



Two of everything…

05 Oct 2020

OL tells us of a problem which may well register with other readers but she has not found a definitive solution to offer…



Versed thoughts (chapter 20): The Chairs

04 Oct 2020

Foster celebrates the contrasting qualities of his grandfathers using the art of rhyme.



Blinded from the facts and often bearded if wearing one at all…

03 Oct 2020

LS, looks at the mask debate from yet another perspective…



Today’s the day for an upside-down frown…

02 Oct 2020

BJ brings our notice to one national celebratory day which, if we all take the time to acknowledge it, can only make the world a better place. 



Versed thoughts (chapter 18): Being nationally poetic today…

01 Oct 2020

Poetry has a way of getting us thinking and on this National Poetry Day what better time is there to contemplate things said in, or not in, rhyme.  FM offers LPG readers something to think about…



If you have one, has it got a name?

30 Sep 2020

AR introduces us to one commemorative day which she thinks that the whole world should share…

 

We at LPG again find ourselves with two posts destined to highlight different celebrations which fall in two days’ time and, with a yet another post which denotes a topic to be acknowledged tomorrow, we are giving readers two days’ notice in preparation for October 2nd.  



Sharing the love in more ways than one….

29 Sep 2020

Perhaps AV has a celebratory warning for us today, but while it is a day to be aware of one of the most important components that we possess, she reminds us to direct a little love in its direction.



Congratulations to the thespian in you…

28 Sep 2020

Perhaps NM looks at life from a somewhat sociological and philosophical standpoint today but readers just might find a few wise words for us all…



Afternoon blinking with your chin on your chest.

27 Sep 2020

IC explores the subject of if the afternoon nap goes hand in hand with getting old and just how good they are for us…



It’s not Easter but let’s talk ‘Bunnies’ anyway

26 Sep 2020

Did you know that today is International Bunny Day?  Well, PU was kind enough to write to us in advance so that all LPG readers have the opportunity to acknowledge these little animals on their celebratory day. 



Possible prevention, cure and all that arthritic stuff…

25 Sep 2020

CH offers a little preventative advice on ways of minimising the effects of arthritis. 



The changing significance of the words ‘No charge’…

24 Sep 2020

CP draws our attention to a couple of words that have more than one meaning these days….



The merits of going to the flics over streaming.

23 Sep 2020

DC offers us a memory that was written fourteen years ago but that will manage to do a little jogging….



Did lock-down get you down?

22 Sep 2020

As we slowly move away from it, one of the most talked-about legacies of lock-down, is depression and negativity.  AO offers some online suggestions that may help to lift readers’ spirits a little…



Something that we all want?

21 Sep 2020

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. 



Having a go and letting you know; Malta, sorry. Alexa ‘u turned’…

20 Sep 2020

CB has a disagreement with Alexa and another go in the kitchen as she offers what she has learned while producing her version of a taste of Malta on their national day, and she also promises an Austrian experience for October. 

 

LPG has been asked to acknowledge two celebrations on the same day and in the spirit of giving any reader who feels like celebrating on the day a chance to prepare, CB’s message comes to you a day early…



Eyes, a timely reminder or two…

19 Sep 2020

YG reminds us that even if you have 20/20 vision, it is worth getting your eyes checked, and chooses National Eye Health Week to do it… 

 

While we at LPG are very thankful for all your phone calls, letters and emails, for the first time so far, two of our pensioners have been kind enough to send in information and ask us to post it on the same day.  So can we please point out that we have posted YG’s message a day early.  National Eye Health Week actually begins tomorrow.



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.



Choices…

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.