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November 6th, 2014
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Maureen Williams
13th Nov 2016
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This is the first time I've written on here. I'm not complaining, I'm merely asking a question. I thought the idea of the Silver Surfers Silver Card was to give members an opportunity of purchasing an item cheaper than buying the same thing when you're not a member?
I would like to see The Lion King at the Lyceum theatre in London. I was pleased to see it included in the offers.
However, the ticket I was looking at was £69.50 + £14 booking fee. The same agent (love theatre) are only charging £8.50 booking fee for the same ticket when bought NOT via Silver Surfers! Why is this?
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I have checked and the booking fee on this link via the Silvercard offer is £8.00 : http://www.lovetheatre.com/dates/116/The-Lion-King I am not sure what date you are looking for and how many tickets? Love Theatre are the Silvercard partner for this too.
David Andrew
19th Aug 2016
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Property Management companies, their practices, services and fees. Can we start a campaign to get our MPs to legislate to control this sector? In addition to leasehold t seems that more and more of use are living in "freehold" properties that have an obligation to pay fees - but have no rights or access to dispute resolution.
lily49
16th Jul 2016
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The price of spectacles!!!

It is one of my bugbears. I have had to wear glasses since I was 11, and have paid £1,000 over the years for the “privilege” of being short sighted.

I classify myself as being disabled, as I cannot function without my glasses. But do any of us in this position get Any sort of allowances of discounts or vouchers????

I have taken up this with any MP who cares to listen. and all I get back in response is a bland letter, and several leaflets outlining all the conditions I have to satisfy to get any sort of discount.
Of course, Not One applies to me ~ (an “ordinary person”) ~ who has worked hard, paid taxes, etc etc all her life and as a result, does Not qualify for Anything!!!! So many other folks seem to be able to get All sorts of benefits and vouchers.
Nearly everytime i am in a shop, clinic, dentist or optician,
I seem to be the only one who actually pays!!!!
Rant over!
what does anyone else think?
micksue52
11th Nov 2016
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I really sympathise with you on this issue. I think there should be a discount scheme for all the issues you have mentioned. Maybe we should start a campaign on here and try to take it nationwide as I am sure it will then be taken notice of.
Molls C
19th Aug 2016
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My other half is registered disabled blind and still doesn't get any help so the many of us who wear specs have no chance
elkiton
15th Jan 2016
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One topic I have not seen here is the pro's and cons of retiring abroad....do people seriously consider it as a possibility, and if not why not?. Yes, I am a lifelong Brit, married to an English person, living abroad and retired in Prague.
TonyE
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Great topic suggestion elkiton. We will draft a Speakers Corner up over the next week 🙂
SovereignInventory
28th Aug 2015
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I would like the Silver Surfers community to recommend a solution, both long and short term, to the migrant crisis. It is apparent that the Government are incapable and do njotcare about these poor people. It would be interesting to see what is proposed.
dixonelmo
25th Aug 2015
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I have just checked out holiday insurance with AVANTI, can I suggest silver surfers shop around before they commit to one company who advertise for the over 50's!!! This company quoted DOUBLE on a like for like european annual policy.
I know its time consuming and a pain in the rear, but to save £170 surely is worth it. That saving can buy you quite a bit.

keep smiling
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Hello dixonelmo-Thank you very much for this information. Please can you advise who the other company was offering the competitive price so we can look at this ourselves and do some checks.
dixonelmo
26th Aug 2015
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Yes of course, one quote is from STAYSURE £10.000.000 COVER....REPATRIATION AND 2,000 BAGGAGE...
I will be interested to hear what you find out...

SHEILA
daydreams
21st Aug 2015
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In recent times we have heard a lot about the drain on NHS resources caused by an ageing population. More recently it has been diabetics who are a drain on NHS resources. Oh dear... here I am, an OAP (Older Aged Person if you don't mind), a diabetic, living with two chronic illnesses. What a drain I'm going to be!
What has annoyed me greatly about the diabetes stats, is the fact that it has been implied all diabetics have this condition because of their lifestyle, being overweight, unhealthy eating, lack of exercise. I would like to point out that for some of us, this has nothing to do with it at all. My diabetes has been caused, as have the other problems, by long term use of steroids, necessary due to transplant surgery 29 years ago. Nobody has mentioned that it's not always down to your own choices, your own fault.
nagonthenet
10th Aug 2015
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Baby Boomer - up till quite recently I did not realise I am one! Born 1955 - so am I?
Thought my sister was one born 1963 - so is she too?
Anyone got the definitive definition please?
Wilf
10th Aug 2015
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I think the term is American and really applies to anyone born in the 1950s onwards
Molls C
19th Aug 2016
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The Baby Boom started just after the war when the men were coming home!!!
nagonthenet
10th Aug 2015
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No it is not just you. I think this country is overpopulated already and more immigrants make matters a whole lot worse. Coming here is not the answer we need to sort out these people's
problems in their own countries
mamie
30th Jul 2015
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Hi Would like to know
if anyone else is concerned about the immigration crisis at the moment ! How come we could protect our borders from the Germans during world war 2 surely something can be done to sort out this crisis before it escalates any further or is it just me !
scandiman
15th Jul 2015
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Britain's contribution to the EU Greece bail-out fund. I thought we were exempt from this by an agreement fought for by David Cameron. Now Jean Claude Juncker has torn up that agreement. That will be UK being told what to do by EU, AGAIN.
Seems that no agreement is worth the paper it's written on.
bumble bee
30th May 2015
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MPs need to have more respect for the ageing population and stop treating us as a burden to society, whenever money is discussed it all comes back to "the ageing population."
Wilf
10th Aug 2015
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Totally agree with this. We have made Great Britain with all our hard work
JacquelineF1
26th May 2015
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The new tax relief for married couples that came in april this year
kevabb
21st Apr 2015
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If we buy back our bank shares at a discount from the Government since we already own them as a tax payer aren't we selling the majority people who do not buy them short.Therefore increasing the amount of tax they will have to pay in the future due to underselling.
daydreams
21st Apr 2015
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Making friends.... do you think it gets easier as you get older, or more difficult? 'Will you be my friend/can we be friends' are words one child can say to another in the playground, but adults can't do that with someone they come across, say in the shop, library, or someone they get chatting to in the doctors' waiting room perhaps. It would sound needy, or really weird, wouldn't it? As children, do we have any criteria for choosing who we are friends with, and does that change as we got older? Or do we just see someone we like for no particular reason that we think of, and that's it? In other words, do we get more picky as we age?
And if you don't like joining groups and so on, how do you make friends? And why is the Silversurfers dating site only a dating site, why can't it be for people to just find new friends to chat to?
lily49
19th Aug 2016
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So agree with the difficulty of making friends ~(in any context of the word).
This may sound a bit negative, but it is how I find things from my own perspective~

I do not use buses, so no chance to interact there. (We have to drive to most places, as there are limited shops/facilities nearby).

I do not have a dog anymore, so no chance of chatting to the owners of the frequently- walked dogs on our road, apart from nodding as they pass by if I happen to be in the front garden.
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I Have joined the local U3A, but they are not what I regard as “friends”, merely folks who are at the same meeting /monthly talk, etc. The interest groups are more of an opportunity to chat casually on the subject within the particular group, but no more than that. At the end of each session, it’s “goodbye, see you next time”, and everyone scoots off. I Was invited back once to one lady’s house, but all she could talk about was her grandchildren, and how awful her last job had been, so that didn’t go any further, I am sad to say.

Other ladies at these groups seem to come in a pre-formed clique of neighbours or having met at different groups that I am not a member of, or do not have the time or the interest in those particular spheres; and don’t seem to want to include you ~(as a perceived outsider)~ in their conversations, which appear to continue from week to week on topics unknown to me, so I am unable to join in with them.

I Do have a small circle of friends, from various times of my life, but some them are still at work, and have families; so Their time is very limited and precious, so I hardly ever get to see them either. As for trying to actually Phone ~(as opposed to texting)~it’s nigh on impossible, as they are multi-tasking whenever they Do pick up the phone, and are obviously not able to fully concentrate on a proper chat. Others have also retired, but are just So Very Busy doing all the lovely things the have always wanted to do,~ good luck to them, but Again they are Far too busy to see me, who I imagined to be a true friend . I see one pal 3 times a year, If I’m lucky!

Another pal of over 25 years moved to Cornwall, so I now never see her, despite being godmother to her 2 sons. It’s just far too far to go on many visits, and a bit stressful the one time I did, as I don’t especially like her new partner, so couldn’t have a proper natter with her.

I do not speak to anyone for days at a time, as my “other half” prefers silence, and is not much of conversationalist at the best of times!

I have tried a bit of volunteering, but that just fills the time, as you are meant to be “on task” and are not there to make friends as such, so no joy there, either!
Oh dear, I sound like a Very Grumpy Old woman, but I hope I am not, just would like to be able ~(like you~) to find a “real, true” friend to last for many years to come.
Answers on a postcard, please!
Molls C
19th Aug 2016
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Although I'm a wrinkly I'm pretty good with an iPad so pass my knowledge onto a couple of groups, its an excuse for total strangers to gather and chat from every topic imaginable and improve tech use, we've been going for three years.
Alex2015
25th Jun 2015
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I joined Home-Start East Sussex as a volunteer. They're a charity which helps families with young children who need some support. You have to do a free training course which was really interesting and I also made some good friends with the other people who were on it and you go to social events throughout the year. It's great because I'm helping young families, keeping my brain active and have some new friends. Win win all round!
jacksterfun
6th May 2015
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Very interesting points Daydreams. Personally I find it easier now to talk to someone I don't know, i.e. standing in a queue or walking the dog. Self-consciousness seems to wane as we get older. However, I think it is more difficult to assume, or try, to make these people real friends. Yes I think we are more picky in this respect and this perhaps is because we have more experience of life and we become wary. Even when finding yourself single again, it is troubling to find the smallest thing can be off-putting! Isn't that being picky? Children don't have the hang-ups that adults do.
I agree with you too that it would be great to have a chat site rather than a dating site. A friend of mine wanted to meet more friends and the only option was to go on a dating site. This led to her meeting a very nice man but after meeting a few times, even though he knew she didn't want a relationship, he finished with her because he did want a relationship.
Bring on a chat site!
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Hello again daydreams ... I am happy to say I have just published a new Speakers Corner based on your suggestion above: http://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/making-new-friends-get-easier-difficult-get-older/

Be the first to comment and also vote in our poll! Many thanks for your suggestion 🙂
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Hello Daydreams ... I love your suggestion for a Speakers Corner post about making friends ... leave it with me and I will draft something and publish it this week. If you want to make some new friends to chat with, we have a hugely successful and active Facebook page, where like minded people are chatting all day long. If you have a Facebook account then here is the link to visit our community and join in: https://www.facebook.com/SilverSurfers50
We also have a chat room, which we will be updateing over the next couple of months : http://www.silversurfers.com/forum/
Hope you enjoy Silversurfers 🙂
ajs3126
17th Apr 2015
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HI I AM A CARER FOR MY 94 YEAR OLD FATHER AND NEED ADVICE FOR RESTPITE
WE ARE GOING FOR A BREAK IN AUGUST FOR THE FIRST TIME AND NEED TO KNOW THE PIT FALLS IF ANY TO LOOK FOR !!!!
ALLAN .
patrington
20th Mar 2015
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Interesting place you must visit.
celtwitch
13th Mar 2015
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If Clarkson and co are 'retired' who should the Beeb employ in their places?
SovereignInventory
5th Mar 2015
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Do other members feel as though they have been written off as they have approached and passed their 50th birthday?
bumble bee
30th May 2015
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Oh yes! try been 70+ you are a walking dead.!!
daydreams
18th Feb 2015
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Is it time we had another Mary Whitehouse?

There are certain comedians/situation comedy programmes which sail close to the wind when it comes to what is acceptable and what isn't. And which to my mind aren't even that funny. And now we have a certain advert which is definitely pointless and in bad taste. I am referring to the one with the man wearing tight denim shorts and high heels... I am sure some of you will have seen it? What has it to do with the service it is advertising? And who thought it was in acceptable/good taste?
I am not a prude. But am I just being a grumpy old woman?
vered
12th Oct 2015
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I don't think so!I was a child of the seventies,art student and open-minded but when I saw the ad you're referring to I felt sick!!There was something perverse about it and I didn't find it funny at all!But there are also other ads that I find unsuitable for the media of TV,that would be better suited to magazines or internet.For example ads for sanitary ware,some toilet-paper ads,erectile dysfunction-I could go on.In short when an ad is blasted out into my lounge from my telly,I don't want to feel uncomfortable with it.To me that indicates that the ad is too personal and not to be shared en-masse!
Maggienosilloc
1st Aug 2015
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Yes I thoroughly agree with you I hate that advert and get up to do something everytime it comes on so I don't know what it is supposed to be advertising .
I have asked other people and they all agree with me, both males and females think it is disgusting .
Stoic
29th Apr 2015
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No you are not being a grumpy old woman! It would appear to me there is a cross section of society who purposefully go out of their way to insult the ones who try by example to stand by their cultural inheritance, of which unmistakeably they have seen to work through their lifetime. It is up to people to stand by what they deem is a correct way to run their lives and not let others dictate to them a slovenly misappropriate way to present themselves. There is no father figure out there who will protect us from this brutish, crude, and uncivilised actions. No one has ever told them or suggested to them how cheap and nasty they are. Stick to your guns daydreams and write and complain to your MP, or to the party you think is way over the top.
daydreams
29th Apr 2015
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I already have complained about this ad, but it seems I am in the minority. Or is it just that folk can't be bothered complaining? All too often you hear people complaining about this or that.... long queues in the supermarket with tills unattended (just ask for a till to be opened and it shall be, that's what I do), motorists who speed through the village where you live (complain to the local police, I did). People are happy to complain amongst themselves but not do anything about it a lot of the time. If you don't speak up, how can you expect to be heard? I may be little in stature (five foot and a whisper) but my voice is loud when I feel aggrieved or in the right when it comes to complaining.
Thanks for your comment Stoic... how's the weather in NZ? One of my dearest friends has just come back from a month's holiday there and absolutely fell in love with the country and people.
Stoic
29th Apr 2015
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You daydreams have the privilege of being the first person to make contact since I have visited this web site. Thank you for that. The weather here is very blustery, showers, and quite miserable really!!! It is still quite mild though, will start to get a bit more chilly next month I guess. We have had a very good summer so can't grumble at all. Although it was drought conditions for some farmers at one stage. Even now in the South Island the weather has gone from being dry to having snow. We live on the slopes of the Kaimai Range in the North Island, we have a part view of the sea looking towards Tauranga, and a part view of native bush.
Nice to hear from you daydreams, ta ta for now.
daydreams
29th Apr 2015
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If there had been a way of contacting you other than this site, I would probably have rambled on a bit longer. If you're interested in writing away from the site, I'd be happy to correspond.
Donnybelle
18th Apr 2015
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Both my nephews (26 & 21) find this advert offensive so it's not just us grumpy old togs.
Purplegranny
11th Apr 2015
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I agree with you, I find it annoying, tasteless, pointless my husband on the other hand finds nothing wrong with it at all! Glad other people feel the same as me. Definately not a grumpy old woman..
patrington
20th Mar 2015
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Its meant to shock in a nice way, it gets a reaction......
celtwitch
13th Mar 2015
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I find that ad grossly offensive, and I'm not easily offended.
patriciaann
11th Mar 2015
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I thought that ad., was gross the first time I saw it, turn it off each time, think it's offensive to women, wouldn't have a gay type guy doing it!
mazr
7th Feb 2015
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I have tried entering one of the competions on the site on three separate occasions and have not recieved an email confirmation of entry. Any ideas why? I receive the newsletter without a problem!
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I have just checked and your entry for the Holiday to Alabama has been successful, so I think it is very likely the email confirmation is in your spam/junk 😉
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Hello Mazr .. take a look in your spam/junk box .. sometimes the confirmation email finds it way there depending on your email settings .. let me know if you find them 😉
mazr
7th Feb 2015
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Thats brilliant thank you very much. I wasn't sure if my entry had registered. My connection can be a little temperamental .
Robbinn
3rd Feb 2015
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Do You Want to Wind Back Time? Just recently I have read of so many people who want to return to the fifties, sixties, seventies etc and seem to want to live in the past. What do other readers think. I can remember lining up for the necessary innoculations and praying that I wouldn't be last in the queue as the needle got blunt (yes, they used the same needle for the whole class); only being able to buy a limited range of vegetables; being able to play outside and having to come home when it got dark; having only one television channel and that was in black/white. We've come a long way but although life is very different now, I welcome most of the changes.
Purplegranny
11th Apr 2015
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No way, would I want to wind back time, outside loo ! freezing cold bedrooms (ice on the inside of windows) bombsites as playgrounds! no thank you, I saw my mum old before her time making ends meet the constant cleaning, shopping and cooking. Me I love anything new anything to make my life easier, warmer and fitter. So bring on the future I cannot wait to see what it brings next.
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Hello Robbinn …. your suggested topic is now live and ready for debate … would you like to add something? http://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/like-turn-back-time/ Many thanks for the idea 🙂 Also it will be shared on our Facebook page tomorrow, so I am sure there will be many comments left 🙂
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Hello Robbinn ... thank you for your suggestion.. what an interesting topi 😉 I will let you know when it is live and ready for debate 🙂
oldmovieguy
22nd Jan 2015
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Political 'Clout.'

Am I right in thinking that millions like us (great film) pensioners are now the largest block voting group in the UK? That being the case why do I constantly hear or read some jumped up twerp of a politico banging on about how the 'Boomers' have all had it so good and that we should give up bus passes, tv licences, winter fuel allowances or anything else that has been grudgingly meted out to us by our lords and masters over the years. I wonder if they would be so quick to target us if they thought it would affect the political climate and their jobs and careers? Pensioners have been around the block a few times, Pensioners have time to get to grips with issues and Pensioners are more likely to vote than any other group. So why am I not being inundated with offers of goodies from the political parties to secure my vote? Has the penny not dropped with them yet? Are they so far removed from what we think and want so as never to consider us?
Now here comes the rub. I suspect some MPs think about us when they are voting themselves a nice fat increase in their gold plated pensions and cross their fingers in the hope that we will do nothing because...... we probably wont. They then send a silent prayer up the the God of expenses and ask that we NEVER get our act together and vote against them if they upset us. Can you imagine the panic in the corridors of power when they realise that Pensioners hold sway over which party gets in because we have got organised and become a voracious and active group. If we did they would probably pass a law and make voting illegal. Does all this make me sound a bit selfish when it comes to the increased welfare of pensioners? Damn right it does!
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Hello oldmovieguy ... just to let you know our pre-election debating area is now up and running so if you would like to get involved in any of the current debates, or suggest any topics you would like to see discussed you are most welcome 🙂 Here is the link: http://www.silversurfers.com/general-election-2015/
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Over the coming months we are going to be encouraging discussion on a range of election issues which are raised by the various parties ... we will become the voice of the over 50s when it comes to the election! Do keep an eye on Silversurfers.com because YOUR views will count 😉
pete sco
13th Jan 2015
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..Hiya Everyone,,,anyone remember the SOUL and MOTOWN days at the youth clubs and the Soul Clubs..???... It is now BiGGer and Busier than ever,,,with LIVE events Happening across the Globe ! .... I keep the SOUL Music going,,,I have an Internet Radio Show and a SOUL Group on FaceBook,,,,any Anecdotes or Reminiscences appreciated,,,THANKS Sco x

..HERES my Show Replays to give you a flavour of my SOUL/MOTOWN Radio Show >>>
https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulmusicwithasmile/
daydreams
17th Jan 2015
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Great to see two northern soul tracks being used on television adverts recently, most notably the Weetabix one. Have you seen it?
pete sco
17th Jan 2015
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hi daydreams,,,yes i agree too,,,the shredded wheat advert is the latest one !
jenny64
6th Jan 2015
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The pension changes coming in in 2016 - a two tier system it seems! If you re already retired and in receipt of old age pension then you will be receiving far less than those retiring then! Why?
happydays1949
24th Apr 2015
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Agreed Jenny my neighbour is 4 days younger than me but for some unknown reason the government seems to think I can live cheaper than him the government pension is an insult anyway I,ve worked all my life and paid n/I all those years and what for a pittance any rise in the pension should be for all pensioners
Kaye
29th Dec 2014
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Are you a carer ? If yes please let us know the up's and down's of the job. I for one sometimes feel overwhelmed at the situation . I feel trapped with no help. could the government do more to help. ?
wpshark
8th Mar 2015
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Hi Kaye, I fully agree with you. There is little or no support or advice. The Govt has messed up the DWP and the Benefit system to such an extent that the people who are most needy and poor, are the ones penalised and "mis-treated". I care for my wife 24/7 but all we can get is a measly £173/week. We were refused PIP and Carer's allowance because we worked abroad for 2 years. Yes British Citizens are refused but millions are paid out to illegals and asylum seekers. My vote will definitely not go for the mainstream parties.
Derek Stothard
16th Dec 2014
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Inter generational 'War'.
The 'war' stoked mostly, I believe, by the media between the young and old (baby boomer) generations regarding how today's pensioners have 'never had it so good' and that the young will never be able to aspire to 'our' level of financial and occupational security viz a viz jobs, pensions, property, spending power etc etc. I agree that this is almost certainly the case, but have read that this situation has/will lead to strong resentment by the 'young' towards the 'old' which in the future (now?) could cause real problems with 'us' being pitched against 'them'.
Whilst broadly financial security and a good place to live may be true for a percentage of pensioners, there are nevertheless large numbers of senior citizens who are indeed poor and who struggle both financially and with poor health and so we are not all in the same boat. I am sorry that I do not have statistics, but the basic state pension is hardly a 'living' wage for no doubt millions of people. At this point I should like to declare myself as (at present) a reasonably financially secure pensioner who is lucky enough to have an occupational pension and my own house.
What really does annoy me however is the suggestion that the older generation (me) is in some way to 'blame' for this state of affairs. Personally, (I don't know about you), all I ever did from the age of 16 until 65 was to get up each morning and go to work. The fact that property was more accessible and cheaper, the fact that I was to eventually receive an occupational pension and all the other things which may have been beneficial to me throughout my working life (as compared to the situation today), were mere coincidences which just happened to happen in the period during which I went to work. A bit like winning the lottery (what good fortune the baby boomers had, its as if they won the lottery). I did not engineer what, with hindsight, just turns out to be good fortune, other than by getting up each day and going to work. I, like any generation, just got on with my life, took advantage of the time in which I found myself (due to my birth date - don't blame me) - borrowed money, bought a car, borrowed money, bought a house, saved some money, went on holiday, had children etc., etc. I do not wish to be 'blamed' for the situation in which large numbers of the younger generation find themselves today.
If being born, going to school, going to work for 49 years and then being fairly secure in retirement is a crime against today's young students and workers - then I am guilty as charged.
PS. Sorry to go on, but as Harry Worth once said "My name is Harry Worth, I don't know why, but there it is!"
HJR58
11th Dec 2014
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I would like more information about what our MP actually does! By this I mean which debates he attends, committees he sits on, other sources of income. I saw some pictures on Facebook the other day showing MPs attendance at important social debates and those regarding their pay and expenses- truly shocking!
Westminster
11th Dec 2014
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There is a useful website called 'They work for you' which details which debates MPs attend and how they voted.
daydreams
6th Dec 2014
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I would like to know others views on Equity Release. We are very indecisive about it, considering it to add a small ground floor extension and have no family to consider when it comes to inheritance - it's all going to charity! But I worry about losing the house, can they force you tp sell? There's so much 'stuff' on the web and elsewhere about it, I'd like some genuine views if anyone wants to give theirs please?
Westminster
11th Dec 2014
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It would pay you to consult an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA), you will pay for the consultation but they will advise you without prejudice towards any particular company. You could also look at the 'Money Advice' site run by UK Gov, and also 'Martins Money Tips' have info. on Equity Release.
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Hello daydreams.. we have a feature in Best of the Web which may be able to offer you some useful information: http://www.silversurfers.com/best-of-the-web/releasing-equity-from-your-home/ Hope this helps 🙂
andbrown01
3rd Dec 2014
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christmas is now a commercial event nothing more
HJR58
11th Dec 2014
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I'm not quite that disillusioned! For us it is also a family occasion to share a meal and spend time together. There will be nine of us this year!
ronnieboy
30th Nov 2014
4
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spending xmas with family and friends,mainly, eating a little, drinking a lot, and, falling over a lot,ho, ho, ho someone's got to do it. !!!!
Jenty
29th Nov 2014
4
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What will you be doing over xmas?
ronnieboy
29th Nov 2014
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good morning friends, another sporting saturday, with football and racing, I support Liverpool, please don't laugh,hope we win to-day,will have a little flutter on the horses, once again, thanks for the pics and cartoons, have a nice day.
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You have a lovely weekend Ronnieboy and hope Liverpool win! 😉
ronnieboy
29th Nov 2014
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thanks for the reply,and your positive comment,but the way we play at present, there is more chance of snow in the sahara, but we live in hope,have a nice weekend.
Mike Brightman
20th Nov 2014
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When I was younger this type of "Russian Roulette" would have been normal. Now, absolutely not. Like others I did it once - a senior moment and I Forgot! But why is it as soon as it is too late to do anything about it one remembers. Two days before the end of a wonderful holiday in Puglia, Italy I remembered. Never mind about stories of the Mafia - I imagined every type of catastrophe happening to us! (Wife and nervous wreck me) Unfortunately I didn't lose any weight in the process - even though food consumption reduced. Perhaps "someone" was trying to tell me something. Never done it sinc; tempting though it is, Jock, don't risk it.
Jock
18th Nov 2014
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Just wondering what other members think about travelling abroad without travel insurance. Just lately I seem to have heard of various people (senior citizens mostly) who don't bother with it. Am I being paranoid in wanting to be covered for any eventuality? Should we really expect another country to treat us medically in case of illness or accident?
Wilf
4th Jan 2015
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I think we should always have travel insurance...its madness not to especially as we get older
Westminster
11th Dec 2014
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Travelling abroad without medical insurance is risky, even if you are treated under EU rules that will not cover the cost of repatriation which may be necessary if you break a limb, safety first!
HJR58
11th Dec 2014
2
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I think people are mad to travel without insurance. We have it as part of our bank account benefits but this year we paid an additional amount because we went to the USA. It is also very wrong for irresponsible, uninsured people to put their family and friends in the position of having to fund medical expenses and/or repatriation if the worst happens!
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Hello again Jock .. your requested Speakers Corner is now live: http://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/buy-travel-insurance-travelling-overseas/ Would you like to share your views under the comments section and cast your vote in the poll? 🙂
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Hello Jock ... this would make an interesting topic for Speakers Corner ... many thanks for your suggestion and I will add it and let you know when it is live and ready for debate. Best wishes Sally
adepe
14th Nov 2014
3
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Dear Silversurfers Editor
Can we please have the correct spelling for "inappropriate" as in "flag as inappropriate"- thank you
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Thank you for flagging this up! I will get this corrected as soon as possible 😉 Have a lovely weekend 🙂
silverlady007
14th Nov 2014
2
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Fireworks. Well as much as I do like to see them. Surely in this day and age they could do it without the BANG!!!
Fireworks should be restricted only to certain night ie Bonfire night.
But they should be out of town, away from residential areas, pets, anyone with a nervous disposition.
Where I live we are close to a residential college behind us. and the local town in front.
So we get it for a week and a half. Worst 2 days before and after 11th.
They should be restricted to organised firework displays. Only.
If anything else, they should have to pay for a license. I appreciate that fireworks are used to celebrate religious events. But again should be out of town.
My dog was absolutely frightened to death the whole time. Me too. The horrendous explosions were worthy of coming from a War zone. You could feel the explosions through the floor frightening.
They need to be licensed. Who agrees?
HJR58
11th Dec 2014
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Far too many, too loud and too often! Our dogs were terrified this year and we've had our sleep disturbed on several occasions by very loud bangs! There should be a time limit and a decibel limit for domestic fireworks.
Wilf
15th Nov 2014
2
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I think its a bit difficult to license them especially as people let them all off all around 5th November but also increasingly at times like Christmas and New Year
babe1
14th Nov 2014
4
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Still fuming weeks later after enduring an horrendous train journey from visiting my daughter who lives in the north of England. Train arrived approx. 3/4 hour late, packed so no seat res. Had to change trains and wait for another to turn up....(3 different platforms and 1/2 hour later) train arrived....no apologies in the meantime...boarded well over packed train also find no seat res's. again. Squashed myself and luggage into a seat....only to be told by an absolutely rude conductor, to move as I wasn't in my seat and somebody else wanted it, 'where's my seat then,' I asked...you ain't got one on this train, was the reply.....now really fuming. Arrived at my destination over 1 hour late and shattered.
I have emailed network rail twice, hoping for a reply, but not a thing. Also lost my reading glasses in the process of changing trains, still no reply.....Would like an explanation from someone, anyone know what step I should take next ?.....thank you.
Wilf
4th Jan 2015
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I think Silversurfers should start a "name & shame" on companies that do not give good value and services...think I may suggest it to them!
KathT
14th Nov 2014
3
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I discovered recently that widows pension has been replaced by bereavement benefit, payable only for 1 year.
My state pension has been moved from 60 to 66. (Between us we have paid 70 years of national insurance).
Where is the safety net we were lead to believe we paid contributions for.
kbrotherho
14th Nov 2014
3
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I heard yesterday that politicians are saying that wages are rising faster than inflation. I have yet to meet anyone who agrees with this on a day to day basis. Most are struggling to pay bills and have not had a significant rise in wages for numerous years. I am livid that yet again MP's are getting again getting a more than significant rise in their pay. None of them will have to worry about their food or fuel bills this winter,
Having visited Aldi for the first time, parking in a disabled space as
I have a blue badge. I stayed just 30 mins and was pleased with prices and decided I would return again.
Nine days later I received a ParkEye parking demand for £40 if played within two weeks or £70 after that and if not paid at all the Debt Collectors will call for payment. Shock horror. In this demand for payment it mentioned that numerous signs are located in the car park.
I went along again today and found that upon entering the car park a notice probably two feet square had in large letters FREE PARKING FOR CUSTOMERS, and underneath in smaller print Aldi shoppers register in store. To park in the Disabled section there were no signs at all, about restrictions.
Has anyone had problems with ParkEye, or Aldi?
I have paid and am challenging through Aldi offices. Aldi have been helpful but I feel bad judgement has been used in employing ParkEye to look after their parking. This is more likely to put new shoppers off shopping at Aldi.
Anyone else had problems
Archiebald
12th Nov 2014
4
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Juts seen that Rosetta satellite has landed on comet 69P another huge milestone for mankind...amazing...where are we going next?
Archiebald
11th Nov 2014
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The landing of Rosetta onto comet 69P is astonishing technology. I am always reminded of the brilliant book by Arthur C Clarke 2001 a Space Odessy when he speaks of life forming in other areas of the Universe.."First like men they started to develop artificial limbs and parts for their bodies; then they became machines and placed their brains into the machines and flew spaceships out of their own small region of space. After time they themselves became spaceships exploring their galaxy and many millennium later they dispensed with matter and developed into pure energy".............is this where we are heading?
Sixtynotout
11th Nov 2014
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Did life on Earth start with a collision with comets?

4 billion years ago it is believed that comets first brought water and organic compounds to a barren Earth. The conditions here allowed the first crude and simple life forms to take hold and evolution started its long pathway to the present day.

"Rosetta" the European Space Agency's 10 year long space mission is about to find out by landing the first craft on a moving comet 500 million miles from Earth. Touchdown is Wednesday.

The comet we are landing on, 67P, is expected to contain frozen water and organic compounds. Already readings by Rosetta have detected unusual smells like cats urine in the comets trail. What secrets are about to be revealed?

Is this not the most exciting mission since Man first landed on the Moon?

Are other readers as fascinated by this as I am?

Further info can be found at http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta
Rob60
11th Nov 2014
4
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Very interesting subject matter, Sixtynotout. It reminds me of this quote, that I find both beautiful and fascinating:

"We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself."

-Brian Cox

As such, we are the universe experiencing itself.

I don't know whether the water and single celled organisms where delivered to earth by a comet, or if they developed on Earth, but the fact that WE have developed from these organisms and are now exploring space on a mission of discovery to find an answer is truly breathtaking.

As such, we are not only the universe experiencing itself, but the universe beginning to try and understand itself.
Sixtynotout
11th Nov 2014
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Wonderful quote, Rob60, from Brian Cox. Thanks.

I feel absolutely honoured to be living through such a wonderful period of discovery which seems to be accelerating all the time.

There is of course another perhaps more practical importance of Rosetta's mission. It is a technological piece of genius that has enabled Rosetta to travel for 10 years and several times around our solar system passing our sun no less than 5 times before arriving at its target of comet 67P.

One of the probable dangers to continuation of life on Earth, assuming Man doesn't destroy it and himself beforehand, is a major asteroid hit. It is believed that Life Extinction Events such as this have happened at least 5 times since Earth was created some 4.48 billion years ago.

Life started on our planet 4 billion years ago and has evolved continually with Man appearing 200,000 years ago. Up until this point life has largely only been able to react to the circumstances it finds itself in, but now for the first time we can say we have some control over our own destiny.

We have now developed the technology to reach out to distant objects so if the need ever arose to nudge a major Earth threatening asteroid away from a collision course there is hope that it could be done.

Remember Rosetta took over 10 years to develop before being launched 10 years ago and technology has developed hugely even in that 20 year time-scale.

We are standing on the edge of a massive leap in knowledge.
Rob60
12th Nov 2014
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Amazing! They landed the probe, Sixtynotout.

What a feat of human ingenuity.
Sixtynotout
13th Nov 2014
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Hats off to all the European scientists and engineers who achieved this fantastic feat.

Now we await with baited breath what the comet can tell us about our origins.
Tom Howard
8th Nov 2014
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The unreasonable demands made by moslems in this country. Such as attempting to stop anyone drinking alcohol in "their" part of London.
Kath
7th Nov 2014
2
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What happened to our freedom of speech ?????
Wilf
15th Nov 2014
3
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Looks like its alive and well here on Speakers Corner Kath!
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What would you like to talk about Kath?
Rob60
6th Nov 2014
4
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Hi Silversurfers.

I'd love to hear people opinions leaving or staying with the EU.
MaxLenny
10th Nov 2014
3
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Me too, this subject appears to have been swept under the carpet of late. It's too important to allow the media to control it's exposure!
Wilf
15th Nov 2014
3
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There is another post on here about that I have just commented on
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Take a look at our Speakers Corner topic being discussed today: http://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/uk-eu-better/
MaxLenny
10th Nov 2014
3
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Thank you, I will...
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Hello Rob60 … your suggested topic has just been published: http://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/uk-eu-better/ Many thanks

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