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How I Found my House in the Magical Spanish Mountains

Reading Time: 12 minutes I started my Spanish adventure in 1997, just as Tony Blair ended 18 years of Conservative rule with the slogan ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. I was one of a number of young BBC journalists helping with the count on Election Night, but soon after fled the BBC on a trip to Mojácar in Spain, […]

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Aof A People: Mish Aminoff Moon – Artist and Photographer

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mish Aminoff Moon, 63, is an artist and photographer. She captures images every day with her camera – from her particular perspective, details of London life. She blogs at https://www.mishaminoff.com/ with her photographs being the main focus. Mish took some amazing shots of our Dance Me To Death performance; no one else had her eye. […]

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Age is no Barrier to Getting your Book Published

Reading Time: 4 minutes Judy Piatkus, 71, is an entrepreneur, publisher and business coach specialising in conscious leadership. She founded Piatkus Books when she was in her 20s and grew the company to become an international brand, before selling it in 2007, just before the global financial crash that she had shrewdly foreseen. She is now a keynote speaker […]

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Daughter and Mother – Ruby, 56, interviews Maria, 95

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ruby Millington is a journalist, zeitgeist expert and great cook. During the lockdown, her mother Maria, 95, moved in. In fact, they came to my family Boxing Day Funk Up this year. Recently, I asked Ruby if she would interview her incredibly glamorous mother about how it is to be her age.  Maria MacLaren was […]

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Will I Bloom Again?

Reading Time: 9 minutes I’m a baby boomer, born in the early 50s to an adventurous father who went on to be a civil engineer working on the barges carrying cargo on the great Brahmaputra river and the Hooghly where it splits from the Ganges at the delta beside Calcutta. I say adventurous because he met my Anglo-Indian mother […]

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AofA People – 5 Rhythms Teacher, Nikki Ashley

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nikki Ashley has been dancing and studying 5Rhythms for 12 years. She trained to teach in 2014 with Jonathan Horan, son of founder Gabrielle Roth. Nikki comes from a background in theatre; traditional, educational and participatory. Nikki has worked with dancing Tao for 10 years, helping to shape it into a Community Interest Company, she also […]

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Living in London during Lockdown – Hanja Kochansky

Reading Time: 5 minutes Eighty-three-year-old Hanja Kochansky is living alone and on lockdown in London. Everyone over the age of 70 has been asked to self-isolate for twelve weeks. But what does that mean exactly? Advantages of Age asked Hanja to tell us what her days are like. And what resources she has. The word isolated comes from the Latin insula, which […]

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Shanks’ Pony: Travels on my feet.

Reading Time: 11 minutes Some of my earliest memories, growing up as a child in inner-city London, involve walking. Walking everywhere. I recall trotting alongside my mum, her pushing my sister in a pushchair whilst I clung onto the side handle as we marched, always purposefully, along city streets, through parks, over bridges, past shops and offices and through […]

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AofA People: Hanja Kochansky – Writer

Reading Time: 3 minutes A refugee during the Second World War to Italy, in 1948 Hanja Kochansky went to Johannesburg as an emigrant. In 1966 she played one of Elizabeth Taylor’s handmaidens in the film Cleopatra. In 1972 her book Women’s Sexual Fantasies was published by Ace Books in New York and became a best-seller. She is currently writing […]