Anatomy of a Scandal (by Sarah Vaughan

This book came with many recommendations and headlines: "Full of Twists and Turns""Sensational""Engrossing pysch-thriller-cum-courtroom-drama" It was also recommended by the Richard and Judy book club. So with all this hype, I was looking to a good read! But how disappointing. The story-line is fine: Hi-jinks by the PM and best friend, James at University lead to a rape of a student by the young James. Later we learn that James is now an upcoming politician with a promising future. After…

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You never Stop Learning – free uni Courses

Do you ever stop learning? Life is a learning flavoured experience! In retirement, we are constantly advised to use your brain, and stop the cells from dying. "Learn a foreign language" "Learn to play an instrument" and your health will benefit. You can learn new skills on Youtube (such as many DIY skills), and the Open University in the UK offers a range of free courses. Go here for the current list of free courses. Don't forget TED for inspirational…

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Forget my Name (by J.S. Monroe)

The premise of this book is intriguing, and the first few chapters draw you in but then .... the plot becomes rather disappointingly improbable. Shame as the idea of a visitor turning up your house with knowledge of your house, but is suffering from amnesia and does not know who she is, sounds like an encouraging plot. The visitor is invited in and the drama starts to unravel. Initially, the wife is friendly, and welcoming. By the following morning, the…

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Origin (by Dan Brown)

[star rating="5" max="5"] Origin by Dan Brown is a super read. He is a Master of the Genre. Intrigue, technology, monarchy and religious factions all contribute to yet another page turner!

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A Treachery of Spies (by Manda Scott)

[star rating="4" max="5"] This novel has tremendous potential. The premise is indeed interesting; there are two threads: one set in the last months of World War II in the Jura area, and the other in 2018 following murders in Orleans and investigated by Captain Picaut. But I have reservations ...

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The Girl from Venice (by Martin Cruz Smith)

[star rating="5" max="5"] This would be a great holiday read if you were vacationing in Northern Italy. The story is primarily located the lagoon in Venice and Lake Garda to the west. The plot deals with the period towards the end of the war in 1945.

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Chromebooks Ideal for Silver Surfers

In Heaven with a Chromebook Chromebooks: No nonsense and easy to use with no maintenance: what is there to dislike for the older generation? Boots up in seconds, no worries about viruses and malware, no software to buy and no endless Windows 10 updates. At my advanced age (well not so advanced I like to think), you want to keep things simple. So Chromebooks are ideal. They are lightweight (1.6kg for the techies) - easy to carry when you go…

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Stretching Your Budget – Top Tips

Silver Surfers are often living on a Fixed Income - state pension, company / private pension, bank interest, and other investments. Statistics suggest that many are having to survive on just a state pension with no savings. So stretching the budget is rather important! In this article I outline some of the tactics I use to stretch my budget for those Senior Gap Years! Unfortunately, some people are resistant to change and do not like shopping around for better value…

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Missing Pieces (by Laura Pearson)

[star rating="5" max="5"] What a superb debut from Laura Pearson – she is going to be an author to look out for. Her tragic story about a family who try to cope with two deaths is sad but poignant and uplifting.

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How to Benefit from P2P (Peer to Peer) Phenomenon

With saving rates so low - where else can you put your savings for a decent return? We have looked at investment trusts with good dividends in excess of 4% in How to Live Well in Retirement but  of course the value of trusts can go down as well as up! Well, P2P or Peer to Peer is an alternative with a warning! Your capital is at risk too - no protection from FSCS. The peer to peer model has…

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Oldies but Goldies

In the beginning ... In the 60s a Dansette Record Player with my first vinyl album from Cat Stevens through to the digital age and streaming services, it has been a wild ride! Do you remember the tangled cassette tapes and trying to tape the Top 20 from the radio! Then CDs and the mini CDs,were the vogue, advances with  ipods, and USB sticks and now back to vinyl and streaming. .. to Streaming Music Services I must admit I…

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