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Revisiting No. 29 Forest Grove

I recently had a call from a girlfriend excitedly sharing that the home I had lived in for my formative teenage years was up for sale. A wave of nostalgia came over me..good and sad feelings. This was the home I had lived in from 14-24 and a lot had happened in that time. I had celebrated my 16th birthday party there and my 21st. My father had become ill and passed away in that time and I had e... Read more

Win Tickets to Andre Rieu the CinemaLive Experience

André Rieu: Christmas with André features a never-before-seen 90-minute filmed Christmas concert packed with festive favourites including O Holy Night, Hallelujah, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and more – plus André invites the audience to his hometown for an intimate tour of Maastricht’s magical Christmas highlights. To win tickets, email me at This event is on in al... Read more

One For The Grand-Parents!

Here's one for the grandparents in the Fiftyup Club. Today on the Fiftyup Club show we spoke to Caroline Africh from Things 4 Bubs. Caroline told us about her new product called the Baby Shusher. If you'd like to win a Baby Shusher valued at $49.95, leave a comment below in feedback and tell us the tricks you used to settle a crying baby, either your own or your grandchildren. Meanwhile ... Read more

How much longer you have to live – if you believe the statistics.

It’s a sobering thought but I’ve just found out how long I have to live, and you can too, by using the new life tables from the Australian Bureau Of Statistics. Their computer might have gummed up the census but it looks pretty certain that statistically at least my present age of 58 means I have another 25 years, give or take a few months, left on this Earth. It’s 9125 days and I’ve alre... Read more

What's On In Your State

Hi everyone! We have a mixture of books and great events this week. A big thank you to Jane and the Conscious Living Expo team in WA who have offered us 5 double passes to their event on November 4-6 in Perth and to motivator Toni Powell for offering tickets to her inspirational workshops in QLD! In South Australia we’ve purchased tickets to a fund raiser for the Melanoma Research Foundation... Read more

George The Talking Clock

One of my favourite segments on the Fiftyup Club radio show is “Please Explain”. Each week, Dave Liston (pictured below) from the Fiftyup office comes into the studio to explain something trendy that the youth of today are into. We were surprised this week when Dave threw one back at me with “Why do you older people call the talking clock?” Fair point. My mother still calls it (1194) to ... Read more

There is actually more joy in owning less 

There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” —Jackie French Koller I heard an ad on the radio the other day for one of those loans where you sell a share of your home and you receive a lump sum cash amount to spend. When you sell, they get an agreed percentage of the future sale proceeds of your home, whenever that might be. The ad was ai... Read more

Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October's days

I was speaking to a friend this week about Halloween and with furrowed brow he informed me that he didn’t like Halloween and it was “just another American thing” invading our shores. I appreciate the sentiment but my view is, if it brings happiness to people then why not. When my kids were all under 10 years old, I announced one year that instead of doing the rounds of the neighbourhood and ... Read more

Free Stuff!

Regular readers of our newsletter will know about our “What’s On In Your State” section each week. We feature an event from each state and where we can, we try and secure free tickets to these events. This week I thought we’d try something different and giveaway a book. We have three books to giveaway this week: More Please! – Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena Manu has become on... Read more

I Shake My Little Tush On The Catwalk

It was wonderful this week to speak to Brigitte Warne who is the Head of Australia’s first modelling agency for mature models. They are looking for models aged 30-90+ and the best news is, size and looks don’t matter! Brigitte, a former model herself told us the idea came about when she realised there was data that revealed consumers are 176% more likely to buy a product if they identify... Read more