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Tuesday 24th March 2020 – Life in my 90s


Our wonderful next door neighbour, Peggy, is 91 years young.

She joins me to share the experiences of her long life that have influenced how she lives today. Peggy grew up on a farm, started work before turning 15 and married young.

As a fitness fan, Peggy shares how keeping moving has helped her stay fit and well. She still does her morning exercises – including the plank! – , looks after her own garden and walks everyday. Peggy was waterskiing into her 70s!

I ask Peggy about what she’s experienced during her lifetime, how she’s coping with the Coronavirus outbreak and what advice she would give to someone retiring today.

Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Why the best ideas don’t make rational sense, with the advertising legend Rory Sutherland


With a degree in Classics from Cambridge University, Rory Sutherland joined Ogilvy – one of the biggest global advertising agencies – as a graduate trainee in 1988. He worked as a copywriter and creative director for over 20 years, then became UK Vice Chairman in 2005. 

He is one of the most influential advertising professionals in the world today. 

As an expert in Behavioural Economics, Rory founded Ogilvy’s ‘behavioural science practice’, where he works with psychologists to look for ‘unseen opportunities’ in consumer behaviour – the very small contextual changes which can have an enormous effects on the decisions people make. 

He writes regular columns for The Spectator, Market Leader and Impact, has delivered a number of TED Talks that have been viewed nearly 7 million times, and has published two books: The Wiki Man and Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas which don’t make Sense. 

Rory joins me to chat about how the best ideas don’t make rational sense: they make you feel more than they make you think. 

Rory believes that the big problems we face every day, whether as an individual or in society, could very well be solved by letting go of logic and embracing the irrational. 

Tuesday 7th April 2020 – Finding purpose in charitable work


We’ve discussed the importance of finding purpose in retirement on a number of podcast episodes and today’s guest seems to have done just that.

Since retiring three years ago, Mark Anness has become heavily involved in a charity dear to his heart. In our interview Mark shares the story behind his involvement in Myra’s Wells and the inspirational work the charity does building wells for villages in rural Africa.

It was clear from our conversation that Mark gets a huge amount of satisfaction from working as Trustee.

Tuesday 14th April 2020 – How to write the story of your life


A recent survey revealed that one of the biggest regrets for millions of people in Britain was not asking more about their parents’ and grandparents’ lives.

Bryher Scudamore found herself amongst these millions when her beloved mother, Peggy, died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. Reeling with the shock of realising her mother wasn’t invincible, Bryher realised as she was going through Peggy’s papers how much more there was to discover and desperately wished she had found out more during her mother’s lifetime.

She vowed to try and help others to avoid making the same mistake and after 12 years’ research at the age of 60, she founded autodotbiography.

Btyher – previously editor of ‘That’s Life!’ and BBC Online – joins me to explain how autodotbiography makes it easy for everyone to create a beautiful account of their life story, for their family, one that will be treasured for generations to come.

Bryher was recommended as a guest by her good friend Dame Esther Rantzen.

Tuesday 21st April 2020 – How to face retirement with confidence, with Abraham Okusanya


f you are a regular listener to the podcast firstly, thank you for joining me again this week and secondly, you will probably be aware that the podcast is sponsored by Timeline App.

Each week, I give a brief explanation of the TimelineApp software and how it helps financial planners like me bring your retirement journey to life and answer your big retirement income questions.

But that doesn’t do this next-generation software justice, so this week I am delighted to welcome to the show founder and CEO of Timelineapp, Abraham Okusanya.

I have known Abraham for a number of years and watched in admiration as he has continued to bring cutting-edge technologies to the financial advice market, become a published author and host the highly successful Science of Retirement Conference.

Abraham joins me to explain the problem Timelineapp is aiming to solve (using chickens and pigs!). We also chat about his various initiatives and how his background drives him in life.

Tuesday 28th April 2020 – Staying healthy through your retirement years

I have chatted with a number of guests over the past 18 months about ageing well as it’s a topic that I know many of our listeners are interested in. 

This week’s interview is with someone who has a profound interest in ways via which we can improve the health and quality of life outcomes in older adults. 

Dr Jitka Vseteckova is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Open University. She is involved in a plethora of research projects and training courses, all focused on helping people stay healthy far into their retirement years. 

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, I thought it would be interesting to understand what steps older adults can take to stay fit and well at these challenging times. 

Tuesday 5th May 2020 – Tips for travelling & cruising in retirement

I know that many of our clients enjoy their holidays, and in particular cruising, so I am delighted to welcome Gary Bembridge, author and founder of Tips for Travellers. 

Gary has travelled every month of every year for the past 25 years. Since 2012 he has been exclusively focusing on creating travel content including videos, audio podcasts, books and articles – specialising in cruising. 

Gary’s Tips for Travellers YouTube channel averages 2.5 million views every month, his podcast has had over 1 million downloads and his award-winning blog receives 170,000 visitors a year. 

Gary joined me to share insights from his vast experience of travelling and cruising across the globe. We also discussed the challenge for the travel industry during these uncertain times with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This is the first in our series on Travelling in retirement.

Tuesday 12th May 2020 – Travelling solo in retirement, with Janice Waugh

Have you ever considered travelling solo? Maybe you’re a dab hand at it and have been travelling alone for many years. Or maybe you’re just considering taking your first trip.

It can feel daunting to take that first trip alone. Well help is on hand from Janice Waugh. Janice lives in Toronto and she is the go-to authority on the topic of solo travel.

In 2009 she founded Solo Traveler a website she conceived of based upon her own need for better information about travelling alone and she’s here to tell us more about it.

She joins me to share her advice on what to consider when travelling solo, what to expect and steps you can take to depart with confidence.

This is the second in our series on Travelling in retirement.

Secrets of a successful semi-retirement


Having returned to the UK from living in the Far East for many years, Lindsey found herself needing to create a new life. It was a life of semi-retirement.

Lindsey found herself driving a delivery van for Waitrose, taking up sea swimming with the Menopausal Mermaids and doing something she’s never done before each month.

She discusses the importance of having a healthy respect for money and why she is determined not to be someone who just sits through her retirement years!

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