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Another problem comes to light as governments look to legalise cannabis

If you can remember the 60s…you weren’t there! That and other popular jokey sayings give a good idea of the fun of the Sergeant Pepper era when the mantra was life was for living and drugs were cheap and available.

While cannabis wasn’t new in the UK, it became very much the "in" drug of the late 1960s onwards, and generations in the decades after have turned to the drug for relaxation, fun and sometimes for medicinal purposes.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

In the summer of 2015, Silver Travel Advisor surveyed their members to find out which holidays were on their wish list. Take a look at the favourites.

Health food of the month - Figs

If the fig was discovered today, it would be hailed as a fabulous new food…with a naturally sweet and scented flavour and packed full of great nutrients.

But because figs have been in the shops all our lives, they are not always given the appreciation they deserve.



Take a look at this month's recipe inspiration for starters, mains and desserts.


Lakeland are the leading supplier in kitchen and homewares and we've teamed up with them to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes.


Rhubarb and ginger is a classic combination that works every time and when paired with the great british Bakewell tart the results speak for themselves.


Visit Scotland:
Walking in Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland boasts some of the most incredible landscapes in the world – along with friendly people, whisky and haggis, it’s what the country is renowned for! Set your own pace as you explore country trails and coastal paths forest roads and national routes.



Latest news from the airlines

With so many of us flying everywhere these days, interest in changes in the aviation industry and always of interest. 

So Laterlife thought it would find out what is happening at the moment…



A Trip back in time with the International Voluntary Service

Volunteer Laurie Naumann has participated in many projects over the years. Recently he returned to the Scottish island of Fair Isle where he got the chance to see how the island had developed and benefited from his volunteer work back in 1965. Here he talks about his memories and revisiting Fair Isle.



Burma October 1976
Part 2: Mandalay

In Mandalay, we stayed at the ‘Mann Shwe Myo Hotel’ which I believe is still there today. Back then it was rather dirty and the rooms tiny and was not good value for money...


Planning Retirement Online


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Jennie's special offers direct to you from Silver Towers

What a week it's been - and as you can see, we're taking a well-earned rest on the bench, feeling a little jaded!

The Silver Travel Awards and the Referendum! We were delighted with the former, have a peek at the video in advance of next month's newsletter. And we’re in a ‘wait and see’ mood with regard to the latter. For up to date information, keep an eye on the ABTA website, answering the question how will Brexit affect my holiday?

Wherever you’re planning to travel, first take a look at our fabulous offers below - there are some amazing savings to be enjoyed, many exclusive for Silver Travellers.

And when you get back, do write a review. Each one enters you into the free monthly prize draw and it is great to share information and experiences.

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Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips: Jobs to do this month and Getting outdoors

In association with The Royal Horticultural Society - the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.



Travels With Alice -
Down Under in Australia and New Zealand

By Jeanne Davis, written in her usual thought provoking and entertaining style

Jeanne's column gives a personalized viewpoint on her recent travels. Insights into human behavior are mixed, in inimitable Jeanne style, with great locations and underlying humour.


Rhubarb and ginger is a classic combination that works every time and when paired with the great british Bakewell tart the results speak for themselves.



Have a look at some of the latest job opportunities

or read's article about Finding a job when you are over 50.

Including new innovative project assignment approach from

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Retirement Seminars, Retirement Courses and Retirement Workshops – what they are and why you need one!
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Volunteers' Stories

Founded in 1931, IVS is a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and social justice through volunteering.

This article series will bring you stories from their volunteers about their inspirational experiences...



Relationship Column:

Over my career I certainly met plenty of people who were finding those changes hard. I know I found my transition difficult and missed my counselling and training work very much. I missed the brilliant and supportive colleagues in our shared office/sitting room, I missed the routine, and the wonderfully courageous people who trusted me to be alongside them as they struggled to make sense of their problems.


A series focused on helping us enjoy technology products for years to come

This month we look at data roaming on your mobile phone.

What to look for when buying an MP3 player
What does data roaming mean?
How to Detect Wireless Piggybacking?
How to Roll Back to your Previous Operating System?
Using a DVD Recorder
More KNOWHOW Articles

How to Paint Watercolour Skies with Paul Riley

The chromatics of a blue sky are applicable to all media – the names of the paints are basically the same, it’s the behaviour of the pigment that is different. I shall concentrate on the hues. A blue sky is redder directly overhead; as it grades towards the horizon it goes through a green phase until it starts to be affected by light reflected from the land.


Visit Scotland

In the summer, Edinburgh is always giddy with excitement as many diverse and eclectic festivals take over the city for weeks. The capital is transcended by a dynamic mix of colour, sound and performance, attracting audiences and entertainers from all over the world from June - August.

Walking in Scotland
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Health food of the month
- Figs

If the fig was discovered today, it would be hailed as a fabulous new food…with a naturally sweet and scented flavour and packed full of great nutrients.

But because figs have been in the shops all our lives, they are not always given the appreciation they deserve.



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Enter the July Prize Draw

This month we have a trip around the Mediterranean Sea to be won!

What’s included in the prize:

  • Seven nights’ full board accommodation for two, sharing a balcony cabin
  • All meals, entertainment, room service, breakfast in your cabin, priority choice of dinner sitting and 50% discount on fitness classes such as yoga.


    Competition closes on the 31st July 2016

    Win tickets to the
    Glasgow Cruise Show!

    Discover a whole world of voyages at the Glasgow CRUISE Show...

    Packed with information and inspiration visitors can enjoy exclusive money-saving show offers and upgrades, be inspired by the informative free talks, gain essential expert advice that you won’t find in the brochure, discover different ship styles and incredible destinations and hear directly from the cruise lines about what’s new for 2017.

    Competition closes 1st July 2016

    Win tickets to Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain!

    We all want to meet people from history.
    The trouble is everyone is dead!

    So it’s time to prepare yourselves for a special production of Horrible Histories featuring your favourite characters from our barmy past to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Barmy Britain in the West End!

    Competition closes 1st July 2016

    Win tickets to see The Trial of Jane Fonda!

    1972. North Vietnam: Driven to halt the slaughter of young lives, iconic movie star Jane Fonda travels to Vietnam where she is photographed laughing and clapping, astride an anti-aircraft gun, the sole purpose of which is to shoot down American planes. Overnight the soldiers' sexy pin-up becomes ‘Hanoi Jane’; traitor to her country and betrayer of those very young men.

    Competition closes 7th July 2016

    Win tickets to see
    Sunset at the Villa Thalia
    at the National Theatre!

    ★★★★ ‘This play is a winner. Elizabeth McGovern is superbly funny.’  (The Times)

    April 1967: Young couple Charlotte and Theo have retreated to a small island in Greece for a relaxing holiday.

    When their paths cross with a charismatic American couple they are seduced into making choices with devastating consequences.

    Competition closes 15th July 2016

    Win a 30 piece BBQ set!

    Win a fantastic 30 piece BBQ set worth £50, from HotSpring World, the hot tub professionals and get that BBQ sizzling!

    Competition closes 23rd July 2016

    Win an Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks: Summer of Sport DVD!

    Following its launch on Nick Jr., STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the brand new CGI animated TV series ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS is coming to DVD this summer!

    We have 3 x DVDs of ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS: SUMMER OF SPORT to give away!

    Competition closes 1st August 2016