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The healthy sound
of silence

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We definitely live in a very noisy world - and this is not good for our health. As long ago as the mid 19th century, famous British nurse Florence Nightingale reported that unnecessary noise can cause distress, sleep loss and alarm, and modern scientific reports have proved her right.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

Are you, like me, done with airport hassle? I simply cannot stand in another queue at some ungodly hour, shoes off, clutching my trousers as now beltless, whilst trying to grapple my laptop out of my rucksack and pop my lipstick in a plastic bag that’s always too small or won’t close properly! No more can I do it. It is Great Britain for me this year. And upon investigation, there are some seriously good holiday options available.

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Health food of the month - Milk

Crying over so many milks!

When did all these odd milks start to come into our lives? In the days of our childhood, there was milk, or no milk! Oh and the occasional tin of evaporated or condensed milk for a treat.

Today you go to any supermarket and you will be regaled with shelves of different types of milk. What does it all mean?!



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.


chocolate cakeThis is a simple cake with character; it will crackle and split on top as it rises and is more fluffy and close-textured than light and spongy. Rich and moist, it’s gluten, wheat and dairy free. Serve a slice just as it is, or top with rich chocolate ganache.


Travels with Alice:
Spotlight on Scandinavia

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This year, it’s Scandinavia. And Alice’s good friends from Phoenix, Betsey and Cokie, have asked if they can join us.

We agree on a 15-day Coach Trip through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, sampling the delights and discovering the highlights of these three very diverse countries.



Longest serving monarchies:
Long may they reign


If you keep up with recent news, you will have seen that King Bhumibol of Thailand has died after an amazing 70 years on the throne. Unbelievably he had been on the throne during the entire life of most of us, giving his country stability during all the changes that have been taking place across the world and in society during the last few decades.

Presenting a stable figurehead for a country is often the main job of the world’s current kings and queens today although some still have complete rule and control.  While during the last few centuries so many countries have rejected royalty for republics, today there are still 26 monarchies in the world, a large network of kings, queens, sultans, emperors and emirs who altogether rule over 43 countries.



Tourism Ireland:
The Boyne Valley

You want time travel? Set the controls for Ireland’s Boyne Valley: a landscape riddled with passage tombs, monastic ruins and bloody battlefields. Oh, and Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.

The Boyne Valley is one long list of Ireland’s must-sees: Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Monasterboice...and so much more. But you don’t have to traverse the country to explore these passage tombs, sacred hills, monastic ruins and heritage towns. It’s all on the doorstep of Dublin, Belfast and several time-travelling motorways.



NEW Online Retirement Planning Courses

Many visitors will already know that LaterLife is the leading provider of open Planning Retirement Workshops.

Now we have developed a very comprehensive Online Retirement Planning course, covering both lifestyle and finance, which draws on the extensive experience of delivering face to face courses to the many thousands of delegates each year. By providing alternative paths and optional levels of detail it is applicable whether you are within a few years of retirement, in your first years of retirement, or are still 10-15 years away.


What’s more, during the launch period, we are offering newsletter subscribers a massive 50% discount on the price. Click below to find out more!

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The Silver Travel team had a great time at the Birmingham Cruise Show last month, and were delighted to catch up with our cover stars Glynis and Trevor Sullivan. Here they are, twice! The Silver Travel poster shows them a few years ago at the Taj Mahal, and now in a much more exotic setting at the NEC, though perhaps not quite so warm! And you can read more about Glynis’s travels later in the newsletter when she heads north for the Edinburgh tattoo.

We also attended the Iglu Cruise show last weekend. Hundreds of people flocked to Sandown Park and had a wonderful day out, visiting cruise specialists, attending interesting talks, and booking their next cruise. We also met a rather special Silver Traveller, find out more later on.

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Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips: Jobs to do this month and Lawn care

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



Travels With Alice -
Spotlight on Scandinavia

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.


This is a simple cake with character; it will crackle and split on top as it rises and is more fluffy and close-textured than light and spongy. Rich and moist, it’s gluten, wheat and dairy free. Serve a slice just as it is, or top with rich chocolate ganache.



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Balearic Outdoor Holidays.


To be enjoyed not endured.

We organise guided walking holidays on the enchanting Spanish islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

All walks are completely backed up and you'll feel  looked after from the minute that you arrive.

Our holidays feature achievable walking, great accommodation plus wonderfull food and drink.

Call us on freephone 0800 072 4832 or visit our website for more information.



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 photo composition tips.

Photo composition tips
Creating an iTunes account on your computer
Air Conditioning Units - The Facts
Why isn't my DVD Player working with my TV?
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

Top tips for painting flowers with Paul Riley

Whether you paint in watercolour, oil or acrylic, it is very easy to look at a colour and think that all you need to do is mix X and Y.

For the right result, a really good understanding of basic chromatics – the business of colour and tone, what happens when we mix colours – is essential, especially when painting flowers.


Visit Scotland

Venture out into Scotland’s great outdoors during autumn and you can witness some of its most colourful scenery, see all kinds of wildlife, enjoy new activities and experience top events and festivals.

Five things to do in Scotland this Autumn
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LaterLife Travel

Award winning travel writers, broadcasters and photographers Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan spotlight destinations and topics in the Travel Guide

Hugh Taylor Moira McCrossan

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Health food of the month
- Milk

As a child, most of us will have been familiar with celery. But times move on and today when you go past the veggie aisle in the supermarkets you will not only see celery but also celeriac. At this time of year celeriac will be coming into its prime, so it is worth knowing a little bit about it



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Current Competitions:

Enter the October Prize Draw

This month you could win a tryp to the Austrian Tyrol, to the Chalet Hotel Elisabeth in Lech. This is a lovely little town, wonderfully situated in the mountains, with a river running through it, and lakes in the countryside around.  


Competition closes 31st October 2016

Win a Red Letter Day voucher worth £100!

Win a fantastic Red Letter day voucher worth £100, from Jelf and AXA PPP healthcare. One of the leading providers of healthcare cover and care in the UK.

Competition closes 31st October 2016

Win a Robinson Crusoe
merchandise pack!

robinson crusoe merchandise pack

is pleased to announce that the adventurous ROBINSON CRUSOE is out now on 3D + 2D Blu-ray, as well as on DVD!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 x merchandise packs that include a colouring book, character masks, a sticker set, activity sheet and Robinson Crusoe on DVD!

Competition closes 31st October 2016

Win tickets to
The Gruffalo Live!

the gruffalo and mouse


A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

We have 3 family tickets to give away!

Competition closes 15th November 2016

Win tickets to
The Adventure Travel Show!

Uncover Your Journey of a Lifetime

rice fields21-22 January 2017, Olympia, London

The Adventure Travel Show, celebrating its 21st year, is a world of extraordinary discoveries all under one roof. It is the UK’s leading event for people who like to travel outside the mainstream – whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or epic journeys.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2016

Win Bing on DVD!

Round the corner, not far away,
Bing and Flop are ready to play!

Celebrating the noisy, joyful, messy reality of pre-school life, Bing stories may be small, but they are full of everyday dramas that all young children and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise!

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 30th November 2016