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Retirement Today

Retirement Today, a glossy lifestyle magazine for the active retired or those contemplating retirement.

Inside this issue:

Learning after Retirement; Deliciously Irish; Update; Heartwarming Food for Family and Friends; The Pension Changes-What it can mean to you; Footloose in Keukenhof; Book Reviews; Hollywood Cats; Out and About; Coping with Psychological Effects of Illness; Rehoming; Competitions; 1940's Home; Charity News; Are you ready to become a grandparent?

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Learning After Retirement
By Alastair Wallbanks

To some retirement is an event to look forward to with happy anticipation, to others it's something they approach with trepidation, either way it's a new chapter in one's life.

I want to dispel the myth, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There are many educational institutions and establishments offering a variety courses popular with retired people.

Subscribing to a course in retirement is an excellent way to fill your time, meet new people and can also create a sense of achievement and self-worth that may have waned slightly now that you are no longer part of the 'machine'.

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The Pension Changes
By Michelle Cracknell, Chief Executive, Pensions
Advisory Service

The 2014 Budget, delivered on 19 March 2014, made major changes to the way that members of defined contribution (DC) pension schemes can access their pensions savings. The changes represent a significant shift away from the requirement that a member purchases an annuity and a relaxation in the tax charges that are applied to the withdrawal of funds by members.

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Rehoming a Pet
By Bethany Bishop

Rehoming an animal: it nearly always comes with a warm-fuzzy-feeling and a life-long friend guarantee.

Not all of us realise the many other benefits to be had though. There's loads of financial, practical and peace-of-mind imperatives for giving a pet-in-need a loving home. Not to mention, the many ways to support and enjoy the brilliant organisations devoted to animals of all shapes and sizes.

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Deliciously Irish
Ireland's rich culinary heritage is being rediscovered and the country is fast becoming one of Europe's most exciting food destinations.

Extract from Deliciously Irish by Nuala Cullen, published by Pavilon.
Photography by Tony Briscoe

Baked Eggs With Spinach

Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main meal
4 large eggs, at room temperature
225 g/8 oz spinach
1 tablespoon butter, plus extra for greasing
2 streaky bacon rashers
a few drops of soy sauce
150 ml/ΒΌ pint double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh chervil

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Wash the spinach and remove the stalks. Chop coarsely, place in a pan with a knob of butter and simmer gently until just tender. Squeeze out the moisture. Grill the bacon until crisp and then chop finely.

Butter four individual ramekins. Put a tablespoon of spinach in each, sprinkle the bacon over it and season well, adding a drop or two of soy sauce to each ramekin. Crack the eggs into the ramekins and cover with the cream. Sprinkle the chervil over the top. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the egg whites are set and the yolks still soft.

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Footloose in Keukenhof
By Debra Rixon


There are over seven and a half million flower bulbs at Keukenhof, all planted by hand and to a precise order. That fact alone is amazing, but it becomes staggering when you actually behold these millions of flowers. The Keukenhof Gardens are claimed to be the best spring gardens in the world, and are open to visitors just two months of the year. The park is the showcase for the growers in the centre of the Bollenstreek, the amazing bulb-growing region of Holland.


1940's Home
Main Design Influences

An extract from Style Me Vintage:Home by Keeley Harris published by Pavillion. Photography by Heather Hobhouse

MAIN DESIGN INFLUENCES

People think that the 1940s were a drab time, but from a home interiors perspective it was not all doom and gloom. Austerity had a positive impact on furniture design - it gave some prominent designers like Gordon Russell, who was involved in the design of utility furniture, and, post-war, Ernest Race and Alvar Aalto, a chance to work with plywood and aluminium to create simplistic new furniture designs.

The onset of war during the 1940s meant that people did not buy new furniture and often created a look using a mix of various periods. Furniture, textiles and decorative items would be whatever you had.

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