Who am I?

My birth certificate tells me I’m 50-something. But can that really be true….?

I still feel much younger, although I guess there is a deepening fissure between my still youthfully energetic mind and the increasingly creaking body.

I’m on the cusp of taking a break from full-time employment, after way too many years spent messing around with numbers.

I’m planning to embrace some exciting new opportunities after packing away my abacus for the last time. Current plans include learning Italian, walking the Hadrian’s Wall path, and seeing if I can carve out a writing career.

And travelling, a lifelong addiction that needs to be fed more than ever. I’m an ageing junkie, with scars all over my yellowing passport. Currently on the horizon are Norway in August 2014, Spain in September, and Australia in early 2015 to see the Aussie Open tennis in Melbourne. Sport…another addiction that can’t be sated.

But I’d also like to share the spirit of a vibrant post-work life with you, through this evolving website. Together we can hopefully make our more mature years just that little more exciting, and spur each other on to embrace the endless opportunities out there, before it’s too late.

Stay tuned to get involved, and to share your own thoughts on getting the most out of The Retirement Zone….

9 thoughts on “Who am I?”

  1. It was a pleasure meeting you and Gill on day 9(?) of your Aussie Grand Slam tour. I’ve read 1 day and I can already tell that I’m going to enjoy your blog immensely!

    1. Great to meet you too! Thanks for the comments on the blog. Check again for the brief write up of our trip to Wallaroo. Cheers. A&G xx

  2. Hi Andy and Gill
    It has been great spending time with you during your tour of Adelaide and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your daily reports of your experiences of the wonderful State of South Australia, in which we have now lived for 18 years. Its a far cry from the big smoke of London. You write very well if I may say so.
    Thank you so much for being so kind with my mother Dot and listening to the never-ending tales about cycling.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Australia and perhaps we will meet again – a long walk maybe?
    Best wishes
    Suzanne

    1. Hi Suzanne
      Great to meet you and Mike too. Thanks for the comments on the blog….stay tuned.
      It was an absolute pleasure meeting your Mum and we’re almost lycra converts.
      See you in Turkey
      Andy & Gill

    1. Thanks, Gail. You taught me everything I know. Oh no, that was insurance stuff. Yes, really hope we can meet up again soon xx

  3. Hi, I’m a freelance picture researcher tasked with locating images for an upcoming book. We’d like to use the cartoon of the ailing NHS by Graham that we saw on your website. But we haven’t been able to find it anywhere else to apply for permission to reproduce it. I’ve searched for cartoonists named Graham, but nothing. Did you draw it? Or could you tell us the source?
    Thank you!

  4. Hi, I read your piece on being an exchange student in KOBLENZ. You also show a photo of the Stolzenfels Castle.

    I wonder whether you still have an electronic image of the castle. Have been trying to get it for a long time. The castle has been renovated and is now painted an off white. Why on earth??? I am from Rhens, the city that is depicted in the background on the right side behind Stolzenfels. Yes, it is not Koblenz, but my hometown. You also may notice on the hill, way back on the left side of the river, is the Marksburg, a ruin above the city of Braubach. I so much would love to have an electronic copy of the photo, so that I can make a poster. I have been looking for a long time. Any help you can provide would be amazing.

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