How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

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How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

<No…That’s not Me!

I am  in my 70’s as I write this: A marathon runner, author and nutritionist and keep fit enthusiast. Also, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been this way for the past nearly 30 years. I have endeavoured and continue to, extol the virtues of fitness and diet on every occasion. I have to add; as well as the weightier message of Christianity. I’m beginning to realise something; my regular message of BODY-SOUL -SPIRIT is coming under increasing attack. It’s a sign of the times I guess.

Yes, it seems this message is falling on deaf ears for the most part. Maybe it’s the society that we live in today. Pursuing the almighty dollar on an even greater scale than previous generations ever did seems to be the norm. The latest game in town. Perhaps this has triggered my cynical outlook. It’s more than grumpy-old-man syndrome methinks.
You see, the voice of the establishment has told us that on reaching the age of 65, we are set for a great new adventure; we can “retire”. We can relax, sleep- in when we feel like it, enjoy more time with our grand-children and basically flow in a delightful rosy-tinted comfy- cosy way of life. Oh yes, that’s good for the next 25+ years! “Take a holiday you deserve it. We’re paying you.!”

Today’s society seems to assume that we ‘old-timers’ are all homeowners, have paid off our death grip (French for a mortgage) and are heirs, to a nice pension for years ahead living the life of Riley. (who is this Riley guy?)
“They” also assume that we have ample funds and can look forward to a couple of decades or more playing bingo at the village hall as we sadly watch our ever-decreasing circle of friends fade off into the sunset. Possibly, we are having dinner from time to time at the Captain’s table on the Princess Cruise Liner, all dressed in our finery as we ogle the ever-changing sea views gorging ourselves on life’s finest cuisine! We should be so lucky. A bowl of soup and a bag of chips would be more like it.

Perhaps they think we are blowing our cash and trying to impress for a quick adrenaline thrill at the onboard casinos? just before we stagger to our first-class cabin to sleep it all off. What a life… How blessed we are!
Okay - - that was a little over the top perhaps. The “stuff that dreams are made of “as a certain William would say, but I think you get my point. If you are retired you will certainly get it. Yet there are those in society today truly believe the above picture is the norm and not for the very few.

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The truth is, many of us have not been able to buy a home, pay off the loan, and save a large chunk of cash. Why? Because years ago we believed the lie that we could really have a 25 or more year holiday paid for in our declining years through our pensions. That is the promise made by the state which we swallowed hook line and sinker much like the youngsters today really believe they’ll never have to pay off that massive student loan. It’s all fabrication. Funny they are falling for the same line that we did.


Truth is, our society has never been sicker or more underfunded in real terms than it is today. The divide in society has never been more stark- Christian values never more undermined. The outlook for our kids and grandkids is looking very dark. Thanks are to God through (the being that they rarely believe in) there is a ray of light in that darkness. It’s a cry, maybe ever so faint but it’s there - a cry of FREEDOM. A loosing of the shackles - a new dawn.

Society’s reliance on the 9-to-5 routine… The two-week holiday… The nose to the grindstone… The working for “the man” for a relative pittance until we croak, is coming to an end. Glory hallelujah! - As someone once famously said, “I have a vision…” As in ancient times, men and women will work for themselves and their families, they will be based mostly at home, and rarely having to commute to an office. I see millions across the globe.
Through nutrition and proper exercise, they will live long- in good robust health.

With the ultra-fast Internet, they will access a raft of businesses bringing in several streams of income monthly via the web.
Everything will be mostly automated. This new man will prosper independently of government assistance. The NHS will have little trouble dealing with the sick in society because all will be on a prevention rather than cure program which will save billions of public funding. Folks…this is all beginning to happen.

So what began as a negative and cynical message perhaps, in actual fact is simply a voice - the voice of one crying in the wilderness… Can YOU hear it? What do you think? Drop me a line.                Countryside Life Lifestyle England Uk Website GIF


The Great Dane Mystery…Scooby in trouble?

Scooby Dooby down! ‘Mystery’ of Great Dane popularity plunge.    Kennel Club releases statistics showing the decline of the iconic breed and other bigger dogs as new Scooby-Doo film, Scoob!, premieres in the UK

The popularity of the iconic Great Dane, the breed on which the enduring character Scooby-Doo is based, has steadily declined since its heyday in the 80s, corresponding with the cartoon’s primetime TV slot.

Statistics released today by the Kennel Club, coinciding with the UK release of Scoob!, the computer-animated reboot of the 50-year-old classic, show that registrations of Great Dane puppies have plummeted by 69 per cent since 1980, with last year seeing a popularity nosedive – just 855 puppies – the lowest figure in over 50 years.

The peaks and troughs of the Great Dane’s popularity can be traced alongside the Scooby-Doo franchise – in 1969 when the animation aired for the first time on television, the breed jumped by 24 per cent in popularity.

Numbers then steadily increased and Great Danes enjoyed their peak in 1980, as the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Do spin-off series first appeared on screen, with nearly 3,000 puppies registered that year. Following this ‘puppy power’, the breed steadily began to drop in numbers.

It’s a similar story across the UK’s ‘top dogs’, as small dogs surge in popularity and other larger breeds tail behind.

Compared to 20 years ago, of those large breeds in the top ten most popular dogs, all but the Labrador have declined in popularity: the German Shepherd Dog (was number 2, now number 7) by -62 per cent, the Golden Retriever (was number 5, now number 6) by -34 per cent and the Boxer (was number 9, now number 15) by -69 per cent. Meanwhile, the top three ‘quickest risers’ in 2020 top ten – which have seen the biggest popularity increases since 2000 – are small breeds.

“Dog breeds certainly do go in and out of fashion and ups and downs can be impacted by what people see on television or in films,” commented Bill Lambert, spokesperson for the Kennel Club. “Great Danes, just like Scooby-Doo, can be gentle giants when raised in the right environment. But with the increase in busy lifestyles and city living in the last few decades, there does seem to be a trend towards people wanting smaller dogs – so perhaps it isn’t such a ‘mystery’ why the breed has become less popular.

“Of course, nobody should be buying a dog simply because they’ve seen them on TV or they’re suddenly popular – thorough, extensive and responsible research should drive any decision to ensure the breed is right for you.

Great Danes certainly need space, experienced owners and a lot of exercises. Scooby-Doo, for example, might be a very well-trained sniffer dog sidekick and companion for Shaggy, but he also probably eats too many ‘scooby snacks’, and of course we have seen how he can scare easily!

Each breed has different needs and traits that must be understood by their owner, or potential owner, to make sure you’re a perfect match.”

There’s more information on finding the right breed for your lifestyle available at


Dealing With Depression in Retirement


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It’s quite common for people who have led busy working lives to retire and feel unhelpful, with a lack of self-worth. You must give yourself, or your partner a break and give them time to adjust to this feeling of detachment, as they move from one stage of their life to another.

Places of work are seen as socially active places with a good support network giving validating that you add value to “something” and are needed.

Dealing With Depression in Retirement
Kenneth Eden
Dear reader’s; a list of frequent symptoms to look out for that directly relates to depression. If you or a partner share any of these symptoms it may suggest an issue with “depressive disorder”.
Continual fatigue and exhaustion.
Hesitation to leave the comfort of your own residence.
Insufficient personal care or hygiene.
Mood swings.
Continual feelings of sorrow and unhappiness.
Not being able to concentrate on anything.
Feeling detached from family, friends and loved ones.
You stop doing activities that you once relished.

It’s not easy to break out of a depressive cycle,

and it’s something that can happen to anyone, at any time.
It’s very common for people to mask over depression so they appear happy and normal to others. You can often see through this when they spend periods of time alone and in isolation. Real or imagined.

Everyone wants to have that feeling of self-worth and importance, and want to feel that they are valued. Having your work come to a halt and “retiring” often breaks the social circle that you may have had at your workplace.

Before you make the decision to retire make sure that retirement is the right thing for you at this given time, as many companies and organisations allow employees to stay on well after retirement age. The main thing is to ask for help and guidance if you think you’re suffering from depression. It can be dealt with and it certainly isn’t a sign of weakness.


Why We Left City Life


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Why We Left City Life         



                       Kenneth Eden


Urban sprawl really came to prominence in the late 19th century period. The main reason, in my opinion, is that people wanted to be near to the “action”. Having things in close proximity was a major incentive. So, folks began to spread out of the countryside.


They moved, in increasing numbers toward city life. Now we have congestion in the Towns and Cities, leaving the countryside becoming more and more open. My family, city folk born and bred, made the decision back in the late seventies, to reverse the trend. We moved to the glorious open spaces of England’s West Country. Who are the people, who like ourselves prefer the countryside to the convenience and status of city life? This article will, hopefully, shed some light on the subject.


The first and perhaps obvious deduction from our choice was the positive effect we felt would happen to our health. All that bracing air! It’s fairly obvious that the country air will be fresher & cleaner. The countryside lifestyle will be beneficial to everyone, and access to wholesome organic foods on a regular basis also a major benefit. Studies have shown that people who live in the countryside, due to the emphasis on living a healthier lifestyle, often have slightly better mental health than people who live in major cities.


The issue of crime is another factor to consider. Clearly, it is less of an issue, even though it’s not a non-issue in this day and age. As for relationships; you are also far more likely to establish closer relations with your neighbours and people living close by than you would if you stayed in the heart of a major city. So, these are some of the issues we thought about when we were making our decision to embrace this paradigm shift. We do not regret it, and in this blog more will be said about our move and the adventures we experienced…the good the bad and the ugly. Please subscribe below to get regular informative posts, on all aspects of living and working in the glorious WEST COUNTRY. bookmark us now…




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