Gransnet Newsletter

23 April 2015

Terry, Ranulph and this season's big florals

terry waite

Terry Waite Q&A
The author, former hostage negotiator and freed hostage himself will be answering gransnetters' questions on his first novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake. Leave yours on the thread by midday on 7 May.


Sir Ranulph answers your questions
Ever wondered why Ranulph Fiennes aspired to become an expedition leader? Or how it felt to have a heart attack within reach of the summit of Mount Everest? Here, he answers your questions on all this and more.

menopause guide

A 5 minute guide to the menopause
From hot flushes to HRT, symptoms to when to go in search of help, Dr Hannah Short gives us the low down on the ins and outs of the menopause.


How to wear this summer's floral trend
A key trend this summer is the big floral. From printed trousers to bags, dresses and shoes we've selected the perfect pieces for over 50s. 

puffin classics

Win Puffin Classics books!
Who was your Puffin Classics hero? Let us know and you could win a revamped version of the book itself. We'd also love to know how many of the classic tales you've read - take the survey for another chance to win 10 books!

moone boy

Tell us your tales of imaginary friends
Did you have an imaginary friend? Or maybe your grandchild has one? Leave your stories on the thread and you could win a Moone Boy goodie bag, including a poster, signed copy of the book and the famous bobble hat.

perfectly ella

Perfectly Ella giveaway
We're giving away 10 copies of Candy Harper's touching story about friendship and the bond of sisterhood. A perfect read for younger granddaughters, the book follows Ella as she tries to work out what it is that makes her 'perfectly Ella'.

A loving home with an armchair to relax in

This National Pet Month Doug Brown, a retired teacher from Southampton, tells us why he was only too happy to welcome an older cat (Thomas) into his life. Having adopted from Cats Protection League, he shares his reasons to take on a moggie of advanced years.

doug and thomas
Find a local site

Grandma in tech

Jaki Bent is a grandma in tech who sold her home, quit her job, and wagered everything on her dream of helping others in crisis. She is founder of If Everyone Cares™ and has created an interactive online map that connects people with charity services in their area - the first map of its kind. Here she tells us how she came to create her own tech start up at 50.

jaki bent
Guest blog post

Are we missing out on gap years?

As author Debbie Rix waved her son off on his pre-university travels, she wondered what exactly young people get out of a gap year. And if they're so good for younger people, why should older generations miss out?!

backpacking stuff
Guest blog post


Up for grabs this week:

Exclusive offers

  • Get 15% off all orders over £75 at John Greed? with code JGSAV70. 
  • Get a 7 piece free gift set and 7 free samples on all orders over £60 at Clarins
  • Get 10% off all orders at Living Social with code APR10LS. 
  • Get 10% off orders at The Jewel Hut with code TIME2SHOP. 
  • Take 18% off orders at Cox and Cox with code SAV18. 

From the forums

This week katek was feeling guilty about her greying bras and what to do with them, which sparked a lengthy discussion about underwear in general. It was left to pompa to end the debate with a quite brilliant story about underwear, or in this case, the lack of it...

“Beware of men without underwear, as this story in a newspaper warns.

“From the Northwest Florida Daily News comes this story of a Crestview couple who drove their car to Wal-Mart, only to have their car break down in the parking lot. The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car in the lot.

"The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection, she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones.

"Unable to stand the embarrassment, she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts, and tucked everything back into place. On regaining her feet, she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by.

"The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his head.”

We are incapable of adding anything further, but are making a big mental note never to interfere with the undercarriage of a man inspecting an undercarriage!

Join the discussion

Have your say...


Plus size models - are they a good thing?

Voting - have you voted yet? 

Lipsticks - know any that last?

Spouses - has yours recently retired?  

In the News

Mediterranean migrant crisis The BBC | Join the discussion

Awaiting the royal baby Telegraph | Join the discussion

NHS pay rise pledge outrage Telegraph | Join the discussion

News forums

And finally...

“I can still do everything that I have always been able to do - stand for a bus journey, roll around the floor with a 2 year old, walk 10 miles, ski down a mountain, do an hour's Zumba class etc etc etc. It can't last forever, but I shall not do the next stage 'gracefully' - I shall just have to do it differently."


Best wishes from Cari, Gigi, Lucy, Virginia and Julie.