A couple of Mondays ago, just as I was heading out for a photography trip, BBC Radio Bristol called; was I available to do an on-air interview, later that morning?
Oh. Not sure. Bit awkward, as I’m going to be on the road, I thought.
The topic, explained the lovely producer, is ‘why are we surprised by women in their 60s enjoying success?’
Oh, well in that case, of course, I’d love to! Frantically, googles ‘service stations M5’.
On the show, the first guest, Peaches Golding OBE, commented “60 is the new 40”. Host Vernon replied that actually, he thinks 60 is the new 30.
What neither of them knew is that, coincidentally, I had just written (though, at that stage, not published) a post on this very topic, suggesting ‘phronescence’ as a new word for the ‘youth of old age’ (which 60 is) and explaining why I’m designing T-shirts with the alternative slogan 60 Is The New 60. In the event, I only managed to touch on this during my slot on the show, but I hope I made a useful contribution to the conversation. Have a listen, and please do share your thoughts on all this in the comments below.
Vernon Harwood’s show from Monday 11th May.
The segment runs from 6’29” and my bit is from 19’33” – 26’27”.