Capital Age Festival and Older Men

Got a strong inkling that for this herethereto unpublicized festival, “Older Men” may well materialise as “Older White Men”. We’ll see.

When I reflect on older men in my world, I see tortoise-like Clapton in his genius realm, Rolf Harris with his doll-like wife in her little girl ribbons, and waddles of men with white skirts a-flying emerging from Friday prayers.
I see Cameron and remember he’s not old,  then Jools’ hunching back as he continues flitting from stage to stage year after year, never changing.

I told my friend aged 70 and desperate for a life- partner, although when she chooses Mohammed they’ll both be at near end -of -life, that she should abandon her plans because she’ll end up as a carer, hardly a lover. Call me harsh.

Another friend was on edge everytime she came out of her house as her husband, like so many other husbands as described to me, hated her going out because who would be at his beck and call? She got stronger and ignored his whiney I need mothering commands disguised as pleas.

And then along came AgeUK organising tours at football stadia FOR  OLDER MEN ONLY. Up popped cookery workshops for older men too. We’ll never know any of the attendance rates. What I do know is that the older men I hear about need bolts up their backsides or prison sentences.
It’s a man’s world: They control women. If they’d wanted to get out and about, no-one stopped them. I do not feel sorry for them if on reaching widowerhood they don’t know how to cook and be part of a community. They had fifty plus years to get on with it.
On my one hand I can count older men who get respect from me.
I always wonder what teenage girls see when they watch old genius men like Mick Jagger who was once a sexual beast or Bob Dylan or Donovan who were once total eye-candy. Only those old men’s peers could know they once ruled the world.  Today I wait to see which old man is next for the Yew Tree chop. Terrible I know.

All the old men go to play and sing at Vintage TV and then sweat their armpits at Rewind.

Ooer. Fathers’ Day looms.

Twas a fine night

Twas a fine night we had of it walking with High Street Seniors joined by a contingent from All Seasons, the hotel in Bakers Arms Leyton. That hotel was called something else before and lots more besides from the local residents. It got cleaned up. Well the Games are a-comin’.

By 10.15pm the sky was a light indigo blue. I could be seen a mile off in my hi-viz vest. Waiting for vests to come for one and all from generous Clancy Dowcra engineering firm, the ones involved in up- rooting the Victorian mains-pipes.

Another lottery for tickets. The BBC Radio 2 lot are  recording on June 17th a tribute gala to Mario Lanza at the gorgeous Hackney Empire. Go and try for free tickets. It’ll be a long summer evening and a great experience. You can apply for 2 tickets and there is a group ticket number . All free,all on the Freedom Pass bus routes (30, 48, 55, W15, 106 etc etc.. check

More rain to fall. Off to beading and jewelley -making at The Victoria in Queensbridge Rd, Hackney. Now that is something good and free with lovely people and a cuppa too. All the participants come via Up Your street5 so once again, jolly good company!! Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-1pm.

Have you watched Vintage TV yet on Sky and elsewhere? Some excellent interviews and archive footage. There’s some very recommendable programmes coming up on many channels. I will inform you soon.

Old is the new Black

“Popcorn: An Audio /Visual Thing” on Sky Arts 1 doing its run at present as in repeated every few hours showing Peter Clifton’s montage of 1960s performances including some Twiggy, Small Faces,  Otis, Stones and more. (1969!) Re-edited?

Vintage TV in serious competition may be and all this going on plus  “Saturday Night Live” on Sky Arts too and Neil Sedaka popping up and then Beeb showing a programme today revving up inter-generational projects with teenagers exploring their own prejudices about seniors (“oldies”) by working in a retirement lodge.

Now what’s happening in real life?  Regarding inter-generational projects where twenty somethings have to interact with 50+ people, that has been tried and tested at Streetlifefm and is a dismal failure which is not being addressed because no-one in charge knows how to change their or anyone else’s attitudes.

Tons is being focussed on seniors.   Well, not in Waltham Forest compared to Tower Hamlets and Hackney . Seniors are  being tapped for all they have in terms of memories and reminiscences but who’s reading all that stuff? Someone is afraid of seniors being left out like Black peeps in the 1980s were. Seniors will become alienated and invisible with no voice and representation. Oh that’s what AgeUk is for!

Best thing I’ve seen for ages on BBC2 : Birmingham Opera Company’s Verdi’s “Othello”. It so referred to my experience at the drama workshop at TRSE last Thursday. i e Shakespeare for the masses, engaging with the audience, bringing in the community through the use of local dance troupes and Birmingham people doin’ their acting thing. And Stephanie, the soprano… “Willow” and her prayer to Mary just blew us all away. Check it on BBCi player.