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Phil Collins can hardly hold his drumsticks, Eric Clapton struggles to play his guitar and I am a heartie and amputee who takes more drugs than Keith Richards. This getting older is no fun! ☹️ Mind you Keith can still play some great riffs so not all negative! 🤣🤣🤣

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Nice one!!!

What a drag it is getting old 😀

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Thanksnhs

Mother's Little Helper on the Stones Aftermath album.

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Thanksnhs in reply to MichaelJH

A classic char

OK, it's so true - ageing is not for the 'faint of heart'. But in the end, it beats the alternative;)

I recently reached the age of 65 (last week of August) and I'm still walking around the house repeating 'WOW!! I'm 65, how cool is that?!'.

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Sunnie2day

🎂 🎉 🎁 🎈 🍾

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080311 in reply to Sunnie2day

Happy belated birthday, hope you had a lovely day.


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Sunnie2day in reply to 080311

Thank-you, and yes it was spectacular if I'm allowed to say so myself:) Lol, bonus - I don't feel a day over 45! 😆

As old as that!! I`m only 35 in my dreams xxxHappy belated birthdayxxx

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Pussacat in reply to Sunnie2day

As Bryan Adams said, gonna be 18 till I die. Can't behave, won't behave and havin' fun being naughty at almost 56 in years but not in spirit, lol. 🤪

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Gladwyn in reply to Sunnie2day

Belated birthday greetings! 🎈🥂🍾🎂💃💐

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Handel in reply to Sunnie2day

Hope you had a lovely birthday. I found it went a bit downhill when I passed 65 (and my grandchildren commented that I was now OLD!!!!). xxxx

My father was in hospital after a heart attack, and said getting old is the pits! I looked at him and said it will be fine! (40 years ago) Now I know exactly what he meant 😂😂😂

I'm refusing to. They can't make me!

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"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people’s gardens

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple."

Jenny Joseph- Warning

Taking Jenny Joseph's advice to heart.
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Luisbrady in reply to Milkfairy

Love it! Happen to like purple too 😱🤪

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cowparsley in reply to Milkfairy

I already do some of those things(not saying which ones)

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Nettekin in reply to Milkfairy

Hi Milkfairy. Always loved that poem. Now where shall I start on the list? As I am 'only' 58 I think I should make an early start so the kids get used to the idea!!

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Handel in reply to Milkfairy

Superb!! Thank you xxxx

Sounds like my sort of gal 😂

A great poem but clearly written by someone who doesn't know about getting old. For one thing, if you sit on the pavement you can't get up afterwards.

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TRST in reply to MaggieSylvie


I did most of those things as a 'youngster' anyway, except I'm not that keen on brandy 😊

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to TRST

Gin is popular with one or two members here! 😁😁😁

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MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to MichaelJH

Just what are you suggesting? Lezzers isn't here to defend herself 😉

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Dorrymt in reply to Milkfairy

I am one of these RedHat Ladies and they are my lifeline. I really recommend it. I was a member when I was in my early sixties and apart from osteoarthritis relatively fit? Over the years I have had a major heart attack, 7 stents and pacemaker. 2 new knees, lots of falls one causing subdural bleed which needed 2surgeries and left me with nerve damage in one eye when I already had dry AMD in the other. The friends I have made in the group have kept me going. I also have PMR which means I have good and bad days but I am never left out. I am so lucky to have this support now I am in my eighties.

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Thank you so much Dorrymt, telling us more about the Red Hat Ladies.

I sorry to hear you have had so many challenges with your health.

Sending my best wishes.

Well I’m 50 and resolutely anti anti-ageing. There’s only one alternative and not everyone has the opportunity. I’m already 16 years older than my big brother was when he died.

😂as usual Michael your wicked humour shines through.

I'm 58 and climbed a tree yesterday(well up a couple of branches😛) - slept for 2 hours afterwards but so chuffed!!!

What instrument can you play Michael? 🤣

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Gladwyn

Only school concert I was in I played a mean triangle! I have had a guitar for decades but it's been idle since the late seventies!

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Gladwyn in reply to MichaelJH

I’ve been giggling thinking of you playing your mean triangle at the school

concert. I bet there was many a giggle amongst the proud parents that day. 😂😂😂👏

But when I consider the alternative

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Mentdent

At my funeral, I want a lot of flowers. It’s on my bouquet list.

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Handel in reply to MichaelJH


Take care Michael. Nearly Autumn in UK. I used to love the golden leaves.

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Thatwasunexpected is refusing to get old! What has this got to do with it? Your only other post on HU was an equally bizarre one on vaccines!


So true,this getting older is no joke,but still love having songs by Prince blasting out

How are you doing these days Michael? Are you home yet?Regards Dee.

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No ☹️, but working on it! 🤔

I saw Genesis at Knebworth in 1978; Phil Collins had a backup drummer that day too.

Nigel Betteridge’s photo of Genesis on stage.
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Brixcos in reply to Lonmayloon

I was there too!

Lonmayloon woz that Chester Thompson ??? Watched this duet with Phil about a million times ....AWESOME

That’s right, brilliant drummer and Phil Collins running round the various kits adding his bit every so often. Happy days!

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Lonmayloon

Saw both the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd at Knebworth in the day! 🤣🤣🤣

I am 76 and still dance (when no one is looking). I tell myself, age is just a number anyway. Happy belated Birthday. Keep on dancing. 🕺🕺🕺

A thought I needed. Thank you

My late father in law said when he was 96 "It's hard to grow older" and I was about 50 back then. He grew 106 with no issues except sometimes a bit scratching his head because he forgot where he was putting his glasses. I'm now 70 and with 68 suffered a heart attack, still struggling with some recovery problems.

Hi Michael, was really good reading your post, after all the ones that seem to make you more concerned about your health,, yours was a breath of fresh air, and actually made me smile, thanks, seem to enjoy the same music too, yeah this getting older is no joke, but l did pack in a lot when l was younger so cannot complain, and memories last forever, take care regards lind111 x

Well I try and beat it by singing in a cover band and the Rolling Stones are part of the repertoire 😂

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