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Your midlife coming of age. Becoming the person you always should have been. We are Silver Magazine UK, and we say no to stereotyping. We’d love to meet you.

It’s time to rip up the rule book. We reflect the fact that the 50+ reader is diverse, creative, adventurous, and intelligent. We are all about shaking things up with the mature mavericks out there. Our readers enjoy the finer things in life, and have the time and the money to do them; including travel, holidays, time with family and friends, wearing great fashion and definitely scooping the best

26/06/2024

STOP. WALKING. DOGS. IN. THE. BLAZING. HEAT.
You lot know this already, we assume. But tell others.

26/06/2024

It's National Writing Day. Writing is everywhere, but not just in books, newspapers, your phone, or magazines. It can also be a tool for positive mental health.

Journalling has been found to aid mental health by operating as an outlet to accept our internal experiences. When we’re plagued by stressful thoughts or emotions, it’s almost impossible to view them objectively.

Writing them down can put you in a position of observing your feelings, rather than actively being in them, allowing you to process them more effectively.

We can often find it easier to focus on the negative in our lives over the positive things. Using a journal to record things you feel gratitude for forces you to examine the good in your life.

This could be things you’ve achieved (big and small), friends and family in your life, or simple things like having a roof over your head.

Tips for journalling? Keep notes. Create a list of journal prompts that you can always fall back on if nothing is flowing when you open your book.

The beauty of journal prompts is that you can reuse the same one(s) repeatedly, and see how your answer or thoughts have changed from a week ago, the month previously, or a whole year.

Journalling is what you make it, and you’ll get out what you put in. If it helps, view it as a creative outlet as well as a record of your thoughts and emotions. You can experiment with different ideas; create lists, sketch, scrapbook, or none of the above.

The key is in not allowing it to become overwhelming. You can write as little or as much as you want. Not only is it a great way to dump and download, it’s fascinating reading it back, further down the line.

Do you keep a journal or diary?

Full article ⬇️

All the best fishing competitions you’ll need this year in the UK - Silver Magazine 25/06/2024

Are you a fishing nut? We've got a great roundup of the best fishing events and competitions throughout the UK here, for 2024 and beyond.

All the best fishing competitions you’ll need this year in the UK - Silver Magazine Hooked on a feeling... for fishing. We’ve rounded up some of the best fishing competitions and events in the UK for 2024

25/06/2024

We hear you Susan

24/06/2024

Awesome? What is awe, and why is it good for us to feel it?

It’s the look on Indiana Jones’ face when he first glimpses the Lost Ark, and the feeling we get when we stare into the Grand Canyon, or spot a wild dolphin. We all know the feeling, it's a magical feeling. But what does 'awe' truly mean, and what is it doing to us?

Numerous studies have shown that positive experiences of awe (unlike the negative awe we encounter when witnessing a natural disaster), can make us less materialistic and more satisfied with our lives. Awe makes us more pro-social – meaning we’re more likely to volunteer or help others – and it could even help to lower inflammation in the body, which improves our physical health.

Human interest in the awesome power of awe goes back a long time. In 1757, in the catchily-named; A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, philosopher Edmund Burke explored the concept.

He stated that awe – or the sublime as he called it – could come out of everyday experiences such as being moved by music or even hearing thunder. This caused a sense of astonishment which, he declared, was a ‘state of the soul in which all its motions are suspended’.

When our mind is so filled with wonder, we don’t have much capacity to think of anything else. Easy to see why, then, an awesome experience may help take our mind off our concerns and worries.

The positive effects of awe

A 2015 a study reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology noted that participants who spent just one minute in a grove of stately eucalyptus trees on a university campus were more helpful to a researcher who dropped a number of pens near them.

These participants helped retrieve more pens than those who had spent the equivalent amount of time staring at a modern building, and were subjected to the same staged incident.

The big question, of course, is why does feeling awe produce these effects? The John Templeton Foundation says it’s because it shifts our attention away from ourselves. The fact that awesome experiences often make us feel smaller in a good way may help to minimise our worries in comparison. It may also provoke a positive ‘cognitive realignment’ or thinking differently.

The best news of all is that you don’t need to book a fly-drive to the Grand Canyon or cruise to the Northern Lights to achieve this.

Experiments with ‘awe walks’ – where people go out and deliberately observe mighty trees, the sea, or fields of flowers – have shown that this activity can deliver measurable benefits in our wellbeing.

Look for the wonder, and wonder-full world around you, and get yourself some awe going on. Full article in caption below 👇

23/06/2024

Love this photo

23/06/2024

See also ‘cat’ 🙄

22/06/2024

Piece of cake

22/06/2024

Over the past decade or so, our acceptance of the ageing process has powered a pro-ageing movement. And this is particularly evident in the beauty industry. Products now support maturing skin with a pro-ageing message, rather than shaming it with ‘anti-ageing’ ranges.

Even mainstream media figures are saying a big eff-you to outdated beauty messages, and the idea that women become past it once they hit a certain look or age. Check out Nicole Kidman in 2022’s Vanity Fair cover, or And Just Like That normalising women over 50 wearing bold prints and trendy items and unashamed grey hair. We’re – thankfully – getting miles away from the phrase ‘dress your age.’ And hey, Pamela Anderson, I’m looking at you, with your fresh-faced confidence… you go girl!

So why is it, that with a generation of older women – older people in fact – to look up to, who are openly embracing maturity and challenging the idea that beauty is reserved for the young, we’re seeing under 30s getting Botox and plastic surgery? Meanwhile, even more worrying, under 18s are so afraid of a single fine line, they’re putting anti-ageing skincare on their Christmas wish lists.

Full article: https://wp.me/p8CEgO-2nL

21/06/2024

Same

21/06/2024

With dates, flings, and possibly even true love just a swipe away, online dating can be a win for some. But it’s wise to be cautious.

It's not just issues with authenticity, or finding the right person, there are some darker things to look out for too, like scams, or grooming. Here are a few things to keep your eyes open for…

-They have a very limited selection of photos

Whether it’s a case of their profile only having one or two photos, they refuse to send you any other photos of them, or they never want to video chat, it’s suspicious. The main reason behind this behaviour is often because they are using someone else’s photos. This is widely known as ‘catfishing’, where someone is pretending to be someone they’re not in order to gain something, whether it’s money or just conversation. Don’t forget that reverse image searching on Google is a thing. If in doubt, check it out. (Check out the TV show Catfish for some truly scandalous dating mishaps!)

-Their profiles are overly private

No social media accounts? Profiles that don’t give anything away except a name and an age? Ask yourself why people are so off the grid if they’re trying to date online. There’s a number of reasons why they may be extra private. Maybe they’re married and are looking for an affair, but don’t want their partner finding out?

-They don’t want to meet in person

If this person doesn’t ever want to meet in person or something always ‘comes up’ very last minute. It may be that they are a catfish, that they are simply looking for a quick fling online or they’re not who they say they are.

-They ask for money

This is a red flag that you really can’t ignore. Someone asking for money is a big sign that they are talking to you for all the wrong reasons. Similar to those emails or text messages that you might get saying you’ve got a parcel stuck at customs even though you haven’t ordered anything from overseas, it is probably some sort of scam. Unfortunately, there are people out there who prey on other’s kindness for their own gain.

-They try to turn every conversation into s*xting

Someone that makes s*xual advances from the start or somehow always steers the conversation in a s*xual direction is another sign that this person isn’t really looking for someone to have a genuine connection or a relationship with.

Of course, if this is what you’re interested in, by all means continue. Just be aware that not everyone will make their intentions clear from the start.

But these are just a few things to look out for... And while it's good to be safe and cautious, remember, the most important thing is; have fun! Get back out there and meet your perfect partner!

Full article in comments below ⬇️

20/06/2024

The summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year, symbolises a time of abundant energy and rejuvenation. It’s a period to embrace the warmth and light, reinvigorating both body and spirit. As the solstice signifies a turning point in the solar cycle, it embodies themes of rebirth and new beginnings. It’s an ideal moment to set new intentions, embark on fresh endeavours, and welcome new opportunities with optimism and hope.

Happy solstice everyone ☀️ 🥰

Photos from Silver Magazine's post 20/06/2024

Aw, Donald Sutherland. An extraordinary face, and a fine, fine actor. As his son Keifer says today, "Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived."

RIP Donald Sutherland

19/06/2024

“If the worst came to the worst, I could treat the break as a silent retreat.”

The idea of travelling alone can be daunting. We see groups and couples venturing off on trips without a second thought, but – particularly for women – the idea of hitting the trail on your own can be a little anxiety- inducing. For many of us, the idea of a new place, even a new country or continent can be a scary thing, and especially if tackling it solo. Even more so if you’re used to having a partner, and now you’re going it alone.

However, there are tons of people taking that leap, and very often finding it exciting and liberating. Alison James takes her leap of faith and heads to Cascais in Portugal – solo.

'Since the demise of my long marriage, I have discovered that I quite like the single life. Not having to explain myself, or answer to anyone. Doing exactly what I like, when I like, and with whom I like. I’ve made new friends, taken up new interests and, I suppose you’d say, reinvented myself. Maybe not quite to the heights of a phoenix rising from the ashes. But I’m definitely in the fledgling category.

I’m happy with all this, but the possibility of time away – a singleton holiday, if you will – remained on my ‘to do’ list. So, I decided it was time to do something about this.

Taking the early afternoon TAP Airways flight from Heathrow to Lisbon, I was excited yet apprehensive. I had never done anything like this before. What if I hated being on my own when everyone else seemed coupled (and loved) up? What if I felt like the ultimate Billie No-Mates? What if I felt unsafe at any point? What if my voice-box seized up due to lack of use? What if? What if? What if?

I told the mad voice in my head to shut the f**k up. It. Was. Three. Days. That’s all. Three days was nothing. If the worst came to the worst, I could treat the break as a silent retreat. Or plot out the novel I’d always promised myself I would write. Or even read all the novels I’d downloaded onto my kindle.

Plus, I had my own bespoke tour guide. I had written myself a fairly detailed itinerary before setting off. I reasoned it would be good to have a set schedule so that I wouldn’t, at any time, find my mind wandering as I people watched, causing me to think, ‘Look at all those couples and happy families seemingly having the best time’ (even if they’re really not).

I was picked up at the airport, having already arranged a transfer with my hotel, the almost-on-the beach Vila Gale. Something of a last-minute booking, the four-star hotel was a good choice being just a matter of seconds from the marina, just 10 minutes-walk from the historic centre of Cascais and also close to the Marechal Carmona Park where the Cool Jazz festival was taking place. I was delighted with my spacious third floor room and balcony.

As for the dining solo thing; or ‘comendo sozinho’ as they say in Portugal? Well, I’ll admit to feeling quite self-conscious when my fellow diners were made up of mostly two, three, and foursomes but I found that a couple of stiff G&Ts pre-dinner made this dissipate in a rather dreamy kind of way. Besides, the waiting staff were lovely and chatty, and didn’t once look at me with pity!

And I had company. Not my ubiquitous smartphone – I purposely left that in my bag – but a book. 28 Portuguese Poets: A Bilingual Anthology, which I’d ordered online before travelling. A tad pretentious? Perhaps, but just the thought of that made me laugh. The poems were generally absorbing, and turning the pages between forkfuls of delicious food made me feel like the lead in a moody foreign movie.

I can honestly say it was one of the best short breaks I’d ever had. In a relatively short time, I’d done so much. I travelled solo, but I never felt lonely; I also felt a massive sense of achievement.

Taking a break after a break-up? Intrigued by the idea of a solo trip? Just do it. Pack an open mind and a spirit of adventure in addition to a micro-holiday wardrobe. You have nothing to fear, and only exciting new experiences to look forward to.'

Would you consider taking a solo trip? Or, have you, and, how do you feel about them?

18/06/2024

Who is your person?

Photos from Silver Magazine's post 17/06/2024

Four years ago. Seems hard to believe how the world literally shut down now

17/06/2024

It's English Wine Week, a time to celebrate our own grapes and vintages. British wines have come a long way in the last ten years, with our whites and sparkling wines frequently beating our French neighbours at wine competitions and tastings. You can bet they love that!

But we don’t care, because we love English wines, and we know you will too. Also, it's not just about the taste and outstanding quality of our wines, but also you can enjoy your grape juice in the knowledge it has travelled a much shorter distance. Less carbon footprint to make your tasty beverage. It’s an all-round win.

There are some quite famous vineyards in the UK now, but we’ve tried to pick a few different ones, with some diverse wines and grapes.

Red

Made from the skin, seeds, and stems of black grapes to achieve its rich red-purple colour, red wine arguably accrues the highest praise. Higher in bitter tannins than any other, it is recommended served at room temperature and as we say at Silver, the older the better.

Black Ewe Pinot Noir Precoce Vintage 2018, £45

The unpredictable climate of the South West means that each wine has a character of its own. The beautiful fields of Trevibban Mill in Cornwall have cultivated a pinot noir with aromas of cherries, figs, prunes, and vanilla. The company has been highly celebrated not just for achieving such a full palate but for their sustainable approach. With earthy hints of dark chocolate, pepper, and to***co, this English wine pairs nicely with beef, lamb, or gruyere.

-Vegan
-On-site production
-Small batch

White

For us, there is nothing better than a crisp, cold glass of white wine. Ranging from dry to sweet with fruity and floral aromas, white wine is made from both white and black grapes fermented without the skins to achieve its signature pure, naked colour.

Oastbrook Estate Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2022, £21

Awarded a gold medal at the IEWA 2023 for their Pinot Blanc, Oastbrook Estate presents a mouth-watering palate of apple, pear, and honeysuckle with a hint of white peach and nectarine; the perfect partner for fish or chicken on the BBQ this summer.

-Sustainable
-Organic

Rosé

Made with black grapes fermented for less time and perfect with light bites and nibbles, rosé is a crowd magnet. Its pink, blush colour leaves a dry taste in the mouth with notes of berries, citrus or tropical fruits.

Winbirri Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2021, £19

The team at Winbirri Vineyard in Norfolk have expertly crafted a Pinot Noir Rosé with aromas of cherries, strawberries, and cream. Perfect as an aperitif or with fresh seafood, passion is at the heart of this wine. Its quaffable nature tastes as good as it sounds.

-Vegan
-World-class

These are just a few! Check out some other amazing English wines in comments 😉

16/06/2024

“…from the outside I probably look alright. Chugging away at work, walking the dog, posting jokes on social. But I’m not okay, I feel very sad. I miss my dad and I wish he hadn’t died. I wish it so much it actually hurts in my chest.”

https://silvermagazine.co.uk/coping-with-grief-the-ultimate-shapeshifter

15/06/2024

Facts

14/06/2024

As we head into the Euros 24! Which team is your money on tonight?!!

14/06/2024

Sometimes we go looking for a long term thing, sometimes we don't have a choice in it being short term. But maybe it's not just about longevity or even anything long term... Have you thought about a 'fling'? Being in control of something casual can be empowering.

We go through life looking for ‘the one’ and are often heartbroken when they turn out not to be. But then we do it again, repeating the same patterns and only believing that a relationship has value or is meaningful if it lasts a long time. What if I told you there is an alternative, asks Juliette Wills.

What if we were to change our perception of the long-term goal, and instead focus on enjoying short-term love? Maybe not even love, but a meaningful fling. One in which both parties know that it’s not forever, and are happy to forge ahead regardless?

We spend a lot of energy looking for Mr Right when we might be better off looking for Mr Right Now.

This is particularly true if you’ve just come out of a relationship that ended badly. Or if you’re in the throes of divorce (I tick both boxes, go me!). While my friends yell at me to spend time on my own, I yell back that I’ve essentially been on my own whilst being married for 15 years.

I’m ready to love, to be loved, and to have some fun along the way. Or even to separate the two. What I don’t need is to completely lose myself to someone again. So I’m essentially looking to date men who I know aren’t suitable long-term (but who also aren’t monsters, obviously).

Charlotte, a 48-year-old PR manager from West Suss*x, had a whirlwind relationship with a man she met by chance on a train. She was recently divorced, and he was separated.

“I really fancied him and couldn’t remember feeling like that about anyone before. He told me he’d just split with his wife and wasn’t ready for a relationship, but that he was happy to have fun. I was infatuated from the first moment we kissed. It just felt like he’d been missing my entire life.”

After two months of a whirlwind romance and “the greatest s*x I’ve ever had,” he started to back away. When Charlotte confronted him, he told her that he cared about her very much, but felt the relationship was getting too serious.

“I was devastated,” says Charlotte. “I cried for weeks. I’ve been having therapy and I’m now six months down the line. And instead of being angry with Mike, as I was initially, I realise now that he did me a favour.”

“He constantly told me how s*xy I was, which gave me a huge confidence boost. He treated me well, and he was honest. I can now see that the relationship was good for me, and that I can’t be angry that it ended. We met one last time and wished each other well. My bar is set very high now for future relationships and that’s got to be a good thing.”

Would she do it again?

“Sure, if both of us knew from the outset that it wasn’t going to develop into anything serious. The attraction has got to be there, of course, but I don’t need to find my soul mate or perfect man right now, I need to have fun and just enjoy life. I have to accept that it will invariably come to natural end, but I feel more equipped to deal with that now.”

When loneliness hits, what do you do? Try and get your pals out, adopt a cat... maybe a short term fling?!

This week it's Loneliness Awareness Week, the theme of which this year is ‘Random Acts of Connection.’ Do you think a fling might help loneliness, or make it worse?

13/06/2024

😂 one from the vaults

Nice holiday

13/06/2024

Beagle wind socks

12/06/2024

😐

11/06/2024

“The pivotal moment for me to change my life was when a friend bailed me out of my metaphorical jail and took me to Corfu for a week. I came home, told the guy to leave, then decided it’d be better if I used this time to follow my instincts and live abroad in my fifties. So the ex turned into one of my two lodgers – both of whom are ex-lovers.

“My life looks so much better now; I live simply and cut down on spending. I went back to Corfu before heading to Italy for five months, to housesit with a friend I met on the beach.

“I started an online Sensual Salon with a Ta***ic poet from Berlin: a speakeasy for s*x-positive people to share experiences, vulnerability, and honesty. At the time, I was also on the teaching team for the UK Sexological Bodywork training in 2021.”

How Alison Pilling gave up her ‘normal’ life in her fifties for adventure, retraining as a s*x coach and travelling the world barefoot…

Read: https://wp.me/p8CEgO-18d

10/06/2024

Am I neglecting basic hygiene, or should we all be showering less? In a Harvard Medical School blog, Robert H. Shmerling MD explains; “Normal, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of ‘good’ bacteria and other microorganisms. Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot.’’

Are we all washing too much? https://wp.me/p8CEgO-2mG

09/06/2024

Very sad news, our thoughts are with Dr Mosley's family. He has been found in the area he was walking, unfortunately too late. We know a lot of you have been following this story - rest in peace Michael Mosley.

09/06/2024

Really

08/06/2024

Why is Gen X increasingly drawn to polyamory?

Do we hit a certain age and think monogamy just isn’t enough for us anymore? Apparently, yes…

Our forties and fifties are a time of transition. For many of us, life around this time will involve a number of challenges, whether that’s bringing up children, caring for older family members, facing redundancy, or dealing with divorce.

Coming out the other side of these events can leave us feeling like different people. But why is Gen X increasingly drawn to polyamory? Because studies show that this certainly seems to be the case.

Read full article ⬇️

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But on the magazine website and in the issues coming out to your door in print, we address everything that is wrong with the way the 50+ audience is spoken to.

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