“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

But how? But where? But really? Children have questioned the existence of Santa Claus for centuries. In 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon (8 years old) wrote a letter to The (New York) Sun as her ”little friends” had told her the unimaginable – Santa clause was not real. ”Please tell me the truth,” Virginia wrote ”Is there […]

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Too old to compete?

Waking and wondering how I will get out of bed …… sideways, slide out the bottom or role onto my tummy getting my knees on to the floor and standing from there. I just don’t know because everything hurts. But I can’t complain, I had been warned there be no sympathy, and certainly no help. They don’t understand the reasons…… I missed it and I loved it, it was 30 minutes of pure fun, and as Brian O’Driscoll described it “Getting hurt? You recover from it. And the pain does subside and I don’t know, in a really perverted way, legally inflicting pain on someone else gives you a thrill,” Unfortunately It seems like now on the morning after my first and possibly last over 35s rugby game I was the recipient of far more punishment than I got to deliver. I can’t even laugh!

Competitive sport is typically associated with young people. Older adults are encouraged to focus on the benefits derived from regular physical activities like walking, dancing and fitness classes, and are discouraged from participating in extremely strenuous exercise due to the fear of injury and poor performance. For years it has seemed that the most competitive sports older adults took part in were golf and bowls —two sports with minimal athletic skills needed. However, things are rapidly changing and more adults are finding more ways to physically challenge themselves. This rising phenomenon of older people

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