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Retirement Today, a glossy lifestyle magazine for the active retired or those contemplating retirement.
Inside this issue:
Subscription; Dream Wheeler; Footloose in Rocamodour; Sweet Paris; Amazing Ageing; Out and About; Charity News; Update; The gift that keeps on giving; Best Books; Dentistry and Wellness; Competitions; Charity begins at Christmas.
Ever since Peter Mayle's book 'A year in Provence' there has been no shortage of titles featuring the plucky Brit who relocates to France, living amongst the quirky French with all their idiosyncratic habits. What makes Dream Wheeler different is that Jane Lambert has to overcome what would for most people seem like impossible odds, since contracting polio in her twenties, Jane has been confined to a wheelchair.
Author Deb Hunt first met Jane when she bought her London flat in 1993. Thus began a unique friendship as Deb watched Jane battle to fulfil her dream. At 63 Jane buys a near derelict cottage, speaking virtually no French with no friends or family in the country, the omens are not good. Will she cope?
An inspirational read not only for those looking to retire overseas but for anyone with a dream to change their life. In the following extract Deb pays Jane a visit not long after her initial move...
She had a dream ... and she made it happen
France is huge, so it was difficult to choose a destination that we thought might appeal to viewers, but so many people suggested the Dordogne that we eventually decided that the countryside and the history were probably quite a popular place choice, so we flew to Bordeaux and hired a car to get to our base in the Lot Department of southern France.
I have spent very little time in France, and despite doing the obligatory seven years of French at school, have retained hardly any of the language, so I was a bit more dependent on Dave this trip.
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Footloose in Racamadour, France
By Debra Rixon
Dentistry and Wellness
When I learnt that I was going to visit a town in Hungary called Mosonmagyaròvàr, that attracts visitors from all over the world, I was intrigued. Mosonmagyaròvàr is a small town, with a unique selling point, in that it has over 400 dentists! Everywhere you look there is a bewildering array of dentists, on street corners, over shops, they are just everywhere!
120g (41/2 oz) bittersweet dark chocolate
4 large eggs
25g (1oz) caster sugar
Finely chop the chocolate with a sharp knife. Slowly melt it in a heatproof bowl set over a large pan of simmering water without allowing the bowl to touch the water. Stir gently until smooth and then remove from the heat.
Separate the egg yolks and whites into two clean bowls.
Whisk the egg whites with an electric beater, slowly folding in the sugar until the mixture forms soft peaks.
Add the egg yolks to the melted chocolate, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth. Be sure to allow the chocolate to cool just a few minutes before adding the yolks. If it's too hot the yolks will cook, and if it's too cold the mixture won't blend well.
Using a spatula, slowly fold one-quarter of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture at a time, until completely incorporated - but don't overdo it or the mousse will lose volume. Transfer the mousse to individual parfait glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until set. Service with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Recipes from Sweet Paris by Michael Paul (£14.99, Hardie Grant) Photography: Michael Paul
Rich Chocolate Mousse
How To Age Amazingly
by David Buswell
Ageing is inevitable, unavoidable and inescapable, but have you noticed that some people are appreciably better at it than others? There are those who enjoy a relatively happy, active old age and some who don't.
There is no shortage of advice on how to age well - there is a plethora of information on diet, exercise, how to maintain a vigorous sex life while perfecting your golf swing, looking younger, the invigorating properties of seaweed. There are alternative therapists, yoga or Pilates classes, health spas, Botox, beauty treatments galore. But ... and it is a very big but ... the attention is principally on the physical aspects of getting older.
The gift that keeps on giving
Christmas is the season for giving but sometimes it feels like the huge commercialisation of the season is not in keeping with the original spirit.
Presents received can become quickly discarded or put to the back of a drawer and forgotten about, or even re-sold on auction sites. So this year when thinking of what to buy friends and family for Christmas why not give the high street a miss and look at finding a way to give that will help animals.