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heard the one about the older comedian who was given a fair chance of success? | cally beaton | opinion

Incompetent, incontinent and too old to love, over-50s are laughed at all across Britain – except on the comedy circuitI’m writing this from a damp Edinburgh flat, having abandoned my comfortable London life for a month at the fringe, which is like a month-long freshers’ week, but with finals every day.My show Invisible, about life at an age when the world ghosts you, came about because I turned 50 and didn’t like the cut of Yann Moix’s jib – the French author said last year that women over 50 a...

why does no one ever tell you how brilliant ageing can be? | suzanne moore | opinion

In later life, you know what sparks joy: loving new things, discarding old things. It’s finally time to live as you want to live, not as you’re told you shouldIt started with a tweet. I wondered why people like the Edinburgh fringe so much, when it sounds like my idea of hell: loads of “theatre” (with capital-letter ACTING); audience interaction; comedians; circus-type things.Edinburgh itself is gorgeous, so am I just a misery guts? That is a rhetorical question, obviously. The answers came thic...

killers anonymous: has the hollywood hitman had its day? | film

The besuited assassin seems to only exist in films. Perhaps it’s time to put them out of their miseryThe central gimmick of new movie Killers Anonymous is an AA-style support group where various underworld assassins come to “share”. That’s about all it has to bring to this flagging party, other than underlining how utterly divorced the movies’ concept of the “hitman” has become from reality. The world is tragically full of gun violence and targeted assassinations, but the perpetrators are rarely...

uk elderly suffer worst poverty rate in western europe | society

Britain’s low basic pension, combined with means-tested supplements, puts thousands of older people at riskThe proportion of elderly people living in severe poverty in the UK is five times what it was in 1986, the largest increase among western European countries, according to a new study.The rise, from 0.9% of the elderly population to around 5%, is attributable to Britain’s state pension system and its “low basic payments and means-tested supplements”, says the author of the report, Pension Re...

there’s an idea that could transform britain – but brexit won’t let it be heard | jonathan freedland | opinion

A British thinker’s remarkable new approach to public services is attracting global interest. But Whitehall isn’t listeningAgainst some stiff competition, one of the worst things about Brexit is the way it sucks up all the oxygen, consuming whatever political energy is available, until there’s none left for anything else. Just think what we might have achieved these past three years if the bureaucratic and intellectual resources we’ve devoted to the business of leaving the European Union had bee...

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