I have recently booked tickets to attend the book festival, Way with Words, at Dartington in July and the serendipity that seems to pop up every now and then appeared when I was reading a recent copy of Saga magazine and found it contained two articles by two speakers who I will be seeing there, Xandra Bingley and Carmen Callil.
When I mentioned to my younger daughter some time ago that I subscribed to SAGA magazine her reaction was pretty scathing “Oh, mum you are NOT” and I gently had to tell her that this magazine was for readers over 50 of which I was most definitely one. It is odd how the old attitudes towards Saga have remained, redolent of white haired old grannies going for coach trips to the seaside, when in fact it is one of the most interesting and lively magazines I have read for a long time. It is not just full of adverts for stair lifts and walk in baths, though they are there, but has witty amusing articles from regular contributors such as Katherine Whitehorn and Keith Waterhouse, make up advice from a 50+, Angela Rippon, and also boasts its own version of Trinny and Susannah.
There is lots of straightforward information on topics such as inheritance tax and pensions and while this may not be the most riveting read the magazine’s subscribers certainly need this sort of expertise to hand.
Recent cover stars have included Rod Stewart, Sean Connery, Catherine Deneuve, Harrison Ford and Mick Jagger who can hardly be imagined taking the aforementioned trip to the seaside unless it was in Barbados or St Tropez. There is something rather comforting to realise that all these famous names are of bus pass age, and as I told my daughter who was not convinced by my arguments in favour of being a subscriber, SAGA stands for Sex and Games for the Aged…..