Interview with BONZA editor Brian Murphy
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What was it like to be a Boomer?
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A book for all Baby Boomers
I recommend the following book ...
The Rest of Your Life
How to Make it as Good as You Want
... to all Baby Boomers. It will be a real asset for all those who are planning responsibly for the future. Compiled by Paul McKeon for people in their 40s, 50s & 60s who want to really enjoy the second half of their lives.
Please access the link below to order your E-book copy.
Our favourite group of all times and their music will be played in centuries to come- THE BEATLES
Paul McCartney’s new release Kisses On The Bottom is available. Also now you can watch the official EPK for the album in its entirety at the link below. The interview features Paul and Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma chat about the process of recording KOTB.
Please share the new full Kisses On The Bottom EPK with your readers at Bonza.
Kisses On The Bottom Full EPK Link: http://youtu.be/J2j_Aw2SJBQ
Stream KOTB on AOL Music: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1
Stream KOTB on MSN Music: http://music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth/
Buy Kisses On The Bottom: http://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Bottom-Paul-McCartney/dp/B006OAB3ME/?tag=concordreco0c-20
Buy Kisses On The Bottom (Deluxe): http://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Bottom-Paul-McCartney/dp/B006RVDX00/?tag=concordreco0c-20
‘Kisses On The Bottom’ assets: http://www.42west.biz/PMCARTNEY/assets.zip
Official website: http://www.paulmccartney.com
I recently published my second book called “Once I was a Teenager”. It’s about how life was in the 50s and 60s in Australia.
It’s a nostalgic book about how life was then. Such as our mother’s pithy sayings...”no nice man will marry you if (you eat with your mouth open)”, or “wait ‘til your father get’s home”, or “wear a clean pair of knickers when you go out. What if you are in a car accident!”
We are offspring of parents of WW2, and we have their values which puzzle our offspring.
This is a really funny book with a foreword by Little Pattie (who remembers that Aussie 60s teen singing sensation, who is still performing today?)
Often our children don’t ask how life was for us. Well, you will chuckle and reminisce with this book. Guaranteed. Little Pattie loves it. I give proceeds to an orphan charity, but would love to be in contact with you guys.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul McCartney is getting back ‘Out There’
First live show of 2014 announced!
Monday 21st April – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
More dates to be announced imminently...
Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul’s critically acclaimed ‘Out There’ tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, today Paul confirms he’ll be getting back out there by announcing his first concert of the year. Paul will be heading back to Chile in April for the first time since his historic performance on his ‘Up & Coming Tour’ in 2011.
The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, which was a global hit upon its release last year.
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even into Space! Having played with his band (Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums)) for over ten years now, the show never disappoints.
The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and the best songs in the world a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.
2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honoured by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.
Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.
What is BONZA?
BONZA is an information site for Baby Boomers. We want all Boomers to plan for their future and support each other.
Who are Baby Boomers?
Founded in 2001 BONZA is all about Baby Boomers who are aged 50 to 68 (born between 1946 - 1964) with over 5 million in Australia (ABS) and 1 million in New Zealand. (Between 1998-2001 I had the pleasure of working all over NZ and assisted hundreds of KIWI Boomers find employment through my company Grey Skills)
We have always been aware of our generation and our uniqueness in that we are a constant worry for our governments due to our numbers and the predicted cost of our ageing process to them. I don't want to be a burden- do you? Let's prepare ourselves so that does not happen if we can prevent it.
In 2011, the first of the Boomers became eligible for aged pensions and the numbers doubled from the previous year. In the next couple of decades aged care becomes the focus.
Families and individuals will be encouraged to have ageing Boomers stay in their own homes and be cared for as they age because we cant build enough aged care homes to cope with the high numbers.
Increased health problems will also dominate the annual budgets every year for the next 40 years and the security of single aged females will be another challenge to solve.
We are living longer so governments are encouraging us to work longer, stay healthier and invest our money wisely by planning for our futures.
Saw a great film - fat , sick and nearly dead- about our health. Worth a view if you are overweight and/or unhealthy.
Also a good overview:
Before the election in September last year I put out a media release which mentioned a initiative called Boomerang Centres.
I was contacted by my local LNP candidate and asked to come in to her office after the election to discuss it.
Since the election I contacted the LNP through local Member for McPherson Karen Andrews and we had that meeting about the concept of our Boomerang Centres (turning clubs into Boomer Hubs so that we don't become isolated as we age...they would be run as an add on to a current club and identify what their local community could do to engage Boomers). Read more on the Research section above.
Karen Andrews listened and said she would look for interest in Canberra but was unable to find funding.
This decision is very disappointing from this government and you wonder why they took an interest in the first place.
Both governments knocked back submissions about Maturelink over the last 10 years which was an initiative about informing and educating Boomers to prepare for longer working years and now a retirement concept has been rejected.
In this instance, I have contacted Tony Abbott's office, Joe Hockey's office and now Karen Andrews and I had one meeting with Karen and a phone call to say sorry but we can not assist you. No word from the other two.
Boomers should be disappointed at the lack of interest in us considering we wont have enough income to retire and we will be such a drain on government.
Might be an idea to remind your local member that Boomers need supportive polices or we will struggle in our golden years.
What's wrong with us embracing sustainability and suggesting ideas? Do initiatives have to be government developed and lead?
I appreciate your emails of support and I guess would have long given up being an advocate for Boomers had I not realised that we don't want to be branded as seniors and treated like a disease as we still have a lot to give.
Keith Blake will continue with the Red Hill Community Club Pilot on Fulcher Road and has developed a booklet and systems which may assist your club survive. Please contact him if you would like to start a Boomerang Centre on 0439 838671.
I am genuine in my passion to represent Baby Boomers and have spent 16 years of my life doing so and I deal with the age group every day in my work.
There is around one third of the nation over 50 so the new government has to give us some priority to keeping them in work but planning ahead for the ageing process for Boomers who will demand to be allowed to have ownership of their golden years.
There are many pieces to the Boomer jigsaw puzzle and BONZA's Moving Forward PowerPoint explains why we have to put those pieces together to see the big picture and encourage Boomers to focus on planning a new career rather than retirement.
In 2022 the age pension age goes up to 67 so it is better we stop thinking retirement and thinking long-term income. A 'mind switch' to the way we are thinking now is needed urgently.
You will find the Moving Forward PowerPoint presentation on our Research section above. Please feel free to contact me if you need any explanation but you are welcome to use it with your staff or colleagues.
My advice to Boomers in 2014 is simple. You have to work as long as possible because the superannuation market is so unpredictable. Why not do work that you choose so maybe do some study as it is never too late to start a new life. If not study then there is work to match your skills in the aged industry, child care, community services or doing your own thing in starting or purchasing a business.
I will try and do some seminars on planning for your retirement in 2014 for over 50 Boomers. I believe we should be planning our future in three stages so that we get the most out of our different phases of life. Keep an eye open for them advertised on this site as we can help you plan successfully for your future economic participation.
Working keeps you healthier and you will live more comfortably in old age rather than waiting anxiously for death. Many of us will be working until our seventies so start thinking 'what can I do' and not 'who would want me at this age'.
Speaking of health, please read my story on dental treatment in Thailand in the Health section above because it could be a cheaper option for you in having your teeth fixed. Bad teeth will ruin your health.
Two centuries ago we were dying on average in our 40s. We are lucky enough to have twice that time on this earth so make the most of it. It is no ones fault we have to work just our time on this earth is different from our ancestors.
Make the most of it and don't be negative. Enjoy your family as they will be there when your time ends and you will feel complete because they are.
We need to work together to make sure that we have a BONZA life as we age, enjoy each others company and leave a positive image of our time on this earth.
Feedback from surveys:
Superannuation - 58% have 10-100000; 17% have 100-600000 and 25% have over $600000 so lack of super for Boomers is a real issue in Ageing Australia.
Euthanasia Referendum; 70% VOTED YES for one.
Interesting to listen to debate on the Tasmanian euthanasia Bill which was defeated by two votes. It makes you think when one chap said, " I don't want people I love to find me after suicide." Let's decide as a nation to give some dignity to the terminally ill who want to end their lives.
If you have any INTERESTING stories about your Boomer life that you feel others would like to read then please send them to me and i will put them on the stories section above.
Please join us in sharing those good times, innovative ideas and suggestions to make the rest of our lives a BONZA one.
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I have never read an article that describes the Boomers as well as Jo Chandler from The Age newspaper has written.
Do yourself a favour and read it......
And this one on retirement......
Lots to do folks,so let’s get on with it in 2014 and have a BONZA LIFE!
( NB: BONZA is also an Aussie slang term for great or fabulous)