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Blog | By Annabel Sampson | May 05, 2017

A notice to Oldie Literary Lunchers 

A polite reminder that next Tuesday’s Literary Lunch will be at the SAVILE CLUB, 69 Brook St, Mayfair W1K 4ER and not at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, as it has always been historically (and to which we will return from July). 

Oldies who flock to Simpson’s will be met by a site under construction – no wine, no roast potatoes and no Edward Enfield. Instead, head for the Savile – and the finest rococo interior in clubland.

The Turner Prize grows up 

The art world's most famous annual award – formerly won by youthful hotshots like Damien Hirst with his pickled cows – has seen the light. Previously closed off to artists over fifty, the prize has lifted the age barrier: this year’s nominees are between forty and 62. This year sees not only a rise in age, but also a return to form – one of the artists is even working in paint.

Mason Leaver-Yap, a curator and member of the judging panel, says in an interview with the Telegraph, ‘I think it’s good not to fetishise newness,’ and talks of ‘embracing a new maturity across a broader spectrum’. This is in keeping with one of The Oldie’s founding principles: ‘A free-thinking, funny magazine, a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity.’ How reassuring that The Oldie and the Turner Prize can finally see eye to eye.

While the Duke steps down

‘It’s better to get out before you reach your sell-by date,’ said Prince Philip at his ninetieth Birthday. At 95, the duke can be forgiven for stepping down from public responsibility after carrying out more than 22,000 official duties since 1952.

Want to rejuvenate your career at sixty? Go on a diet, says Timothy Spall

A sugar-free diet – and exercise in its many and various forms – is incessantly encouraged. Timothy Spall is proof that it can really work at sixty years old. The Journey, in which Spall will be portraying Ian Paisley, sees him land the lead role he’s always hankered after. ‘If you are overweight and look a bit odd, your destiny is character acting,’ he said in an interview with the Times. The Journey – showing at cinemas now –  tells the true story of how political enemies Paisley and Martin McGuinness (played by Colm Meaney) formed an unlikely friendship that altered Northern Irish history.