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In the 1970s it was known as the English disease. — 3 Comments

  1. I have to say that I have been extremely financially lucky in my life. I got the full profits of endowments as they were sold at and not as they later became, I retired early at 62 and didnt suffer from any reductions. My wife is due her state pension in 2012 and I got into gold and silver shares at the right time and am now just about to reap the benefits of that.
    As I said, I have been very lucky !
    As far as retirement age, the number of us old fogies that are living so much longer than previously, those working simply cant put enough in the pot to support those not working. It simply has to go up. My guess is 70+ will be in the plan before I die. (I refuse to accept at least 85…ie 1984).

  2. Love the squirrel. Well done! 🙂

    LOL @ the French. Lazy buggers 🙂
    In NL retirement age is going up from 65 to 66. Without any protests 🙁
    I just know I’ll have to work til I’m 87 and incontinent :-S

    • Thanks, Gwen. UK pension age goes up from 65 to 66 for men in 2020. Women’s retirement age is already going up from 60 to 65 in 2015, but will also go up to 66 in 2020.
      I retired at 56, but on something like one third of the pension I could have expected at 65!
      Meanwhile, I should receive my state pension from the middle of 2014, but poor Clare will now have to wait until 2023 for hers, rather than 2017 as it would have been!

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