Don't let Facebook invalidate your insurance!

Martin Bamford With more and more of us baby boomers joining social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, you might be interested in a recent post on the Informed Choice blog.  In it, Martin Bamford writes about Facebook Places - a feature on Facebook which enables users to add their exact location to a status update, and points out that, "whilst these tools and features have some useful applications, it is important to be aware of the dangers they pose as well".

Web Surf to Save Your Aging Brain

Good news if, like me, you're addicted to the Internet.  Web surfing is good for cognitive function! 

Researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days.  Find out more.

I do so much Internet surfing, I reckon I must be a genius by now! :-)

Learn to cook Dim Sum via Twitter

Sweet-Mandarin-GirlsLisa Tse, of the Sweet Mandarin restaurant and cookery school here in city centre Manchester, is teaching people to cook Dim Sum via Twitter this Saturday (28th Feb) at 10 am (UK time).  Follow @sweetmandarin for step-by-step instructions on the day and check out her website whilst you're about it.  Very entrepreneurial – love it!

(And if you have no idea what Twitter is, check out Getting Started With Twitter.)

Become a DJ!

Blipfm_lg Pretend you're a DJ at It's like downloading all your favourite tunes to an MP3 player and then being able to share them with the rest of the world...  You can keep track of who's listening to you and receive 'props' when someone likes your taste in music.

It's good fun but be prepared for some colourful language from some of the other DJ's... Check out the Contemporary Retirement playlist at and don't forget to give me props if I've played something you like!

Getting started with Twitter

Barack Obama does it.  So do William Shatner, Richard Branson and John Cleese...  What am I talking about?  Twittering.  Tweeting.  Microblogging.  Posting details of their everyday lives online in 140-character bursts. 

Even the Dalai Lama was reported to have signed up for Twitter - until it emerged that it wasn't really him at all - just an imposter.  If you want to get in on the act, check out Top Tips for Tweeting


And follow to get the latest updates from Contemporary Retirement...

Things you never knew you could do with a mobile or cell phone - Part 2

If your mobile or cell phone is stolen, you can disable it by following these instructions:

1.  First of all, obtain your phone's serial number by keying in: *#06#

2.  Write down the code that appears on screen and keep it somewhere safe

3.  If your phone is stolen, contact your service provider and give them this code.  They will then block your handset so that, even if the SIM card is changed, your phone will be useless.

You may not ever get your phone back but at least you'll know that no-one else will benefit from using it.