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Tony’s Coffee Time Picks

Manchester Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours (over 65) hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city.

I’ve contributed to their blog by sharing some picks from my music collection. So make yourself a tea or coffee and tune in. I managed to squeeze in a plug for Out In The City!

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Sonder podcasts

Would you like to make your own podcast? Sonder Radio have offered to help people from Out in The City record their own shows during lockdown. All people need is a landline or mobile phone so no great tech.

Can you imagine a world without music? Songs from the past can stir powerful emotions and transport us back in time. Pick your favourite pieces of music and make a rough note of the tunes and the memories. It’s best to pick 5 to 8 fairly short songs.

Sonder Radio will record you, over the telephone, talking about your choices, find the pieces of music and create the soundtrack of your life!

If enough people are interested we may be able to do an ‘Out In The City’ show – a group discussion on Skype on a particular theme or topic. Or it could be a really simple show where people just pick a song and tell a story about that song and Sonder stick together lots of mini stories with lots of different voices.

Please let me know if you are interested so we can take the idea forward. Send to openshawtony1@gmail.com

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Talking About My Generation Newsletter

Talking About My Generation was started as a campaign so people aged 50 and over from across Greater Manchester could change the record on what it means to grow older in the region. They were given the training to become community reporters so they could set the record straight on ageing by reporting on other people from their generation, charting their own stories of life over 50 and showing any challenges associated with ageing and how they are being overcome, to inspire people to live the life they choose, regardless of age.

I am delighted to now share with you the latest Talking About My Generation podcast and magazine – the “Life In Lockdown” edition.

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In a previous posting we reported that some of the biggest names in Manchester’s drag scene have collaborated with drag performers from around the world to raise money for Age UK.

The original target was £2,000, but the Quarantine Queens have exceeded that and raised £2,688 (so far). Thank you!!

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Miriam Tenquist, a student at Manchester University has contacted Out In The City to see if anyone over 60 years of age would like to be interviewed (over the telephone)? Eight of us have already agreed, but she is looking for a couple more interviewees.

It is for her masters dissertation, which is a Sociology MSc leading into a PhD, with a special focus on ageing populations. For her research project she is looking at the impact of groups for older LGBTQ+ individuals on social isolation.

The interviews will be about an hour long and will be done over the phone. Importantly the interview can be stopped or questions skipped if you don’t feel comfortable.

If interested please contact: miriam.tenquist@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

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