Dear prospec­tive re­tirees,

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We know what you’re think­ing. The dol­lar’s down the toi­let, your su­per’s not much bet­ter, and those Volk­swa­gen shares haven’t panned out the way you’d hoped. In­deed, re­cent fgures show barely half of Aussie cou­ples will have suf­f­cient sav­ings to see them through retirement. Things aren’t look­ing good. But who needs to call it a day, any­way? Next month, we’ll all be lin­ing up for the lat­est in­stal­ment of weary Hol­ly­wood fran­chise Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens, where di­rec­tor JJ Abrams has also man­aged to awaken 73-year-old Harrison Ford, re­turn­ing as Han Solo to shake his cane at the dark side for an­other year. Here’s hop­ing the lat­est Mil­len­nium Fal­con’s in­cludes handrails in the bath­rooms and stair­lifts. It’s not the last we’ll see of Mr Ford, either – he’s signed on for ad­di­tional In­di­ana Jones and Blade Run­ner movies, be­cause noth­ing eases the aches and pains of old age quite like sleep­ing on a bed of money. Plus, fel­low re­tire­mentshy ac­tion men Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Sly Stal­lone and Bruce Wil­lis all have plenty in the pipe­line. They’re hardly alone in snub­bing retirement age, so what’s your ex­cuse? Maybe it’s the cheaper bus fares, but vet­eran mu­si­cal acts are also en­joy­ing a ma­jor tour­ing resur­gence – in Novem­ber alone, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Di­a­mond and AC/DC are all per­form­ing here. Sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Keith Richards has again cheated death to re­lease a new solo al­bum, as has Rod Stew­art and Kenny Rogers – com­bined age of the trio a spritely 218, and count­ing. But for the fnal word on re­tir­ing, look no fur­ther than Aussie icon John Farn­ham. Ear­lier this year he hit the stage with Olivia New­ton-john for a se­ries of con­certs called Two Strong Hearts (a brave ti­tle at their age) with an­other tour on the go. Truth is, no one’s as good at re­tir­ing as Farnsy – at 66, he’s done it about fve times. In his peren­nial hit song ‘You’re The Voice’, the great man sang, ‘We gotta make ends meet; Be­fore we get much older.’ He makes a fair point, and it sounds as good now as when he per­formed it on his frst farewell tour. In 2002.

Now, get back to work,


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