Spirit of the age

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A gen­tle­man’s club in Lon­don is to wel­come a fe­male mem­ber for the first time – but only be­cause she was a man when she joined. The un­named in­di­vid­ual’s de­ci­sion to tran­si­tion cre­ated a dilemma for the male-only Sav­ile Club. But even­tu­ally, its gov­ern­ing com­mit­tee as­sured her that she could stay on its books. “It would be un­fair for a ter­rific, friendly guy to be ex­pelled from the club just be­cause he’s be­come a woman,” said one mem­ber.

Many peo­ple dream of re­tir­ing – but one in four peo­ple who do re­tire in Bri­tain “un­re­tire” within five years. Around 10% of over-65s are in em­ploy­ment, up from 5% in 2000. In other stud­ies, un­re­tirees have cited bore­dom, lone­li­ness and money as their rea­sons for go­ing back to work.

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