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Enforced retirement

Work on being an Arrse, once you’re settled in Scotland start by buying a really old laptop, set it up on WiFi and then get really nasty, new profile on Arrse, something like @Bravo_Bravo, @jarrod248, @Helm, @Auld-Yin , then just take the p’ss, constantly, when you get bored, move on, new profile, new name, sock puppet away.
drink more and more, allow one day to merge into another and before you know it, you’ll be sadder than me! Easy
 
Safety pilot for well-off but incompetent PPLs who own/rent expensive helicopters?

That would be suicidal. Most are tech dependent button pushers who allow the electronics to do the thinking for them. Stay the fark out of any aircraft of which they have command.


Have you thought of teaching others skills you have found useful over the years aka transferable skills. Rural life can be down to transport, some folk rely on the bus to get about. Have a look at what you can teach, remember when andy colson? went inside he was used for basic education of fellow cons. Some nice parts of the borders Auchencrow is nice

Tutor those writing their EASA ATPL exams. Can be frustrating with the lazier incompetents but if you get someone prepared to get their head down and study, it's very rewarding.
 
If your morgage is payed off and you can live comfortably on your pension the world is your oyster. Your costs will go down as you only have to worry about your utillity bills, Community charge, food and that is about it. You can do as much or as little as you like. It is amazing how busy you can be doing nothing as any arrser who is retired will know what I mean.

I never feel tired all the time with doing crappy shifts at unsocial times. I can sleep when and as long as I want. You don't worry when the trains or tubes are not working because the drivers are on strike. When its pissing down with rain, freeezing cold or everywhere is snowed in, you just finish off your brew, turn over, and go back to sleep, dreaming that you are on an exotic island with lots of scantily clad women.

You can go on holiday when and for how long you want. If you want to stay longer, you just do it. No worries about getting time off.

You don't have to put up with idiots in positions of power over your career at work. Oh and best of all you don't have to put up with all this woke nonsense which is effecting every day life and is only going to get worse.

I retired from the Met Police 6 months before my 60th birthday. I always meant to get a part time job for a couple of days a week. But at the end of the day I thought "F*ck it, I don't need the hassle" The only danger is occuring the wrath of SWMBO by getting in her way.

Retirement - Its for winners!
 
That made me laugh - thanks for posting it.

Thought of rolling over on a persistently rainy day , rang a big bell for me.

Hit the nail on the head regarding SWMBO.
 
I went three years early, absolutely no regrets
The motorhome gets used far more frequently , when I was working we used to call the van "the timeshare on wheels" (loads of money going into it for a couple or few weeks a year)
This year before covid fucked everything, we managed a trip down to Portugal again, a decent 6 weeks away in the sun over winter , and we'll be there again next February, and hopefully another foray into France early summer , if we don't all die before then
And get a decent hobby or interest, It'll get you off ARRSE

And you might want to get yourself a couple of extra pairs of PJs , then you can have night pajamas, and daytime pajamas


above all, relax and enjoy it, you obviously worked long and hard to get to this position
 

Polyester

War Hero
This is the kind of thing im quite envious about and wish i could do.
apologies if I cross a line here Dingerr as I have no idea about your physical limitations but could you do bench work? For instance, a lot of voluntary sector work rely on highly skilled engineering (historic railways and museums etc). I wasn't there at the time but the place I did my 3G arc welding coding at has had guys in wheelchairs learning to TIG weld in the past. Fair enough, small components and that but valuable all the same. Also, learning to dress stone or carve timber for English Heritage/Cadw/Historic Scotland etc.

Look up the engine shed in Stirling. It's not aimed at people with disabilities but a starting point.

E2A; a lot of these institutions will teach you some of these skills.
 
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If your morgage is payed off and you can live comfortably on your pension the world is your oyster. Your costs will go down as you only have to worry about your utillity bills, Community charge, food and that is about it. You can do as much or as little as you like. It is amazing how busy you can be doing nothing as any arrser who is retired will know what I mean.

I never feel tired all the time with doing crappy shifts at unsocial times. I can sleep when and as long as I want. You don't worry when the trains or tubes are not working because the drivers are on strike. When its pissing down with rain, freeezing cold or everywhere is snowed in, you just finish off your brew, turn over, and go back to sleep, dreaming that you are on an exotic island with lots of scantily clad women.

You can go on holiday when and for how long you want. If you want to stay longer, you just do it. No worries about getting time off.

You don't have to put up with idiots in positions of power over your career at work. Oh and best of all you don't have to put up with all this woke nonsense which is effecting every day life and is only going to get worse.

I retired from the Met Police 6 months before my 60th birthday. I always meant to get a part time job for a couple of days a week. But at the end of the day I thought "F*ck it, I don't need the hassle" The only danger is occuring the wrath of SWMBO by getting in her way.

Retirement - Its for winners!
The thought of retiring at 60 just does not
float my boat. That said, I stopped conventional employed work at 49 and have done my own thing since then. I haven’t had a daily job that requires me to go to work for 9 years. It’s funny; when I left the Army 14 years ago, I thought I’d left a lifestyle that allowed me time for sport, phys etc etc. Now I spend an hour a day in the gym and go sailing two days a week.

My business keeps my brain active; there isn’t a day when I don’t learn something new. It also keeps me involved with younger people, most of whom are surprised to find I’m over 50, let alone fast approaching 60.

It took me three years of hard work to get where I am now; a business that I can run from a laptop and phone anywhere in the world. It’s not really that hard to do.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
After being forcibly retired at 59 five years ago and determining that I was financially viable without working, I chilled for a while, realised I needed to do something.

Took up walking and taking in the local views (of which I think the OP will get a lot more in the borders. I'd be jealous, but aim to move to Wales, hopefully next year.)

To fill my time I found Torn City, a browser based RPG. Here:


You can play for free. Some do. Or get an enhanced game for about $5 a month (£3 something or say a pint) depending on how you pay.

After a while, you're allowed to fly overseas, at which point you get plenty of time to do real life stuff while flying (but before level 15 you're also allowed to put it down).

There's a whole bunch of us. Yesterday we spent seven hours (with everybody coming and going to do real life stuff in between) smacking other players in practice for a full blown operation to commemorate the anniversary of Sluggy's death in two weeks.

It doesn't cost you to check it out.
 

Sir Arthur

War Hero
What a great and timely thread. Having just done the same myself (within the last month) and being in what looks like a similar financial position, reading the replies and collected thoughts here is ringing a lot of bells. Stuff here like dry walls, machinery rings, never ever crossed my mind but it has given me food for thought.

With your experience the book thing would be a great way of keeping the grey cells working when it is blowing a gale outside, and for the practical stuff exercise is never a waste of time, get on Strava, beat everyone in your age group or die trying (!). But learning a new practical skill would be a great way of passing the time and is on my list. I haven't looked into it but didn't HMG say they were going to fund people learning new skills? Perhaps there is an opportunity there?

Volunteering sounds like a great idea, I was looking at Bletchley Park as Enigma etc, fascinates me, so perhaps there are opportunities in the volunteering world near you.

Other things that I was looking at learning and might stimulate some ideas with you:

Drone flying (I thought that was a fantastic idea upthread)
Writing an app
Learning a new programming skill (mine are ancient and it's all a bit different now)
Learning a new language
Running and fitness more
Reading proper books more and staying off the laptop
Learning a new practical skill (crap at DIY but willing to learn)
Learning how to engrave/carve wood
Volunteering
Restarting a little business that grew from a hobby (golf related) but grew too much so had to stop as I had a full time job
Welding (would like to learn that)
Help someone restore something that would be lost otherwise (even if it was clearing footpaths)
Sudokus to try and keep my brain active

I'd say find something that you may already enjoy doing and see if you can go further with it, or expand it, or find a way to pass the skills you have onto others, or just enjoy yourself doing whatever it is you do. Because it is all about being happy as, if the current reality has taught us nothing, life is too short.

But the best thing for me is never having to go on a webex, listen to feckwits, dance to whatever cause is flavour of the month, and for me it was the right time to go. I had a very good career but detested every ounce of the company in the last few years. You sound as though you will miss it but there was always going to be a time to go, and I wish you all the very best for the future.
 

Helm

MIA
Moderator
Book Reviewer
Work on being an Arrse, once you’re settled in Scotland start by buying a really old laptop, set it up on WiFi and then get really nasty, new profile on Arrse, something like @Bravo_Bravo, @jarrod248, @Helm, @Auld-Yin , then just take the p’ss, constantly, when you get bored, move on, new profile, new name, sock puppet away.
drink more and more, allow one day to merge into another and before you know it, you’ll be sadder than me! Easy
 
I’ve spent most of my working life flying helicopters. Army Air Corps then offshore in the North Sea, Police Air Support and finally Air Ambulance. There was a gap of about seven years working as a Journalist specialising in transport matters, apart from that flying has been my life.

Now, rapidly approaching 60, my flying career is over. The CAA has mandated that commercial helicopter pilots over 60 cannot fly solo. I often fly with a P2, but there is a stipulation in my contract that I must be able to fly solo (positioning flights, maintenance, etc).

Therefore I am forced to retire six years before I qualify for a state pension. I have my Army and employer’s pensions to provide a basic income, mortgage is paid off, no debts. The job market in the aviation industry is dire. Outside of aviation job prospects for over-60s with no transferable skills are non-existent.

The plan is to sell up in the South East and relocate to the Scottish Borders (Kelso or Melrose) buy a similar property to what we have and bank a six-figure sum to supplement the pensions. The plan was always to retire to the Borders, but not just yet.

Mrs CWW is in the Civil Service and can transfer to Edinburgh, but I am seeking advice on how I can spend my time, apart from spending more time on Arrse.

I therefore call on other retired Arrsers to let me know how I can fill my new-found leisure time and what others have done in similar enforced situations.

Edited for mong spelling.
Buy guns. Lots and lots of guns, because after all, golf is for *******! You lucky lucky bastard!!
 

slick

LE
I’ve spent most of my working life flying helicopters. Army Air Corps then offshore in the North Sea, Police Air Support and finally Air Ambulance. There was a gap of about seven years working as a Journalist specialising in transport matters, apart from that flying has been my life....

I therefore call on other retired Arrsers to let me know how I can fill my new-found leisure time and what others have done in similar enforced situations.
With your background, how about something to do with the air cadets ? .... Volunteer with Air Cadets
 
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I decided to retire aged 59, had been working in Dubai racking in tons of tax free cash, mortgage paid off, 2 pensions coming in so no money worries. Had a lot of work to do around the house and garden which fully occupied me for nearly the first two years. Then a friend came up with some consultancy work for nearly four months. That led to another few weeks work. Then to a few more months (for Indonesia with trips there) now doing stuff for Qatar (trying to get them ready for FIFA2022, shakes head).
I really enjoy picking the stuff I want to do and no longer being a wage slave. My handy hints and tips would be not to bother with more physically demanding tasks. You do slow down as you get older and you'll find it'll get harder, more like work. Do keep up some physical fitness, you're body will cope better with advanced old age. You've been working in a sedentary occupation mainly using your brain (same as me) which means a more desk type occupation, contracting as a consultant works for me but you'll need to put yourself out there. Touch base with everyone you know telling them you're looking to do consultancy/instruction type work. Get on linked in, trawl the web for these types of jobs and fire off your CV to everyone. There can be long gaps of no work which gives you the opportunity to travel, when the work comes its lucrative but generally short duration.

Good luck!
 
As suggested by Berlin 104. You have the experience after working for seven years. Write your auto biography first and self publish it on Kindle. If that goes well start writing fact based fiction based on your AAC and civil aviation experience based on a young hot shot aviation jockey called Cold War worrier.

Lots of ex squaddies seem to do it on Amazon Kindle. Couldn't you also contribute to Aviation and Transport Magazine as a freelancer. Or start your own blog on the internet.

I do some writing just to keep my mind active. Not for publication, just filling an exercise book with things that interest me. I find it very therapeutic.

The thing is you can do as much or as little as you want each day and any money you earn will be a bonus. Being up in the wilds of Jockland may enhance your creative skills and imagination.
It doesn't even have to be literature. Effective technical writing (particular in the aviation sector) is much in demand.

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