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Enforced retirement

You don’t want to be doing that nowadays anyway . The market in most of the world is oversupplied with frighteningly underskilled, immortal ( in their minds) 26 year olds who fly for buttons for operators cutting costs to the bone.

FOC.
 
Saw (sic) this on Legs' wood turning thread & it looks interesting.
'Build stuff with wood: make awesome projects with basic tools' [sorry, link didn't work]


Not retired, but really enjoyed forklift driving (& van driving) for a charity.

Forklift and heli driving skills are interchangeable.

Job jobbed.
 

ColdWarWorrier

Old-Salt
Lots of interesting suggestions, I knew I could rely on Arrse.

Drone flying. I already have a drone, quite a serious one. It is registered with the CAA and I am a registered drone operator. However, I need a lot more practice to get to a competent level.

Volunteering is already on my radar. I do the occasional day driving a minibus for a local care home -although since the lockdown there are just a few hospital appointment as opposed to the outings we used to do. This is something I’ll probably pursue when we get to the Borders.

I like the idea of ‘project volunteering’ canals and forestry (maybe combining it with drone flying/surveying).

Getting dog is definitely on the list. Camper van is definitely off the list. Madam has said she is too old to sleep in a field and shit in a bucket. The cost of a decent camper van would fund many nights in top hotels.

I like the idea of writing, but don’t know where to start. I have lost contact with my old journalism colleagues.

I’ve done a bit of picture framing for my own use but I’m not sure is it’s a scaleable business until I make contacts locally.

Priority at the moment is house hunting. You get a lot for your money in the Borders. The only drawback is the lack of employment opportunities. Good job I don’t need to work!

Keep the suggestions coming.
 
I just found this on my Facebook, it just about sums up retirement

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I've noticed that effect when we go on our extended trips to France. Also the four weeks away seems to last forever, but the same period in work goes by in an instant.

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Gramps

Old-Salt
Kit Reviewer
Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.

Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).

I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
The borders and particularly the tweed valley are amazing for mountain biking. I am down there regularly from Edinburgh.

If you are thinking of taking the sport up, be aware it would be cheaper to have crack habit
 
that sounds like a cracking idea!

I used to enjoy taking watches apart [carboot sale or auction] & occasionally making them run again. Built a parts box, 'workstation'. Basic tools aren't that expensive, but get pricey quickly.
Even just changing a battery or mending/altering a strap is something.

I like that idea. There appears to be a real shortage of proper horologists capable of repairing or even doing a simple clean/service. A lot of jewellers claim to offer the service but they just send the watch off to the manufacturer (usually Swatch). I assume CWWs eyeballs and manual dexterity would be up to the job.

If you can fly a helicopter, then you can drive a car, then you can ride a bike then you can fix a watch.

I know a Septic bloke who retired to the heavenly waiting room that is Palm Springs. After about three days he was going nuts and driving his wife even nuttier. He dropped his razor on the floor and broke it. Couldn't find anyone to repair it. "Just buy a new one". So he got some micro-tools and fixed it himself. Now got a tidy little business repairing small electrical items. When I met him he was on his third month travelling around Europe so he wasn't exactly chained to the 9-5.
 

964ST

Clanker
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.
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.

Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).

I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
Get a shed or repurpose a garage and buy a wood lathe, bandsaw and requisite tools and safety gear and then get wood turning. Sell your wares online or at an annual craft fair (maybe not this year though as they all have been cancelled, which hits my pocket hard).
 

964ST

Clanker
Get a shed or repurpose a garage and buy a wood lathe, bandsaw and requisite tools and safety gear and then get wood turning. Sell your wares online or at an annual craft fair (maybe not this year though as they all have been cancelled, which hits my pocket hard).

I have just decided to “bang out” of Normal employment (55 Pension why the fook should I be doing this shit, routine!?), and I must say that @Legs advice is bang on.
My plan is to get Plasma cutter, Welding Equipment and loads metal (not cheap unless its Re-Bar) but luckily I am not totally “Anti-social” and have access to the skips of proper professionals. I want to make garden “moving art” (or Arrse = Delusional twat making even a bigger hole in the ozone).
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
I have just decided to “bang out” of Normal employment (55 Pension why the fook should I be doing this shit, routine!?), and I must say that @Legs advice is bang on.
My plan is to get Plasma cutter, Welding Equipment and loads metal (not cheap unless its Re-Bar) but luckily I am not totally “Anti-social” and have access to the skips of proper professionals. I want to make garden “moving art” (or Arrse = Delusional twat making even a bigger hole in the ozone).

Those 'nut & bolt' figures depicting various trades/employments in humourous poses still seem to sell well at all the craft shows I've been involved with. Cheap as chips to make, and sell for a decent profit.
 

964ST

Clanker
Those 'nut & bolt' figures depicting various trades/employments in humourous poses still seem to sell well at all the craft shows I've been involved with. Cheap as chips to make, and sell for a decent profit.
I am thinking more “Plumbing” pressure vessels or nearby is a Gas Distribution Plant (that I worked for, before my current employment) that have ”gas Tanks” and making either BBQ shit (yep done before!!) or let my mind go free, and have “Flying Pigs on Poles”

Arrse is so random.
 
A school mate f0 mine did 12 years in the RAF and then became a long haul captain, firstly on B747s then B777, locating in the Far East. He was put on unpaid leave when the pandemic struck then was sacked without severance, as he had been contracted to them. He's returned to the UK and knows that at 56 he will never fly commercially. He has retrained as a bus driver but currently working as a delivery driver. He's never been happier. Home every night, no debts, no swatting for sim sessions, no dealing with ATC. What's not to like?
 
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Lots of interesting suggestions, I knew I could rely on Arrse.

Drone flying. I already have a drone, quite a serious one. It is registered with the CAA and I am a registered drone operator. However, I need a lot more practice to get to a competent level.

Volunteering is already on my radar. I do the occasional day driving a minibus for a local care home -although since the lockdown there are just a few hospital appointment as opposed to the outings we used to do. This is something I’ll probably pursue when we get to the Borders.

I like the idea of ‘project volunteering’ canals and forestry (maybe combining it with drone flying/surveying).

Getting dog is definitely on the list. Camper van is definitely off the list. Madam has said she is too old to sleep in a field and shit in a bucket. The cost of a decent camper van would fund many nights in top hotels.

I like the idea of writing, but don’t know where to start. I have lost contact with my old journalism colleagues.

I’ve done a bit of picture framing for my own use but I’m not sure is it’s a scaleable business until I make contacts locally.

Priority at the moment is house hunting. You get a lot for your money in the Borders. The only drawback is the lack of employment opportunities. Good job I don’t need to work!

Keep the suggestions coming.
ATPL students need experienced tutors. Get in touch with any of the flying schools. Also, see if there are any tech vacancies in the local colleges. Apprentices need a steady hand on the tiller to guide them.You can probably do a lot of it from home,too. As for tech writing, contact manufacturers like Dyson and offer your services.
 
Lots of interesting suggestions, I knew I could rely on Arrse.

Drone flying. I already have a drone, quite a serious one. It is registered with the CAA and I am a registered drone operator. However, I need a lot more practice to get to a competent level.

Volunteering is already on my radar. I do the occasional day driving a minibus for a local care home -although since the lockdown there are just a few hospital appointment as opposed to the outings we used to do. This is something I’ll probably pursue when we get to the Borders.

I like the idea of ‘project volunteering’ canals and forestry (maybe combining it with drone flying/surveying).

Getting dog is definitely on the list. Camper van is definitely off the list. Madam has said she is too old to sleep in a field and shit in a bucket. The cost of a decent camper van would fund many nights in top hotels.

I like the idea of writing, but don’t know where to start. I have lost contact with my old journalism colleagues.

I’ve done a bit of picture framing for my own use but I’m not sure is it’s a scaleable business until I make contacts locally.

Priority at the moment is house hunting. You get a lot for your money in the Borders. The only drawback is the lack of employment opportunities. Good job I don’t need to work!

Keep the suggestions coming.
exactly how bad does she thinks camper vans are these days? Loads of good second hand units out there,with all mod cons, including decent toilets.
 

964ST

Clanker
I worked for the Air Unit for the British Antarctic Survey, they had a cantankerous old “ex navy” pilot who was quite frankly “Up his own Arse” Lots of stories, but Fooking HARD Work.
Maybe try there?
 

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