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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Mar 7, 2019

Iconic Ita rides again

Iconic Ita rides again. And that’s good news for old people wanting to go on working. Ita Buttrose is back in the news, in a very good way. As PM Morrison’s captain’s pick for the position of Chair of the ABC, she has featured – before, during and after her appointment – in a variety of articles about various aspects of this action. Should or shouldn’t Morrison have followed procedure? Does or doesn’t her background make her a good choice...
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Anne Ring

Anne Ring

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Anne Ring is a columnist with Older People Speak Out, run by Val French. She has worked as psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and researcher variously in medical education, media analysis, body image and ageing. She has a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Anne is a happily married mother of three and actively involved grandparent of six. She has always enjoyed writing and now does so through both contributing articles and working on a book about positive aspects of ageing.

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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Feb 20, 2019

Driving into old age

As a 76-year-old, I’ve just received my second NSW Fitness to Drive Medical Assessment form, to be filled by my GP, and which has needed to be completed annually since I turned 75. It is very, very comprehensive, covering a multitude of physical and mental health criteria. And it got me thinking about all the controversy around older drivers, with the debate being between whether we are safer or more dangerous on the roads. So, I’ve been doing some research...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Jan 1, 2019

Ageing seen bleakly through a glass half empty

I have been wrestling with a recently read 2017 Guardian article about Miriam Margolyes. It’s an interview through which the well known actress “wants to break open a conspiracy of silence about ageing,” and specifically that “nobody tells you that old age is going to be shitty.” As anyone reading my columns knows, my view is that it is actually no more shitty, nor more great, than any other age. But she is a notable identity whose work...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Dec 7, 2018

Art imitating life: in praise of the Murphy Brown reboot

Who knew that writing an article about the new iteration of Murphy Brown would broaden my education? And sharing that with you, just in case it’s also news to you, it turns out (according to Wikipedia) that the phrase that I’m familiar with, that “life imitates art”, was not only first voiced by Oscar Wilde, but was done so in opposition to the Aristotelian mimesis (which, apparently, means imitation or copycat) that “art imitates life”. And with the Murphy Brown...
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