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About Neil Vaughan

Neil Vaughan was born and raised in West Cumbria, and moved to Ireland 30 years ago. He has been a project manager most of his working life, and now is applying himself to Project 60 – or getting old disgracefully. He is a widower with 3 daughters, a grandson and 2 dogs.

Ireland – 1 Week Into Corona Shutdown

By |2020-03-19T08:29:05+00:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Family, Health|Tags: , , , , |

Project60, like Covid-19, knows no boundaries.  So today, as Ireland completes its first week of School Shutdown, we'd like to share with our friends and neighbours in the UK who are about to begin their own Corona Shutdown.  Schools locked their doors last Thursday night, 12/3, and everyone who could was advised to work from

The Windscale Fire – My First Disaster

By |2020-02-24T20:07:09+00:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Nostalgia|Tags: , , , , , |

Windscale, aka Sellafield today, was always going to struggle with its public image.  Set up on the remote west coast of Cumbria after World War 2 by the Ministry of Supply (how Orwellian is that title?) its initial purpose was to produce weapons grade plutonium for the UK's own atomic bombs.  The US had pulled

Being a better parent #1

By |2020-02-14T14:00:16+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

We are the sandwich generation.  On one level we may still have elderly parents to care for, and on another semi-dependent children.  Add grandchildren to that and maybe that makes us triple deckers. As we transition from a busy working life into a busy freestyle format, how do we upskill our parenting/son/daughtering to keep us

Downsizing – is it worth it?

By |2020-02-14T09:13:21+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Hard Choices|Tags: , , , |

At some point, your house is going to feel too big for you. So should you sell up and move somewhere smaller?  Is it worth it, or is it more trouble than its worth? Freeing up capital is the most vaunted reason to downsize, and giving yourself a tasty bundle of tax free cash.  So

Time to cash in your defined benefit pension – yes or no?

By |2020-02-14T09:32:13+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Money|Tags: , , , , , |

For Baby Boomers getting their first job in the 60s or 70s, the key piece of financial advice was "Get a job with a defined benefit pension and stick to it like chewing gum to a shoe" (substitute your own metaphor here).  That was excellent advice, and for those that followed it (and who's pension

Family Guy

By |2020-02-13T10:16:56+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Family|Tags: , , |

The 60 somethings of this decade are the baby boomers, guilty of becoming the wealthiest demographic cohort ever, and of destroying the planet in doing so.  They are also becoming the longest lived generation so far, which results in many of us having elderly parents, semi-dependant snowflake children, and grandchildren who are as yet blameless.

Retirement – are you ready?

By |2020-01-10T09:49:07+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , , |

Starting work is one thing, after school or college most of us just plunged in without too much aforethought.  Finishing it is altogether different, with no set deadline, or one that jumps out at you.  After shuffling off the workspace, what then?  What will I do with my time?  Can I afford it?  Should I

Money and what to do with it

By |2020-01-10T09:44:47+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Money|Tags: , , , , |

There are only four things you can do with money: earn it, save it, spend it and give it away.  This Infostream aims to build a catalogue of articles on each of those areas, to help you decide how best to manage all of them.  We are not investment advisors, and certainly wouldn't claim to