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One million pensioners over 75 refuse to pay TV licence fee

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Since 31st July 2020, pensioners over 75 years were served with notice, that their exemption from the BBC licence fee had come to an end. The Government was no longer prepared to subsidise this, so the cost now fell on the Corporation. People approaching the age of 75 are required to continue the annual payment of £157.50,  so for many, what would have been a welcome saving has vanished.
 
2.7 million over 75s have complied and renewed payment of the fee. Only the poorest pensioners, claiming pension credit, can claim exemption. 750.000 pensioners, receiving this extra state benefit have done so.However, not all pensioners ineligible for pension credit are wealthy. Indeed many face a choice between heating and eating, so finding the money for the licence fee has caused hardship. They dig into their pockets because the TV is often their main form of companionship. The radio of course is free, but nonetheless only a minority would  choose to live without the  visual medium of television. 
 
Taking this into consideration, it is no surprise to learn that there are 1million over 75 year old “refuseniks” This has led to a £160 million deficit  in BBC finances. What to do in this impasse?
This is a brave stance by the pensioners, as non payment of the licence fee is actually a criminal offence! Apart from  log jamming the magistrate’s courts, the BBC faces a difficult task in recovering the money by civil means.
 Newspaper coverage of bailiffs hassling pensioners would make for very bad publicity, so we can only watch this space!

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical

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From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.

The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.

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London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical

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The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.

She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.

The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.

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The best places in the UK, apparently

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The LNER (London North East Railway which was once called Virgin Trains) has commissioned a study to see what are the best views in the UK.

We can see how places were ranked, some surprising, some less so. In first place is Loch Ness in Scotland and no one is surprised, in second place the Lake District in Cumbria is equally predictable.

In third and fourth place two places in London are the London Eye and the Tower of London. This is followed by St Ives Bay in Cornwall, Ingleton in Yorkshire and Snowdonia in Wales in seventh place. Man O’War Beach, Dorset The White Cliffs of Dover Stonehenge, Salisbury Ben Nevis viewed from Lochaber, Scotland followed by

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

York Minster

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park

Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Durdle Door, Dorset

Westminster Bridge, London

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Peak District viewed from Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

Buttermere, the Lake District

Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Richmond Park, London

The Angel of the North, Gateshead

The Three Sisters, Glencoe Valley

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

Eden Valley, Cumbria

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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