Derek Jameson


Photograph: BSkyB/Rex

In 2000 the late Derek Jameson kindly wrote some pieces for this website and we were (and still are) proud to be able to reproduce his articles EXACTLY as written! Derek recalled that when he was editor of a well known newspaper he had been taken to task by many a famous journalist if he ever dared to amend / alter any words submitted – this extended to a comma or an apostrophe, an ‘and’ or a ‘the’ – each journalist insisted his piece was submitted exactly as written OR NOT AT ALL!

So when reading through Derek’s excellent submissions for our website it is tempting to amend to bring up-to-date (mention of Alistair Darling for example) BUT we have resisted this – who are we to correct / amend where the articles speak for themselves and are written in Derek’s inimitable and unique style. If a piece seems a bit ‘behind the times’ please remember that Derek contributed all these in 2000 and would have been the first to agree that times change but his sentiments remain relevant whenever written!

Each piece concludes with Derek’s cheery and personal ending that he ‘will be back soon’...  whilst the articles on are too few we hope you will enjoy and appreciate a true wordsmith writing in his own words expressing his own thoughts and observations, memories and style – ENJOY!

We were so sorry to learn that Derek passed away at his home in Worthing in September 2012, leaving his wife Ellen and family.  A professional and admirable man who bought pleasure to many and was a true 'original' and always fondly remembered 

© Retirement Matters Ltd 2012


In this section

Through the keyhole

Hello - and welcome to my debut at This here new technology is supposed to be the preserve of the younger generation, but I reckon us so-called mature citizens are catching up fast. Mind you, there are times when I have to ask my eight-year-old god-daughter Michelle for help. Read more

Auld Lang Syne

I've been travelling around the country with my sister to renew acquaintance with old faces and places. We ended our travels feeling rather sad to have discovered the truth of that old homily: You cannot go backwards in life. Read more

Too much to drink

Too much to drink? It's no laughing matter. Read more

Eat Less

We are said to grow up looking the way Dame Nature intended. In that case, why do we spend so much time fretting and fussing over the final product? I have to admit the Jameson household, like many others, devours all those diet plans occupying so many pages in newspapers... Read more

Fear - it's all in the mind!

You have nothing to fear but fear itself! So declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt in an historic call to arms to the American people back in the dark days of World War II. Someone in authority should address the same message to us today. Read more

The good old bad days

Do you think medical science will ever get around to discovering a pill to recover the short-term memory of us old timers? I can tell you the name of a greengrocers last seen sixty years ago (Charltons, in London E5), but haven't the faintest idea who spoke to me in... Read more

We’re not all Victor Meldrew

MUSTN'T speak too soon, but at long last the cult of the young seems to be on the retreat and people are beginning to recognise the value of older citizens. About time too. Ageism is rife in this country. All too often experience and the wisdom of years count for nothing. Read more

Laughter and tears

It's being so miserable 'as keeps me happy! I think it was Tommy Handley's Mrs. Mopp in ITMA who used that that particular catchphrase, though she was better known for her other saying: Can I do you now, Sir! That was back in the days when radio ruled the airwaves. Read more

Have you tried ice skating!

It's raining outside, which comes as some relief after two hot and humid weeks on holiday in Ohio. My wife Ellen and I go to the USA every year to visit my sister Jean, a GI bride way back in postwar days. Read more


Oh dear, where are the young men of today going wrong? Looking at it from a grandfather's point of view, I'm wondering whether they've lost the plot. They certainly come across as a useless lot compared with the way we were brought up. Read more

Love thy neighbour!

You can't be too careful when dealing with other people. So say two out of three of those questioned in a BBC nationwide survey to discover what the British think and believe in the year 2000. Read more

Give yourself a pat on the back!

A little praise goes a long way, as someone said. I've just been reading that an American scientist has patented an invention for workers who feel their boss doesn't appreciate them. It consists of a wooden arm with a hand attached. Read more

Snakes and ladders

My wife Ellen has been chuckling all day over some daft words of wisdom she has just picked up that cry out for me to share with you. They go like this: "Don't try to teach a pig to sing. Read more