You know you're getting older when you have to fill in the online form to claim your government pension
I don't feel like I've done anything to deserve it. OK, I've been doing useful work since I was 20 - or at least, people thought it was sufficiently useful to chuck money at me for doing it. And I assume that the major chunk that the government took in taxation (some of which they pretend isn't tax, they call it "national Insurance") means that I'm getting back a small part of what I put in.
But I still don't feel I deserve it.
Apparently, I could be getting up to £110.15 per week. Of course, I'll have to pay ta on that - the state gives, the state takes away. I'll probably only see £60 of that. And if I were to dare to spend it, the state would grab another 20% in VAT. And if I spend that on a tankful of petrol (not that you can fill a tank for £60), the government takes over half in duty (another word for tax, they are so creative in calling tax by other names).
So, all in all, I'll be lucky if I see a pony.