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SMART MONEY: REAL LIFE SAVINGS

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When money becomes a problem, it may seem easier not to talk about it. But silence isn’t always golden. Taking control of your finances will help you take control of your life, too. Talking about finances is difficult. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable – requiring us to face ...

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ICE CREAM SHOPS

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Do you scream for ice cream? We search for the best in the borough. “Can I have a taste?” has to be the most asked question in Islington’s ice cream shops. All offer samples but once you’ve picked your flavour – whether it’s refreshing cucumber and ginger sorbet at Ruby ...

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PURLEANE CHAMBERS: ALL HEART

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When you’re caring for a family member at home, it is easy to become isolated. But in Islington there are meet ups every week – and more – that you could go to for friendship and advice. When Purleane Chambers’ husband, Clifton, fell ill aged 54, she was in Barbados ...

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GAL ZELINGHER: HAPPY HOURS

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Stop by the Breakfast Club Angel for a super-friendly chinwag. The Breakfast Club at Camden Passage is one of Islington’s hippest weekend meet ups with long queues snaking past this famous street’s quirky shops. But fortnightly, on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, three tables in the sunshine yellow-painted back room are reserved ...

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NIGEL TAYLOR: MONEY TALKS

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Nigel Taylor has gone from managing TV hits like The Bill to helping people manage their bills. Read his practical tips on how to avoid the pain of escalating debt. Nigel Taylor volunteers one day a week offering practical help dealing with bills and money matters. “Now you can ring ...

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NANN DU SAUTOY: EVERYBODY EATS

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Nann du Sautoy talks emergency bags of food. “In an ideal world foodbanks shouldn’t exist,” says Nann du Sautoy who has lived in Highbury New Park for the past 20 years. Nann, now retired, volunteers at Islington’s only Trussell Trust foodbank, which is based in a shipping container at Highbury ...

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AIR BNB HOLIDAYS: YOUR HOME FROM HOME

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Do you have a wanderlust and like the idea of staying in someone’s house rather than a hotel chain? Or would you like to earn extra cash by hosting visitors in your home. If so, Airbnb could be right for you. In just nine years, Airbnb has gone from being ...

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YVE’S BOOK CLUB

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Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby Newby’s account of his imprisonment in an Italian orphanage with various nationalities of prisoners including the British who insisted on retaining obdurately, but in miniature, the British class system is a vignette in itself. One of the frequently passing girls on ...

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTS

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Islington Lost Trades: Special Project Did you work in an industry or in a role that no longer exists in Islington? Such as the feather or leather trade, wallpaper printing, barometer-making or a host of others. We would like to collect your stories for an exciting Heritage Lottery funded project ...

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LICK & SIP ICE LOLLY MAKER

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Tucking into a refreshing lollipop, knowing it’s packed full of the natural sweetness and good nutrients of fresh fruit, is the perfect summer indulgence. And, if you bag one of these reusable lolly makers, you can create them any time you fancy at a fraction of the price you’d pay ...

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YOUR BANK’S MOBILE APP

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All the main high street banks have apps for managing your accounts available for smartphones and tablets, and with constant innovations they are often easier to use than online banking via a web login. Security is a concern for some, but as long as you make sure your device is ...

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YVE’s BOOK CLUB

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I hope I do not insult a crime writer who, in her time, headed the Crime Writers’ Guild, if I say that it was not quite up to our usual standard but that nonetheless those who read it found the book enjoyable light reading with a credible-enough plot and a ...

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ION AUDIO MAX LP TURNTABLE

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Dust off your vinyl This is a nostalgia item with a 21st century twist. The turntable not only gives you a reason to dust off your old music collection and listen through the built-in speakers, it also lets you connect to a computer to create digital copies of your vinyl ...

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MUSICAL MEMORIES

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Islington has a tuneful past, from Sadler’s Wells to Collin’s Music Hall. Finsbury Park Empire Theatre is one such treasures that is now only kept alive in the archives. Built in 1910, the facade was in a similar design to Frank Matcham’s 1903-built Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre. Located at the ...

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SPOTIFY

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Spotify is an internet based music site with 20 million songs. You can search for specific songs, browse based on themes or get inspiration from different collections in discovery. Available on your computer or downloadable as an app on a smartphone or tablet. You’ll find everything from Mozart to Mick ...

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