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EDDIE MENCE: LOST TRADES

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Eddie Mence recalls his time spent in Clerkenwell as an antique barometer restorer. “Whenever I say I was a barometer restorer I get blank looks,” says Eddie Mence, 69, who was born in Archway and grew up in Holloway. “I’m old enough to remember trolley buses on Holloway Road, but ...

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CLARE ROELS: TOUGH LOVE

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It is extremely difficult and isolating to have to care for a loved one with dementia. But in Islington there are meet ups every week that you could go to for friendship and advice. Across the country, 6.5 million carers are supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or ...

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THE GOOD LIFE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

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The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. Much more than a simple feel good factor, happiness has a huge effect on us mentally and physically. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s ...

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LALALAB.COM

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Nostalgia is a great route to happiness, looking back in fondness to memories of the past. And photos are still one of the best ways to capture those precious moments. In a digital age it can feel we’re inundated with digital reminders…but some of us still crave the tactile delight ...

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MYDDELTON HOUSE AND GARDENS

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A breath of fresh air by Johnan Robertson Stepping on to the beautifully painted ‘Kindness Offensive’ Routemaster bus, there was a real sense of anticipation. The bus journey passed quickly, sitting around thoughtfully arranged tables, chatting or gazing out of the windows – so much better than travelling by tube. Arriving ...

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LUMIE BODYCLOCK STARTER 30

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Waking up with natural sunlight helps start your day feeling refreshed. To avoid the dread of dark, dull mornings during the colder months of autumn and winter, why not try this joyful gadget? The Lumie Bodyclock uses wake-up light, also called a dawn simulator, to gently get you up in ...

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SMILING EXERCISES: FULL BEAM

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If, like most of us, you’re looking for simple and easy ways to get more out of life, smiling exercises might work well for you. Joe Hoare introduces us to this wellbeing workout. Smiling exercises are some of the simplest, gentlest and yet most effective mood-boosting exercises we can do. ...

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LIBRARIES

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Was Cicero (the Roman scholar) right when he said: “if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need”? Probably… Islington has a lovely mix of libraries. There are the old ones steeped in history – North and West. The super-duper ones where you can find anything ...

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YVE’S BOOK CLUB

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Achebe was 28 when he wrote this seminal work of the incursion by the white man into a corner of what is now Nigeria towards the end of the 19th century. In spare, factual prose Achebe recounts the daily incidents of the lives of ...

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ROSAMUND THUNDER: FINE ART

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Colour therapy that will brighten up your day. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do,” was allegedly first coined by Edward Degas. But that message is not the impression you get from Rosamund Thunder’s art class on Friday afternoons at Drovers. For starters ...

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OONAGH GAY: STEP BACK IN TIME

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When Oonagh Gay retired she was determined to keep busy, so she now runs guided walks bringing history to life. Until June 2015 when she retired, Oonagh Gay was running the Parliament & Constitution Centre, which she set up at the House of Commons Library more than 15 years ago. ...

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TOM MALLENDER: TRADE STORIES

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Tom Mallender uses poetry to help people share their tales of working life. He’s currently searching for people who used to work in Islington professions that might be considered unusual today. Tom Mallender, 35, comes across as an old soul despite his trendy Goth clothing. He did a Creative Writing ...

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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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