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THE GOOD LIFE: CREATIVE SPIRIT

Think outside the paint box. Everyone has a creative side and tapping into it can have positive effects on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. A creative spirit lies within all of us – it’s why music moves and art inspires – an impulse that is fundamental to the experience of ...

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VIEWS

We discover some of the best places for budding artists to capture Islington life – or simply soak up the surroundings and enjoy the view. Suppose you possessed an easy-to-carry painter’s easel, where would you place it to capture the best views around Islington? Chances are that the best spots ...

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BRAIN TRAINING: GREY MATTERS

We hear a lot about the need to exercise these days, but did you know training your brain is just as important? We discover the scientific rationale of why it is beneficial and how to do it effectively. The Science The saying “Use it or lose it” applies to the ...

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PAINTING APPRECIATION: NATIONAL TREASURES

Up close and personal with the best art ever. Golden Man – one of London’s famous gravity-defying living statues – and a couple of pavement artists are just setting up in Trafalgar Square as Drovers’ art appreciation group arrives at the National Gallery. Such distractions are not going to sidetrack ...

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GARRY KENNARD: A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

Garry Kennard, 69, is as passionate about art and science as  climbing mountains – and all this is planned from his Holloway home. It’s possible that one of Garry Kennard’s proudest moments was when the Islington Gazette ran a story in 2014 about a brave “climbing pensioner” who scaled a ...

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YVE’S BOOK CLUB

Young Adolf by Beryl Bainbridge Beryl Bainbridge’s late 70s short novella is based on an alleged visit by the 16-year-old Adolf Hitler to his brother and sister-in-law who occupied a modest dwelling in the poor part of Liverpool. The book received a cool reception from most of us; some thought ...

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BLACK AND WHITE WONDERS

Monochrome exhibition at the National Gallery The exhibition is remarkable as it gives a different perspective to the use of colour in art: we saw the most wonderful studies of light and shade. There are 50 works of art, with some exhibits painted on glass, wood and canvas over a ...

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PEAK: BRAIN TRAINING

Rated by Google as one of the best Andriod apps in 2016, Peak offers more than 30 minigames to help improve concentration, memory, mental agility, language and problem-solving. It’s a slick app, with a really easy to use interface and has enough variety to stop your daily session from becoming ...

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WARMTH IN WINTER FUND

The Warmth in Winter Fund is provided by Age UK Islington. The aim of the grant is to offer assistance to older Islington residents who either have a disability or are on low income and during the winter months face-hardship because of the cold weather conditions. Who can apply? The ...

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TESSA NEWTON: THE DIGITAL DILEMMA

How to help carers get online, build skills and get connected. Many of our carers struggle to find the time to focus on themselves and build new skills and this can be particularly challenging when staying connected. We talked to Tessa Newton, Operations Director at Age UK Islington, about the ...

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DIANE ARMSTRONG: DIFFERENT STROKES

Discover an eclectic array of creativity at an Art Evening. Diane Armstrong is one of Age UK Islington’s super volunteers. You’ll often find her assisting at Drovers as she’s a whizz with indoor bowls and on the new round table tennis. But recently she also started helping to host the ...

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EDDIE MENCE: LOST TRADES

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

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?

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

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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