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MYDDELTON HOUSE AND GARDENS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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