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SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE

If music be the food of love, playlist on. Playlists tell stories. And stories are the foundation of our identity. Be it a wedding reception, barbecue or birthday celebration, there is invariably an accompanying soundtrack that its creator hopes will have a profound effect on the audience – making a ...

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GROUP THERAPY: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH JOINING GROUPS

How do you deal with being the new kid on the block? If the very idea of breaking into a new social circle at an event has you heading for the door, follow our simple guide to joining groups. We’ve been privileged to meet lots of fantastic characters over the ...

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BARGAIN HUNT: FIVE THINGS FOR A FIVER

Winter is a time of ballooning utility bills and the tightening of purse strings. with that in mind, we’ve compiled five affordable, fun ideas to help you do more for less. 1. RECALL THE CANALS London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, N1 Housed across two floors, there is a wharf outside ...

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NAG’S HEAD MARKET

Banter and bargains, seven days a week. If you don’t know Nag’s Head Market then you really should make a visit. It’s covered, so you won’t get wet when the weather turns, and where bargains abound at the 100+ stalls.  My plan was to get an extra hole in my ...

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SHORT MAT BOWLS: JACK HI!

Where good company, keeping fit and healthy competition collide. Indoor bowls can be serious fun. Mark Antoniewicz – everyone calls him Mark A to Z – is a big fan of bowls. “It’s an enjoyable game to watch because a lot happens in a small space,” says Mark, 55, who ...

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ELLA DAVIES: HOST WITH THE MOST

Get Together host Ella Davies knows all the best places for a chat and a cuppa, and she’d like you to come along. “Ideally I’d like to get every old person out, instead of them sitting at home looking at four walls. No one has to be lonely,” says Ella ...

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LIQUID GOLD: A HIVE OF HONEY IDEAS

A superfood, sweetener and term of endearment, honey has been used by humans for thousands of years. Thinking outside of the cereal box, we’ve found a few out-of-the-ordinary uses for this rich golden treat. One of the obvious benefits of honey is as a substitute to sugar – a deliciously ...

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PETER BUCKOKE: BEE MAJOR

Peter Buckoke is a double bass musician and teacher, as well as an Alexander Technique expert, but his passion is beekeeping – he even has hives on his N4 roof. Peter Buckoke, 63, has just climbed out of the 2nd floor window of his home and is now sorting out ...

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GROUP GOOFS & GAFFES

Feel a little insecure about breaking into groups? It could never be worse than breaking wind in front of the Queen. One of the weirder traits humans have is the ability to be deeply unnerved by situations or contexts that many others would find utterly mundane. There are many examples ...

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NORPRO HONEY DISPENSER

For years people have been thinking that there had to be a better way to have honey on hand and ready to dispense without having to hold that congealed container upside down, forever. Norpro has come up with the perfect answer with its Honey Dispenser that cleverly keeps the golden ...

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LINKEDIN

The world’s largest professional networking site – with over 400 million users worldwide – isn’t just for the current work force. If you’ve retired it can still be a great way to reconnect with former colleagues or professional contacts. For people who volunteer, the organisation you’re interested in may well ...

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PURITY BY JONATHAN FRANZEN

There was a broad alignment of opinion on most aspects of the book except its length. One view was that the text said all that needed to be said; others found some of the detail irrelevant and taxing to read. Most were agreed that Franzen is a clever if not ...

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BEE AND INSECT HOTEL

Revitalise your traditional beekeeping practices with the addition of a Kingfisher Wooden Bee & Insect Hotel. This innovative garden gadget measures 15cm by 14cm by 16cm and will provide your local honey bees, bumble bees and all sorts of insects with an extensive base in which to nest. Moreover, a ...

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INTERDEPENDENCE: LIFT YOUR COMMUNITY SPIRITS

We need to take control of how we take part in society. Finding ways to interact within our Islington community not only gives us the opportunity to ‘love thy neighbour’, it combats loneliness and delivers a deep sense of purpose and worth. As we age, we all strive to be, ...

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INTERDEPENDENCE: NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS

Sharon Barrett, 57 Watering plants “I live near the Drovers. I’ve got a balcony, no garden. I go to the garden group on a Friday, but at other times if their garden looks as if it needs watering I just do it. I’ve got a disability so can’t bend. But ...

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