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HISTORY GROUP: RECALLING TIME

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Islington interviewer, Nicola Baird, talks about her experience running a local history chat at the Duke of Cambridge pub.   The History Group meets at the Duke of Cambridge pub on Monday lunchtimes. On the day that I’ve been invited to speak it feels strange having to knock on a ...

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STANLEY SMART: FLAT STANLEY

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Stanley Smart’s passion for vehicles – he’s had 30 cars during his lifetime – was nearly his undoing.   Stanley Smart grew up in Trinidad, one of the bigger Caribbean islands, but in 1958, the 24-year-old Stanley made the 13-day journey to England on the Italian ship, Ascania. He had ...

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PETER KYTE: BIGGER PICTURE

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Whether you’re a happy snapper, eager amateur or budding David Bailey, Peter Kyte’s creative photography sessions will encourage you to capture the urban environment from a different perspective.   Town planner Peter Kyte’s career has focused on urban development, but since he turned 50 he’s as likely to be taking ...

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CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: MODERN HEART

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EXCHANGING TIME: An exhibition by the Superannuates & Tenderfeet.   The result of a three month collaboration between Central Saint Martins’ students and attendees from Age UK Islington’s Activity Centre, Drovers. Featuring work created by nine pairs of elders and students, covering a range of media and series of messages ...

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CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: DIFFERENT STROKES

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It was Drovers’ regular Sheona Josiah’s colourful clothes that made Central Saint Martins’ art student Zi Liang want to join forces on a new artistic project. Here’s what happened.   On paper Sheona Josiah, 54, and Zi Lang, 26, are worlds apart. Islington-born Sheona is a regular at Age UK ...

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JOAN LOCK: REWRITING HISTORY

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Joan Lock, 82, draws on past events and personal experience to craft her novels. Here she talks policing, crimewriting and long-forgotten Islington scandals.   Dead Born – one of Joan Lock’s popular Detective Sergeant Best mystery series – starts with the handsome Victorian hero, Sgt Best, living in Barnsbury next ...

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DEATH CAFÉ: MORTALITY AND BISCUITS

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Death Cafés are the new way to talk about the ultimate taboo conversation over a cuppa finds Nicola Baird.   The Almeida Theatre is famous for its bloody shows and stage deaths – next up is Richard III who dies in battle aged 32. Shakespeare wasn’t a fan of hunchbacked ...

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ANDY MURPHY: MAKING CONTACT

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Andy Murphy, CEO of Islington Age UK is driven by the need to make things better. We met Andy at the newly opened Contact Centre on Manor Gardens to talk art, heart and redesigning the way we treat later life. “It’s better if people know us before there is a ...

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SAMIR SINGH: MY TURF

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Samir Singh is Islington born and bred. He’s also a lifelong Arsenal fan. By combining his love of the Gunners and passion for history, he’s helping us to discover Islington’s past.   Samir Singh grew up in the flat above the post office his dad ran on Green Lanes, near ...

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MICHAEL HAYLE: THE HOUSE DETECTIVE

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How much do you know about the people who lived in your house years ago? Michael Hayle’s ambition is to uncover the name of everybody who’d ever lived in the Victorian-built house he shares with his wife in N4. “It’s important to be connected to the place you are in,” ...

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SUSAN OUDOT: THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE WALL

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Susan Oudot, a writer on ITV’s Coronation Street, has made an evocative film of Islington life between 1935-75, designed to help trigger childhood memories. “I often wished I’d asked Mum and Dad about things, but both my parents are dead now, but I still have my aunts and uncles around, ...

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IRONMONGER ROW BATHS: PERSONAL BEST

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If you thought your sporting days were over, think again. During 2016 you could try 5-a-side walking basketball or take a dip in the pool, walk outside, or pop into a sports & leisure centre to find fun ways to keep moving. Friendly Alaina Batchelor, born and bred in Islington, ...

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THE FAMOUS FIVE BOYS

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Five Boys Natural Health Store was a garment factory years ago – but for the past quarter century it’s been a place you can find anything, from black treacle to peppercorns, and if it’s not in stock, owner Subhash Patel – or his wife Urvashi – will find it for ...

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MELLI BOND: STAGE PRESENCE

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Park Theatre is the brainchild of Creative Director, Melli Bond, and Artistic Director, Jez Bond, who took a vacant office block next to Finsbury Park station and transformed it into a critically acclaimed theatre and café. “My passion to support older women comes from the women in my life who ...

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CHRIS AVIS: FACE VALUE

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Chris Avis has been working on portraits of older women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. A photographic exploration that reveals the power behind the female ageing process. Artist Chris Avis is searching for women in their 80s to photograph. “I try to draw out the spirit of the ...

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