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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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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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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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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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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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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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YVE’S BOOK CLUB

Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby Newby’s account of his imprisonment in an Italian orphanage with various nationalities of prisoners including the British who insisted on retaining obdurately, but in miniature, the British class system is a vignette in itself. One of the frequently passing girls on ...

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTS

Islington Lost Trades: Special Project Did you work in an industry or in a role that no longer exists in Islington? Such as the feather or leather trade, wallpaper printing, barometer-making or a host of others. We would like to collect your stories for an exciting Heritage Lottery funded project ...

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LICK & SIP ICE LOLLY MAKER

Tucking into a refreshing lollipop, knowing it’s packed full of the natural sweetness and good nutrients of fresh fruit, is the perfect summer indulgence. And, if you bag one of these reusable lolly makers, you can create them any time you fancy at a fraction of the price you’d pay ...

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YOUR BANK’S MOBILE APP

All the main high street banks have apps for managing your accounts available for smartphones and tablets, and with constant innovations they are often easier to use than online banking via a web login. Security is a concern for some, but as long as you make sure your device is ...

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