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YVE’S BOOK CLUB REVIEW: WASHINGTON SQUARE BY HENRY JAMES

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Washington Square was one of two books by Henry James discussed at a recent meeting of Yve’s Book Club. First published in 1880, it is apparently based on an anecdote from her own family that the British actress Fanny Kemble had told James. In his version, transferred to New York, ...

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POIGNANT POETRY

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The Trees by Philip Larkin The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they die too, Their yearly trick of looking new ...

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ANITA GRACIE: BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS

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Whether planting, pond dipping or even den building, gardening is a wellbeing prescription which gets you healthy without having to get on a treadmill in the gym, says green fingered Anita Gracie. “Getting outdoors is extremely good for everybody, and especially elderly people. You can be as energetic as you ...

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GRIPPING STUFF

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Giving gardeners a helping hand PETA UK’s ergonomically designed garden tools bring accessibility to this hugely popular pastime, helping many who otherwise might not be able to participate. Their range of gardening tools bring “more work for less effort” to all keen gardeners. Must have products for those with wrist, ...

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WORD FESTIVAL: LOVE LETTERS

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The Word Festival is an exciting programme of activities, events and workshops exploring the pleasures of reading, writing and freedom of expression in Islington. Now in its 5th year, Islington’s annual Word Festival will take place between 1-30 June 2016. Designed to encourage residents across Islington to develop enjoyment in ...

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ANDREA SINCLAIR: LIVING MEMORY

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A wise man once said that “memory is the mother of all wisdom”. Andrea Sinclair’s Living Memory Pilot Project is ensuring that Islington’s WWI fallen are not forgotten, by researching their final resting places. Woody Abney Park cemetery, just off Stoke Newington Church Street, has long been a favourite of ...

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FLAMENCO FEVER

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Flamenco Festival London Sadler’s Wells’ renowned annual season of flamenco dance and music returns for its twelfth year, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of the genre. The festival explores the varied styles of the celebrated art form with performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians. Both ...

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GET A GRIP

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Give slips the slip with studded snow and ice grips We’re not all as graceful on ice as Torvil and Dean, so taking extra care during the winter months is a great idea. Slips during winter are one of the most common causes of injuries. Fear not, our team at ...

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YVE’S BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN PASTORAL BY PHILIP ROTH

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This long, densely-packed novel is accredited as one of Roth’s greatest works. Set between the end of World War II and the era of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, the hero is a handsome, charming super-athlete (Swede) who seems to embody the best of American virtues: success through hard ...

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FIND A GRAVE

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Access the largest online collection of free burial info. Once you navigate past the awful title, you’ll discover the Find A Grave app, made by the same people who created ancestry.com (the world’s largest genealogy website), remarkably compelling. In a nutshell, the app allows you to find grave sites and ...

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A NOVEL APPROACH:
YVE’S MORNING BOOK CLUB

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“My favourite place to read is sitting with my legs up on my sofa,” says elegantly dressed Yvette (Yve) Newbold reading out quotes from the novel, How to be Both by Ali Smith, that her book group are currently reading. Book clubs are a fashionable way to discuss ideas. Yve’s ...

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A CELLULOID LOVE LETTER

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Love is All is an exquisite journey through the 20th century, exploring love and courtship in all of its shapes and sizes on the silver screen across decades of unprecedented social upheaval. A perfect gift for any film lover or to wrap up warm and romance through a whirlwind of ...

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ZIPPO’S HANDY WARMER

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Warm your hands quickly, even on the coldest of days with the Hand Warmer from Zippo. This compact hand warmer produces more than 10 times as much heat as most disposable warmers, allowing you to stay warm for longer. Initially designed for hunters, we’ve found it works equally as well ...

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SPEAK THE DUOLINGO

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If you long to speak another language, you’re certainly not alone. Around 70 million people worldwide have already signed up to Duolingo, a free app that helps users learn a foreign language at their own pace. All you need to get started is a personal computer, tablet or smartphone with ...

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YVE’S BOOK REVIEW

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Published in 1992, Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Danish writer Peter Hoeg rapidly reached the top of the charts and was arguably a forerunner of the Nordic noir genre of literature and film. The novel is dense and complex: love story, thriller and murder mystery. Its heroine, Smilla, is ...

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