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KATRINA WILSON: JAZZ JAM!

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Get hip to this foot-tapping Friday night session. In Archway every Friday night you can hear the sound of music coming from the impressive rust red brick of Hargrave Hall, which is just a short walk from the tube. And on the last Friday of the month the talented local ...

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TOBY MORGAN: CURE YOUR ENERGY CRISIS

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Struggling to pay energy and water bills? Unable to stay warm in winter or suffering from a roasting home in the summer? You need to see the Energy Doctor. Toby Morgan arrives at Age UK Islington’s offices on his trusty workhorse – a non-polluting bicycle. Energy Advice Officer Toby, 36, ...

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MARTIN BURTON: LIFE IS A CIRCUS

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Founder of Zippos Circus, Martin Burton, talks big top life. “In the 1980s I spent a year in intensive care after a fire eating accident,” admits the unflappable Martin Burton, who set up Zippos Circus, “so I promised my mother I wouldn’t do it again.” Fortunately clowning wasn’t off limits. ...

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SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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