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THE GOOD LIFE: CREATIVE SPIRIT

Think outside the paint box. Everyone has a creative side and tapping into it can have positive effects on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. A creative spirit lies within all of us – it’s why music moves and art inspires – an impulse that is fundamental to the experience of ...

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VIEWS

We discover some of the best places for budding artists to capture Islington life – or simply soak up the surroundings and enjoy the view. Suppose you possessed an easy-to-carry painter’s easel, where would you place it to capture the best views around Islington? Chances are that the best spots ...

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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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PAINTING APPRECIATION: NATIONAL TREASURES

Up close and personal with the best art ever. Golden Man – one of London’s famous gravity-defying living statues – and a couple of pavement artists are just setting up in Trafalgar Square as Drovers’ art appreciation group arrives at the National Gallery. Such distractions are not going to sidetrack ...

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GARRY KENNARD: A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

Garry Kennard, 69, is as passionate about art and science as  climbing mountains – and all this is planned from his Holloway home. It’s possible that one of Garry Kennard’s proudest moments was when the Islington Gazette ran a story in 2014 about a brave “climbing pensioner” who scaled a ...

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TESSA NEWTON: THE DIGITAL DILEMMA

How to help carers get online, build skills and get connected. Many of our carers struggle to find the time to focus on themselves and build new skills and this can be particularly challenging when staying connected. We talked to Tessa Newton, Operations Director at Age UK Islington, about the ...

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DIANE ARMSTRONG: DIFFERENT STROKES

Discover an eclectic array of creativity at an Art Evening. Diane Armstrong is one of Age UK Islington’s super volunteers. You’ll often find her assisting at Drovers as she’s a whizz with indoor bowls and on the new round table tennis. But recently she also started helping to host the ...

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THE GOOD LIFE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. Much more than a simple feel good factor, happiness has a huge effect on us mentally and physically. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s ...

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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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LIBRARIES

Was Cicero (the Roman scholar) right when he said: “if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need”? Probably… Islington has a lovely mix of libraries. There are the old ones steeped in history – North and West. The super-duper ones where you can find anything ...

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ROSAMUND THUNDER: FINE ART

Colour therapy that will brighten up your day. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do,” was allegedly first coined by Edward Degas. But that message is not the impression you get from Rosamund Thunder’s art class on Friday afternoons at Drovers. For starters ...

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OONAGH GAY: STEP BACK IN TIME

When Oonagh Gay retired she was determined to keep busy, so she now runs guided walks bringing history to life. Until June 2015 when she retired, Oonagh Gay was running the Parliament & Constitution Centre, which she set up at the House of Commons Library more than 15 years ago. ...

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TOM MALLENDER: TRADE STORIES

Tom Mallender uses poetry to help people share their tales of working life. He’s currently searching for people who used to work in Islington professions that might be considered unusual today. Tom Mallender, 35, comes across as an old soul despite his trendy Goth clothing. He did a Creative Writing ...

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SMART MONEY: REAL LIFE SAVINGS

When money becomes a problem, it may seem easier not to talk about it. But silence isn’t always golden. Taking control of your finances will help you take control of your life, too. Talking about finances is difficult. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable – requiring us to face ...

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ICE CREAM SHOPS

Do you scream for ice cream? We search for the best in the borough. “Can I have a taste?” has to be the most asked question in Islington’s ice cream shops. All offer samples but once you’ve picked your flavour – whether it’s refreshing cucumber and ginger sorbet at Ruby ...

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