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SMART MONEY: REAL LIFE SAVINGS

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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

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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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PURLEANE CHAMBERS: ALL HEART

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When you’re caring for a family member at home, it is easy to become isolated. But in Islington there are meet ups every week – and more – that you could go to for friendship and advice. When Purleane Chambers’ husband, Clifton, fell ill aged 54, she was in Barbados ...

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GAL ZELINGHER: HAPPY HOURS

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Stop by the Breakfast Club Angel for a super-friendly chinwag. The Breakfast Club at Camden Passage is one of Islington’s hippest weekend meet ups with long queues snaking past this famous street’s quirky shops. But fortnightly, on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, three tables in the sunshine yellow-painted back room are reserved ...

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NIGEL TAYLOR: MONEY TALKS

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Nigel Taylor has gone from managing TV hits like The Bill to helping people manage their bills. Read his practical tips on how to avoid the pain of escalating debt. Nigel Taylor volunteers one day a week offering practical help dealing with bills and money matters. “Now you can ring ...

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NANN DU SAUTOY: EVERYBODY EATS

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Nann du Sautoy talks emergency bags of food. “In an ideal world foodbanks shouldn’t exist,” says Nann du Sautoy who has lived in Highbury New Park for the past 20 years. Nann, now retired, volunteers at Islington’s only Trussell Trust foodbank, which is based in a shipping container at Highbury ...

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AIR BNB HOLIDAYS: YOUR HOME FROM HOME

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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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SOUND ADVICE: MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY & SOUL

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We’re beginning to understand why music affects us so profoundly. It activates more areas of the brain than any other stimulus and provides profound benefits to both mind and body. Music has the power to move us – both physically and emotionally. Transporting our minds back to a first kiss ...

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SOOTHING SOUNDS: HEARING SHEEP

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Follow these five tips to help you get a sound night’s sleep, using sound. But, there are no quick fixes when it comes to insomnia – so give these ideas a try over a few weeks. 1. MUSIC Lullabies aren’t just for babies – they’re great for all ages. When choosing ...

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MANOR GARDENS

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Walk along Holloway Road from the Seven Sisters Junction to Manor Gardens Contact Centre. Possibly the most famous Holloway Road resident was record producer Joe Meek who lived and worked at 304b where he produced a million pound selling album, Telstar. His life has been captured on stage and as ...

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BEST FOOT FORWARD: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO WALKING

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Asking yourself ‘how much have I moved today?’ is a useful way to sense check your basic fitness. In this article, we meet up with Islington GP Dr Jo Sauvage for top tips on the simplest form of exercise… walking. “Walking is a simple, free and easy way to become ...

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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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