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TEST THE WATERS: UPPERDECKERS

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We asked two kayaking class attendees – Priti Pederson, 59 and Abhayadevi Tissington, 59 – whether it was worth taking the plunge. Q. Have you been to an event recommended by Age UK Islington before? Priti: No I haven’t. Abhayadevi: No. Q. Do you normally spend a Tuesday morning out ...

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KAYAKETY-YAK: UPPERDECKERS

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This issue we’re talking water sports. For a magical get-away-from-it all – without going too far – head to the brilliant Islington Boat Club.   Nearly 30 over 50s are clad in lifejackets standing in a circle, armed with an upright paddle warming up before kayaking. This is Chris’s Tuesday Upperdeckers ...

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BUSHY TALES: DRINK SHOP DO

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A glass of wine in one hand and a pot of glue in the other, two sisters-in-law – Daisy Solomons, 72 and Susan Solomons, 73 – get stuck into making a piñata rabbit. Q. How are you connected to Age UK Islington? Daisy: I volunteer at Age UK. Susan: Through Daisy. I’m ...

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CRAFT WORK: DRINK SHOP DO

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A former Victorian bath house used over the years as a brothel, rave den and sex shop is now inspiring a new generation to get crafty over a cheeky cocktail. Drink Shop Do is a design shop, café and bar set up by school friends Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap. ...

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ON THE MENU: PHIL OWENS

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After cutting his culinary teeth at the Arts Theatre Café, Phil Owens now crafts menus that wow restauranteurs and rock stars alike. Try his Italian-inspired winter soup recipe. Phil Owens, one time restaurant owner, now better known as a menu designer, has spent a short time in the kitchen at ...

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RED CABBAGE, WHITE BEAN & ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP

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Winter warmer: Add Phil’s hearty and wholesome soup to your winter repertoire. INGREDIENTS Olive oil for cooking 1 large red onion 2 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced 2 bay leaves 1 small red cabbage (approx. 600g) – cut finely 1 regular-sized tin of Italian tomatoes (240g) 1 regular-sized tin ...

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TUNE IN: NORDOFF ROBBINS

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Does breaking into song with friends or playing an unusual instrument sound like music to your ears? If so, there’s a new Wednesday music group you might like to try. “There’s no pressure to perform, but people often rediscover a side to their identity which they couldn’t express before,” says Music ...

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MAKING NOTES: NORDOFF ROBBINS

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We asked two Nordoff Robbins attendees – Richard Moore, 67 and Tom Pennington-Lee, 68 – to give us their candid opinion of a recent music session. Q. How did you meet each other? Richard: In here, part of the session at Nordoff Robbins. Tom: We met here. We don’t know each other ...

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STIRRING STUFF: JENIUS SOCIAL

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Jennifer Yong helps people connect better – not through a dating site but in her purpose built kitchen at Jenius Social where you are never too old to learn new cooking techniques. “I wanted to do something different and this fuses two of my favourite things – food and socialising,” ...

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TASTE TEST: JENIUS SOCIAL

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We asked two Jenius Social attendees – Diane Armstrong, 69 and Robert d’Brass, 70 – to give us their candid opinion of a recent dessert class. Q. How did you meet each other? Diane: We met at Age UK in one of the activities we do. Generally just meet up and ...

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