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INTERDEPENDENCE: BLIND AMBITION

Elizabeth Jones, 88 Set up Talking News Islington “I lost my sight though an accident, which turned life upside down. I missed getting out and about, and I used to like reading but I couldn’t read,” says Elizabeth Jones who went on to set up a talking newspaper, Talking News ...

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HISTORY GROUP: RECALLING TIME

Islington interviewer, Nicola Baird, talks about her experience running a local history chat at the Duke of Cambridge pub.   The History Group meets at the Duke of Cambridge pub on Monday lunchtimes. On the day that I’ve been invited to speak it feels strange having to knock on a ...

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TRAVEL IN STYLE: LAND, AIR AND TEA

View the capital from a variety of vantage points with these nifty transport ideas. Now there’s no excuse for not getting on your bike, boat, or cable car for that matter. 1. RIVER BUS It’s not just trendy commuters who are taking to the waters. With a range of tickets available ...

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THE GLOVES ARE OFF

Seconds out, Round 2 of the fight to win a place on the Drovers Activity list. In a previous column, I made a compelling, if somewhat misguided argument for the inclusion of a new and exciting Get Together on the Drovers Centre’s list of activities. I thought it would be ...

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STANLEY SMART: FLAT STANLEY

Stanley Smart’s passion for vehicles – he’s had 30 cars during his lifetime – was nearly his undoing.   Stanley Smart grew up in Trinidad, one of the bigger Caribbean islands, but in 1958, the 24-year-old Stanley made the 13-day journey to England on the Italian ship, Ascania. He had ...

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THE 393 BUS

All aboard the friendly low-level bus that passes the Drovers Centre. The 393 from Clapton Pond to Chalk Farm (Morrisons) doesn’t always take the most direct route but it stops at some useful locations – including the tubes at Highbury & Islington, Holloway Road, Kentish Town and Chalk Farm – ...

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PETER KYTE: BIGGER PICTURE

Whether you’re a happy snapper, eager amateur or budding David Bailey, Peter Kyte’s creative photography sessions will encourage you to capture the urban environment from a different perspective.   Town planner Peter Kyte’s career has focused on urban development, but since he turned 50 he’s as likely to be taking ...

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DIAL-A-RIDE: NEED A LIFT?

To many, the Dial-a-Ride service is more than a way to get mobile when mobility is an issue. It’s a door-to-door lifeline that makes a huge difference to those who could otherwise be isolated by their disability.   Transport for London’s Dial-a-Ride service helps 47,000 members across the Capital, from ...

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CURTAIN CALL: WORLD-CLASS THEATRE ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Park Theatre is the brainchild of Artistic Director, Jez Bond, and Creative Director, Melli Bond. With a bumper selection of plays on this season there’s plenty to see. Highlights include The Boys In The Band (28 September – 30 October) a look into the lives of gay men in New ...

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MAPMYWALK GPS

This app tracks your route, time, distance, speed, pace and calories burned, and syncs with mapmywalk.com so you can view the information in a larger format on your computer. If you can persuade friends to get involved, MapMyWalk’s social feature lets you share routes and encouraging words. The Windows phone ...

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PRESSE BY BOBBLE

This is a travel mug for coffee connoisseurs. Forget instant coffee, this former Kickstarter project filters 400ml of the fresh stuff in just three minutes. Perfect for you decide to follow our 393 Bus Route (pg. 24) or walk to your next Get Together event. Add your ground coffe and ...

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CITY ROAD BASIN

Try our guide to walking the City Road Basin for a spot of boat, wildlife and people watching. 1. Start your canal tour by taking the 43 bus from Angel towards Old Street. Get off the bus just before Islington’s tallest building, 36-storey Lexicon. On the corner of Graham Street/City ...

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SUGAR UNCOATED: FIND YOUR SWEET SPOT

Don’t let added sugar in your diet sour your health and wellbeing. Simply follow these practical steps for a healthier lifestyle where you can still have your cake and eat it. 1. FIND YOUR VOICE One of the first things you need to overcome is the fear of being seen ...

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TEST THE WATERS: UPPERDECKERS

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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