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KAYAKETY-YAK: UPPERDECKERS

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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TALKING TABLETS: HEALTHY APP-ETITE

Are tablets a panacea to the problems faced by over 55s? Unfortunately not, but their apps can help us become more connected, entertained and informed, which can only improve the quality of later life. When the first generation iPad was launched in the UK by Apple back in 2010, it ...

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LIVING ON A CANAL BOAT: GET ON BOARD

Living on a canal boat conjurs up idyllic images of brightly painted cosy craft tied up alongside sunny country fields or in handy, city centre marinas. However, there’s lots to think about before it’s anchors aweigh.   Living on a boat can be wonderful. You can tailor the experience to ...

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CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: MODERN HEART

EXCHANGING TIME: An exhibition by the Superannuates & Tenderfeet.   The result of a three month collaboration between Central Saint Martins’ students and attendees from Age UK Islington’s Activity Centre, Drovers. Featuring work created by nine pairs of elders and students, covering a range of media and series of messages ...

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APPY DAYS

When the wife is away, on the iPad iPlay. I love it when my wife goes out for the day. Not because I’m glad to see the back of my bundle of joy – although I must admit that is an unexpected pleasure – but because I have a passion. ...

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CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: DIFFERENT STROKES

It was Drovers’ regular Sheona Josiah’s colourful clothes that made Central Saint Martins’ art student Zi Liang want to join forces on a new artistic project. Here’s what happened.   On paper Sheona Josiah, 54, and Zi Lang, 26, are worlds apart. Islington-born Sheona is a regular at Age UK ...

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JOAN LOCK: REWRITING HISTORY

Joan Lock, 82, draws on past events and personal experience to craft her novels. Here she talks policing, crimewriting and long-forgotten Islington scandals.   Dead Born – one of Joan Lock’s popular Detective Sergeant Best mystery series – starts with the handsome Victorian hero, Sgt Best, living in Barnsbury next ...

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ANGEL CANAL FESTIVAL

If you want to dip your toe in the water and experience some of the waterway delights on offer in Islington, then this is the perfect day to drop anchor. The Angel Canal Festival brings the City Road Lock, Basin and towpath alongside Regents Canal to life. Along the towpath ...

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DEATH CAFÉ: MORTALITY AND BISCUITS

Death Cafés are the new way to talk about the ultimate taboo conversation over a cuppa finds Nicola Baird.   The Almeida Theatre is famous for its bloody shows and stage deaths – next up is Richard III who dies in battle aged 32. Shakespeare wasn’t a fan of hunchbacked ...

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DIY HOME CINEMA EXPERIENCE

With one of these nifty projectors, you’re a flick of a switch and the pop of buttery corn away from your very own cinema experience. You don’t even need to limit your fun to watching the latest blockbuster film, projectors are the perfect way to share photos with friends or ...

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YVE’S BOOK CLUB REVIEW: DEATH IN SUMMER BY WILLIAM TREVOR

A hot, beautiful summer in Essex provides the background for Trevor’s novel, in which three deaths occur and people from all of England’s social classes interact in unexpected ways. As a group, we agreed that Trevor was a very competent writer of Irish origins with a weighty oeuvre and many ...

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SEEING STARS

A must for all film buffs, the International Movie Database (IMDb) is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity info. They aim to list every detail about every movie and TV show ever made, including who was in it, who made it, the plot, user ratings, trailers, photos, ...

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FRESH THINKING: SPRING INTO ACTION

Put a spring in your step with these simple seasonal ideas to help bring the outside in as well as great things to do when you’re out and about. 1. FLOWER POWER Spring flowers give everyone a lift at this time of year. Fill a windowsill with tulip, crocus or ...

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HIGHBURY FIELDS

From bandstands to BBQ, Highbury Fields is the perfect spring spot to watch the world go by. A sizeable 29 acres (11ha), Highbury Fields is the biggest patch of green in Islington, ringed with grand villas where Victorian politician Joseph Chamberlain grew up and artist Walter Sickert opened a studio ...

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HOME IS…

Home means so many different things to us all. It can be a place of safety or even a fuzzy childhood memory. The strangest triggers can bring memories of our first homes flooding back. Here Islington residents talk about settling down.   ALL ROADS LEAD TO ISLINGTON Scottish independence. The ...

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