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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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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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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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YVE’S BOOK CLUB REVIEW: WASHINGTON SQUARE BY HENRY JAMES

Washington Square was one of two books by Henry James discussed at a recent meeting of Yve’s Book Club. First published in 1880, it is apparently based on an anecdote from her own family that the British actress Fanny Kemble had told James. In his version, transferred to New York, ...

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POIGNANT POETRY

The Trees by Philip Larkin The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they die too, Their yearly trick of looking new ...

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ANITA GRACIE: BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS

Whether planting, pond dipping or even den building, gardening is a wellbeing prescription which gets you healthy without having to get on a treadmill in the gym, says green fingered Anita Gracie. “Getting outdoors is extremely good for everybody, and especially elderly people. You can be as energetic as you ...

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GRIPPING STUFF

Giving gardeners a helping hand PETA UK’s ergonomically designed garden tools bring accessibility to this hugely popular pastime, helping many who otherwise might not be able to participate. Their range of gardening tools bring “more work for less effort” to all keen gardeners. Must have products for those with wrist, ...

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WORD FESTIVAL: LOVE LETTERS

The Word Festival is an exciting programme of activities, events and workshops exploring the pleasures of reading, writing and freedom of expression in Islington. Now in its 5th year, Islington’s annual Word Festival will take place between 1-30 June 2016. Designed to encourage residents across Islington to develop enjoyment in ...

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ANDREA SINCLAIR: LIVING MEMORY

A wise man once said that “memory is the mother of all wisdom”. Andrea Sinclair’s Living Memory Pilot Project is ensuring that Islington’s WWI fallen are not forgotten, by researching their final resting places. Woody Abney Park cemetery, just off Stoke Newington Church Street, has long been a favourite of ...

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FLAMENCO FEVER

Flamenco Festival London Sadler’s Wells’ renowned annual season of flamenco dance and music returns for its twelfth year, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of the genre. The festival explores the varied styles of the celebrated art form with performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians. Both ...

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GET A GRIP

Give slips the slip with studded snow and ice grips We’re not all as graceful on ice as Torvil and Dean, so taking extra care during the winter months is a great idea. Slips during winter are one of the most common causes of injuries. Fear not, our team at ...

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YVE’S BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN PASTORAL BY PHILIP ROTH

This long, densely-packed novel is accredited as one of Roth’s greatest works. Set between the end of World War II and the era of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, the hero is a handsome, charming super-athlete (Swede) who seems to embody the best of American virtues: success through hard ...

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FIND A GRAVE

Access the largest online collection of free burial info. Once you navigate past the awful title, you’ll discover the Find A Grave app, made by the same people who created ancestry.com (the world’s largest genealogy website), remarkably compelling. In a nutshell, the app allows you to find grave sites and ...

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