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MARTIN BURTON: LIFE IS A CIRCUS

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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SHORT MAT BOWLS: JACK HI!

Where good company, keeping fit and healthy competition collide. Indoor bowls can be serious fun. Mark Antoniewicz – everyone calls him Mark A to Z – is a big fan of bowls. “It’s an enjoyable game to watch because a lot happens in a small space,” says Mark, 55, who ...

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ELLA DAVIES: HOST WITH THE MOST

Get Together host Ella Davies knows all the best places for a chat and a cuppa, and she’d like you to come along. “Ideally I’d like to get every old person out, instead of them sitting at home looking at four walls. No one has to be lonely,” says Ella ...

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PETER BUCKOKE: BEE MAJOR

Peter Buckoke is a double bass musician and teacher, as well as an Alexander Technique expert, but his passion is beekeeping – he even has hives on his N4 roof. Peter Buckoke, 63, has just climbed out of the 2nd floor window of his home and is now sorting out ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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ANDY MURPHY: MAKING CONTACT

Andy Murphy, CEO of Islington Age UK is driven by the need to make things better. We met Andy at the newly opened Contact Centre on Manor Gardens to talk art, heart and redesigning the way we treat later life. “It’s better if people know us before there is a ...

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SAMIR SINGH: MY TURF

Samir Singh is Islington born and bred. He’s also a lifelong Arsenal fan. By combining his love of the Gunners and passion for history, he’s helping us to discover Islington’s past.   Samir Singh grew up in the flat above the post office his dad ran on Green Lanes, near ...

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MICHAEL HAYLE: THE HOUSE DETECTIVE

How much do you know about the people who lived in your house years ago? Michael Hayle’s ambition is to uncover the name of everybody who’d ever lived in the Victorian-built house he shares with his wife in N4. “It’s important to be connected to the place you are in,” ...

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SUSAN OUDOT: THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE WALL

Susan Oudot, a writer on ITV’s Coronation Street, has made an evocative film of Islington life between 1935-75, designed to help trigger childhood memories. “I often wished I’d asked Mum and Dad about things, but both my parents are dead now, but I still have my aunts and uncles around, ...

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