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BREAKING THE ICE: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH JOINING GROUPS

If the very idea of breaking into a new social circle at an event has you heading for the door, follow our simple guide to joining groups. There are many well documented things you can do to help yourself age well – exercise and be physically active, make healthy food ...

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THE GOOD LIFE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. Much more than a simple feel good factor, happiness has a huge effect on us mentally and physically. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s ...

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TRAVEL IN STYLE: LAND, AIR OR WATER

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. FREEDOM PASS BUS TRAVEL Granted, the current mix of buses aren’t as beautiful as the Route Masters of ...

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RAINBOW MEMORY CAFE

Like-minded support. The Rainbow Memory Café for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT+) people who have concerns about their memory, have a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone with memory loss or dementia. The café, set up by Opening Doors London (ODL), offers a safe and informal place to ...

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SOUND ADVICE: MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY & SOUL

We’re beginning to understand why music affects us so profoundly. It activates more areas of the brain than any other stimulus and provides profound benefits to both mind and body. Music has the power to move us – both physically and emotionally. Transporting our minds back to a first kiss ...

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SHARE NECESSITIES

We all sleep, eat and travel, but we don’t necessarily think about sharing our home, kitchen and car with strangers. Think again. The sharing economy has arrived and apparently it’s big business.   In our throw-away modern world, it can sometimes feel like people have forgotten how to share. Not ...

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ROB & AMANDA WHITE: SPORTING LEGENDS

Siblings Amanda and Rob White love to talk sport. “I’m kicking off now,” says Amanda White, 55, after making sure that everyone around the table has a good view of the 50 black and white cards designed to trigger childhood memories of street kickabouts, school sports and even winter skating ...

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OPENING DOORS LONDON: TACKLING LONELINESS

Camden’s older LGBT* team offers brilliant chat and befriending. When was the last time you had a really good conversation? One that includes Dad’s Army episodes, opera jokes, bursts of French, debate about normative heterosexual behavior in relation to the zodiac sign, Aries, and the difficulties of getting a hippy (or ...

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THE 46 BUS

Where to hop on and off our borough’s best bus. The 46 bus is a proper star, crossing our bit of London from Lancaster Gate to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts to its friends) every 9-12 minutes. For seven days a week the 46 heads through Camden from 5.22am (there’s a ...

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SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE

If music be the food of love, playlist on. A journey into sound by Dickie Minton. Playlists tell stories. And stories are the foundation of our identity. Be it a wedding reception, barbecue or birthday celebration, there is invariably an accompanying soundtrack that its creator hopes will have a profound ...

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