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LIVE PODCAST RECORDINGS 

If the performance of podcasts has you intrigued, then you might be excited to find out there are plenty of opportunities to see one being recorded live. A live podcast recording is a fascinating experience – seeing two or three people crowded around a microphone. And it’s much more than ...

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Lifting Community Spirits: OPENING DOORS LONDON

ANTHONY OPENING DOORS LONDON Opening Doors runs a befriending scheme that guarantees great conversations and some moral support for older LGBT+ people in Camden. It is thanks to Opening Doors that befriender Anthony has been meeting up with John once a week for the past five years.  As well as friendship ...

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Lifting Community Spirits: BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS

ANN BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS “I’d never volunteered before as I work full time,” says Ann, former chief theatre critic at The Times who began volunteering in autumn 2017 at Great Croft.  “Abul, the centre manager, had the brilliant idea of re-doing the outdoor space because sensory gardens are ideal for people who ...

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Nikki Morris: Passion & Purpose

“I’m passionate about inclusion and equity. I want people to feel they can access our services whatever their personal circumstances,” says new CEO at Age UK Camden Nikki Morris. Here’s how the first 100 days have gone.  “At 25, I didn’t have a great plan saying I want to be ...

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SMILING EXERCISES: FULL BEAM

If, like most of us, you’re looking for simple and easy ways to get more out of life, smiling exercises might work well for you. Joe Hoare introduces us to this wellbeing workout. Smiling exercises are some of the simplest, gentlest and yet most effective mood-boosting exercises we can do. ...

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL…

Nobody plans to fail, but when it comes to addressing our later life affairs, many of us do fail to plan. While this is a topic we may not wish to face, the peace of mind that comes from having a plan in place is worth its weight in gold. ...

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GREAT CROFT DAY CENTRE: BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS

Great Croft day centre has a dramatically lovely garden again – this time fully accessible from patio to top lawn – thanks to the green fingers of Ann Treneman and a team of dedicated volunteers. Whatever the season American-born Ann Treneman’s planting at Great Croft day centre aims to offer ...

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

How do you elevate your everyday dishes into exotic creations? Just add spice. A little pinch here and there and you’ll soon have those tastebuds singing. There are many headlines that claim various health and wellbeing benefits from the use of herbs and spices in our diets – aiding everything ...

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PERFECT PAIRING

The Flavour Thesaurus Ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Or lacked inspiration for what to do with a bundle of beetroot? The Flavour Thesaurus is the first book to examine what goes with what, pair by pair. The book is divided into flavour themes – Meaty, Cheesy, Woodland ...

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LED GROW LIGHT: BITTERGURKA

Grow plants indoors all year round Don’t let winter months get in the way of gardening. Short days, long nights and cold window sills are no longer reasons for not cultivating a flourishing mix of soft herbs growing all year round. Historically grow lamps were massive, power guzzling fluorescent tubes. ...

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