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Feeling Very Foreign in Brexit Britain

I don't often write about politics on my blog, which may be a bit odd since I studied Political Science at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. I don't do this because I think if I began, I'd never write about anything else ..!But with Trump signing a ban on certain citizens from entering the United States, together with the Brexit vote here in the UK, I am so frightened that I have to say something about it all publicly.So today I'm making an exception to my unofficial 'no politics…See More
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Feeling Very Foreign in Brexit Britain

I don't often write about politics on my blog, which may be a bit odd since I studied Political Science at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. I don't do this because I think if I began, I'd never write about anything else ..!But with Trump signing a ban on certain citizens from entering the United States, together with the Brexit vote here in the UK, I am so frightened that I have to say something about it all publicly.So today I'm making an exception to my unofficial 'no politics…See More
Mar 11
Helena Halme posted a blog post

Crouch End Festival 10-19th June

It's here again! The Crouch End Festival,  UK's largest community arts event, is now in its fifth year, and this, the 2016 festival will be bigger than ever.There's everything from open air cinema, live music, art, poetry, food and even a Latino Day when Crouch End goes all Latin. Check out the programme of events between 10 - 19th June on the festival website here. Most of the events are FREE, so it's easy to take part!You may not be surprised…See More
Jun 6, 2016
Helena Halme posted a blog post

Tea, cakes and stores this Saturday at Queens Wood Cafe

I am delighted to be taking part in this tea shop story festival. I will be reading from my forthcoming novella, The Finnish Girl, which is a prequel to The Englishman, the first book in my Nordic romance series.I will also be talking a bit about how I use my own life for my fiction (and stay sane). There will be a question and answer session afterwards.If you happen to be in London this Saturday, pop over to Queens Wood near Highgate for a day of tea, cakes and stories. (I'm hoping there'll be…See More
Mar 31, 2016
Helena Halme posted a blog post

My latest novel, The Navy Wife, is out now

The Navy Wife is now out on KindleI'm a local Crouch End author, and can often be seen out and about with my border terrier in Queen's Wood or Priory Park, or watching comedy Downstairs at The King's Head. When my first novel, The Englishman, came out, I stood at the bus stop and handed out leaflets and many of you lovely locals took a copy and I saw a spike in my sales. So, beware, I'll be there again soon handing out more leaflets, this time on The Navy Wife...…See More
Dec 18, 2015
Helena Halme posted a blog post

Finnish Christmas in Crouch End, Heirloom restaurant and The Savoy

I rashly promised someone over on Facebook that I'd blog the recipes for my Finnish Christmas vegetable bakes... sadly I never got round to it this year, but perhaps in 2015? I see from my archives that I have blogged several times about my Finnish food traditions (with pictures), so until next year, this will have to do.As usual, Christmas was a busy time for the Halme family. On the 24th, together with Son and…See More
Dec 29, 2014
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New Moomin Film showing this weekend at London Film Festival!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the press screening and interview sessions with the team of the new Moomins on the Riviera film yesterday. This is one of the bonuses of being Head of Finn-Guild, the Finnish-British society, and editor of…See More
Oct 14, 2014
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Father's Day lunch at Heirloom, London N8

The Englishman enjoying his Father's Day pre-lunch pint.There's a new kid in the restaurant block in Crouch End, called Heirloom. Both the Englishman and I have been watching the changing shopfront of the restaurant on Park Road while walking past on our way into town on a Saturday, or passing onboard the W7 bus…See More
Jun 16, 2014
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Osteria Tufo, an Excellent Italian Local in Finsbury Park

Photo by By: Sunil060902 (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsEver since we've been in North London, for me Finsbury Park has just been a place to take the tube from. Lately, however, I've noticed that the area is undergoing a definite transformation.Just a stone's throw away from the station is the newly opened Park Theatre, which we…See More
Nov 2, 2013
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Comedy Downstairs at the King's Head

Last Saturday, on the spur of the moment, and because of The Englishman's recent interest in stand-up comedy (more about this later in the year), we decided to check out the Comedy Cabaret Downstairs at The King's Head. I'd heard great many good things about the acts that perform there, so I was very surprised when we got tickets at the door an hour before the 8.30 pm performance. Thus…See More
Sep 3, 2013
Helena Halme commented on Helena Halme's blog post A Visit to the House of Commons
"Isn't it always the way? Boring jobs paying better."
Aug 31, 2013
Adrian Essex commented on Helena Halme's blog post A Visit to the House of Commons
"After I quit my job in the West End and before I got one in the city (some time before the SDP was formed) I worked for a temp agency called Bandicoot, and one of the jobs was in a kitchen in the Palace of Westminster. So after I'd finished…"
Aug 30, 2013
Helena Halme posted a blog post

A Visit to the House of Commons

Watching the British MPs debate a proposed military action into Syria in the House of Commons last night, I was reminded of a visit Daughter and I took to the Houses of Parliament a few weeks ago. I've always wanted to go, mainly because of my first degree.When I first moved to the UK, I was in the process of writing a thesis on the British Political system, particularly the birth of a new…See More
Aug 30, 2013
A blog post by Helena Halme was featured

Pub crawl in Crouch End

On a complete spur of the moment, the Englishman and I decided to go on a pub crawl last night. He'd been going on and on about the fact that I'd not finished The Knowledge (this self-imposed task involves visiting every pub in the area) and thought last night was good as any to finally achieve my goal. But in order to finish the task, first we needed to avoid temptation and (for once)…See More
Aug 22, 2013
Adrian Essex commented on Helena Halme's blog post Pub crawl in Crouch End
"What a fine topic for a conversation - some more on N8 pubs"
Aug 17, 2013
Helena Halme commented on Helena Halme's blog post Pub crawl in Crouch End
"I have indeed been to the Harringay Arms - it was certainly an experience! "
Aug 16, 2013

Helena Halme's Blog

Feeling Very Foreign in Brexit Britain

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 11:33 0 Comments

I don't often write about politics on my blog, which may be a bit odd since I studied Political Science at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. I don't do this because I think if I began, I'd never write about anything else ..!

But with Trump signing a ban on certain citizens from entering the United States, together with the Brexit vote here in the UK, I am so frightened that I have to say something about it all publicly.

So today I'm making an exception…

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Crouch End Festival 10-19th June

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 14:32 0 Comments

It's here again! The Crouch End Festival,  UK's largest community arts event, is now in its fifth year, and this, the 2016 festival will be bigger than ever.

There's everything from open air cinema, live music, art, poetry, food and even a Latino Day when Crouch End goes all Latin. Check out the programme of events between 10 - 19th June on the festival website here. Most of the events are FREE, so it's easy to take…

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Tea, cakes and stores this Saturday at Queens Wood Cafe

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 0 Comments

I am delighted to be taking part in this tea shop story festival. I will be reading from my forthcoming novella, The Finnish Girl, which is a prequel to The Englishman, the first book in my Nordic romance series.

I will also be talking a bit about how I use my own life for my fiction (and stay sane). There will be a question and answer session afterwards.

If you happen to be in London this Saturday, pop over to Queens Wood near Highgate for a…

Continue

My latest novel, The Navy Wife, is out now

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 16:00 0 Comments

The Navy Wife is now out on Kindle

I'm a local Crouch End author, and can often be seen out and about with my border terrier in Queen's Wood or Priory Park, or watching comedy Downstairs at The King's Head. When my first novel, The Englishman, came out, I stood at the bus stop and handed out leaflets and many of you lovely locals took a copy and I saw a spike in my sales. So, beware, I'll be there again soon handing out more leaflets, this time…

Continue

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