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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…

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Added by Helena Halme on March 11, 2017 at 11:33 — No Comments

The Girls Indoor Cricket season is about to start!

North Middlesex CC Girls Teams are about to start their winter indoor season, and would welcome new members. Details are here:http://www.northmiddlesexcc.co.uk/news/north-midd-girls-winter-practices-and-competitions-1733246.html

Added by Mike Harris on January 3, 2017 at 19:44 — No Comments

To boldly go . . .

 . . where few my age have gone before. 

Every so often something happens in my life which inspires me. Last weekend such a thing happened. I took part in, and did tolerably well at, an icosathlon (from the Greek icos = 20, athlon = contest). Like decathlon, you know, Daley Thompson in the Olympics, all those years ago,  only this is 20 events. Unfortunately for the world what this inspires me to is vanity and dire prose.

So what has inspired me.

1) Camarederie - two…

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Added by Adrian Essex on September 1, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Summer Holiday Cricket Camps in Crouch End

North Middlesex Cricket Club in Park Road  are planning to run four summer cricket camps at their ground over the holiday. 

The dates are:

Summer Cricket Camp 1 - Mon 25 July - Fri 29 July (5 days)

Summer Cricket Camp 2  - Mon 1 Aug – Fri 5 Aug (5 days)

Summer Cricket Camp 3 – Mon 22 Aug – Fri 26 Aug (5 days)

Summer Cricket Camp 4 - Tue 30 Aug - Fri 2 Sep (4 days)

The format will follow that of previous successful camps…

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Added by Mike Harris on July 17, 2016 at 13:27 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helena Halme on June 6, 2016 at 14:32 — No Comments

Half Term Cricket Camps for Boys and Girls

We are running another of our popular cricket camps at North Midd CC in Park Road N8 over the half term holiday. 

 

The format will be similar to previous camps with a good mixture of drills, skills coaching, net sessions and matches. We'll also have wet weather alternatives, so the camp will go ahead each day.

 

The camp is aimed at boys and girls aged 7 – 13 and will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day.

 

The cost is £100 for the 4 days.  Individual…

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Added by Mike Harris on May 24, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Local Girls Team win Lady Taverners Cricket Competition

The Lady Taverners Under 11 Competition is played as a festival with all the matches being played in one day. Three teams all finished on the same number of league points, and North Middlesex was declared the overall winner on the number of runs scored. North Midd Girls received the trophy, plus medals and certificates from Pinky, the Middlesex CCC club mascot.

 
If your daughter would like to join North Midd Girls Cricket Team please contact: …
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Added by Mike Harris on May 4, 2016 at 8:37 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helena Halme on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 — No Comments

I'm looking for interviewees!

Hi there,

My name's Jim. I'm a writer. Pleased to meet you.

I'm on the look out for the good people in Crouch End who:

-Serve behind a bar

-Manage/own a pub

If you fit the above description, then I would like to hear from you!

ABOUT THE INTERVIEW

The interview, ideally, would last for about half an hour - maybe more? 

The questions will be about your life, your life in the job, and those…

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Added by ParkMewsJim on March 11, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Local Girls Teams success in County Indoor Cricket Competitions

North Middlesex CC Girls were successful in the 2016 Middlesex Indoor Cricket Competitions. North Midd Under 11 Girls won their final against Stoke Newington, and North Midd Under 13 Girls were Runners-Up in their competition. North Midd Under 13 girls also had 4 of top 5 players in the Most Valued Player table.
The attached photo shows the Under 13's opening batter in action.
North Middlesex CC Girls Teams  practice every Saturday morning from 9.00am to 10.30am at…
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Added by Mike Harris on February 10, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

My latest novel, The Navy Wife, is out now

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…

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Added by Helena Halme on December 18, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

For Sale: Yamaha DGX-530 88-Key Keyboard with Matching Stand, Sustain Pedal and Piano Stool

This is a great board to play on. It's full sized (all 88 keys), comes with manual, stand, book rest, A/C adapter, and a sustain pedal, which a lot of other boards don't and you have to buy the sustain separate. The sound quality is great.

 

£350 + collect from Crouch End. Please contact Martin on 159mvr@gmail.com

Added by Martin Hoskins on October 12, 2015 at 13:38 — No Comments

Are you curious?

Curious what kind of (mostly free) food is on OLIO - The Food Sharing Revolution? Take a look to see all 508 items added since July...and if you're outside our launch area, the good news is we are expanding to all of Haringey, Islington, Camden & Hackney next week, so download the app now to be ready when we come to you! …

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Added by Saasha Celestial-One on August 30, 2015 at 14:51 — No Comments

house clearance

an arty house being completely cleared. Lots of kitchen/office stuff, furniture, sofas, antique chairs, linen, household goods, lots of picture frames, huge bed and wardrobe, garden plants in nice pots, etc etc

priced to sell /make an offer. may be able to deliver

please email jenny.corrick@free.fr or text/ring on 07881566705 for more info

Added by jenny corrick on April 28, 2015 at 14:13 — 2 Comments

Portraits by IMPREINT on view in the Hornsey Library - Haringey Council

The Hornsey Library inaugurated today the one month long exposition of part of the project Portraits.
The Opinion8…
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Added by Napsugar Budai on April 23, 2015 at 17:40 — No Comments

Community food sharing initative

Homes in and around Crouch End throw away over 6.6 million kilos of perfectly good food every year, worth £20 million.
 
OLIO is a free local app launching in June. Neighbours and businesses can easily connect to exchange their edible surplus food. If you love food, hate waste, want a bargain, or care about your community, OLIO is for…
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Added by Saasha Celestial-One on April 16, 2015 at 22:02 — No Comments

Portraits by IMPREINT on display in London

Yesterday evening opened the first of a series of exhibitions of the one year long project 'Portraits' of the artist IMPREINT. Portraits ran in 2014 as a fruit of the 1000…

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Added by Napsugar Budai on March 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Donation

Images from Tbilisi Georgia N29 Public School of the donated work created during the workshop of the artist IMPREINT in the Hornsey Children's Library Haringey in December 2014.   www.impreint.com

London, UK:…

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Added by Napsugar Budai on January 22, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helena Halme on December 29, 2014 at 18:13 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helena Halme on October 14, 2014 at 13:48 — No Comments

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