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Blood Pressure

I've been checking my blood pressure (bp). I own one of those little machines you can have at home which claims to measure bp and pulse rate, and I chanced to find it again recently. I've got a set of scales in the basement so I think I can measure my weight fairly accurately and I have a vague recollection of my height from years ago (though I am at a time of my life when I might be shrinking). What a splendid chance to combine two interests (hypochondria and computers) and create a graph…


Added by Adrian Essex on January 22, 2012 at 12:23 — 1 Comment

Looking for suitable premises

Hi I'm a mosaic artist living in Hornsey.  I would like to run a weekend course in the next month or so: does anyone know of a possible venue?  My flat and studio just isn't big enough.  

Added by Crouch End Mosaic on January 5, 2012 at 14:16 — 2 Comments

'The Dinosaur of Crouch End' is nearing it's Extinction!




Added by Jon Newey on December 2, 2011 at 12:53 — No Comments

A couple of damp squibs

I bought an iPad almost by accident. A family member was vaguely interested so I had a look on eBay and there was an iPad for sale, at what seemed like a good price. I bid, knowing I wouldn't get it and lo and behold I got it. So this weekend I've been away and I took my iPad with me, a chance to get to know it on the really quite long train journeys involved. Perhaps a train isn't the ideal environment to grow to love an Internet connected device, but it didn't do very well in the hotel… Continue

Added by Adrian Essex on November 6, 2011 at 20:20 — No Comments

So Crouch Enders, where is this then?

Added by Eugene on November 2, 2011 at 23:51 — 6 Comments

FREE Christmas Party in Crouch End

Kat’s Whiskers Christmas Kracker!

Saturday 17th December @ 2.30-5.30pm

Hornsey Vale Community Centre

60 Mayfield Road

London, N8 9LP (click here for our poster christmas%20kracker-1.pdf)


Our Indian Summer has finally come to an end and now Christmas is just…


Added by Kat Georghiou on October 14, 2011 at 11:36 — 2 Comments

Solar Panel Scepticism - Lies, Promises and the First Estate

There will be a meeting on Wednesday September 14th in the Hornsey Library about the installation of Solar Energy. The meeting is organised by an architect, and speakers include an installer, a householder with an installation, a local 'green' activist group and a group aiming to retro fit Victorian Terraces with energy efficient stuff. No doubt they will make a convincing case…


Added by Adrian Essex on September 13, 2011 at 11:32 — No Comments

Bankers to run rings round fencing?

I WAS sad enough this morning to read the "Executive Summary" of the Vickers report on banking reform, published today. I know a little bit about this subject having worked in the City for a while.

The guts is that the government (with wide support in Parliament) intends to "Ring Fence", or partially separate, the retail banking from the merchant banking operations. This is supposed to be a safer arrangement, although the…


Added by Clive Carter on September 12, 2011 at 19:30 — 7 Comments

Calling all Nature Lovers



Here's the link to my blog. It's aboutthe beautiful and surprising natural wonders to be found at the Meadow Orchard, a large site which has recently been leased from the NHS to Crouchenders for 29 years. The Meadow Orchard is behind the Hornsey Health Centre.

Because it was undisturbed for 20…


Added by Mary Hogan on September 5, 2011 at 15:21 — 2 Comments

Another Food Blog

We've had visitors this week (my parents-in-law). They spend all day but don't stay overnight with us, so I'm responsible for lunch, and frankly, I don't cope very well. I prepare almost nothing, everything is shop bought and ready made (apart from one lunch at the Queen's).

So the day they arrived  I'd ordered some cupcakes from Bittersweet. These were delivered…


Added by Adrian Essex on September 1, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments








Added by art CLASS on August 24, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

Outings on my motor cycle and age weighted athletics results

I'm still not doing many miles on my motor bike so not long ago I set off on it to have a look at a couple of parks where there are parkruns. Finsbury Park is very convenient for me, I can jog over to it before the run, but it does have some killer hills on the 5k route, indeed I'd go so far as to say there are no flat bits, and climbing the steep one twice, once on each lap, must add considerably to the time taken. So I set off to look elsewhere for somewhere flatter, with a view to…


Added by Adrian Essex on August 22, 2011 at 23:18 — No Comments

A quick food blog

I went to Morley's the Butcher (23 Broadway Parade) on Tuesday, I think it was. I bought veal fillet, chuck steak and rump tips. Now I'm just a beginner at this cooking lark so I wasn't sure what to do with all these things. I asked my question out loud and the lady from the autistic children's charity shop suggested stir fry for the rump tips (no, not that loud, she was buying meat too).…


Added by Adrian Essex on August 21, 2011 at 12:58 — 3 Comments

On the origins of the 2008 financial crisis

This isn't a local issue – more of a global one, that I post here only because I think we may get close to some of the origins of the financial crisis that is causing such widespread disruption. These are the view's of one man, a Moody's insider.


I've just come across this submission of just a few days ago, to the Securities and Exchange Commission by a former Moody's…


Added by Clive Carter on August 20, 2011 at 18:31 — 2 Comments

Happy Feet: the lost Emperor Penguin: live feed

When the lost Emperor Penguin waddled ashore at Peka Peka beach north of Wellington, NZ, he had little idea it would cause world attention.


"Happy Feet" started to eat sand, thinking it a good substitute for snow, to cool down. Big tummy ache. Operation performed by Wellington's top gastroenterologist.


Here's a live link to Happy Feet, continuing to recover…


Added by Clive Carter on August 5, 2011 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

N8 T-Shirts

Today I'm wearing my all-time favourite t-shirt, a red one with this on it:



I got it in Portobello Market, of all places, about five or six years ago. It's getting a bit faded already, and there are several holes in one side, so I have just been doing a quick bit of googling to see if I…


Added by Jo Trew on August 1, 2011 at 13:09 — 4 Comments

Mid life crisis - I might not grow out of it

There are two aspects to my ongoing crisis I can confess to today - my bike and my athletics.

The bike is still a source of pleasure to me - it looks much more impressive than it actually is, and my familiarity with it is increasing, though only very slowly. I've had insurance on it now for about 4 weeks, in which time I've travelled about 30 miles. Owning a motor bike was always much more just an idea than actually a need for transport. I've managed to mix up the types of miles a…


Added by Adrian Essex on July 27, 2011 at 15:16 — 1 Comment

Stroud Green Residents Association newsletter


Stroud Green Residents Association has published its Summer newsletter:



Added by Clive Carter on July 20, 2011 at 14:40 — 2 Comments

Forum Ownership

I've stopped a couple of times lately to think about the ownership of a forum.

By writing this I am admitting ownership.

The first time was when a correspondent asked me if I was the owner of OpinioN8 and went on to ask "Do you think a photo of the owners with their biography and motivation, to welcome new members like me, so we know who we're dealing with and why, is mandatory?"

The second time was when I attended a …


Added by Adrian Essex on July 9, 2011 at 23:13 — No Comments

Summer goes with a Swing

Ah June, not so much busting out all over but forcing us to run for cover.  We seem to have spent a lot of time indoors this month, snapping our fingers at raindrops and hoping that the roof wouldn’t spring any more leaks.  The May Gala to celebrate Spring Bank holiday in Stationer’s Park was a little damp towards the end but the children very much enjoyed painting a tipi and making hand decorated wings.  There were jams, chutneys and a colourful assortment of knitted items for sale and…


Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on July 7, 2011 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

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