7 Ways to Save Your Soul in North London
Written by: Violet Myers
Remember the time you convinced Jason Anderson that eating grass was how the Hulk achieved his super human powers? How about the time you devoured your housemate’s Mini Milks and then blamed it on global warming? Well, we don’t mean to worry you or make anyone repent too heavily, but that divine intervention hasn’t happened and it turns out that the great big metropolis in the sky works on a points system. Unfortunately, you’re getting a D- at best.
Now, as we’re mates and all, we’ve had a word.
The big guy upstairs has his concerns but knows that deep down you are a stand-up chap and just need a chance to prove your decency. We think the big bacon slide on the disco cloud may get a bit lonely without you, so we’ve devised a list of ways to help your community and save your soul all at the same time. Tell Gandhi and Bowie to make room on their ultimate frisbee team, this heaven thing is in the bank.
1. The GoodGym – Help Kentish Town Farm
May 4th, 6.45pm
150 Ossulston St, Kings Cross
Savagely kill two birds with one stone by toning up those gams and that flabby old soul. Embrace that inner Olivia Newton John by getting physical, mucking in and helping some farm brothers out.
Check out The GoodGym for other local opportunities to get fit while helping your community.
2. Food Not Bombs – Volunteer to Cook / Collect / Deliver Food
Donate those stew making skills to a wonderful charity who are saving the world one vegan lasagne at a time. Food Not Bombs do fantastic work all over the country, offering food, friendship, support and community to anyone who needs it. They’re always on the look out for cooks willing to lend a helping hand, or if cooking brings back molten pasta nightmares why not offer some help delivering these delicious bounties?
Check out Food Not Bombs to see how you can help your local chapter.
3. Folk Against Violence – Charity Concert for Solace Women’s Aid
May 4th, 7.30pm
St Pancras Old Church
A charity folk concert raising funds for Solace Women’s Aid, a local charity offering support to those who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Featuring an all-female lineup, soloist Katey Brookes alongside bands Xylaroo and Wednesday’s Wolves, will treat their audience to a night of exceptional music in one of North London’s most beautiful venues.
4. The Scouts Association – Become an Assistant Scout / Beaver Leader
Stoke Newington, N16 0AH
Help to mentor your local scout group and pretend you’re a good self-sacrificing member of your community while really indulging in a spot of glitter craft and some outdoor adventuring. Damn, karma is fun! No qualifications are necessary, although a certain tolerance for children is very much advised.
Check out Do It for more information.
5. Team Up – Tutor English and Maths
Stoke Newington, N16 9EX
Help under performing students reach their full potential with small group tutoring. Here’s your chance to help inspire struggling kids and guide a new generation through the marvels of writing BOOBIES into a calculator, St Peter better get your massage chair ready in heaven because you’re going to be a shoe in.
Check out:Team Up to see which schools are looking for help.
6. Centra Volunteering – Laughter Therapy
Got a knack for a good old knock knock joke? How about a raunchy limerick? “There once was a lady from Harringay…” This stuff writes itself, I’m telling you, well, Centra Volunteering needs you! Laughter therapy gives older people the opportunity to enhance their lives, build relationships and have a jolly good giggle in the mean time.
If you’re outgoing, optimistic and looking to give back check out Centra Group.
7. Muswell Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen – Feed the Hungry
Lend a helping hand to a charity that has been feeding the needy since 1994, Boy George, that’s a lot of soup! Open 5 nights a week, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 40 people a night, offering friendship, guidance, support and a hot meal to anyone who needs it.
For more information contact: email@example.com.
Staying in a hotel one mile from where you actually live feels strange enough, but doing it on your own is even stranger. These photos are a visual record of me wandering the lonely corridors of a new boutique hotel between the hours of 10-12pm. I would describe the decor as handmade but not cheap, minimal but not clinical. It has the feeling that money has been spent on the things that matter.
The rumours are true: a cheese festival exists and it’s coming to North London. This Sunday. Be there or be … cheese-less I suppose. But you’ve gouda get there early: If you’re as keen as brie and one of the first fifty fromage fondlers to show, you’re in the running for a free bottle of Black Cow’s pure milk vodka. Traders will be setting up stalls along Islington’s Chapel Market: from the Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future to La Fromagerie and The Cheese Truck.
Dream Talk. It’s like Dream Phone, but not at all. Artist Emma Alonze and musician Andy Becker have joined forces to collaborate on a (possibly prophetic) new sound art project. Londoners are invited to take a moment out of their daily commute, routine or journey and immerse themselves in a narrated collection of dreams. Taking three years worth of forty winks, Alonze has gathered and narrated a chosen few to be set to an ambient soundtrack by Becker.
Holy smoke, her nipples are on fire! Somebody pass the woman an extinguisher. Wait, why is she climbing into that giant margarita glass - does she not know it's highly flammable? She's going to need to be doused with a sizable portion of aloe vera gel at this rate, the poor lamb.
If there's anything the new moon today has told us, it's that it's time to be our true selves. That's what my horoscope told me today anyway. But what does that mean exactly? It means that if you want to eat honey loops for lunch, you 100% can. It means if you feel like learning how to make a bouquet instead of working on your tax forms, you 100% can. It also means if you want to learn how the deep throat (singing technique) you don't have to explain yourself. You're keeping it .
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We all have our own ways of dealing with life when things get shitty. Having a big cry and getting it all out can be incredibly therapeutic, and even more so when we find ourselves repeating the same line over and over through the tears. “He’s a dick!” or “I’m not a bad person!” These little lines of reinforcement help us push through the crappy feeling. Sometimes we might even revert to a hearty little stamp on the floor / kick of some unsuspecting object. It feels surprisingly satisfying when the rage sets in and we feel helpless.
This Friday sees the release of Malian master musicians, Trio Da Kali’s new album Ladilikan. Fusing rich, expressive vocals with traditional instruments like the balafon and bass ngoni, this is a beautiful mix of ancient Mande culture and contemporary Malian sounds. Luckily for us North Londoners, we have the opportunity to see the trio play live in the rather fitting ethereal surrounds of Stoke Newington Church next month.
Walking along Monsell Road in Finsbury Park, we spy the charming exterior of a shop looking like something out of a children’s book circa 1932. Beneath a green and white striped awning, a whimsical new world of mini animals awaits. Once inside we stumble about the store in hushed awe, reaching over a book of minuscule carpet samples/ family of miniature otters to tap a tiny bell.
Whether you’re looking for something to entertain your kids, your friends’ kids or that particularly large man child in your life, you might just have lucked out. Snug are hosting an open air screening of The Incredibles next Saturday evening. There will be tasty sourdough pizzas from Sodo Pizza (Upper Clapton) and ultimate authentic curries from Rice n Spice, Northwold Road.
Coming soon to a Tufnell Park near you is a whole new vegetable patch of delights / wheat field to run vicariously through. It’s time to get excited for Ceremony: a brand new bar/restaurant serving modern British veggie cuisine. Although the website remains tantalisingly mysterious, you can glean more info from their well stocked insta.
Sound baths, pit parties, fake cheese and nipples, these are a few of our favourite things, said no one ever. Bored of drinking down the pub every evening? Unlikely, but bare with me. Sometimes you just want to let down your hair, shake it off and do something down right odd of an evening... followed by a pint at the pub.
It’s been a few months since the last instalment of Online vs Offline. I deleted Bumble, Happn and Tinder, flirted with the idea of match.com, went to a friend’s wedding, heard the vicar call my name instead of the Bride’s and reflected briefly on the crushing inevitability of my own spinsterhood before realising everyone was laughing in the pews and I should probably join them.
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