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relationships are common to most of us. How we deal with the possibility of redundancy, being promoted or overlooked, or life changes such as the death of a colleague, friend or family member depends on many factors but talking things through in a confidential space with a non- judgmental counsellor can be an important first step to regaining equilibrium. Camilla specialises in working with


professionals and applauds the traditionally male legal and financial worlds for any engagement with individual counselling. Research shows that men are more resistant to the idea of therapy than women and are more likely to suffer breakdowns before they seek help, rather than as they begin to feel things becoming more of a struggle. As her private practice, EC2 Therapy, grows she is proud to be a part of a more enlightened approach to the better mental health of all those who live and work in and around the Barbican. See Camilla’s website for more


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details: www.ec2therapy.com New Estate Agency


aunched in October 2013, Stratford Childs is a new estate agency offering residential


sales, lettings, management and new homes throughout central London. Jonathan Stratford and Alex Childs have over 20 years combined experience in central London Estate Agency throughout the City fringe, the Barbican, Islington, Hackney and Shoreditch. Stratford Childs also specialises in


land and development consultancy, working with small niche developers as well publicly listed house builders to source off market residential land opportunities in central London. Alex and Jonathan are firm believers in offering a personalised level of service to all property buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants in their core areas.


S Hello Fresh


tephanie Ross just tried a Hello Fresh five-meal grocery box. They plan the recipes and send


you almost all ingredient (except cooking oil, salt and milk). Dishes take 35 minutes to make – great for


friend. “Oh, yes, replied Olivia, “If you like your food burnt and disgusting”. Well not anymore. For more information see www.hellofresh.co.uk


BOOK REVIEW


those with no time or enjoyment for meal planning, cooking or shopping. You can cook and eat healthy food with minimum mucking about. There is variety, no repetitive ready meal flavours or last minute shopping. The two-person box was plenty for


Stephanie and her two children (Alex 10 years and Olivia 14 years). She was out when the box arrived, collecting it three hours later from the car park. This was fine. The meat (there is a vegetarian option as well as a family box too) was kept cold at 4˚C by a layer of sheep wool (compostable) in a tin layer of plastic (recyclable). Ingredients were all fresh. Meat for stir-fry beef (Alex's favourite) was really tender. Olivia liked Mexican tortillas best. Stephanie loved quinoa and courgette patties (they didn't crumble on cooking - a big bonus), followed by shepherd's pie. Grilled chicken with coriander was also good. The Hello Fresh boxes come as part


of a monthly subscription. There is no fixed term. You only pay for the boxes you need and use – but you must notify them the Wednesday before delivery if you don’t want a box. At the end of the five days,


reflecting on the Hello Fresh box, Stephanie says she was startled to realize how much prepared food we normally use and how much stress and time was saved from last minute rushed shopping. The Hello Fresh website compares their costs favourably to normal grocery shopping. Stephanie did an assessment - repeating the meals the following week. The prices were pretty much the same for but the box freed up noticeably more of her early evening time. The meals were enjoyed by the children – sometimes ungrateful diners. A passing remark from her daughter some years ago stays in the part of her mind where once a more willing cook resided: “Is your Mum a good cook”? asked her


The Guildhall Historians – Their treasures revealed


By C. Douglas Woodward A


nother Christmas present option for a fellow resident of the City, or for anyone


who has an association with it, is this book from prolific Barbican historian, author and Gilbert House resident Douglas Woodward who seems to be immersing himself in local history in his retirement. This book brings together aspects of the City of London’s history and governance as recorded by some 140 Aldermen and Councilmen over the past 70 years who have recorded events great and small from the City’s history from the Roman conquest to the present day. These historical papers record


battles between monarchs and the Guildhall and numerous other fascinating snippets of history. These are from papers published by the little known Guildhall historical association, which has, since its foundation during the Second World War, published some 200 papers delving into the city’s history and idiosyncracies. Woodward has pulled this plethora


of research together in a way as a definitive history of the GHA and as a record of the many papers that have gone into its remarkable literary achievements. Douglas Woodward has a deep love


of the City and its institutions. He had a long career as a Common Councilman culminating in his appointment as Chief Commoner in 1993. He draws together this divergent historical research in his own inimitable manner. The Guildhall Historians by C


Douglas Woodward – Published by Olympia Publishers – ISBN 978-1- 84897-309-1 Price £12.99. available also through Amazon.co.uk


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A Hello Fresh family box


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