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BARBICAN LIFE


Right: Daryl Brown Far right:: Matthew Hunter


medals, wrist and pocket watches. I basically buy what I love and not just for the sake of a profit."


A little known fact is that Henry specialises in antique jewellery from 1800 to 1970, which has been his passion for decades. ‘Jewellery is as individual as it is unique. Each piece is a masterpiece, hand crafted and fashion led. From the belle- epoch pieces of classical Victorian diamond jewellery to the outlandish and sometimes over-the-top and ‘avante-garde’ designer pieces of the late 1960’s, each item has a story, not just of the piece itself, but of its creator and the cultural influences of the period. That principal also extends to many pieces of costume and dress jewellery’.


CityPoint Club “To be a happy - or at least reasonably well- balanced - functioning individual we need to look after our body as well as our mind.”


ungian Psychoanalyst and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, Catherine Cox, is a longstanding Barbican resident and member of The CityPoint Club. She has a local practice - City Psychotherapy - with a full and varied caseload.


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Catherine's work is demanding, requiring considerable time in her consulting rooms. She is an expert in her field and has many interests. But like a lot of busy professionals, jumping about at the gym isn't really one of them. She exercises twice a week because it keeps her healthy and over the last five years has been doing this with two of The CityPoint Club's knowledgeable Personal Trainers, Daryl and Matt. They are responsible for her fitness program so that she can exercise safely without taking more time than necessary out of her busy schedule. Sessions are tailored very specifically to her own evolving individual concerns and issues. There are no expectations to be Super Woman although she does exercise significantly more efficiently with Daryl and Matt compared with training alone. She has seen a huge improvement in physical ability and performance and credits her absence of colds and flu this winter to a strong immune system boosted by regular exercise.


Catherine visits The CityPoint Club at off-peak times and appreciates its smaller, friendly and more mature fitness environment. She regularly sees other Barbican neighbours and enjoys the community aspect given the relentless pace of life in our locality. Membership is capped so equipment and classes don't get overcrowded.


As a sensorimotor therapist Catherine recognises the physical repercussions experienced by negative experiences - like trauma and stress. There is a significant body of evidence showing exercise to be an effective way to regulate persistent low level anxiety, stress and depression. Though there may be many psychological barriers to joining and attending a gym regularly for someone who is not that fit. Catherine feels that The CityPoint Club's welcoming and supportive atmosphere can reduce such concerns.


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Daryl regularly facilitates fitness seminars at The CityPoint Club and is offering Barbican residents the opportunity to attend the next one on 18th July at 6.30pm which will include top tips to get the most out of your workout. just email info@ thecitypointclub.co.uk to register. The first twenty lucky readers registering will receive a complimentary Personal Training session with Daryl or Matt. To find out more about The CityPoint Club visit www.thecitypointclub.co.uk or call 0207 920 6200


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The Madder139 Gallery, Whitecross Street


he engagingly eloquent Debbie Carslaw, art collector and former property lawyer, owns and runs the Madder139 Gallery in Whitecross Street.


She is currently showing some intriguing surrealist landscapes, hinting of Dali and Magritte, by contemporary Northumberland artist Guy Allott. "View Towards San Bernardino" (pictured) comes from his extensive American travels and interest in the 19th century voyages of discovery. The landscape is timeless, is it today or a thousand years ago? Colours and textures contrast thought-provokingly.


In "Blue Pylon" (pictured) is the landscape from Switzerland, Yorkshire or both? Through the metal structure's spaces we see snatches of other landscapes while a heraldic flag flutters above. Two of Guy's small black and white architectural water colours draw you into fragmented centres.


Regular visits that Guy and his Estonian composer partner made to Eastern Europe are evident in the gallery's second room. In "Silver Machine" a lonely figure looks out into the solitude of green hues of land land, or is it sea?


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