News in brief: Literature, health and tree planting

Going back in time LITERATURE lovers were asked to take an al-fresco journey back more than 100 years as they join Mark Twain at his former summer home. This month will see the centenary of the death of the famous writer, who stayed at Dollis Hill House

Going back in time

LITERATURE lovers were asked to take an al-fresco journey back more than 100 years as they join Mark Twain at his former summer home.

This month will see the centenary of the death of the famous writer, who stayed at Dollis Hill House, in Gladstone Park, during the summer of 1900.

As Mr Twain wrote during his stay: 'There is no suggestion of city here; it is country, pure and simple, and as still and reposeful as is the bottom of the sea.'


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Audiences watched the 30 minute play, entitled 'Mark Twain at Dollis Hill House' last Saturday.

Health is just a call away

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UNHEALTHY families looking to improve their lifestyle need look no further, writes Glenn McMahon.

Brent Council is offering free ten-week courses to children aged between seven and 10 and their families, who want help in making healthier choices.

The twice-a-week workshops that started on Monday, include exercise classes, recipe tasting and a supermarket tour.

Parents can also receive guidance on diet, bullying and personal development.

The classes are taking place at Donnington Primary School in Uffington Road, Willesden, and Kingsbury Green Primary School in Old Kenton lane, Kingsbury. For more information or to book a class call Marimba Cameron on 020 8937 3055 or go to www.mendprogramme.org

Planting in the streets

RESIDENTS have brightened up their lives by organising a tree-planting scheme.

Five Maple trees were planted outside the former EMI building, in Brook Green, near the junction of Hammersmith Road.

The scheme was funded by Brook Green Residents' Association, Winkworths estate agents, Thames Water, the Mayor

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