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Tour guide sees the funny side of life

18 January, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

George Baddeley

A comic expert who lives in Clerkenwell is launching his first guided walk about the history of comedy. George Baddeley qualified as a tour guide from Islington Guided Walks last September. George said: “It will be about the history of comedy and popular entertainment in the Angel area since the 18th century. The walk will be like a time machine hopping backwards and forwards.” George ran a

company called Silver Comedy – workshops with older people in social housing nationwide. “We will start at Sadler’s wells and talk about Grimaldi who invented clowns,” says George.

“We will end at the Bill Murray comedy club where people will have a chance to watch some performers.”

The guided walk will take place next Saturday (January 26) from 2pm at Angel Station until 3.30pm.

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 Guides still walking after 30 years

Jack Hawkins cutting the cake with Mayor Dave Poyser

Islington Guided Walks held a celebration for their grand 30th anniversary last week.

Jack Hawkins, who was chairman of the association from 1998 to 2008, had the honour of cutting the cake with Mayor Dave Poyser. Marketing officer Karen Lansdown said: “The cake looked great and it was delicious too. We have been doing a lot to celebrate our anniversary during the last few months, including a walk for charity which raised over £500 for CARIS [Christian Action and Response in Society] and Freightliners City Farm. What we have been trying to do is bring the history of the area to life so people who live in the area or are visiting can find out more about it. All the buildings, different squares and characters are brought to life.”This year, Islington Guided Walks are working with Islington Museum for regular tours at the Caledonian Clock Tower. Islington Guided Walks has 150 trained tour guides. For more information see


Teddy in his 70s becomes a pin-up

Photographer Chris Jepson with Harvey, and some scenes from the calendar

The Toy Project in Junction Road, Archway, has launched a calendar featuring an elderly teddy bear on travels across the capital.

Photographer Chris Jepson went on tour with Harvey the bear across London.

“We started in Paddington meeting the cousins of Paddington bear and moved up to Camden Town and through to Soho,” says Chris.

“We did 13 locations around London in two days. Lots of tourists were snapping us in the background.”

The proceeds raised from sales of the calendar will go back into the project which recycles unwanted, new and used toys to give to  children in need.

Angela Hobsbaum donated Harvey the bear to the Toy Project. Angela came across the teddy when moving house two years ago and packing boxes at her previous home in Dartmouth Park.

“Harvey was so battered and loved that people at the shop couldn’t sell him,” says Chris. “So they kept him as a bit of a mascot.”

Angela says: “I’m nearly 75 now, and he was always there, propped in a corner of my bedroom or sharing my bed. I am thrilled to see that Harvey has a new lease of life, smart new outfits and a whole new itinerary. Seeing the calendar made me feel quite nostalgic. Silly really – since he hadn’t been part of my life for many years. I also felt that my mother, who died over 30 years ago, would have been proud of him, and probably a bit bemused. My daughter, who played with him 40 years ago, also admired him reincarnated as Harvey.”

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