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UPCOMING EVENTS IN ISLINGTON

SATURDAY JANUARY 28 

BIRDS Islington Park Ranger, Fiona Mackenzie-Cardy, leads an annual bird watch. Binoculars and identification sheets provided. King Henry’s Walk Garden, 11c King Henry's Walk, N1. Visit www.khwgarden.org.uk for further details. 10.30am-11.30am. 

FAMILY Explore Zoology. Budding zoologists are invited to enjoy a series of hands-on fun activities that will answer the most curious of questions; like how heavy an elephant's tusk is and how sharp a shark’s tooth is. Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1. 020 3108 2052. Free. Drop in between 1pm-4pm. 

SUNDAY JANUARY 29 

CONCERT Piatti Quartet. The multi award-winning young ensemble takes to the stage with a compelling repertoire, including works by Haydn and Britten. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £10, or free for anyone aged between eight and 25-years-old courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm. 

TALK My Death, My Decision. With polls regularly supporting a change in the law on assisted suicide, campaigner and Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS) member, Phil Cheatle, discusses how the establishment are out of touch with the issue, and what can be done about it. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £3/£2. 11am-1pm. 

TALK Handling the Pressure. The popular, positive talk series returns with tips and advice on how to handle pressure the right way. The Urdang, the Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1. 020 7836 6688. Free. 4.30pm-6pm. 

MONDAY JANUARY 30 

MUSIC Union Chapel Singers. Singing a variety of music, including pop, folk and classical. Members do not need to be able to read music, and there is no auditions. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1. Email uc.singers@gmail.com for further details. £6. 7.30pm. 

TUESDAY JANUARY 31 

DISCUSSION The Impact of War on Family Separation from 1939 to Today. The British Red Cross host a discussion on the long-term impact of war on family loss and separation. British Red Cross, Auditorium, 44 Moorfields, EC2. 020 7636 7247. Free, but must book by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk. 6.30pm-8pm. 

LECTURE Cheats, Liars and Fornicators: The Hidden Face of Mother Nature. Professor Steve Jones from the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London, talks about the crafty ways of living creatures, and how they manipulate their surroundings. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. 6pm-7pm. 

TALK The Novel of the Century. Biographer David Bellos discusses his new book, which focuses on the world-wide success of 'Les Miserables' and writer Victor Hugo. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. £10. 7pm. 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 

BOOK LAUNCH Training for Exploitation? Join Precarious Workers Brigade for a launch celebration and preview of the new publication, offering up a critical resource pack for educators teaching employability, professional practice and work-based learning. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £3, redeemable against any purchase. 7pm. 

LECTURE Should We Trust a Theory? Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Joseph Silk, asks whether a scientific theory can, or ever needs to be, confirmed? Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. 1pm-2pm. 

SUPPORT SLOW (Surviving the Loss of Your World). Weekly support groups for bereaved parents in the N7 area. Held Wednesday's during term time between 11am-12.30pm. There are also monthly evening support groups for bereaved parents and creative workshops for bereaved siblings available. Call 07532 423 674 or email info@slowgroup.co.uk for more details. 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2 

LECTURE Trends in Inequality. Discussing how rapid economic growth in the emerging worlds has taken many families out of poverty, but has placed downward pressure of manufacturing wages in the advanced world. Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. 020 7831 0575. Free. 1pm-2pm. 

TALK John Burnside: Writing Across The Divide. Enjoy an evening with acclaimed writer John Burnside, who will discuss his work, including two new books – a novel, 'Ashland and Vine', and a poetry collection, 'Still Life with Feeding Snake'. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546. £10/£7. 7pm-8.30pm. 

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