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Westminster terror attack: ‘everything suddenly went very still’

EXCLUSIVE: Our reporter James Somper recalls the experience of being in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon.  I heard three gunshots. I froze. It had been a dull, grey afternoon when I’d got on the tube. I was on my way to an interview in the Westminster area, due there for 3pm. With a spring in my step, I

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Karate expert gears up for Tokyo 2020

A karate expert from Holloway has set his sights on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Last June, the Olympic Committee announced that karate would be included as an Olympic sport for the first time. This announcement signalled a number of significant changes in how the sport is governed. Alton Brown, who trains at Ringcross

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Shoreditch Grind licence plans delayed

A popular espresso bar and restaurant has been forced to prolong its wait for a late night music licence after a council hearing over the issue has been delayed. Shoreditch Grind is looking to be able to play recorded music past 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights, when it is open until 1am. This requires an

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Meet the author of Hornsey Road art project

Bright yellow polystyrene figures hanging off objects have appeared in Hornsey Road over the past few days. Islington Now tracked down the artist and asked him what it was all about. ‘Kit’ has been an artist for about 25 years, but prefers to remain anonymous. “I want people to look at my art, not at

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Angel Comedy Club – cheap gags!

Saving a few pennies is always a cause for celebration in London. When it comes to comedy or drama however, a common expectation is that what you pay for is what you get. So where does that leave Angel comedy club then? Angel Comedy runs free stand-up seven nights a week from a function room

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TfL U-turn over Highbury Overground staff cuts

Rail bosses yesterday decided not to remove staff from Highbury & Islington Overground station after customers expressed safety concerns.Staff would be removed from four Overground stations: Canada Water, West Brompton, Blackhorse Road and Highbury & Islington. The decision comes amidst record budget cuts by TfL after the Department for Transport announced in 2015 that it

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Street brawls highlight gang problem

  Earlier this month, a group of mainly young women brawled in the middle of Goswell Road, throwing chairs and punches and bringing traffic to a halt. The scene was captured on film by one bystander, who posted it on Facebook. Only days after, another fight was captured on camera, this time on Upper Street.

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Islington’s secret LGBT history

There is a rich history of LGBT+ action in Islington, from the first gay rights demonstration in the 1970s to the first openly gay MP. The first openly transgender Labour councillor to be elected, Osh Gantly (Highbury East), is just one of the latest milestones passed in the borough. 2017 is a very important year

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How a bad reaction to the contraceptive implant ruined my career

Two years ago aspiring actress Francesca Mann, 19, from Islington, had an allergic reaction to the contraceptive implant resulting in life changing consequences. Her arm was left severely bruised and damaged. Her face swelled up and she developed hormonal and cystic acne.   I was 17 when I had the contraceptive implant. I was going

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How Islington’s toxic air is slowly killing our children

What links Upper Street, Pentonville Road, Holloway Road and Seven Sisters Road? As well as being the busiest traffic thoroughfares in Islington, these places are also the borough’s most toxic pollution hotspots. The cost to some Islington residents is certainly fatal. According to Friends of the Earth’s Islington co-ordinator Katarina Korytkova, air pollution is the

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