Author Archives: Ruchira Sharma

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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Dating column: Thanks god he was a leftie

I walked into Little Bat, a trendy cocktail bar, absolutely shaking. I’d already wandered around for ten minutes in Highbury and Islington, attempting to feign a fashionably late entrance yet all it had achieved was an increased trepidation for the torture I called a first date. An edgy bleached blonde bartender ushered me into a

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London’s first black bookshop under threat from closure

London’s groundbreaking first black bookshop could close after 50 years unless it finds a significant cash injection. New Beacon Books, which opened in Finsbury Park in 1966 and once held literary salons with some of the world’s most famous black writers, poets and activists including C.L.R James, Stokely Carmichael and Linton Kwesi Johnson, now survives

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Your reactions to the budget

Philip Hammond delivered the budget on Wednesday with a number of key changes that will affect Islington residents. Important changes include the sugar tax being set at 24p per litre for sweet drinks, a rise to £7.50 for the living wage in April and the tax-free income bracket raised to £11,500. Local residents told us

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When dating isn’t harmonious

“Shall I play my song for you?” “Erm, yeah I suppose that’d be… fun.” He turns around and I immediately take the moment to wonder how I ended up in the most pretentious and cringeworthy moment of my dating life thus far. Oh yes, I’m on a date with a musician, that’s why. We begin

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