Category Archives: News features

Mother’s day in Islington: what are you going to do?

Ahead of Mother’s Day this weekend, Islington Now spoke some people around Islington about their plans (or lack of) for the day itself. Faruk, 23 – “I knew that it was coming this weekend. I’m not going to do anything special for it, I’ll probably get her some gifts as I work in retail. Things

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Meet Labour’s first elected transgender politician, Osh Gantly

At a time when trans activists and celebrities are more visible than ever, you’d probably expect to hear more about the Labour Party’s first elected transgender politician. But local councillor and trans woman Osh Gantly remains under the radar in many ways, preferring to work on borough-wide issues than tackle LGBT rights from a more

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£500K road to close for 18 months just a year after reopening

A road that cost over half a million pounds to redevelop will be closed for 18 months to allow for further construction, just 15 months after reopening. Islington Council spent £510,000 on converting a section of Caledonian Road to a two-way road, according to a Freedom of Information request. The road reopened in December 2014.

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Amanda Eatwell: “While Instagram is great, you don’t get the same softness that you do with film”

Islington-based photographer Amanda Eatwell has a clear vision for her latest body of work; a project she is calling Downtime. Inspired by the ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ philosophy, Amanda’s latest series of photos explores the differences between what people do as a profession and what they do in their spare time. Amanda

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Riding to the top: Islington Cycling Club leaves no one behind

British cycling success at the 2012 Olympics was a “perfect wave” for launching the Islington Cycling Club (ICC) the following year, says club secretary David Shannon. A cold winter meant that the inaugural club run was delayed until April 2013, but it was clear from the moment the Olympic torch was extinguished that there was

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Emily Thornberry DJs at Sadiq Khan fundraiser

Emily Thornberry was spotted trying her hand at DJing in a club in Vauxhall last night. The Islington South MP spun a few tunes at Vauxhall Tavern while attending a Labour fundraiser for mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan. The public reacted positively when the evening’s secret headliner was announced: ‘Shadow Defence Secretary Emily Thornberry will be joining

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Meet the owner of Islington’s new independent business, MagCulture

What inspired you to open magCulture? In other European cities there are spectacular magazine shops. If you know where to look in London you can find some great magazines, but I felt there needed to be a dedicated shop with specialist and rarer magazines. I came to working in publishing through design and what made

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Crowdfunding battle to change high-rise development plans

Residents in Tufnell Park have launched a crowdfunding campaign to thwart plans to replace the local church with a seven-storey block of flats. The church leaders want to demolish the current building and erect a 200-seat church in its place, alongside a block of 24 flats. A group of twelve residents calling themselves the Crayford

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Awful Tinder date has bizarre twist

Canonbury dating blogger Lauren Crouch never anticipated the impact one bad Tinder date would have. Her blog received 500,000 hits after she revealed how a man she met off Tinder asked for a refund for a £3.50 coffee when she declined a second date. “It was bizarre,” she told Islington Now, “I was suddenly receiving

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