Category Archives: Features

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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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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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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Inside the Muslim community centre that’s helping Syrian refugees resettle

  Tucked down the side of Finsbury Park station is an unassuming group of buildings known as Muslim Welfare House. This is the headquarters of a nationwide network of centres providing a dizzying range of services and support to a diverse and ever-growing Muslim community. “It’s not easy to co-ordinate,” says Toufik Kacimi, CEO of

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Sex, murder and betrayal: Who were the real Borgia family?

It’s well-known among history buffs and the average TV viewer alike that the Borgias were the most notorious family of Renaissance Italy. Originally outsiders from Spain, they clawed their way to power by ruthlessly murdering anyone who got in their way, and brokering powerful alliances between Italy’s powerful noblemen – like a 16th century House

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Somper on Sarnies: Max’s sandwich shop, Finsbury Park

I think I awoke covered in Special Brew. At least I hope it was. I feel like I’ve had a small golf ball embedded in my skull for the last 24 hours. I need food. Sustenance will solve all. It was with this in mind that I decided to brave the streets of North London

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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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The city that never sleeps: What your sleeping position says about you?

We’ve all been there. You spend (what feels like) hours tossing and turning, trying to wriggle into the most comfortable position in bed. You experiment with different angles, throw the duvet on and off and constantly rearrange the pillows. You just can’t find the right spot. Then… the moment you’ve been waiting for. That perfect

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The city that never sleeps: 5 easy steps to better night’s sleep in London

Londoners need sleep to fuel their long weeks but shut-eye can be hard to come by in the capital. March is National Bed Month and to mark the occasion, Islington Now have put together five quick and easy ways to help you nod off. 1)  Turn off your technology Most of us can’t go five

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The city that never sleeps: Londoners told to get more kip

Forget the classic saying that if “you snooze; you lose”. March is National Bed Month so it’s time to get comfortable, turn off your alarm clock and snore to your heart’s content. The month, organised by The Sleep Council, aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s kip. It has found

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