Category Archives: Comment

Pricked out: Critic explores sexuality and Shakespeare in new play

Theatre critics are notorious for their sharp wit and acerbic style. Writers such as Michael Billington of The Guardian and Ben Brantley of the New York Times are known for their reluctance to take prisoners.   It takes a brave critic to take up a pen and write a play, knowing it will be judged

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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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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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Arsenal fans to Wenger: We want you to go

Tensions at Arsenal reached a new level after fans staged a ‘Wenger Out’ protest before watching their team thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. A toxic atmosphere has descended over the North London club in recent weeks, with fans’ anger mostly directed at manager Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss suffered his heaviest home

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Shame on the vile fly-tippers of Islington

Islington Council’s clean-up campaign has given the borough a much needed makeover, but will it really last? The thing with a well-publicised spring clean is that it risks giving off the impression that the effects are enough to last a few months. Realistically though, it hasn’t achieved the main aim it should have stated from

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Labour MP resigns after Rochester by-election Twitter gaffe

The Rochester and Strood by-election last night gave Ukip its second MP in Westminster. Much of the furore surrounded the Conservatives’ determination to “throw the kitchen sink,” at the constituency to defeat Mark Reckless, the Ukip candidate and Tory defector. But as the day unfolded, it fell to Labour MP and shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry to make the biggest gaffe

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Skinnyman condemns closure of youth projects

A local grime artist has slammed the closure of youth projects in Islington, saying it will lead to an increase in crime. Skinnyman – born Alexander Graham Holland – the 39-year-old artist of 2004 album Council Estate of Mind, grew up on Six Acres Estate in Holloway. He told Islington Now that cuts affecting youth

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The Heartbreaker Burger: Eat an ox heart to save your own

Scarfing down ox hearts doesn’t sound like a usual feature of a good diet but a new burger from ‘street fooders’  Tongue n’ Cheeks promises to be a leaner, meaner patty for the health conscious Islingtonite. The Heartbreaker burger, which comprises 50 per cent ox heart and 50 per cent dry-aged English beef, is leaner

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Data: Rosicky scores, Arsenal win – again

Arsenal won the 175th North London derby yesterday thanks to a sumptuous strike from Tomas Rosicky, their evergreen Czech midfielder. Perhaps this is not a coincidence, because Arsenal seem to have an unerring knack of winning when Rosicky scores: the Gunners have won 14 and drawn 1 of the 17 Premier League (PL) games in

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