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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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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 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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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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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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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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