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Do you want to be a Councillor? 

20 Feb

The Fabian Women’s Network  have launched an excellent new booklet full of practical tips and information for people wanting to stand to be Councillors.

Freeze business rates hike 

14 Feb

Islington Labour backs calls for Government to freeze business rates hike Islington Labour is supporting calls by local business groups for the Tory Government to freeze the implementation of higher business rates across the borough.

Islington Labour marks LGBT History Month 

7 Feb

The iconic LGBT flag will be flying over Islington Town Hall once again this February to mark LGBT History Month.

Islington Labour councillors secure more Archway concessions from TfL 

3 Feb

Islington Labour councillors have secured significant concessions on the Archway transformation works from Transport for London (TfL) on behalf of residents and passengers.

Islington schools in the top 20 in the country for pupil progress 

26 Jan

Islington now ranks in the top 20 in the country for boosting pupils’ attainment, new figures released this week reveal.

Labour NEC Report – January 2017 

26 Jan

Leader’s Report Jeremy Corbyn’s NEC report included updates on Labour’s response to Brexit, opposing a second Independence Referendum in Scotland, reaction to the election of Donald Trump, the rise of fake news and how this is changing politics...

Labour NEC: Report from January’s Equalities, Disputes and Organisational Committee meetings 

19 Jan

Labour NEC Equalities, Disputes and Organisational Committee meetings took place on Tuesday 17 th January.

Archway one step closer to major transformation 

16 Jan

Removal of one-way gyratory traffic system and introduction of two-way operation is a historic change for Archway.

Budget to build new council homes 

11 Jan

Islington’s Labour-run council has announced details of the council budget for the coming year (2017-2018), with a commitment to continue to make a difference on Islington’s top priorities.

Local councillors award funding to Islington homeless shelters 

10 Jan

St Mary’s Ward councillors are supporting a vital project that offers shelter to homeless people in Islington in the cold winter months.

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Combustion in the trouser department 

16 Feb

In primary classrooms, Sunday schools, Madrassas, Gurdwaras, Synagogues, Temples and nurseries across the planet the message is simple; if you tell a lie you will always be found out...


30 Jan

I sat in the Kings Cross Taxi Centre last night chatting to my normal crowd, most in their mid 60's to early 70s.

Constant sorrow 

20 Jan

In an infinite, expanding and increasingly bizarre universe where strangeness and what once passed for normality have become blurred, the prospect of George Clooney forming a ZZ Top tribute band to perform at the inauguration of a racist con man as ...

Picking cherries 

18 Jan

Thank heavens, thank goodness, thank all our lucky stars and thank you sweet baby Jesus for giving us at long last some clarity and a time scale as to how the British government is systematically taking leave of its senses...


16 Jan

After a journey of trillions of miles taking thousands of light years, on Saturday 15th January 2017 an object about the size of a sofa originating in the Kuiper belt far beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune approached Earth at great speed...

Annus horribilis 

30 Dec

There are and will be many eloquent eulogies, obituaries and retrospectives of those who breathed their last during 2016 and although some might find the deification of dead celebrities somewhat mawkish, this years` harvest of notable souls has been ...

Ministry of Magic 

18 Dec

Of all the government departments labouring away in the dark recesses of Whitehall, none is more expert at artifice, trickery and prestidigitation than the secretive Ministry of Magic...

Rogue One 

14 Dec

When something outrageous or provocative is broadcast on television or radio, there is a simple solution that could avoid a dangerous increase in blood pressure, impotent fury and a desire to hit the domestic appliance with an unusually heavy object.

TfL…A Declaration Of War Against The Taxi Trade….. By Harry Wall. 

8 Dec

According to LCDC twitter feed Leon Daniels and Garret Emerson have both written to City of London supporting the exclusion of black cabs from Bank Junction.

Don’t Panic! 

30 Nov

Dear member Islington Council in their infinite wisdom are imposing the Random testing part of their Drugs and Alcohol Policy as of tomorrow, December 1st.

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Welcome back! February and March news 

20 Feb

We hope you had a good half term break and are raring to go after today’s inset day.

Nightingale Super-chefs! 

9 Feb

This week Year 1 have been learning how to write instructions.

Cake sale to raise funds for years 3/4 this Friday 10 February/PTA news 

8 Feb

Please donate cakes and snacks and/or come and buy them from the after school cake sale on Friday 10 February .

Happy Birthday Ziba! 

1 Feb

The final part of the birthday trilogy!!! We all celebrated with party games and the most bizarre talent show ever seen in Wales.

PTA Meeting Tonight at 8pm 

1 Feb

Well that’s January over!  By all accounts the members of the Monday evening Weight Loss Club are doing a great job sticking to their New Year’s resolutions and becoming healthier and fitter in 2017.

Time to hit the town! 

1 Feb

Day 5: After three solid days of farm work, we brushed off our normal clothes, put on our high vis jackets and hit the town! They walk may have been lengthy, but the reward was worth it when we arrived at stunning St Davids.

It’s Harmony’s Birthday! 

1 Feb

Happy Birthday Harmony! Part two of the birthday trilogy took place today.

Sow Much Fun at Treginnis! 

31 Jan

Day 5:  Group A/B (Ninjas/Warriors) This morning we were in charge of feeding the pigs and poultry.

You can’t get boared at Tregennis! 

30 Jan

Day 4: Team X-Treme really got their hands dirty today and brought home the bacon! They enjoyed a double session of ‘Pigs and poultry’.

Ram out of puns… 

30 Jan

Day 4: Ninjas (Group A) Our morning began with a visit to the sheep and their young.

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loti eats: perilla 

21 Feb

After first impressing us at their pop-up down south, Perilla moved into our neighbourhood, located in a pretty site on Newington Green with big windows, rickety wooden furniture and a warm, cosy feel.

Epic Lea Valley Hike from Leytonstone to Hertford 

21 Feb

7.30am and the dog has pissed in my boot.

Tube station closures due to non-availability of staff 

17 Feb

Last month I queried what was going on with station closures on the District line, and how much of this might be down to staffing issues.

Do you love conversations and making stuff happen? We’re looking for a Community Lead! 

15 Feb

Do you love conversations and making stuff happen? We’re looking for a Community Lead! We are looking for a passionate individual, who has a love for connecting people and helping them flourish whilst keeping on top of weekly activities, to step ...

Love and peace – not just for Valentine’s day 

14 Feb

In a back street within the Peabody Estate to the side of Whitecross Street market there is a mosaic on a wall.

New Showrooms at the BDC! 

13 Feb

We would like to welcome a few new faces to the venue...

Queeropolis requests your presence 

13 Feb

Citizens of Queeropolis, lend us your dancing shoes! We request your presence for an evening of top entertainment.

The first and last London postcode 

13 Feb

I received this email last week from a reader.

How Dogs Don’t Do Ballet danced onto stage 

10 Feb

In Christmas 2010 my then one year old daughter Olive got a book for Christmas, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet.

PikaPika: Cherry Blossom Season 

8 Feb

PikaPika: Cherry Blossom Season Spotlight on Japanese Designers 28 Feb – 5 March 2017 PikaPika, a spotlight on Japanese designers...

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Events »

Chef Mazzei set to open new Italian restaurant in Islington: Radici 

2 Feb

This April, celebrated chef Francesco Mazzei will open Radici, an authentic Italian trattoria in Islington, the area of London he has made his home.

Train at Islington Assembly Hall | Live review 

1 Feb

It was gig of high emotion in Islington last night, as American rockers Train played to a sold-out crowd – with one couple even getting engaged on the stage.

The five best restaurants in London to celebrate Burns Night 

25 Jan

Tonight is the night to honour Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with a whisky, some haggis and a little bit of poetry.

London Art Fair 2017 | Exhibition review 

18 Jan

The London Art Fair, held every January at the Business Design Centre in Islington, is one of the earliest art world events of the year.

The Wild Party at the Hope Theatre | Theatre review 

13 Jan

A performance above an Islington pub will transport audience members to the decadent Jazz Age, telling the story of a troubled couple who throw a wild party in an attempt to salvage their relationship.

Are arcades making a comeback? 

14 Dec

In the early 80s, with arcades in every town centre, the idea of going out to play video games on a weekend was pretty standard.

Clerkenwell Grind launches in Clerkenwell 

5 Dec

A Lynchian homage of marble, brass and pink velvet, Clerkenwell Grind is more than just a pretty face, it’s a considered and modern tribute to the young professional.

Joy Formidable at Islington Assembly Hall | Live review 

1 Dec

In London on a cold Wednesday night, the Welsh rock trio Joy Formidable took to the stage.

Amy Macdonald at Islington Assembly Hall | Live review 

22 Nov

Scottish national treasure Amy Macdonald returns to the scene following a four-year hiatus, using this tiny tour as a bit of an experiment: she tests the water with a mix of new and old material.

Theatre News: Clive Judd appointed artistic director of Old Red Lion in 2017 

14 Nov

Judd replaces Stewart Pringle at the Islington venue...

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