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We will bring you the latest updates from north London and the response of the authorities to the coronavirus crisis.

Dear reader,

Have you heard the phrase “news desert”? It’s been coined in America to describe what is left behind when a newspaper closes down and the community it served is suddenly left without a source of credible and comprehensive news and information.

Here are images of just some of the thousands of pubs that have played such an important part in London’s history and culture.

I’ll be publishing daily updates from my north London flat, as the country adapts to a health crisis and a culture of “social distancing”.

A fixture of the north London comedy circuit is going online – with ticket prices dependent on the audience members’ situation during coronavirus lockdown.

“Get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”.

Since 1856, the Islington Gazette has been there with you.

Shortly before the world turned upside down, I was lucky enough to be at BBC 6 Music event in Camden, where Tony Visconti, the great producer behind David Bowie’s Berlin-period albums, and The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel were interviewed by Liz Kershaw.

I write on Wednesday, a couple of hours before our print deadline.

Sir Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, has been elected by Labour members as the party’s new leader.

Now, more than ever, local journalism matters – and here’s how you can get behind us.

With the closure of venues the livelihoods of thousands of artists and entertainers has been affected. Here’s how some familiar faces from the comedy circuit have adapted to lockdown.

My rationed exercise on Tuesday saw me cycling to Hampstead, walking up Parliament Hill and up to Highgate, and freewheeling down Highgate Hill towards home.

Boris Johnson has banned people from leaving the home except for certain reasons, outlawed gatherings of more than two people and shut retailers selling non-essential goods – threatening police fines for anyone who ignores new measures.

On Sunday I gave £4 to someone who was begging. Aren’t I quite the hero?

On Monday (March 16) ministers and officials will consider measures including banning mass gatherings and lengthy household isolation for the elderly.

The health secretary has said elderly people will be asked to self-isolate for up to four months.

So it looks like this time around the virus scare is the real thing and it will be a time for humanity to show its mettle.

Thom Yorke will take to the stage for a rare solo performance at All Points East on May 24.

Bombay Bicycle Club have been announced as the opening night headliners for All Points East, joining Tame Impala, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, The Kooks and The Wombats on a huge bill for the 10-day event.

I was born in 1977 – the year of punk, Star Wars and the death of Elvis (among many other things) – and as young child in the early 80s, the war seemed ancient history.

I have to admit, not being a Love Island fan I only really became aware of Caroline Flack with the police charges brought against her following an incident in her north London flat.

Caroline Flack has died at the age of 40, her family has said in a statement.

Anti-abortion protesters outside clinics are not only causing great distress, they’re damaging their own cause.

I spent the oddity that was the turn of the millennium (or the turn of 1999/2000, at least) at a small party in a derelict school hall, wearing a dress, playing with my then-band in front of a handful of friends and, bizarrely, my former teacher.

As part of a five-day run of a new comedy production, a special “traffic light” performance (single, in a relationship or ‘it’s complicated’) will be staged on Valentine’s Day.

On Saturday, July 11 the band will perform alongside Charlie XCX, Clairo, Pale Waves, Phoebe Bridgers and Cavetown.

Thirty years after it was launched in an Islington pub by a young Alan Davies, a renowned comedy club is coming back to the borough.

A council by-election will be held in May after Labour’s Claudia Webbe was elected as an MP in Leicester.

The day after Britain leaves the EU, Islington will host a community event in the face of what the council’s leader says feels like a “growing culture of intolerance”.

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