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It's common to see organisations "rainbow-washing" themselves in the run-up to Pride - putting up flags or rebranding products in expressions of apparent solidarity with LGBTQ+ people, but in a way that does more to market their stock than to actually engage with the discrimination faced by our community, or to support us at other times of the year.

Anyone who wasn't consciously blanking out the news by December will recall that the redevelopment of Hathersage Court and Besant Court have been controversial for a while.

Councillors will meet behind closed doors next week to consider a secretive 132-page document regarding allegations made against a senior town hall employee.

The point of redesigning Silicon Roundabout (no longer a roundabout) and Highbury Corner (quite frankly not a corner) wasn't to make them easier to drive around.

"If people don't want advancements for cycling and walking, the reality is they need to wake up."

Clarion gets a fair bit of exposure in this week's Islington Gazette.

Hundreds of workers were evacuated from a Cally recycling plant this morning amid fears of a chemical leak.

The devil (or perhaps God herself) is in the detail when it comes to Saint Etienne, so hearing Tiger Bay given a unique live outing with its original orchestral score reinstated feels very on brand.

Police in Islington and Camden issued a section 60 notice on Monday, giving them additional powers to stop and search people within the borough.

Victoria line services through Islington were ground to a halt this evening when an errant dog escaped onto the tracks.

When the first picture of a giant staircase in the middle of Old Street roundabout arrived in our inbox last year, we were a little confused because, y'know, there was already a design competition running to determine what would be built on the new public space.

As I write this, Extinction Rebellion's protests in central London have entered their second week. More than 1,000 people have been arrested and a few dozen have been charged with low-level crimes.

Irate leaseholders piled in to Islington Town Hall last night for their chance to quiz two housing chiefs - but neither of them turned up.

Ironically, the sight of 100 schoolchildren demonstrating against the leadership at St Aloysius College (p1) is a fantastic advert for the school.

I have little doubt that Boris Johnson's ignorant, offensive remarks about historic sex abuse cases would have ended the career of a less bombastic, blustering politician.

I don't blame anyone for wanting to buy their council house.

"A lot of changes done to the roads to benefit cyclists disrupt the roads for such a long time, which only serves to anger other road users, who blame cyclists, which adds to the general air of distrust and anger amongst everyone who uses the road."

A group of campaigners risked their lives and formed a human bike lane at the junction of Old Street and Central Street yesterday to protest the "hostile" conditions for cyclists in Islington.

This is the fourth year I've been involved in the Mayor's Civic Awards, and I don't think I've previously seen so many people being nominated and awarded for their work against youth violence.

Gazette photographer Polly Hancock was out and about in Islington yesterday to capture the best World Book Day costumes.

Unexpected item in the bagging area? We should be so lucky: Sainsbury's latest proposal to open a shop in Blackstock Road is as predictable as discounted pumpkins on November 1, and even less fresh.

"Going out with an orchestra would have bankrupted us," Bob Stanley says of Saint Etienne's 1994 heyday.

The Islington children who walked out of school on Friday to demand tougher action on climate change did us all proud.

It took workers in 1963 a single Bank Holiday weekend to rip up Oxford Circus, replace the crossroads with a steel cage, concrete over it, and start excavations for the Victoria line.

I shouldn't be surprised, but backing out of a deal to let Islington fix up and let out 29 huge empty flats behind Pentonville Prison is really shameful behaviour from the Ministry of Justice.

When we were given a few hours' notice that housing minister Rishi Sunak would be visiting the Emirates, we decided to have a quick whip around on Twitter to gather some questions for him.

Gone are the days when a reporter would be stationed at every court in London.

Like Kate Middleton, I've been introduced to a few of Islington's secrets and surprises recently.

We share a little of Michelle McPhillips' frustration at the delay in getting justice for her son's murder, though of course we can't know her grief or anger.

We look back at the last 12 months to bring you the highlights and lowlights of Islington's year. Tragedies, celebrations, planning battles, Arsene Wenger's resignation - 2018 has seen it all, and so have we (well, most of it).

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