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Apologies to anyone who thinks the Gazette looks ill this week.

One of north London's best kept secrets, Real Lies are back with new music and a tour. Frontman Kev Kharas tells the Gazette about losing a band member and the inspiration behind his dreamlike songs.

How can it be that women's football is still at such a disadvantage in 2019 when it comes to something as straightforward as securing training space?

Something doesn't add up about the Met Police estates strategy.

I once received an email from a reader complaining that their local council was spending money on cycle infrastructure at a time when two people had very recently been murdered, and asking whether that cash shouldn't have gone into addressing violence and knife crime instead.

The Gazette and its sister papers will be out and about on Friday (September 20) to cover the global climate strike, and we'd love to see you there.

The joke is: how do you spot a vegan at a party?

Today we report on parallel London-wide scandals: that of homes sitting empty across the capital, and that of the lack of adequate permanent social housing.

Students at the City of London Academies Trust's three Islington schools were celebrating some excellent GCSE results today - but the percentage of pupils passing English and maths is down across the board.

Most of us remember that nail-biting moment - and today it was the turn of thousands of students across Islington to open their GCSE results and make decisions about their next steps.

Results day: two words that strike fear into the heart of any local newspaper journalist.

On any newsdesk there are stories you will find yourself covering again and again as they develop - long-running campaigns, political issues, changes to housing and health.

Christopher Addison would turn in his grave if he could see the state of Britain's social housing sector a century after his landmark Housing Act (and if people could turn in their graves).

It feels like a bit of an own goal that Arsenal FC didn't even approach the only brewery in Islington when picking its new official drinks partner.

The justice system is shrinking away from press scrutiny as the years go by.

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.

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