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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Gazette readers this week.

Shops benefit from pedestrians. The big landowners in the West End know it.

Fri, 14:06

A Finsbury Park church has been awarded £2,600 to renovate its garden.

Thu, 11:32

England will be carved into three tiers of coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends on December 2, and this morning Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that Islington – along with the rest of London – will revert to being in the Tier 2 band.

Thu, 10:44

A man was beaten, strangled and then set alight by a fellow patient on a “rogue ward” at Highgate Mental Health Centre, a court has heard.

Thu, 09:54

Islington’s second coronavirus testing site has opened today in Finsbury Leisure Centre, after calls from Islington Council to make it easier for local people to get tests.

Wed, 17:51

An interim report on air pollution and monitoring data in Islington’s People Friendly Streets neighbourhoods will be published six months into each scheme.

Wed, 10:56

A special programme of events is coming to Islington for Carers Rights Day.

Wed, 09:00

The Mayor of London is ploughing millions of pounds more into Peabody’s landmark housing scheme on the former Holloway Prison site to ensure that 70 per cent of the affordable homes there will be for social rent.

Sport

Yesterday, 09:39

Arsenal’s Lisa Evans says “it feels great” to be back involved in the Scotland squad ahead of their game with Portugal tonight (November 27).

Thu, 20:01

Nicolas Pepe showed the positive side of his game as he bounced back by scoring the opener to help Arsenal win in Molde and secure qualification to the Europa League knockout stages.

Thu, 12:00

Arsenal legend David O’Leary insists instilling the message into youngsters is how things are changed when it comes to racism.

Thu, 09:00

For the second time in as many months, Hoxton’s Lion ABC has been rocked with the sad news of the loss of another of its veteran boxing stalwarts, as Stan Ewens passed away earlier this month.

Thu, 07:54

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will hand Nicolas Pepe the chance for a swift redemption in the Europa League tie at Molde on Thursday.

Wed, 14:00

Vivianne Miedema has been nominated for FIFA’s the best award after a remarkable 2019-20 season that saw the Netherlands international end as top goalscorer in the Women’s Super League and the Champions League.

Wed, 11:07

Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce that four young cricketers have extended their contracts, with all-rounder Martin Andersson, batsmen Joe Cracknell and Max Holden, and spinner Thilan Walallawita all signing new deals with the club.

Tue, 11:00

Arsenal right-back Noelle Maritz has pulled out for the Switzerland squad for their Euro 2022 qualification game against Belgium next Tuesday (December 1) with a knee injury.

Tue, 09:00

Arsenal’s Swiss International Lia Wälti celebrated her 50th appearance for the Gunners on Wednesday evening against Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental Cup.

Entertainment

Thu, 16:55

Plants representing the four seasons have been painted on a cabin by artist Alba Bernal at the community gardens in Elthorpe Park

Lucy-Jack Reynolds, who died aged 20 in March, would be “proud and thrilled” at Muswell Press’ writing competition and anthology Queer Life, Queer Love says mum Sarah

Chefs at the Kings Cross independent restaurant are boxing up roasts, Turkey and trimmings and Saturday night feasts to be served from fridge to plate in an hour

Henry Blake’s feature debut about a teenager groomed to sell drugs in a depressed seaside town is unrelentingly bleak but has depth, insight and visual impact

Enchanting re-imagining combines digital effects with dancers performing roles voiced by actors so you see Dickens’ fierce tale of social injustice afresh

Three London Jewish artists exhibit at Chabad Islington’s gallery and community space in Upper Street on the site of the borough’s first synagogue since 1967

A Highbury bookshop has joined others around the country for the UK launch of an online store “with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores”.

Former Mossbourne Academy pupil Deschanel Gordon has gone from playing keyboard in a Hackney church to impressing the judges at a near empty Cadogan Hall

Frances offers tips for meals that can be whipped up from store cupboard ingredients including this traditional Welsh teatime treat

Film review Possessor (18)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Son of David, Brandon Cronenberg has come of age with a disturbing, startling body horror movie about personality hijacking by an assassin to get close to her prey

Le Marche Des Chefs has been supplying Michelin-starred restaurants for two decades and is now delivering hampers of top quality seasonal ingredients within the M25

Highgate Brit winner Mark Nevin talks about writing songs for key workers, curated by Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford and inspired by Hannah Grace Deller’s photos

Highgate gastrobpub in North Hill is serving up Sunday roasts, bread, and luxury ready meals via their online shop during lockdown

Ex Arsenal defender commissioned Nigerian artist Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy to capture the pre-match excitement in Avenell Road during Invincibles unbeaten season

Up-and-coming Islington R&B singer releases new single that chimes with the times

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