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Lauren Morton

Lauren Morton

Published: 27 November, 2015

Bon voyage Lauren!

THE Islington Boat Club was visited by female adventurer Lauren Morton this week just before her attempt to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in the 2015 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge net month. Lauren is captain of the ‘Row Like a Girl’ rowing team. 

Light sabres add a Star Wars touch

YOUNG Jedi impressed the crowds at the Finsbury Park Christmas lights celebration this week with a display of tai chi skills. The festive lights weren’t the only illuminations as the martial artists wielded colourful light sabres, made popular by epic film Star WarsYusra Motin, 9, was one of the first students at Faisal Mian’s tai chi classes at Seven Heavens Clinic to pick up the light sabre 18 months ago. “It’s hard to do stillness, you have to be really still,” she says. “But actually it’s become second nature. I like most of the colours but my favourites are the arctic blue and purple.” Instructor Faisal first introduced the light sabres in school classes but has seen the benefits of intergenerational sessions – and another Star Wars link. “Parents get to stand opposite their child who is holding a light sabre and say ‘I am your father’,” says Faisal. “It bonds families together.”

Yusra Motin

Yusra Motin, 9, demonstrates tai chi at the Finsbury Park Christmas lights switch-on

A taste of culture? Author predicts new chapter for Smithfield after area survived latest planning battle

Alec Forshaw at Smithfield

Alec Forshaw at Smithfield. ‘When Crossrail opens this is going to be the centre of the world, it’s just going to be a fantastic area,’ said the author

Court told how Hatton Garden gang planned £20m raid at Islington gastropub

the Castle gastropub in Pentonville Road

A gang ‘spent many hours’ at the Castle gastropub in Pentonville Road. Below: John Collins and the hole that was drilled through the thick concrete wall of Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd

John Collins

Published: 27 November, 2015

Friends’ tributes to ‘kind’ Vaso, the latest teenager to die violently in Islington

Vaso Kakko

Vaso Kakko, ‘a really nice person, and very helpful’. The 17-year-old was stabbed in the neck on the Shearling Way estate on Monday night

Islington Council in race to keep luxury flats off prison site after Holloway jail closure announcement

Chancellor George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne said Holloway Prison will close as part of a plan to ‘create more space for housing in our inner cities’

North Road stab murder: Teenage victim named as 17-year-old Vaso Kakko

Vaso Kakko and, right, a forensic tent at the scene of the stabbing

Published: 24 November, 2015

THE teenager stabbed to death in Holloway last night (Monday) has been named by family and friends as Vaso Kakko.

Police launch murder investigation after teenage boy stabbed to death in Holloway

The 17-year-old is the fourth Islington teenager to be fatally stabbed this year

Published: 24 November, 2015

A MURDER investigation has been launched after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Holloway last night.

The incident occurred just before 9pm in Yoke Close, off North Road.

Finsbury Park Mosque: Fake letters are an attempt to stir up tension

Mohammed Kozbar: Letters ‘offensive’.

Mohammed Kozbar: Letters ‘offensive’. Below: Finsbury Park Mosque: strong community links

Finsbury Park Mosque: strong community links

Published: 20 November, 2015

First with the fun! Prizes for adventure playgrounds

Children at Lumpy Hill.

Children at Lumpy Hill

Published: 20 November, 2015

PLAY areas in Islington have scooped three prizes at this year’s London Adventure Play Awards.

Inquest is told how Upper Street hotel guest, 29, died after drug binge

Published: 20 November, 2015

A BUSINESS consultant was found dead in an Upper Street hotel after a drug binge.

Labour leader Corbyn urges colleges to resist ‘government agenda’ over proposed merger

Staff on strike outside the college's Camden Road campus last week

Staff on strike outside the college's Camden Road campus last week; below: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Published: 20 November, 2015

King’s Cross’s ‘Number Eight’ goes from gas holder to open-air arena

Victorian gas holder

Published: 20 November, 2015

A NEW park enclosed by a Victorian gas holder, pictured, has opened in King’s Cross.