News Teachers at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools have suspended their strike action

Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Ellie Goulding, Union Chapel, Islington

A year ago, Ellie Goulding was supporting Florence and The Machine at one of last year's Little Noise Sessions benefit concerts in aid of Mencap. On Saturday, she was headlining the last of this year's Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel.

Holloway plans detailed defence on team changes

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway yesterday challenged the Premier League to prove the side he fielded at Aston Villa last week was understrength.

Holloway is happy to see former loan stars shining

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is pleased to see the likes of Seamus Coleman and Barry Bannan making names for themselves in the Premier League after spells at Bloomfield Road – even though they now pose a threat for opposing sides.

Holloway delighted for former loan stars

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is pleased to see the likes of Seamus Coleman and Barry Bannan making names for themselves in the Barclays Premier League after spells at Bloomfield Road - even though they now pose a threat for opposing sides.

Couple to face trial on baby murder charge

A young mother and father will go on trial in May charged with the murder of their four-month-old baby.

Ian Holloway relaxed over Charlie Adam bonus dispute

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is adamant captain Charlie Adam's dispute with the club over unpaid bonuses will not have an impact on the pitch.

Holloway apologises for abusing referee

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has apologised for using abusive language towards referee Mike Dean at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Arsenal confirm huge profits

Arsenal today announced record pre-tax profits of £56million and that they have paid off all the debt on their Highbury Square development.

Business Diary: City sabotaged by Islington

Nervousness in the City, where the powers-that-be hope that City Week, scheduled to begin on Monday, will showcase the wonders of the Square Mile after some troubled time. They hadn't reckoned on Islington Council, however, which has chosen this week to resurface Chiswell Street, on the border of the City, and the location of The Brewery, which will host many of the City Week events. They swear they'll be finished by Monday, but if not, all the dignitaries the promoters want to impress will have to walk through a building site.

Holloway keeps head after chairman's resignation

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists the club will not be any different following Karl Oyston's resignation as chairman. Oyston stepped down with immediate effect on Wednesday, but will remain as acting chief executive of the Premier League newcomers until a new appointment is made.

Holloway unconcerned by Oyston resignation

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists the club will not be any different following Karl Oyston's resignation as chairman.

Parents remanded on baby murder charge

The parents of a four-month-old baby appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with his murder.

Five jailed for smash-and-grab raid on jewellers

Five men who pulled off a £330,000 smash-and-grab raid on a high profile jewellers were jailed today, police said.

Jeff Tweedy, Union Chapel, London

"This song is about Jesus smoking crack," smiles a wry Jeff Tweedy, the frontman of Chicago rock band Wilco, who stands solo in front of the pulpit at the beautiful Union Chapel. "I keep getting invited to churches to play this song, so I'm guessing it's theologically sound."

Deborah Ross: 'If you solely read the 'Islington Gazette' you’d think this was a borough of bunny murderers'

If you ask me, the Office of Fair Trading's plan to investigate council freesheets on the grounds that they "compete with local newspapers and are misleading to the public" and nothing more than "propaganda" is a total nonsense. As it is, if I did not receive my free monthly Islington Now, how else would I know that crime is going down, educational standards are going up and the parks are just getting prettier and prettier? Sometimes, when I'm in the park, being held up by a knife-wielding hoodie, I do look around me and think: "It's not even that pretty here", so it's a good job I have Islington Now to inform me otherwise. My local newspaper, the Islington Gazette, would never bother to do so. I'd even go further and say it never has anything nice to say about anybody or anything, and expects me to pay 50p for the privilege! Take this week's Gazette, for example, which has "21 Arrested in Raid on House of Horror" on page two and "Horror Bid to Burn Pet Rabbits Alive" on page three.

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