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  • Difference with Upper Street and N1 is that our egalitarian council in Islington seems to be a lot keener on making sure the posh end of the borough is kept clean than doing so up here.
  • Still does the best pizzas. But suffered the world's strangest refurb reaction, when somehow getting rid of the walls with paint peeling off and breeze-blocked doorways to the old second half managed to detract from people wanting to go there. It…
  • Ali, you can't put that all down to the Brexit vote though - GDP growth naturally swings around. For example, the car industry's current woes are more to do with diesel and the massive boom in new car sales running up to last year than Brexit. How…
  • When we vote in an election, we do then vote again at a later date, but we let the thing we voted for happen first. To my mind not doing that is a slippery slope when it comes to democracy. This is true: 'I think it's now entirely indisputable that…
  • I suspect Leave would win again, possibly by a greater margin. Because we would have had a vote on something, then never enacted it and rerun the vote, due to some people not liking the original answer.
  • Arkady, I can see your argument and it's a fair one worth considering, here's mine: We had the referendum, Leave won. Both sides were equally guilty of misinformation - and the remain side had the huge added benefit of the Prime Minister, Chancell…
  • I reckon the EU would agree to 2 and not defenestrating the UK on the basis that they'll think it's a way to stop us leaving. It's abundantly clear that the rules for leaving the EU as laid out don't work. Anyone with any sense would change them.
  • I support a vote on the deal, but there should be no reverse the referendum and Remain option. They could be better articulated but I'd be for these options 1. Take the deal and leave 2. The deal's not right. Go back and get a better deal and we d…
  • Yes, finally, Islington put some in after years of the nearest ones being the Whittington or Highbury Fields. Been a long while considering the council's stance on pollution, but at least it finally got its act in gear.
  • And Park Road, in Crouch End
  • Not for some time. The roof burnt off a couple of weeks ago. Going to take ages to fix that. Our kids swimming lessons cancelled for the foreseeable future. This is the Gazette report http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/highbury-leisure-centre-…
  • We had a pint in the Nick Nick a few years back, when my sister and husband had to bail from fireworks at St Aidan's due to their toddler. They'd been welcomed in by the landlady and locals when they arrived, as were we when we arrived with our tw…
  • The Star Trek convention may do a better job of negotiating Brexit on both sides. While you are there, could you nominate one team for Britain and one for the EU and see if they come up with a decent plan?
  • And bursting as a hatter? Indeed. We can use it as our new post Brexit slogan to attract visitors and businesses alike. Britain: Mad at the seams and bursting as a hatter. Come on in, you know you want to.
    in Jack's Comment by Papa L September 24
  • Arkady, try the Dishoom in Kensington High Street. I've only had lunch there but I understand that even in the evening it is considerably easier to get into. I like Dishoom and the food is great, but I also like Dhonia and the traditional Indian re…
  • I cannot believe the pictures of people queuing from 3am for it. What are they thinking? It's a discount supermarket, stocks will be replenished. It's no wonder this country is going mad at the seams.
    in Jack's Comment by Papa L September 21
  • Am just reading this thread and chuckling to myself. It read like a It's Grim Up North London strip, someone asks if anyone wants to get together and play golf... it turns into a hand-wringing discussion about whether golf is unethical as it is de…
    in Golf Comment by Papa L September 6
  • I ate in the Brave Sir Robin a while back and was really impressed with the food. I had a Reyki burger, my wife had a chicken schnitzel (aka I had a whole burger and half a schnitzel) and both were very tasty. My initial glances at the menu befo…
  • The Whittington is where Dick is meant to have heard the Bow Bells and turned back, meaning presumably that if you were born there you could claim that you meet the within sound of the Bow Bells cockney definition. Mind you, I guess it was quieter …
  • Thanks for sending that zoomable link. Only patches of Stroud Green Road, it's mainly yellow - and yellow is on the limit not over it. Obviously, below yellow would be better. Holloway Road, Green Lanes and Seven Sisters red, but you'd expect tha…
  • Interesting map in this Economist article considering earlier conversations here. Shows annual average NOx pollution in Greater London mapped by EU limits. https://www.economist.com/britain/2018/06/28/heathrows-third-runway-could-be-blown-off-cours…
  • My sisters and brothers use both Thameslink lines. One out to St Albans is still chaotic and can't be relied on at the moment. Ours slightly better but still prone to random delays and cancellations. They are commuting 25 minute journeys though, so …
  • I've come round to the idea we should probably vote on the deal. Initially, I thought 'please no more votes', but the ineptitude of both our government and its opposition and the dumb pig headedness of the EU (which can't understand that its attitu…
  • Joust, it seemed as if you were employing an irritating modern day method of shutting down a discussion rather than engaging with it. I agree with your sentiment that something should be done about car pollution - I just think this warped system is…
  • Nice engaging comment there.
  • Those London Council stats show that air travel causes as much NOx in London air as petrol cars. Quite how wanting to expand the airport (mainly to allow people to fly in and out of a hub without visiting the country) fits into our haphazard air an…
  • Your point on automation is a good one. That, electric vehicles and Uber-style technology for sharing cars or rides have the power to completely disrupt car ownership and massively improve public transport, particularly outside of London. I'd perso…
  • 'Most people are wrong about most things, most of the time' I'm sure the architects of many a totalitarian state would fully agree with you.
  • I think you might be conflating two issues here. The ULEZ is to crackdown on NOx - the thing that's bad for our breathing. It is CO2 that causes climate change. Due to policy putting more priority on cutting NOx now, over driving down CO2, we have …
  • Even supporters of such a scheme should be able to agree that consultation results for something like this get skewed by the type of person likely to respond to the consultation. They plan to police it with a massive expansion of ANPR cameras (auto…