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Monday 25 October 2021.

Sunday 24 October 2021...I went to two events in Islington today. 4.30pm to 8.30pm. PREZZO - Islington Square, off Upper Street, London N1. Italian Restaurant & Bar press launch showcase in Islington. PREZZO has opened the chainís first new site launch since 2018. The new location is a 4,319 sq ft contemporary looking restaurant & bar that is 100% run on electricity. We only meant to be here for two or three hours but we ended up staying for FOUR HOURS. It is within walking distance of many live music venues including The Garage, The Union Chapel, Islington Academy, The Hope & Anchor and cinemas Odeon and Screen on The Green. The staff here were great, as they explained all the questions we had. Food we enjoyed included... We shared a few starters of King Prawns, Calamari, Crispy Fried Mozzarella, Tortellini and garlic bread with sides. We shared mains of Chicken & Roasted Peppers Pizza and Sea Bass Puttanesca. We shared desserts of Tiramisu and Triple Chocolate Cake. Lots of gluten free and vegan options available too. Drinks we enjoyed included... Included Spiced Rum Cocktails, Negroni's, Pornstar Martini's, Espresso Martini's , red & white wines. A very enjoyable time here, and well worth a visit if you are in the area. www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk - Visit their website here. ----------------------- then THE PROFESSIONALS live at The Garage, Islington, North London. The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer PAUL COOK. The band are playing a full UK tour to promote their new album "SNAFU". The Professionals guitarist Chris McCormack has amicably left the band. I have seen them live a few times since their comeback gig at The 100 Club in 2015. Hard to believe that it is several years since i last saw a gig at this 650 capacity venue. Now owned by promoters DHP ,it is not used as often as it's 1990s heyday ,as the bigger promoters like Live Nation, AEG, SJM etc avoid booking bands here and use other venues for their tours. I saw over 60 shows here during the 1990s including The Pretenders, Black Crowes, Link Wray, Fred Schneider, Dick Dale, Mike Scott Band, The Godfathers, Dee Dee Ramone, David Johansen, Glen Matlock & The Philistines, Suicide, Wayne Kramer and many more. ------------------ Nice to see several punk rockin' chums here including Simon, Nigel and Toby. Also here were Kirk Brandon, Spizz, cool fashion designer Sir Tom Baker, Paul Cooks wife & daughter. THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 65 mins. They whizzed through their set without much stage chat, compared to some other bands. The band sound lean and tight , as they are well into the tour now. Always great to see a member of The Sex Pistols on stage. Full credit to Paul for putting so much time and effort in getting the band back together. His drumming on the classic "Silly Thing" is always a joy to watch and hear. A few new album tracks mixed in well with the likes of older gems "Payola", "Going Going Gone", "The Magnificent", "Just Another Dream", "Rewind", "Kick Down The Doors" , "123" and the sole encore cover of "Steppin' Stone"....a great gig.