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Everyone has a story. “I was not the son a mother would want,” admits Ilario Guidu. Here’s how a former drug addict, alcoholic and prisoner is now helping turn around reformed addicts lives thanks to an Arsenal match day burger stall. Interview by Nicola Baird The wittily named Breakout Café,…
If you believe that good food is a key part of good health then meet gardener and chef, Mikhail Braunhofer, who runs the coffee and hot meal spot, Pop Coffee, by the Whittington Hospital. Interview by Nicola Baird It’s clear that Mikhail Braunhofer, who is just finishing his second winter running Pop…
Everyone has a story. Head of Sustainability at the University of London, John Bailey, talks about ways to capture the public’s imagination via bees and the joys of cycling through Islington on the way to Russell Square. Interview by Nicola Baird “Bees are fun and engaging and can help people…
Everyone has a story. During February 2017 Islington Faces instagram account @islingtonfaces shares the story of David Hammond who lived at 212 Liverpool Road until he was 13 years old (from 1949-1961) until his family moved to a new house in Essex – with an indoor bathroom. Interview by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Paul’s Emporium on York Way is the perfect Islington antique shop to find well-made, affordable and witty items for friends or to decorate your home. But do people still buy old things? Interview by Nicola Baird Paul’s Emporium is a treasure trove of signs, records, masks, shop fittings,…
Everyone has a story. Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association (CIGA) has been around since 1988 and has currently has close to 120 qualified members ready to dazzle you with Islington’s history. Meet the chairman of CIGA, who is also the CIGA course director at the University of Westminster, Londoner John…
Everyone has a story. Here longtime Islington resident, Joe Hagland talks about pubs, railways, film stars and family life on Caledonian Road back in the 1950s. Interview by Nicola Baird Joe Hagland has been a regular at Age UK Islington events for years initially as a volunteer. The Hagland family…
Everyone has a story – but taxi drivers surely have the most. Meet Black Cab driver Ray Coggin – who can talk about traffic and the stars he’s met in the back of his cab just as lucidly as London’s history. Here he gives Islington Faces a special tour of Islington…
What if you get your dream job – in a cycle shop – and then discover that being on the busy, traffic choked, siren-wailing Holloway Road has some lethal downsides? That’s why Russell Selway from Cycle Surgery Highbury discusses air pollution in this interview with Nicola Baird It’s exactly a…
Everyone has a story. West Ham author, blogger and football writer, Pete May, moved to the heart of Arsenal country in 1993. While living in Islington he’s written four books about West Ham United. Here’s how living so close to Highbury and the Emirates inspires him. Interview by Nicola Baird (btw reader,…
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