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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,…
Everyone has a story. Have you seen the little tuk tuk tucked into the corner of Christchurch Vicarage by Church Path on Highbury Fields? If not you have a treat in store – The Daily Grind’s artisan coffee made by former Highbury Grove student Jack Tomkins. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. A year working on the Stronger In campaign, managing 45,000 volunteers, has left Benali Hamdache in an unexpectedly positive mindframe – and the time and skills to be the electoral co-ordinator for the Islington Green party. Interview with Nicola Baird. Benali Hamdache is proud to have…
Everyone has a story. Gordon Warrell from Old Street talks about Islington’s council housing, Formula 1 racing and the shows Dame Vera Lynn (who will be 100 in March 2017) gave in Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.  Gordon was born in St Barts Hospital in 1934. He spent the war years…
Everyone has a story. For 30 years Bachulal Chotai has been mending watches and repairing jewellery at his unique shop on Holloway Road, just opposite Cycle Surgery and Central Library. He plans to retire soon – so this might be his very last interview as a shopkeeper. Interview by Nicola Baird…
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