Working in Islington

Everyone has a story. At the back of a Fonthill Road fashion emporium, Prisoners Abroad tackles the isolation of British nationals imprisoned overseas, while also helping their families here combat the stigma and any anxieties they may face. Here employee, Sam Clarke, reveals just what that means. Interview by Nicola…
 Everyone has a story. Will you be shouting ‘hao’ (bravo) when the China National Peking Opera Company performs A River All Red and The Phoenix Returns Home at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 21-25 October? Here Kevin Zhang from Sinolink, which has brought the show to London, talks Peking opera. Q&A by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Where to eat? Meet Elton Keka, the owner of 129hrd, a new Holloway Road neighbourhood restaurant. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Customers from around here are very foody. They know what they want and their expectations are high because they eat in good restaurants,” says Elton Keka,…
Over a cup of tea, two of St Thomas’ super-musical organists, Robert Shrubsall and Andrew Greer, explain why they’ve launched the St Thomas’ Organ fund to raise £80,000 for essential repairs. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. A few years before St Thomas’ parish church opened its arched…
 Everyone has a story. There’s something delightful about seeing dog walkers. Meet Anna McCracken, who runs It’s A Dog’s Life. Every week she walks dogs more than 135km (83 miles) around Islington. Q&A by Nicola Baird.  Q: Where do you live? I’ve lived in Islington for five years now, I…
Everyone has a story. Islington in the 1970s was famous for its squats and creativity. Musician – and jazz pianist – Dhevdhas Nair remembers it well. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill  Dhevdhas Nair, known to his friends as Dhev, grew up in Islington with his mother. They…
Everyone has a story. For beautiful handmade chocolates there’s no better place than the bilberry-coloured shop on Camden Passage. Meet the owner and super–creative artisanal chocolate maker, Paul A Young, who gave Londoners the salted caramel, award-winning brownies, intense dairy-free hot chocolate and also makes incredible-flavoured truffles. Interview by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Islington’s connection with the Big Issue goes back years. Right now there are two Big Issue offices in Finsbury Park. London Regional Manager Chris Stuchbery, who works at 222 Seven Sisters Road, talks about his job and explains why we all need to buy a Big…
Everyone has a story. For most kids running an ice cream shop would be a dream come true. So what’s it like when you do it for real? The grown-up pair who run Udderlicious, Raj and Raj Kotecha, clearly love the job. Raj (Mr) explains more to Nicola Baird. Photos…
Every tree has a story. To mark World Environment Day 2017 (on 5 June) Arsenal FC and Octopus Energy joined with the United Nations Environment Programme to plant a sweet gum tree outside Emirates Stadium to help tackle air pollution in Islington and demonstrate their commitment to a greener future. Edits…
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