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Everyone has a story. Who do you turn to when a much-loved chair breaks – head to (a) Islington Waste Centre or (b) find a furniture restorer? If your instinct is to save and repair stuff then you need to meet local cabinet maker and furniture restorer Dominic Bennet. Interview…
Everyone has a story. Did you want to fly a rocket to the moon when you were small? Do your kids ask you how to get there and then draw the family holidaying in space? And wouldn’t it be nice to have an inventor at school to help point you…
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. Private tutor Muhammad Ali, working from his Romilly Road home, talks about his love of maths, physics and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.   Muhammad Ali doesn’t just share a famous name with the great boxer, they also share a birthday (17 January). But that’s where…
Everyone has a story. Charlie Perdios, joint owner of Anthony Pepe in Highbury, explains how his passion for Arsenal led to him becoming… an estate agent. Interview by Nicola Baird “My business partner – Ari Theodorou – and I knew Highbury well. It felt like coming home opening our office…
Everyone has a story. Here’s one for your new year resolutions – go see a fabulous 16-piece big band at an Islington pub. The Spanner Big Band, set up by saxophone-playing, singer and compere Dan Spanner (who also masterminds Spanner Jazz Punks), is live at the Gunners pub on Blackstock…
Everyone has a story. Journalist Peter Gruner knows Islington better than most of us despite never having lived here. After 11 years on the Islington Tribune (the Trib) he retired in May. Now he’s enjoying visits back to the borough as well as trips around the UK with his wife…
Simon Moore: architect turned Highbury Arts Club boss Everyone has a story. Architect Simon Moore spent most of his working life designing and building huge modern buildings – from the Eden Project in Cornwall to underground tube stations – until his dream to run a neighbourhood restaurant where people meet up for tasty plates of food could no…
Nick Jobbings: illustrator Everyone has a story. Meet Nick Jobbings who started his career learning how to draw and create buildings, but after switching to illustration has a portfolio that includes graphic novels and the white walls of Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I came to London from Leeds in 2005. I’d fallen in…
Chloe Holmes: Elizabeth House centre director Everyone has a story. Elizabeth House – part of Islington’s community hub network*– is getting a spring makeover that looks set to see even more locals making use of the classes, classrooms and after-school clubs says new director Chloe Holmes. So where is Elizabeth House? Interview by Nicola Baird. “We’re…
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