Islington faces

Sue Jandy: volunteer Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Many families debate fiercely about whether to stay living in Islington as the kids grow up. The lure of idyllic countryside and a slower pace of life (not to mention cheaper houses and allegedly better schools) often wins. Only problem is the people moving out…
Marco Wouters: flower seller Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Belgian-born Marco Wouters has been running Angel Flowers opposite Islington Green for 20 years.  He knows who loves who, who is saying sorry and which houses have been visited by a new baby. But amongst the 87 varieties of flowers for sale there’s also a…
Stanley Smart: mechanic & poet Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Stanley Smart is a well-known St Thomas’ Road character who you may have seen washing and polishing cars. But his passion for vehicles was nearly his undoing. Interview by Nicola Baird. Stanley grew up in Trinidad, one of the bigger Caribbean islands, but in 1958…
Simon Dolin: hair salon owner Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Normally at the hairdressers it’s the client who chats, but this time Simon– who runs Barnaby’s in Highbury Barn – lets me interview him while he cuts my hair. Half an hour later he makes the last snip, then picking up a mirror to let…
Viren Soma: tennis coach Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Whatever the weather there always seems to be a tennis coach setting up the perfect rally shots on the courts at Highbury Fields – and often it’s Viren Soma. Interview by Nicola Baird. Watching tennis pros on TV – Ferrer or Murray say – its tempting to…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Illustrator Teresa Robertson, 53, moved to Islington when she was just eight months old.  She’s a trustee of the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, runs occasional art workshops and is increasingly well-known for her colourful portraits of Islington families outside their…
Ian Shacklock: CAMRA*, canals & campaigning Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  If you remember the successful 2008 battle to stop Arsenal from scrapping the community sports centre, and the 2010 campaign to stop the Whittington Hospital from being closed or downgraded, then you owe some thanks to Highbury’s Ian Shacklock who put in…
Diane Burridge: local activist Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Diane Burridge grew up in the Australian outback. She arrived in Britain in 1975, first living and teaching science at a secondary school in Brixton, before settling in Islington in 1981 with partner David Braine. Interview by Nicola Baird Nothing seems to stop Diane…
Charles Williams: made in Islington Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  So what’s it like growing up in Islington these days? On ITV’s Girlfri3nds Charles Williams, the fourth generation in his family from Islington, was billed as the bad boy – but these days he’d rather be at the gym, the footie or…
Lucy Mathen: opening people’s eyes Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Suppose you knew that cataract surgery was one of the 10 best health interventions to reduce poverty, would you ditch your job to find a way to cure reversible blindness in India’s poorest states by the year 2020? Highbury’s Lucy Mathen, 60,…