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Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Gillespie Road looks so ordinary but it is home to an astonishing array of sport-related businesses ā€“ thereā€™s the old Arsenal stadium (the reason the tube was renamed Arsenal in 1932), the Gunnersā€™ Fan Club and The Sarah Toner School of Ballet. Here ballet teacher…
Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Ā PatĀ Tuson, 68, best known locally as leading the Gillespie Festival team, grew up in the East End but itā€™s Islington birds and blooms that feature most in her urban and plant photographs. Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird Pat Tuson: “I’ve always been a bit of a whiz with…
Manuel  & Stella Saavedra: puttinā€™ on the Ritz Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā London is a big draw for people all round the world. Manuel Saavedra ā€“ born in Spain – and his wife Stella ā€“ from the Philippines ā€“ came here to seek their fortune in the late 1960s. They met in the heart of London in…
Roy Griffiths: carpenter artist Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. IfĀ class, career and cancer can make or break a life then the experiences of furniture maker and shop owner Roy Griffiths shows how to turn adversity into advantage. Plus quick detours around the swinging ā€˜60s, art and Zen Buddhism.Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird ā€œI was a war…
Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. Ā At 92 Gillespie Road thereā€™s Arsenal Food & Wine, open from 6am-11pm, and next door the Four Angels cafĆ©. Shop owner and Arsenal fan Cemal Kilinc talks about 10 years running an Islington corner shop.Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird ā€œWe had a family tragedy in 2011 and…
Stephen Coles: vicar of St Thomas’ Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. “I’ve promised not to write a book until Iā€™m 80. That way no one will be offended,ā€ says Stephen Coles who has been vicar at St Thomasā€™ Finsbury Park since 1989 and a priest since 1982. Ā So how do we find out what he…
Itā€™s not just children who love Tinaā€™s Ices ā€“ the electrically-powered, super quiet ice cream van parked by Highbury Fields playground. When the sun comes out you may well spot builders trying to cool off, adults treating themselves and even dog walkers in the queue. Tina De Freitas knows thereā€™s…
Clara Macedo Cabral: cultural explorer Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. Clara Macedo Cabral met her husband Titus in her native Portugal: less than a year later the pair were living in Highbury. Itā€™s been a culture shock ā€“ but one that has inspired three books about Portugal. InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird ā€œI miss Portugal, mostly the…