Men

Paul Matz: founder Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association Everyone has a story. Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association, set up in 2000, represents passionate Arsenal fans who want to be sure that their club is the best it can be. With 10,000 members it’s a powerful voice that has turned its attention this March on getting Arsenal to adopt the London…
Simon Goode: architect Everyone has a story. It’s rare in London to meet an architect that lives and works in the same borough – but Simon Goode, who lives in Tufnell Park and set up Lyndon Goode in EC1 with his partner three years ago, has had a hand in designing the new…
Andy Parker: musician & painter Everyone has a story. Is it strange to have been born in Covent Garden and become a landscape artist? Probably not if your major influence is Turner whose home was round the corner… just over 200 years earlier. Andy Parker, who’s lived in Islington since 1980, talks about early morning painting trips,…
Subhash & Urvashi Patel: from Five Boys Natural Health Store Everyone has a story. Five Boys – the Natural Health Store – at Highbury Barn has a vast range of household, healing and healthy products. Years ago it was a garment making factory – but for the past 25 years it’s been a place you can find saffron, black treacle and pink peppercorns,…
Carlos Torres: film maker & photographer Everyone has a story. Film maker Carlos Torres reckons living in Islington will give him the film making opportunities he needs to develop his career.  Interview by Nicola Baird. Spaniard Carlos Torres has been in the UK for three years but is happy to call Islington – and more specifically Archway – his home. Carlos is…
Andy Gardner: historian Everyone has a story. Andy Gardner, the heritage and outreach worker at Islington’s fabulous Victoriana landmark and music venue, the Union Chapel, talks about Canonbury, George Orwell’s Islington life and the Margins Project for the homeless. Interview by Nicola Baird. The Union Chapel, where Andy Gardner, 44, is heritage and outreach worker, is a…
Everyone has a story. Filmmaker and BAFTA winner Jonas Grimas grew up in Sweden but it is Islington where his career took off.   Interview by Nicola Baird. “February 1989: It was early in the morning and I was living off Essex Road. I nipped out to get milk and a newspaper.…
Stevey Porter & Kieran Wilson: Route1 Audio Everyone has a story. Growing up in Essex and a passion for music has led to dubstep fans Stevey Porter and Kieran Wilson signing up the artists they want to download and setting up a residency at Finsbury Park’s island music venue, Silver Bullet. Interview by Nicola Baird Stevey Porter, 28,…
Ian Morris: Map gift shop co-owner Everyone has a story. Archway is due a complete makeover by 2016 – but already Junction Road, N19 is a surprisingly good place to go for gifts, food, pet supplies and pubs. Here’s how Ian Morris, co-owner of the wonderful Map gift shop has helped improve his bit of Islington. Interview by Nicola…
Ed Gillespie: Futerra co-founder Everyone has a story. Are cities a good place to live? Norfolk-raised Ed Gillespie is helping make urban centres and businesses meet the needs of the 21st century thanks to his work at Futerra in Clerkenwell, and his own passion for flight-free long haul travel. Interview by Nicola Baird “Cities…