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Everyone in Islington has a story… especially at Freightliners Farm, which began life in old railway goods vans behind Kings Cross Station in 1973, before moving to Sheringham Road in 1978. You can still find one old carriage housing a mix of pheasants and quails. The farm is a lovely…
Jon Winder, play guru Everyone has a story, but how in Islington do we help our children explore so they have stories to share too? Here’s how council officer and new dad Jon Winder is keeping kids in Islington happy. Q&A by Nicola Baird. Reblog below from Love Outdoor Play. Some questions for Jon before…
Alan Banks: milkman/space ship driver Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet milkman/space ship driver Alan Banks who sees the best and worst of people – and a lot of slugs – on his night rounds delivering glass-bottled pints to N4 and N5 doorsteps. Interview by Nicola Baird.   “I’ve told my grand daughter that…
Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet butcher David Mayers – a butcher all his working life, but one who has “never had to butcher animals”. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I went to school with Rod Stewart*,” says David Mayers as we start the interview in his spotless shop, Highbury…
Everyone in Islington has a story… Few spend as much time in the park as Yehia El-Nemer who runs the Oasis in the Park cafe at Highbury Fields. Here’s what life’s like at the Oasis, plus Yehia’s plans to make it even better. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I love it here…
Edward Smith, chess player Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet Edward Smith who’s lived here since 1965. Interview by Nicola Baird. Born in London in 1948, Edward Smith, has been in Islington since he was 17. His father didn’t like to be tied down, so Edward remembers a peripatetic childhood. “I think he…
Suleyman Bulbul, shopkeeper Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet Suleyman Bulbul from Arsenal Food & Wine – the Blackstock Triangle neighbours favourite shop. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Everyone knows (my colleague) Ozzie,” says Suleyman, 40, who runs the buzzing Arsenal Food & Wine shop, on the corner of Ambler and Blackstock Road, with…
Everyone has a story, so meet Ron Pace, Islington original. Interview by Nicola Baird.  Most Tuesdays Ron Pace is up in Highbury. As ever he’s dressed in flat cap, work boots and a blue jumper, but today he’s leaning on a bollard outside Drayton Park Primary School, N5 studying the slow…