Men

Everyone has a story. A year working on the Stronger In campaign, managing 45,000 volunteers, has left Benali Hamdache in an unexpectedly positive mindframe – and the time and skills to be the electoral co-ordinator for the Islington Green party. Interview with Nicola Baird. Benali Hamdache is proud to have…
Everyone has a story. Gordon Warrell from Old Street talks about Islington’s council housing, Formula 1 racing and the shows Dame Vera Lynn (who will be 100 in March 2017) gave in Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.  Gordon was born in St Barts Hospital in 1934. He spent the war years…
Everyone has a story. For 30 years Bachulal Chotai has been mending watches and repairing jewellery at his unique shop on Holloway Road, just opposite Cycle Surgery and Central Library. He plans to retire soon – so this might be his very last interview as a shopkeeper. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. If you want to see Arsenal’s famous 1971 FA Cup goal scorer, Charlie George, at his best then book yourself on to his Legends Tour of the Emirates stadium. Interview by Nicola Baird Taking a Legends Tour of Arsenal is not cheap, but it’s a generous…
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. On Saturday 24 September you are invited to join a fundraising event to assist with raising funds for Da Global Link Up host, Kass Man, so he can have revolutionary stem cell therapy that could help improve his health. Interview by Nicola Baird Kass Man is an Islington-based performer and…
Everyone has a story. But some dance as well, which is why MoveMe is in the midst of taking 80 Islington residents, from 8 – 87 years, on a journey from their community centres to a public dance event at Islington’s famous Assembly Hall on 12 July at 6pm and then at…
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. For his 26th birthday Ben Foster – known as Frosty – celebrated by running a special Open Mic at the Steam Passage Tavern on Upper Street. Now he’d like you to join the next Open Mic session, as audience or performer, on Monday 4 July at 7pm.…
Everyone has a story. Angel Comedy started off as a one night a week gig at the Camden Head pub but is now one of London’s most popular places to see stand up, seven nights a week. And it’s free. Now the workaholic MC and Angel Comedy organiser, comedian Barry Ferns,…