Working in Islington

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…
Sharon Hayes, animal nurse Everyone has a story, so meet animal lover Sharon Hayes doing the perfect job. Interview by Nicola Baird. Sharon Hayes gives a huge Cheshire-cat grin and looks around happily at the place where she works as an animal auxiliary nurse at abbeyVET on Blackstock Road.There are bags of Science Plan pet…
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…
Joan O’Donovan, charity shop manager Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet charity shop manager Joan O’Donovan . Interview by Nicola Baird. Despite radiating calm Joan O’Donovan, 64, never stops being busy. She started off in Co Galway, Eire one of eight sisters and two brothers, but by the time Joan was 19 years old…