Working in Islington

Everyone has a story. Here’s how a young Chad boy fell in love with body building, thanks to Muscle & Fitness magazine, and went on to become a champion. Meet Gilbert Alaskadi, now running Oxygen Fitness Universe, a private gym close to Holloway tube. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by…
Everyone has a story. Not everyone is aware that Islington is one of the most unequal places in the country. Here Helen Kersley explains what this means, and how Islington Giving is trying to turn this situation around by supporting local community organisations and bringing local residents, businesses, voluntary groups…
Everyone has a story. Could you help a dog-lover play ball with her disability dog? Or figure out a way for a paralysed rugby player to get his sports wheelchair back into the car? Or devise a clever device that could change the life of someone who uses a wheelchair? That’s…
Everyone has a story. There’s a new network for tech cooperatives based in Fonthill Road. Here Space4 Manager Polly Robbins explains what Outlandish and Space4 do, plus provides many reasons why she likes working in Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Polly Robbins: Space 4 manager.…
Everyone has a story. If you’d like to do good, get to know Islington better and get fit, simultaneously, then you might enjoy joining Goodgym. Here Paul Bown explains how Goodgym – which operates in 39 areas across the UK, including Islington – helps combat isolation and benefits communities. Interview…
Everyone has a story. For the past 70 years Islingtonians have turned to The Great Health Clinic, on the edge of the Marquess Estate, when they’ve overdone their training or just feel sore. Here Natalie Simpkin talks about this family-run Islington business. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill.…
Everyone has a story. Expect comic action in The Journey – a play written by a standup that takes us into space. The actors are locals, comedian Gabby Best and Will Brown, so what’s it like performing so close to home? Interview by Nicola Baird The Journey is a new…
Everyone has a story. At the back of a Fonthill Road fashion emporium, Prisoners Abroad tackles the isolation of British nationals imprisoned overseas, while also helping their families here combat the stigma and any anxieties they may face. Here employee, Sam Clarke, reveals just what that means. Interview by Nicola…
 Everyone has a story. Will you be shouting ‘hao’ (bravo) when the China National Peking Opera Company performs A River All Red and The Phoenix Returns Home at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 21-25 October? Here Kevin Zhang from Sinolink, which has brought the show to London, talks Peking opera. Q&A by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Where to eat? Meet Elton Keka, the owner of 129hrd, a new Holloway Road neighbourhood restaurant. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Customers from around here are very foody. They know what they want and their expectations are high because they eat in good restaurants,” says Elton Keka,…