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Simon Moore: architect turned Highbury Arts Club boss Everyone has a story. Architect Simon Moore spent most of his working life designing and building huge modern buildings – from the Eden Project in Cornwall to underground tube stations – until his dream to run a neighbourhood restaurant where people meet up for tasty plates of food could no…
Nick Jobbings: illustrator Everyone has a story. Meet Nick Jobbings who started his career learning how to draw and create buildings, but after switching to illustration has a portfolio that includes graphic novels and the white walls of Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I came to London from Leeds in 2005. I’d fallen in…
Chloe Holmes: Elizabeth House centre director Everyone has a story. Elizabeth House – part of Islington’s community hub network*– is getting a spring makeover that looks set to see even more locals making use of the classes, classrooms and after-school clubs says new director Chloe Holmes. So where is Elizabeth House? Interview by Nicola Baird. “We’re…
Chris Evans: social entrepreneur at Blighty Everyone has a story. Arsenal fan Chris Evans had a gut feeling that Finsbury Park needed a workspace above a coffee shop so in 2013 he opened Blighty offering a taste of San Francisco live-work synergy to Islington. Here he explains more about behind the scenes Blighty, touching on eggs,…
Judith Kleinman: musician & Alexander technique teacher Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. What are you like? Same as you were when young or very different? Musician Judith Kleinman is a proper north Londoner – artistic and community minded who is as likely to be training the best young musicians, playing a the local street party or…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  What would make a teenage tearaway change? Small Restorations boss Cass Farrell talks about how he turned his life around – thanks to his own strong work ethic and two amazing men. It ought to be a movie. Interview by Nicola Baird “You’ve got to work for…
Faisal Ahmed Mian: Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association senior instructor Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  An early love of punk – but a tendency to end up in trouble at the hands of racist gig goers – led Islington-born Faisal Ahmed Mian to improve his self-defence skills. But when he found Wu Shi Taiji Quan and Qi Gong he…
Sue Jandy: volunteer Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Many families debate fiercely about whether to stay living in Islington as the kids grow up. The lure of idyllic countryside and a slower pace of life (not to mention cheaper houses and allegedly better schools) often wins. Only problem is the people moving out…
Diane Burridge: local activist Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Diane Burridge grew up in the Australian outback. She arrived in Britain in 1975, first living and teaching science at a secondary school in Brixton, before settling in Islington in 1981 with partner David Braine. Interview by Nicola Baird Nothing seems to stop Diane…
Mrs Sau Li: DIY supremo at Mix Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  DIY shops are an Aladdin’s Cave of gizmos and gadgets, though many now suffer from big store competition.Despite this, the shining light of DIY stores has to be Mix at Finsbury Park. Actually the shop is on the Hackney side of Blackstock Road,…