Finsbury Park

Chloe Holmes: Elizabeth House centre director Everyone has a story. Elizabeth House ā€“ part of Islingtonā€™s community hub network*ā€“ 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. ā€œWeā€™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,…
Stevey Porter & Kieran Wilson: Route1 Audio Everyone has a story. Growing up in Essex and a passion for music has led to dubstep fans Stevey Porter and Kieran Wilson signing up the artists they want to download and setting up a residency at Finsbury Parkā€™s island music venue, Silver Bullet.Ā Interview by Nicola Baird Stevey Porter, 28,…
Faisal Ahmed Mian: Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association senior instructor Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. Ā An early love of punk – but a tendency to end up in trouble at the hands of racist gig goers ā€“ led Islington-born Faisal Ahmed Mian to improve his self-defence skills. But when he found Wu Shi Taiji Quan and Qi Gong he…
Katherine Horsham: community mobiliser Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Katherine Horsham, manager of the Islington council-funded Here To project designed to encourage helping out in the borough, is a huge fan of living in Islington, and one day hopes to live by Regent’s Canal.Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird ā€œItā€™s a real privilege to live and work in…
Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story, including Hazel – philosopher, critic and Renaissance dog, aka the theatre dog at the Park Theatre.Ā Ā Here Hazel discusses the big topics: squirrels, snacks and her stage debut inĀ Sleeping BeautyĀ panto (until 19 Jan 2014). InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola BairdĀ (with some help from Jez & Melli Bond) What ā€˜s…
Barry Edwards: Islington’s Mayor 2013-14 Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Ā IslingtonĀ has the second highest level of child poverty in London (and the fourth highest in England). Whatā€™s to be done? Step forward Barry Edwards, 65, who grew up in one of the poorest parts of Finsbury Park. In May 2013 Barry became Mayor of Islington…
Stephen Coles: vicar of St Thomas’ Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. “I’ve promised not to write a book until Iā€™m 80. That way no one will be offended,ā€ says Stephen Coles who has been vicar at St Thomasā€™ Finsbury Park since 1989 and a priest since 1982. Ā So how do we find out what he…
Zrinka Bralo: tough spirit Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Zrinka Bralo was born in Sarajevo. She studied Politics & Sociology, then went into radio journalism. Covering the Bosnian War led to her working 12-15 hour days during the siege of Sarajevo (which began in 1992). Every day Zrinka helped Ā foreign film crews find out…
Martin Burton: circus founder Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. Founder and director of Zippos Circus, Martin Burton, sprinkles his fabulous tales of big top life with some tidbits about Islington clowns. Interview byĀ Nicola Baird. ā€œI spent a year in intensive care after a fire eating accident,ā€ admits the unflappable Martin Burton, 59, ā€œso…