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Stanley Smart: mechanic & poet Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Stanley Smart is a well-known St Thomas’ Road character who you may have seen washing and polishing cars. But his passion for vehicles was nearly his undoing. Interview by Nicola Baird. Stanley grew up in Trinidad, one of the bigger Caribbean islands, but in 1958…
2012 in review – plus 5 most popular posts THANK YOU READERS! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. This is what they found: Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of…
Helena Spurr, foodie, chef & cafĂ© owner Everyone has a story, some of these stories are heard at cafes. The Finsbury Park end of Blackstock Road is crammed with north African style coffee shops packed with men, but there’s also Good For Food run by Helena Spurr which offers a very different Mediterranean dining experience that women,…
Everyone in Islington’s got a story. Settle down for a cup of tea and a biscuit with the Scarbrough family (who’ve lived in Islington for years) and the chat switches from history to celebrity at rapid speed. If you want to know what Superfan Holly and her mother Helen Romero…
Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet Anglea Sinclar-Loutit who has many tales to share – no surprise really as she was born in 1921. Interview by Nicola Baird.   “To my amazement I’ve lived in Islington for 32 years,” says Angela Sinclair-Loutit (rhyme with “blue tit”), now 91. I…
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…
Everyone has a story, so meet early retiree Sai Gulam Bi. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I’ve lived 33 years in this street,” says Sai leading me through the front door and into her immaculate front room that faces on to the N4 road. “It’s always been friendly”. From the kitchen…