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Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Mostly itā€™ s just Ā A Abu Kalbinā€™s head and shoulders that customers see behind the huge newspaper and magazine kiosk at Angel. But that doesnā€™t stop people asking him questions as if heā€™s a talking A-Z. And after three years in this job, plus a…
Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Ā In 1895 Steve Hattā€™s great grandfather, Mr William Morris, opened a fish shop on Essex Road, which he ran until 1920. Amazingly four generations of the same family have now run this famously good fishmongers. Meet the man at the helm today, Mr Hatt. Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola…
Roy Griffiths: carpenter artist Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. IfĀ class, career and cancer can make or break a life then the experiences of furniture maker and shop owner Roy Griffiths shows how to turn adversity into advantage. Plus quick detours around the swinging ā€˜60s, art and Zen Buddhism.Ā InterviewĀ byĀ Nicola Baird ā€œI was a war…
Everyone has a story. Criterion Auctions offer the best theatre in London. Fact. Every Essex Road sale is the place to spot anxious sellers and determined buyers. Youā€™ll see bargain hunters muttering prayers to the gods of good luck. There are dealers who know the price of everything. And then…
Ben River: singer songwriter Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Ben River, 31, is taking up a musical residency in Islington at the innovative venue/barĀ House of Wolf on Upper Street.Ā The free gigs start on Wednesday 3 July and will be held every Wednesday after that, from 6-11pm. Ben may be from West London, but he…
Marco Wouters: flower seller Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story.Ā Belgian-born Marco Wouters has been running Angel Flowers opposite Islington Green for 20 years. Ā He knows who loves who, who is saying sorry and which houses have been visited by a new baby. But amongst the 87 varieties of flowers for sale thereā€™s also a…
Piers Torday: children’s novelist Everyone onĀ Islington Faces BlogĀ has a story. Ā TV writer and theatre fan Piers Torday has just had his first novel published ā€“Ā The Last Wild. Itā€™s an animal adventure set in a very empty, futuristic English landscape so how did he manage to write it when heā€™s based in Islington jostled by…
Charles Williams: made in Islington Everyone has a story on theĀ Islington Faces Blog. Ā So what’s it like growing up in Islington these days? On ITVā€™s Girlfri3nds Charles Williams, the fourth generation in his family from Islington, was billed as the bad boy ā€“ but these days heā€™d rather be at the gym, the footie or…
Jake Perkins: estate agent Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.Ā Jake Perkins is a partner at the eponymously named Hotblack Desiato ā€“ the estate agent on Upper Street that sci-fi writer Douglas Adams borrowed to name one of the rock stars in The Hitch hikerā€™s Guide to the Galaxy. Jake was born…