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Everyone has a story. “Happy to Help”, an acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants, opens at the Park Theatre on June 14. Its writer, Michael Ross talks about the challenges of getting a play on to the stage. Interview by Nicola Baird The same week…
Everyone has a story. A corner of Finsbury Park, just off Blackstock Road boasts roads named after Victorian social reformers* such as Wilberforce, Romilly and Plimsoll. But it’s Plimsoll who has been a surprising inspiration for journalist Nicolette Jones. Now she’s on a mission to get homes all along Plimsoll…
Csaba Miklos Beck: postman Everyone has a story. Islington Faces joins Csaba Miklos Beck, the cheerful postman on the St Thomas’ round (near Finsbury Park), and finds out what a postman is thinking as he puts the post through our letterboxes. Interview by Nicola Baird “My name, Csaba*, is typically Hungarian, but my last name sounds…
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…
Peter Buckoke: beekeeper Everyone has a story. Peter Buckoke is a musician, music teacher and Alexander Technique expert but his passion is for beekeeping – he even has hives on his roof. Here he explains some of the joys of hobby beekeeping in Finsbury Park – plus the challenges of driving a car full…
John Webber & Max: PAT dog team Everyone has a story. What can you do to transform retirement from the lonely years to the busy years? Well, you could find a dog in need, then train it up so you can both visit retirement homes, hospices and hospitals spreading a bit of dog joy. That’s exactly what…
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 Park’s island music venue, Silver Bullet. Interview by Nicola Baird Stevey Porter, 28,…
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…
Michael Hayle: house detective Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  How much do you know about the people who lived in your house years ago? Or do you have any idea what the area looked like before the builders arrived? Convalescence enabled Michael Hayle to uncover everybody who’d ever lived in the Victorian-built Plimsoll…