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Barry Edwards: Islington’s Mayor 2013-14 Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Islington has the second highest level of child poverty in London (and the fourth highest in England). What’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 on Islington Faces Blog has a story. “I’ve promised not to write a book until I’m 80. That way no one will be offended,” says Stephen Coles who has been vicar at St Thomas’ Finsbury Park since 1989 and a priest since 1982.  So how do we find out what he…
Student Sarah Graham on the 2012-13 Journalism MA course at City University wanted an interview with the interviewer of Islington Faces blog… So this is the interviewer’s story. If you’d like to contact Sarah, you can follow her on twitter @SarahGraham7 or have a look at www.sarah-graham.co.uk. And a big thank…
JK: from Accra to Archway Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  JK spent his very early years in Ghana but came “very excitedly” to Islington aged seven and a half. Here he shares a little of what it was like growing up around Archway in the 1970s.  Interview by Nicola Baird. “I was seven…
Lollipop men and women: Jane, Ronnie, Nora & Pauline Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Twice a day there are lovely people all over Islington donning big weatherproof jackets and hats in a mix of reflective and florescent materials ready to escort children safely over the road. So, do lollipop men and women have time to tell…
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,…
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,…
Alan Banks: milkman/space ship driver Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet milkman/space ship driver Alan Banks who sees the best and worst of people – and a lot of slugs – on his night rounds delivering glass-bottled pints to N4 and N5 doorsteps. Interview by Nicola Baird.   “I’ve told my grand daughter that…
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…
Edward Smith, chess player Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet Edward Smith who’s lived here since 1965. Interview by Nicola Baird. Born in London in 1948, Edward Smith, has been in Islington since he was 17. His father didn’t like to be tied down, so Edward remembers a peripatetic childhood. “I think he…