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Everyone has a story. Charlie Perdios, joint owner of Anthony Pepe in Highbury, explains how his passion for Arsenal led to him becoming… an estate agent. Interview by Nicola Baird “My business partner – Ari Theodorou – and I knew Highbury well. It felt like coming home opening our office…
Everyone has a story – especially new political parties. In the recent elections in London, Wales and Scotland 350,000 people voted for the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, while in London 1 in 20 voted for a WEP mayor (May 2016). Highbury’s Alison Marshall, a founding member of the Women’s…
Since 2002 Richard Green, has been one of three councillors representing Highbury West ward. For much of that time he’s also been working in local government. And now he’s also Islington’s Mayor – what’s motivating him? Interview by Nicola Baird Richard Greening may not play an instrument but music has had a…
Everyone has a story. Estate agent Anthony Pepe celebrated the opening of its new office in Highbury with a glossy magazine, ‘Peptalk’, which is full of locals’ tips about where they live. Here’s one of the interviews – a Q&A with Costa Violaris from C&A Drycleaners on Highbury Park. Edited by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Here’s one for your new year resolutions – go see a fabulous 16-piece big band at an Islington pub. The Spanner Big Band, set up by saxophone-playing, singer and compere Dan Spanner (who also masterminds Spanner Jazz Punks), is live at the Gunners pub on Blackstock…
Michael & Sam Smith: dad and son at Parkrun Everyone has a story. Hackney’s Pressure Drop brewer Sam Smith and his oldest son, 10-year-old Michael, have just completed a running milestone – their 30th Parkrun round Highbury Fields. Parkrun is a British idea – regular free timed runs – which has spread around the world. So what’s motivating this dad and…
Simon Moore: architect turned Highbury Arts Club boss Everyone has a story. Architect Simon Moore spent most of his working life designing and building huge modern buildings – from the Eden Project in Cornwall to underground tube stations – until his dream to run a neighbourhood restaurant where people meet up for tasty plates of food could no…
Matthew Sherwood: fisherman Everyone has a story. Goldfish may look beautiful in ornamental ponds. But in a wildlife reserve they are surprisingly deadly predators – leading to big drops in dragonfly, water boatmen, water snail and frog numbers. Step forward Matthew Sherwood, the man with the painstaking task of fishing Gillespie Park’s pond…
John Harvey: J& J Motors Everyone has a story. John Harvey was just 15, with such a passion for clothes he was thinking of training as a tailor, when he started work in the garage at the top of Corsica Street. Turned out he loved mending cars too, and by his early 20s he was running…
Paul Matz: founder Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association Everyone has a story. Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association, set up in 2000, represents passionate Arsenal fans who want to be sure that their club is the best it can be. With 10,000 members it’s a powerful voice that has turned its attention this March on getting Arsenal to adopt the London…