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EveryTHING has a story… In a moment of spring cleaning frenzy Nicola Baird takes a week off from interviewing people who live or work in Islington – see https://islingtonfacesblog.com – to pick out the best places to revitalise your possessions. Here’s where to clean and repair clothes & chairs, bind books (even…
Subhash & Urvashi Patel: from Five Boys Natural Health Store Everyone has a story. Five Boys – the Natural Health Store – at Highbury Barn has a vast range of household, healing and healthy products. Years ago it was a garment making factory – but for the past 25 years it’s been a place you can find saffron, black treacle and pink peppercorns,…
Everyone has a story. Filmmaker and BAFTA winner Jonas Grimas grew up in Sweden but it is Islington where his career took off.   Interview by Nicola Baird. “February 1989: It was early in the morning and I was living off Essex Road. I nipped out to get milk and a newspaper.…
Hedera Vetch: wildlife gardener Everyone has a story. Take a photo journey around Hedera Vetch’s tiny shared N5 garden to gain an understanding of life in Islington from the wildlife’s point of view. This post also has a request to stop a magnificent ash tree being felled on a slither of land off Elwood…
Everyone has a story. Do you realise that the best croc catcher in the world lives in Highbury? Charismatic Pete Prodromou talks about growing up in Islington and his new venture, The School of Croc, which gives children a chance to face their fears and walk alongside some of our…
Barry Causton: events manager Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Oxjam Islington Takeover Manager & film extra, Barry Causton, 38, has been working and living in Islington for nearly 10 years. “Islington is like a northern town, small enough that you always bump into people you know, yet big enough to have so much packed into…
Danny Michelson: La Fromagerie owner Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  In November 2014 specialist cheese shop La Fromagerie will have traded at Highbury Barn for 22 years. Owner Danny Michelson talks about life, cheese and campaigning.  Illustrations by Year 7 Highbury Fields School students. Interview by Nicola Baird Londoner Danny Michelson, 70, truly is Highbury Barn’s big cheese. It’s…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Gillespie Road looks so ordinary but it is home to an astonishing array of sport-related businesses – there’s the old Arsenal stadium (the reason the tube was renamed Arsenal in 1932), the Gunners’ Fan Club and The Sarah Toner School of Ballet. Here ballet teacher…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  At 92 Gillespie Road there’s Arsenal Food & Wine, open from 6am-11pm, and next door the Four Angels cafĂ©. Shop owner and Arsenal fan Cemal Kilinc talks about 10 years running an Islington corner shop. Interview by Nicola Baird “We had a family tragedy in 2011 and…
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…